UPDATES ~ ACTION ALERT – Net Neutrality ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS 11/27 to 11/30 (from Adrienne Fong)

ACCESSIBILITY – Please Include Accesibility Info for events! This is a JUSTICE issue. 

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

UPDATES:

A.  Is Puerto Rico Being ‘Ethnically Cleansed’ for the Superrich? (November 21, 2017)

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/puerto-rico-ethnic-cleansed-super-rich/

  (See Item # 4) 

B.  Up to 30 gunmen under ISIS flag attacked Egypt mosque, killing 305 people – Public Prosecutor (November 26, 2017)

https://www.rt.com/news/410920-isis-flag-egypt-mosque-attack/

C.  Egypt delays opening of border crossing with Gaza following terrorist attack on mosque (November 24, 2017)

https://www.rt.com/newsline/410892-egypt-delay-gaza-crossing/ 

D.  Colin Kaepernick makes surprise appearance at ‘Unthanksgiving Day’ on Alcatraz

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Colin-Kaepernick-thanksgiving-alcatraz-native-amer-12380203.php#photo-14219134

 E.  Police use of force down citywide; up in SF Mission (November 21, 2017)

https://missionlocal.org/2017/11/police-use-of-force-down-citywide-up-in-sf-mission/

ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY

Tell FCC you are for Net Neutrality. Here’s how: DO THIS NOW. THIS IS THE REAL THING!!

Follow simple directions below to contact FCC head. Much better than our senator’s petitions. Help Support Net Neutrality!! On your computer, not your phone, go to: www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express
Enter 17-108 on the first line under Proceeding, and in comments, say you support Title 2 oversight of ISPs.
Do this now if you support net neutrality!
Fill the form in carefully; they’ve made it less friendly and impossible to fill in by phone, on purpose, because the new FCC head does not want to hear from you. Fcc him! Spread this message!
Please share!
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Occupy

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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, November 26 – Thursday, November 30

Monday, November 27

1.  Monday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, The Future of Tohoku – Hope after 3.11, Great East Japan Earthquake

UC Berkeley
Barrows Hall, #140
Berkeley

What do you come up with when you hear the date “3.11”?
Do you know what exactly happened on that day, and how did it have effect on Tohoku area, located in the northeast part of Japan?
On March 11th, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Tohoku area, and left serious scars to many cities, villages and people’s hearts

About 16,000 people died, or are still missing.
Six years have passes since the disaster, and people have started to think that Tohoku area has already completely recovered. However, this is not true. A lot of people are still struggling with the scars

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/531551100530508/ 

2.  Monday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, No Cuts to Kids

La Escuelita Great Room
1050 2nd Avenue
Oakland

5:30pm – Rally

6:00pm – board meeting starts

Join teachers, parents, and students to tell the OUSD School Board to Stop the Cuts to Kids. The OUSD School Board is considering mid year cuts to our schools. Students are the center of everything we do. Education essentials are needed to empower students to achieve excellence.

Host: Oakland Education Association

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/372901333168145/

3.  Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, A Vigil for Harvey

Harvey Milk Plaza
2401 Market St.
SF

The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club is hosting our annual Vigil for Harvey Milk.
Join us on the anniversary of Harvey’s assassination as we honor our hero, his legacy, and the decades of community activism that has followed in his wake.

There will be a short speaking program from legacy club members and community leaders. Then we will also open the mic for folks who would like to say a few words, then have a short candlelit walk to the spot of Harvey’s camera shop, now the HRC store. From there, we will head to The Mix for a mixer of our own.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1359618000833980/ 

Tuesday, November 28

4.  Tuesday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Report Back From Puerto Rico

Multicultural Community Center
MLK Jr. Student Union – UC Berkeley
2495 Bancroft Way, Suite 229
Berkeley

Two months have passed since Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico, leaving island residents scraping for survival. To date less than half 46.6 percent of Puerto Rico have power and over a third of the island is still without access to clean water.

Betsabe Castro and Pablo Parades Burgos will share photos from their recent humanitarian aid trips to post hurricane Puerto Rico and discuss current conditions, share stories of the response and the relief work, and situate this destruction within the context of climate change, colonialism and disaster capitalism.

Scroll down the FB page to see announcement.

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

5.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) – Holiday Card Party

CCWP
1540 Market St., Ste. 490
SF

Join us to send holiday well wishes to people we visit inside California women’s prisons. All are welcome!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1876352042678491/

6.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Fight for Medicare For All 

155 Grand Ave.
Oakland

New Member Orientation 6-7pm
The Fight for Medicare For All 7-8:30

Our country’s healthcare system is in crisis. There are 28 million uninsured people in this country, with many more underinsured and still more saddled with crushing medical debt. Meanwhile, insurance company CEOs take home an average of $20 million per year, working to maximize their profits and producing enormous social costs along the way. Insurance companies have stood between  ordinary people and the care they need for too long, and it’s time to get together and do something about it.

Join East Bay DSA to learn about how you can get involved in the fight for Medicare for All alongside friends, neighbors, and organized healthcare workers

We’ll hear from National Nurses United Director Michael Lighty about what’s going on with SB-562 and Bernie’s Medical for All Bill, and talk local and national strategy with DSA National Political Committee Member Jeremy Gong and Jacobin Staff Writer Meagan Day.

Hosts: East Bay Democratic Socialists of America

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2017192301829944/

7.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Deport ICE: Report on Oakland ICE Raid With OPD Part 2 

Oakland City Hall
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plz, Room 5330
Oakland

After the strong showing in Oakland on November 14, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and OPD chief Anne Kirkpatrick got nervous and pulled a fast one, scheduling a special council agenda item on November 28 to discuss the ICE Raid and consider an OPD request for total impunity to work with HSI/ICE going forward – before the public hearing on December 5th – and before CM Kaplan and Brook’s resolution for non-cooperation with ICE can be heard. The Bay Area needs to respond.

Brief Hx.

On August 16, HSI/ICE conducted an AM raid on the 700th block of 27th Street in West Oakland with OPD assistance. The raid was advertised (erroneously) as a search warrant for the sexual trafficking of juveniles, biut there were no actual allegations of sexual abuse, no juveniles were removed from the home and the solitary arrest was for being undocumented

Hosts: The Day We Fight Back, Restore the Fourth SF Bay Area, Oakland Privacy, StopWatching.Us, Asian American Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Media Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/213444399197893/ 

8.  Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Planning Meeting – Walk for Life Counter-Demonstration

Women’s Building
3543 18th Street
SF

On Saturday, January 27th, the “Walk for Life” is returning to San Francisco, bringing thousands from across the West Coast to descend on San Francisco and call for an end to abortion rights.

San Francisco has a proud history of countering their regressive message, protecting clinics in the Bay Area, and fighting for reproductive justice everywhere.  Everyone is invited to come together to organize a counter-demonstration

Hosts: International Socialist Org. – Northern California

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481744118570630/ 

Wednesday, November 29

9.  Wednesday, 9:00am – 12 Noon, Pack the Court to Free Floricel (Round 4)

ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

The court has delayed and rescheduled Floricel’s bond hearing multiple times over the last two months!

Though Floricel is a great candidate for Asylum, due to her previous deportation order at the border when she was fleeing violence in her home country, she qualifies for Withholding Only – an immigration form of relief which is harder to prove. For this reason, Floricel’s bond hearing is her strongest opportunity to reunite with her children and spend Christmas with them. Join community and faith leaders to pack the court and stand in solidarity with Floricel and her children.

If you can’t make it to Floricel’s hearing, here are other ways you can support:

1 – Donate! Her children are struggling on their own and don’t count with the resources to pay for the bond:Bit.ly/freefloricel
2 – Take a selfie with a poster #FreeFloricel and upload it on FB.
3 – Spread the word with all your networks

Host: Free Floricel

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/192630281308755/

10.  Wednesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, UC Berkeley, National Walkout / Rally to Save Higher Ed

UC Berkeley
Sproul Plaza
Berkeley

10 am gather at Anthony Hall to make signs, have breakfast, and perform outreach about the bill.

We join in solidarity with graduate students nationwide to oppose the GOP tax plan. The tax plan targets higher education by taxing tuition waivers as income, drastically increasing the amount we pay in taxes and locking out continuing and future grads who can’t afford the cost.

At 12pm on Wednesday 11/29, join together with grads, undergrads, faculty, staff, and community members at Sproul Steps. Bring a sign, bring a friend, and come ready to make some noise!

Hosts: UC Berkeley Student Workers Union, UAW 2865, and UAW 5810

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882890632027768/

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

One Post Street in San Francisco.
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).

If it rains vigil will be below – downstairs.

Themes vary weekly. Come flier with us!

Fliers are provided.

12.  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Open Mic & Film Showing: RACE: Stories from the Tenderloin 

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland

Free; Food & Drinks provided.

Join Steven SanchezNAKA Dance Theater and ABD/Skywatchers for open mic performances by the Skywatchers Ensemble followed by the premiere of Steven Sanchez’s short documentary film about the artistic process for RACE: Stories from the Tenderloin

Steven Sanchez is a Chicanx activist-filmmaker who is dedicated to supporting social justice movements and building stronger communities through cultural work

NAKA Dance Theater was commissioned by San Francisco-based Dancers’ Group, and worked with ABD Productions/Skywatchers to produce RACE: Stories from the Tenderloin a performance work that provides artistic commentary on the disturbing trend of pushing poor and homeless people out of their cities in the name of entertainment and profit

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/852731528238566/ 

13.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Year-end DIY Community Meeting

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

6:00pm – doors open – Pizza, drinks provided

7:00pm Meeting promptly begins.

As the anniversary of the fire fast approaches, Safer DIY Spaces and Oakland Warehouse Coalition would very much like to check in with you, our community, to summarize what we’ve witnessed over the last year during our efforts to halt displacement, improve building safety, shore up DIY tenants’ rights, and fix a broken event permitting process.

New resources are slated to become available to aid struggling spaces

There will be no breakout groups for this event.  After the event, members of Safer DIY Spaces and Oakland Warehouse Coalition will be available for consultations with anyone needing assistance.

Info / Agenda: https://www.facebook.com/events/161194871290930/

Thursday, November 30

14.  Thursday, 12 Noon – 1:00pm, Rally at Wells Fargo: Divest From KXL & Dirty Pipelines! (Rally)

Wells Fargo Headquarters
464 California St.
SF

Join us as we rally at Wells Fargo’s headquarters in San Francisco to demand that they divest from Keystone XL and other dirty pipelines. We will be delivering the tens of thousands of letters and divestment pledges from across the country to their doorstep, and we will make it clear that our movement will only grow louder and stronger if Wells Fargo fails to act now.

Big banks like Wells Fargo help fund the companies behind dangerous fossil fuel pipelines — like Keystone XL, Line 3, and Dakota Access — that threaten Indigenous rights, the climate, and communities. If your money is invested with Wells Fargo and other Wall Street banks like them, it can be helping to fund these harmful projects that may not align with your values

Wells Fargo has an opportunity to move away from the financial and reputational risks of supporting dirty pipelines. This week, the preferred route for Keystone XL was rejected and another route was advanced — one that TransCanada, the company behind the project, has called unworkable. This pipeline has already been stopped and delayed for nearly a decade, and we will continue to fight back no matter what happens. Wells Fargo and others continue to loan billions of dollars to TransCanada, including two loans totaling $1.5 billion that are up for renewal this December.

This is a clear opportunity for Wells Fargo to cut off these loans and end its investments in tar sands projects.

Hosts: Sunflower Alliance, ClimateTruth.orgAction, Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, Alliance for Climate Education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/158927978185757/

15.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Origami Modules and Visual Art by Incarcerated Individuals 

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Ste, 290
Oakland

Opening Reception with performance by Heiwa Taiko

FREE – Open to the public —

Exhibition Dates:
November 30, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Artists from inside San Quentin prison share their origami and other visual art as an important way to stay connected across prison walls. This self-expressive and healing practice has been ongoing since 2012, when instructor Jun Hamamoto first asked prisoners in support of global unity and world peace to fold origami to be placed on the World Tree of Hope.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/163082871094611/ 

16.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Immigration Town Hall: Oakland

975 7th Street
Oakland

Join Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, CAIR and City Councilmember McElhaney for a Town Hall to discuss our community’s issues, with free legal screenings by immigration attorneys.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/127021681308289/ 

17.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Art for Abortion Access

The Back Room
1984 Bonita Avenue
Berkeley

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-for-abortion-access-tickets-39074542007?aff=efbeventtix

     $10 for UC/CSU students (need school ID) ***venmo/cash at the door***
$25 for non-students ***purchase via Eventbrite, see link***

Light snacks provided

Make unique & inspiring arts and crafts to support CA students’ access to ALL reproductive health services! Listen to an awe-inspiring guest speakers, including 2 healthcare providers from Planned Parenthood and a local comedian, discuss reproductive justice! Share your own #RightToAccess story! Most importantly, learn about Senate Bill 320, The College Student Right to Access Act, which would require all CA public university health centers to provide medication abortion services!

*All proceeds support Just CARE: Campus Action for Reproductive Equity. Discount available for help with set-up/clean-up, see contact info below if interested*
Questions? Contact calsurj@gmail.com

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1877661455822577/

18.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Second Annual Bears for Palestine Gala

Pauley Ballroom
2475 Bancroft Way
Berkeley

Doors open 5:30pm

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-annual-bears-for-palestine-gala-tickets-39508746725

   $20 – $230

Theme is: “Heroes of the Revolution: Palestinian Women” and we will be donating our proceeds to the Birzeit University Female Leadership Initative. The Female Leader Initiative aims to recognize female students for their leadership roles on and off campus. It targets female students from all majors who not only maintain a high GPA, but are also in need and active in their communities.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/305398596626933/ 

19.  Thursday, 6:45pm – 8:45pm, Beyond the Bomb Bay Area Activist Training  – Fight Nuclear War 

1833 Page St.
SF

Grassroots movements have their work cut out for them in the next 3 years. The Trump administration has escalated the nuclear threat in ways the country hasn’t seen in decades by continuing to flaunt the launch of a nuclear war with North Korea, rescinding the Iran Deal, and supporting increasing the nuclear arsenal for the first time in nearly half a century.

It’s crucial we build a movement for a world without nuclear war or weapons that’s ready to defend what we’ve won and fight for our future. Beyond the Bomb is organizing in cities across the country for mayors, councilmembers, and governors to demand Congress control the President’s ability to use a nuclear weapon whenever.

A training for community and student leaders in the Bay area to train on organizing skills, learn how to plug into the fight locally, and meet fellow activists.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/154391625174912/ 

20.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Lauren Markham discusses her book The Far Away Brothers

Revolution Books Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

$5-10 suggested donation to support Revolution Books

Lauren Markham will read from her book, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, the true story of teenagers, Ernesto and Raul Flores, identical twins, who flee the violence in their home country of El Salvador, a country which was torn apart by a 12 year U.S. backed civil war. This book is especially timely since the Trump/Pence fascist regime has demonized immigrants, making life a nightmare for millions who fear detention, deportation, and being torn from their loved ones. Thousands of unaccompanied children have crossed the border, leaving behind their families and their countries. This is a story of two of those children, the family they left behind, their dangerous journey and their life in the U.S. Lauren Markam is a writer and works at a high school for immigrant youth. “The Far Away Brothers is impeccably timed, intimately reported and beautifully expressed. Markham brings people and places to rumbling life.” The New York Times

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/24/18804827.php

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SAVE the DATE

2nd Anniversary

Execution of Mario Woods

Saturday, December 2, 2017

3:00pm – 6:00pm 

Gather at:

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

3rd and Armstrong

San Francisco 

March to site where Mario was executed

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/183391692237082/

Join Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods as we gather on the anniversary day where Mario Woods was senselessly executed by San Francisco Police.

Gather by 3:30pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on 3rd St. in the Bayview SF, after which we will march to the site where Mario was executed. We will memorialize Mario’s life and gather to show solidarity with Mario’s mother and family, and to show the city of San Francisco that we will NEVER forget and never stop seeking justice.

 #Justice4MarioWoods
Justice for all victims of police violence

Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Save the Internet

It’s time to get loud and tell everyone that our digital civil rights are on the verge of being destroyed.

While Chairman FCC Aijit Pai has been busy meeting with greedy industry lobbyists and executives, people in almost every state across the country have been meeting with hundreds of lawmakers and their staffers, mobilizing people in their communities and speaking out on behalf of the open internet. (Photo: Free Press)

According to reports, the FCC will vote on Dec. 14 to destroy Net Neutrality and allow for online discrimination.

Time to hit play on Wake Up Everybody, a song covered by John Legend and the Roots, and sing along:

“Wake up everybody no more sleepin’ in bed … the world won’t get no better if we just let it be.

The world won’t get no better.

We gotta change it yeah, just you and me.”

After you’re finished singing, hit the phones and prepare to get in the streets. It’s time to get loud and tell everyone that our digital civil rights are on the verge of being destroyed.

Here are seven steps you can take right now to save the internet:

1. Sign up to volunteer with Team Internet, a grassroots group of connected Net Neutrality supporters run by Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and Free Press Action Fund. It takes five minutes to sign up for a special volunteer text-team shift to message other open-internet supporters about the news and invite them to take action. Get texting from the comfort of your own home!

2. Call Congress and tell your lawmakers to save Net Neutrality. We need to do all we can to get as many members of Congress as possible to speak out against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut the open internet. But we’re hearing from lawmakers who are on the fence that they need to hear from more constituents in order to act on this. Make their phones ring off the hook.

3. Attend a protest at a Verizon store near you on Dec 7. On that day — exactly a week before the FCC votes on Pai’s terrible plan — internet users will gather to highlight Verizon’s role in locking down and controlling our internet. (Did we mention Pai used to work for Verizon?)

4. Don’t see a protest near you? Set one up! It’s easy, fun and we’ll support you every step of the way by providing you with training, tools, recruitment … even signs!

5. If you’re on the East Coast, save the date and join us for a big Net Neutrality rally in Washington, D.C., on Dec 14, the day the FCC will vote on Pai’s plan. This event is organized by the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition — 18 Million Rising, the Center for Media Justice, Color Of Change, Free Press Action Fund and the National Hispanic Media Coalition — which fights to protect the digital rights of communities of color.

6. Tell your friends! Send them to organizations like Free Press Action Fund, Center for Media Justice, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and Color Of Change, which will give them everything they need to take action right now. Find all of these organizations on social and post using #NetNeutrality and #TeamInternet.

7. Don’t have time for any of that but still want to help? Donate! Every little bit helps, and at Free Press Action Fund, a generous donor will match every dollar you give by Dec. 31.

While Chairman Pai has been busy meeting with greedy industry lobbyists and executives, he shouldn’t ignore the tens of millions of people who are joining together to reject his Net Neutrality-killing plan.

People in almost every state across the country have been meeting with hundreds of lawmakers and their staffers, mobilizing people in their communities and speaking out on behalf of the open internet.

We know that Net Neutrality is essential to sharing and accessing information on absolutely everything, and it can even provide a crucial connection to life-saving conversations.

“As someone with social-anxiety disorder and depression, I rely on the internet for socialization and support,” wrote Heather from West Lafayette, Indiana, in a comment to the FCC. “I need a place to find people who share my struggles. I need a place to build a support network. I need a place to share my writing. Don’t ruin my freedom of speech (and my life) by getting rid of Net Neutrality.”

“As a small-business owner who does virtually all my business online,” wrote Tracy from Indianapolis, “ending Net Neutrality would kill my business.”

Check out what thousands of people have to say on why the open internet is essential to their everyday lives, work, businesses, family connections and activism.

For vulnerable communities, this moment is especially urgent. Net Neutrality makes the internet a place where people of color and religious minorities can organize for liberation while countering false narratives and harmful stereotypes.

Our message to Pai and companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon is clear: People everywhere will not sit idly by as you destroy the free and open internet.

Mary Alice Crim

Mary Alice Crim is the engagement and events director for the media reform group Free Press.

Steve Kerr calls out Donald Trump for attacks on NFL players


George L. Cook III
Published on Nov 24, 2017

During an interview with David Axelrod on Axelrod’s podcast The Axe Files Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors discussed his unhappiness with the way Trump talks about NFL players who protest.

November 25, 2017 (CNN.com)

Ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ trip to Washington, coach Steve Kerr told CNN’s David Axelrod that a “human respect issue” was part of the reason he and his team won’t be making the traditional White House visit to celebrate their NBA championship win.

The team will be in Washington in February to play the Washington Wizards.

“First, we weren’t invited,” Kerr reminded Axelrod during an interview on “The Axe Files,” that will air Saturday at 7pm ET, recalling Donald Trump’s September tweet in which he rescinded Warriors’ captain Stephen Curry’s White House invitation after Curry publicly said he didn’t want to take part in the visit.

And besides, he said, “Our guys felt pretty strongly even before we knew that we didn’t have an invitation that it was going to be a tough visit. A lot of us, myself included, have been pretty critical of President Trump.”
close dialog

It would have been, Kerr said, “a very nontraditional visit.”

“You think about the White House visit with the championship teams, it’s a photo op, it’s a thrill, it’s everybody’s. You know, making jokes and having fun, you give the President the jersey, and that’s it. And it’s kind of a fun day,” he added.

But now, he said, the “times have changed,” and “the whole dynamic” of the traditional White House visit has “shifted entirely.”

Challenged by Axelrod as to why players felt the visit needed to become a “political event,” Kerr said that “it goes way beyond politics.”

“I’ve been lucky to visit the White House with, I think, four different presidents, President Reagan, President Clinton, both President Bushes,” he said.

“I didn’t always agree with their policy, but I never once thought ‘Oh my gosh, I’m not going to go because I disagree with, you know, immigration or some foreign policy or tax reform’,” he added.

But as far as he is concerned, things are different now, Kerr said. It has become a “human respect issue.”

“With all of those presidents that I mentioned, they were all above reproach in terms of their respect for their fellow man, and their respect for the office. And I don’t think any of us see that right now,” he added.

President Trump’s words and actions have been unacceptable, he said.

“It’s difficult to reconcile that and just say we’ll put all that aside. You know, he can make fun of handicapped people, he can, you know, he can say a lot of, you know, nasty things, ugly things, whether it’s about women or whomever,” he said.

That’s why Curry’s decision to publicly speak out against the White House was something that Kerr said he had “totally supported.”

“There can be a lot of things that happen that are just really difficult to just say all right, we’ll put that aside and go visit and shake his hand. It doesn’t feel right,” he said.

FCC’s Ajit Pai Laughs Off Criticism with Cringeworthy “Mean Tweets” Sketch


The Humanist Report
Published on May 21, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai launched an all-out attack on net neutrality, and under his leadership, the internet as we know it may soon be destroyed. Americans have spoken out against his pro-corporate agenda, but rather than taking their legitimate concerns into consideration he decided to make fun of the people worried about the internet, and tried to humanize himself by reading mean tweets sent to him concerning the outrage sparked by his decision to gut net neutrality.

Original Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBt84…

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Colin Kaepernick and the Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

By 

  (NYTimes.com)

The lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key embraced the pop cultural tastes of his day when he wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” to commemorate an American victory over the British at Baltimore during the War of 1812. He gave his composition broad appeal with a melody derived from a popular British music club anthem that celebrated the virtues of love and wine.

Satirists pounced, lampooning the song with lyrics that depicted a man who staggers home drunk and sleeps well past “the dawn’s early light” — that light through which Key had seen an American flag still flying above the fort that had repulsed the British invasion.

Abolitionists during Key’s lifetime viewed “The Star-Spangled Banner” as they viewed the nation as a whole — through the lens of the injustice perpetuated by slavery. They argued that Key should have described America as the “land of the free and home of the oppressed.”

The professional football player Colin Kaepernick appealed to that same sense of injustice last year when he knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest police violence against African-Americans. By doing so, he tapped into a feeling of alienation from the anthem in the black community that dates back to the days of racial terrorism and lynching in the South.

Congress declared “The Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem in 1931. Well before then, however, black communities across the Jim Crow South were instead embracing the soaring, aspirational lyrics of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — otherwise known as the Negro National Anthem — which was sung in churches, at civic events and even in schools, where substituting the song for “The Star-Spangled Banner” was a quiet act of rebellion against the racist status quo. 

By the late 1960s, many of us who had grown up black in an era when African-Americans were locked into Northern ghettos and murdered in the South for seeking the right to vote registered our grievances by refusing to stand for the anthem at sporting events.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” became what the Princeton University scholar Imani Perry describes as a tale “of endurance, lament and supplication” that acknowledges the cruelties of racism while also pointing toward transcendence: “Lift every voice and sing/Till earth and heaven ring/Ring with the harmonies of Liberty/Let our rejoicing rise/High as the listening skies.” As Ms. Perry writes in “May We Forever Stand” — her forthcoming history of the song — it spread rapidly through black America in the early 1900s, reflecting a growing sense that the promise of full citizenship in the nation’s canonical texts simply did not apply to African-Americans.

The provenance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is itself deeply suspect. Key, who owned human beings, penned his celebration of freedom during a war in which the British had promised that very thing to enslaved African-Americans who agreed to fight on their side. The third stanza of the song — which ceased to be sung once warm relations were re-established with England — can be read as a reflection of Key’s anger at Britain’s overtures to the people he himself owned.

The passage reads in part: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave/And The Star-Spangled Banner in triumph doth wave/O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Contemporary thinkers disagree on whether the word “slave” was used as a generic insult that could be applied to people of any race or as a direct reference to African-Americans who joined the British side in the War of 1812. But imagine yourself an enslaved person serving refreshments to your masters and their guests as they all retire to the piano room to sing Key’s song as he had written it. There can be little doubt about what the passage referring to a “slave” would mean to you.

The histories of the white and black anthems are strikingly different. James Weldon Johnson and his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, wrote “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in 1900 to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at a time when the government seemed to have abandoned altogether the promise of Reconstruction. Four years earlier, the Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, had validated the doctrine of “separate but equal.” As the historian Cecilia Elizabeth O’Leary writes in “To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism,” the door had been opened for racists and nativist groups like the Ku Klux Klan to appoint themselves custodians of what it meant to be an American.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” began as an ordinary song that competed with other songs for space in the American imagination. It was not until the early 20th century that it acquired the stature of a sacred writ and became, in effect, a loyalty test and an excuse for people who called themselves patriots to harass and beat people who dissented from the song’s message.

The truth is that the maxims about freedom implied in the song describe a condition the country has yet to achieve. People who confront that reality by kneeling prayerfully on the football field are often more determinedly patriotic than those who reflexivel

Down to the wire to save Net Neutrality

The FCC will vote its anti-Net Neutrality order on December 14. If it passes, it will have the force of law once it is published in the Federal Register on a date to be determined.

Between now and the FCC vote on December 14th, our best tools to protect Net Neutrality are:

  • Calls to congress, click here to be connected now.
  • If your representatives are hosting public meetings (like “town hall” events), attend and ask for their support of Net Neutrality. You can find a list of upcoming public meetings here.
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper about the importance of Net Neutrality

We’re only a few weeks away from the FCC’s vote to end Net Neutrality, so I am asking you to please take action again during this extremely critical time.

If you can’t attend an event in person, please consider making another call to congress. Click here to be connected right away.

We can’t — and won’t — let the FCC get away with killing Net Neutrality by the end of this year.

(CommonCause.org)

Please call: 424-363-4877

We will connect you to the offices of your lawmakers — just introduce yourself, be polite, and say:

“I support ‘Title Two’ net neutrality rules and I urge you to oppose the FCC’s plan to repeal them. Specifically, I’d like you to contact the FCC Chairman and demand he abandon his current plan.”

(demandprogress.org)

Internet Defenders Urge Mass Revolt to Fight FCC’s “Scorched-Earth” Attack on Net Neutrality

“The FCC under Pai is handing over the internet to a few humongous gatekeepers who see the rest of us as products to be delivered to advertisers, not as citizens needing communications that serve democracy’s needs.”

"Internet rights are civil rights," Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, declared in a statement on Tuesday. (Photo: Fight for the Future)“Internet rights are civil rights,” Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, declared in a statement on Tuesday. (Photo: Fight for the Future)

Open internet advocates warned that “we’re running out of time” to save the web from corporate control and called on Americans to make their representatives’ phones “ring off the hook” Tuesday after FCC chairman Ajit Pai unveiled (pdf) his long-awaited plan to scrap net neutrality that critics slammed as “naked corporatism” designed to give a major gift to the telecom industry at the expense of the public.

The reckless wrecking ball strikes again,” former FCC commissioner and current special adviser at Common Cause Michael Copps said in a statement. “FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s scorched-earth plan for net neutrality displays callous disregard for both process and substance. The chairman’s plan to do away with net neutrality will be a disaster for consumers and yet another handout for big business.”

Matt Wood, policy director at Free Press, said Pai’s plan “makes no sense” for a variety of key reasons.

“Internet rights are civil rights. Gutting net neutrality will have a devastating effect on free speech online.”
—Jay Stanley, ACLU

“It ignores the will of people from across the political spectrum who overwhelmingly support these protections. It ignores the law and the courts, which have repeatedly upheld the 2015 Title II rules. And it ignores the vibrancy of the internet marketplace following adoption of that 2015 order, with incontrovertible economic data showing that both investment in networks and online innovation are flourishing under the very same rules Pai wants to destroy,” Wood said.

Framed by Pai and its corporate backers as a push to “restore internet freedom,” the plan outlined Tuesday would do precisely the opposite, say critics, by allowing massive telecom companies to block or throttle online content and charge more for services.

“Internet rights are civil rights,” Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, declared in a statement on Tuesday. “Gutting net neutrality will have a devastating effect on free speech online. Without it, gateway corporations like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T will have too much power to mess with the free flow of information.”

The praise Pai’s plan quickly attracted from major corporations appeared to vindicate critics’ concerns that the Republican-controlled FCC is working to deliver a massive “handout to big business.” In a statement on Tuesday, Verizon said it is “very encouraged” by the proposed return to “light-touch” regulation—disregarding the fact that opinion polls have clearly and consistently shown that American consumers favor net neutrality.

But if Pai’s announcement on Tuesday is any evidence, he gives public opinion very little weight. As Devin Coldewey of Tech Crunch notes, Pai “made no mention of the inconvenient and embarrassing fact that his proposal had attracted historic attention, garnering over 22 million comments—the majority of which opposed it.”

“There can be no truly open internet without net neutrality. To believe otherwise is to be captive to special interest power brokers.”
—Michael Copps, Common Cause

If Pai’s proposals are approved—the FCC is expected to vote on December 14—companies like Verizon and AT&T will be given extremely broad leeway to charge consumers more for internet access, products, and services while facing less oversight.

In addition to reversing the classification of the internet as a public utility, Pai’s plan would strip the FCC of enforcement power and effectively rely on what critics have derided as an “honor system,” under which corporations will be responsible for transparently reporting their practices.

“Relying more heavily on Internet providers’ own promises on net neutrality is a departure from the current rules, which lay out clear, federal bans against selectively blocking or slowing websites, as well as speeding up websites that agree to pay the providers a fee,” observes the Washington Post‘s Brian Fung.

Copps of Common Cause concluded that contrary to Pai’s lofty rhetoric about “restoring internet freedom,” the newly unveiled proposals would spell the end of the open internet.

“There can be no truly open internet without net neutrality,” Copps said in a statement on Tuesday. “To believe otherwise is to be captive to special interest power brokers or to an old and discredited ideology that thinks monopoly and not government oversight best serves the nation. In this case, I think it’s both. The FCC under Pai is handing over the internet to a few humongous gatekeepers who see the rest of us as products to be delivered to advertisers, not as citizens needing communications that serve democracy’s needs.”

Fight for the Future:  

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 is NOT DEAD YET. Congress has stopped FCC votes before. Do NOT give up!

1) RETWEET this to help spread the word that we can still stop this.

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FCC’s Ajit Pai Announces Vote to Fully Repeal Net Neutrality on December 14


The Humanist Report
Published on Nov 21, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the FCC’s official vote to fully repeal Title II net neutrality regulations. It’s a move that would allow ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon to throttle traffic to websites of their choosing and force consumers to pay for access to certain websites. It’s an anti-consumer, undemocratic proposal that will almost certainly be passed under the FCC’s Republican majority. If you want to stop them NOW is the time to take action.

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FCC’s Pai: ‘Heavy-Handed’ Net Neutrality Rules Are Stifling The Internet

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday a plan to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules.

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The Federal Communications Commission chairman announced plans Tuesday to repeal Obama-era regulations on Internet service providers. The 2015 rules enforce what’s called net neutrality, meaning that the companies that connect you to the Internet don’t get to decide which websites load faster or slower, or charge websites or apps to load faster.

In an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says his plan to remove net neutrality rules is a way of bringing the Internet back to how it was in the 1990s.

“President Clinton got it right in 1996 when he established a free market-based approach to this new thing called the Internet, and the Internet economy we have is a result of his light-touch regulatory vision,” Pai says. “We saw companies like Facebook and Amazon and Google become global powerhouses precisely because we had light-touch rules that apply to this Internet. And the Internet wasn’t broken in 2015 when these heavy-handed regulations were adopted.”

Pai’s plan would require Internet service providers to disclose what they’re doing, such as allowing some sites to load faster than others. Websites could pay ISPs to give them preferential treatment — a situation Pai argues would have benefits.

A health care startup could pay to prioritize the traffic of its patients who are being monitored remotely: “That could be perk,” he says.

The chairman’s proposal, called the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, would mark a shift in authority and emphasis. Instead of the FCC regulating how ISPs operate, the Federal Trade Commission would handle enforcement of net neutrality violations.

“The FCC would still require transparency: Any business practice that would affect the offering of a service has to be disclosed to the consumers, and entrepreneurs can understand exactly how these businesses are operated,” Pai says.

“Secondly, the Federal Trade Commission has long had authority and had authority prior to 2015 for almost 20 years over this space,” he says. “And the result was pretty clear. They took targeted action against the bad apples and they let everyone else thrive in a free market. And I think consumers and companies were better off as a result.”

As NPR’s Alina Selyukh explained earlier this year, the current rules arose from incidents of ISPs meddling with traffic speeds:

“In 2015, the Democrats of the FCC decided that it was time to go all in, and what they did was essentially reclassified Internet providers, and started treating them as utility-style companies. That means they put it in the strictest-ever regulations, really expanded their oversight over the industry. Republicans at the FCC at the time really opposed this regulatory approach, so-called public utility approach. And one of the dissenting commissioners was Ajit Pai, who is now the new FCC chairman under President Trump.”

Many were critical of Pai’s announcement and vowed to fight it.

“If the FCC votes to roll back these net neutrality protections, they would end the internet as we know it, harming every day users and small businesses, eroding free speech, competition, innovation and user choice in the process,” said Mozilla, the nonprofit corporation that makes the Firefox browser and advocates for Internet accessibility. “Our position is clear: the end of net neutrality would only benefit Internet Service Providers.”

“It is imperative that all internet traffic be treated equally, without discrimination against content or type of traffic — that’s the how the internet was built and what has made it one of the greatest inventions of all time,” the company added.

The ACLU also issued a statement opposing Pai’s plan.

“In a world without net neutrality, activists may lose an essential platform to organize and fight for change, and small organizations may never get a fair shot to grow and thrive,” said Ronald Newman, ACLU director of strategic initiatives. “Congress must stop Chairman Pai’s plan in its tracks and ensure that net neutrality remains the law of the land.”

Contact the FCC:

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, CA  20054

1-888-CALLFCC (225-5322) (Follow prompts 1,4,2,0)

Tweet:  @AjitPaiFCC

Email: Ajit.Pai@FCC.gov

Or to go to:  https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express and enter proceeding no. 17-108 to make an official filing with the FCC