Hundreds march to preserve Mission District culture, businesses

Hundreds of people rallied in the Mission District on Thursday to preserve the neighborhood’s diverse culture. (Laura Waxmann/S.F. Examiner)

By  on January 25, 2018 3:44 pm

At least 300 people took to the streets of the Mission District on Thursday afternoon to rally for affordable housing, protections for community-serving businesses and cultural institutions, and a stake in the development of the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

“It’s a public health crisis that people are getting pushed out — it’s violent, it’s cultural genocide and it needs to stop,” said Mission resident Elsa Contreras. “We are demanding real policy change. People in office are catering to the big money developers, the wealthy contractors, and we are here to fight that.”

Hundreds marching down Mission Street toward 16th Street, en route to City Hall. Police are redirecting traffic. @sfexaminer

Representatives of a slew of community organizations, local merchants and Mission residents participated in the anti-gentrification march hosted by United to Save the Mission — a coalition of 17 community organizations seeking policy changes and legislative action to maintain the traditional working class neighborhood’s affordability and character.

Citing the need to preserve and enhance the culture of Mission Street, the group demanded legislative directives and funding to designate the commercial and residential street as a Latino Cultural Corridor. Similar to the Calle 24 Latino Cultural Corridor along the Mission’s 24th Street, the designation would allow for increased protections for commercial spaces.

“A Latino Cultural Corridor will ensure that we are able to promote and retain local community serving businesses, create higher levels of affordable housing, greater equity in transit and more importantly, it’s going to make sure that the community has a voice in shaping Mission Street,” said Carlos Bocanegra, an activist with United to Save the Mission.

Activists call on City to designate Mission Street as a Latino Cultural Corridor to curb gentrification of the area @sfexaminer @CulturalActNet

Chanting “No Valencia on Mission Street” — a reference to an influx of upscale eateries and boutiques on Valencia Street in recent years — participants marched from 20th and Mission streets toward City Hall. Some 40 police officers were sourced from Mission Station and other police districts to oversee the peaceful rally and redirect traffic.

Heavy police presence for anti-gentrification rally happening now in Mission District. @sfexaminer

The protesters stopped at several locations along Mission Street to commemorate mom-and-pop businesses, community nonprofits or institutions that have been displaced, and to protest several new developments, including a 10-story condominium complex slated to rise at the 16th Street BART Plaza.

(Contributed to OSF.net by Ruthie Sakheim.)

Updates ~ Announcements for Saturday 1/27 & Sunday 1/28 (from Adrienne Fong)

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on Events! This is a JUSTICE ISSUE!

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

UPDATES:

A. San Francisco Votes to Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day (January 24th)

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/1/24/headlines/san_francisco_votes_to_replace_columbus_day_with_indigenous_peoples_day 

B. Bank of America to eliminate free checking account program affecting low-income customers (January 24th)

https://www.nationofchange.org/2018/01/24/bank-america-eliminate-free-checking-account-program-will-affect-low-income-customers/ 

C. “Show Me Your Papers!” Roundups, Checkpoints and National ID Card (January 25th)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/25/show-me-your-papers-roundups-checkpoints-and-national-id-card/

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San Francisco: (415) 200-1548

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San Mateo (+ SF, Oakland, Berkeley): (203) 666-4472
Santa Clara County: (408) 290-1144
Marin County: (415) 991-4545
North Bay (Sonoma, Solano): (707) 800-4544
Sacramento: (916) 245-6773
Santa Cruz County: (831) 239-4289
Monterey County: (831) 643-5255
Fresno and Central Valley: (559) 206-0151

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28 

Saturday, January 27

1. Saturday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, 12th Annual Social Justice Symposium

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
1781 Rose St.
Berkeley

To RSVP, make a donation, or buy some symposium swag, visit https://ucbsjs.bpt.me/

Theme: Raising Voices, Driving Action.

FREE event organized by students in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Social Justice Symposium (SJS) is a student-organized event that serves as space for the community to meet and discuss social justice work in the Bay Area

The Symposium aims to integrate critical analysis and academic learning with direct practice and action efforts. We challenge the belief that social justice is limited to civil and political rights. As such, we seek actions emphasizing liberatory principles that also support economic, social, cultural, environmental, and collective rights. 

Presenters: Destiny Arts Center, HIV Education Project, Community Works West, The Center for Harm Reduction and Therapy, Haven Connect, Coalition on Homelessness, Strike Debt Bay Area, The Dellums Institute for Social Justice, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Safe Return Project, BAYPeace, and GRADD

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/01/17/18805948.php

2. Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, SF Bay Area Interfaith Drone Warfare Conference 

Pacific School of Religion Chapel
1798 Scenic Ave.
Berkeley

Free

This interfaith gathering includes presentations, three half-hour videos, and Q&A time to inform faith communities and others about the dangers and realities of drone warfare. Action suggestions for followup.

Panel Presenters include:

Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney is a legal scholar, political analyst and social critic who is editor and contributor to Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.

Lisa Hajjar, is a professor of sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara, with courtesy appointments in Global and International Studies, and Middle East Studies. She is a contributor to Life in the Age of Drone Warfare. Her work focuses mainly on issues relating to law and conflict, military courts and occupations, human rights and international law, and torture and targeted killing.

Lisa Ling, is a former technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She is featured in the heralded documentary National Bird, which, according to The Washington Post, is “artful, profoundly unsettling.” In an article for The Guardian, Ling noted how little the public knew about the U.S. drone program and its consequences.

Two films produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare for congregations will be screened along with a half-hour version of National Bird

Issues addressed include:
Why is the faith community concerned about drone warfare?

What is the effect of drone warfare on drone operators?

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/01/07/18805736.php 

3. Saturday, 11:30am – 2:30pm, Rally for Reproductive Justice 

Meet at:

San Francisco Federal Building
90 7th Street
SF

People of the Bay Area will unite to stand up for reproductive justice. This coalition will come together to drown out the voices of the Walk for Life, a mass march organized by sexist, right-wing, Christian fundamentalists — this year and future years.

They are building a movement to take away our right to have an abortion and to limit access to reproductive healthcare, contraception, and sex education. They oppose the basic rights of women and other oppressed people to bodily autonomy and self-determination.

We are residents of the Bay Area — women and trans folks, anti-sexist men, people of color, working class people, leftists, liberals, and others. We stand together in solidarity to defend our right to have an abortion and to confront sexist hate on the streets of San Francisco! 

FB page by: Bay Area Reproductive Justice & East Bay Democratic Socialist of America. (+ sponsored by many groups)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/151943795433074/ 

4. Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Divest to Invest – in a Healthy Future 

North Berkeley Library, downstairs Community Room
1170 The Alameda
Berkeley

Hear why personal divestment is a powerful tool in the struggle for climate justice. This 90-minute workshop will explain why fossil fuel divestment matters, the role divestment has played in civil rights movements throughout history and how you can do it!

We will be debuting an ongoing divestment mentorship program that can continue to provide information and support beyond the workshop.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/146635586120973/

5. Saturday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Rally for Democracy & Against Repression in Honduras 

24th & Mission St.
SF

The Honduran Alliance USA/NorCal, together with organizations in solidarity with the Honduran people, are calling a protest against electoral fraud and the systematic violations of human rights.

On January 27th, the illegitimate presidency of Juan Orlando Hernandez is scheduled to be inaugurated in Honduras. The Honduran people continue to make it clear that they will not accept the imposition of Hernandez and they reject the “official” fraudulent November 26 election results that claims his victory. Massive protests continue and a national protest campaign has been called.

Initiated by the Honduran Alliance USA/NorCal.
Initial list of co-sponsors: ANSWER, CAFE, Central American for Empowerment, CISPES Bay Area, Clínica Martín-Baró, FMLN, Global Exchange, Haiti Action Committee, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, SOAW, Task Force on the Americas, Workers World Party

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989467881294199/

6. Saturday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Free TPS and DACA Immigration Workshop in SF 

Mission High School
3750 18th St.
SF

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-tps-daca-general-legal-screening-event-in-sf-tickets-42099290110

FREE TPS (TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS) IMMIGRATION WORKSHOP AND DACA (DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS WITH LEGAL SCREENINGS & ATTORNEY CONSULTS

Taller de inmigración gratuito para TPS y DACA con evaluaciones legales y consultas con abogados

Registration encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome | Se recomienda reservar una plaza aunque no es necesario tener una cita.
– Immigration legal screenings for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) AND Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) holders | Evaluaciones gratuitas para la inmigración legal de titulares de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) y del Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS)

– DACA Renewal Application Assistance | Ayuda para renovar la solicitud de DACA

– Informational Presentations on Immigrant Rights, DACA and TPS | Presentaciones informativas sobre los derechos de inmigrantes, DACA y TPS

– Fee Assistance and Resources to Pay Application Fee | Ayuda y recursos para pagar la tarifa de solicitud

ABOUT:
The Department of Homeland Security’s announcement of the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to holders from Haiti, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, as well as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) announcement that renewal applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) will be accepted, effective immediately, has created confusion and anxiety for many Bay Area families.

In response to a tumultuous landscape for our communities, the City & County of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) along with community partners are holding a joint DACA and TPS Immigration Workshop with free legal screenings and attorney consulations for all members of the public affected by these announcements.

At this event, participants will receive free legal screenings and consultations, informational presentations and resources. We encourage participants to pre-register with us, so we can ensure quality service the day of the event.

For more information, contact OCEIA at:
P: 415-581-2360
E: civic.engagement@sfgov.org

if U need more info of what to bring and can’t open the FB page let me know and I’ll send U the list.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/147318055929388/

7. Saturday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness 

ACCE Action
2501 International Blvd.
Oakland

We will be covering:
The 3 Phases Of Earthquake Readiness
• Earthquake Prep.
• Earthquake Response/Survival
• Earthquake Recovery

Host: Community READY Corp

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1789955347968118/

8. Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Talking to Kids About Race: Nurturing Justice 

SF Mail Library, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St. (enter on Grove St.)
SF

Wheelchair accessible

Parents and caregivers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds welcome. Free childcare and language translation available with advanced registration. Please register here for attendance, translation, and childcare:
http://sfpl.org/TalkingwithKidsaboutRace

Join us for an afternoon of discussion and learning about how to create environments for kids that nurture racial justice. We will practice concrete and developmentally supportive conversation starters, read-alouds, and games, as well as build community and learn from each other (and the kiddos)! For parents, caregivers, and educators of children 2-10 years old.

Hosts: SURJ-San Francisco,  Abundant Beginnings, & Our Family Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/525211011174465/

9. Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Build Your Own Internet Workshop & Panel: DIY Community Networks 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

The Omni Commons is 8 blocks (half of a mile) from MacArthur BART station, 2 blocks from AC transit, and substantial bike parking is available on sidewalk around the front of the building.

Donations accepted / Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/build-your-own-internet-v4-workshop-and-panel-diy-community-networks-tickets-39566902671

What if the internet wasn’t about connecting to Comcast, AT&T, Google, or Facebook?
What if it meant connecting directly with your friends, neighbors, and community…?

 Let’s discuss how the internet works, and how you can be part of the People’s Open Network.

*No technical expertise needed. Technical curiosity very necessary.*

Agenda:
* 2:00pm – Introduction
* 2:15pm – Panel discussion: Net neutrality is dead — or is it? – Featuring tech policy experts, community organizers, and digital activists
* 3:00pm – Hands-on workstations: Including demonstration on how to crimp ethernet cable, set up home routers, mountantennae, secure your devices, and much more! 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/777807009091838/ 

10. Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, An Update on Venezuela 

518 Valencia St.
SF

U.S. Premiere of VENEZUELA THE SHADOW AGENDA, a documentary by Hernando Calvo Ospina. Follow the film it will be a panel presentation and Q&A session.

Panelists:

Antonio Jose Cordero, General Consul of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in San Francisco

Jeanette Charles, journalist, organizer and popular educator. She is also an editor and the solidarity liaison for Venezuelanalysis. Charles is a long time member of the Los Angeles based Chiapas Support Committee, a transnational Black and Brown solidarity collective with African and Indigenous movements across the Americas.

The panel will be moderated by Carolina Morales, a Venezuelan organizer focused on community wellness and social justice advocacy in San Francisco.

Initiated by the Center for Political Education, Freedom Archives, the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, and the Task Force on the Americas.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/153331305320601/

11. Saturday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Defender Film Screening / Q&A by Jeff Adachi 

388 9th Street, Suite 290
Oakland

Free – seating limited

Reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/defender-film-screening-q-a-by-jeff-adachi-tickets-41585946686?aff=efbeventtix

Documentary focuses on San Francisco Public Defender Adachi as he and his team take on the high-profile case of 22-year-old Michael Smith, who pleads not guilty after he is charged with nine counts of resisting arrest. Pulled off a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train along with his girlfriend, Smith is wrested to the ground, the arrest captured on the attending officers’ body cameras.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/543842959314021/

Sunday, January 28 

12. Sunday, 9:30am – 11:00am, Forum: Defending DACA, TPS and Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St.
SF

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protective Status) — programs put in effect to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrants from detention and deportation are being dismantled by the Trump-Pence administration. Along with that, the head of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is threatening massive raids in retaliation for Sanctuary. This forum will discuss these issues in a time of great urgency. Presentations followed by Q and A.

Presenters:

Sara Miles is the Accompaniment Coordinator of Faith in Action, Bay Area, helping train congregations to accompany immigrants at risk of detention or deportation. She is a writer whose books include Take This Bread and City of God. She will be talking about the current challenges facing immigrants, and giving an overview of community responses.

Porfirio Quintano is President of the AHNCA (Asociación de Hondureños del Norte de California) which is a member of the Bay Area Coalition Save TPS. Porfirio will talk about what they are doing locally and nationally to save TPS, and how the community could help in these actions.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/01/17/18805956.php

13. Sunday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Community Feed before Occupy Oakland General Assembly 

Oscar Grant Plaza, Amphitheater
500 14th Street
Oakland

Feed The People!
Usually the last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together, at 2 PM (3 PM during DST) to share some food with each other and the community. There will be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees.

Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/01/24/18806193.php 

14. Sunday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, 8th Annual Fred Korematsu Day: Forced Displacement 

UC Berkeley Wheeler Hall
Berkeley

Tickets: https://secure-tickets.berkeley.edu/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=13044

 $25 -$15

-FREE FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS——
First signed in 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution is the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American

This year’s event theme is: Forced Displacement from Home and Country. How was the displacement of Japanese Americans during WWII similar to displacement being experienced in our communities today? What are the similarities to experiences of refugees, indigenous people, those in immigration detention centers or affected by anti-immigration policies, or those in areas hit heavily by gentrification?

Host: Fred T. Korematsu Institute

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/915130151945423/ 

15. Sunday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Boycott!! Author Signing & Book Discussion 

Reems
3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 133
Oakland

Join Professor Sunaina Maira for an author discussion and book signing to celebrate the launch of her new book “Boycott! The Academy and Justice for Palestine.”

The first book to focus on the growing campaign for the academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions, Boycott! situates the movement in the history of other boycotts in the US as well as in Palestine, exploring the implications for antiracist, feminist, queer, and academic labor organizing.

Sunaina Maira is Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Davis and a founding organizer with the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI)

Light snacks will be provided and beverages available for purchase.

Host: Reems & AROC

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/268755126988929/

16. Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Iranian workers, youth reach for new radical beginnings 

Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

On Dec. 28, 2017, in the religious center, Mashhad, Iran, dem­onstrations broke out, quickly spreading to over 90 cities and towns in ev­ery part of the country. Protesters voiced human in­dignation over sharp increases in the cost of basic food items, unem­ployment, unpaid labor, government corruption, and proposed higher fuel prices. They op­posed Iran’s genocidal, imperi­alist war in Syria.

In retrospect, the Iranian regime’s crushing of the 2009 Green Movement can be seen as a dress rehearsal for the world ruling classes’ attempted murder of the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011. How does this new-born struggle impact our own against the global turn to reactionary nationalism personified by Trump here?

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/01/23/18806180.php

Denouncing ‘FCC’s Dangerous Ruling,’ Cuomo Signs Order to Protect Net Neutrality in New York

“With this executive order, we reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy and help ensure that the internet remains free and open to all.”

The Federal Communications Commission’s move to roll back net neutrality has led to nationwide protests. (Photo: Maria Merkulova/Free Press/Flickr/cc)

In response to a recent move by the Republican-controlled FCC to roll back net neutrality, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Wednesday to make New York the second state this week to ensure the consumer protections.

Paired with action taken by Montana on Monday, the orders to preserve net neutrality are being celebrated by free speech and consumer protection advocates, who have mounted a national movement against the FCC ruling, which critics warn enables internet service providers (ISPs) to choose to slow down or block access to certain content.

Cuomo’s executive order (pdf) unequivocally states that in order to receive a state contract, ISPs cannot “block, throttle, or prioritize internet content or applications or require that end users pay different or higher rates to access specific types of content or applications.” Similar to the order signed by Montana’s Democratic governor, Steve Bullock, the Cuomo order attempts to work around a preemption in the FCC repeal that aims to prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality rules.

“The FCC’s dangerous ruling goes against the core values of our democracy, and New York will do everything in our power to protect net neutrality and the free exchange of ideas,” Cuomo vowed in a statement. “With this executive order, we reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy and help ensure that the internet remains free and open to all.”

Cuomo’s order declares, “the internet is an essential service that should be available to all New Yorkers,” and “the free exchange of information, including the ability to access the content of their choosing secured with net neutrality protections is expected and relied upon by all New Yorkers.”

It also chastizes the FCC for opting “to do away with free and open internet protections in order to satisfy corporate interests that are not aligned with those of New Yorkers,” and outlines ways the internet is often utilized by businesses, students, educational institutions, state employees, and residents who are accessing government services or seeking to stay in touch with friends and family.

While Cuomo’s order attempts to maintain net neutrality protections for residents of his state, New York’s elected officials are also involved in efforts to fight the FCC at the federal level. Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he is leading a coalition of attorneys general from 21 states and D.C. who have filed a lawsuit to challenge the FCC ruling.

While welcoming all efforts to thwart the FCC, open internet advocates continue to argue the best path to ensure net neutrality protections is to nullify the agency’s rule changes, which Congress can do by passing a Congressional Review Act resolution.

Updates & Announcements for Thursday, Jan. 25 & Friday, Jan. 26 (from Adrienne Fong)

Announcements are for Thursday & Friday. Post for the weekend will be posted tonight or on Thursday.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on Events! This is a JUSTICE issue

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

Updates:

A. Trump’s Racism Toward Haiti Is not an Aberration (January 24, 2018)

http://progressive.org/dispatches/trump-racism-toward-haiti-is-not-an-aberration-180123/

BSan Francisco Ousts a Mayor in a Clash of Tech, Politics and Race (January 24, 2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/us/san-francisco-mayor-breed-farrell.html

Sending healing thoughts to: 

  Clark Sullivan – who is at

Kindred Hill
475 29th St
Oakland, CA 94609

  Chuck Newell – recovering from the flu. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, January 25 & Friday, January 26 

Thursday, January 25

1. Thursday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, March for Mission St!. / Marcha por la Calle Misión!

Meet at:

Mission St. & 20th St.
SF

March is to SF City Hall.

Mission Street is becoming a playground for the wealthy and is in danger of becoming another Valencia St. Join us in solidarity and march to City Hall and say NO to high-end restaurants, NO to luxury development, and NO to the red lanes! Protect our working-class family corridor and keep Mission St for La Misión!

Hosts: United to Save Mission St. & 3 other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/445115049223895/

2. Thursday, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, StolenLand/Hoarded / Resources Tour through SillyCon Valley 

Meet:

Outside Google Headquarters.
Mountain View

The Next Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tour will launch in SillyCon Valley Outside of the Google Headquarters-

Please let us know if you would like to co-lead or join us poverty, indigenous skolaz as we share the medicine of redistribution and community reparations with extreme wealth hoarders of this part of occupied Turtle Island.

More About the Tours:
The Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources tour, where poor people tour rich neighborhoods across the US and knock on doors humbly asking that wealth hoarders redistribute their money and assets, comes to the extreme wealth- hoarders of SillyCon valley-

This powerful nation-wide tour was launched in 2016 in the stolen village of Yelamu (San Francisco’s Nob Hill and PAcific Heights neighborhoods) and has so far “toured” wealth-hoarder enclaves such as Beverly Hills, The Hamptons, Park Avenue and the Main Line of Philadelphia to name a few.

This tour through stolen indigenous land and the neighborhoods of the very rich, is led by 1st Nations Ohlone Warrior Corrina Gould, Poverty Skola” Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, fellow Race, Disability, Indigenous Skolaz from POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE, and Leroy Moore from Krip Hop Nation. Co-sponsors iso far nclude The Self-Help Hunger Program and Resource Generation.

Hosts: Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Decolonization & Community Reparations Tour

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/280340312469276/ 

3. Thursday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Stop the ICE raids! It’s up to us 

630 Sansome
SF

This past week ICE has raided 7-11 stores across the country and arrested immigrant rights leaders. Now they are preparing for a major sweep in the Bay Area to deport more than “1,500 undocumented people,” and “conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites.” Thousands of human beings torn from their lives and loved ones! And the Department of (in)Justice is even considering arresting and prosecuting mayors and other public officials responsible for Sanctuary policies. THIS MUST BE STOPPED! When you attack immigrants, you are attacking us all!

An open white supremacist regime in power demonizing and persecuting “undesirables,” targeting political opponents, stripping away democratic rights… this is the logic of fascism. History has taught us that this is a road that leads to horrors. Silence and inaction = complicity.

In the coming days and weeks we will carry out political, non-violent actions to prevent these attacks on our immigrant brothers and sisters as we call upon the entire country to stand with us in resistance.

Host: Refuse Facism

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614954568590541/

4. Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, People on the Move: Conversations on forced migration 

The Washington Inn
495 10th Street
Oakland

Free

Art Performance and Community Conversations on Global Forced Migration

Hosts: Priority Africa Network and Hass Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1952143245104482/?active_tab=about

5. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Autopsy the Democratic Party in Crisis 

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Karen Bernal and Norman Solomon are two of the co-authors of Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis

Karen Bernal chairs the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party.  She co-chaired the California Bernie Sanders delegate caucus at the Democratic National Convention.

Norman Solomon coordinates RootsAction.org and the Bernie Delegates Network. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.

Rose Aguilar hosts “Your Call,” a live call-in daily radio show on KALW.  She is the author of “Red Highways: A Liberal’s Journey into the Heartland.” 

Host: Progressive Democrats of America

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1144778992291228/ 

6. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Film: After Tiller 

Revolution Books Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

Dr. George Tiller was the courageous doctor who provided abortions for women and was gunned down by an anti-abortionist. He is was one of the few doctors in the U.S. who specialized in performing late-term abortions.
Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/430200177397219/

7. Thursday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, When They Call You a Terrorist :: Black Lives Matter 

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison
Oakland

The emotional and powerful story from Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele, co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement and how it came to be. With Cat Brooks

“It is a story our nation desperately needs to hear, especially right now. Our country has been at war with its own people for decades…This remarkable book … forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation.” —Michelle Alexander

Tickets $12 advance, $15 door Marcus Books + other indie bookshops + brownpapertickets.com

Sponsor: KPFA

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/12/04/18805083.php

Friday, January 26 

8. Friday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Let My People Stay: Rally in Solidarity with Bay Area Immigrants

630 Sansome St.
SF

Bay Area Jews and allies are gathering this Friday to express commitment to justice for immigrants.

The moment is urgent: the fight for Dreamers continues at least until February 8, as 122 Dreamers lose their status daily, with 16,000 DACA recipients having lost their status and protections.

In the Bay Area, there are rumors that ICE is planning a large-scale immigration sweep to punish immigrant communities and California as a whole for its progressive policies. Immigrant communities are suffering from a climate of fear, separation, and isolation, leading to many missing school, work, medical appointments, and retreating from public life.

And in the wake of another short-term budget deal without a solution for protection for undocumented youth, it’s more important than ever to stand with our immigrant neighbors.

Hosts: Faith in Action Bay Area, Reform CA/Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/174459856618975/

9. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March (every Friday)   

Hall of Justice (outside)
850 Bryant St.
SF

Join us as we demand DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder

10. Friday, 6:00pm – 7:15pm, Honoring Amilcar – We’re not done 

Meet at site where Amilcar was killed by the SFPD

Folsom St. between 24th & 25th Streets
SF

This month we will view and give our feedback to the design of a new mural telling Amilcar’s story. Carla from Precita Eyes will show us a preliminary sketch and we’ll take a look at the possible sites now under consideration.

Info: http://mailchi.mp/7f335a5b156e/amilcars-legal-case-settled-and-our-plans?e=%5BUNIQID

11. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Power Not Paranoia: Discussion on Discrimination & Surveillance 

1330 Broadway St., Suite 300
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

The vast system of U.S. surveillance is in the hands of a President who is violating our constitutional and human rights. It’s vital that organizers protect their digital security so we can continue to work for social change.

The Ella Baker Center and The Center for Media Justice – home of the Media Action Grassroots Network – in partnership with Wellstone Action, invite you to an evening of dialogue on 21st century policing, the impact on our community, and what we can do to protect ourselves and defend our rights.

Panel:

Malkia Cyril, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Media Justice
Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor:*
Tunisia Owens, Policy Manager of The Ella Baker Center for Human RIghts
And more! 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1950078631933544/ 

12. Friday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Turning Movement Moments into Battlegrounds for People’s Power 

Workers World Party – Bay Area
1305 Franklin St, Suite #411
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

Meet Loan Tran one of the #DefendDurham defendants. Hear them talk about #Charlottesville and how that led to the toppling of the Confederate statue in Durham, days later. And the vicious attack on these freedom fighters, by both the state and the right wing, as a result of their actions. And how they turned the attacks into victory, getting the serious felony charges dropped.
Loan will discuss building a broader network of resistance to confront white supremacy in local communities. This includes raising the importance of the leadership of the most oppressed, building left unity, the role of the state, and strategies for taking movement “moments” and turning them into battle grounds for building independent people’s power.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1884826438225360/

13. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Protest in Iran: What’s the story? 

PSL
2969 Mission St.
SF

Wheelchair accessible

$3-$10 donation – no one turned away

Recent protests in several Iranian cities briefly renewed Washington’s hopes of regime change. What was the political character of the protests? Coming out of the sanctions, how is Iran’s economy performing? Is the Islamic Republic of Iran about to collapse? Trump continues to push for canceling or renegotiating the JCPOA, the agreement signed between Iran and the U.S., China, Russia, France, the U.K. and Germany.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1914833671863448/

Burger King | Whopper Neutrality


BURGER KING
Published on Jan 24, 2018

The repeal of Net Neutrality is a hot topic in America, but it can be very difficult to understand. That’s why the BURGER KING® brand created WHOPPER® Neutrality, a social experiment that explains the effects of the repeal of Net Neutrality by putting it in terms anyone can understand: A WHOPPER® sandwich.

This effort aims to help people understand how the repeal of Net Neutrality will impact their lives.

The BURGER KING® brand believes the Internet should be like the WHOPPER® sandwich: the same for everyone.

Help keep Net Neutrality safe by signing the petition at Change.org/SavetheNet

“Actual Guests. Fake pricing for illustration purposes only. TM & © 2018 Burger King Corporation. All rights reserved.”

Why I Support Public Banking

by Steve Pleich (spleich [at] gmail.com)
Monday Jan 22nd, 2018 (indybay.org)
Public Banking Benefits the Community
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Across the country, community activists, mayors, city council members, and more are waking up to the power and the promise of public banks. Such banks are established and controlled by cities or states, rather than private interests. They collect deposits from government entities—from school districts, from city tax receipts, from state infrastructure funds—and use that money to issue loans and support public priorities. They are led by independent professionals who are accountable to elected officials. Public banks are a way to build local wealth and resist the market’s predatory predilections. They are a way to end municipal reliance on Wall Street institutions, with their high fees, their scandal-ridden track records, and their toxic investments in private prisons and pipelines. They are a way, at long last, to manage money in the public interest.

Here in California, Treasurer John Chiang wants the state to consider creating a government-owned bank that could serve cannabis businesses, one of several recommendations aimed at helping bring those businesses into the financial mainstream. One of the major recommendations suggests there may be ways for California to help cannabis businesses pay their taxes and open bank accounts. But public banking would not only help our soon to be flourishing Santa Cruz cannabis industry honor their tax obligations, it may work to confer a significant public benefit in other ways as well. One such, is sustainable energy production.

At a recent forum at Oakland City Hall, experts from the public banking and community energy sectors explored how the creation of a public bank could help communities transition to clean energy while creating economic opportunities. “We need to build a more sustainable world, we need to be using energy that is positive for the environment and community, and we need to do it a way that support local jobs,” said Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan who is leading the public bank creation efforts.

The forum took place in Oakland, California, just days after the approval of a resolution to fund a feasibility study by the City Council, with support from neighboring cities. The first and only public bank in the U.S. is the Bank of North Dakota. “A public bank can really create community wealth in ways other institutions are not capable off,” said Gregory Rosen, the founder of High Noon Advisors, a local consulting firm with experience in clean energy investing. “It can help people of different backgrounds and income levels come together, for the good of the community.”

A representative from Germany’s public banking sector, Wolfram Morales, explained how public banks played a central role in the country’s energy sector. Germany’s energy transition from centralized fossil fuel energy to diverse renewables has been successful and gets between 38-41 percent of its electricity from renewable resources, according to figures provided by the East German Savings Bank Association. “The government says about us, that the Sparkassen finance group is one of the largest financiers of the energy transition,” said Morales, who is the head of the Office of the Executive President at Sparkasse, an association of public banks in Germany. So not only would public banking help maximize the positive economic impact of our local cannabis industry, it could help us kick start our local Climate Action Plan and move our community closure to widely available sources of sustainable energy.

But even with the many potentially public benefits public banking could provide, the question more often asked is not should we consider municipal public banking, but can we legally do so. California Government Code §23007 is the state law that prohibits counties from giving or loaning credit to private individuals or corporations but this has never been found to apply to cities. Banks lend their own credit rather than their deposits, so it’s not even clear this law would prohibit any government entity from running a bank. This brings us to an even larger point: California’s charter cities possess many lines of authority that can contravene or bypass not only California statutory law, but certain constitutional provisions. Legal experts in the state, such as San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Thomas J. Owen, conclude that even if Article XVI prohibited the state legislature from lending credit, such a prohibition would not apply to charter cities. That’s consistent with other exceptions carved out for charter cities, including the ability to impose real property transfer taxes and public financing of election campaigns, two proposals long supported by this writer. The United States Supreme Court has held that under the Tenth Amendment, “political subdivisions” (municipal governments) are protected by the same constitutional guarantees of local rule as states. California makes these protections even more robust through its charter city law. And guess, what, Santa Cruz is one of many charter cities in California.

In point of fact, the reason that there aren’t more public banks around the country has nothing to do with any legal problems. Courts have never prevented states from implementing public banking, and states with strong home rule laws like California would not interpret their constitutions or general laws as prohibitive of public banks. From a policy standpoint, North Dakota proves public banking works. Indeed, the lack of public banks in America has everything to do with political will and the resolve to stand up to the pressure brought to bear by the private banking industry. California, and so Santa Cruz, is uniquely suited to stand up to such pressure. The people of the state are increasingly determined to chart their own course independent of Wall Street and, where necessary, independent of the federal government. There has never been a better time for a city council and active citizens to push back against Wall Street lobbyists and implement a model of sound and ethical financial policy. Not so long ago, the Occupy Movement shined a light on the monopolistic practices of the big banks, practices that did nothing to benefit the public good. We now have a second, and perhaps even more readily available and practical opportunity to move our community away from banking practices that do not contribute to the common good and toward a model of banking that is founded on the principle of promoting the public good. And what’s even more encouraging to this writer, we seem to also possess the political will to get it done.

That’s why I support public banking.

Post from “First They Came for the Homeless”

Everyone needs to read between the lines. They will coming to evict city hall. When? When they think they can get away with it. And, they are lying, just like during the poor tour. I was there Saturday and Sunday. It’s clean, orderly, and well behaved. There are individuals that are problems, but not the group. Remove the individuals like you said you would, or show yourselves to be the liars we expect you to be.

One of the topics of the forum will be the criteria under which the City decides that there is a health and safety violation that calls for disrupting an encampment. City staff initially found that the encampments (there is more than one) at Old City Hall didn’t rise to that standard. With the small fire that occurred at the corner of Allston and MLK, I am asking City staff again to re-evaluate the site.

–Mike Zint