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A. Homeland Security officers patrolling BART trains as part of ‘normal’ anti-terrorism checks – September 27, 2018
B. British Labor Party Stands Up to Israel’s Killings (5 min. YouTube)
C. ‘Detention center’ at Dreamforce: Protest against Salesforce hits its big conference – September 25, 2018
4 – ACTION ALERTS:
1. VOTE NO ON KAVANAUGH (See Item #3)
Senate Judiciary Committee set to vote on Kavanaugh Friday 9:30am EDT. (it will go before the full Senate early next week)
CALL Your Senators
Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
2. Block Trump’s Path to War with Iran
On September 25th, at the United Nations, Trump demanded a roomful of world leaders get behind regime change in Iran.Then, ultra-hawk John Bolton followed that up by threatening that Iran would have “HELL to PAY.”
Senator Tom Udall is planning to introduce a bill to put up a giant roadblock to Trump’s plans for a war with Iran.
3. Tell your Representative to pass the ‘House War Powers Resolution’ to END U.S. involvement in the Saudi-Yemen conflict.
In Yemen military conflicts and airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians and left the millions who have survived without access to food, water, or shelter. It is a major humanitarian crisis.
The US has helped Saudi warplanes select targets, refuel their planes, and are providing the bombs.
House Rep. Ro Khanna has introduced a House War Powers resolution that would end US involvement in the Saudi-Yemen conflict
4. Call Governor Brown to SIGN SB 1421 We have a right to know about police misconduct!
It takes TWO MINUTES to call Gov. Brown’s staff and urge him to sign the bill.
Call (916) 445-2841 and wait on hold if necessary. Every call matters, as police violence apologists are calling every day asking him to VETO the bill.
SB 1421 is on Governor Brown’s desk and he has until September 30, 2018 to SIGN IT! #SB1421 will give the public of California access to police misconduct information, specifically in use of force cases ending in death or serious bodily harm, sexual abuse, and lying on police reports.!
And / Or
GOVERNOR BROWN: SIGN SB 1421
We have a right to know about police misconduct
For years, California has kept secret police misconduct records. Right now, the public isn’t allowed to know how departments investigate officers who abuse their authority to plant evidence, lie in police reports, or sexually assault members of the public.
But after decades of work, we are closer than ever to restoring Californians’ right to know. SB 1421 (Skinner) will open up police misconduct and use of force records to increase transparency and accountability in policing. Lawmakers approved the bill last month, and now it’s up to the governor.
Friday, September 28 – Monday, October 1
Friday, September 28
1. Friday, 12Noon -2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders! – 104th Week
Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.
All are invited to join us to demand that District Attorney George Gascon charge police officers with murder. Stand with ALL families who have lost loved ones to police murders. Since Gascon has been the DA in San Francisco, he has not charged any police officers!
2. Friday, 5:00pm – 6:40pm, Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness (NEW)
Alternatives to Criminalization Series
1600 Holloway Ave.
Come listen to local activists from around the Bay Area about what local communities and governments can address homelessness in the Bay Area and beyond.
We’ll be hosting guests from Tipping Point Community, the Street Sheet, the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, the Western Regional Advocacy Project, and the People’s Breakfast Oakland.
The series focus is:
Examination of the causes and consequences of criminalization with a focus on alternative responses that improve safety and communities without the use of police, jails or prisons.
Engagement with Bay Area organizations working on community organizing and redistributive policies as solutions to the problems of criminalization, incarceration, and harm such as harm reduction, restorative justice, etc.
3. Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Emergency Protest: STOP Kavanaugh Now! (NEW)
Market & Powell St.
At Cable Car Turnaround
STOP the Appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court!
This Nightmare Must End:
The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
In the Name of Humanity,
We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!
The Trump/Pence regime has already done shocking damage: from Trump’s Muslim Ban to his open encouragement of murderous white supremacists and Nazis; from his flippant threats of nuclear annihilation to his vile misogyny, threats against the media, and even tearing immigrant children from parents. If left in power, the Trump/Pence regime will effect a thoroughly reactionary restructuring of society. Nothing short of removing this entire regime will stop this nightmare. (From the RefuseFascism.org Call to Action)
Now, with the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the Trump/Pence regime is poised to impose an extreme and long-lastingtransformation of the highest court in this country—a major leap in the consolidation of fascism.
This must be stopped!
It’s not just that Kavanaugh would eviscerate women’s fundamental right to decide for themselves whether to bear children, which alone would be reason enough for millions to rise in massive political revolt. With Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court would be a rubber stamp to the whole Trump/Pence agenda: shredding the separation of church and state in favor of Christian fascism against women, LGBTQ people, science, and the environment; backing xenophobic ethnic cleansing of immigrants and terror against Black people to “Make America WHITE Again”; eviscerating civil liberties, the separation of powers, and the rule of law; unleashing even more vicious torture and military aggression against the people of the world.
The time to act is NOW—this nomination must be STOPPED! If Trump is allowed to consolidate a fascist Supreme Court, we will be fighting on much more difficult and dangerous ground
Host: Refuse Fascism
4. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Revolutionary Feminism Now: A discussion with radical women of color
New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St.
Doors open 6p.m., $2 – $5 door donation, $7 Light supper served.
In the U.S., the mainstream feminist leadership has made itself obsolete with a single-issue approach and dependence on the Democrats to make conditions better for women. A new movement is rising, led by grassroots feminists of color. It is tackling the multitude of issues standing in the way of full liberation, often with an anti-capitalist agenda. Public discussion will follow.
Kristina Lee, queer Black and Chinese American feminist and antifascist activist
Norma Gallegos, queer Chicana feminist and abortion clinic defender
Host: Freedom Socialist Party
5. Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Fourth Fridays at Reem’s: Get Down for a Cause!
3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 133
Reem’s will be partnering with local organizations and causes and will donate 5% of the proceeds from each party to them. Enjoy these summer evenings with DJ Baagi and Kiwi Illafonte.
September 28,: Benefit for the Palestine Action Network
The Palestine Action Network:
Palestine Action Network is a network of organizations and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area raising awareness on the Palestinian struggle.
6. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Eyewitness Columbia: Elections, Peace Accords & U.S. Imperialism
2969 Mission St.
$3-10 donation, no one turned away
Join us for an eyewitness report on the elections process, what is at stake for the Peace Accords to survive during a crucial time where social and economic reform are needed, and the role U.S. imperialism played in the decision of the Colombian elections.
On June 17, right-wing candidate Ivan Duque won the presidency over leftist candidate Gustavo Petro in what were the first presidential elections since the 2016 peace deal was struck with the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government. The two candidates, representing opposite poles in Colombia’s political spectrum, declared contrasting positions on economic development, the peace process and national security. However, the one pivotal difference is that Duque, the president-elect, seeks to throw out the current peace deal between the government and former FARC members in favor of a new, less amicable one – which could involve former members of the group being jailed.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government has continuously pressured the Colombian government to conduct forced eradication programs and violate Section 4 of the Peace Accords, which works to minimize coca production via voluntary substitution programs. These forced eradication programs instruct military officers to go into farmers’ homes, terrorize them and destroy all of their crops, such as the 2017 massacre in Tumaco, which was not a random act, but instead an extension of the forced eradication programs that the U.S. is promoting.
7. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Speaking: Ray McGovern; Music: Emma’s Revolution; MC Dennis Bernstein
1924 Cedar St.
Ray McGovern, with Emma’s Revolution, the CODEPINK Chorus, and Dennis Bernstein, hosted by CODEPINK and the BFUU Social Justice Committee. Ray McGovern is the 27-yr CIA analyst turned peace and justice activist who speaks out frequently against U.S. war and injustice. Ray will speak about Yemen, Syria, Gaza, Julian Assange, and the Russia mania. Emma’s Revolution will perform some of their gorgeous songs, and the CODEPINK Chorus will sing the CODEPINK song. Homemade organic pies and other treats will be sold to benefit CODEPINK.
Saturday, September 29
8. Saturday, 10:00am – 11:00am, Stop KIPP & Rocketship Racist Privatization Union Busting Charter School Chains
GAP Corporate HQ
2 Folsom St. (nr Embarcadero)
GAP Fisher Family Stop Busting Up Public Education
Stop KIPP & Rocketship Racist Privatization Union Busting Charter School Chains
Get Your Crooked Hands Off Our Public Education System!
The Fisher family which owns the GAP corporation has been using their wealth to push full privatization of public education in California and nationally with the KIPP and Rocketship charter school chains which they control.
In San Francisco, the KIPP charter is busting up the Malcom X Academy in Hunters Point through the use of “co-location” in the reactionary proposition 39 funded by Netflix billionaire Reed Hastings and other education privatizers. Billionaire GAP owner Doris Walker is on the board of KIPP San Francisco. She and her family instead of supporting public schools and public teachers are helping to pit student against student and break the UESF and other education unions through a two tier charter system for profit.
They are also using these so called “non-profit” schools to get tax subsidies to push privatization. They also then use their money to bankroll candidates in boards of education and other government positions and control the State Board of Education SBE and Commission on Teacher Credentialing CTC with is pushing “Common Core” and other corporate schemes to commodify education for profit. These charter school operatives also have massive financial conflicts of interests which need to be criminally prosecuted.
The Rocketship charter school chain is also seeking to break up public education in San Jose, West Contra Costa and Vallejo.
The GAP corporation was also given a $13 million subsidy by the Newsom to build their headquarters on the waterfront while kids in San Francisco are short changed.
The so called “non-profits” also subject the students to conditions that are clinically dangerous and use them as testers of new education software technology to benefit the tech barons and also eliminate teachers. This is part of the drive pushed by Governor Jerry Brown and the corporate shills to put all education on line
Host: Defend Public Education NOW!
9. Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, TPS Forum / Clinic
1885 Mission St.
RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Free Legal Immigration Clinic And Attorney Consultation For TPS & DACA
All applicants should bring with them:
1- Passport and four (4) passport-style photos
2- Copy of your TPS or DACA application and approval
3- Employment Authorization Card
4- Assistance with application fee payment
5- Proof of any government benefits (Medi-Cal, CalFresh)
6- If arrested, any certified police and court documents
The Workshop will include:
1- Panel and Discussion on TPS
How the TPS cancellation will affect the beneficiaries.
Connect with others TPS holders and allies to organize.
Support the national efforts to build legislative support for a pathway towards permanent residency.
2- Bay Area Neighborhood Sanctuary Network
Rapid Response Systems
ICE Tactics Pop Quiz Competition
Know Your Rights Review
This event was made possible with the collaboration of local and community organizations:
AAN, AROC, CARECEN, Dolores Street Community Services, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, San Francisco Living Wage Coalition, OCEIA, We Rise SF.
Sponsored by the Nor Cal TPS Coalition
10. Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, Mask-Making/Book Sale/Bake Sale Benefit for Revolution film
2444 Durant Ave.
This will also happen on Sunday, September 30th from 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Create Halloweenish masks to be sold at our booth on 1st Friday
1K books for $1
Benefit weekend of fund raising for the Oct. 19 online premiere of
Why We Need An Action Revolution
and How We Can Really Make Revolution
a filmed speech by Bob Avakian
11. Saturday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Support Farm Workers : Global Day of Action Against Driscolls
450 10th St.
70,000 farm workers in the valley of San Quintin, Baja California have been waging intermittent strikes and organizing mass mobilizations since March 2015 demanding an increase in their daily wage, an 8 hour work day (instead of 12 hours), healthcare, overtime pay and vacation days and the legal recognition of their independent union and the signing of a collective bargaining agreement.
These farm workers pick strawberries, tomatoes and other fruit primarily for export into the US market via the label of Driscolls through its Mexican subsidiary BerryMex.
They earn as little as $7/per day and are subject to sexual abuse, pesticide poisoning and the company utilizes child labor.
Join the “International Global Action” and spread the word to #BoycottDriscolls everywhere.
Consumers from all over the world will be supporting this action and entering the markets to talk with more consumers and tell them:
• Driscoll’s Strawberries are not purchased until human rights are respected through the signing of a collective bargaining agreement signed with our Independent National Union of Agricultural Laborers (SINDJA).
• Driscoll’s Raspberries are not purchased until there is security and affiliation to the IMSS within the agricultural fields.
• Driscoll’s Blackberries are not bought until the labor rights of the Agricultural Laborers are respected.
• Driscoll’s Blueberries are not bought until the Laborers enjoy the basic rights within the fields and in general all this is reflected in a real work contract with the SINDJA.
For all this, #BoycottDriscolls continues and will not be finished until all the above is agreed and respected …
12. Saturday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Water, Fire, Earth, Air, at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
NcEvoy Foundation for the Arts
1150 25th St., Bldg. B
Free, Advance Reservations: http://mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents a panel discussion with artists who investigate social and environmental impacts on the elements essential to life.
Participants: Don Hankins, Eve Mosher, Ranu Mukherjee, and Rosten Woo, with moderator Heidi Quante.
Heidi Quante is an interdisciplinary artist who has been designing environmental and human rights public engagement initiatives since 2003. Quante is the founder of Creative Catalysts, an organization that brings together experts from diverse disciplines to devise innovative ways to raise awareness, inspire dialogue, and spark action on pressing social and environmental issues.
Don Hankins is a Plains Miwok traditional cultural fire practitioner and professor working to restore fire as an eco-cultural process within California, Australia, and other landscapes.
Eve Mosher is an artist and interventionist living and working in New York City whose works use investigations of the landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues in relationship to water.
Ranu Mukherjee is a visual artist who lives and works in San Francisco. She combines drawing, painting, and print with video, animation, and choreography, to call up the forces of hybridity, diaspora, and speculative fiction.
Rosten Woo is an artist, designer, and writer living in Los Angeles. His projects aim to help people understand complex systems, reorient themselves to places, and participate in group decision-making.
Sunday, September 30
13. Sunday, 9:30am, UU Forum: “What is happening in Venezuela?”
Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St. (@Geary Blvd.)
9:00: Coffee/socializing. Breakfast (for nominal fee)
9:30: Program (see below)
10:30: Questions, Comments, Discussion
Roger Harris was in Venezuela as an election observer for both of Maduro’s election. He will be showing a PPT of his recent visit to Venezuela. Roger is on the board of the human rights organization, the Task Force on the Americas.
The Venezuelan people reelected Nicolás Maduro for a second presidential term. A US-backed political tide of reaction had been bucked, which had swept away previously left-leaning Latin American governments – often by extra-parliamentary means – in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Honduras, and even Ecuador. The US and the rightwing opposition in Venezuela had demanded an election boycott and Maduro’s resignation. Defying them, the popular classes voted as a form of resistance in what they proudly told us was a “celebration of democracy.” Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian Revolution was again affirmed as was Chávez’s successor, Nicolás Maduro.
14. Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Nuclear War: How Can It Be Prevented
SF Public Library
100 Larkin St.
Forum, featuring Ray McGovern, Marylia Kelley and Jacqueline Cabasso.
Mr. McGovern is former CIA analyst now peace activist.
Ms. Kelley is co-founder of Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment.
Ms. Cabasso is Executive Director of Western Legal Foundation.
Besides tackling the critical question of preventing nuclear war, the program will observe the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the first anniversary of the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, OK’d by 122 nations at the UN last summer.
Event is free and all are welcome. To learn more, please visit War and Law League athttp://www.warandlaw.org/files/index.html
Hosts: The War and Law League and San Francisco Public Library
15. Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Free 1-on-1 Citizenship Consultation Event in SF
SF Main Library –The Bridge – 5th Floor
100 Larkin St.
**ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED**
**BY APPOINTMENT ONLY**
To make your appointment, call (415) 557-4388 to reserve your spot!
Are you eligible for U.S. Citizenship? Join us for Lawyers in the Library, where immigration attorneys will be on hand for FREE one-on-one consultations and to help you with your citizenship application!
COME FOR FREE:
• Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
• Assessment of your eligibility to naturalize
• Application preparation & documentation
• Packaging, if eligible to naturalize
• Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative
• Accessing financial assistance and community resources
WHAT TO BRING:
• Your green card & all current and expired passports
• List of addresses, work and schooling (last 5 years)
• List of trips and dates outside the U.S. (last 5 years)
• Information of your current spouse, ALL prior marriages for you and your spouse, and ALL your children (name, address, date/place of birth, date/place of marriage, SSN, immigration status and A#, if any)
• If you have been arrested: Bring ALL arrest and court documents, even for dropped charges and expunged records
• Application Filing Fee: Check or Money Order for $725.00 made out to “US Department of Homeland Security” (if 75 or older, the fee is $640), UNLESS you qualify for a fee waiver*
• *Fee Waivers: You must bring recent written proof that you receive public benefits, like SSI, Medi-Cal, food stamps, WIC, CalWorks, cash aid, general assistance, etc.
• Men only: If you were living in the U.S. between ages of 18 and 26, please bring evidence of Selective Service registration if you have it. You may verify registration at www.sss.gov, or (888) 655-1825
Questions? Contact the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative for more information and leave a message on one of our multilingual hotlines:
Hosts: San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.
Monday, October 1
16. Monday, 12 Noon – 4:00pm, DemandingTheTRUTH: Alameda TRUTH Act Forum
1221 Oak St., 5th Floor
12 P.M. join a brief RALLY
1 P.M. TRUTH Forum begins
Join community members, immigrants’ rights advocates, and many more advocates at the TRUTH Act forum in Alameda County to demand transparency and accountability! Sheriff Ahern has been collaborating with ICE to facilitate local deportations and the separation of families, it’s time to demand the TRUTH.
Under the TRUTH Act, any jurisdiction that has allowed ICE access in the past year is required to hold a community forum bringing transparency to local jail entanglement with immigration enforcement.
Through our advocacy efforts, the Board of Supervisors scheduled the forum to ensure that our community could obtain information and ask questions about how our county works with ICE. This is crucial as Ahern himself will be present.
Hosts: Alameda County in Defense of Immigrant Rights and California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
17. Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, In the Wake of the Quiet Hours: Black Women In The Wake
Oakland Peace Center
111 Fairmount Ave.
In conjunction with the widely acclaimed “The Black Woman Is God” exhibit and the Opening+Procession: The Black Woman Is God at AEG #TBWIG, “Satellite Exhibit” at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery in Oakland, this month’s Oakland Peace Center, “In The Wake Of The Quiet Hours” pays a special tribute to black women. Participants and visitors are invited to bring words, works, snippets, and quotes of black women writers as the way into our grief, song, poetry, story, community ritual, and healing, “Black Women In The Wake”. Angela Hennessy, one of the featured artists in the Ashara Ekundayo satellite exhibit, continues in her role as co-facilitator and will help us sit with, speak with, and hear from black women’s lives and deaths through the reading her manifesto. Artist-In-Residence, Marvin K. White will bring a word from his black women deadcestors/sisters through a sermonic offering.