Articles ~ Actions ~ Announcements, Wednesday, 2/13 – Sunday, 2/17 (from Adrienne Fong)

Periodic Announcements

NOTE: If Trump calls “A State of Emergency” watch for Emergency Demonstrations!

Please encourage groups you are involved in to post their events on Indybay: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

Appreciation to all who are posting there!

  Check Indybay for other events that might interest you.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events!!  

CHILDCARE Please indicate for events. 

ARTICLES:

A.  Slamming Trump’s ‘political theater,’ California Gov. Gavin Newsom pulls National Guard from border – February 11, 2019

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-gavin-newsom-california-national-guard-withdraw-immigration-20190211-story.html

B.  US sues Lockheed Martin and affiliates for alleged kickbacks at nuclear cleanup site  – February 11, 2019

https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/02/11/us-sues-lockheed-martin-and-affiliates-for-alleged-kickbacks-at-nuclear-cleanup-site/

C.  As Omar ‘Unequivocally’ Apologizes, Critics Rip Democratic Leaders for Trying to ‘Silence Criticism’ of AIPAC

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/11/omar-unequivocally-apologizes-critics-rip-democratic-leaders-trying-silence

D.  Palestinian Activists Launch Protection Force to Halt Settler Attacks in Hebron (VIDEOS)

E.  Desperation on the Arizona-Mexico border and the gap between politics and reality: Special Report  – February 10, 2019

https://www.cleveland.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/02/1c9fd215c89168/border-wall-divides-countries-famiiles-.html?fbclid=IwAR1pae6cA_ticMVMzwTgo72dSyqW1EOYQ_Qe03bBEGPiEn1KpmuRQQFY2VI

4 – ACTIONS:

1. Tell your lawmakers to support the War Powers Resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi- and UAE-led war in Yemen NOW!

  SIGN: HTTP://ACT.WINWITHOUTWAR.ORG/SIGN/TELL_THE_HOUSE_END_SUPPORT_FOR_WAR_YEMEN_NOW/?SOURCE=MO2190211

   Vote could be as early as Wednesday, 2/13 – Please still sign. Thank you!

      And/Or

Call your representatives today at 1-833-STOPWAR (1-833-786-7927)

   Tell them to support the WAR POWERS RESOLUTION H.J.Res.37, that would end U.S. support of the Saudi-led war on Yemen. The U.S. is fueling this war and crisis.

2. Release Philippines Senator Leila De Lima NOW!

  SIGN: https://act.amnestyusa.org/page/38329/action/1?ac=W1902EAIAR1&ea.url.id=1906426&forwarded=true

   Philippines Senator Leila de Lima has been a vocal critic of the human rights violations that have been committed in the so-called ‘war on drugs’ waged since President Duterte took power in June 2016.


3. Governor Newsom – Safety and Fiscal Prudence First. Inspect Diablo NOW

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/governor-newsom-safety-and-fiscal-prudence-first-inspect-diablo-now-2?link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-email-and-call-gov-newsom-safety-and-fiscal-prudence-first-inspect-diablo&email_referrer=email_493040&email_subject=email-and-call-gov-newsom-safety-and-fiscal-prudence-first-inspect-diablo

4. Stop Trump’s Gutting of Mercury Standards

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/public-comment-mercury-standards?source=direct_link&

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday, February 13 – Sunday, February 17

Wednesday, February 13

1. Wednesday, 8:30am – 12Noon, Justice for Nia Wilson

Alameda County Superior Court, 7th Floor, Dept. 11

1225 Fallon St.

Oakland

COMMUNITY WE ARE NIA WILSON “NOW IN ACTION” 
COME OUT AND SUPPORT LET’S PACK THE COURT ROOM AND MAKE A STAND OUTSIDE THE COURTS..

Sponsor: Adamika Village

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2135386306791367/

2. Wednesday, 11:00am, Justice For Chinedu Okobi – Petition Delivery on his 37th Birthday

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s Office

400 County Center,

Redwood City, CA 94063

RSVP: https://act.colorofchange.org/survey/justice_for_chinedu_delivery/?t=4&akid=23184%2E797581%2EdwRc0t

 Click Here: RSVP

Chinedu Okobi would have turned 37 on February 13, 2019 but his life was tragically stolen and his family is still fighting for justice. Instead of celebrating his birthday, family and friends, along with Color Of Change members and Black Alliance for Just Immigration, will be delivering a petition with nearly 50,000 signatures to San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe demanding he indict the sheriff deputies who tasered Chinedu to death. This is the third death caused by tasers in San Mateo and the DA has yet to hold anyone accountable.

we want indictment of the officers who murdered him and an immediate moratorium to police taser use. 

3. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Peace Vigil: Theme this week “The Green New Deal”

 Market & Montgomery St.

(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office, 

directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).

SF

If it rains – Vigil will be held down the stairs.

Look for the PEACE banner!

Themes vary each week on topics for PEACE & JUSTICE

All are welcomed.

4. Wednesday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Boycott Manny’s and its “Woke-Washing” of the Mission

Manny’s

16th & Valencia St.

SF

STOP THE WOKE-WASHING OF THE MISSION 

We are a group of black and brown folks, Jews, Mission Housing tenants, trans and queer people, and many others, who are committed to collective liberation. We are 
calling for a community boycott of Manny’s (3092 16th at Valencia, SF) because this new upscale wine bar is yet another gentrifying attack on our community. While Manny’s bills itself as a “community space”, it’s marketed toward white ruling class techies, and its programming often features right-wing politicians who are supported by the luxury condo industry. While Manny’s is on the ground floor of a low-income building run by Mission Housing, its residents had no say in its placement. While countless Latinx cultural spaces are evicted from the Mission, Sam Moss who runs Mission Housing, gave Manny’s a reduced rent. 

The owner of Manny’s has worked with Bay Area Zionist organizations. Zionism is a racist ideology that believes Palestinian people have no claim to their land. Zionists, through the state of Israel, enforce this ideology by murdering, arresting, torturing, and displacing generations of Palestinian people. We stand against Zionism, gentrification, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of oppression. 

Manny’s is part of a systematic attempt to make gentrification and racism seem “cool” through woke-washing. Woke-washing is the strategy of putting a “social justice” façade on oppressive politics.



JOIN US EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:30PM 

Endorsed by 
Black and Brown for Peace Justice and Equality; 
The Lucy Parsons Project; 
Palestinian Youth Movement – Bay Area; 
Brown Beret National Organization; 
National Brown Berets; 
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; 
Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism; 
Jews Against Zionism; 
GAY SHAME: A Virus in the System 

Please honor this Boycott! By NOT attending or scheduling events there. Let Manny know why.

5. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Teen Power Against Human Trafficking Summit 2019

SF Public Library – Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin St.

SF

Register/Free: https://teen-power-against-human-trafficking-2019.eventbrite.com 

 Food provided

 Event for ages 13 and up. Families, teachers, other professionals working with youth and community members are welcome.

Join us at the closing of the 10th Annual Awareness Campaign of SFCAHT as we honor the winners of the 2019 SFCAHT Teen Poster and Writing Contest and learn about youth achievements in human trafficking prevention!

The National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco will present it’s annual scholarship awards to survivors of human trafficking and youth at risk of violence and exploitation. Youth from across the Bay Area will gather to perform and share experiences in anti-trafficking advocacy and prevention

Sponsor: San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/385817385331052/ 

6. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families

SF State University

Library Room 121

1600 Holloway

SF

Join us to hear Filipina American scholars (Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales and Celine Shimizu Parreñas) discuss Dr. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez’ recently published book, The Labor of Care, anchored in the experiences and lives of Filipina migrants, their families in the Philippines and the many forms and definitions of care work in transnational families.

The book salon’s program will be in memorial of and in tribute to Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon.

The event is hosted by the Sociology & Sexuality Studies department at San Francisco State University

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2051410071620697/

7. Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Strike Parent Information Meeting

Bret Harte Middle School

3700 Coolidge Ave.

Oakland

This meeting will cover important information like:
__ When will the strike happen?
__ Where can students go during the strike?
__ Why are teachers striking?
__ How can parents help out?
__ Will there be food available during the strike for students who eat most of their meals at school? (YES!!!)
… and more!

Sponsor: Bret Harte Middle School

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/235911677361436/

8. Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State

Omni Commons

4799 Shattuck Ave.

Oakland

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay.

We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Info: contact [at] oaklandprivacy.org

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/10/18820244.php

9. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, You Say You Want A Revolution: Student Struggles of the 60’s & 70’s for a Better World

The Green Arcade

1680 Market St.

SF

When Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and The Progressive Labor Party (PL) splintered in June 1969, a majority of the delegates supported the program of its Worker-Student Alliance caucus. These candid accounts by WSA activists bring to life their struggles to end the Vietnam War and achieve social justice-and evaluate both WSA’s successes and its failure to achieve its promise. 

The contributors in this book were mostly members of WSA, whose formation was initiated by the Maoist Progressive Labor Party. Here they recount and evaluate their participation in the struggles of the 1960s and early 1970s, from trips to revolutionary Cuba defying the US travel ban to student strikes, labor and community alliances, and campaigns against the war and racism across the country, from Columbia and Harvard, Texas and Iowa, to San Francisco State and UC Berkeley.

With editor John Levin

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/21/18820593.php

10. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, System Change Not Climate Change

The Women’s Building

3543 18th St.

SF

Just as there can be no doubt that a climate change disaster is already taking place, there can be no doubt about its cause: capitalism. The source of environmental destruction, spreading pollution, immense waste and the failure to address the long-term effects of all of these is an economic and social system that prioritizes the profit and power of a few over the needs of the many. We need a system that puts the people and the planet first.

Sponsor: International Socialist Org. – Northern CA

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2133987166659356/

Thursday, February 14

11. Thursday, 7:00am – 10:00am, Pack The Court! Stand in Solidarity With Jose Bello !

ICE

630 Sansome St.

SF

7:00am – Rally

8:00am – Pack the court

Join us in standing in Solidarity with Jose Bello as he continues to fight his case against this unjust and corrupt crimmigration system. Bello spent 4 months at the Mesa Verde Detention Center under false charges that were later dropped. He is due to present on this day.

Bello spent 4 months at the Mesa Verde Detention Center under false charges that were later dropped.

Since his release from Detention Jose Bello has been a strong supporter of CIYJA’s work in Bakersfield and the Central Valley by speaking at events and actions always willing to share his testimony of his experience at Mesa Verde Detention Center.

Hx.: Last year, while driving to work in the fields, Jose Bello was pulled over by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Jose, a 21-year-old student at Bakersfield College, was brought to the United States as a toddler and dreamed of becoming an advocate and, eventually, a lawyer. Suddenly those dreams seemed like they might never be fulfilled. 

Jose spent four months at the Mesa Verde Detention Center. Meanwhile, outside the bars, the community of Bakersfield rallied to his defense. His professors and mentors spoke out on his behalf and attended his immigration court dates, where they shared stories about this remarkable and resilient young man. Last August, moved by those stories, the judge ruled that Bello could be released to his family, which includes his mother and his 1-year-old son. 

Now back home, Jose works in the fields from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm while taking a full course load at Bakersfield College in the evenings

Sponsor: California Youth Justice Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2757884030890234/?active_tab=about

12. Thursday, 9:00am – 11:00am, Oscar Grant Way – Make Sure BART Board Approves

BART Board Room , 3rd Floor

344 20th St. (nr. 19 St. BART)

Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

 BART provides additional service/accommodations upon request to persons with disabilities and folks who are limited English proficient. A request must be made within 1-5 days in advance of meetings, depending on the service requested. Please contact (510) 464-6083 for more.

Join us and the Oscar Grant family at the BART Board of Directors meeting to make sure that they approve the motion to name the unnamed street at Fruitvale Station as Oscar Grant Way. The Oakland City Council has unanimously approved a resolution to support this.

Sponsors: APTP & Blood Not Blood Campaign

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1216478178501355/

13. Thursday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Dear Wells & CHASE, Show Your Love! Muestra Tu Amor!

Meet at:

Wells Fargo (in front)

333 Market St.

SF

March to nearby JP Morgan Chase bank

Rain or Shine!

ask WellsFargo and JPMorgan Chase To Break Up with Private Prisons and Immigration Detention Centers!

Women will be sharing their stories of how they’ve been affected by immigration policy, and then we will present the petition signatures** to the bank managers in the form of Valentine’s Day cards. Afterwards we will march to the nearby JP Morgan Chase bank to make a delivery there as well

While professing respect for human rights, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase continue to fund GEO Group and CoreCivic; the biggest operators of private prisons and immigrant detention centers. Let’s tell Jamie Dimon (Chase) and Timothy Sloan (Wells) that we’re not afraid to align our money with our values. If Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase don’t take action, we will — by pledging to, and/or encouraging others to, break up with Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase and switch to banks that actually respect our communities instead!***

Sponsors: Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network & 5 Other Groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/395765747898393/

14. Thursday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Pack the Court to Free Aida

ICE

630 Sansome St.

SF

12 Noon – Vigil

1:00pm – Hearing

Aida’s bond hearing is this Thursday, February 14. It’s our chance to get her released after the Government detained her unjustly based off of vague allegations in an Interpol red notice from El Salvador. Aida has been living in the U.S. as a law-abiding community member for the last 6 years before ICE separated her from her 5 month old infant and 4 year old US citizen daughter.

– As we know, Interpol red notices should hold little weight, as Interpol does not have investigative capacity, and only maintains a database of information that other countries upload without quality control from Interpol;
– The arrest warrant, issued 6 yeas after Aida fled from El Salvador, is vague and only lists the crimes that Aida is being charged with (robbery and theft); and
– Aida disclaims any membership in these gangs, and did not commit these crimes. Aida has not been in El Salvador since 2012, after she fled severe domestic violence.

Aida’s story: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/mother-detention-ice-red-notice-interpol?fbclid=IwAR0rt-lJE5l5_65UTq56mmO0rovYLJVaFiGStakFzXF3RdhewBfssuO4JsQ

Sponsor: Pangea Legal Services

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1144339989048599/?notif_t=plan_edited¬if_id=1549990376509428

15. Thursday, 6:00pm, SF Food Not Bombs Food Share  – Weekly

16th & Mission BART Plaza

SF

For information or to volunteer:  send email to sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net.

Cookhouse:  Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (between Mission and Julian).

Food Pickups: Help Needed!

Cooking:  3030B 16th Street–3:00 pm to 6:00 pm–Ring doorbell for entry–Help Needed!

Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza — 6:00 pm–Help Needed!

Webpage: https://sffnb.org/serving-schedule/

16. Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Love Letters for Liberation

7th West Bar

West Oakland

“1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. Every February, we rise – in countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence.” -1billionrising

Join GABRIELA Oakland on this Valentines Day for 1 Billion Rising to rise against all forms of violence against women. We understand that beyond interpersonal violence, women experience political, economic, & societal violence within these oppressive and militarized systems of imperialism, fascism, racism, & xenophobia. This year we highlight political & economic violence women face within the prison industrial complex

Internationally, human rights defenders & activists in the Philippines are unjustly incarcerated on trumped up charges. We call to OUST President Duterte who continues his dangerous and misogynistic rhetoric against women and activists. Locally, we recognize that marginalized communities, poor and working class folks, women of color, indigenous people, TGNC folks, and children & families, are most violently affected.

We will write letters, make art, dance, and connect as a form of resistance. 10% of drink sales will go directly to women in prison in the Philippines on trumped up political charges and local organizations supporting incarcerated women along with the letters and art we create.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/321805291797467/

17. Thursday, 6:00pm, Public Banking 101 at 350 Alabama St.

350 Alabama St.

SF

A public bank is a bank owned by the public, created for the public good. Public banking is where many divestment efforts like prison divestment, fossil fuel divestment, and weapons divestment converge. 

RE-Investment via public banking has re-emerged as an avenue to fulfill to these calls for divestment while simultaneously taking back control of our own city’s money. Here in San Francisco, people are pushing for a movement to divest our city taxpayer money from Wall Street, and reinvest that money into permanently affordable housing, green energy infrastructure, schools and more.

Sponsors: SF Public Bank & DSA – SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/346452535929672/

Friday, February 15

18. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – Week 123

Hall of Injustice

850 Bryant St.

SF

DEMAND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

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.

Calling for Justice for:

Joshua Smith, Kenneth Harding Jr., Peter Yin Woo, Steven Michael Young, Dennis Hughes , Pralith Prolouring, Dale Stuart Wilkerson, Alex Nieto, Giovany Contreras Sandoval, O’Shaine Evans, Matthew Hoffman, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Alice Brown, Herbert Omar Benitez, Javier Lopez Garcia, Mario Woods, Luis Gόngora Pat, Jessica Nelson, Nicolas McWherter, Nicholas Flusche, Damian Murray, Keita O’Neil, Jesus Adolfo Delgado, Jehad Eid, and Derrick Gaines (killed by a police officer hired by SFPD)

The above named  all were killed by SFPD during DA Gascon’s reign – NOT ONE police officer has been charged! 

19. Friday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, Flood the court part 2! Free Raul

ICE, Judge Park’s courtroom

630 Sansome St.

SF

12pm – Program and gathering outside court

12:30pm – Start lining up to go inside court

1pm – Part 2 of bond hearing will begin

Please wear all black.

Last week we packed the court for Raul’s bond hearing! Due to the lack of communication that SF ICE office had with Aurora detention center, his bond was rescheduled for Friday at 1pm, and once we were there we were told the hearing would be at 1:30pm. Each minute counts due to the fact that Raul is 1 hour ahead of time, the court would need to finish at 4pm, since the Aurora facility closes at 5pm. 

During the bond hearing, the Immigration Judge Park, mentioned he would follow suit of Sallie Kim and would ask the government to prove it’s reasoning of detaining Raul for almost 2 years. The government attorney took over the entire hearing by interrogating Raul, for 2 hours on events that had occurred since 1992. The government attorneys questions were dehumanizing and another reminder for us that ICE does not believe in rehabilitation.

Now, we have a part 2 for Raul’s bond hearing set for Friday

This time, the immigration judge will hear Raul and his attorneys story and argue that rehabilitation IS POSSIBLE and he needs to be with his family and community as he continues his rehabilitation process.

Sponsor: Free Raul

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/791717907875246/

20. Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sensible Cinema Presents: The Piano Lesson

UU Center

1187 Franklin St. (@ Geary Blvd.)

SF

For Black History Month Sensible Cinema will screen the made for TV version of the play The Piano Lesson by award winning playwright August Wilson.

The Piano Lesson is about a brother -sister conflict over a family heirloom an antique piano. In the play’s dialogue questions are about race heritage and culture are raised and discussed which makes this play a true Piano Lesson.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/11/18821113.php

21. Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Red for Ed and Beyond: A Teachers’ Forum

Sustainable Economies Law Center

1428 Franklin St.

Oakland

ADA accessible

Oakland teachers are poised to strike in the midst of a historic wave of wildcat strikes and union-led teachers’ mobilizations. So far, such strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and here in California, have won increased funding and class size reductions. They’ve transformed the narrative about public schools from inevitable privatization to the most dynamic fight or public education in decades. 

Our forum will feature four teacher activists from Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles who are deeply engaged with and knowledgeable of current struggles*. The forum will focus on the historic significance of the teachers’ strike wave; concrete issues and demands of Oakland educators; and tactics and strategy for building upon these strikes.

Hosts: Workers’ Voice/La Voz de los Trabajadores and CA Educators Rising

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/563304580747555/

22. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Black History Month Film: “I Am Not Your Negro”

PSL

2969 Mission St. (between 25th & 26th)

SF

Wheelchair accessible

Donation $3 – $10 No one turned away

“I Am Not Your Negro” envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/05/18820983.php

23. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, Film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Revolution Books – Berkeley

2444 Durant Ave.

Berkeley

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is a 2015 documentary directed and written by Stanley Nelson Jr. The Black Panther Party burst onto the scene in the late ’60s, standing up to police brutality and murder, taking out a message of revolution, drawing forward thousands of Black youth. It was viciously attacked by the government.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/12/18821126.php

Saturday, February 16

24. Saturday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Study Group: The Truth Behind the U.S. Attacks on Venezuela

ANSWER

2969 Mission St.

SF

Venezuela has been in the crosshairs of U.S. imperialism since 1999 when then-president Hugo Chávez began implementing socialist reforms using the country’s vast oil wealth to fund social programs lifting millions out of poverty. The recent U.S.-orchestrated attempted coup and threats of war are another attempt by Washington to take control of the country’s resources for the profit of Wall Street and Big Oil. 

Join us for study and discussion on the history of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and the facts about the current crisis

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/11/18821091.php

25. Saturday, 11:30am – 4:00pm, Policing in the Homeless Community – a Public Hearing

Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church

1188 12th St.

Oakland

Free Lunch will be served from 11:30 – 1:00 pm.

The Oakland Police Commission invites all to its first public hearing on “Policing in the Homeless Community.” Affected members of the unhoused community will comment on their experiences. Public comments will be used as evidence for making changes in OPD’s policy, a responsibility of the Police Commission. Free rides will be provided for our unhoused neighbors.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2339722926261329/?active_tab=about

26. Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pmPoverty Scholarship /POOR Press Book Release Events

Oakland Public Library

Cesar Chavez Branch in Fruitvale

Oakland

“Us poor and homeless people in the US are in a state of emergency- between the demolitions of thousands of units of public housing,the extreme rise in gentrification and evictions of low-income and working class elders and families and the concurrent rise in the criminalization of unhoused encampments and our bodies, which is why it is so urgent for people to listen to our own innovative solutions to poverty and homelessness- solutions like Poverty Scholarship and the Homefulness Project, said Lisa Gray-Garcia,formerly homeless single parent, author of Poverty Scholarship – Poor People-led Theory Art, Words and Tears Across Mama Earth and Criminal of Poverty – Growing Up Homeless in America

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/539746623161698/

27. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Elote and Elections in El Salvador

3233 16th St.

SF

A reportback from 2019 Elections Accompaniment Delegation

2-2:15pm – Intro
2:15-2:40pm – Activities, Breakdown, Reportback + Discussion
3-4pm – more elote, banner making with fabrics, paints, and posters with the calls of the social movements

Bring your boo(s) and comrades as we use popular education, enjoy elote and create art raising the demands & needs of the Salvadoran mass movements. 

What is at stake for the social movements? How are organizers defending water against privatization, workers rights, LGBTQIA right and advancements in education?

Sponsor: SF Bay Area C.I.S.P.E.S.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/403675840401941/

28. Saturday, 3:30pm – 7:00pm, XRSF Opening Event: Grief & Solidarity Gathering

Meet at:

Athol Plaza

1698 2nd Ave.

Oakland

Walk to Lake Merritt

Rain or Shine.

Join Extinction Rebellion, an international direct action movement.

We begin our afternoon at Athol Plaza in Downtown Oakland with opening remarks, before starting our contemplative walk to the lake; we will then gather around the Lake Merritt Amphitheater for a ceremony and incredible lineup of speakers.

In the spirit of grief, love, and compassion, we will gather to honor Earth and to affirm our commitment to rebel nonviolently against government inaction on climate change. The gathering is the first step in a series of XR events this spring as we build up to International Rebellion Week in April. 

This event will include a climate ribbon ceremony, a silent march, art & music and amazing speakers including Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope, Pennie Opal Plant of Idle No More, and Ryan Rising of Permaculture Action Network.

BRING: 
A CANDLE: Please bring A CANDLE, one for each person coming.

GENERAL: This is an outdoor event, so layers, an umbrella and comfortable shoes, water and your own snacks.

KIDS: This is a kid friendly event, though there will not be specific programming for children.

WHO WE ARE:
We are the Extinction Rebellion, an international nonviolent direct action movement that represents nothing less than radical love at work. We aim to drive radical change, through nonviolent resistance, in order to avert climate breakdown and minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.

We rebel because our governments’ continued submission to fossil fuel interests is setting us on the path to climate change catastrophe and extinction. We rebel because we understand that racial healing and climate justice are inextricably linked. The communities most harmed by climate change — indigenous nations, poor communities, front line communities of color — are the ones least responsible for producing it. We rebel because the systems that have transformed our climate are fundamentally unjust. We rebel because we are in dire need of broad-based, grassroots resistance and collaboration for resilience amid deep social divisions and runaway climate change. We rebel because our kinship with all life on Earth requires us to do so.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/392543678222337/

28. Saturday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Two Poets: One A Former ANC Militant; The Other Theorist of Afro-Pessimism

Green Arcade

1680 Market St.

SF

Frank B. Wilderson, III is an award-winning writer, poet, scholar, activist and emerging filmmaker. Dr. Wilderson spent five years in South Africa as an elected official in the African National Congress during the country’s transition from apartheid and was a member of the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto We Sizwe.

D.S. Marriott is originally from the UK, but now lives in Oakland, California. His poetry is often associated with the Cambridge school of poetry. And as a scholar, he has been a leading theorist of afro-pessimism.

For Info /details: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/21/18820594.php

Sunday, February 17

30. Sunday, 1:30pm – 5:30pm, Morality, Christianity, and the History of Policing

First Congregational Church of Oakland (UCC)

2501 Harrison

Oakland

Workshop 2

Let’s talk about the “common sense” ideas about crime, morality, and safety that shape and limit how we think about policing and community safety. Many of these ideas are profoundly influenced by a particular brand of Christianity that has dominated in this country, a version of the faith that served to justify genocide and slavery and continues to uphold white supremacy in ways that are sometimes overt but more often subtle and even innocuous-seeming. How can we begin to call these “common sense” ideas into question so that we can have a different conversation?

In this interactive workshop, we will take a deep dive into both the actual history of policing and the narratives and ideologies that have shaped it.

Content will include viewing and discussion of segments from two webinars, one offered by Andrea Ritchie on January 28, 2019 on the History of Policing, and one offered by SoulForce on January 8, 2018 on Christian Supremacy and Policing, both through SURJ-Faith.

Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades.

SoulForce is an LGBTQI organization that sabotages Christian Supremacy through radical analysis, spiritual healing and strategic direct action.

Sponsors: UCC & Jewish Voice for Peace

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/758367211212950/

31. Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2019

AMC Kabuki 8 Theater
1881 Post St. Japantown

SF

$8 suggested donation, all are welcome!

2-4pm – Screening of Bridging Borders 

4-6pm Reception: Japanese Community & Cultural Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco

the 40th Anniversary of the Bay Area Day of Remembrance, Bridging Borders: Carrying the Light for Justice

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rev Deborah Lee, Executive Director, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
EMCEE: Mike Inouye, NBC Bay Area

Clifford I. Uyeda Peace and Humanitarian Award recipient: Carole Hayashino

Reception to follow at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 4-6PM.

Sponsor: National Japanese American Historical Society

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2142065029437863/

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