Updates ~ 2 Action Alerts ~ Marriot Hotels Strike ~ Announcements ~ Save the Date (from Adrienne Fong)

A few announcements – Thought people on this list might be interested in a few of these events. I’m not back doing this on a regular basis. Maybe after the holidays!

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. Stop Saying ‘Migrant Caravan’: They’re Asylum-Seekers Escaping a Conflict that the U.S. Created

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/stop-saying-migrant-caravan-asylum-162246350.html?.tsrc=fauxdal&fbclid=IwAR3HGmrQMGNMRgS6L6AGRgBwoDmVqlUSGl1205bNF6VyFbHokz804nWuEAs

     See Action Alert #1

B. After third Taser death, California police officials reconsider ‘less-lethal’ weapon

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/31/san-mateo-county-taser-death-law-enforcement

C. What politicians, the Navy and the EPA don’t want you to know: Treasure Island and Hunters Point are equally toxic Superfund sites

http://sfbayview.com/2018/10/what-politicians-the-navy-and-the-epa-dont-want-you-to-know-treasure-island-and-hunters-point-are-equally-toxic-superfund-sites/

D. Colorado Land Returned to the Ute Indian Tribe

http://utepac.com/media-1/2018/10/31/colorado-land-returned-to-the-ute-indian-tribe

 2  – ACTION ALERTS: 

1. Tell Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis: Stop deploying U.S. troops to the border  

SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/mattis-border?t=3&akid=30527%2E21110%2EMU7ynC

  Donald Trump is using the military to promote his racism and threaten migrant families. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is helping him do it.

Trump wants to manufacture a crisis out of a caravan of vulnerable asylum seekers 1,000 miles from the border.1 His goal is to incite right-wing fear and hatred before next week’s midterm elections. By sending thousands of troops armed with lethal ammunition to the border, Secretary Mattis is putting migrant families and other vulnerable communities at risk 

Further militarizing the border will do nothing to keep our country safe. But it will terrorize and harm vulnerable migrant families and add fuel to the fires of racism and xenophobia. 

2. Tell Congress: End U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen 

SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Stop_Yemen_war?t=5&akid=30468%2E21110%2EQlwRSU

Tell Congress: Pass H.Con.Res 138 to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s gruesome assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has captured worldwide attention, but it is just one example of the Saudi regime’s brutal disregard for human rights.1

For more than three years, Saudi Arabia, with massive U.S. support, has been waging a war in Yemen that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. 

AND / OR

Contact your Representatives: ASK them to sponsor #HConRes138 to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. CALL: 202-224-3121 or visit: https://callyourrep.co

Contact your Senators: ASK them to support #SJRES54, ending unauthorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen’s war.
CALL: 202-224-3121 or visit: https://bit.ly/1ujDDoD

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Unite / Here Local 2 is still on STRIKE at 7 SF Hotels! Please support the picket lines, even if it’s for an hour! This is a 24/7 picket!

This is going into the 5th week straignt!

ONE JOB SHOULD BE ENOUGH! Nationwide there are nearly 8,000 people on strike!

From Local 2 :

Local 2 is striking at the 7 Marriott properties in San Francisco:

-Marriott Marquis at Mission and 4th
-Marriott Union Square at 480 Sutter St.
-Courtyard Marriott Downtown at 299 2nd St.
-St. Francis at Powell & Geary
-Palace at Market & New Montgomery
-St. Regis at 125 3rd St.
-W at 181 3rd St.

This is an open-ended strike, so we’ll be out until we win!  Except for the Courtyard Downtown, all picket lines are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There is a Courtyard picket everyday, but just no overnight shift (10p-5a).

PLEASE JOIN US!  The workers love to know that our labor and community allies have their back, and it lifts their spirits to see people besides their co-workers walk the line.  We know that we never win alone!

It may go without saying, but the way Local 2 wins strikes is with loud, militant, non-stop, disciplined picket lines.  We don’t get into physical fights with scabs or others crossing the line, as tempting as that may be, because it doesn’t help us win (and in fact can lead to picket lines being shut down).  All shifts should have picket captains, most of whom are rank-and-file leaders from the hotel they’re picketing.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, Nov. 1, Friday, Nov. 2, Saturday, Nov. 3, Sunday, Nov. 4, Tuesday, Nov. 6

Thursday, November 1

Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:15pm, And Then They Came For Us Screening

Bar Association of SF
301 Battery St., 3rd Fl.
SF

Registration: https://www.sfbar.org/calendar/eventdetail.aspx?id=G181632%2FG181632

a screening of “And Then They Came For Us,” winner of the ABA 2018 Silver Gavel Award for Documentaries. The groundbreaking film covers the forced incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the parallels with the Muslim travel bans, and the dangers of unchecked executive power on actions implicating civil liberties.

Screening followed by panel discussion

Abby Ginzberg – Award-Winning Filmmaker

Donald K. Tamaki – Partner at Minami Tamaki LLP and Member of Korematsu coram nobis team

Hamid Yazdan Panah – Attorney and Regional Director for Northern California Rapid Response & Immigration Defense Network

Sponsors: Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and The Bar Association of SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/289913758284250/

Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 11th Annual Edward Said Mural Celebration 

Jack Adams Hall
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway
SF

Please join the General Union of Palestine Students in our 11th Annual Edward Said Mural Celebration! We continue to celebrate this mural because of the importance it holds in the Palestinian struggle for liberation on this campus and the broader community. The mural honors Edward Said, a Palestinian professor and author who was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. Jerusalem is currently under Israeli occupation and just this year the Trump administration moved the United States Embassy there.

The US claiming that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel enables the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the treatment of Palestinians living in Jerusalem as second class citizens. We are here to honor Jerusalem as a homeland to indigenous Palestinians.

Through his work, Said shifted Western perceptions of Palestine and other Arab countries. Said is a dynamic symbol of intellectual Palestinian resistance that Israeli occupation state represses. Just recently, the US cut funding to the UNRWA that has public accessible schools all over the West Bank. These are moves meant to stifle intellectual resistance in classrooms, to uneducate the next generation of Palestinians. This mural represents the struggle Palestinian students experience across college campuses everywhere.

We will have panelists, music, poetry, and the traditional Palestinian dance called dabke. Food will be provided by Old Jerusalem.

Sponsors: General Union of Palestinian Students – SFSU and AMED Studies – SFSU

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252473358947144/ 

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, “Stop Sweeping Us, We Are Not Trash: Teaching About Homelessness, Gentrification and Disability” 

The Poetry Center
San Francisco State University
512 Humanities Building
SF

Please refrain from wearing scented products.

Poverty Scholars Leroy Moore and Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia of Poor Magazine present their revolutionary children’s books, poetry and prose. They’ll share teaching strategies for how to educate children youth and adults about poverty, homelessness, racism, ableism, and displacement from the perspective of those most impacted.

Co-sponsored by: The Poetry Center, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, History, Africana Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and LCA

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/246967139309773/

Friday, November 2

Friday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Day of the Dead Press Conf. Honoring Loved Ones Killed by SFPD

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

Press conference on the steps of City Hall, Fri. Nov. 2nd, Day of the Dead*, 11am: We invite you to help us memorialize loved ones killed by SFPD, and raise public awareness of the journey of grief and struggle which their families have been forced to take. These families have a right to be treated, and their beloved deceased to be remembered, with respect and dignity by City authorities.

Supervisor Ronen will be in attendance and supporting our message.

If you wish to support the families, please bring marigolds to the City Hall steps by 10:30am as we will be setting up then. This will be a short event, for which we would love your public support. ¡GRACIAS!

*Day of the Dead is an important day across Latin American cultures when we remember our beloved ones, who have passed away, in all their living beauty and complexity.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/257832971505953/ 

Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 36th Annual Mission Dia De Los Muertos Procession 

Meet at:

22nd & Bryant
SF

Collectivo del Rescate Cultural, opens the invitation to the Mission Community to participate in the 36th Annual Day of the Dead Procession, through the Barrio, We begin at 22nd and Bryant at 7 pm, and make a full circle to Bryant and 24th, up 24th street, to mission street, right to 22nd and mission, back to 22 y Bryant, this procession has been happening for 36 years.

If you just want to be a part of the procession and walk side by side with others through the barrio then thats cool, ain’t no pressure to join the Aztec Dancers who will lead the procession,

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463782613755969/

Saturday, November 3 

Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Stop Supporting the Saudi-Led War in Yemen (#YemenCantWait)

United Nations Plaza
50 United Nations Plaza (nr. Civic Center BART)
SF

Join Yemeni Alliance Committee and our partners at the United Nations Plaza (closest to 50 Hyde St.) in SF to protest the ongoing US involvement in the war in #Yemen.

Since March of 2015 Saudi Arabia and its coalition, which includes the Arab countries of: UAE, KUWAIT, BAHRAIN, QATAR, SUDAN, EGYPT, JORDAN, MOROCCO, backed and supported by the US AND THE UK-have been bombing Yemen. The United States has provided the Saudis with weapons and logistical and intelligence support and helped refuel coalition jets (mid air) as they drop bombs on Yemeni civilians.

The U.S.-backed Saudi-led campaign has killed over 50 thousand Yemenis, destroyed the country’s infrastructure, has led to widespread disease and sparked a famine thats become one of the worst in living memory.

On top of this the Saudi blockade has restricted humanitarian aide, medical supplies and clean water to Yemen. According to the UN, Yemen is the worlds worst humanitarian crisis in decades. The war in Yemen has left more than 22 million people—75 % of the population in dire need of aide.

Only by Saudi Arabia could a crime like premeditated murder, or the mass killing of innocent Yemenis be called a mistake. Saudi warplanes target schools, hospitals and wedding halls in Yemen, and they shamelessly call such crimes “mistakes.

The Trump administration is allowing Saudi Arabia’s rivalry with Iran to dictate its policy in the region, and it comes at the cost of the innocent lives of Yemenis.

The only realistic check left is in Congress, where more voices are asking why the world’s most powerful country is helping to perpetuate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Weve been complicit in this war, But Its time to take action, especially during election season.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1948484628573036/

Sunday, November 4 

Sunday, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Mini Law School:  Should Judges Make Laws?

Unitarian Universalist Church – SF
1187 Franklin St., Fireside Room
SF

Sandwiches will be available for purchase.  Everyone is welcome.

The contested nomination of Brett Kavanaugh highlights the fact that many Americans on the left and the right look to the Supreme Court to decide some of society’s big questions: whether abortion should be legal, whether corporations can spend freely on elections, whether all citizens who are real persons have the right to vote.

Why do we invest so much power in the “third branch of government,” the one that Alexander Hamilton referred to in Federalist Papers No. 78 as the “weakest” branch because it had “no influence over either the sword or the purse”? Is it because of judicial activism? Are we better off with original intent or living constitutionalism? Or should we just abandon judicial philosophy – in other words just accept the reality that judges are political and be sure we get the right ones in order to get the right results?

Leland Chan will examine these intriguing questions in the next segment of the Mini Law School.

Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Voices for Palestine 

Eastwind Books of Berkeley
2066 University Ave.
Berkeley

INTRODUCTION : Statement on Solidarity with Palestine
Reverend Michael Yoshii – Buena Vista United Methodist Church
Asian American/ Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Statement on Solidarity with Palestine

View Statement here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLpPJWsvgY3HknsMfhJ490BbvmEiawRkHoQEGqdRqyYcOD8g/viewform

COMMENTARY :
Hatem Bazian – Lecturer Asian American Asian Diaspora Studies, UCB, co-founder Zaytuna College and author of ‘Palestine: It’s Something Colonial’

PERFORMANCE :
Poet Laureate Genny Lim, accompanied by Claude Palmer on the oud (lute)

CONVERSATION : on Asian Americans and the Academic Boycott
Sunaina Maira – US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) author, ‘Boycott! The Academy and Justice for Palestine’

David Palumbo-Liu – US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) and author of ‘Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier’

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (through video conference) – Professor of American Studies and chair of the American studies department at Wesleyan University. Author of ‘Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity’ and the forthcoming ‘Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism.’​

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/272946306882570/

Tuesday, November 6

Tuesday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Fernando’s check in with ICE

ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

Unfortunately, its that time again-Fernando’s check in with ICE. We hope that our amazing community of supporters join us on this dreadful day. No matter how much time passes, days like these, don’t get any easier. We appreciate each and everyone of you who has continued to support us throughout our ordeal.
Xo,
Carrillo Family

Host: Free Fernando

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1041125529409179/

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SAVE the DATE

The Day After the Midterms:

We Must Be In the Streets! Trump/Pence Must Go!

Wednesday, November 7

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Meet at:

SF City Hall

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place

SF

Regardless of whether you voted…
No matter who wins…

We must be in the streets, beginning the day after the midterm elections to DEMAND and DEMONSTRATE OUR DETERMINATION that:

IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY, THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO!

This is not a “normal” election season. *11 people murdered in a synagogue while they worshipped, allegedly by a man with a terrifying record of unbridled antisemitism * 15 pipe bombs sent to former presidents, high ranking officials, media institutions, and others who have been repeatedly targeted by Trump * Two Black people murdered, allegedly by a man who spewed racist epithets and had just been denied entry to an African-American church. Through it all, Trump never backed off his hate-filled, fascist rhetoric on the campaign trail. Rather, he ramped it up.

These are not “normal” times. For nearly two years, the Trump/Pence regime has maneuvered through one shocking crime against the people after another, burying each under yet another monstrous offense. Muslims banned. Immigrant children languishing in concentration camps. White supremacy riding high. Women and LGBTQ people slammed backwards. Threats of nuclear war. Accelerated environmental destruction. A pro-fascist majority on the Supreme Court.

Call – out for ‘Handmaids’:

  You are invited to be a ‘handmaid’ at this demo. Costumes will be loaned out. Contact: afong@jps.net if you are interested.

Hosts: Refuse Fascism Bay Area & Refuse Fascism

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/256838338310302/

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