Protesters Outside San Francisco ICE Building Denounce Immigration Raids


ICE officials criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to alert the public about the arrests
By NBC Bay Area staff
Published at 5:40 AM PST on Feb 28, 2018 | Updated 2 hours ago

Protesters on Wednesday took to the streets and sidewalks outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in San Francisco, demanding answers as dozens of undocumented immigrants have been arrested across Northern California over the past few days. Sam Brock reports. (Published 2 hours ago)

UPDATES for Wednesday, February 28 – Friday, March 2nd (most regarding ICE) from Adrienne Fong

UPDATES:

1. Supreme Court rules immigrants can be detained indefinitely (February 27, 2018)

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/375791-supreme-court-rules-immigrants-can-be-detained-indefinitely

2. ICE confirms 150-plus arrests in California sweep, slams Schaaf’s early warning (Feb. 27, 2018)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Reports-of-California-immigration-sweep-are-true-12714833.php#item-85307-tbla-9

5 ACTION ALERTS

Wednesday, February 28 – Friday, March 2 

Press Conference

After 1st Meeting Ever with D.A. Gascón!!! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Hall of Justice

850 Bryant St.

San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/149878195678537/ 

D.A. Gascón Will Meet the Family of Luis Góngora Pat—For the First Time—Nearly Two Years After His Killing by SFPD Officers! His Family Demands Justice!

The family of Luís Góngora Pat will hold a press conference on the steps of 850 Bryant, after they exit the private meeting scheduled at 11 a.m. with District Attorney George Gascón.

Gascón is perpetuating police impunity through his inaction!
We expect to hold the press conference by 12:15pm. Please join us with your posters and presence! THANK YOU!

FB host: Adriana

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Stop ICE Incarceration! Emergency Rally!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12Noon – 3:00pm 

ICE

630 Sansome St.

San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/167637273882148/ 

URGENT: ICE has detained more than 150 people in the past three days and plans to detain more people in our communities, separating families and causing massive fear.

This is flat-out repression of sanctuary city policies, and it comes on the heels of the devastating SCOTUS decision to deny due process to undocumented detainees. We need to act NOW to stand for the dignity of every human being regardless of race, ethnicity, or birthplace.

Join us today and stand up for humanity!

Host: Immigration Liberation Movement, Free SF, Bay Resistance, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

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.Justice for Jesus: Pack the Court (round 2) 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12Noon – 3:00pm,

ICE

630 Sansome St.

SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/193843741366860/ 

Second bond hearing!

To recap: February 7th was a critical day for Jesus Medrano and his family as he had his first bond hearing before Judge Murry. For everyone present in court, Jesus presented overwhelming evidence that should have resulted in his release. Instead, Judge Murry refused to allow 2 available witnesses to testify, including a psychologists who had evaluated Jesus. This, after Judge Murry admitted in open court that he had not read the psychologist’s evaluation which concluded that Jesus was an outstanding father, partner, and community member that deserved to be released. Judge Murry showed his bias (after all he has a 98% denial rate) when he refused to issue a decision in front of the community that was present in court.

Hours after the bond hearing, Jesus’s attorneys were able file a motion noting the due process violations by Judge Murry.

Organizational sign-on letter go to bit.ly/OrgSignOnforJesus and sign on by no later than Monday 2/26 by close of business.

Host: Immigration Liberation Movement + 2 Other groups

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San Francisco

Immigrants Stay,Trump/Pence Must Go!

Gather & Protest at ICE HQ

Thursday, March 1, 2018

12:30pm – 3:00pm, 

ICE

630 Sansome St.

SF

Infohttps://www.facebook.com/events/221455788424853/ 

IF YOU CAN, PLEASE JOIN US AT SF ICE HEADQUARTERS, TO OBSERVE 11 MINUTES OF SILENCE AND HOLD A POWERFUL AND DETERMINED PROTEST.

At work, at school, on the street:

Gather and hold 11 minutes of silence for all eleven million undocumented immigrants.

These are our sisters and brothers!

Take pictures and spread them on social media using:
#ImmigrantsStayTrumpPenceMustGo!

Stand against Trump’s comprehensive and white supremacist attacks on immigrants and immigration. Stand with DACA youth, with TPS recipients, with all those in detention right now. Stand with those whose families have already been torn apart and those who live each day with that fear. Trump’s “Wall” is a potent symbol and instrument of terror that concentrates the shattering of old norms and cementing Trump’s new order of: America First…Make America Great White Again.” 

Host: Refuse Fascism Bay Area 

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Free Kevin, DACA Recipient: Pack the Court! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

8:00am – 11:00am 

Pray-in: 8am
Hearing: 9am
Rally: 10am

ICE

630 Sansome St.

San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/145575999470293/ 

Join Kevin, a DACA recipient, and his family  to demand that the San Francisco immigration court release him to his family and community.

About Kevin: Kevin has lived in the United States since the age of 1 and knows no other country than the United States. Kevin has DACA. He was a stellar student who achieved high marks in his classes and remains a committed member of his church where he participated in its youth choir. Kevin is beloved by his religious community and is missed greatly by his younger siblings.

Despite Kevin’s DACA being valid through November 27, 2018, ICE decided to arrest him and his father in Redding, California under false pretenses. ICE unlawfully pretended to be local police, searched his father’s cell phone without a warrant, and called Kevin on his phone telling him they were “highway patrol” and that he needed to pick-up his father’s vehicle to avoid it being towed. As a result of ICE’s lies, Kevin has now been in ICE custody at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Sacramento, California for nearly 3 months. During that time, Kevin missed the birth of his first child. These are moments, Kevin will never get back.

Host: Immigrant Liberation Movement

Analysis: More Than 100 Cities Now Mostly Powered by Renewable Energy

“Cities not only want to shift to renewable energy but, most importantly—they can.”

march for a clean energy revolution

Supporters of renewable energy marched in Philadephia in July 2016. (Photo: Becker1999/Flickr/cc)

More than 100 cities across the globe are now mostly powered by renewable energy, a number that has more than doubled over the past three years, according to a review of environmental data collected from entities worldwide.

The new analysis, a tally of information collected by the U.K.-based group CDP and released Tuesday, accounts for towns and cities that get at least 70 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar. In addition to publishing its complete list, the group created an interactive map that features key details about some municipalities’ transitions.

Made with Flourish

While only four U.S. cities made the list—Aspen, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; Eugene, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington—the group says 58 localities in the United States have committed to a full transition. Among the largest cities on CDP’s list are Auckland, New Zealand; Nairobi, Kenya; Oslo, Norway; and Vancouver, Canada. Forty-seven of the cities listed are located in Brazil. More than 40 cities—from Burlington to Reykjavik, Iceland to Basel, Switzerland—are fully powered by renewables.

“Through our diverse mix of biomass, hydro, wind, and solar, we have seen first-hand that renewable energy boosts our local economy and creates a healthier place to work, live, and raise a family.”
—Miro Weinberger, Burlington Mayor

“Through our diverse mix of biomass, hydro, wind, and solar, we have seen first-hand that renewable energy boosts our local economy and creates a healthier place to work, live, and raise a family,” said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, who urged “other cities around the globe to follow our innovative path as we all work toward a more sustainable energy future.”

“Cities are responsible for 70 percent of energy-related CO2 emissions and there is immense potential for them to lead on building a sustainable economy. Reassuringly, our data shows much commitment and ambition,” said Kyra Appleby, CDP’s director of cities. “Cities not only want to shift to renewable energy but, most importantly—they can.”

The new data reflects the rapidly growing trend to commit to a renewable energy transition at a local level. CDP noted in a statement that Tuesday’s analysis “comes on the same day the UK100 network of local government leaders announce that over 80 UK towns and cities have committed to 100 percent clean energy by 2050, including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, and 16 London boroughs.”

The group attributed the rising excitement about energy transitions in part to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which claims to be “the broadest global alliance committed to climate leadership, building on the commitment of over 7,400 cities and local governments from six continents and 121 countries representing more than 600 million residents.” The alliance launched last summer, after U.S. President Donald Trump revealed his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The transition trend is being driven not only by a widespread desire to eliminate the use of oil and gas—which is fueling the global climate crisis—but also by economic arguments. An International Renewable Energy Agency report (pdf) published in January found that “by 2020, all the renewable power generation technologies that are now in commercial use are expected to fall within the fossil fuel-fired cost range, with most at the lower end or undercutting fossil fuels,” meaning “electricity from renewables will soon be consistently cheaper than from most fossil fuels.”

NYT Editor Insists the Paper Has No Ideology…Except Being ‘Pro-Capitalism’

“There may be a connection between the NYT editorial page editor saying ‘we are pro-capitalism’ and the NYT having no Sanders backers on staff.”

Bennet’s remarks came as he was facing intense criticism—both internally and externally—for bringing on right-wing climate denier Bret Stephens as a full-time columnist. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/cc)

 

According to the newly leaked transcript of a New York Times staff meeting last year, editorial page editor James Bennet wants his employees and the public to believe that the paper of record is dedicated to open debate, not committed to any particular ideology, and opposed to “simply assert[ing] that we know what the right answers are.”

“Call me a conspiracy theorist but I think there may be a connection between the NYT editorial page editor saying ‘we are pro-capitalism’ and the NYT having no Sanders backers on staff.”
—Adam Johnson, media analyst

Oh, except when it comes to one small matter: capitalism.

“I think we are pro-capitalism,” Bennet said, according to the Huffington Post, which was given a video of the meeting. “The New York Times is in favor of capitalism because it has been the greatest engine of, it’s been the greatest anti-poverty program and engine of progress that we’ve seen.”

After taking a few moments to insist that the Times “is very concerned with fairness” and outlining what the Huffington Post‘s Ashley Feinberg described as “an ideology of no ideology,” Bennet went on to express support for a lower corporate tax rate—one of the central components of the tax bill President Donald Trump signed into law last year.

“In thinking about, for example, the tax bill in this and that, you know, we actually like the idea of reducing corporate rates,” Bennet said. “We’re not for taxation for purposes of taxation, but we are very concerned about fairness and equitable distribution. And it’s sort of wrestling with the, with the tensions there is, I think, how we come out where we do.”

Bennet’s remarks came as he was facing intense criticism—both internally and externally—for bringing on right-wing climate denier Bret Stephens as a full-time columnist.

While Bennet insisted during the December meeting the Stephens hire demonstrates the paper’s commitment to ideological diversity, one Timesemployee called that expressed commitment into doubt by highlighting the fact that the paper doesn’t have a “strong advocate” for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or his policy agenda on staff.

Bennet responded with what independent journalist Adam Johnson, who also works as an analyst for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR,) called a “comically incoherent” answer, one that didn’t directly address the employee’s observation and instead called on Times staffers to send him possible columnist “nominations.”

Further reacting to the leaked staff meeting on Twitter, Johnson suggested there may be some connection between Bennet’s remarks in support of capitalism and his failure to hire a supporter of America’s most popular democratic socialist for a full-time post.

Funding Infrastructure: Why China Is Running Circles Around America

Posted on  (ellenbrown.com) by Ellen Brown

“One Belt, One Road,” China’s $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, is a massive undertaking of highways, pipelines, transmission lines, ports, power stations, fiber optics, and railroads connecting China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa. According to Dan Slane, a former advisor in President Trump’s transition team, “It is the largest infrastructure project initiated by one nation in the history of the world and is designed to enable China to become the dominant economic power in the world.” In a January 29tharticle titled “Trump’s Plan a Recipe for Failure, Former Infrastructure Advisor Says,” he added, “If we don’t get our act together very soon, we should all be brushing up on our Mandarin.”

On Monday, February 12th, President Trump’s own infrastructure initiative was finally unveiled. Perhaps to trump China’s $1 trillion mega-project, the Administration has now upped the ante from $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion, or at least so the initiative is billed. But as Donald Cohen observes in The American Prospect, it’s really only $200 billion, the sole sum that is to come from federal funding; and it’s not even that after factoring in the billions in tax cuts in infrastructure-related projects. The rest of the $1.5 trillion is to come from cities, states, and private investors; and since city and state coffers are depleted, that chiefly means private investors. The focus of the Administration’s plan is on public-private partnerships, which as Slane notes are not suitable for many of the most critical infrastructure projects, since they lack the sort of ongoing funding stream such as a toll or fee that would attract private investors. Public-private partnerships also drive up costs compared to financing with municipal bonds.

In any case, as Yves Smith observes, private equity firms are not much interested in public assets; and to the extent that they are, they are more interested in privatizing existing infrastructure than in funding the new development that is at the heart of the president’s plan. Moreover, local officials and local businessmen are now leery of privatization deals. They know the price of quick cash is to be bled dry with user charges and profit guarantees.

The White House says its initiative is not a take-it-or-leave-it proposal but is the start of a negotiation, and that the president is “open to new sources of funding.” But no one in Congress seems to have a viable proposal. Perhaps it is time to look more closely at how China does it . . . .

China’s Secret Funding Source: The Deep Pocket of Its State-owned Banks

While American politicians argue endlessly about where to find the money, China has been forging full steam ahead with its mega-projects. A case in point is its 12,000 miles of high-speed rail, built in a mere decade while American politicians were still trying to fund much more modest rail projects. The money largely came from loans from China’s state-owned banksThe country’s five largest banks are majority-owned by the central government, and they lend principally to large, state-owned enterprises.

Where do the banks get the money? Basically, they print it. Not directly. Not obviously. But as the Bank of England has acknowledged, banks do not merely recycle existing deposits but actually create the money they lend by writing it into their borrowers’ deposit accounts. Incoming deposits are needed to balance the books, but at some point these deposits originated in the deposit accounts of other banks; and since the Chinese government owns most of the country’s banks, it can aim this funding fire hose at its most pressing national needs.

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, issues money for infrastructure in an even more direct way. It has turned to an innovative form of quantitative easing in which liquidity is directed not at propping up the biggest banks but at “surgical strikes” into the most productive sectors of the economy. Citigroup chief economist Willem Buiter calls this “qualitative easing” to distinguish it from the quantitative easing engaged in by Western central banks. According to a 2014 Wall Street Journal article:

In China’s context, such so-called qualitative easing happens when the People’s Bank of China adds riskier assets to its balance sheet – such as by relending to the agriculture sector and small businesses and offering cheap loans for low-return infrastructure projects – while maintaining a normal pace of balance-sheet expansion [loan creation]. . . .

The purpose of China’s qualitative easing is to provide affordable financing to select sectors, and it reflects Beijing’s intention to dictate interest rates for some sectors, Citigroup’s economists said. They added that while such a policy would also put inflationary pressure on the economy, the impact is less pronounced than the U.S.-style quantitative easing.

Among the targets of these surgical strikes with central bank financing is the One Belt, One Road initiative. According to a May 2015 article in Bloomberg:

Instead of turning the liquidity sprinkler on full-throttle for the whole garden, the PBOC is aiming its hose at specific parts. The latest innovations include plans to bolster the market for local government bonds and the recapitalisation of policy banks so they can boost lending to government-favoured projects. . . .

Policymakers have sought to bolster credit for small and medium-sized enterprises, and borrowers supporting the goals of the communist leadership, such as the One Belt, One Road initiative developing infrastructure along China’s old Silk Road trade routes.

“Non-Performing Loans” or “Helicopter Money for Infrastructure”?  Money that Need Not Be Repaid

Critics say China has a dangerously high debt-to-GDP ratio and a “bad debt” problem, meaning its banks have too many “non-performing” loans. But according to financial research strategist Chen Zhao in a Harvard review called “China: A Bullish Case,” these factors are being misinterpreted and need not be cause for alarm. China has a high debt to GDP ratio because most Chinese businesses are funded through loans rather than through the stock market, as in the US; and China’s banks are able to engage in massive lending because the Chinese chiefly save their money in banks rather than investing it in the stock market, providing the deposit base to back this extensive lending. As for China’s public “debt,” most of it is money created on bank balance sheets for economic stimulus. Zhao writes:

During the 2008-09 financial crisis, the U.S. government deficit shot up to about 10 percent of GDP due to bail-out programs like the TARP. In contrast, the Chinese government deficit during that period didn’t change much. However, Chinese bank loan growth shot up to 40 percent while loan growth in the U.S. collapsed. These contrasting pictures suggest that most of China’s four trillion RMB stimulus package was carried out by its state-owned banks. . . . The so-called “bad debt problem” is effectively a consequence of Beijing’s fiscal projects and thus should be treated as such.

China calls this government bank financing “lending” rather than “money printing,” but the effect is very similar to what European central bankers are calling “helicopter money” for infrastructure – central bank-generated money that does not need to be repaid. If the Chinese loans get repaid, great; but if they don’t, it’s not considered a problem. Like helicopter money, the non-performing loans merely leave extra money circulating in the marketplace, creating the extra “demand” needed to fill the gap between GDP and consumer purchasing power, something that is particularly necessary in an economy that is contracting due to shrinking global markets following the 2008-09 crisis.

In a December 2017 article in the Financial Times called “Stop Worrying about Chinese Debt, a Crisis Is Not Brewing”, Zhao expanded on these concepts, writing:

[S]o-called credit risk in China is, in fact, sovereign risk. The Chinese government often relies on bank credit to finance government stimulus programmes. . . . China’s sovereign risk is extremely low. Importantly, the balance sheets of the Chinese state-owned banks, the government and the People’s Bank of China are all interconnected. Under these circumstances, a debt crisis in China is almost impossible.

Chinese state-owned banks are not going to need a Wall Street-style bailout from the government. They are the government, and the Chinese government has a massive global account surplus. It is not going bankrupt any time soon.

What about the risk of inflation? As noted by the Citigroup economists, Chinese-style “qualitative easing” is actually less inflationary than the bank-focused “quantitative easing” engaged in by Western central banks. And Western-style QE has barely succeeded in reaching the Fed’s 2 percent inflation target. For 2017, the Chinese inflation rate was a modest 1.8 percent.

What to Do When Congress Won’t Act

Rather than regarding China as a national security threat and putting our resources into rebuilding our military defenses, we might be further ahead studying its successful economic policies and adapting them to rebuilding our own crumbling roads and bridges before it is too late. The US government could set up a national infrastructure bank that lends just as China’s big public banks do, or the Federal Reserve could do qualitative easing for infrastructure as the PBOC does. The main roadblock to those solutions seems to be political. They would kill the privatization cash cow of the vested interests calling the shots behind the scenes.

What alternatives are left for cash-strapped state and local governments? Unlike the Fed, they cannot issue money directly; but they can establish their own banks. Fifty percent of the cost of infrastructure is financing, so having their own banks would allow them to cut the cost of infrastructure nearly in half. The savings on infrastructure projects with an income stream could then be used to fund those critically necessary projects that lack an income stream.

For a model, they can look to the century-old Bank of North Dakota (BND), currently the nation’s only publicly-owned depository bank. The BND makes 2 percent loans to local communities for infrastructure, far below the 12 percent average sought by private equity firms. Yet as noted in a November 2014 Wall Street Journal article, the BND is more profitable than Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. Before submitting to exploitation by public-private partnerships, state and local governments would do well to give the BND model further study.

This article was originally published on Truthdig.org.

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, chairman of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution. Her 300+ blog articles are posted at EllenBrown.com.

City of Seattle releases RFP for Public Bank Feasibility Study

Public Banking Institute News: February 27, 2018

City of Seattle

Seattle has made their effort to create a Public Bank official by issuing a request for proposals for a Seattle Public Bank feasibility study. The city expects the final report to be submitted by August 1, 2018. Full RFP text here.

For more information and contact details, click here.

Timeline for RFP below:

Schedule of Events  Date/Time
Solicitation Release 2/26/2018
Deadline for Questions 3/12/2018 5:00 PM PST
Response Deadline 3/19/2018 5:00 PM PST
Announcement of Successful Proposer(s) 3/27/2018 5:00 PM PST
Anticipated Negotiation Schedule 3/28/2018 – 4/9/2018
Contract Execution 4/10/2018 5:00 PM PST

 

Equal Votes: Let’s fix the way we elect our presidents


Equal Citizens
Published on Sep 14, 2017

We have a plan to challenge the Electoral College in the Supreme Court, and we believe we can win—even in time for the 2020 election.

Watch the video to learn more about how we’re going to fix the way we elect presidents.

To get this off the ground, we need to raise $250,000 by October 13th. Please consider making a donation today: https://goo.gl/hp7fNE

Regardless, sign up to join the fight for #EqualVotes. It’s time to fix the way we elect presidents. https://goo.gl/NJRxR3

Trumping Democracy | Official Trailer


CinemaLibre
Published on Nov 10, 2017
DIRECTOR Thomas Huchon

FEATURING: Ben Tulchin, Carole Cadwalladr, Brendan Fischer, Paul-Oliver Dehaye, Rosie Gray

This explosive documentary follows the money to the elusive multi-billionaire Robert Mercer who bought Breitbart News and funded the effort, while inserting Steve Bannon into the presidential campaign as its manager. Using data of millions of Americans acquired from Facebook, Google, banks, credit companies, social security and more, another Mercer company, Cambridge Analytica, used tactics honed during the UK’s Brexit campaign to identify voters deemed “most neurotic or worried,” whom they believed could swing for Trump. In the days before the election, using a little-known Facebook feature, “dark posts”, they deployed highly manipulative and personalized messages, which could be seen only by the user before disappearing. In the darkness of the web, democracy was trumped by data.

Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica
Data miningdata analysis
Founded 2013
Headquarters London, England, United Kingdom
Key people
Alexander Nix (CEO)[1]
Robert Mercer
Website CambridgeAnalytica.org

Cambridge Analytica (CA) is a privately held company that combines data mining and data analysiswith strategic communication for the electoral process. It was created in 2013 as an offshoot of its British parent company SCL Group to participate in American politics.[2] In 2014, CA was involved in 44 U.S. political races.[3] The company is partly owned by the family of Robert Mercer, an American hedge-fund manager who supports many politically conservative causes.[2][4] The firm maintains offices in New York CityWashington, D.C., and London.[5]

In 2015 it became known as the data analysis company working initially for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.[4] In 2016, after Cruz’s campaign had faltered, CA worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign,[6] and on the Leave.EU-campaign for the United Kingdom‘s withdrawal from the European Union. CA’s role and impact on those campaigns has been disputed and is the subject of ongoing criminal investigations in both countries.[7][8][9]

Background and methods

SCL Group calls itself a “global election management agency”[10] known for involvement “in military disinformation campaigns to social media branding and voter targeting”.[4] SCL’s involvement in the political world has been primarily in the developing world where it has been used by the military and politicians to study and manipulate public opinion and political will. Slate writer Sharon Weinberger compared one of SCL’s hypothetical test scenarios to fomenting a coup.[4]

According to the Swiss “Das Magazin” the methods of data analysis of CA are to a large degree based on the academic work of Michal Kosinski. In 2008 Kosinski had joined the Psychometrics Centre of Cambridge University where he then developed with his coworkers a profiling system using general online data, Facebook-likes, and smartphone data.[11] He showed that with a limited number of “likes” people can be analyzed better than friends or relatives can do and that individual psychological targeting is a powerful tool to influence people.[11]

When SCL Elections formed CA in 2013 it hired researchers from Cambridge University, hence the name.[12] CA collects data on voters using sources such as demographicsconsumer behaviorinternet activity, and other public and private sources. According to The Guardian, CA is using psychological data derived from millions of Facebook users, largely without users’ permission or knowledge.[12] Another source of information is the “Cruz Crew” mobile app that tracks physical movements and contacts and invades personal data more than any other app of presidential candidates.[13]

“Today in the United States we have somewhere close to four or five thousand data points on every individual … So we model the personality of every adult across the United States, some 230 million people.”

— Alexander Nix (Chief Executive, Cambridge Analytica), October 2016.[1]

The company claims to use “data enhancement and audience segmentation techniques” providing “psychographic analysis” for a “deeper knowledge of the target audience”. The company uses the OCEAN scale of personality traits.[3][5] Using what it calls “behavioral microtargeting” the company indicates that it can predict “needs” of subjects and how these needs may change over time. Services then can be individually targeted for the benefit of its clients from the political arena, governments, and companies providing “a better and more actionable view of their key audiences.” According to Sasha Issenberg, CA indicates that it can tell things about an individual he might not even know about himself.[2] [14]

CA derives much of its personality data on online surveys which it conducts on an ongoing basis. For each political client, the firm narrows voter segments from 32 different personality styles it attributes to every adult in the U.S. The personality data informs the tone of the language used in ad messages or voter contact scripts, while additional data is used to determine voters’ stances on particular issues.[15]

The data gets updated with monthly surveys, asking about political preferences and how people get the information they use to make decisions. It also covers consumer topics about different brands and preferred products, building up an image of how someone shops as much as how they vote.[16]

Activities

United States

2016 presidential election

CA’s involvement in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries became known in July 2015.[4] As of December 2015 CA claimed to have collected up to 5,000 data points on over 220 million Americans.[5] At that time Robert Mercer was a major supporter of Ted Cruz.[2][17] The Mercer family funded CA directly and indirectly through several super-PACs as well as through payments via Cruz’s campaign.[12]

Ted Cruz became an early major client of CA in the 2016 presidential campaign. Just prior to the Iowa caucuses, the Cruz campaign had spent $3M for CA’s services,[18] with additional money coming from allied Super-PACs.[18] After Cruz’s win at the Iowa caucus CA was credited with having been able to identify and motivate potential voters.[19][20] Ultimately the Cruz campaign spent $5.8 million on work by CA.[21]

Ben Carson was a second client of CA; his campaign had paid $220,000 for “data management” and “web service” as reported in October 2015.[3]Marco Rubio’s campaign was supported by Optimus Consulting.[22] Meanwhile, the third competitor, Governor John Kasich, was supported by rivaling firm Applecart.[23]

After Cruz dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination in May 2016, Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah started to support Trump.[24] In August it became known that CA followed their allegiance and worked for Trump’s presidential campaign.[21][24] Trump’s campaign also worked with digital firm Giles Parscale.[21] In September, the Trump campaign spent $5 million to purchase television advertising.[25]The Trump campaign spent less than $1 million in data work.[26]

In 2016, the company said that it had not used psychographics in the Trump presidential campaign.[27]

The head of Cambridge Analytica said he asked the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, for help finding Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails.[28][29]

More at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Analytica

UPDATES ~ Two Action Alerts ~ Announcements fr. Monday, 2/26 – Thursday, 3/1 (from Adrienne Fong)

Listed are some important events. I’m NOT back yet.

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. 20,000 Israelis Protest Deportation of African Asylum Seekers (Feb. 24, 2018)

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/over-10-000-israelis-protests-deportation-of-african-asylum-seekers-1.5846472 

B. Oakland Mayor Mayor Libby Schaaf warns residents of possible ICE raids (Feb. 24, 2018)

http://kron4.com/2018/02/24/oakland-mayor-mayor-libby-schaaf-warns-residents-of-possible-ice-raids/

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Reminder

·       Do NOT open your door. ICE can’t come into your home unless they have a signed search warrant or you let them in. If officers are at your door, ask them to pass the warrant under the door before you open it. An arrest warrant (or an administrative warrant of removal) is not enough to come inside you home. If ICE officers want to enter your home, they must have a valid judicial search warrant that says the officers have a right to enter or search that particular address or areas specified. If the agents don’t speak your language, ask for an interpreter.

·       Check out the warrant. Look at the top and at the signature line to see if it was issued by a court and signed by a judge. Only a court/judge warrant grants ICE permission to enter your premises. One issued by DHS or ICE and signed by a DHS or ICE employee does not.

In case of rumored ICE raids in Oakland
ACILEP (Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership) dispatchers and lawyers are standing by. Please ensure that at-risk friends, families and congregations have the

  ACILEP hotline phone number 510-241-4011.
Please also standby if a public rapid response needs to be activated as well.
We respond with knowledge, protection and solidarity – not panic. 

Resources:   Northern California Immigration Raid Rapid Response hotline numbers & Immigrant Defense Network

  Info: http://rapidresponse.sfbar.org/urgent-threat-raids-bay-area/ 

UPDATED: January 2018

Northern California Local Rapid Response Hotlines

The following are hotline numbers for local rapid response networks. These numbers are meant for EMERGENCIES ONLY to report ICE activity and enforcement actions.

·       Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership (ACILEP)
Region covered: Alameda County (510) 241-4011

·       San Francisco Rapid Response Network
Region covered: San Francisco City (415) 200-1548

·       Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Santa Clara County (408) 290-1144

·       Monterey County Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Monterey County (831) 643-5225

·       Santa Cruz County Rapid Response (YARR)
Region covered: San Cruz County (831) 239-4289

·       Marin Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Marin County  (415) 991-4545

·       North Bay Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Sonoma & Napa Counties (707) 800-4544

·       San Mateo Rapid Response Network
Region covered: San Mateo County (203) 666-4472

·       Central Valley Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Fresno County San Joaquin, Merced, and Kern Counties (559) 206-0151

·       Sacramento Rapid Response
Region covered: Sacramento County (916) 245-6773

·       Humboldt Rapid Response (True North)
Region covered Humboldt County 707-282-5226

·       Services, Immigration Rights and Education Network (SIREN) Rapid Response Text Platform
Region covered: Northern & Central California
Community members: (201) 468-6088
Allies: (918) 609-4480

·       If law enforcement enters your home without consent or a warrant or is threatening or abusive, contact the ACLU of Northern California.

What are your rights if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes to your home?

Know Your Rights Cards from the Immigration Legal Resource Center
Know Your Rights from the ACLU
Know Your Rights from the Immigrant Defense Project
5 Ways to Fight ICE Raids with Power, Not Panic from California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
California TRUST Act from ICE out of California

 TWO ACTION ALERTS 

1. Letter / Petition to SF Mayor Mark Farrell regarding  contract negotiations between San Francisco and the SF Police Officers Association

 An invitation to YOU to sign on to a letter to Mayor Mark Farrell regarding ongoing contract negotiations between the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Police Officers Association (POA). Letter: the petition.Please also see item # 10.  #NoJusticeNoDeal

2. Stop Tar Sands and  Support Indigenous Rights (from 359.org)

Three days ago, Minnesota officials voted to move ahead with their decision on the Line 3 pipeline without assessing the Indigenous lands and sacred sites that would be impacted. But there’s still one more chance for them to reassess.

Line 3 is one of three proposed major tar sands pipelines that, if built, would violate Indigenous rights and send our climate past a tipping point. We need to stop these pipelines and keep climate-killing tar sands in the ground. Click here to submit a prepared letter / petition that you can modify:

Speak out against the Line 3 pipeline – submit a public comment to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission urging them to reject this project before the period closes this Tuesday, February 27th.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, Feb. 26 – Thursday, March 1 

Monday, February 26

1. Monday, 8:30am – Free Fernando: Pack the Court

ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

Fernando, loving husband and father of 3, will have his court hearing. The Carrillo family would appreciate any community support to show up with them on this important day. Join them to stand in solidarity with the Carrillo family to #FreeFernando.

Fernando was arrested and detained after dropping off his four-year-old daughter at a San Jose daycare on October 11, 2017. Even though Fernando’s Detention Officer and the Officer’s supervisor recommended that Fernando be released, based on the reference letters and other documentation that was requested, David Jennings, the Field Director of the the ICE office in San Francisco, denied Fernando’s bond. Now the Carillo family is left to bear the emotional and financial burden of this decision.

Hosts: Free Fernando and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1987793151543628/

2. Monday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Eviction Trial Support for Anti Frances 

Superior Court of California County of Alameda
24405 Amador St
Hayward

CARPOOL
This event is at the Hayward Hall of Justice, which is 1.2 miles from Hayward Bart

WEAR BLUE to show Aunti Frances your support.

Come out to Hayward to support Aunti Frances as she begins her EVICTION TRIAL against this unjust loophole eviction!

On 2/21 Aunti Frances went to her first settlement hearing, and the Morphys (her landlords) failed to give her a fair or just settlement offer. Now the eviction jury trial is starting.

NOTE: this is a court proceeding, not a demonstration. Come prepared to sit in silence for extended periods of time. Please abide by all court rules and do not attempt to interact with the jury, witnesses, or any party to the case.

For any questions, please contact info@defendauntifrances.org

Host: Self Help Hunger Program

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/798624843659149/

3. Monday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, We Rise Rally and Action 

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

The right to organize is one of the most basic rights of working people. Don’t let them take that away from us. This country needs to hear our voices now more than ever.

On February 26th, the Supreme Court will hear Oral Arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case funded by the wealthy elite 1% of Americans who want to make it harder for working people to join together and use our power in numbers. On this day, we will be hitting the streets to show that we will not be divided by the corporate elites seeking to rig the economy further against working people.

Host: CSU Employees Union + 7 other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1997294017261308/

4. Monday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Save the Trees on 24th Street, Mission District 

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416
SF

Ten trees that live on 24th street are over 40 years old, they are as much a part of the community as are the people who live there, these trees are living entities that provide many benefits to 24th street, they share many unknown benefits and beautify the street which is now the Latino Corridor

Come speak out!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/275084836359211/

5. Monday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Third Anniversary Remembrance for Amilcar Perez-Lopez 

Folsom St. (between 24th & 25th Streets)
SF

We will mark the third anniversary of Amilcar’s murder by SFPD. Bring poems, reflections, songs to help us remember and honor this brave young man. We’ll also have updates and discuss the new mural now being created to remember Amilcar

Info: https://mailchi.mp/e4a70c53a6fd/three-events-for-amilcar-1313789?e=[UNIQID

6. Monday, 6:45pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum, Authoritarian Tactics: U.S. Immigration Policy & Race with Professor George Wright 

Local 2 – UNITE HERE
215 Golden Gate Ave
SF

Wheelchair accessible

Designation of “the Other”, and scapegoating people for the deep problems in the state are classic authoritarian tactics. Currently, the Trump Regime plans to publish a weekly list of crimes allegedly committed by immigrants; ICE claims that those targeted in a raid have criminal records. But people who have had arrests or convictions have endured profiling in a justice system with shocking racial and class disparities.

George Wright will analyze U.S. immigration policy and race, and trace the history of scapegoating, incarceration, and deportations of “the Other” in the United States. He will include other instances of this tactic in dictatorships, and ways the citizenry fought, and won.

George Wright taught Political Science at California State University, Chico between 1969 and 2003.  He also taught History at Skyline Community College between 2004 and 2013.  His major research includes United States Politics, International Political Economy, and the Politics of International Sport

7. Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Spring Mobilization Against U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad –planningmeeting

Niebyl Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland                                       

You are invited to the next Bay Area planning meeting of the Spring Action 2018 Against the U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad.

Seventy-five determined activists from nearly every Bay Area county attended the Feb. 12 founding meeting of the Spring Action 2018 Against the U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad. Their unanimous decision was to build a mass antiwar and social justice march and rally in Oakland on Sunday, April 15 in coordination with the planned national protests.

Local contact: springaction2018@lmi.net

FB page for April 15: https://www.facebook.com/events/187473998692994/

Tuesday, February 27 

8. Tuesday, 8:30am – 11:30am, Pack the Court for Rafael’s Immigration Hearing

ICE
630 Sansome St., Judge Daw’s courtroom
SF

Bring ID, no signs inside court, no movement shirts

Court starts at 9:00am

Free Rafael Tolento! Bond hearing

Rafael was working two restaurant jobs to support his parents and two younger brothers, when his father gave him the good news that he had gotten his papers and that he, Rafa, could now apply to get them as well. But when he went to the immigration office to sign the papers, during a break between his two shifts – instead they took him to jail. He has been there for over 6 months. His family is spending money they don’t have to pay an immigration lawyer, as well as $50/week for telephone calls to jail to keep Rafa’s spirits up.

Host: Let Our People Go

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/150444129001270

9. Tuesday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Take Action to Stop Urban Shield 

Meet at:

Alameda County Administration Building
1221 Oak St.
Oakland

the Stop Urban Shield Coalition will be rallying to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting where we anticipate a presentation and vote on Urban Shield. We continue to demand investments in life affirming resources that will support us in emergencies, while Sheriff Ahern continues to press for the militarized policing program and weapons expo known as Urban Shield.

Alameda County must stop sponsoring the racist, xenophobic, and lethal strategies, tactics, and technologies being spread by Urban Shield. We hope that you continue to stand with us in this fight, as it is now more important than ever.

Last year, Alameda County Supervisors formed a taskforce to investigate the role and impact of Urban Shield. We know that impacted community members are the experts when it comes to the impacts of militarized policing and we’ll be highlighting testimony from allied organizations at the upcoming hearing.

Host: Stop Urban Shield

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/568819270137932/

10. Tuesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Press conference for a just police contract! #NoJusticeNoDeal 

City Hall of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

Wheelchair accessible

Whether they’re blocking a use-of-force policy that respects our dignity, or defaming Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee, the SF Police Officer’s Association (POA) is the biggest obstacle to police reform in San Francisco

On Tuesday, February 27, the Board of Supervisors will go into closed session to discuss the POA’s labor contract now under negotiation. In the past, such negotiations have taken place behind closed doors with no input from the community. But not this time! This time we will be heard! The new contract must ensure the POA stops blocking urgent police reforms in SF!
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Over the years, we’ve paid our officers among the highest salaries in the country and, we deserve a professional police force that reflects our values. Police violence, racist and homophobic texts, and rape scandals are not consistent with our community values.

Join community and faith leaders of the #NoJusticeNoDeal Coalition to demand a new POA contract that reflects our values.

Host: No Justice No Deal Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/149639585725324/

11. Tuesday2/27/18, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Thursday, March 1, Race & Inequality in America: The Kerner Comission at 50 

MLK Pauley Ballroom
2475 Bancroft Way
Berkeley

Registration: http://haasinstitute.berkeley.edu/kerner50

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley along with the 21st Century Cities Initiative atJohns Hopkins University and the Economic Policy Institute, is organizing a national conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Report.

Wide-ranging and dramatic, the Kerner Report concluded that white society had denied opportunity to Black Americans living in poor urban neighborhoods, and offered both dire warnings along with a bold plan of federal action. Its most famous line, cited again by the US Supreme Court as recently as 2015, was: “Our Nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white— separate and unequal.”

The killings of unarmed Black teenagers that sparked #BlackLivesMatter, and the ensuing movement that grew out of it, have re-awakened American consciousness to the pervasiveness of segregation, inequality, and police brutality and violence.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/345191739288490/

Wednesday, February 28 

12. Wednesday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Justice for Jesus: Pack the Court (round II)

ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

Second bond hearing!

To recap: February 7th was a critical day for Jesus and his family as he had his first bond hearing before Judge Murry. For everyone present in court, Jesus presented overwhelming evidence that should have resulted in his release. Instead, Judge Murry refused to allow 2 available witnesses to testify, including a psychologists who had evaluated Jesus. This, after Judge Murry admitted in open court that he had not read the psychologist’s evaluation which concluded that Jesus was an outstanding father, partner, and community member thatdeserved to be released. Judge Murry showed his bias (after all he has a 98% denial rate) when he refused to issue a decision in front of the community that was present in court.

hours after the bond hearing, Jesus’s attorneys were able file a motion noting the due process violations by Judge Murry.

Organizational sign-on letter go to bit.ly/OrgSignOnforJesus and sign on by no later than Monday 2/26 by close of business.

Host: Immigration Liberation Movement + 2 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/193843741366860/ 

13. Wednesday, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Comfort Women: A Continuing Search for Justice

UC Hastings College of Law
200 McAllister St, Alumni Reception Center
SF

3:30pm – 5:00pm Panel

5:00pm – 6:00pm Reception

Panel / Discussion:

  Professor Jiwon Chung

  Judith Mirkinson

  Grace Shimizu

  Judge Julie Tang (Ret.)

  Judge Lillian Sing (Ret.)

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

Thursday, March 1 

14. Thursday, 11:00am – 12:25pm, Pennie Opal Plant: Indigenous Women of Americas Movement

City College of San Francisco
Rosenberg Library
50 Phelan Ave.
SF

Indigenous Women Resist and Persist, featuring Pennie Opal Plant

Pennie Opal Plant, wife, mother, and grandmother of Yaqui, Mexican, Choctaw, Cherokee, and European descent, activist on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and Mother Earth for over 38 years, and co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay and Movement Rights, discusses Indigenous Women’s movement resisting desecration of the land and the waters, and particularly by Big Oil, locally and globally.

Hosts: Latin American & Latina/o Studied Dept & 5 other CCSF groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/149772435661415/ 

15. Thursday, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, Gathering & Protest at ICE  –  Immigrants Stay,  Trump/Pence Must Go! 

ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

IF YOU CAN, PLEASE JOIN US AT SF ICE HEADQUARTERS, TO OBSERVE 11 MINUTES OF SILENCE AND HOLD A POWERFUL AND DETERMINED PROTEST.

At work, at school, on the street:

Gather and hold 11 minutes of silence for all eleven million undocumented immigrants.
These are our sisters and brothers!

Take pictures and spread them on social media using:
#ImmigrantsStayTrumpPenceMustGo!

Stand against Trump’s comprehensive and white supremacist attacks on immigrants and immigration. Stand with DACA youth, with TPS recipients, with all those in detention right now. Stand with those whose families have already been torn apart and those who live each day with that fear. Trump’s “Wall” is a potent symbol and instrument of terror that concentrates the shattering of old norms and cementing Trump’s new order of: America First…Make America Great White Again.”

Host: Refuse Fascism Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/221455788424853/ 

16. Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Know Your Options: Acute Emergencies 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Not wheelchair accessible

“POLICING IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE”

Because policing fails to meet people’s needs, and puts people in danger of arrest, imprisonment, and/or even death, we must eliminate connections between policing and healthcare.

What do you do when you come across someone with an acute injury, ranging from gunshot wounds, knife wounds, glass lacerations, to car crashes, falls, and other unanticipated sudden health impacts? The Acute Emergencies session is designed to increase people’s confidence and understanding of acute injuries. The workshop will address basic medical needs and “red flags” so people know what level of care they need to access, and guidance about how to access this care. 

Workshop aims to reduce immediate contact with policing, to reduce utilization of emergency services that draw undesired police attention, such as 911, and to support someone accessing the care they need with dignity in case there is law enforcement already on the scene (often entangled with 911 response) or stationed at the site of healthcare (hospital, clinic, etc).

Hosts: Critical Resistance Oakland and The Oakland Power Projects

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561300277323722/