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A. Tenderloin tenants rally against landlord, allege unhealthy living conditions (April 19, 2018)
B. SF seeks to expedite police reform with new contract proposal (April 17, 2018)
See item # 18
C. Syrian ‘Chemical Victims’ Suffered from Dust Inhalation, Reports Say (April 16, 2018)
D. War Profiteer Erik Prince Reportedly in Talks to Help Forge Occupying Force in Syria
E. Filipino activist denied entry at SFO into the United States
THANK YOU to all who came out to the SF Airport last night and to all who made the requested phone calls. It helped to get the Philippine Consulate to make a call and allow a representative to have a brief conversation with Jerome. Our presence at the airport was spirited and could be heard throughout the international terminal. There was a steady presence of about 25 – 30 people and at times 100+ people.
Additional Notes re: Jerome Aba:
Jerome Aba was deported to the Philippines late last night.
He had been granted a US Visa for 10 years which meant he could come in and out of the US.
He had invitations from the faith community as well as congressional representatives to come to the US.
He was here to speak about the human rights crisis and the impact military aid from the U.S is having on the people in the Philippines.
Jerome is also Muslim.
Jerome is from Mindanao, Philippines which is currently under Marshall Law.
I couldn’t help but wonder how often this is happening and what happens to others who don’t have a support system? I have the same questions of those held by ICE.
18 – ANNOUNCEMENTS
Friday, April 20 – Monday, April 23
Friday, April 20
1. Friday, 10:00am, National School Walkout
Gun Violence Awareness Rally
Civic Center Plaza
Lincoln High School
2162 24th Ave.
Lowell High School
1011 Eucalyptus Blvd
This movement is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout on 4/20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. Together, we will send a message that we won’t tolerate any more inaction on this issue.
2. Friday, 12 Noon, Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tour thru Yelamu (San Francisco)
Corner of Presidio Ave. & California St.
The Next Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tour launching on the eve of Mama Earth day will circle back to our 1st tour stop – the stolen Ohlone/Lisjen village of Yelamu-aka San Francisco.
San Francisco is home to some of the most extreme wealth and land hoarders and also the most anti-poor people laws that criminalize the bodies of unhoused poor, black brown and indigenous peoples who reside houselessly on the streets
This tour, like the last one, will be marched in honor of Iris Canada, Ron Likkers, Elaine Turner and so many more elders who suffered the elder abuse of eviciton and displacement, leading to their death and Luis Demetrio Gongora Pat, an unhoused, Mayan father, brother, who has still not received justice 2 years after his murder in the streets of SF- and as well, Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez Lopez and so many more poor, black, brown and indigenous peoples murdered by the state sanctioned gangsters who protect stolen property more over people everywhere on Turtle Island
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
This tour will be lifting up the #TechReparationsFund – launched in the SillyCon Valley tour to offer a way for conscious tech industry representatives to repair the damage of the extreme displacement caused by the influx of tech employees into to poor and working class SF neighborhoods by raising equity for poor and unhoused residents to launch
Sponsor: POOR Magazine
3. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders
Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
Please join us to demand that DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder!
Countdown 06 Days To Deadline! Gascón: Charge Killer Cops Or Resign! (Justice 4 Luis Gongonra Pat) will also be present
4. Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Melt ICE with SEIU Local 2 Unite Here!
630 Sansome St.
Local 2 will be in front of ICE today. All are welcomed to stand with them against deportations!
5. Friday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, SF Community Action ‘To Stop Privatization of Public Health Clinics and Racism
Potrero Hill Neighborhood Center
1050 Wisconsin St.
Demand FAIRNESS & RESPECT at SF’s Department of Public Health
Thousands of San Francisco families and residents rely on the services facilitated by the City’s Department of Public Health (DPH). We expect this important city to live up to our city’s values of fairness, collaboration, and respect. Our City’s health and well- being depend on it.
That’s why it’s troubling to learn that management at DPH refuses to address the staffing and workload issues that are negatively impacting public services. Principal clerks who do important yet often overlooked work are also facing threats to their job security, with the reduction of their duties and responsibilities.
In addition to being unresponsive to issues related to staffing and work load, workers report that management is disproportionately disciplining African American employees and separate them from probation at alarming rates.
Sponsor: Patient Advisory Board for Potrero Hill Health Center
6. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Mayan War Room: Closing Reception!
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St. , 2nd Floor
April 25th would have been Luis’s 48th birthday. The town of Teabo has a giant celebration at the end of April. Help us close the Mayan War Room with a celebration of Luis’s Life!
6:30pm Family words and a traditional Yucatecan Jarana dance
7:00pm Invite to the final 3 days of our countdown: “Gascón: Charge Killer Cops or Resign,” April 23-25th! We’ve got a surprise to tell you about and how you can plug-in to make it remarkable!
7:15pm Sistah Boom, an all women samba band, will close out the Mayan War Room with their fabulous percussions.http://www.womendrummers.org/sistah-boom/
We’ll have posters, buttons, t-shirts, photo prints, and the remaining exquisite embroidered protest artwork from Luis’s widow Doña Carmen, daughter Rosana and other women family members to available for a donation.
(Last chance to view the Mayan War Room will be Saturday April 21, then we need to change gears and get ready for the final countdown! )
Sponsor: MAYAN WAR ROOM in honor of In honor of Luis Góngora Pat
7. Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sensible Cinema: How to Change the World
Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.
In honor of Earth Day and Climate Justice Month Sensible Cinema will screen the film How To Change The World the gripping story of the formation of the modern
environmental movement by Green Peace.
8. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, Mara Ahmed: A Thin Wall
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St., Suite #290
Doors Open: 6:45pm / Event: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Free & open to public
The Muslims I Know , A documentary written and produced by Mara Ahmed
A THIN WALL is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation. It focuses on the Partition of India in 1947, but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. The film is shot on both sides of the border, in India and Pakistan.
Q&A after film via SKYPE with Ahmed
9. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, “Stop the War at Home & Abroad!” on Stephon Clark Killing & War on Syria
PSL / ANSWER
2969 Mission St.
$3-$10 donation – no one turned away
The People Rise against the Murder of Stephon Clark!
Featured Speaker: Jamier Sale, Sacramento Anti-Police Brutality Organizer
The March 18th murder of Stephon Clark by Sacramento Police has triggered a new wave of protests. Why do racist police around the country kill on average 3 people per day? Is the problem “bad apples” or is this how the police function systemically? Hear reports from two activists who have been involved in protests against the Sacramento police.
What is Behind the Escalating U.S. War Drive?
The Trump war cabinet — with the support of Democratic leaders — is escalating U.S. wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. What is behind this dangerous expansion of the war drive?
Saturday, April 21
For events look under Saturday’s listing
10. Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison
Black Repertory Group Theater
3201 Adeline St. (1.5 blocks from Ashby BART)
To support the Bay View Newspaper and its readers, both in the hood and in prison,
Performed by Charlie Hinton and Fred Johnson
Written by Charlie Hinton
Music by Fred Johnson
Directed by Mark Kenward
Performed by Charlie Hinton and Fred Johnson
In “Solitary Man,” a two-person play, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named Otis Washington (played by Fred), a 64-year-old native of New York City, who’s been imprisoned since 1975 and at the notorious Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. During the visit, Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.
Following the performance – a Panel Discussion with:
José Villarreal – Chicano torture survivor who spent 10 years in solitary confinement. Jose is the founder and publisher of Aztlan Press, author of “Aztlan Realism: Chicano Revolutionary Art from Pelican Bay State Prison SHU,” member of the Barrio Defense Committee and the San Jose Brown Berets, playwright and community activist.
Marie Levin – sister of “Brutha Sitawa,” one of the four “main reps” who helped organize the 2011 and 2013 hunger strikes; co-founder of the Prisoner Advocacy Network/PAN, member of California Families Against Solitary Confinement/CFASC and Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition/PHSS
Anne Weills – co-counsel with Jules Lobel and the Center for Constitutional Rights on Ashker v. Brown, the case that ended indefinite solitary confinement in California. She continues to fight for enforcement of the settlement.
Sponsors: Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay and SF Bay View Newspaper
11. Saturday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Revolution in the Air with Alicia Garza and Max Elbaum
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.
West Coast release event for new edition of REVOLUTION IN THE AIR: SIXTIES RADICALS TURN TO LENIN, MAO, AND CHE.
Released during the 50th anniversary of the worldwide 1968 protests, upheavals, and revolutions, the new edition of Revolution in the Air shares critical lessons on building organizations, movements, and the Left that are as salient as ever.
Sponsors: Verso Books & The Center for Political Education
12. Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Poor People’s Campaign: East Bay Mass Meeting
Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church
1188 12th Street
ASL interpreters provided.
Join the Poor People’s Campaign, a National Call for Moral Revival, for our East Bay Mass Meeting! All are welcome.
+LEARN from our neighbors affected by unjust policies
+GEAR UP for 40 Days of Action
+CONNECT with other activists, people of faith, and all those who care about justice
Keynote speaker: Pastor Eddie Anderson, McCarty Memorial Christian Church. Edward L. Anderson is a third generation Pastor who serves the historic McCarty Memorial Christian Church located in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Together, we will rise up and challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality!
Sign up for the Poor People’s Campaign: https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/
Sponsors: Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, California Poor People’s Campaign A National Call for a Moral Revival & Pacific School of Religion
13. Saturday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Puerto Rico Report-Back & Fundraiser at La Peña
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Door cover: $5-$50 Sliding Scale
Just in time for Earth Day, this report-back and fundraiser, produced by John Santos, showcases the urgent work being done by several groups to uplift and rebuild Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria that caused such widespread destruction in September of 2017. The dismal response by the trump administration has added considerably to the state of emergency that most of the island will be facing for a long time.
We will hear directly from people intimately involved in projects of aid on the island:
Tito Matos, visiting directly from Puerto Rico, will describe in detail the work he is doing on the island. Mr. Matos is considered one of the best requinto players (Plena music) of his generation. A member of the New York band Los Pleneros de la 21 and founder of “Viento de Agua”, he’s recorded and toured with well-known musicians Eddie Palmieri, David Sanchez and Ricky Martin. He also owns a restaurant in Calle Loiza called La Junta, which was demolished in the hurricane.
The Bay Area’s own Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Frankie Ramosspeak will speak on behalf of Defend Puerto Rico, a bi-coastal organization conducting considerable relief work on the island.
The funds raised by this report-back benefit these organizations and their relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Sunday, April 22
other “Earth Day” events
14. Sunday, 9:30am, UU Sunday Forum: Prof. David Owen: Environmental Deregulation in the Trump Era
Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St, MLK Room
Prof. David Owen is an Environmental Lawyer from Hastings Law School where he teaches courses in environmental policy, natural resources, water, land use, and administrative law.
15. Sunday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Existence in Resistance. Liberation in Expression.
518 Valencia St.
The Supreme Court is hearing the oral arguments on the Muslim Ban on April 25th. Thousands of community members from the banned countries have for months been separated from their family members, unable to get the medical treatment they need, trapped in limbo in foreign countries, waiting to hear back from the consulate only to be arbitrarily denied their chance for a visa.
This is not new. Muslims have historically been discriminated against in this country, leading back to the original Africans who were forced here on slave ships and the criminalization and surveillance of Black Muslim groups through COINTELPRO.
We see the continuation of the criminalization of our communities through the FBI’s surveillance of what they have defined as “Black Identity Extremists” and through xenophobic policies like the Muslim Ban.
Join us on April 22nd, just days before the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the Muslim Ban, at an Open Mic. Let’s come raise our voices, share stories, sing, read poetry, and define our own narrative. There is Existence in Resistance. Liberation in Expression!
Sign up to perform here: https://goo.gl/forms/4Ool5x3nhD0LL0gC3
16. Sunday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Film Showing: Mumia – Long Distance Revolutionary
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Donation $5, no one turned away
Come see the acclaimed movie “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” on the big screen. Sponsored by Labor Action for Mumia and Liberated Lens.
Monday, April 23
17. Monday, 8:30am – 9:30am, Countdown 03 Days To Deadline!
Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
Monday – Wednesday, 8:30am – 9:30am – Join the family of Luis and supporters of Justice 4 Luis Gongora Pat!
We’re keeping him accountable to the fact that he has yet to charge killer cops in any of the 24 fatal police shootings that have taken place since he entered office.
Help us with your daily presence. We’re telling Gascon, Charge Killer Cops or Resign! Get out of the way if you won’t, or don’t know how, to do your job!
Join Luis’s family in their daily countdown!
18. Monday, 9:30am, Impasse Resolution Proceedings between City and County of S.F. and S.F. Police Officers’ Association
Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St., Room 551 (5th Floor)
The proceedings continue today. It was announced on Tuesday that the negotiations might go into the closed mediation phase in the afternoon. A notice will be placed on the door of room 551.
Your presence and support during the hearings shows that the community is concerned about these negotiations.
Schedule of Meetings / Agenda +More info: http://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Notices/Public-Notice-POA-Negotiations.pdf