Updates ~ 4 Action Alerts ~ Announcements, Thursday, Aug. 30 – Monday, Sept. 3 + 3 Save the Dates (from Adrienne Fong)

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UPDATES:

A. Jerry Brown vs. the Climate Wreckers: Is He Doing Enough? – August 29, 2018

https://www.thenation.com/article/jerry-brown-vs-the-climate-wreckers-is-he-doing-enough/ 

B. Mayor in Japan lobbies SF Mayor London Breed about ‘comfort women’ statue – August 28, 2018

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/heatherknight/article/Mayor-in-Japan-lobbies-SF-Mayor-London-Breed-13186443.php 

C. Militarization Leads to More Violence, Targets Black People: Study – August 27, 2018

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Police-Militarization-Leads-to-More-Violence-Targets-Black-People-Study-20180827-0013.html 

D. Haiti: Roots of an Uprising – August 26, 2018

http://theinternationalcommittee.org/haiti-roots-of-an-uprising/

E. Peace Activist Block Boeing Weapons Facility with Bus to Protest War on Yemen – August 21, 2018

https://therealnews.com/columns/peace-activists-block-boeing-weapons-facility-with-bus-to-protest-war-on-yemen 

F. “A Clear & Dramatic Message:” Retrial, Mumia’s Appeal – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mLMZOAPWko

4 – ACTION ALERTS: 

1. Israel Military Must Release to Gaza Medical Supplies from Gaza Flotilla

SIGN: https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/israel-military-must-release-medical-supplies-on-gaza-flotilla

  Please sign the petition to put pressure on the Israeli government to deliver the 114 boxes of medical supplies to the Gaza health system.

Two boats of the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla carried 114 boxes of medical supplies-sterile gauze and sutures-for the Gaza health system. By international law, Israel must deliver them to the Gaza border. One month has passed since the Israeli military hijacked the boats, arrested, imprisoned and deported 34 persons on the boats. 

2. Tell California lawmakers and Gov. Brown: Stop police killings and increase law enforcement transparency.

 Pass A.B. 931 & S.B. 1421.

SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/ca_policereform?sp_ref=440648698.4.190685.f.615094.2&referring_akid=29828.9720115.M0xM-y&source=fb_share_sp

California lawmakers could pass two bills this week that would help stop police killings and increase law enforcement transparency.

California police departments have some of the highest rates of killings in the nation.1 State law enforcement killed more than 160 people in 2017

·          A.B. 931 would tighten the state standard for deadly force from “reasonable” to “necessary.”3 It would mandate that cops attempt to de-escalate potentially volatile situations and exhaust all nonlethal interventions before using deadly force to protect themselves and bystanders.

·         S.B. 1421 would give the public access to critical information on how police departments handle the most serious use of force incidents and confirmed cases of sexual assault and other misconduct.4

3. Hold PG&E Accountable for Their Wildfire Negligence

SIGN: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/hold-pge-accountable?mailing_id=40671&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=421536

Kill all legislation which would allow PG&E and the other utilities to stick their customers with the cost of their negligence in keeping their equipment from sparking wildfires.

4. Tell Congress: No corporate giveaways in new NAFTA

SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/nafta_Mexico?t=5&akid=29827%2E21110%2ENx2Awa

 The Trump regime reportedly struck a preliminary deal with Mexico for a NAFTA replcement and both countries will team up to push the plan on Canada. Trump’s negotiators are desperate for a deal by the end of this week so they can give Congress the required 90-day notice in time to ratify a deal before Mexico’s new president is sworn in on Dec. 1.1 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, August 30 – Monday, September 3 

Thursday, August 30

1. Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm (PDT) No Business With ICE National Network – Info Call (NEW)

Register for call: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/1a2338036fbea2edc5b9141539e44ee6

Cosecha hosted a national gathering Aug 25-26th with leaders from cities across the country and created a Cosecha Mass Protest Network that is organizing the next #NoBusinessWithICE Day of Action on October 1st. Join the recap call this Thursday, Aug 30th, from 8-9:30 pm ET to learn about the network, and how we will win more public support for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for immigrants.

Sponsor: Moviemiento Coesecha

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1100646160094165/ 

2. Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Song Leading & Street Choir Training | RISE for Climate Justice (New) 

1330 Broadway, Suite 300
Oakland

Join the Thrive Street Choir (Oakland) and the Peace Poets (Brooklyn) for a dynamic song leading workshop, a week before RISE for Climate Jobs & Justice 9/8.

We will gearing up for a 50k person Choral Flashmob, the largest singing climate mobilization in history! Come learn and practice the movement songs that we will be singing together in the streets of San Francisco (in harmony!).

We will be teaching techniques for being an effective song leader for this mobilization and beyond, and teaching some legendary and fresh new funky songs for (climate) justice – our present day movements need more songs!

Sponsors: Thrive East Bay, Peoples Climate Movement Bay Area, Thrive Street Choir, The Peace Poets

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2135380550072214/ 

Friday, August 31

3. Friday, 8:00am – 10:00am, Biking While Black: Justice for Naj

Wiley Manuel Alameda County Courthouse
661 Washington St.
Oakland

Scheduled court appearance. Attorney, Walter Riley will represent Najari Smith pro bono!

Brief Hx:

 On August 3rd, members of the Bay Area black cycling community gathered for Red, Bike and Green’s First Friday Black Unity Ride Against Racism. Social, environmental, and economic justice activist Najari Smith, joined the ride with a contingent of cyclist from Rich City Rides with the well known RCR speaker trailer.

RBG did their customary bicycle circle at the Acorn housing projects. Several  neighborhood children rode their bikes to join in on the fun, their parents looking on with approval. The group ride continued, stopping at the MacArthur BART Station to observe a moment of silence for Nia Wilson. The ride for Black Unity Ride Against Racism ended at First Fridays in Oakland

It was at this moment that an Oakland police officer broke through the circle and arrested Najari Smith for playing music, later accusing him of resisting arrest and obstructing justice.

Najari Smith is a local social, environmental, and economic activist. He has dedicated his life to creating opportunities for marginalized communities to improve their health, their economic stability, and increase unity across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups.

Najari is the founder and Executive Director of Rich City Rides, a bicycle organization based in Richmond, California. The mission of Rich CIty Rides (RCR) is to create opportunities for the most vulnerable members of society by using cycling to improve health, economic stability, and individual and collective capacity.

Sponsor: Rich City Rides

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1940740576225004/ 

4. Friday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Press Conference: Habeas Lawsuit/ Pack the Court – San Jose 

Robert F. Peckham Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
280 South 1st St.
San Jose

The federal district court has scheduled a hearing in response to the mass amount of “Habeas Corpus” petitions filed by local immigration attorneys last week. The federal judge will hear oral argument from attorneys representing 10 clients transferred out-of-state and whether to order their release from ICE custody.

After the public announcement of the West County Detention Facility closure, community advocates, families and attorneys urged ICE for the release all detainees. Instead, ICE retaliated by arbitrarily transferring WCDF detainees to out-of-state immigration jails directly violating their right to due process, depriving them access to legal representation and further separating them from their families.

Join families who have been directly impacted by these transfers, community advocates, and the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Pangea Legal Services, and Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto for a press conference and subsequently to pack the court.

Sponsor: West County Liberation Front

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2177195182606766/ 

5. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – 100th Week!

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Please join us to demand that DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder! Stand with ALL the families that have been impacted by police murders.

They have been out there every Friday. This will be the 100th week!! 

6. Friday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Overdose Awareness Day: San Francisco!

Tenderloin National Forest
500 Block of Leavenworth nr. Hyde (Cohen Alley)
SF

Come join the DOPE Project, in collaboration with our beautiful friends at The Luggage Store, at the Tenderloin National Forest for International Overdose Awareness Day in San Francisco! We’ll be gathering to honor those we’ve lost, celebrate those of us still here, to eat, dance, take photos, make art, hug, laugh, cry, and be in community!

EVERYONE IS WELCOME. This is a free event for our community, to celebrate the tremendous work we all do together as people who use drugs, people who serve people who use drugs, our neighbors, friends, and family.

More details to come, but mark your calendars!

Sponsor: DOPE Project (Drug Overdose Prevention Education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1855025271210546/ 

7. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Know Your Tenants Rights: Against Eviction Training 

1Fam
1612 7th Street
Oakland

Eviction is out of control right now in Oakland with people getting pushed out left and right! Everyone has a right to be here. Empower yourself with the knowledge to fight back.

Sponsor: Causa Justa Just Cause and 1Fam

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/306406903439604/

8. Friday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Watch-Discuss-Act: The Handmaid’s Tale 

Revolution Books Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

In the near future, fascist military officers, seizing on a crisis triggered by declining fertility rates and using an alleged terrorist attack as a pretext, take power in most of what was the United States. They establish the “Republic of Gilead,” a theocracy in which biblical law and patriarchal values-as updated and interpreted by the new rulers-are increasingly imposed. Women are assigned strict roles-some bear children, some do household work, some heavy and dangerous labor.

This is the world of The Handmaid’s Tale, an original TV series

Revolution Books invites you to watch some of this series and join in discussion about the film and about acting to STOP this fiction from becoming a reality.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1349522695182115/

Saturday, September 1

9. Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, Sept. 210am -5pm, Come see a Greenpeace Ship in San Francisco!

Pier 19
SF

Free – Ticket info: https://engage.us.greenpeace.org/onlineactions/AuKu-JgSoU-hbC4gEzj_UQ2?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=myas2018&sourceid=1004244

Join Greenpeace on board the Arctic Sunrise in San Francisco and learn about life at sea as an activist, take a guided tour of the Arctic Sunrise, immerse yourself in the history of environmentalism and snap that photo in front of the iconic dove and rainbow on the ship’s bow. Be a part of the 2018 West Coast Ship Tour and learn about how we can all work together to protect our communities, our coasts, and our climate.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/294088224657878 

10. Saturday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Monthly Prayer Vigil at WCDF in Richmond 

West County Detention Facilit
5555 Giant Highway
Richmond

Join us for our Monthly Prayer Vigil Closing outside the West County Detention Center in Richmond. This vigil will be hosted by School of the Americas Watch (SOAW).

ICE has finalized the transfer of all our friends and community members who were held in detention at the WCDF, but this vigil isn’t ending, it’s only TRANSFORMING. We will continue to demand the release of all our brothers and sisters currently held in detention by ICE. Come out and join us as we close this 7+ years of monthly vigils in a big way with people from all faiths joining in the sharing with solidarity for our persecuted brethren. Come with prayerful hearts and become a part of a wave of healing with us.

Sponsor: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/302916497123763/

11. Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, YES on C! Castro Mobilization 

Harvey Milk Plaza
2401 Market St.
SF

Prop C- Our City Our Home is the BIGGEST measure to seriously address homelessness in decades—let’s make history and pass it!

We’ll be continuing our field program where we’ll talk to EVERYBODY we can to tell them about our plan to tax big business to house homeless people and prevent homelessness!
We’ll be meeting up at Harvey Milk Plaza, then drop lit and knock on doors throughout the Castro. Don’t miss out!

Sponsors: Democratic Socialist of America and 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/242370249801695/ 

12. Saturday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Street Safety & Police Liaison Training 

Bride Storage and Art Space
25 Maine
Richmond

Please post on the site if you need a ride.

Bring snacks and water.

Are you a woman of “grandmother” age? Are you excited about the climate justice movement, the immigrant movement, peace/disarmament and other social justice and environmental movements? Would you like to be of service in ensuring the streets are safe during actions and speaking to law enforcement from your heart as a grandmother? Then this training is for you.

Pennie Opal Plant has been ensuring safe streets and creating good relationships with law enforcement for many years. She will be offering what she has learned in keeping people safe during nonviolent direct actions, as well as how to speak with law enforcement in maintaining the peace. Attendees will be messaged the address when they RSVP.

Goal is to train 40 grandmother age women to take the lead on street safety and police liaison during the Sept 8th Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice march in San Francisco. At the end of the march there will be 50+ street murals being painted around the Civic Center. Women who commit to keeping the streets safe will take the lead in keeping the streets closed during the mural painting from 9am to when the murals are completed, probably between 2pm and 3pm. It is ok to bring a chair and take breaks.

More information about the march here: https://ca.riseforclimate.org/

Sponsors: 1000 Grandmothers Bay Area and Society of Fearless Grandmothers

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/208041680061487/ 

13. Saturday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Sept 1: Non-Violent Direct Action Training, San Francisco, CA 

Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez St.
SF

This training will take participants through the
strategies and tools used in non-violent direct action. It will include a know your rights training.This training will be an important place to get plugged into for upcoming street actions around the Global Climate Action Summit in September.

For more information, email diablorisingtide@riseup.net

Sponsor: Diablo Rising Tide (DIRT)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/230987331037224/

14. Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, An Event Unprecedented in History is Now Unfolding 

SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St.
SF

• The growing power of the people demanding justice, basic human rights and saving the planet
• An increase in UFO sightings worldwide
• The emergence of the World Teacher for all humanity

Speaker Michiko Ishikawa has lectured widely in the U.S. and Japan, and worked closely with Benjamin Creme (the main source of our information) for over 30 years.
Share International is a worldwide network of volunteers dedicated to presenting this information to all who are interested. We are not affiliated with any political or religious organization.

Info: share-international-west.org  510.841.3738

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1665398826903525/ 

15. Saturday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Cine Al Aire Libre/Mission Outdoor Movie Night 

In Chan Kaajal Park
17th Street & Folsom
SF

One year ago, our community victory, In Chan Kaajal at 17th and Folsom opened to the public and we’ve seen the community flock to it, have zumba, quince practice, drumming and consistent community gatherings all year round.

Join us in celebrating In Chan Kaajal’s 1 year anniversary by watching Coco in Spanish with English subtitles.

Featuring: Free Movie • Snacks • Community resources on future affordable family housing opportunities • Art activities in preparation for September 8 March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

Sponsor: People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253668925283915/

Sunday, September 2

16. Sunday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, September 2: Non-Violent Direct Action Training, Oakland, CA.

Greenpeace Warehouse
955 7th Street
Oakland

This training will take participants through the
strategies and tools used in non-violent direct action. It will include a a know your rights training.

Host: DIRT

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/182802365918649/

17. Sunday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Street Safety & Police Liaison Training – SF 

209 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

Are you a woman of “grandmother” age? Are you excited about the climate justice movement, the immigrant movement, peace/disarmament and other social justice and environmental movements? Would you like to be of service in ensuring the streets are safe during actions and speaking to law enforcement from the open heart of a grandmother? Then this training is for you.

Pennie Opal Plant has been ensuring safe streets and creating good relationships with law enforcement for many years. She will be offering what she has learned in keeping people safe during nonviolent direct actions, as well as how to speak with law enforcement in maintaining the peace. Attendees will be messaged the address when they RSVP.

Pennie’s goal is to train 40 grandmother age women to take the lead on street safety and police liaison during the Sept 8th Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice march in San Francisco. At the end of the march there will be 50+ street murals being painted around the Civic Center. Women who commit to keeping the streets safe will take the lead in keeping the streets closed during the mural painting from 9am to when the murals are completed, probably between 2pm and 3pm. It is ok to bring a chair and take breaks.

More information about Rise of Climate Justice here: https://ca.riseforclimate.org/

Hosts: 1000 Grandmothers Bay Area and Society of Fearless Grandmothers

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1080689292090572/ 

18. Sunday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Mural Volunteer Training for Making the Largest Street Mural Ever! 

Unite Here / Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

We need a few more Big Picture Lead Volunteers; Leads need to attend the training on Sunday, September 2nd

If interested in being a “lead” please contact Anna Goldstein; anna@350.org  or 510-684-6762 (text)

Rise Mural Volunteer Team – sign up here!https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfA1mmsGKxaKW8ggXKdFb2BSrisj_js16ZzaWb0A7dgZfZytw/viewform

On September 8 We are going to make the largest street mural ever. We are going to do it in service to the movement for climate, jobs and justice.

We are looking for over 100 volunteers (who like working with people to make art) to help us facilitate thousands of people painting the largest street mural ever at SF Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, Sept 8th.

Volunteers will help chalk out the design on the street (no art experience needed, you will be trained), help with the logistics of paint and paintbrushes and help support engaging and painting alongside the thousands of people who will arrive post-march to paint!

Commitment =
1) Day-of (Sept. 8th) from 9 am to about 3 pm.
2) One Orientation Training – either
Sunday, Sept 2nd, 4-6pm
Local 2/ Unite Here, 209 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA (Near Civic Center BART)

and/or
Saturday, September 8th, 8 am, Civic Center Plaza
Please sign up here (https://goo.gl/forms/hLw0iyV0Ccp72DPa2)

There will be 5+ leads to a block, they will coordinate and support all aspects of the work; the supplies, the 50 separate circle teams, the volunteer chalkers and painters.

Please bring large yogurt size containers for the paint. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/532931280482512/

Monday, September 3

19. Monday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Day of Action on Marriott – SF Hotel Workers March for #1job

Yerba Buena Lane
(Local 2 Plaza)
Market St. between 3rd & 4th Streets
SF

Join San Francisco hotel workers to celebrate Labor Day as it was meant to be – marching in the streets.

Hotel workers are the backbone of our city’s highly profitable tourism economy, but as we welcome guests to San Francisco, we ourselves struggle to survive here. We’re calling on Marriott – the industry leader and the biggest hotel company in the world – to make one job enough to pay the bills, raise a family, and retire with dignity.

Now more than ever, working people must stand up for ourselves. Join us.

Sponsors: San Francisco Labor Council and Unite Here! Local 2

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/449853032182150/ 

20. Monday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, NorCal Labor Day Rally for Healthcare Justice 

Mosswood Park
3612 Webster
Oakland

Meet at the corner of W. MacArthur Blvd. and Broadway.

SEIU-UHW members across the state are celebrating our toughness and solidarity as healthcare workers this Labor Day!

Kaiser is attacking us — the labor force that helps make them so successful. They’re outsourcing our jobs all over the state, trying to silence our voices, and bargaining in bad faith with us.

This Labor Day, we’re showing our fighting spirit by rallying statewide to protect our jobs, our families, and our communities!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/261337604620508/

21. Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, A Rebel’s Guide to the History of the Russian Revolution (sec 1) 

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (nr. Ellis)
SF

The first socialist revolt that established a workers’ state in Russia in 1917 was a roadmap for anyone determined to end corporate rule and income inequality today.

Leon Trotsky, a co-leader with Lenin, wrote a definitive account as participant and leader: The History of the Russian Revolution.
Explore this inspiring story where the 99% rose up and won! Be part of a small group discussion and reading circle led by socialist feminist

Sponsor: Freedom Socialist Party – Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/224161511504082/

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3 – SAVE the DATES

Saturday, September 8

Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice

March & Rally

San Francisco

Details and list of actions will be listed soon

On Saturday, September 8th thousands of people will be coming to San Francisco for the largest march for climate: RISE for Climate, Jobs & Justice. The Indigenous Bloc will lead the march with California Indians at the front.

This event will take place prior to the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), September 12th to 14th 2018 in San Francisco. Thousands of people will be attending the Summit including elected leaders from around the world, United Nations officials, climate negotiators and those profiting from climate disruption. With California fires, droughts, heat waves and constant environmental attacks on our Tribal/Traditional lands, there is not a moment to wait.

At the end of the march there will be 50 street murals being painted to create powerful images with messaging directed at those attending GCAS. The murals will be circular, 40′ in diameter. 

September 9 – 11, 2018

Soil Not Oil International Conference

Gray Area / Grand Theater

2665 Mission St.

San Francisco  

Break-out sessions will be in various in the Mission District

Register / Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-soil-not-oil-international-conference-tickets-45053196323

Draft of Programhttp://soilnotoilcoalition.org/program/

Volunteer opportunities: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/volunteer-opportunities/

   We are asking volunteers to help for a three hour shift during the conference, in exchange they will get a ticket for the whole conference; including all events and meals provided by us.

This September 9 – 11, farmers, organizers, scientists, policy makers, and global citizens will converge for a deep dive into the world of implementable, community-powered solutions to Earth’s most pressing issues.

Septemebr 9 & 10 Keynotes – Plenaries – Breakout Presentations

conferences have lined up scientists, farmers, elected officials and environmental activists including: Dr. Vandana ShivaDr. Rattan LalAndrew KimbrellWenonah HauterMiguel AltieriDavid ZuckermanAdelita San Vicente TelloWenonah LaDukeStarhawkJohn JeavonsTim LaSallePenny LivingstonPaul Kaiser, and hundreds more.

This year the conference will take place on September 9-11 and will showcase agro-ecological practices –regenerative agriculture, no-till/bio-intensive farming, permaculture solutions-, as well as community powered solutions that people in the global south have creatively implemented to adapt and prevent the ecological and social impacts of climate change. Various venues are being used in the Mission District of SF for the conference and sessions

We trust the traditional knowledge of indigenous people and we honor the borderless collaboration among organizations leaded by women, caretakers of the land, elderly, youth and others that not always are fairly represented. This year our goal is to provide a platform in which the voiceless can speak in behalf of their communities on live-streamed presentations.

Soil Not Oil is an educational event in which attendees learn the root causes, effects and solutions to climate change. 

September 10th  and September 13th 

2 Mass Actions:

Mass action at the Governor’s Task Force on Climate and Forests meeting.
September 10th. 8am
55 Cyril Magnin St.

San Francisco
RSVP- https://www.facebook.com/events/224311744948766/

March and mass action at the Global Climate Action Summit.
September 13th. 7am
Jessie Square. 736 Mission St.

San Francisco
RSVPhttps://againstclimatecapitalism.com/#actionnetworkform

In September, Governor Jerry Brown is convening the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco to promote his “real climate leadership” credentials on a global stage. But Jerry Brown’s promotion of continued fossil fuel production, carbon trading markets and other incentives to oil, gas and other polluting corporations, perpetuates climate change and decimates Indigenous communities and Native nations, communities of color and other working class peoples throughout California and around the world.

Such perverse subsidies for “climate capitalism” will turn frontline communities into sacrifice zones for decades to come. Despite Brown’s efforts to show he is different from Trump and the forces of climate denial, his “climate leadership” promotes a similar corporate agenda – aimed at expanding the dig, burn, drive, dump industries, and the banks and tanks economy destroying our communities and the air, land and water we depend on.

JOIN US AS WE TAKE BOLD ACTION!

Organized by Idle No More SF Bay, Diablo Rising Tide, the Ruckus Society, It Takes Roots, Indigenous Environmental Network, the Sunflower Alliance and Brown’s Last Chance.

For more info, go to riseagainstclimatecapitalism.org

**We’ve scheduled a number of direct action trainings to help prep folks for action, please check them out here:https://againstclimatecapitalism.com/schedule/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/571268929956792/

Petitions to End Criminalization of Homelessness in the Bay Area

29 AUG 2018 By ANN GINGER (mclihumanrights.org)

End the criminalization of homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Demand political leaders in Oakland and Berkeley agree to the demands of the homeless.

On August 24, 2018, the San Francisco Bay Area Landless Peoples Alliance (BALPA) began the campaign to demand political leaders in the cities of Oakland and Berkeley to sign our Declaration of Campaign for the Human Rights of Landless People.

BALPA is led by homeless and formerly homeless organizers working together to mobilize to end the human rights violations against our communities. In the Declaration of Campaign for the Human Rights of Landless People, BALPA demands the following:

First: All criminalization of homelessness must end immediately.

Second: To live in dignity landless people in “safe havens” will be allowed to self-govern.

Third: Collective punishment and all other activity designed to undermine “safe havens” will end.

Fourth: All confiscation of landless people’s property will end, and all property immediately returned.

Fifth: Officials will communicate to all public agencies the location and status of all sanctioned encampments to coordinate transitional housing services.

Sixth: Resolve that all landless people have the human right to assert self-defense against prosecution for activities necessary for survival.

Seventh: All new housing shall prioritize housing for landless people and truly low-income people.

The full text of these demands can be found here in the Declaration of Campaign for the Human Rights of Landless People. BALPA asks our allies and supporters to sign this Declaration here and ask the political leaders of Oakland and Berkeley to do the same. Sign the email petitions below demanding that our political leaders in Oakland and Berkeley agree to these demands.

Sign here:  http://www.mclihumanrights.org/2018/08/29/petitions-to-end-criminalization-of-homelessness-in-the-bay-area/

Note from Mike Zint:

Please take a few minutes for this. We need help. This page has reached over 30,000 in the last week. If we can get that many signatures, we may be able to make some things change.

Please share this. If you know a politician, send the link. Get people interested.

In 1988, Reagan did away with homesteading. Free land is not allowed. Our land. But the corporation’s get to use “federal land” as they see fit.

We end homelessness by providing housing. Tiny homes on homesteads is not being discussed. The rich might lose a few dollars.

–Mike Zint

Don’t Just Impeach Trump. Annul His Presidency

Annulment would repeal all of it – recognizing that such appointments, orders, rules, and records were made without constitutional authority

"A malignant bullying megalomaniac who lies like most people breathe, and who’s able to suck the oxygen out of every news cycle, might well pulverize any Democratic opponent." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

“A malignant bullying megalomaniac who lies like most people breathe, and who’s able to suck the oxygen out of every news cycle, might well pulverize any Democratic opponent.” (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

The only way I see the end of Trump is if there’s overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election. In which case impeachment isn’t an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled.

Let me explain.

Many people are convinced we’re already witnessing the beginning of the end of Trump.

In their view, bombshell admissions from Trump insiders with immunity from prosecution, combined with whatever evidence Robert Mueller uncovers about Trump’s obstruction of justice and his aide’s collusion with the Russians, will all tip the scales.

Democrats will take back the House and begin an impeachment, and the evidence of impeachable offenses will put enough pressure on Republican senators to send Trump packing.

I don’t believe this for a moment.

First, the Senate has never in history convicted a president of impeachment.

Second, even if Democrats flip the House in November, Republicans will almost certainly remain in control of the Senate – and so far they’ve displayed the integrity of lizards.

Third, Fox News and the rest of the right-wing sleaze media will continue to distort and cover up whatever the evidence shows – convincing 35 to 40 percent of Americans, along with most Republicans, that Trump is the innocent victim of a plot to remove him.

Finally, Trump himself will never voluntarily resign, as did Nixon. He’ll lie and claim a conspiracy to unseat him.

He’s proven himself a superb conman, an entertainer-demagogue capable of sowing so much confusion and instigating so much hate and paranoia that he has already survived outrages that would have broken any garden-variety loathsome president – Helsinki, Charlottesville, children locked in cages at the border, firings and cover-ups, racist slurs, clear corruption.

In all likelihood, we’ll have him for another two and a half years.

Don’t bet on him losing in 2020, either. A malignant bullying megalomaniac who lies like most people breathe, and who’s able to suck the oxygen out of every news cycle, might well pulverize any Democratic opponent.

Even if he loses in 2020, we’ll be fortunate if he concedes without being literally carried out of the Oval Office amid the stirrings of civil insurgency.

In other words, Trump’s presidency is not authorized under the United States Constitution.

Oh, and let me remind you that even if he’s impeached, we’d still have his loathsome administration – Pence on down.

But lest you fall into a miasma of gloom, there’s another scenario – unlikely, but entirely possible.

Suppose, just suppose, Robert Mueller finds overwhelming and indisputable evidence that Trump conspired with Putin to rig the 2016 election, and the rigging determined the election’s outcome.

In other words, Trump’s presidency is not authorized under the United States Constitution.

Suppose these findings are so compelling that even Trump loyalists desert him, the Republican Party decides it has had enough, and Fox News calls for his impeachment.

What then? Impeachment isn’t enough.

Impeachment would remedy Trump’s “high crimes and misdemeanors.” But impeachment would not remedy Trump’s unconstitutional presidency because it would leave in place his vice president, White House staff and Cabinet, as well as all the executive orders he issued and all the legislation he signed, and the official record of his presidency.

The only response to an unconstitutional presidency is to annul it. Annulment would repeal all of it – recognizing that such appointments, orders, rules, and records were made without constitutional authority.

The Constitution does not specifically provide for annulment of an unconstitutional presidency. But read as a whole, the Constitution leads to the logical conclusion that annulment is the appropriate remedy for one.

After all, the Supreme Court declares legislation that doesn’t comport with the Constitution to be null and void, as if it had never been passed.

It would logically follow that the Court could declare all legislation and executive actions of a presidency unauthorized by the Constitution to be null and void, as if Trump had never been elected. (Clearly, any Trump appointee to the Court would have to recuse himself from any such decision.)

The Constitution also gives Congress and the states the power to amend the Constitution, thereby annulling or altering whatever provisions came before. Here, too, it would logically follow that Congress and the states could, through amendment, annul a presidency they determine to be unconstitutional.

After the Trump administration was annulled, the Speaker of the House (third in the order of presidential succession) would take over the presidency until a special election.

As I’ve said, my betting is Trump remains president at least through 2020 – absent compelling and indisputable evidence he rigged the 2016 election.

But if such evidence comes forth, impeachment isn’t an adequate remedy because even if Trump is removed, his presidency – all that he and his administration did when he occupied office – would be constitutionally illegitimate.

It should be annulled.

Berkeley 3rd-best US city to live in, ranking says

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Berkeley ranks as the third-best city to live in nationwide, according to a new 2018 review by the website Niche.

According to Niche, Berkeley scored an A-plus in categories ranging from quality of public schools to nightlife, weather, commute and living situation for families. It also came in first as the “healthiest” city in the United States. But the city scores lower in other criteria, such as crime and safety, housing and cost of living.

“Berkeley has wonderful weather: very mild winters, cool summers, no rain in the summer. This is definitely top-five weather,” said Mike Zint, co-founder of homeless rights activist group First They Came for the Homeless. “Housing? Only if you are doing well — the cost is too high.”

According to the Niche website, rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. census, as well as millions of reviews by Niche users.

Berkeley residents, for example, were ranked based on ethnic and economic diversity. The median household income was recorded as $70,393, higher than the national average, and the percentage of residents with university degrees also exceeded that of the nation.

The “higher education rate” counted for 12.5 percent of the final rankings, whereas cost of living and violent crime rates received 10 percent and 5 percent weightings, respectively.

The city received its lowest ranking — a D-plus — in the “cost of living” category. Both Zint and homeless advocate Guy “Mike” Lee criticized the city’s policies, saying that they favored wealthier citizens and that more should be done to build affordable housing.

“We have an ever-increasing homeless population due to inaction of public policy beyond a bologna sandwich and a pat on the head,” Lee said.

Lee also predicts a “crime wave,” attributing a potential rise in crime to poor living standards and a shrinking police force. Niche based the ranking for the “crime and safety” category on violent and property crime rates. According to the website, the rates for robbery, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft exceeded those of the nation.

San Francisco, Irvine and Sunnyvale also ranked among the top 20 cities to live in. Only Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Naperville, Illinois, outranked Berkeley in the review.

Although City Councilmember Kriss Worthington said he approved of Berkeley’s ranking, he noted that the high rating encourages many people to move to the city and could contribute to increased housing costs. He added that the city must work to reduce its violent crime as well as build more affordable and student housing.

“I think if we could fix those two things, we could probably be No. 1 — best city in the whole country,” Worthington said.

Contact Jenny Weng at jweng@dailycal.org and follow her on Twitter at @jennyweng1999.

Note from Mike Zint:

Well Berkeley, I was nice. I did not lie, I just held my tongue. The people of Berkeley get the credit for this.

–Mike Zint

Updates ~ 3 Action Alerts ~ Announcements for Tues. 8/28 – Thurs. 8/30 ~ Save the Date (from Adrienne Fong)

Please consider posting your events on Indybayhttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/

Check Indybay for events not listed here that might interest you.

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

KID FRIENDLY / CHILDCARE Please indicate for events.    

UPDATES:

A. Protest Held Outside San Quentin as Part of National Prison Strike – August 26, 2018

https://www.kqed.org/news/11688877/protest-held-outside-san-quentin-as-part-of-national-prison-strike

B. PG&E’s Negligence A Much Bigger To Threat to Climate Than Its’ Bankruptcy – August 24, 2018

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/8/24/1790750/-PG-E-s-Negligence-A-Much-Bigger-To-Threat-to-Climate-Than-Its-Bankruptcy

  See Action Alert item #2 

C. Stephon Clark-inspired police killing bill softened to remove prosecution standard – August 24, 2018

http://amp.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article216802450.html

D. Trump cuts more than $200 million in U.S. aid to Palestinians

ttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-palestinians/trump-cuts-more-than-200-million-in-u-s-aid-to-palestinians-idUSKCN1L923C 

E. Netanyahu urges US to recognise Israel’s right to Golan – August 23, 2018

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180823-netanyahu-urges-us-to-recognise-israels-right-to-golan/ 

3 – ACTION ALERTS: 

1. Tell Hyatt Hotels to Stop Hosting Hate

SIGN: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-hyatt-hotels-to?akid=214612.675518.GW1qJF&rd=1&source=mo&t=13

  Hyatt Hotels is set to host the annual conference for the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the country, ACT for America, in September.

2. STOP THE PG&E WILDFIRE BAILOUT

SIGN: http://www.turn.org/nowildfirebailout/

   With its  latest effort at corporate lawmaking, AB 33 (Quirk) and SB 1088 (Dodd),  PG&E  seeks a bailout for wildfire liability costs and a blank check for rate hikes for anything it  labels as “safety.”  Customers, rather than investors,  would be on the hook for billions in liability costs.. TURN and other consumer representatives would be shut out, unable to hold utilities accountable for spending or stop rates for essential services from skyrocketing, threatening vulnerable communities and consumers.

Note: Gov. Brown and Senator Scott Weiner are siding with PG&E.

Please see Update B. 

3. @Chuck Schumer: Don’t rename Senate Office Building for divisive war advocate John McCain

SIGN: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/senschumer-dont-rename?r_by=1135580

 Don’t rename the Russell Senate office building for John McCain. John McCain divisively attacked Americans who oppose unconstitutional and endless wars.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, August 28 – Thursday, August 30

Tuesday, August 28

1. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Rally To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th Street & Broadway
Oakland

Mumia’s freedom is at stake in a court hearing on August 30th. With your help, we just might free him!

A Philadelphia court now has before it the evidence which could lead to Mumia’s freedom. The evidence shows that Ronald Castille, of the District Attorney’s office in 1982, intervened in the prosecution of Mumia for a crime he did not commit. Years later, Castille was a judge on the PA Supreme Court, where he sat in judgement over Mumia’s case, and ruled against Mumia in every appeal!

According to the US Supreme Court in the Williams ruling, this corrupt behavior was illegal! But will the court rule to overturn all of Mumia’s negative appeals rulings by the PA Supreme Court? If it does, Mumia would be free to appeal once again against his unfair conviction. If it does not, Mumia could remain imprisoned for life, without the possibility for parole, for a crime he did not commit.

The Philadelphia DA’s office has turned over some, but not all, evidence of Castille’s complicity in this frame-up prosecution.

Call DA Krasner at: (215) 686-8000 to demand full disclosure!

• Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent and framed!
• Mumia Abu-Jamal is a journalist censored off the airwaves!
• Mumia Abu-Jamal is victimized by cops, courts and politicians!
• Mumia Abu-Jamal stands for all prisoners treated unjustly!
• Courts have never treated Mumia fairly!

Sponsor: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/181998382568762/?active_tab=about 

2. Tuesday, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Rise! For Climate Jobs and Justice FINAL Mass Meeting! 

1990 Folsom St.
SF

The final mass meeting as we rapidly approach September 8 and the RISE for CLIMATE, JOBS & JUSTICE!

The logistics are all set and the details will be shared at this meeting! The time to meet for the march, where groups will be in the march, and details about the 50+ street murals that everyone is invited to help paint at the end of the march at Civic Center Plaza will be shared. It’s going to be awesome!

We still need volunteers! You will learn the the details of how and where volunteers (that’s YOU!) can plug in and be of service.

Sponsors: Idle No More, Peoples Climate Movement, The California Allegory, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, PODER, 350.org, Sierra Club

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1349242321873136/

3. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:45pm, Refuse Fascism Meeting #TrumpPenceMustGo!

Sports Basement San Francisco
1590 Bryant St.
SF

We urge both new and experienced volunteers to join us in strategizing together and planning our next steps forward in the struggle to drive out the Trump and Pence regime.

We, the people, NOT the powers-that-be, are the ones who can end this nightmare. You are needed now. Come and find out the many ways you can be involved in this movement. Bring friends and family and get organized!

See new call on FB site

Sponsor Refuse Fascism Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/264756214143700

Wednesday, August 29

4. Wednesday, A Rebel’s Guide to the History of the Russian Revolution (sec 2)

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (nr. Ellis St.0j
SF

Wheelchair Accessible

The first socialist revolt that established a workers’ state in Russia in 1917 was a roadmap for anyone determined to end corporate rule and income inequality today.

Leon Trotsky, a co-leader with Lenin, wrote a definitive account as participant and leader: The History of the Russian Revolution.
Explore this inspiring story where the 99% rose up and won! Be part of a small group discussion and reading circle led by socialist feminists.

Sponsor: Freedom Socialist Party – Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/948469418659942

5. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL

One Post Street
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).
SF

Look for the PEACE banner!

This week’s focus: Mass Incarceration/Prison Strike

Themes vary each week on topics for PEACE & JUSTICE

All are welcomed.

6. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Decriminalize DUIs: A Forum on Community Wellness & Resistance

155 Grand Ave.
Oakland

Invite to:  Decriminalize DUIs: A Community Forum on Wellness and Resistance! We will be:
Highlighting the ways in which DUIs have been used to re-criminalize immigrants
– Hear from a Substance Abuse Expert and a Mental Health
– Experts who understand DUIs as a public health issue
– Hear testimonies from folks that have been directly impacted by the criminalization of DUIs

Sponsors: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/715703225433676/

7. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Solidarity Meeting

1612 7th St.
Oakland

OneFam has been engaged in an eviction with its landlord for the past few years.

The solidarity meeting is a chance for the OneFam community to come together and talk strategy to #DefendOneFam.

The first hour is spent giving updates on the legal battle. The second hour is where we split into working groups. We have working groups for social media, direct action, outreach, fundraising and more.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/408522489660235/

8. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Fight for a Socialist Future!

Women’s Building
3543 18th St.
SF

As millions turn to socialist politics as an alternative to this rotten system, more and more people are talking about what socialism means and how we can actually achieve it. Join us for an open discussion about what socialism is and isn’t, and why we believe the working class majority has the power to build a new society.

Sponsor: International Socialist Organization – Northern California

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/267513817310290/

Thursday, August 30

9. Thursday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Coalition Free School

Coalition on Homelessness
468 Turk St.
SF

This is an 8-week course

Week 7, August 30: De-escalation of Violence (Laura Guzman)

These trainings will be open to all Coalition staff, Board, volunteers, work group members, Our City Our Home campaign members, as well as ally organizations. People can simply show up for individual classes or the entire course. Bag lunches will be provided. Classes will be in English and translated into Spanish.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/924480611087487/

10. Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, MASS Action CALL: California Youth RISE for Climate Justice

You can either use the Zoom app on your computer or smart phone (zoom.us/j/5206115874 ) to join by video or call +1 646 558 8656 and enter meeting ID: 520 611 5874.

The world’s eyes are turning to California for the Global Climate Action Summit (Sept 12-14) and young people across the state will not let Governor Brown’s shallow climate rhetoric have the last word. We are standing up for our futures and our communities, calling for the end of the fossil fuel era and health, justice, clean air and water for all.

These three ACTION CALLS are for young people in California eager to be part of this global movement moment here in San Francisco. The week of action runs from September 8-15, and you can be part of it! On the calls we will share plans, resources and ways to engage with actions and events. 

Sponsors: Idle No More and 4 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1105915032919072

11. Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, SFFNB Thursday Food Share (Help is needed)

16th & Mission St.
SF

We will share free hot food in the 16th & Mission BART plaza at 6pm until the food runs out. We welcome help! Talk to us at the sharing if you’d like to help us cook, serve, or clean up. We cook from 3pm to 6pm. Contact this page with any questions.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/152403348714170

12. Thursday 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Song Leading & Street Choir Training | RISE for Climate Justice

1330 Broadway St., Suite 300
Oakland

Join the Thrive Street Choir (Oakland) and the Peace Poets (Brooklyn) for a dynamic song leading workshop, a week before RISE for Climate Jobs & Justice 9/8.

The Peace Poets are LEGENDS, coming to Oakland for a short time and will grace us with a performance and workshop!

We will gearing up for a 50k person Choral Flashmob, the largest singing climate mobilization in history! Come learn and practice the movement songs that we will be singing together in the streets of San Francisco (in harmony!).

Sponsors: Thrive East Bay, Peoples Climate Movement Bay Area, Thrive Street Choir, Peace Poets

Info; https://www.facebook.com/events/2135380550072214/

SAVE the DATE

Saturday, September 8

RISE for CLIMATE

March & Rally

San Francisco

Details and list of actions will be listed soon 

On Saturday, September 8th thousands of people will be coming to San Francisco for the largest march for climate: RISE for Climate, Jobs & Justice. The Indigenous Bloc will lead the march with California Indians at the front.

This event will take place prior to the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), September 12th to 14th 2018 in San Francisco. Thousands of people will be attending the Summit including elected leaders from around the world, United Nations officials, climate negotiators and those profiting from climate disruption. With California fires, droughts, heat waves and constant environmental attacks on our Tribal/Traditional lands, there is not a moment to wait.

At the end of the march there will be 50 street murals being painted to create powerful images with messaging directed at those attending GCAS. The murals will be circular, 40′ in diameter.

Please save your large yogurt size containers

City makes available new storage lockers for those without homes

Three years later, and not adequate for the demand. But it’s a start, right? Or is it so the city can say they are doing something.

The ideal situation would be high school lockers in a supervised public space, with no hours of operation. Cheap to purchase, more space, and employed homeless don’t need to carry what’s needed because the lockers are closed. That’s a real solution. And a few homeless can be employed to maintain the locker space, and supervise.

Unless the city thinks homeless can’t be trusted.

–Mike Zint

Storage lockers for people experiencing homelessness, located at BOSS’s Multi-Agency Service Center in the city’s Veterans Memorial building, are due to be available in September Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Nearly three years after promising to launch a program for the homeless to store their belongings in downtown Berkeley, the city is doing it — for a fraction of the original cost.

Last December, after approving $50,000 to operate the new program for a year, the Health, Housing and Community Services (HHCS) department put out a request for  Berkeley nonprofits to run the locker program. Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS) was the only organization who responded by the April 2018 deadline.

The 58 lockers are located at BOSS’s Multi-Agency Service Center, at 1931 Center St. They each have nine cubic feet of space; they will be accessible from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends. The lockers will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, starting next month. There is no application process. Although there is no maximum time limit for use, lockers will be reassigned if left unattended for 31 days.

The city will provide and maintain them. BOSS will provide access and security.

“We saw a need, and we thought we could fulfill that need,’ said Donald Frazier, the Executive Director of BOSS.

“Hiring a nonprofit makes sense because they can leverage existing programs which work with same or similar populations, and deliver the service more efficiently,” said City of Berkeley spokesman Matthai Chakko.

The locker program is designed to provide a place for people without homes to keep items they normally would not have space for in a car, on the sidewalk or in a shelter. The city hopes that will entice more people experiencing homelessness to use city homeless shelters. Lack of storage space for personal belongings at those shelters is a major reason many people do not want to use them, according to a recent survey among the homeless population.

Frazier said the program will only go so far due to lack of adequate funds.

“Is that enough resources to accommodate that need? Absolutely not, and I think that’s commonly known… $50,000 dollars is not going to purchase much.”

“This is not going to be a solution for every single person who is homeless or comes through the city at any particular time,” acknowledges Chakko. “That is a very, very big number. At the same time, this is a step towards finding solutions to problems and figuring out if it can help.”

The original budget for the project, devised in February 2016,  prompted some sticker shock — $50,000 a year in startup costs and $350,000 a year for city staffers to run it — and it never came up for a vote.  The new plan will be overseen by the director of BOSS’s Multi-Agency Service Center and aides, instead of the higher-paid city case managers and paid security personnel that were originally envisioned. That program also had a larger footprint.

The City Council could have requested more than the initial $50,000 by waiting until November, when the city begins its budgeting process;  but that would likely have delayed the implementation of the program until 2019. And, given Berkeley’s chronic homeless problem, there was pressure from homeless advocacy groups, and from councilmembers, to get something going more quickly.

BOSS could potentially receive an extra $100,000, including the funds to operate a second site, during that budgeting process.

Note from Mike Zint of First They Came for the Homeless

August 26, 2018

Please read this. First thing, the wording on 647e is not “unpermitted,” it’s illegal lodging. Lying on public property is illegal, according to the mayor. It’s city property. But the city is owned by the people. Unpermitted objects? You mean poor people’s property is not allowed. A traveler visiting Berkeley will be permitted to put their travel gear there.

Do we let them get away with this, or do we fight for our public property?

To: Members of the City Council
From: Mayor Jesse Arreguín
Subject: Enforcement Policy for Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza

RECOMMENDATION

Adopt a Resolution setting enforcement priorities for the Downtown Berkeley BART
Station Plaza (“BART Plaza”) prohibiting lying and camping and directing the City
Manager to enforce Penal Code Section 647(e) at BART Plaza, Berkeley Municipal
Code Section 14.48.020 regarding unpermitted objects obstructing sidewalks, and
Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 13.36 relating to lying on public property, in addition
to all other applicable laws.

BACKGROUND

Construction of the new Downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza, on the west side of
Shattuck Avenue between Center Street and Allston Way, is expected to be completed
in September 2018. The $7.6 million project is designed to improve both safety and
walkability, creating more open space and activating underutilized sidewalk space.
The Plaza will serve as the main gateway for many people arriving to Downtown via
BART, AC Transit, or UC Berkeley Bear Transit Shuttle, which combined has a total of
30,000 commuters daily at this location. To ensure the safety and promote a plaza that
is welcoming to all, enforcement of the following regulations is needed:

 California Penal Code Section 647(e): Unpermitted lodging
 Berkeley Municipal Code Section 14.48.020: Items obstructing sidewalks
 Berkeley Municipal Code Section 13.36: Persons obstructing sidewalks

No new laws are being created; the purpose of the Resolution is to prioritize
enforcement of existing laws.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Staff time

CONTACT PERSON
Jesse Arreguin, Mayor 510-981-7100

Under Fully-Automated Communism, Your Wage Is $90 Per Hour (Says Math)

August 26, 2018 (johnlaurits.com)

Wages Under Fully-Automated Luxury Communism

Recently, a reader responded to two posts of mine — one that used macroeconomic data to show how much of the nation’s income ends up in workers’ pockets and another that looked into how long a US workweek might be if the US automated as many work-hours as existing technology allows —  and the response seemed worthy of publishing here (with permission, of course). The numbers used below are sourced from the posts “Working Class w/ No Living Wage” and “If Work-Hours & the Value of Automation Were Distributed Fairly Today.”

What follows is the response — the author wished to not be named.

Another great article. If we add in the stats you wrote about in “Working Class w/ No Living Wage: The Absurd Math of US Income,” then we should be able to see what the real value of those distributed work hours are. If the current average work week is 38.7, and the average annual wages are $49,630, then the current average value of an hour of work is:

\mathtt{\large \$49,630 \div 52 \div 38.7 \approx \$24.66}If the hours were split evenly as you suggest above, then we’d get:

\mathtt{\large \$49,630 \div 52 \div 30.7 \approx \$31.09}And if we add in automation, then we’d get:

\mathtt{\large \$49,630 \div 52 \div 1 9.23 \approx \$49.63}$49.63 for an average hours worth of work.

But the more interesting part of the article on US Income is that $9.8 trillion is unearned (i.e. not acquired by doing work). If we got rid of that, and moved all of the GNI (minus government benefits) to earned income, then we’d have a very different picture.

Total US income minus benefits:

\mathtt{\large \$18.75 \text{ trillion}\ – \$2.0393 \text{ trillion}\ = \$16.7107}If the mass workweek is 5.66 billion hours, the mass work year is 294.32 billion hours. So if all income was based on labor we’d have an average rate for an hours work of:

\mathtt{\large \$16.7107 \text{ trillion}\ \div 0.29432 = \$56.78}And if we throw automation in the mix than people on average should be working for an hourly wage of:

\mathtt{\large \$16,710,700,000,000 \div (52 \times 3,545,798,057) = \$90.63}End of Response ]

The final figure presented by this reader is what a US worker’s wage could be if (1) the full value of all US goods, services, and information was paid to the people who actually produced them and (2) if already-existing labor-saving technology was fully utilized to reduce the total US work-hours. In principle, there is nothing to prevent US society from simply paying its working people the full value of their labor and using public funds to gradually implement labor-saving tech in order to increase the productivity of all its industries. It is only capitalism that holds such a world in abeyance.

So long as the means to produce wealth remain in private hands — so long as public funds are directed in the interest of capital and not of the public purpose — people like Jeff Bezos will keep appropriating the fruits of labor and automation will never liberate but only un-employ people. There is no problem with scarcity — there is a problem with humanity’s social organization and with its institutions. There is no failure in our production of economic values — even now they are being produced to abundance (maybe even over-abundance). The math above shows that, if it could be allowed, this country can afford to pay a wage just shy of $100 to every human being who is willing to work.

It is only the obscenely wealthy whom we stretch and strain to afford…

In solidarity,
John Laurits

UPDATES ~ 2 ACTION ALERTS ~ NEW Announcements for Sun. & Mon. Reminder for STOP Kavanaugh on Sun. 8/26 (from Adrienne Fong)

UPDATES: 

A. ICE removes all its immigrant detainees from Contra Costa County’s jail – August 23, 2018

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/ICE-removes-all-its-immigrant-detainees-from-13178495.php

B. Police identify officer involved in fatal shooting near Ceres – August 23, 2018

https://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article217261040.html

RIP ♥ Carmen Spencer Mendez ♥, 15 y/o

(Carmen was shot in the back of the head – police claim he shot himself)

Note the officer that murdered Carmen Spencer Mendez, officer Ross Bays, is the same officer that killed Nicholas Pimentel 10 months ago

2 – ACTION ALERTS: 

1. REIN IN POLICE MILITARIZATION IN CALIFORNIA!

https://action.aclu.org/send-message/ca-sen-support-ab3131?social_referer_transaction=1664192&ms=sbsocial

2. Tell companies: Stop funding ALEC and its extremist right-wing agenda.

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/alec-hate?t=5&akid=29796%2E21110%2EP7Fi0z 

2 – NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

For Sunday & Monday

Sunday, August 26

New item

Sunday, 6:00am – 8:00am Sunrise Gathering & 4:00pm-8:00pm Chicano Moratorium

6am – 8am Sunrise Gathering

Mission Dolores Park – Bell
SF

4pm – 8pm – Chicano Moratorium

ANSWER Office
2969 Mission St.
SF

film, panel discuss, potluck, vendors, raffle!

FMI:  415-577-1492

Monday, August 27

New item 

Monday, 10:30am, March & Rally for AB 931 – Sacramento

When: Monday, August 27, beginning at 10:30am
Where: Sacramento, beginning at the Catholic Church on 11th
Street north of K Street

About AB931, from the ACLU:

Police departments in California are some of the deadliest in the country. Police in Kern County, for example, have killed more people per capita than in any other county in the U.S. But many of these deaths could have been prevented if police were held to a higher standard that valued the preservation of life. Fortunately, Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) introduced legislation to update California’s deadly use of force standard.

Under AB 931, police would only be allowed to use deadly force if there were no reasonable alternatives available and if there was an imminent threat to the officer or another person’s safety. For years, communities have demanded accountability for police violence and brutality. AB 931 will save lives and get us one step closer to that.

The day’s events:

  • 10:30a.m. – Groups/Organizations Assemble at Catholic Church on 11th Street north of K Street
  • 11:00a.m. – March to Capitol – North Steps for Rally – Short Statements and display the “Casket”
  • 11:45a.m. – March into the Capitol with 931 Cards for Legislators and
    Staff – We visit all 120 Offices in the Capitol.
  • 11:45a.m. – The rest of us will March around the capitol with the “Casket” to the West Steps; the South Steps; the East Steps; returning to North Steps.
  • 1:00p.m. – Our entire Groups/Organizations re-Assemble on the North Steps for final word and “Prayer” (on our knees) to our Lord to give courage to our Legislators to PASS AB 931!
  • 1:15p.m. – Our Rally is Over!! Thank You ALL!

If anyone has any questions, please call Rory Kaufman @ (916) 230-4631!

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Reminder for Sunday. Please share.

Sending out an invitation to people willing to dress as ‘Handmaids’

‘The Handmaids Tale’ is available on NETFLIX and HULU

STOP

 the Appointment of Kavanaugh!

Drive out the Fascist Regime!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

12:30pm

Meet at:

Steps of SF Main Library

100 Larkin St, across from the Civic Center

(Nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1863963607051399/

Costumes  will be (loaned) provided; please wear black

Main Rally at 1:00pm at Civic Center  

(See info below graphic)

Join with Refuse Fascism and Handmaids in San Francisco this Sunday

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Photo from: Refuse Fascism

With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the Trump/Pence regime is poised to impose an extreme and long-lasting transformation of the highest court in this country—a major leap in the consolidation of fascism.

Join Refuse Fascism in the streets on Sunday, August 26, as part of nationwide protests against the appointment of Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court! We will be organizing a contingent of Handmaids to be part of the protest.

Main Rally info: 

Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Unite for Justice: Bay Area to #StopKavanaugh (part of national demos) 

Civic Center
SF

Wheelchair accessible with wheelchair accessible porta potties.

On August 26, all across the country, Americans will stand united in commitment to our freedom and our future to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh would rule against reproductive freedom, health care, the environment, voting rights, workers’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and immigrant rights for generations.

This is not simply about a woman’s right to choose, or upholding the freedom to love whomever you choose to love, or protecting our planet. It’s about all of it. Everything could be overturned and overruled. Economic justice, gender justice, racial justice. Everything is on the line. We must stop it.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation is not a given; together we can make sure he never sits on the bench. Join us to make our voices heard all the way in Washington.

Learn more about Unite for Justice 2018: https://uniteforjustice2018.com

Sponsors: Indivisible SF + 18 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/839262046280284/