Articles ~ Actions ~ Announcements for Wed. July 17 – Mon. July 22 (from Adrienne Fong)

Am still not back posting on a regular basis. Emergent actions will be posted.

 Hope to send an update on Haiti in the next few days.

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

   Thank you to all who are posting there! Also check there for other postings.

ARTICLES:

A. Civil rights groups file lawsuit challenging new Trump asylum restrictions – July 16, 2019

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/civil-rights-groups-file-lawsuit-challenging-new-trump-asylum-restrictions-n1030421

B. Trump administration diverts Central America aid to U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela – July 16, 2019

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-07-16/usaid-diverting-humanitarian-aid-to-political-opposition-in-venezuela

C. UN Special Rapporteur: Israel ‘Moving Rapidly’ towards West Bank Annexation – July 13, 2019

www.palestinechronicle.com/un-special-rapporteur-israel-moving-rapidly-towards-west-bank-annexation/?fbclid=IwAR2c894ogej4u-mLEUg7-ig3Wcy6yFleugpLomsApaOYdYxr69h4ZznQ9_w

D. The “Pro-Life” Movement Is Silent About Children Dying at the Border  – July 13, 2019

E. At Amazon’s Annual Summit, Hundreds Demand Tech Giant Stop Providing ‘Invisible Backbone’ to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Agenda – July 11, 2019

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/11/amazons-annual-summit-hundreds-demand-tech-giant-stop-providing-invisible-backbone

F. In Metro DC, a Dead Mall Now Provides Housing for the Homeless  – July 6, 2019

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/in-metro-dc-a-dead-mall-now-provides-housing-for-the-homeless/?fbclid=IwAR1NqxSYRm3It3pFopXfmyWB8GGwq3LVHsyQtyJzljf3UWhbaxYkyK-C_Io

ACTIONS:

1. H.Res. 496: Affirming That All Americans Have the Right to Particpate in Boycotts

   SIGN: https://www.aaiusa.org/h_res_496?fbclid=IwAR1zkk1CE_VKBCUTbPDFpQUJXHTiWE9HNYAQ4cazMrrnev_3ebrDXTbl9HE

2. Demand Congress & EPA Investigate the Flint Water Crisis

   SIGN; https://www.signherenow.org/petition/flint-water-crisis/dailykos/e/?link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-re-justice-for-flint-please-read&email_referrer=email_580216___subject_752839&email_subject=100000-signatures-needed-racial-injustices-have-led-to-massive-health-issues-in-flint

3. Tell Enterprise to Stand Up to Trump! Stop Profiting from Trump’s Raids on Migrants

   SIGN: https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/tell-enterprise-to-stand-up-to-trump/?akid=34052.797581.43XKWL&rd=1&source=mailer_link4&t=9

4. Halt to the Construction of the TMT telescope on Mauna Kea, Island of Hawaii

   SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/gordon-and-betty-moore-foundation-the-immediate-halt-to-the-construction-of-the-tmt-on-mauna-kea?recruiter=41133149&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook_messenger_web&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&recruited_by_id=705421c0-55ed-0130-842c-38ac6f16d25f

5. petition: Detaining humans in prison camps for profit is WRONG! End tax breaks for private prison companies

   SIGN; https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-detaining-humans-in-prison-camps-for-profit-is-wrong-end-tax-breaks-for-private-prison-companies?source=2019NoBreakPrivatePrisons_AFT&referrer=group-americans-for-tax-fairness&link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_580193&email_subject=sign-now-demand-congress-put-an-end-to-private-prison-tax-breaks

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday, July 17 – Monday, July 22

See Indybay for July Laborfest Events:
https://www.indybay.org/calendar/event_week.php?day=14&month=7&year=2019&topic_id=0®ion_id=0&news_item_status_restriction=0

Wednesday, July 17

1. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Demand an End to Migrant Detention Centers Strategy Panel

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

518 Valencia St.

SF

During LDC’s general meeting this month, we will be hosting a panel on the migrant detention centers. The goal is to discuss potential strategies and tactics to mitigate the current situation.

Host: SF Latino Democratic Club

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/882238365463777/

2. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, APTP Monthly Membership Meeting

East Side Arts Center

2277 International Blvd.

Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

Agenda for the meeting includes:
What we know about CAHOOTS
Vallejo update 
AB 392 update 
Breakout groups:
– first responders
– Vallejo
– police commission
– communications

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2203298916386458/

Thursday, July 18

3. Thursday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Stop the Raids Rally!

603 San Juan Ave.

Stockton

Trump continues to threaten our immigrant loved ones and neighbors with mass raids and deportations. We’re standing up against his racist and repressive attacks. This Thursday July 18th, we’ll stand up for our immigrant families by telling ICE we do not stand for the separation of our families. Raids tear apart families and cast a shadow on whole communities, making it difficult to go to work, school or live free from fear. Let’s stand together – and respond with power, not panic.

Here is our rapid response hotline number +1 (559) 206-0151 for the Central Valley If you see ICE activity, call the hotline. Make sure reports are verified before you spread rumors or panic.

Hosts: Faith in the Valley – San Joaquin, Pangea Legal Services, ICE Out of Stockton

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2437003446531256/

4. Thursday, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Press Conference: Stop the ICE Raids!

SF Federal Building

90 7th St.

SF

wheelchair accessible.

The FREE SF coalition is hosting a press conference to respond to threats of ICE raids in Northern California and in other major cities in the U.S. The coalition calls upon Speaker Nancy Pelosi to publicly condemn and stop the Trump administration’s use of ICE raids to gain political points for his re-election. The coalition is also holding Speaker Nancy Pelosi accountable for moving a 4.6 billion border bill that held little restriction on ICE’s detention system, and opposed by all Bay Area representatives. 

FREE SF stands with all immigrant communities, no matter their background, and work to ensure that all immigrants have access to due process. Because of the incredible support of rapid response networks, and leadership from directly-impacted communities, we have yet to see ICE raids here in the Bay Area this week. 

Join us to call Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be accountable to our immigrant communities – who are already organizing to protect their loved ones from detention and deportation.

Sponsors: Free San Francisco, Bay Resistance, Pangea Legal Services

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/362567987789947/

5. Thursday, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, NO MORE tech office space in the Mission!

SF City Hall, 4th Fl. Rm. 400

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.

SF

The Mission community continues to be suffer from an overabundance of luxury housing and high-end office projects that provide no opportunity for our working-class and communities of color.

*2300 Harrison Street is a tech-office project that will directly connect with an existing building currently leased by Lyft. Combined, these two buildings create nearly 98,000 sq. ft. of tech office! Communities of Color are severely underrepresented in this industry. This project will add over 180 upscale workers, little opportunity for our working-class communities, and very little housing. With no diversity of economic opportunity and an insufficiency of housing, this project will only add to the displacement of our most vulnerable neighbors. Please come to this hearing to support our neighbors and demand a project that serves the entire community!

Host: United to Save the Mission

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595584427251878/

6. Thursday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Rally to Get Coal Out of Richmond!

Richmond City Hall Steps

450 Civic Center Plaza

Richmond

Come support Richmond residents suffering from health problems aggravated by coal and petroleum coke dust! Turn out for a key rally before the City of Richmond Planning Commission considers the Richmond Coal Ordinance.

Hear Supervisor John Gioia, indigenous leader Courtney Cummings, Reverend Dr. Dale Weatherspoon from Easter Hill United Methodist Church, City Council member Eduardo Martinez, youth advocate and businessman Diego Garcia, activist filmmaker Brenda “BK” Williams, and other Richmond environmental justice advocates share their perspectives.

If you live in Richmond and want to speak at the Planning Commission hearing (starting at 6:30), this is your chance to voice your experience, or that of family members, of suffering health problems such as asthma and COPD (emphysema). Please contact action@sunflower-alliance.org and put “Planning Commission testimony” in the subject line. If you live outside Richmond, come to support Richmond residents.

Sponsors: No Coal Richmond + 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/285185552293086/

7. Thursday, 6:00pm, SF Food Not Bombs Food Share 

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/

Friday, July 19

8. Friday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Save the Bay from the Army Corps of Engineers Dredging

SF Federal Building

90 7th St.

SF

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay to enable oil tankers to move greater amounts of crude to and from Bay Area refineries.

Several environmental groups have filed a joint protest letter about the “San Francisco Bay to Stockton Navigation Improvement Project.” But the one and only public presentation on the plan was so poorly publicized by the Army Corps that no one in the grassroots heard about it in time to provide comment.

we have an opportunity to speak our minds.

This Friday, the Army Corps is holding a hearing on its Dredge Material Management Plan. This is probably intended to focus exclusively on “beneficial reuse” of dredging material, but we’d be crazy to pass up an opportunity to speak about their thirteen-mile dredging project whose sole purpose is to enable more oil trafficking on the taxpayers’ dime. The project would provide four refineries with nearly a $15 million annual subsidy, multiply the risk of oil spills, pump up the production of petroleum products, and increase greenhouse gas emissions. What’s not to like? 

Sponsors: Idle No More + 7 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/633661683784881/

9. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm,  Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – 153rd  Week!

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! 

10. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Laborfest: San Francisco Living Wage Coalition Dinner

SEIU Local 1021 Hall

1021 Rhode Island (enter on Kansas St. between 16th & 17th Streets)

SF

Tickets – $40 per seat in advance or $50 at the door, group rate of $300 for eight seats in advance. 
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition at 415-863-1225 orsflivingwage@riseup.net

9th Annual SF Living Wage Coalition Awards Dinner 

Honorees:

Labor Woman of the Year award – Denise D’Anne, rank-and-file activist from Service Employees International Union Local 1021.

Labor Man of the Year award – Dave Welsh, rank-and-file activist from National Association of Letter Carriers Golden Gate Branch 214.

The San Francisco Living Wage Coalition was born out of labor’s efforts to work with the community in organizing non-union workers. These efforts included using legislative strategies to improve their wages and working conditions, building a workers movement and creating the conditions for unionizing. Our efforts initiated a movement that led to trail-blazing local wage and benefit laws and, in conjunction with unions, organizing drives and collective bargaining agreements.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824080.php

11. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Resist US Imperialism: Close the Camps, No War With Iran

SF Federal Building

90 7th St., (Meet on 7th St. side)

SF

The U.S. government is threatening to expand its policy of war and terror abroad by invading Iran. At a minimum, war in Iran would result the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, and result tens of millions of refugees with nowhere to go. The U.S. government is lying to us about its justification for such a war. At the same time, America’s ongoing policies of foreign plunder and devastation have already forced millions migrants to flee political and economic instability in their home countries. Tens of thousands of these people are now imprisoned by the U.S. government in concentration camps.

The war against working people both domestically and abroad continues to ramp up, we must build an anti imperialist movement in the bay area and beyond, a movement that actually serves the interests of working people. Join us in demanding the government stop the war and stop locking up working and migrant people.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/12/18824638.php

12. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, SF Forum: War on Immigrants & the Fight Back Movement

PSL

2969 Mission St. (nr. 24th St. BART)

SF

$3-10 donation, no one turned away. 
Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.

From the horrific border concentration camps, to family separations, to the string of deaths of detained children, to the arrest of solidarity activists leaving water for those crossing the border – the brutality and human rights violations by the U.S. government against immigrants are on the rise. Although the Obama administration deported 3 million immigrants, far more than Trump, the cruelty of the current attacks reveals the institutionalized nature of racism and ignores the root cause of immigration – U.S. interventionist foreign policy. Join us for analysis and discussion of the crisis today and the legacy of anti-immigrant policy throughout U.S. history, and get involved in the organizing efforts for the Sept. mass action in defense of immigrants.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/903872526672180/

Saturday, July 20

13. Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, 4th Annual Mario Woods Remembrance Day

MLK Jr. Park

5701 3rd St.

SF

Mario Woods Remembrance Day, a day we celebrate Mario’s life and legacy in the Bayview San Francisco community Mario came from.

A devastated mother. A grieving community. An unimaginable loss. A moment that became a movement.

Help us to ALWAYS remember Mario Woods— a young black man whose life was suddenly cut short on December 2, 2015 by five SFPD officers in an execution-style shooting documented in a viral video that spawned a movement.

Help us to celebrate the life of Mario Woods on the anniversary of his birthday, July 22, 2019 (celebration to occur Saturday, July 20, 2019)..

In the wake of Mario’s execution, a groundswell of people came together to build a movement in support Gwen Woods and all of those who have been impacted by racialized police violence in the Bay Area. In January, 2016, the City and County of San Francisco declared July 22nd Mario Woods Remembrance Day and later that year we held the first ever celebration of Mario’s life.

Host: Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/593146277856630/

14. Saturday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Speak Out for Immigrant Rights

Mission & 16th St.

SF

Join us to speak out against the outrageous detention of child migrants, and the torturous concentration camps along the border. Our message is “Let them in — full rights for all immigrants! The workers’ struggle has no borders! Down with U.S. imperialism in Latin America!”

Host: PSL

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/598292520578656/

15. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody

518 Valencia St. (nr. 16th St. BART)

SF

Journalists and whistleblowers are under attack, from Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning to freelance journalist Bryan Carmody in San Francisco. When the president of the United States calls journalists “scum” and encourages his supporters to verbally and physically threaten journalists, the right of all journalists to do their work is threatened.

This forum will look at the issue of who is a journalist and the right of journalists to do their work. Although Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been a member of the Australian MEEA’s Media section since 2007, and this is the trade union that represents Australia media workers, the media, however, continue to argue that he is not a journalist and does not deserve to be protected. 

The use of a 1917 US espionage law to target Assange now opens the way to charge all journalists and newspapers that use material from whistleblowers. This is a basic challenge to our freedom and right to information.

Initial Speakers: Mickey Huff, Project Censored; Steve Zeltzer, KPFA WorkWeek Radio; Ann Garrison, Black Agenda KPFA

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

Sunday, July 21

16. Sunday, 11:45am – 2:15pm, Codepink Monthly Golden Gate Bridge WALK for PEACE

11:45 am: Gather at the plaza at the SF end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. 
Arrive early for best parking. We’ll take some photos while waiting for folks to show up.

Noon: Walk on the eastern walkway, from the south end to the middle of the bridge, 
where we’ll stop and hold a 15 minute vigil, showing motorists our signs (Berma-shave style, 
at least 10 feet between each sign/person). From there, we’ll return to our starting point in the plaza at the south end of the bridge.

1:30 pm: Photo ops and Closing Circle/Open Mike (no megaphone) 
on the SF side after the bridge walk. We’ll probably be finished by 2:00

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/13/18824677.php

17. Sunday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Never Again is NOW action hosted by UUSF

First Unitarian Universalist of San Francisco

1187 Franklin St.

SF

Close the Camps!

Members of the UUSF congregation, in a time that calls for bold resistance, will take to the streets at Franklin and Geary. Through visuals, words and drama we will make our concerns public as we call upon all people of conscience to persist, intensify and broaden our efforts to make real the growing cry: Never Again is Now! Close the Camps! 

This action will follow a special Service on children at the border from 11:00 to 12:15 lead by senior minister Vanessa Southern.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/636084920232493/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1563393152598807

18. Sunday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Alternatives to Policing 4: Transformative Justice

First Congregational Church of Oakland (UCC)

2501 Harrison St.

Oakland

Accessibility:

space is wheelchair accessible (use the graded sidewalk to access the blue door off the parking lot), and there are ADA restrooms, both binary and single-stall all gender. There is designated accessible parking; however, the accessible entrance is difficult to access if you are not coming by car because it is up a steep hill.

How do we respond to violence within our own communities without relying on the police, prisons or other state systems? This event will offer a basic introduction to and overview of the core concepts of transformative justice. It will be a space for participants to learn about transformative justice and how to begin thinking about community-based responses to violence. We will also cover the concept of “pods” from the BATJC. This will be an educational event with a Q&A.

We ask for a sliding scale donation of any amount to support the continued work of the Alternatives to Policing Coalition. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

The workshop will be led by Mia Mingus from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. Mia is a writer, public speaker, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice. She is a queer physically disabled korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee from the Caribbean. She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us

Hosts: First Congregational Church of Oakland + 2 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/711516245968783/

19. Sunday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Santa Rita jail support 

Lake Merritt BART Station

Oakland

Join us in offering hot food, drinks, snacks, and solidarity to releasees and visitors at Santa Rita Jail!

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/MD3k85stxBkWTfL4A

Prisons function to repress, warehouse and extract labor from those that our state deems “criminal”, primarily those of us who are Black, poor, or mentally ill. We believe that solidarity is a weapon of resistance, and that we must respond to the basic needs of our community while also confronting state terror. 

In honor of Dujuan Armstrong Jr. who entered Santa Rita Jail for a weekend sentence and never came home, we’re providing material support and direct care to folks at Santa Rita Jail as a small but meaningful way to address the harm caused by incarceration in our community. We do not positively engage with the racist pigs who work at the jail, as they are willing agents of the state that criminalizes and incarcerates us.

Sponsor: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/443104046513160/

Monday, July 22

20. Monday, 12Noon – 1:30pm, People’s State of the Nation Address: Northern California

Philippine Consulate

447 Sutter St.

SF

Accessibility:

 A Tagalog/English translator will be present. The venue is a 10 minute walk from the Powell Street BART station. If folks need a ride to the event, need child care, need wheelchair access, or have other accessibility questions, please email us atmalaya.sbay@gmail.com.

What is the People’s SONA? Every year, the president of the Philippines delivers a State of the Nation Address that often ignores that true conditions of the Filipino people. In response, Filipinos and allies launch a People’s SONA, to protest the worsening conditions in the Philippines. In the past 3 years, President Duterte has continued his war on drugs, war on the poor, the TRAIN tax law burdening the poor, brutal Martial Law in Mindanao, misogynist attacks on women, subservience to US and China, and neglect of the concerns of overseas Filipinos. Efforts are on the way to change the Philippine Constitution to concentrate powers to Duterte and extend his rule.

We will join protests in the Philippines and around the world in condemning the anti-people, fascist and foreign orientated policies of this regime.

Sponsors: Malaya Movement and Malaya South Bay

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781980895282000/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/02/18824364.php  

Trump’s “Go Back” Racist Epithet; Oh, So Familiar

July 16, 2019 by The Progressive

by Jud Lounsbury (commondreams.org)

"You know how these people lie!" 12 Angry Men (1957). (Photo: Screengrab)

“You know how these people lie!” 12 Angry Men (1957). (Photo: Screengrab) 

Trump has dived deep into the septic tank before. But, folks, this is truly a new low white person telling a person of color to “go back” to where they came from (usually Africa) is, unfortunately, as common as it is racist.

It’s also such a dumb thing to say—especially in a nation where the majority of us came from somewhere else. It’s an epithet that often issues from the lips of knuckle-draggers who can’t think of a more subtle way to spew their racism.

In the years prior to Hitler’s “Final Solution,” his first solution was to tell Germany’s Jewish population to go back to their “home” country.

Israel? Umm, no. Nazis being Nazis, they held tight to the (incorrect) theory that Jews originated from the island of . . . drum roll please . . . Madagascar!

Nazis held tight to the (incorrect) theory that Jews originated from the island of . . . drum roll please . . . Madagascar.

Now we have the President of the United States joining in the fun. The same weekend that Donald Trump had scheduled wholesale deportation raids of thousands of undocumented immigrants, he tweeted that four “Democrat Congresswomen” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” He added that, as far as he was concerned, they “can’t leave fast enough.”

In fact, three of the four Congresswomen—Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts—were born and raised in the United States. The fourth—Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, born in Somalia—is like the others an American citizen. Literally the only thing that distinguishes them from others in Congress is their non-whiteness, making Trump’s racist intention perfectly clear.

Sure, Trump has dived deep into the septic tank before—leading the birther nonsense, calling white supremacists “good people,” declining to condemn the KKK, and intentionally conflating Hispanic immigrants with violent criminals. But, folks, this is truly a new low.

I was reminded of the famous jury deliberation scene in 12 Angry Men in which, after two hours of dropping hints, Ed Bagley’s character suddenly explodes in an unequivocally racist rant, exclaiming, “They’re no good, there’s not a one of them that’s any good!” As Bagley continues to spew, each juror gets up and slowly turns away in repulsion, until Henry Fonda’s character famously says, “Sit down and don’t open your mouth again.”

Unfortunately, there are no fellow jurors turning their back on Trump or demanding that he shut up. Most Republicans in Congress could muster nary a peep of protest over the President’s remarks. Virtually the sole exception was Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who, in an interview on Fox News, offered this tepid response:

“We all know that A.O.C. and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel, they hate our own country.” But, he went on to allow, the four “are American citizens” who “won an election.”

With defenders like these, who needs racist Presidents?

With defenders like these, who needs racist Presidents?

We’d all like to believe that if John McCain was still around, he might be the “Henry Fonda” in the room, but for now, his daughter, Meghan McCain, will have to do. She has bluntly denouncedTrump’s tweets as “racist” while also decrying the “cowardice” in other Republicans for not standing up to Trump.

Somewhere, Richard Spencer, the white supremacist leader who attended the 2016 Republican convention in support of Trump and “sipped Manhattans as he matter-of-factly called for removing African-Americans, Hispanics and Jews from the United States,” is smiling triumphantly.

“Trust me. Trump thinks like me,” Spencer told AP reporter Steve Peoples back then. “Do you think it’s a coincidence that everybody like me loves Trump and supports him?”

No, Dick, we don’t think it’s a coincidence at all.

© 2019 The Progressive

Jud Lounsbury

Jud Lounsbury lives on a small farm south of Madison, Wisconsin with his family and writes for The Progressive and the Uppity Wisconsin blog. Follow him on Twitter: @JudLounsbury

Nancy Pelosi’s Primary Challenger Shahid Buttar: Pelosi is Trying to “Undermine the Future”

Status Coup Published on Jul 17, 2019

Status Coup’s Jordan Chariton interviewed Shahid Buttar, a constitutional attorney and organizer challenging Nancy Pelosi for congress in 2020. JOIN Status Coup as a MEMBER so we can get out on the road NOW and cover the 2020 presidential campaign—unless you want to rely on CNN to do it?

It’s only $5-10 bucks a month to support REAL IN-THE-FIELD INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: https://statuscoup.com/join/

Info about a Progressive Primary:http://occupysf.net/?s=progressive+primary

US Conference of Mayors Calls on Presidential Candidates to Pledge U.S. Global Leadership in Preventing Nuclear War, Returning to Diplomacy, and Negotiating the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

For immediate release: July 1, 2019

Contact: Jackie Cabasso, Mayors for Peace North American Coordinator

(510) 306-0119; wslf@earthlink.net

US Conference of Mayors Calls on All Presidential Candidates to Make Known Their Positions on Nuclear Weapons and to Pledge U.S. Global Leadership in Preventing Nuclear War, Returning to Diplomacy, and Negotiating the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Honolulu, HI – Today, at the close of its 87th Annual Meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), unanimously adopted a bold new resolution, “Calling on All Presidential Candidates to Make Known Their Positions on Nuclear Weapons and to Pledge U.S. Global Leadership in Preventing Nuclear War, Returning to Diplomacy, and Negotiating the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons”. The resolution calls on “all Presidential candidates of all political parties” to make these “priority issues in the 2020 Presidential campaign”. 

The USCM resolution quotes Renata Dwan, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, who “has declared that the risk of nuclear weapons being used again is at its highest since World War II, calling it an ‘urgent’ issue that the world should take more seriously”, and notes that according to the Congressional Budget Office, “U.S. spending for nuclear warheads, delivery systems and supporting infrastructure over the 2019 – 2028 period is projected to cost $494 billion, for an average of nearly $50 billion a year”.

In remarks to a plenary session of the USCM annual meeting on Sunday, June 30, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, President of Mayors for Peace, declared: “As mayors, you are working every day for the wellbeing of your citizens, but all your efforts could be for naught if nuclear weapons are used again. I would also like to point out that, while every one of the nuclear-armed states is spending billions of dollars to modernize and upgrade their arsenals, that money could be much more productively spent to meet the needs of cities and the people who live in them.”

Warning that “the U.S. announcement, followed by Russia’s, of their intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty effective in August 2019 are signs of deepening crisis among the nuclear-armed states,” the resolution “calls on all Presidential candidates to pledge their support for the joint 1985 declaration by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, that ‘a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,’ as urged by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres”.

The USCM resolution further “calls on all Presidential candidates to pledge, if elected, to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first and by actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.”

The resolution observes that despite the fact that “the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which entered into force in 1970, requires the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China to negotiate “in good faith” the end of the nuclear arms race “at an early date” and the elimination of their nuclear arsenals,” “nuclear-armed states are engaged in nuclear weapons modernization programs.”

And the USCM “calls on all Presidential candidates to pledge, if elected, to reverse U.S. opposition to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to embrace its humanitarian values and goals”.

The resolution was sponsored by Mayors for Peace U.S. Vice-President T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa and 18 co-sponsors including outgoing USCM President Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, and USCM International Affairs Committee Chair Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio.

The USCM, the nonpartisan association of 1,408 American cities with populations over 30,000, has unanimously adopted Mayors for Peace resolutions for 14 consecutive years. Resolutions adopted at annual meetings become USCM official policy. 

As noted in this year’s resolution, “Mayors for Peace is working for a world without nuclear weapons and safe and resilient cities as essential measures for the achievement of lasting world peace, and has grown to 7,756 cities in 163 countries and regions, with 215 U.S. members.”

Mayors for Peace, founded in 1982, is led by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The full text of the resolution with the list of 19 co-sponsors is posted at

http://wslfweb.org/docs/MfP-USCM-resolution-2019.pdf

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American Authoritarianism and Restoring Constitutional Order | Shahid Buttar | TEDxHarkerSchool

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‘We Have a President Who Lost the Popular Vote by Three Million’: Sanders Backs Abolishing the Electoral College

July 12, 2019 by Common Dreams

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support replacing the Electoral College with a national popular vote system, according to recent polling

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to the crowd during the 2019 South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention on June 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday expressed support for abolishing the Electoral College, arguing it is difficult to justify a system that allows a candidate to become president after losing the popular vote by a large margin.

“It is hard to defend a system in which we have a president who lost the popular vote by three million votes,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said during a town hall hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens. “So the answer is yes.”

Two out of the last three American presidents—Republicans George W. Bush and Donald Trump—lost the popular vote, prompting growing support among lawmakers for scrapping the arcane and undemocratic system that made their election victories possible.

By backing growing calls to eliminate the Electoral College, Sanders joined several of his 2020 presidential rivals, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

“My view is that every vote matters,” Warren said during a CNN town hall in March, “and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College, and every vote counts.”

According to recent polling data, most Americans support replacing the Electoral College with a national popular vote system.

A Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey published last July found that, “By roughly a two-to-one margin, Americans say they would prefer if presidential elections were decided by the national popular vote as opposed to the Electoral College.”

“Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans believe that presidential elections should be decided based on the national popular vote,” PRRI’s poll showed, “while about one-third (32 percent) believe they should be decided through the Electoral College.”

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