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  

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