‘Everyone Should Mobilize’: Climate Leaders Urge Massive Turnout for Global Climate Strikes

July 24, 2019 by Common Dreams

“Our house is on fire—let’s act like it,” says a call-to-action for September 20th and 27th strikes.

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Students take part in a climate rally in Parliament Square on May 24, 2019 in London. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Students take part in a climate rally in Parliament Square on May 24, 2019 in London. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Organizers of upcoming global climate strikes hope their demands for a rapid end to business as usual and a swift start to climate justice will be too loud to ignore.

The strikes, which are set for September 20th and 27th—with additional actions slated for the days in between—are planned in over 150 countries thus far, and over 6,000 people have already pledged to take part.

It has the potential to be the biggest climate mobilization yet, said organizers.

“Our house is on fire—let’s act like it,” says the strikes’ call-to-action, referencing the words of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. “We demand climate justice for everyone.”

Thunberg echoed that call in a just-released video promoting the upcoming actions.

“Everyone should mobilize for the 20th and 27th of September,” said Thunberg, “because this is a global issue which actually affects everyone.”

It’s been the world’s youth, though, that have played a driving force in recently calling attention to the climate crisis with protests and school strikes.

“Young people have been leading here,” 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben said in the Thunberg video, “but now it’s the job of the rest of us to back them up.”

The two Fridays of action, according to organizers, will bookend a “Week for Future” to sustain the climate call. Nestled between is the United Nations Summit on Climate Change on September 23rd in New York.

“Because we don’t have a single year to lose,” said Luisa Neubauer of Fridays for Future Germany in a press statement Wednesday, “we’re going to make this week a turning point in history.”

The upcoming protests reflect a call form a diverse group of global organizations, including Amnesty International, Oxfam, La Via Campesina, Fridays for Future, and Extinction Rebellion.

The Youth Climate Strike Coalition, which includes Sunrise Movement and Zero Hour, issued a press statement Wednesday focusing on U.S. actions on September 20th.

 “The youth uprising,” said 350.org North America director Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, “is backed by millions who refuse to sit by while the Trump administration, hand-in-hand with fossil fuel executives, continues their campaign of climate denial and policy rollbacks, all while we face extreme heat waves, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires.”

“We stand with communities demanding economic transformation that works for our collective right to a sustainable, healthy, and livable future,” she continued.

Backing up the need for the mobilization is ample evidence of the climate crisis. As the Global Climate Strike website sums up:

  • Our house is on fire.
  • Our hotter planet is already hurting millions of people.
  • We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations, and climate justice at its heart.

The inter-generational and global actions, according to the global organizers, can serve to show the size of chorus of those demanding and en to the fossil fuel economy, bring out those previous on the sidelines of the climate justice fight, and “kickstart a huge wave of action and renewed ambition all over the world.”

To make that happen, massive turnout is necessary, said Evan Cholerton of Earth Strike International.

“Multinational corporations aren’t going to give up anything unless we fight,” he said.

“This is a fight for ourselves, for our future, and for future generations,” continued Cholerton. “This is a fight for justice for all: workers, students, parents, teachers, conservatives, liberals, socialists, and everyone else. We can fight against climate breakdown, and we can fight against environmental destruction. We need to all be part of this, or else the establishment won’t budge.”

“We can do this,” he added, “if we do this together.”Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.

Mueller says Trump can be charged with obstruction of justice after he leaves office

by Tod Perry

 July 24, 2019 (good.is)

During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Robert Mueller, the former special prosecutor in the investigation into Russian election interference, confirmed that President Trump can face charges after leaving office.

Mueller’s admission came during an exchange with Republican Ken Buck from Colorado.

“Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” Buck asked.  

Mueller responded, “yes.”

Buck asked again, “You believe that he committed … You could charge the President of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office,” to which Mueller repeated himself saying, “yes.”

One could also extrapolate from Buck’s mangled question that Mueller believes Trump committed a crime. But it’s unclear if Mueller is responding to the first part of Buck’s question where he asked, “You believe that he committed …”

Mueller believes that Trump can not be charged with a crime while in office due toa 2000 Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo that had concluded, “a sitting President is constitutionally immune from indictment and criminal prosecution.”

Democratic Representative Ted Lieu from California later clarified Mueller’s thinking on whether Trump could be indicted. “The reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of the OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?” Lieu asked Mueller.

“That is correct,” Mueller responded.

While Mueller’s report on election interference said that Trump wasn’t involved in a criminal conspiracy with Russia, it detailed ten incidents that could lead him to be charged with obstruction of justice.

During his testimony, Mueller came close to saying he would have indicted the president if it was within his power. “Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider,” he told the House committee. “If we had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not.”

To put it simply, Mueller and his team were powerless to indict the president and they cannot say with confidence that he is innocent.

When asked by Representative Jerry Nadler of New York if he totally exonerated the president, Mueller replied with a firm “no.”

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Mueller: No.

Nadler: In fact, your report expressly states that it does not exonerate the president.

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There is a way that the president can be indicted before his term naturally ends: impeachment. 

The House of Representatives can bring articles of impeachment against the president and if approved by a simple majority, the case is brought to the Senate which holds a trial.

The Senate needs a two-thirds majority (67 votes) to find the president guilty and remove him from office.

Then, the president can be held accountable for his actions in the court of law.

If so, the Mueller Report contains convincing evidence that Trump indeed obstructed justice. Mueller writes that his detailed report was intended, in part, to “preserve the evidence” because “a President does not have immunity after he leaves office.”

We Can’t Pretend This Is a Normal Election

July 23, 2019 by Washington Post

This is nothing less than a fight for the soul of the nation. Everyone needs to take a stand.

by Eugene Robinson

If you plan to vote for Trump because of his tax cuts, for example, or his uncritical support of Israel, you’re also voting for his racism. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

If you plan to vote for Trump because of his tax cuts, for example, or his uncritical support of Israel, you’re also voting for his racism. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Bring it on.

If President Trump and the Republican Party want the 2020 election to be a referendum on unabashed white supremacy, that’s their choice. Voters who embrace the views of David Duke and other proud racists will have Trump to vote for. Voters who disagree will have a Democratic alternative. Simple as that.

Make America Great Again has completed its sinister transformation into Make America White Again, and it’s foolish to pretend otherwise.

At the moment, it is difficult to see the coming contest in any other light. Make America Great Again has completed its sinister transformation into Make America White Again, and it’s foolish to pretend otherwise.

No sensible person should want such a fight. In a sprawling, diverse nation such as ours, with such a long and troubled history on issues of race, a certain amount of pretense is necessary. We try to bury our ugliest fears and resentments beneath a nobler commitment to the pluralistic ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. At our best, we subsume our private prejudices beneath a sense of civic responsibility.

But Trump is no sensible person, and he obviously does not represent our best. He is a demagogue with one highly effective political move: driving wedges. He is now trying to open a chasm between white and nonwhite Americans, and he wants to force his potential supporters to choose a side.

I hope and expect that Trump’s race-baiting will fail — but hope and expectations are not enough. His shamefully divisive tactic must be called out, labeled with its proper name and fought without quarter. Based on Trump’s public comments and his Twitter feed, it seems obvious that race is what he wants the nation to be talking about right now, as opposed to his administration’s incompetence and corruption. But to ignore his white-power tactic would be a much bigger mistake than facing it head-on. Trump may believe his political opponents lack the stomach to confront him. He must be proved wrong.

Trump has chosen as his foils four Democratic first-term members of Congress — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — who all, not coincidentally, happen to be women of color. The president has demanded they “go back” to the countries from which they came (all but Omar, a naturalized citizen, were born in the United States), and claimed they have no right to express their progressive views.

Last week, at a campaign rally in North Carolina, Trump was blasting Omar, who came to this country as a refugee from Somalia, when the crowd began a shocking chant: “Send her back! Send her back!” Before continuing his speech, the president paused to let the chant gather force and then gradually die out.

Members of the White House staff were reportedly appalled — but no one quit in protest. Republicans in Congress were reportedly aghast — but almost all of them refused to directly criticize the president.

After making the perfunctory (and apparently false) claim that he disliked the chant, Trump went on to amplify it. He demanded that those who do not love the United States — by which he clearly means his vision of the country — should leave it. On Sunday, he tweeted, “I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America.” On Monday, he called them “a very Racist group of troublemakers.”

This will surely be a theme of Trump’s white-power appeal — that minorities who have the nerve to raise their voices are the “real” racists who should be blamed for any and all hardships afflicting whites. It is incredible that our national political discourse has sunk to this kind of hideous scapegoating, but here we are.

Democrats, independents and Republicans disgusted by Trump’s use of race as a wedge cannot pretend this is a normal election. Republican officeholders and candidates who stand by Trump, perhaps for reasons of self-preservation, must be pressed: Do they believe all Americans, regardless of race, have a right to participate in our democracy, or not? Do they believe Americans who disagree with Trump’s policies should leave the country, or not? Do they agree with white supremacists that whites are somehow threatened by “racist” minorities, or not?

Anyone tempted to support Trump because of his economic or foreign policies should be constantly reminded that this is not an a la carte menu. If you plan to vote for Trump because of his tax cuts, for example, or his uncritical support of Israel, you’re also voting for his racism.

This is nothing less than a fight for the soul of the nation. Everyone needs to take a stand.© 2019 Washington Post

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson writes a regular column for The Washington Post.

How the Right-Wing Weaponize Their Followers

Cenk Uygur

This week Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) got a nasty voicemail that insulted him. He felt threatened by it. Wow! If you think that reaction is callous, you should walk a mile in my shoes and see what it’s like to live with right-wing terror every day. What happened to Rep. Zeldin while terrible to the uninitiated is a minuscule fraction of what the right-wing inflicts upon its opponents everyday in America.

I’m the founder and host of The Young Turks, the largest online progressive news show. We put out dozens of videos every day within our network and get back thousands of comments filled with rage, hatred, vitriol and physical threats. The right-wing has professionalized that type of terror, so when they turn around and declare a national emergency when they get one nasty message back, you’ll excuse me if I’m not overly moved by their plight.

If you think, I am over-dramatizing the situation by using the word terror, you haven’t experienced what we go through every day. Just this past week I got threatening calls on my phone, on top of the literally thousands of hate comments online, and my wife started getting calls on her phone. This is life in the right-wing terror dome. You also might not know how often those hate filled verbal comments turn into physical violence against perceived enemies of the right-wing.

It’s called stochastic terrorism. That’s a new word I learned. Had to learn. It means terrorism that is generalized, not directed at any one target. So, you encourage general violence for people on your side to partake in – and then random acts of terror start popping up that can’t necessarily be connected back to you but that you incited on purpose. Sound familiar?

If a host on Fox News or an alt-right pundit online or a President says go do harm to a specific person, that is horrible and actionable. It is illegal and can have consequences for the speaker. If that same host tells you how problematic one group of people are, then repeats it endlessly on a loop and then shows you those people climbing fences to get into your backyard – and then asks you how mad you are about it and whether you’re going to do something about it, he has not violated any laws. But he has released stochastic terror into the world. If someone happens to act on it, well, I guess he caught a break.

For visible progressive leaders, there are multiple threats of violence upon us on a daily basis. This has come to be accepted as the new norm. They say we let in the enemy, we encourage the people who would do us harm. Isn’t anyone going to do anything about it?

Think about what percentage of any group is mentally unstable. Now think about a group that are engulfed in conspiracy theories, heavily armed and paranoid by nature. You know they are out there. Weaponized lunatics armed with hate and fear and actual heavy weaponry.

This is not theoretical. The ADL just put out a report that showed that literally every terror attack where someone got killed in 2018 was done by a right-wing terrorist. The massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh – a right-wing terrorist who hated Jews and said they were “bring[ing] invaders in that kill our people.” The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL – a white-supremacist terrorist who hated blacks and Muslims. The massacre at the Yoga Studio in Tallahassee – a right-wing terrorist who hated women and minorities.

If targeting these specific groups with hate-filled propaganda wasn’t enough, then they stoke their rabid followers to target anyone bringing you reporting or facts. Does it get any clearer then calling someone an “enemy of the people”? What do you do someone who is an enemy of the people? You take action against them. Into that toxic stew steps in Cesar Sayoc to send pipe bombs to the media who dare to do their job and to progressives who dare stick their neck out to fight back against right-wing ideology.

Now, think about how much you would want to speak out against the right-wing in a situation like that. Are you willing to have people on the internet tell everyone where you live? Willing to let them paint you as the face of the enemy? No? Well, this is how they win. Then the good are silenced into inaction.

Last we heard, Christina Blasey Ford was moving from one location to another daily to avoid the people threatening her life non-stop. Some of the Sandy Hook parents have had to move several times to try to evade conspiracy theorists egged on by right-wing pundits. Their kids were murdered and now they are stalked themselves. This is what terrorism looks like.

And fascism slowly sets in. It creeps into the assumptions of our lives. It starts to control not only our actions but our inactions. With the ever looming threat of violence lurking over your head, you begin to wonder if you should “invite” trouble by speaking out. It might not be their leaders who take action themselves, it might not be someone who is fair representative of a majority of the group, but they know there is a guy – a guy who is out there. He exists. Waiting. Waiting for us.

That’s terror. Stochastic terror. And in this country, right-wing terror.

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Tue. July 23 – Thurs. July 25 (from Adrienne Fong)

Am still not back posting on a regular basis.

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. Puerto Ricans launch massive strike

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/22/us/puerto-rico-protests-monday/index.html?ofs=fbia&fbclid=IwAR3kRBNIOLnzd-My4v7LEXXPodqy1iuq5iuKfoSJAr6tNLR-7YS_kt9mX6A

B. Neighbors Form Human Chain Around Immigrant Family to Prevent ICE from Taking Them

C. US expands powers to deport migrants without going to court  – July 22, 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49079495?fbclid=IwAR300JZ3ZCHyODMw-QfOJjjzvY7Snfewt0oIr0yohMFN7LELvrgnP6ikszQ

D. Teen migrant separated from family to be laid to rest after suicide – July 22, 2019

https://thehill.com/latino/454239-teen-migrant-separated-from-family-to-be-laid-to-rest-after-suicide?fbclid=IwAR1P4HdkU8Q6wLM_NyEdkaFBeYJebcC1w1f9HzVZU6w_QQNLtDRwTrrkGgo

E. ICE used Oakland Airport to deport thousands of detained immigrants, report says  – July 21, 2019

http://www.ktvu.com/news/ktvu-local-news/ice-used-oakland-airport-to-deport-thousands-of-detained-immigrants-report-says

F. Merger Mania in the Military Industry – July 21, 2019

ACTIONS:

1. Stop Trump’s attack on Native lands. No drilling and Fracking in Chaco Canyon.

   SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/chaco-drilling-2019?t=4&referring_akid=33332.21110.uL9hI7

2. Petition: Tell the EPA to ban Monsanto’s Roundup

   SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-regulate-monsanto-pesticides-they-are-literally-killing-us?source=2019Monsanto_FOE&referrer=group-friends-of-the-earth-action

EVENTS

Tuesday, July 23 – Thursday, July 25

Tuesday, July 23

1. Tuesday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Time’s up! Declare Climate Emergency

532 Market St.

SF

Join us this Tuesday at noon as we take action in coordination with XRDC and encourage the US Congress to TELL THE TRUTH AND ACT LIKE IT’S REAL! If you’re able, please wear red to this action

Once again, Congress has dropped the ball on the climate crisis.

On July 9th, while XRDC were rallying outside the Capitol, Congress decided to send Bernie and AOC’s climate emergency resolution to committee. Several dozen cosponsors signed on. And then…nothing happened.

Host: Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2425903557678623/

2. Tuesday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Boycott Manny’s – Weekly protest!

16th & Valencia St. (outside)

SF

From Black & Brown For Justice Peace and Equality / Mothers On The March Against Police Murders.

Why Are We Boycotting Manny’s?

The owner of Manny’s is occupying a place that the Latino community fought for! Residents of the Mission community have fought for many years to make sure that community organizations create venues/space that would benefit the black and brown community. We believe that this should be a cultural center for the youth of this area, especially at a time when so many are being displaced.

The owner of Manny’s also support the occupation of Palestine by a so-called Zionist state of Israel that is committing genocide of the Palestinian People. Zionist also are involved with training police in the US.

Join us, Stop the Displacement of Black and Brown People from the Mission, help us denounce Zionism and help STOP the GENOCIDE of the Palestinian People by the state of Israel.

3. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sounding the Alarm Against a Fascist Regime

Sports Basement – San Francisco

1590 Bryant St.

SF

Discussion and Organizers Meeting: Driving Out a Fascist Regime is Not a Crime

When details of Los Angeles Police Department infiltration of meetings held by the Los Angeles chapter of RefuseFascism.orgwent public, it outraged civil rights advocates — and effectively undermined the prosecution of righteous activists against the Trump/Pence fascist regime. The #Freeway9 trial ended June 28 in a hung jury because some of the jurors recognized that what the defendants did was necessary and right.

The LA City Attorney has declared its determination to go ahead with unjust and highly political prosecution of two arrested, in a retrial scheduled for Monday July 22.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/19/los-angeles-police-informant-anti-trump-activist-protest.

Call City Attorney Mike Feuer to demand: Drop the charges against the #Freeway9 and #UCLA5. Call 213.978.8100.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/21/18824899.php

4. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Vallejo Families Return To City Council

555 Santa Clara St.

Vallejo

They are going back to city council

Sponsors: Vallejo for Racial Justice + 3 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/418792268707196/

Wednesday, July 24

5. Wednesday, 8:00am – 10:30am, Pack Federal Court – No Asylum Ban!

United States District Court of Northern California

Judge Tigar

450 Golden Gate Ave, 19th Fl.

SF

AGENDA
8:00am, gather outside: hold space, share work, (TBD) hear from speakers
9:30am, hearing begins (factor in security line) 
Gather after the hearing as well

* español abajo * Join East Bay Sanctuary Covenant; Al Otro Lado; Innovation Law Lab; and Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles, as we fight the Trump Administration’s new asylum transit ban — their latest attempt to dismantle asylum in the United States, particularly for immigrants of color.

If allowed to proceed, the rule will effectively block anyone who passes through another country en route to the U.S. from seeking asylum here. 

We cannot overstate the importance of this case. Let’s show up outside the court beforehand to stand in solidarity with immigrants and people fleeing persecution. Then let’s attend the hearing to make that solidarity clear to the court as well.

At this hearing, Judge Tigar will hear our argument for a temporary restraining order blocking Trump’s new rule while the court considers our suit against the policy in general. Read more here: https://innovationlawlab.org/press-release/innovation-law-lab-files-lawsuit-to-challenge-the-trump-administrations-asylum-transit-ban/.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/406360186670015/

6. Wednesday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Philippine Society and Revolution with Anakbayan San Francisco

2940 16th St. (nr. 16th St. BART)

SF

With the increasing political repression in the Philippines under the leadership of fascist US-Duterte regime, we encourage you all to join us in a collective study of the history of the Philippines and the ongoing resistance of the Filipino people against Bureaucrat Capitalism, Feudalism, and Imperialism. Learn how international solidarity has been and always will be a crucial part of our liberation struggle!

Amado Guerrero’s “Philippine Society and Revolution” is the primary historical document that tells the story of the Philippines from the perspective of the Filipino masses. It provides great insight on the evolution of Philippine society from the pre-colonial period to the present, and the Filipino people’s duty to fight for genuine freedom and democracy.

To truly and correctly serve the people, we must learn our history.

Please fill out this form to RSVP ( and for us to get to know you more and what your needs are!) –> bit.ly/PSRwithABSF
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*Anakbayan is a comprehensive mass organization that aims to agitate, organize, and mobilize the Filipino youth towards national liberation and genuine democracy! If you are age 13-35 years old, and interested in learning more please fill out this interest form here –> bit.ly/joinabs

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/696090890818037/

7. Wednesday, July 24th 6:00pm – July 25th, 5:00pm, Day of Action Justice for Jessica Alva

Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

SF City Hall, Rm. 408

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl

SF

We will be presenting at 6 PM on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Host: Morning Star Gali & 3 Others

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2233939363585718/?active_tab=about

8. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Say NO To PG&E at the CPUC Meeting

Elihu M. Harris State Office Building

Oakland

Last year, PG&E caused the deadliest fire in California history, annihilating the town of Paradise and killing 86 people. The year before, PG&E was found liable for 17 major fires, most of which were tied to violations of state code. Now that the company is being sued for billions, they are trying to pass the cost of their negligence down to ratepayers like you and me.

Next year the average household electricity bill will go up by over $20/month despite PG&E rates already being among the highest in the country.

Let’s show up to the ratepayer hearings at the CPUC and demand that energy is affordable, safe, and democratized!

More info: 
https://letsownpge.org

Sponsors: East Bay Democratic Socialist of America & No PG&E Bailout

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/696072587505693/

Thursday, July 25

9. Thursday, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Pack the Court! 7/25 Hearing on Muslim Travel Ban Lawsuits

Philip Burton Federal Bldg.

450 Golden Gate Ave, 19th Fl., Courtroom 11

SF

Security: The federal courthouse requires an ID for entry.

join us at the San Francisco federal court house for a hearing on the two class action cases challenging the unlawful waiver process of the Muslim Travel Ban. 

At this hearing, the judge will hear arguments and decide whether two critical class action cases will move forward or not. 

We know how harmful the Ban and its waiver process has been for countless community members from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen by separating families from loved ones, keeping people from life-saving medical treatment, and interrupting work and educational pursuits.

Court hearing on government’s motion to dismiss in Emami v. Nielsen and Pars v. Pompeo. Please note both cases are being heard at the same time

Sponsors: CAIR SF Bay Area + 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2235952906523479/

10. Thursday, 11:00am – 1:30pm, ShutDown850! Day of Action

SF City Hall, Ste., 244

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.

SF

11am – Gather at the Polk Street steps to City Hall. 
11:15am – Orient to the campaign then join us for supervisor meetings and drop ins
1:30pm – Close Out and Next steps

Join us for this day of action to build pressure on the Board of Supervisors to SHUT DOWN 850 Bryant NOW! We can’t wait any longer.

Sponsors: No New SF Jail Coalition + 4 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/650682532117459/

11. Thursday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Standing with Mauna Kea

150 Executive Park Blvd.

SF

A space for PI community in the SF Bay Area to come together, share information, and continue building solidarity for protectors on Mauna Kea.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/628705184290713/

12. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Labofest: The French Yellow Vest Movement

Berkeley City College Auditorium

2050 Center St.

Berkeley

Since November of 2018, there have been weekly protests, sometimes involving hundreds of thousands of people, from students to housewives to workers to retirees, angry at the high cost of living and the government’s policies. 

Come and hear a presentation by Camille Chauchat, a French school teacher and an activist with the Fraction L’Etincelle in the NPA (New Anti-Capitalist Party) and participant in the Yellow Vest Movement in Lyons, France. 

Sponsored by Students for Socialism Club 
More info:bccs4sclub [at] gmail.com

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824128.php

13. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Earth Strike – presentation & discussion

Revolution Books Berkeley

2444 Durant Ave.

Berkeley

Event will be a presentation by an organizer for Earth Strike, followed by a discussion.

Melting icecaps. Rising seas. Coral reefs dying. Rain forests decimated. One million species projected to become extinct, many within decades. Profound and savage inequalities wrack the human race – an estimated 65 million people around the globe forced from their homes, many by climate change, seek safe haven.

Many are sleep walking through this nightmare. But new stirrings of resistance are emerging, including from the youth. A global climate strike has been called for the end of September 2019. The mission statement for Earth Strike says “We, the people of the world are striking to save the planet.”

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/678037752661631/

14. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Unraveling the Right: A Seminar for Organizers in the Trump Era

518 Valencia St.

SF

Accessibility Information:
• 518 Valencia is a wheelchair accessible space.
• We will do our best to provide a reduced scent space and will designate a fragance-free seating area. Please support our efforts to support the participation of community members with chemical sensitivities by coming to the event as low- or no-scent as you are able.
• To request language interpretation, CART transcription, childcare, or other access needs, please include that information on the application in response to the final question.

join CPE this summer for a four-session class: UNRAVELING THE RIGHT. The class will meet Thursday evenings July 18, July 25, August 1, and August 8 at 518 Valencia Street in San Francisco. The sessions will run from 7 to 9 pm each evening and will cover:

*The right’s ideas and goals, the particular forms authoritarianism takes in the U.S., the left’s conceptual and practical tool-box for understanding and defeating the far right.

*Historical lessons from past experience fighting fascism and the right 

*The international picture: contemporary fights against racist nationalist projects across the globe. 

*The current U.S. landscape, strategies for building a winning anti-right coalition and the particular responsibilities of activists in the Bay Area. 

This class will be led by CPE co-director Rachel Herzing and Revolution in the Air author Max Elbaum, and will feature guest speakers with expertise on some of the issues highlighted above.

Space in Unraveling the Right will be limited. If you’re interested in the participating, please take a moment to fill out the below application form thoroughly by July 1, so we can get a sense of who you are and why you are interested in taking this class. 

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While everyone should feel free to apply for this class, preference will be given to members of people of color-led organizations and working class and people of color communities.

Sponsor: Center for Political Education

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Progressive Straw Poll Shows Sanders Leading 2020 Democrats, With Green New Deal and Medicare for All Top Priorities

 July 22, 2019 by Common Dreams

“There is no doubt that, in 2020, Democrats are better positioned to nominate an unapologetic champion for progressive values for president than we’ve been in decades.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A straw poll released Monday by Democracy for America found that Sen. Bernie Sanders remains the top 2020 presidential choice among the group’s more than one million progressive members, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren running less than seven points behind in second place.

The online survey—which opened following the first round of Democratic presidential debates last month and closed after July 17—put Sanders in first place with 32.2 percent, Warren in second with 25.8 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in third with 11.8 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden in fourth with 9.5 percent.

Warren has gained significant ground among DFA members since the previous straw poll in April, in which the Massachusetts senator earned just 11 percent support while Sanders led the pack with 40 percent.

The new poll also found that the Green New Deal and Medicare for All are far and away the two top priorities among DFA members heading into the 2020 presidential election.

Impeaching President Donald Trump ranked a distant third, according to the survey.

Charles Chamberlain, chair of DFA, said in a statement that the poll results showed “members’ support is solidifying behind three candidates committed to bold, inclusive populism and structural reform.”

“Going into the second debate, there’s little doubt that Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have momentum building behind them,” Chamberlain said. “As Bernie Sanders continues in his position as the progressive frontrunner, we’re very interested to see if he uses this debate and the all-important month of August to build up from his robust base of support or cedes ground to the rising challenges of Senators Warren and Harris.”

After landing in separate groups during the first round of Democratic presidential debates in Miami last month, DFA frontrunners Sanders and Warren are set to share the stage for the second round of debates next week in Detroit.

“While a lot will change between today and the first contests next year,” Chamberlain said, “after seeing these results, there is no doubt that, in 2020, Democrats are better positioned to nominate an unapologetic champion for progressive values for president than we’ve been in decades.”Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.

Democrats Should Unify Behind AOC, Not Pelosi

Voters want impeachment and a progressive policy agenda. House leaders have another idea.

By Cenk Uygur July 21, 2019 (wsj.com)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to reporters in the Capitol, July 18. PHOTO: J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

When people say that Democrats should unify, the part they leave out is most important: Around what? Nearly everyone in Washington seems to assume that progressives should shut up, accept their place, and unify around the status quo.

Think about what an arrogant and preposterous request that is. Progressive leaders, including our representatives in Congress, should abandon all of our policy positions and sell out our voters to please the Democratic establishment. Saying “hell no” to that would be an enormous understatement.

If Democratic leaders don’t want to fight Donald Trump, that’s their problem, not ours. We signed up to rout him and send him home. If you’re not on board with that, get out of the way and let us do it. Democratic voters were clear in 2018 that they want Mr. Trump impeached. Yet again last week Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies blocked an opportunity by tabling Rep. Al Green’s resolution.

Unlike Mr. Green, I don’t think we need to discuss President Trump’s political or racial ideology to favor impeachment. The president has clearly committed two crimes. Robert Mueller’s report outlines double-digit instances of obstruction of justice. That’s a felony. Michael Cohen confirmed that Mr. Trump worked with him to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels in violation of campaign-finance laws—a crime for which Mr. Cohen is in prison.

That’s apparently still not enough for Mrs. Pelosi. There is not a single public official doing more to protect Mr. Trump than she is. Even Attorney General William Barr couldn’t stop an impeachment inquiry if he tried. The only person who has the power to seek justice against Mr. Trump steadfastly refuses to pursue him. The only thing Mrs. Pelosi appears to be resisting is holding Mr. Trump accountable.

Democratic powder to fight Republicans is forever dry. Detention centers without any constraints? Check. Defeating an amendment to prohibit the Pentagon from housing kids at the military facilities? Check. Continuing to let Mr. Trump run roughshod through a House the Democrats control is an abdication of responsibility. Democrats have been surrendering to the GOP for as long as I have been alive. That is part of the reason we formed the Justice Democrats—because we’re sick of the nonstop capitulation. It’s time for strong Democrats. Justice is coming.

Then Mrs. Pelosi makes the absurd point that we don’t want to waste our time fighting or impeaching Trump because that would take time away from policy. What policy? She calls the Green New Deal, the “green dream or whatever.” She says she has 30-year-old “signs about single payer” in her basement but insists we aren’t ready for it.

Progressives have been asking for a vote on the minimum wage for six months. Mrs. Pelosi said she’d hold one within the first 100 hours. When she didn’t, the rationale was that some conservative Democrats objected. So what? Let them vote no and it’ll pass easily anyway. We were right. After enormous pressure by progressives, finally the House voted Thursday. Only six Democrats opposed it.

So Mrs. Pelosi allowed six corporate Democrats to hold up that legislation for six months—but God forbid a progressive Democrat ever objects to leadership. Then we’ll have a national controversy over how insolent young progressive women are.

The overwhelming majority of Democratic voters want to fight Mr. Trump and pass progressive priorities. If the Democrats unify around anything, it should be around their voters, who clearly prefer the positions of Justice Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If the pundits really believe in unity—as opposed to submission to the establishment—they will support the logical conclusion that the Democratic Party should unify around AOC, not Mrs. Pelosi.

Mr. Uygur is creator and a co-host of “The Young Turks” and a co-founder of the Justice Democrats.

Democrats defeat a resolution to impeach Donald Trump despite claiming he’s unfit for office. Image: Reuters

This U.K. Whistleblower Almost Stopped the Iraq Invasion. A New Film Tells Her Story

Democracy Now! Published on Jul 19, 2019

In 2003, Katharine Gun, a young specialist working for Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, exposed a highly confidential memo that revealed the United States’ collaboration with Britain in collecting sensitive information on United Nations Security Council members in order to pressure them into supporting the Iraq invasion. Gun leaked the memo to the press, setting off a chain of events that jeopardized her freedom and safety, but also opened the door to putting the entire legality of the Iraq invasion on trial. Acclaimed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg described Gun’s action as “the most important and courageous leak I have ever seen.” Gun’s incredible story is depicted in the new film “Official Secrets,” which premieres in the U.S. August 30. We speak with Katharine Gun; the British journalists who reported on Gun’s revelations in The Observer newspaper, Martin Bright and Ed Vulliamy; and Gavin Hood, director of “Official Secrets.”

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Amid Amazon Prime Day Protests, Sanders and Omar Lead Call for Probe of ‘Brutal and Hazardous Working Conditions’

July 16, 2019 by Common Dreams

“The reports of dangerous, dehumanizing conditions—where 125,000 Americans are working for the wealthiest man in the history of the world—are sickening.”

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer

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Democrats in Congress are demanding a federal investigation into workplace conditions at Amazon’s warehouses in the United States. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images)

As protests of Amazon’s 48-hour “Prime Day” continued Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders and a dozen House Democrats demanded a federal probe of workplace conditions employees have described as “grueling” and “unsafe.”

A letter (pdf) to the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration—spearheaded by Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)—outlines in detail the “unacceptable” conditions that hundreds of workers have reported at the warehouses operated by Amazon and its subsidiaries and contractors.

“Amazon operates more than 100 warehouses across that country that employ more than 125,000 people, yet in the last five years OSHA has reported conducting only 150 inspections of Amazon spaces and issued just 41 violations,” the letter notes. “OSHA has previously found that Amazon fails to report worker injuries and when OSHA does investigate, your agency has found instances of egregious injuries, including fractures and amputations.”

“Hold this corporate malfeasance accountable.”
—Rep. Ilhan Omar

“Owing to the breadth and severity of past violations as well as mounting public revelations of brutal and hazardous working conditions,” the letter continues, “we request that OSHA launch a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the workplace conditions at all of Amazon’s warehouses, and that any violations uncovered in the course of such investigation be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The letter was also signed by Democratic Reps. Debbie Dingell (Mich.), Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Al Green (Texas), Deb Haaland (N.M.) Ro Khanna (Calif.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Andy Levin (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

Noting the massive fortune of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that “people who work for a company owned by the wealthiest person in America should not have to risk their lives, health, or well-being on the job. They must be treated with dignity and respect.”

Omar, in the statement and on Twitter, highlighted some of the conditions that workers have reported.

“Amazon workers often work in overheated facilities without air conditioning,” she said. “They fear taking bathroom and water breaks for fear of retaliation. Workplace injuries are often ignored—sometimes leaving workers homeless or bereft of income. There are multiple reports of deaths of Amazon workers on the company’s watch.”

Urging OSHA to “hold this corporate malfeasance accountable” by launching a probe, Omar declared Amazon “a 21st century sweatshop.”

The letter from lawmakers followed Amazon workers’ strikes on Monday and calls from labor advocates for consumers to boycott the internet retailer’s two-day sale.

As Common Dreams reported Monday, “protests against the company’s business practices and support for the Trump administration’s anti-immigration agenda” were held in several cities, and came as Amazon critics voiced support for employees at a fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota who planned a work stoppage “to protest what they say are long working hours, insufficient breaks, and unrealistic packing quotas.”

Demonstrations targeting Amazon continued alongside Prime Day Tuesday, and included a march to Bezos’ house intended to pressure the company to cut ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Just Hours Before Trump Unleashed More Racist Attacks at Rally, 137 House Democrats Joined GOP to Kill Articles of Impeachment

July 18, 2019 by Common Dreams

“House Democrats are working with Republicans to avoid launching an impeachment inquiry. Let that sink in. A. Day. After. They. Condemned. Trump. For. Being. A. Racist.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters on the way to House Floor on July 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Just hours before President Donald Trump took to the stage in Greenville, North Carolina and unleashed more racist vitriol against Rep. Ilhan Omar and other progressive members of Congress, 137 House Democrats joined a united Republican caucus on Wednesday to kill articles of impeachment that sought to hold the president accountable for sparking “fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The final vote in favor of tabling the impeachment resolution, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), was 332-95-1, with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) voting present.

“We must do more. We must call out those who remain silent. We must initiate impeachment proceedings to hold him accountable.” 
—Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Democrats’ decision to kill the impeachment articles as Trump continued his racist rampage against members of Congress Wednesday night represented yet another failure by the House majority to listen to grassroots demands and take meaningful action against the president.

“House Democrats are working with Republicans to avoid launching an impeachment inquiry. Let that sink in,” tweeted progressive advocacy group Indivisible. “A. Day. After. They. Condemned. Trump. For. Being. A. Racist.”

Ahead of Wednesday’s vote, Green told reporters that it is time for Congress to confront Trump’s bigotry.

“This president has demonstrated that he’s willing to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” said Green, “and we have seen what can happen to people when bigotry is allowed to have a free rein.”

After the articles of impeachment were tabled with the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Trump celebrated the vote during his rally Wednesday night, just before his supporters erupted in racist “Send her back” chants against Omar.

The president made it a point to thank the Democrats who joined the House GOP to kill the resolution.

“Many of them voted for us,” Trump said. “The vote was a totally lopsided 332 to 95 to 1.”

Following Trump’s North Carolina rally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—said Democrats must go beyond merely calling out the president’s racism, as the House did Tuesday with a resolution condemning his attacks on Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).

“This president is desperate. Calling out his racism, xenophobia, and misogyny is imperative,” Warren tweeted. “But he’s trying to divide us and distract from his own crimes, and from his deeply unpopular agenda of letting the wealthy and well-connected rip off the country. We must do more.”

“We must call out those who remain silent,” the senator added. “We must initiate impeachment proceedings to hold him accountable. And we must build an unstoppable grassroots movement that resoundingly defeats not just Trump, but complicit Republicans everywhere.”

Tlaib, one of the most outspoken supporters of impeaching Trump, tweetedWednesday night, “It’s time, folks.”

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