CORRECTION on # 9 First Hearing on Real Rent Control: Repeal Costa Hawkins (in Sacramento) The day of the event is THURSDAY and not Wednesday as was previously posted. Sorry for the confusion
MLK Events for the East Bay and SF will be sent in a separate posting.
Check Indybay for other events: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12
U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants (January 9, 2018)
Clark Sullivan (Freeman Sullivan) is currently in Alta Bates Hospital. Please send healing thoughts his way.
20 – ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wednesday, January 10 – Saturday, January 13
Wednesday, January 10
1. Wednesday, 8:30am – 11:30am, Courthouse Rally to Stop Coal Lawsuit
Philip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.,
8:30am – Rally outside
10:00am – Hearing on 17th Floor, Courtroom 2 (Judge Chhabria)
Must have government-issued picture ID such as a driver’s license.
Join No Coal in Oakland for a rousing rally before the court hearing that could put an end to developer Phil Tagami’s lawsuit against the City of Oakland. We are planning a presence outside the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco at 8:30 a.m. The hearing will begin promptly at 10 a.m.; we encourage No Coal in Oakland supporters to arrive early to participate in our rally and have a good chance of getting a seat in the courtroom.
Wear red T-shirts in the courtroom to show our strength.
OBOT’s, the City of Oakland’s, and Sierra Club/SF Baykeepers’ Motions for Summary Judgment will be heard in the courtroom of US District Judge Vince Chhabria. At this hearing, Judge Chhabria could decide the case and call off the trial if he considers that one side or the other is entitled to prevail as a matter of law. If he decides that a trial is needed, this hearing will be followed by a Pretrial Conference at which the final details of the trial starting on January 16 will be set.
For more information about the legal issues, see our report at https://nocoalinoakland.info/city-strikes-back-with-msj/,
2. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL – Focus: #Ahed Tamini
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 we will meet below the stairs to BART/MUNI
Themes vary weekly on local, national and global issues
All are welcomed.
Fliers / Signage are provided.
3. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Twitter Wouldn’t Ban Hitler, a protest (Recurring Event – Every Wednesday Jan. 10 – Jan. 31)
Market & 10th Street
We’ve projected the question, “Would Twitter ban Hitler?” On Friday, January 5th, Twitter gave their answer. They would not ban any world leader, even Hitler.
This and every Wednesday we call on the community to protest that unethical decision. Impetuous tweets and world politics do not mix, and it would be better to ban all world leaders than allow fascists to rile up racism, attack the press, and threaten millions.
Host: Resistance SF
4. Wednesday 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Demand Racial Justice at the Planning Commission
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza’
Join us as we call on the Planning Commission to FIRST analyze a hotel’s socioeconomic impact BEFORE deciding whether to approve it. Join us to say no to irresponsible, inequitable development!
Once again, the Planning Commission is poised to approve a hotel without having adequately analyzed its socioeconomic impact and whose developers have not made any commitments to indicate that they will be any different from the hotel norm: minimum wage jobs with unaffordable healthcare benefits.
RAM Hotels, a Texas-based developer, is attempting to develop a hotel in West Oakland, a historically African-American neighborhood, with ZERO commitments to the community. The hotel developers have not made any progress with the community coalitions demands.
Host: Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy
5. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:39pm, Last Spokescouncil Before 96 Hours of Non-Compliance Over King Day Weekend!
2501 International Blvd.
For the fourth year in a row, for #96hours over the King Day Weekend, the Anti Police-Terror Project calls our comrades into the streets to stand in solidarity and say no to white supremacy, say no to state sponsored terror, say no to development over people, say no to misogyny, say no to homophobia and transphobia, say no to the targeting of immigrants, say no to the targeting of Muslims. We call on you to join us and show the Trump-Schaff Regimes that WE WILL NOT COMPLY with their corporate agenda.
We call upon groups large and small, well-established or brand new, to plan your own action(s) within a common framework:
On Friday, January 12, 2018, we are calling for actions that focus on State-Sponsored Violence.
On Saturday, January 13, 2018, we are calling for actions that focus on Housing.
On Sunday January 14, 2018, we are calling for actions that focus on Indigenous/International Solidarity.
On Monday, January 15, 2018, we reclaim MLK Day.
Our #96hours culminates with a mass mobilization, and we ask everyone to come together for the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March through the streets of Oakland.
Schedule of events: #ReclaimMLK calendar of meetings, trainings, and public actions is available here . More are being added.
6. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Community Meeting for SFHC/Impact Hub Transitional Village Pilot
Impact Hub San Francisco
1885 Mission St.
Meeting to help shape and advocate for solutions to encampments that are community-integrated, humane, cost-effective, and geared towards transition.
Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge partnered with the Impact Hub and neighbors at 1875 Mission earlier this year to launch our first Transitional Village pilot with weekly community-integration team meeting, 1 resident-in-transition, a transitional mobile shelter, portapotty, storage, secure perimeter, transition support, and many other amenities.
7. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Fighting Sexism in the Era of Trump
3543 – 18th Street
join the ISO for this discussion about the current war on women and how we can fight for a world free of sexism.
The election of Donald Trump sent shock waves across the country–especially for women. The Women’s March and the inspiring #MeToo campaign offer glimpses of hope for the fight ahead. With the anniversary of the Women’s March on January 20th and the Rally for Reproductive Rights on January 27th to oppose anti-choice bigots coming up
Host: International Socialist Organization Bay Area
8. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Public comment against Berkeley police militarization
Berkeley Police Review Commission
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St. (nr. Ashby BART)
On the agenda:
* Police use of Force
* Increasing the role of the Review Commission
* Department of Defense 1033 program (which transfers military gear to police departments)
The most crucial time for public comment is at the start of the meeting. There is a second opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting, but opinions will carry less weight as options may have been decided on during the course of the meeting.
This meeting is important in light of the “Where’s My Berkeley Cop” campaign by members of the Berkeley police. There are members of the police who are actively using social media to gain Alt-Right support for increased police militarization, as well as support for decreasing oversight powers by city government and the review commission. The “Where’s My Berkeley Cop” campaign is being shared by Right Wing media platforms.
Thursday, January 11
9. Thursday, January 11th, 8:00am – 12Noon, First Hearing on Real Rent Control: Repeal Costa Hawkins(CORRECTION)
California State Capitol, Rm. 4202
Assembly Housing and Community Development Meeting
1315 10th Street
A first vote on the bill to to repeal the state restriction on rent control – the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act – AB1506 – is scheduled! Housing justice groups across the state have been pressuring Housing committee chair Assemblymember Chiu, lead author Assemblymember Bloom, and Assembly Speaker Rendon to bring this to a vote. Huge props to Bay Area based groups San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Tenants Together, San Francisco Tenants Union and others for bringing our demand to the doorstep of Assembly member Chiu.
Bus to Sacramento from SF. Will leave at 6:00am from SF Main Library. Contact SFTU on FB and respond in comments to reserve a seat. https://www.facebook.com/SFTenantsUnion/
Below info in blue from CARA (California Alliance for Retired Americans)
AB 1506, which repeals the Costa-Hawkins law, a giveaway to apartment owners.
Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and towns from implementing real rent control, saying (1) that buildings constructed after 1979 cannot be under rent control, (2) single-family homes cannot be under rent control, and (3) after tenants move out, units can again be rented at market rates (vacancy control not allowed)
If you are interested in attending and need a ride from the Bay Area or somewhere else, please call the CARA office at 877-223-6107. We are looking into carpool opportunities. Everyone else should meet in front of room 4202
If you cannot attend in person, please call these Assembly members who are on the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. Call them all (these are Sacramento numbers) – ESPECIALLY if you live in one of these members’ districts. Thank you.
Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee:
David Chui (Chair): 916-319-2017
Marc Steinorth (Vice Chair): 916-319-2040
Ed Chau: 916-319-2049
Steven Choi, Ph.D.: 916-319-2068
Ash Kalra: 916-319-2027
Monique Limon: 916-319-2037
Hosts: Housing Now, ACCE, Public Advocates, Tenants Together
10. Thursday, 1:00pm – SF Planning Commission Hearing – Item #16 on Agenda is Condo Conversion of Iris Canada’s apartment.
SF City Hall, Room 400
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
Iris Canada, who was 100 years old, died last year shortly after being evicted from her apartment. Her unit as well as 5 other units are up for condo-conversion.
Many folks who want to speak out against this will be in Sacramento. All are invited to come out to speak against this. Estimated time on agenda is 3:00pm
Agenda for meeting: http://commissions.sfplanning.org/cpcpackets/20180111_cal.pdf
It is item #16
16. 2017-013609CND (D. WEISSGLASS: (415) 575-9177)
668-678 PAGE STREET – north side of Page Street between Steiner and Fillmore Streets; Lot 015 in Assessor’s Block 0843 (District 5) – Request for a Condominium Conversion Subdivision, pursuant to Subdivision Code Sections 1332 and 1381, to convert a threestory-over-garage, six-unit building into residential condominiums. The subject property is located within a RH-3 (Residential – House, Three Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 31.04(h). Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Condition
11. Thursday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, SF Japan Consulate Protest – Stop Restarting Nuclear Plants in Japan & Defend the Families of Fukushima
San Francisco Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St. (nr. California St.)
The Japanese Abe government continues to restart nuclear power plants despite the failure to even contain and remove the radioactive meltdowns at Fukushima. Radioactive water continues to be pumped from the melted down reactors. The families who escaped Fukushima are also facing demands by the government to return to Fukushima who they have declared is now “decontaminated”. There are still thousands of tons of radioactive water in tanks surrounding the Fukushima plant and the government wants to release this contaminated water into the Pacific ocean.
Billions of dollars have been spent a “clean up” that in large part is removing top soil and putting this in hundreds of thousands of bags. This contaminated soil not only is scattered throughout Fukushima but the government is also trying to bribe other prefectures or states to dispose of this contaminated soil partly by burning it.
Host: No Nukes Action
12. Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, We Have No Choice But to Resist: From DC to the Bay Area
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.
$5-$20 sliding scale – no one turned away for lack of funds.
The National Lawyers Guild and Center for Political education are collaborating with community-based and activist groups on a series of monthly panels and on defending ourselves, each other, and communities and movements under facing State repression.
This will be the first panel.
Across the United States, J20 Resisters are facing charges stemming from protests on Inauguration Day 2017. On January 20, 2017, J20 resisters participated in civil disobedience in solidarity with families and communities facing greater danger and oppression under the openly violent, white supremacist Trump regime taking power. In Washington, DC, 194 activists were threatened with up to 60 years after their mass arrest for marching and being witness to what the State is calling “property destruction.” In San Francisco, District Attorney George Gascón has chosen not to drop charges against local activists. Bay Area J20 resisters have organized to demand that local governments should dedicate their resources to protecting those most vulnerable under the new government, not squandering resources on criminalizing dissent
This discussion will reflect on the risks we take when we resist and offer an example of effective strategies of legal and movement defense. Discussions will include questions of when to take diversion and when to fight, as well as how we can prepare to defend ourselves and each other when we take action to resist xenophobic, white supremacist, fascist, misogynist, anti-Muslim, homo/transphobic, ableist, anti-work, anti-poor, anti-homeless State policies and street-based violenceThis panel will be an opportunity to prepare for 96 Hours of Non-Compliance, including a review of planned actions and events.
For more information on the anti-repression series email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Security Training for March to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy
2501 International Blvd.
14. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Who Are You Building For? Housing Production and Who Gets to Live in San Francisco?
Park Branch Library
1833 Page St. (nr Cole St. one block north of Haight St.)
The Planning Department released its 2016 Housing Inventory December 21, 2017
Neither the Inventory nor any other Planning document addresses who gets to live in San Francisco, and who is forced out.
Three experts on: San Francisco Housing, and particularly on Affordable Housing and Tenants’ Rights.
Calvin Welch, long-time housing activist and former HANC Board Member, will address the Housing Legacy of Mayor Ed Lee.
Dean Preston will report on the Sacramento hearing about the repeal of Costa-Hawkins. Repealing Costa-Hawkins would mean that local governments could institute Rent Control and Vacancy Control of rents. Dean will also address the Right to Counsel ballot measure and related topics.
Peter Cohen, Coalition of Community Housing Organizations, CCHO, fresh from Sacramento with the latest on California housing funding mechanisms and anticipated future housing development.
Friday, January 12
15. Friday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Keep the Feds Off Our Meds SF Rally and Protest
Philip Burton Federal Building (outside)
450 Golden Gate Ave.
U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions indicated he would victimize cannabis patients and cause public safety hazards by rolling back an Obama-era hands-off policy when it comes to state legal cannabis.
In the Northern District of California, the U.S. Attorney just stepped down and we now wait for Sessions to hand pick his successor.
But the voters have already spoken and cannabis is legal in California.
Please join us in solidarity with ASA chapters and allied groups across the nation in protesting this gross overstep
Host: SF Safe Access
16. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Weekly Demo- Mothers on the March Against Police Murders
Hall of Justice (on the steps)
850 Bryant St.
Help bring pressure on DA George Gascon to jail these killer cops or resign as District Attorney of San Francisco.
17. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Eyewitness Cuba – The Revolution Continues
2969 Mission St.
Donation $$3-$10 no one turned away
A delegation of PSL members was invited to Cuba to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Antonio Maceo Brigade, an organization in solidarity with the Revolution formed by Cuban youth living abroad whose parents had left the island.
Hear eyewitness reports, video and a slideshow from the delegation with an update on the Cuban economy, the remarkable hurricane recovery, recent biotechnology innovations, and the need to end the U.S. blockade.
Saturday, January 13
18. Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Signature Gathering Extravaganza – Stop Unfair Evictions
Democratic Socialist of America SF
350 Alabama St.
Pick up and turn in your petitions.
We’re SO CLOSE to getting the 17 thousand signatures we need to get the No Eviction Without Representation Initiative on the San Francisco ballot for June 5, 2018! But we need your help if we’re going to make it.
This historic measure would make SF the first city in California, and the second in the nation, to provide a right to counsel to tenants facing eviction.
19. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, A Salute to Courageous Athletes on the Fields of Resistance
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St. (@Geary Blvd.)
The Human Rights Working Group of the UUSF presents A Salute to Courageous Athletes on the Fields of Resistance. A panel headed by Prof. James Taylor of USF, Prof. George Wright formerly of Chico State and Skyline College, S.F. Mission High School football coach Gregory Hill and members of the Mission High football team will discuss the history of athletes standing up for social justice and today’s emerging movement among athletes, beginning with Colin Kaepernick, and including high school, college and professional athletes courageously confronting racial injustice.
Panel presentations will be followed by Q and A, discussion and recognition of valiant actions.
20. Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Sing for Our Rights con Francisco Herrera y Chris Nauman
The Octopus Library Salon
2101 Webster St, (@22nd St)
Suggested donation: $10-$20
Come celebrate and sing with us as we raise consciousness and funds for immigration rights in 2018!!!
Proceeds benefit the work of Trabajo Cultural Caminante http://www.caminantecultural.com/