Emergency Protest – No US War on Syria ~ Updates ~ Announcements for Sat., 4/14 – Mon., 4/16 (from Adrienne Fong)

Emergency Protest

Against

U.S. War on Syria

Tomorrow

Saturday, April 14

5:00pm

Powell & Market Sts.

San Francisco

On Friday,  Donald Trump announced that the United States, Great Britain, and France started military strikes on Syria.

CBS news: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/syria-strike-launched-chemical-attack-live-updates-live-stream-today-2018-04-13/

According to Secretary of Defense Mattis “Specifying that more than twice as many weapons were fired as in April 2017, Mattis said that the aerial assault sought to “destroy the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons research development and production capabilities.”

According to journalist Eva Bartlett “…Wondering what  …OPCW will have to say about this, given that Trump attacking night before they would otherwise have begun investigations into West’s false flag chemical allegations in Ghouta.,,”

OPCW is the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Sponsor: ANSWER for info call  (415) 821-6545  https://www.facebook.com/events/173027920084765/

See also Action # 2

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UPDATES:

A. Syria will allow inspectors at site of suspected chemical attack, complicating U.S. retaliation (April 10, 2018)

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-syria-to-allow-inspectors-to-site-of-1523376073-htmlstory.html 

B. Investigation upholds complaints against SFPD officer caught threatening deportation on camera (April 11, 2018)

http://www.sfexaminer.com/investigation-upholds-complaints-sfpd-officer-caught-threatening-deportation-camera/  

C. Muslim San Francisco cop alleges ‘blatant racism’ on job (April 10, 2018)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Muslim-San-Francisco-cop-blatant-sexism-racism-12822700.php

D. Israel using ‘strange gases’ against protesters in Gaza (April 9, 2018)

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180409-israel-using-strange-gases-against-protesters-in-gaza/

E. Mission District school plans to open gym to homeless students, families overnight (April 11, 2018)

http://www.sfexaminer.com/mission-district-school-plans-open-gym-homeless-students-families-overnight/

2 – ACTIONS 

1. Petition to Governors: Reject Trump’s militarization of U.S.-Mexico border

https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/petitions/sign-the-petition-to-governors-reject-trumps-militarization-of-us-mexico-border?source=20180405sp1 

2. STOP All U.S. Military Strikes on Syria 

a) Petition Demand Congress immediately convene to debate and vote on our policy on Syria (From Win Without War)

     http://act.winwithoutwar.org/sign/Tell-Congress-Immediately-Debate-Vote-Syria/?t=2&akid=1761%2E294094%2EpwDIT8

b) CALL your Representatives & Senators:  Tell them to speak out against the War on Syria   

 Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224 – 3121   

 Local #’s

   Pelosi: (415) 556 – 4862
Feinstein: (415) 393 – 0707
Harris:  (415) 981 – 9369

 c) CALL the White House:  Speak-Out Against Trump’s U.S. Military operations in Syria

 White House Comment Line: (202) 456 -1414 

 ALERT  for possible Emergency Action 

1) If Special Council Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are fired. 

 Rapid Response Rallies will begin hours after national events are triggered:

·       If actions are triggered BEFORE 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin @ 5 p.m. local time.

·       If actions are triggered AFTER 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin 10am local time the following day.

Gather at:

San Francisco Civic Center
Steps of City Hall , Polk St. side
SF

Info: https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/search/

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, April 14 – Monday, April 16

Saturday, April 14

1. Saturday, 10:00am, Cesar E. Chavez Day Festival & Parade – Keepin’ Amilcar’s story alive!

Parade begins at:

Dolores & 19th Streets
SF

Help carry Amilcar’s banner in Saturday’s Cesar Chavez Parade!

This year we’re once again honored to march in the annual Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade here in the Mission. Once again, we’ll link Amilcar’s story with that of this great leader.

It makes sense: It was to uphold the dignity of young people like Amilcar that Cesar dedicated his life.

This parade is powerful, colorful, and fun, and followed by music and dance, entertainment, arts and crafts, and a classic car show.
Wear your Amilcar tee shirts, bring your friends, and join us in carrying Amilcar’s banner! 

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Join the celebration honoring the life and work of labor and civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez. 25 years ago our beloved leader Cesar Chavez Passed passed on to the spirit world. 50 years ago Cesar Chavez went on a Hunger Strike-25 day Fast for non-violence. This year for the CESAR CHAVEZ DAY Parade & Festival we will honor his passing, dedication and love for our people!

Sponsor: Cesar Chavez Day San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2021301578196188/

2. Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Shellmound Saturdays: Art making at the West Berkeley Shellmound! 

1900 Hearst Ave.
Berkeley

We will be gathering to co create art at the West Berkeley Shellmound. The West Berkeley Shellmound is the oldest Ohlone Shellmound, that dates back to before the Egyptian Pyramids. Currently this sacred site is under threat of development.

All are welcomed – kids friendly

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2068550196758268/

3.  Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, March for Science Bay Area – Rally

Lake Merritt Amphitheater
South side of Lake Merritt
Oakland

We are back for an anniversary event, to #MarchOn! We are partnering with March For Our Health(https://www.marchforourhealth.org/) & OakSci – Oakland Coalition for Science. This year, the Bay Area science community will come together to celebrate science

This kid-friendly event will feature noted speakers, great music, a wide array of partner booths and hands-on demonstrations,

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/999083633572526/  &https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/03/15/18807424.php

4. Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Black Liberation Across Geographies 

Oakstop
1721 Broadway
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

Sliding scale donation of $0-$15 suggested.
Childcare available (please RSVP to childcare@collectiveliberation.org by Tuesday April 10th)

Second Open Session of the 2018 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program!

Black Liberation Across Geographies

Appalachia. Haiti. The Bay Area. The Black freedom struggle takes many forms and many strategies. Join us as three community leaders share about their work and offer ideas about how we can actively support these projects building Black Liberation in our lifetimes.

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Co-Executive Director of Highlander Center, is a long-time activist working around issues of mountaintop removal mining, and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia.

Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of Haiti Action Committee, is one of the most respected voices on the Haitian grassroots struggle for liberation and self-determination.

Kamau Walton, Communications Associate at the Transgender, Gender-variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), has worked for many years in prison abolition and Black organizing in the Bay Area 

Sponsor: Catalyst Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/182355002559321/ 

5. Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Transnational Great Return March – Bay Area 

899 Market St.
(Meet @ intersection of Powell & Market Sts.)
SF

International call to action in support of The Great Return March!

We are calling our community and allies to take action and launch demonstrations in support of the Great Return March on April 14th, just as the righteous resisters in Gaza have declared. The time has come for our youth wherever they may be to raise their voices in support of the rightful struggle of our people in Gaza, and for our youth in diaspora to proclaim we will never surrender the right of return.

Now more than ever when we seem the most divided, we must come together in collectively asserting our right to return and our dream of the total liberation of our people and homeland. There will be no solution without the total end of the Zionist colonization of Palestine–return is our right, and demand: we will return! Palestine will be free! 

SponsorsGeneral Union of Palestine Students -GUPS SFSU and ‎Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)-

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/783399885199486/

6.Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Poetry for Peace & Justice  – Benefit for Haiti Relief Fund 

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave. (3 blocks from Ashby BART)
Berkeley

Wheelchair accessible

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund gives concrete aid to Haiti’s democratic movement and grassroots community groups organizing to meet Haitians’ needs directly.

Suggested donation $10 – $30

No one turned away for lack of funds.

Readings by

Avotcja,

Rafael Jesús González, Poet Laureate of the City of Berkeley

Carolyn Scarr

followed by open mic

Sponsors: Haiti Action Committee, EcumenicalPeace Institute & St. John’s Presbyterian Church – Mission& Justice Commission

Info: http://haitisolidarity.net/2018/04/poetry-for-peace-justice/

7. Saturday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, MK Haneen Zoabi in San Francisco 

Ramallah Club
1951 Ocean Ave
SF

Free / Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mk-haneen-zoabi-in-san-francisco-tickets-44249837455 

Palestinian American Coalition is honored to host Ms. Haneen Zoabi in San Francisco to speak about the current situation in Palestine.

Haneen is a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) and is an outspoken critic of the Israeli political/military establishment and its policies towards Palestinians. In 2009 she was the first woman to be elected on an Arab party list. In 2009 she took part in the flotilla attempting to lift the siege of Gaza and witnessed first hand the bloody intervention by the Israelis on the ship Mavi Marmara.

Sponsors: Arab Cultural & Community Center, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Middle East Children Alliance,Palestinian American Center – Hayward
International Solidarity Movement, Jewish Voice for Peace

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/381140552355736/

Sunday, April 15 

8. Sunday, 9:30am, UU Sunday Forum: Noemi Tungui: California’s Oil Wastewater Practice

Unitarian Universalist Church, MLK Room
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Noemi Tungui is the Northern California Organizer for Food & Water Watch specializing in oil projects that affect our water. An indigenous woman with roots from Mexico grew up in Ventura County and recently graduated from California State University, Northridge, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science. She now works as their Northern California Organizer in Oakland, CA working on various environmental issues.

9. Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm, Art Build for Kayla’s Birthday 

Grassroots House
2022 Blake St.
Berkeley

Please join us for an art build in celebration of Kayla! The art build on 4/15 will be in preparation for Kayla’s birthday celebration at Provo Park on 4/17. There will be materials to make posters and other decorations, but feel free to bring your own materials to add your own flare! This year marks the five year anniversary of Kayla’s death

Sponsor: Justice 4 Kayla Moore

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/601594156851567/

10. Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, End the Wars at Home & Abroad Spring 2018 Action 

Meet at:

Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Between 12th Street & 1st Avenue
Lake Merritt Blvd.
Oakland

Join us to rally and march to end wars at home and abroad

11:00am Gather at  the Lake Merritt Amphitheater

11:30am Rally

12:30pm March to Oscar Grant Plaza

1:30pm Rally at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, 14th and Broadway

– End U.S. overt and covert wars, drone wars, sanction/embargo wars, and death squad assassination wars.

— Close all U.S. bases on foreign soil. Dismantle all nuclear weapons.

— Bring all U.S. troops home now. Self-determination not military intervention. U.S. hands off the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. End U.S. aid to apartheid Israel. Self-determination for Palestine. The U.S. cannot be the cop of the world.

– $Trillions for human needs. For jobs and social services, quality debt-free education and single payer health care. No to anti-union legislation. For $15 and a Union Now.

– Defend the environment against life-threatening fossil fuel-induced global warming. For a rapid transition to a 100 percent clean, sustainable energy system and retraining and jobs at union wages for all displaced energy workers. 

— No to white supremacy and racist policies and actions against Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and indigenous peoples. No to police brutality/murder. End racist mass incarceration. Black Lives Matter!

— No human being is illegal. No to deportations. Yes to DACA and TPS (Temporary Protective Status) and a just and early path to citizenship. No ban, no wall!

– No to sexism, sexual violence, and harassment and targeting of LGBTQI communities. Yes to equal work and pay. Support women’s reproductive rights.

The U.S. government and its leading Pentagon generals openly and repeatedly threaten nuclear war or massive military intervention against sovereign nations. Such is the case today with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. Simultaneously, U.S. military forces are at war in several nations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Haiti and Honduras also face covert and ongoing U.S. intervention.

More than 800 U.S. military bases circle the globe in more than 170 countries at the cost of $trillions, while these same $trillions are subtracted from critical social programs at home. $Trillions in tax cuts and corporate bailouts are granted to the super rich while the war at home takes on virulent racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and homophobic forms.

Info & List of signers: https://www.facebook.com/events/187473998692994/

11. Sunday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, LC: Immigration, Labor Power, and Working Class Solidarity 

Unite Here Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

Recently, a Washington DC-based astroturf group, with the dubious name “Progressives for Immigration Reform,” plastered posters around the Bay Area concerning foreign workers receiving H-1B visas. Their message addressed tech workers and mimicked the xenophobic, anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration, calling for a nationalist response

Historically, these racist ideas predate even the creation of the U.S. Working class historian Ted Allen dated them to Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676-1677; the backlash to that multi-racial class-based uprising resulted in the “invention” of the white race and creation of chattel slavery. Ever since this racist ideology has been codified in state laws and is often expressed in xenophobic limitations and outright bans on immigrants.

This session of the Learning Club will survey the history of these state-level anti-immigrant policies of exclusion, up to the present and the falsehoods around labor markets and H-1B visas. But more importantly, we will look at examples of working class solidarity, when in the process of struggle workers were able to transcend these divisions.

Sponsor: Tech Workers Coaliton

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/183373545621295/

12. Sunday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Discuss and debate: Can voting for the Democrats stop fascism? 

Revolution Books – Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

Watch and discuss clips from Bob Avakian’s talk,The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go: In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America. A better world IS possible, and his dialogue with Cornel West on Revolution and Religion: the fight for emancipation and the role of religion.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/591500431185560/

13. Sunday, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, Liberated Lens & Mandela Foods Co-op Present: Food for Change 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Doors open at 7pm; film at 7:30pm

$5 – no one turned away

82-minute documentary focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in the US culture. The film examines the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems.

Film will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Adrionna Fike, Worker Owner of Mandela Foods Cooperative
Dennis Terry, Director of Seeds of Struggle
& more TBA

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/04/03/18808205.php

Monday, April 16 

14. Monday, 8:30am – 9:30am, Countdown 10 Days To Deadline: Gascon, Charge Killer Cops Or Resign!

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

On Monday we’ll pick up our Countdown again. 10 Days to the Deadline. We are demanding that DA George Gascon charge the killers of Luis Gongora Pat or resign!

In 2016, the SF Board of Supervisors approved a $1.5 million dollar budget for D.A. Gascon to investigate police criminal misconduct. What changed? NADA! This bureau has dismissed the back log of @SFPD killing cases since 2011, without charges!

Pending from 2016 only are Luis’s and Mario Wood’s cases plus the new ones of 2017-2018. Every other fatal officer involved shooting since 2011, Gascon has dismissed without charges.

From Monday – Thursday at 8:30am – 9:30am there will be a presence outside of the Hall of Justice

HELP! Call, email, tag, retweet, share, join us! “@GeorgeGascon : Charge Killer @SFPD Cops or Resign!”

Make sure to tag George Gascon so that he knows you are in support of our campaign! He promised a decision to Luis’s family on that date and we are keeping him to his own deadline. It’s been two unbearable and cruel years without justice!

You can also e-mail districtattorney@sfgov.org  or call (415) 553-1751. Try calling his super special bureau of investigations also at (415) 553-1030 and tell him and his investigators that you expect the D.A. to charge the officers who killed Luis Góngora Pat or resign.

He either starts charging killer cops or steps aside and let’s someone else do it! Gascon: Charge or Resign!

All are welcomed and can make a difference!

Sponsor: Justice 4 Luis Gongora Pat

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/164175464284688/ 

15. Monday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Press Conference Calling for Criminal Investigation & Prosecution of Pelosi / Feinstein $1B Fraud 

Federal Court Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

This press conference will present evidence that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Diane Feinstein have been engaged in obstruction of justice and fraud on the American people by refusing to investigate the $1 billion dollar fraud at the clean-up at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island 

Whistleblowers including Test America Quality Assurance Manager Michael Madry discovered falsified testing at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and the Treasure Island sites and reported this to Congresswoman Pelosi. He was bullied and fired by Test America and the Federal Investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman at the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigated his case and found merit that he had been retaliated against for reporting health and safety violations. OSHA Investigator and Lawyer Darrell Whitman was then bullied and illegally terminated by OSHA and the Department of Labor for refusing to change his report on Michael Madry.

He sent the information of the corruption to Senator Feinstein and she responded but refused to investigate and defend him against the illegal harassment and termination.

Both Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Pelosi also have numerous financial conflicts of interests in the development project and have ignored and suppressed investigations of the termination of 7 whistleblowers by the Tetra Tech company which as received hundreds of millions of dollars from the US Navy for remediation of both sites. The Navy hired an independent consultant that found that 50% of the tests were fraudulent on the $1 billion dollar project.

Speakers will provide documents about this corruption and obstruction of justice by these US government officials. We also are calling for a complete moratorium on any further development and remediation and a halt to all Federal contracts with Tetra Tech and Test America.

Sponsor: United Public Workers For Action

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/03/31/18808058.php

16. Monday, 12Noon – 6:00pm Impasse Resolution Proceeding  between  City and County of S.F.  and  S.F.Police Officers’ Association 

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St., Room 551
SF

Open to the public –

Negotiations will go into arbitration on Monday and they will be open to the public – Please attend if you can – Schedule for meetings and agenda is below.

Schedule & Agenda: http://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Notices/Public-Notice-POA-Negotiations.pdf

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