“Time to Act Now” Roger Hallam | Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion Published on Aug 13, 2019 

Roger Hallam giving a talk in Penzance, Cornwall, speaking about Extinction Rebellion, the climate emergency and the ecological crisis all around the world. Let’s stop pretending and ACT NOW. If you believe we need to do something about the climate crisis join us in October for the international Rebellion. In October 2018, we declared The Rebellion. In April 2019, we declared The Emergency. In October 2019, we will declare The Truth. Starting on Monday 7 October, we are joining together as global family in an International Rebellion as we grieve the suffering and destruction of our beautiful homeworld. We will gather with our communities across cities, countries, and continents, to rise up and rebel for our deep love of life and the need to protect it.

Filming: Senara Wilson Hodges https://OnTheBeachProductions.co.uk Join the rebellion: https://Rebellion.Earth/ 1. #TellTheTruth 2. #ActNow 3. #BeyondPolitics World Map of Extinction Rebellion Groups: http://bit.ly/2wri78B Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ExtinctionR…

“Something Drastic Has To Happen” Roger Hallam | BBC HardTalk | Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion
Published on Aug 17, 2019

Roger Hallam talks with Stephen Sackur from BBC HardTalk about the need to ACT NOW.

If you believe we need to do something about the climate crisis join us in October for the international Rebellion.

In October 2018, we declared The Rebellion.
In April 2019, we declared The Emergency.
In October 2019, we will declare The Truth.

Starting on Monday 7 October, we are joining together as global family in an International Rebellion as we grieve the suffering and destruction of our beautiful homeworld.

We will gather with our communities across cities, countries, and continents, to rise up and rebel for our deep love of life and the need to protect it.

Join the rebellion: https://Rebellion.Earth/

  1. #TellTheTruth
  2. #ActNow
  3. #BeyondPolitics
    World Map of Extinction Rebellion Groups: http://bit.ly/2wri78B
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe…
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ExtinctionR…

Fix the Electoral College — Or Scrap It

“Faithless electors” are the least of its problems.

By The Editorial Board (NYTimes.com)

The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

  • Aug. 30, 2019
CreditCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad, Photograph by Getty Images

If you were looking for the perfect distillation of how dysfunctional the American system of electing the president is, it would be hard to top last week’s federal appeals court ruling allowing “electors” — the members of the Electoral College — to vote for whomever they want, rather than the candidate they were pledged to support.

“Wait,” you might say, “someone I’ve never even heard of can just throw out my vote for president?”

Well, yes. Or maybe not.

First some background: Micheal Baca was a Democratic elector in Colorado in 2016, pledged to Hillary Clinton, who won the state. Mr. Baca believed Mr. Trump’s electoral victory posed an existential threat to the country, so he began a campaign, with a Democraticelector in Washington State, to persuade electors of both parties to break their pledges and vote for someone they might agree was qualified for the job — like John Kasich, the former Ohio governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate. If there were enough“faithless electors,” either Mr. Kasich would be president or the electoral vote would be deadlocked and the election thrown to the House.

While almost no one else joined Mr. Baca’s cause, he cast his ballot for Mr. Kasich anyway, in symbolic protest. In doing so he broke a Colorado law requiring electors pledged to the person who wins the state’s popular vote to cast their ballot for that candidate. The state replaced him with an elector who voted for Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Bacasued, saying that Colorado’s law — similar to those in more than two dozen states — violated his right to cast his electoral vote however he chose, as the framers intended.

Citing Alexander Hamilton’s dictum that the College ensured that “the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications,” Mr. Baca and his allies called themselves “Hamilton electors.”

The Aug. 20 ruling from a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver, backed up his constitutional claim.

The decision was the reverse of a ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court in May that upheld that state’s law imposing a fineof $1,000 on three faithless electors, including Mr. Baca’s ally. That court noted that the Constitution gives states near-total authorityover electors.

If the United States Supreme Court steps in to resolve the conflicting rulings, it will of course note that Hamilton’s vision has not been a reality for more than 200 years. After electors unanimously chose the nonpartisan George Washington in the first two elections, national political parties developed and electors became partisan actors who voted for their party’s candidate.

In other words, electors aren’t distinguished citizens weighing whether the people have made a wise decision on their presidential ballot; they are men and women chosen because of their partisan loyalty. So it’s understandable that after years of tightly contested elections, Americans are aghast that an elector would dare to substitute his judgment for the will of the people.

But even if Mr. Baca were to win a Supreme Court ruling, not much would change. Outside of a few scattered symbolic protests, electors are almost never truly faithless, even when there’s no law stopping them. Consider the 2000 election, when George W. Bush won states representing 271 electoral votes — just one more than the minimum he needed to prevail. Despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore, Mr. Bush didn’t lose a single elector.

If states were forbidden from determining how their electors vote, parties would only be more careful about vetting prospective electors.

The point is that faithless electors are not the real problem. What really disregards the will of the people is the winner-take-all rule currently used by every state but Maine and Nebraska. Giving all electors to the winner of the statewide popular vote erases the votes of citizens in the political minority — say, the 4.5 million people who voted for Donald Trump in California, or the 3.9 millionwho voted for Hillary Clinton in Texas. Nationwide, this was the fate of 55 million people in 2016, or 42 percent of the country’s electorate.

The winner-take-all rule encourages campaigns to focus on closely divided battleground states, where a swing of even a few hundredvotes can move a huge bloc of electors — creating presidents out of popular-vote losers, like George W. Bush and Donald Trump. This violates the central democratic (or, if you prefer, republican) premises of political equality and majority rule.

What most people don’t realize is that the winner-take-all rule exists nowhere in the Constitution. It’s a pure creation of the states. They can award their electors by congressional district, as Maine and Nebraska do, or in proportion to the state’s popular vote, as several states have considered.

Or they could award them to the candidate who wins the most votes nationwide, regardless of the state outcome. That’s the elegant approach of the National Popular Vote interstate compact, which achieves a popular vote not by abolishing the College but by using it as the framers designed it — as a state-based institution. So far 15 states and the District of Columbia, with 196 electoral votes among them, have joined the compact, promising to award their electors to the national vote-winner. The compact goes into effect once it is joined by states representing 270 electoral votes — the bare majority needed to become president — thus guaranteeing the White House to the candidate who won the most votes.

Critics say that relying on the popular vote would allow the presidency to be decided by the big cities on the coasts, but big cities don’t come close to having enough votes to swing a national election. At the same time, the Electoral College doesn’t do any of the things its defenders claim it does. For example, it doesn’t force candidates to win nationwide support, and it doesn’t protect smaller states, since winner-take-all rules give far more influence to larger states, especially battlegrounds.

It’s unlikely that battleground states will abandon winner-take-all on their own, since it would lessen their political power. But right now a constitutional amendment to eliminate it would be as unlikely as one eliminating the Electoral College itself. Despite more than 700 proposals for amendments to reform or abolish the Electoral College — by far the most of any provision of the Constitution — it has remained.

The College has survived not because it makes sense, but because one party or the other has believed it gives them an advantage. That may be smart politics, but it’s terrible for a democracy.

More Times commentary on the Electoral CollegeOpinion | The Editorial BoardLet the People Pick the PresidentNov. 7, 2017Opinion | Jamelle BouieThe Electoral College Is the Greatest Threat to Our DemocracyFeb. 28, 2019Opinion | The Editorial BoardTime to End the Electoral CollegeDec. 19, 2016

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Follow The New York Times Opinion section on FacebookTwitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram.  Correction: Aug. 30, 2019

An earlier version of this editorial referred imprecisely to how the winner of a presidential contest would be determined under the national popular vote interstate compact. The office would go to the candidate winning the most votes, not necessarily a numerical majority.

Tipping Point: UN Biodiversity Chief Warns Burning of Amazon Could Lead to ‘Cascading Collapse of Natural Systems’

August 30, 2019 by Common Dreams

“If we don’t work together, we are going to die together.”

by Julia Conley, staff writer

The fires engulfing the Amazon rain forest are a sign that the Earth is approaching an environmental and ecological “tipping point” that all of humanity must work together to avoid, the U.N.’s top biodiversity expert said Friday. (Photo: ©Victor Moriyama/Greenpeace)

Unless world governments, consumers, and businesses all work together to address the root causes of the current burning of the Amazon rain forest, the Arctic, and forests in the Congo and Angola, the planet will continue careening toward a point of no return, the U.N.’s top biodiversity expert said Friday.  

Cristiana Paşca Palmer, executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, called the fires that have torn through more than 1,300 square miles of the Amazon this year “extraordinarily concerning.”

“But it is not just the Amazon,” she told The Guardian. “We’re also concerned with what’s happening in other forests and ecosystems, and with the broader and rapid degradation of nature.”

“We need to address the root causes. Even if the amount involved in extinguishing fires in rainforests was a billion or 500 million dollars, we won’t see an improvement unless more profound structural changes are taking place. We need a transformation in the way we consume and produce.” 
—Cristiana Paşca Palmer, U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity

The Amazon fires themselves are a sign, Paşca Palmer said, that “we are moving towards the tipping points that scientists talk about that could produce cascading collapses of natural systems.”

Green groups have largely blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the fires, pointing to his encouragement of what one indigenous leader called “predatory behavior” of loggers, ranchers, and miners who want to clear forests for their industrial use.

World governments and philanthropists have offered tens of millions of dollars to help save the rain forest, often called the “lungs of the Earth” because of the amount of oxygen its trees produce, but Paşca Palmer emphasized that a paradigm shift is needed in how the world approaches biodiversity and ecosystems.

“We need to address the root causes,” Paşca Palmer said. “Even if the amount involved in extinguishing fires in rainforests was a billion or 500 million dollars, we won’t see an improvement unless more profound structural changes are taking place. We need a transformation in the way we consume and produce.”

Helping to protect the world’s pollinators by ending the use of harmful pesticides, cutting fossil fuel emissions to net zero by 2030 to avoid a catastrophic warming of the planet by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and ending habitat destruction through deforestation and other human activities, are all necessary to maintain the Earth’s biodiversity, the U.N. panel led by Paşca Palmer says.  

Paşca Palmer pointed to robust biodiversity programs in Costa Rica and Colombia as models for the rest of the world when they meet for an upcoming biodiversity summit in Kunming, China next year.

Costa Rica’s government has offered payments to landowners for preserving forests and planting trees, while Colombia has nearly doubled its federally protected lands in recent years.  

“I hope this will have a snowball effect,” said Paşca Palmer. “It’s a growing movement. I feel that now the heads of state are embracing this, we have a good signal.”

On social media, Extinction Rebellion Ireland expressed support for Paşca Palmer’s message, writing, “If we don’t work together, we are going to die together.”

Climate campaigner Tony Juniper called the U.N. official’s comments “a timely reminder that nature underpins the human world.”

“It is vital to embed ecological recovery at the heart of our economic system,” wrote Juniper, “a reality that must be reflected in actual policy and spending decisions.”

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Open Letter From College Professors Urges Educators Worldwide to Cancel Class, Join Global Climate Strike

August 30, 2019 by Common Dreams

“We risk losing credibility with an entire generation of students if we cannot take action in support of the defining cause of their generation.”

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Students take part in a climate rally in London's Parliament Square

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

Highlighting an open letter now co-signed by 175 teachers that urges educators around the world to cancel classes and join the global climate strike scheduled for Sept. 20, two of the original signatories published an op-ed in The Guardian Friday explaining why striking “in the name of climate justice is a resounding endorsement of learning.”

“We educators need to help strengthen the climate movement, and the start of this school year is an important moment.”
—Jonathan Isham and Lee Smithey, U.S. professors

In the op-ed, Jonathan Isham of Middlebury College and Lee Smithey of Swarthmore College acknowledge the lessons they have learned about the human-caused climate emergency from their own students, youth leaders like Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, and the millions of people who have participated in Fridays for Future demonstrations across the globe.

“No educator is able to join Greta Thunberg as she continues her bold Atlantic crossing, but all of us can follow her lead,” they write, referencing the 16-year-old’s recent trip to the United States via an emissions-free vessel. “We risk losing credibility with an entire generation of students if we cannot take action in support of the defining cause of their generation.”

The professors note that “some educators—and their bosses—might object to striking,” and outline a few reasons why that may be the case. However, they argue, “to strike in the name of climate justice is a resounding endorsement of learning: it turns out the world’s youth have been listening to their teachers all along. They understand the science of climate disruption; they take in the lessons of history; they grapple with the complexity of market forces and the true costs of polluting. In their humanities and social science courses, they hear the voices of those at the margins and then honor their dignity and humanity through the arts.”

Pointing to record-smashing heatrapidly melting glaciers, and the legacies of colonialism and global inequality that harm people of color and other marginalized communities worldwide, they write that “it’s also undeniable that our students—all of us—have much more to learn about climate disruption and injustice.”

“That’s why, above all, we educators need to help strengthen the climate movement, and the start of this school year is an important moment,” Isham and Smithey continue. “The eyes of the world are on young people, who are demonstrating the kind of vision and determination that has not yet taken hold in halls of power the world over.”

Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org and a vocal supporter of the global strike planned for next month, shared the op-ed on Twitter Friday—writing that it is “so deeply good to see teachers mobilizing to join their students in the Sept. 20 climate strikes!”

Along with their op-ed, Isham and Smithey joined seven other professors in issuing an open letter that declares, “don’t teach, strike!” The letter calls on educators to cancel classes and contribute to local actions on Sept. 20 because “unsustainable development, powered by the fossil-fuel economy, is disrupting our global climate.”

“Let us use the power of collective action to help raise the political will necessary to tackle humanity’s greatest challenge; to learn from and inspire one another; and to support our students and all people as they use their learning to create a sustainable future for all,” the letter reads. “Above all, let us find ways to focus our collective determination on the global threat that defines this time.”

As of Friday morning, an additional 175 educators who teach at various institutions, from primary schools to prestigious universities, had signed on to the open letter.

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Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Saturday, August 31 – Thursday, September 5 (from Adrienne Fong)

Note: There will be one more listing this weekend or early next week of known upcoming events / actions. It will be the last one for a time unless there is an emergent mass action called.

FYI – Donald Trump is scheduled to be in SF for a fundraiser on Sept. 17th. Details are unknown. Will post it if there is a demo called.

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! Check Indybay for other postings.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! 

KiDS Friendly / Childcare: Include info

ARTICLES:

A. Pentagon Activates Space Command to Prepare for War in the Final Frontier  – August 29, 2019

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/08/29/pentagon-activates-space-command-prepare-war-final-frontier.html?fbclid=IwAR2ckYvnEdFbj0mOqy36e5zFeTgSEHYCJb6QEFvGr9YDKIxhjnjSKokzR8o

B. Bill introduced to allow nuclear power to qualify as a renewable energy source – August 28, 2019

https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/bill-introduced-to-allow-nuclear-power-to-qualify-as-a-renewable-energy-source-potentially-save-diablo-from-closure

C. U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions – August 28, 2019

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-warship-sails-in-disputed-south-china-sea-amid-trade-tensions/ar-AAGs1K6?ocid=spartandhp

D. Uncontacted tribes now threatened by Amazon fires  – August 28, 2019

https://www.survivalinternational.org/news/12213?fbclid=IwAR1S9FY-_Jsm9hwdDxlkO7ie5ekA7bk52_tPMlQJR78FIlfPAqZI6l93SYM

E. Families shielded from deportations due to medical issues told to leave US in 33 days

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/families-shielded-from-deportations-due-to-medical-issues-told-to-leave-us-in-33-days/ar-AAGt9Ln

ACTIONS:

1. GoFundMe: Don’t Let Killer Cops Profit

  SIGN: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/no_killer_cop_profits?source=sb_stage3_gwencarrimage_ads_fb&fbclid=IwAR3HkKn_HKkt-AM6oedj_ZdbqKutXiQqZLcvhWLKhq9bMT_tB-Tn8nYUfZs

2. Tell Twitter: Dump White Supremacists

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-twitter-dump-white-supremacists?clear_id=true&referrer=group-daily-kos-liberation-league&source=2019TwitterRacism_DK  

3. Denounce Trump robbing FEMA funds to lock more kids in cages

   SIGN: https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/petitions/sign-the-petition-denounce-trump-robbing-fema-funds-to-lock-more-kids-in-cages?detail=emailaction&link_id=2&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-sign-the-petition-denounce-trump-robbing-fema-funds-to-lock-more-kids-in-cages-3&email_referrer=email_606363&email_subject=sign-the-petition-denounce-trump-robbing-fema-funds-to-lock-more-kids-in-cages

EVENTS

Saturday, August 30 – Thursday, September 5

Saturday, August 31

1. Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Rally With Danny Glover To Stop Gentrification & Stadium In Port

1034 66th Avenue

Oakland

Community rally with Danny Glover to stop gentrification and privatization of the Howard Terminal in the Port of Oakland for A’s stadium. KEEP The Stadium At The Coliseum

Host: Pacifica Radio May Day Broadcast

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/657975374686963/

2. Saturday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Culmination: Month of Momentum 30 Days of ActiontoClosetheCamps

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

630 Sansome St.

SF

After 30 days of daily protests outside ICE to close the camps, we invite EVERYONE to attend a culminating protest on Saturday, August 31 at Noon.

Music by:
•Emma’s Revolution – https://emmasrevolution.com
•Diana Gameros – https://www.dianagameros.com
•Betsy Rose & Bonnie Lockhart – https://www.betsyrosemusic.org
•La Peña Chorus (with Lichi Fuentes) – https://www.lapenachorus.org

Speakers:
•Maria Xiomara Dorsey, Idle No More
•Sandy Valenciano, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
•Frankie Free Ramos, Bay Area Boricuas
•Others TBA

And food

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2369611056425319/

3. Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Alternative Facts Screening & Panel

Berkeley Methodist United Church

1710 Carleton St.

Berkeley

Suggested Donation: $5.00

Nikkei Resisters presents ”ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066” –

a screening of this award-winning documentary detailing the fallacies and political motives that led to the incarceration of around 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Furthermore, the film draws various parallels to the current sociopolitical climate of fear, xenophobia, and abuses of power. 

After the screening, we will be facilitating a short panel discussion featuring the film’s director John Osaki and narrator Joseph Tsuboi. They will be joined by a Gala King, Faith Community Organizer for the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, who will be sharing and contributing to the discussion a parallel narrative to that of the film – bridging relevance and action to issues currently faced by immigrant communities.

Hosts: Nikkei Resisters & Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/868763430166633/

4. Saturday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Fascists March on Revolution Books…Again. We will not be intimidated! – Meeting

Revolution Books – Berkeley

2444 Durant Ave.

Berkeley

In the last couple years, a bunch of vile know-nothing pro-Trump fascists have repeatedly attacked Revolution Books and even threatened to burn it down! And now, once again this Sunday, Sept. 1, they’re marching on Revolution Books.

Come discuss: Why are the fascists attacking Revolution Books? Why are we not in the streets to 
STOP fascism and white supremacy? What can we learn from the people in Puerto Rico and Hong Kong? What is fascism, what is communism, and why are they completely opposed and worlds apart? 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/29/18825816.php

5. Saturday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Movie & Dinner Fundraiser for the Sept. 16th Action

2969 Mission St. (nr. 24th St. BART)

SF

Donation of $10 requested.

a dinner and film, the classic “El Norte” by Gregorio Nava.

This is a fundraiser for the Sept. 16 March and Rally
to demand “Free the Children!”
Call 415-821-6545 or send us a message on our Facebook page, “A Day With Out Immigrants SF.”

Host: A Day With Out Immigrants SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/412648316030090/

Sunday, September 1

6. Sunday, 8:00am – 12Noon, Clean Up, Get Ready for Strike Art

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace

23 Maine Ave.

Richmond

See item # 15


1.5 miles from Richmond BART, nice bike ride, but far to walk. If you need a ride from Richmond BART post a comment. If you are driving and can pick someone up please check comments and let’;s see if we can self-organize for public transit non-bikers.

Help get ready for a busy month of climate strike art builds; clean containers and brushes from recent street murals to prep for climate strike murals, and some general clean up to prepare for many climate strike art builds. 
And help make 200 gallons of clay paint!

NEEDS: 
Containers: We need donations of LOTS yogurt-type containers (w lids if you have them) and small buckets street murals, 
Towels to for use rags
Pop up shade structures for outdoor art building, they will get heavy use in Sept and beyond, so looking for donations from folks who may not need/use, rather than loans.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/488450468674878/

7. Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Fascists Out of Berkeley!

Meet at:

People’s Park – Berkeley

2556 Haste St.

Berkeley

We will rally there and march to Sproul Plaza at noon.

Join us to protest the normalization of white supremacy. We will gather on Sunday, September 1st at 10am at People’s Park in Berkeley to confront a rally of fascists in MLK JR. Civic Center Park. Food Not Bombs will prepare a vegetarian lunch and we will provide a manual wheelchair for use by people with disabilities.

Amber Cummings, a known fascist organizer is planning a rally, “No to Marxism in America” in Berkeley, CA It is critical that the people of the greater Bay Area show up to resist their hateful actions and rhetoric. The ideology and presence of fascist forces are on the rise not only in the United States but around the globe.

Domestically, the U.S. government is carrying out the imprisonment of tens of thousands of Latin American migrants and refugees at the southern border who are escaping war and terror in their countries created by the imperialist policies of the United States. In the Bay Area alone there are over 55,000 homeless people living on the streets. We will mobilize against the fascists and we will not forget the daily oppression of working people.

If you would like to co-sponsor this event or if you have an accessibility request, please email wewontgo@riseup.net

Sponsor: Fascist Out of Berkeley

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/peoples-park-berkeley/fascists-out-of-berkeley/1350284358454691/   or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/28/18825783.php?show_comments=1&fbclid=IwAR21hqHFXNphpgvHqdRSqbKqdTDLpwZ_OxSApGrRKcqBQNBxedA12j6_GUA#18825792

8. Sunday, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Fascists March on Revolution Books…Again. We Will Not Be Intimidated

Revolution Books – Berkeley

2444 Durant Ave.

Berkeley

In the last couple years, a bunch of pro-Trump fascists have repeatedly attacked Revolution Books and even threatened to burn it down! And now, once again this Sunday, Sept. 1, they’re marching on Revolution Books.

Come Sunday, starting at 11:30 a.m. to defend and stand with Revolution Books when this “No to Marxism” march comes by. Calling all poets, writers, authors: Come do a reading at the bookstore on Sunday!

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/29/18825817.php

9. Sunday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Santa Rita Jail Support

Meet outside at:

BART – Lake Merritt

800 Madison St.

Oakland

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

Let us know you’ll be there sending us a text at (510) 686-3284.

Prisons function to repress, warehouse and extract labor from primarily those of us who are Black or poor. 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: Anti Police – Terror Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/930344187316196/

10. Sunday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Pre Jimmy Dore show #FreeAssange #FreeManning

Marines’ Memorial Theater

609 Sutter St.

SF

Accessibility:

The Marines’ Memorial Theatre does not have an elevator to the Balcony. For assistance with accessible seating, please contact City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

Join us at the Jimmy Dore Show LIVE! We’ll be out front PRE-show at 6:30pm with signs and sign up list to #FreeAssangeNOW #FreeManning. Help educate the public on this issue vital to save jailed, innocent journalists’ lives.

After our pre-show event, Jimmy’s show starts at 7:30 and requires a ticket $15-

   Tickets:  https://www.cityboxoffice.com/ordertickets.asp?p=11041&src=eventperformances

Jimmy Dore Show Live is an irreverent take on today’s headlines and hypocrites.

The Jimmy Dore Show can be seen on YouTube and heard on the Pacifica Radio Network powered by the people for the people.

Pre-show sponsor: Bay Action 2 Free Assange

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/27/18825738.php

Monday, September 2

11. Monday, 9:00am – 12Noon, SEIU UHW Labor Day Action/Rally

Mosswood Park

3612 Webster

Oakland

“Corporate Healthcare is Making America Sick”

Following the 30-minute rally, workers will march to the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 3600 Broadway in Oakland, where dozens of them are expected to engage in civil disobedience by blocking an intersection near the facility.

Kaiser Permanente is a “non-profit” healthcare corporation that has abandoned its mission to serve communities in favor of earning massive profits and enriching top executives. While those executives and the corporation’s bank account thrive, Kaiser is raising prices for patients, undermining quality healthcare, refusing to bargain in good faith, and attacking the frontline healthcare workers who have made it successful. Now Kaiser is just like any other for-profit corporate provider and part of the problem with healthcare in America. 

“We reject what Kaiser has become. Our fight is for quality healthcare and the good, middle-class jobs America needs. It’s time for Kaiser to get back on track and join us.”

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2314954991892968/permalink/2354880427900424/

12. Monday, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Oakland: Labor Day Rally for Healthcare Justice at Kaiser

3612 Webster

Oakland

Thousands of SEIU-UHW members across the state are publicly rejecting Kaiser’s greed and hypocrisy this Labor Day — protesting against Kaiser’s unfair labor practices and demanding a new contract that protects our futures, families, and patients.

Kaiser is making record profits and gave the CEO a 60% raise to $16 million a year. But when it comes to us, the healthcare workers who help patients thrive, Kaiser is bargaining in bad faith and demanding unprecedented cuts in our next contract.

Hosts: seiu-uhw + 2 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1183485711824932/

13. Monday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Bay Area Labor Day

Snow Park

1900 Harrison St.

Oakland

Close to 20th Street BART – public transportation encouraged

Free

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/four-counties-celebrating-labor-day-together-tickets-67490250155?can_id=bb7b4999866cf58138236744749a8697&source=email-contra-costa-labor-council-newsletter&email_subject=contra-costa-labor-council-newsletter&email_referrer=email_587397&link_id=0&aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR17vRPhhfKblHkDXOlPBR96x-aQNSAyJ_m0MS0jRAVSKSz0RazN37cY7-4

We will also start our day at Mosswood Park – in support of SEIU-UHW’s action and then march the 1.4 miles from Mosswood to Snow Park (down Broadway, to 20th Street, and the Park).

Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and San Mateo Labor Councils are hosting this fun day in the Park, with music, activities for the kids, and entertainment for all – with a few powerful speakers to inspire the work we do! Join us!

We will have food available but you can also bring your own picnic – and, find a place on the recently renovated and beautiful park abutting Lake Merritt.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2440462042896447/

Tuesday, September 3

14. 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 and in other countries – like the Philippines

All are welcome to 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.

15. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Climate Strike Art Build

Bridge Storage and ArtSpace

23 Maine Ave.

Richmond

This first build will include making Climate Strike art to be shipped to the anti_Line 3 Pipeline movement in Minnesota.

CLIMATE STRIKE ART BUILDS
We will make art for the Climate Strike mass actions on Sept 20-27, including the two major events: 
Youth Vs Apocalypse-led action in San Francisco on Fri Sept 20, 10am, Federal Building7th and Mission, SF
https://www.facebook.com/events/2857619404280511/

Strike for Climate Justice! Wed Sept 25, 7am-5pm: Mass nonviolent direct action and street murals
https://www.facebook.com/events/370245703647109/

Wear Painting clothes. Some art building will be outdoors and in the sun, so bring sun protection and water. Snacks/drinks to share welcome. 
Sign up for ongoing Bay Area climate justice art build announcements: ART BUILDS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE & A BETTER WORLD

NEEDS: 
Containers: We need donations of LOTS yogurt-type containers (w lids if you have them) and small buckets street murals, 
Towels to for use rags
Pop up shade structures for outdoor art building, they will get heavy use in Sept and beyond, so looking for donations from folks who may not need/use, rather than loans.

Host: Climate Justice SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/607675113096725/

Wednesday, September 4

16. 6:00pm, Food Not Bombs

The food sharing at the 16th/Mission BART Plaza is on Wednesday.

We will have a Free Fresh Farm Stand every Wednesday at 6 PM. No home cooked meal this week

We always need volunteers.  More information here: https://sffnb.org/serving-schedule/

Please contact us at sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net with any ideas or offers of additional cookhouses.

17. Wednesday, 6:00pm- 8:00pm, San Francisco Driscoll Boycott Global Day of Action

Whole Foods – Noe Valley

3950 24th Street

SF

Join in solidarity with the San Quintin farm workers, with the Boycott Driscoll’s Global Day of Action.

San Francisco- Global Day of Action in Defense of Trade Union Rights in Mexico
Call For Actions Around The World Against Rockwell Automation & Driscolls
Stop USMCA NOW!
From Matamoros and Tecate to San Quintin:

– Stop the Firings of Union Organizers!

– Contracts with Independent Unions Now!

– Rehire All Fired Workers with Back Pay!
(additional picketing at Rockwell in San Jose Ca)

Help us encourage Whole Foods customers not to purchase Driscoll’s and Andrew & Williamson Berries and speak out against unfair labor practices! Help farm workers by using your consumer power!

Signs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!

Sponsored in the US by San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Sacramento Labor Council, AFL-CIO; LIUNA Local 270; Sacramento Chapter, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFL-CIO; and Binational Campaign Against “Free Trade,” Privatizations and Deportations; UPWA.info.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2442523235837179/

18. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Strike for Climate Justice Kick-off Organizing Meeting

Omni Commons

4799 Shattuck Ave.

Oakland


RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/strike-for-climate-justice-kick-off-organizing-meeting/

This September, millions of people will take collective action to demand climate justice. In San Francisco, we’re organizing a mass non-violent direct action on September 25th to confront the corporations and governments responsible for this crisis.

Join us for the KICK-OFF MEETING on September 4th

Learn what’s planned in the Bay Area for Climate Strike week, and how to plug in and take powerful action at Wall St West!

Called for by Idle No More SF Bay, The Society of Fearless Grandmothers, Extinction Rebellion SF Bay, Diablo Rising Tide and the 1000 Grandmothers Bay Area.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/386239248741967/

19. Wednesday, 7:30pm – 10:00pm, Writers for Migrant Justice: San Francisco

Green Apple Books on the Park

1231 9th Ave.

SF

Free

Tickets / Donation: https://www.gofundme.com/f/writers-for-migrant-justice?fbclid=IwAR1FgB4aRgkKR2tCdOtHSdEvLM_-2JbTeWYPHoM7DB-2Ku0DolWWZ7z8C84

Part of a nationwide campaign organized by writers Javier Zamora, Jan-Henry Gray, Anni Liu, and Christopher Soto, Writers for Migrant Justice is hosting a San Francisco reading featuring:

Chris Feliciano Arnold
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Juliana Delgado Lopera
Maw Shein Win

Please come out to Green Apple Books on the Park (9th Ave. location) and/or donate at the link below to help us raise funds to post bail and provide ongoing support to detained migrants!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/450556998874550/

Thursday, September 5

20. Thursday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, SF March on Global Day of Action for the Amazon

Meet at:

Brazilian Consulate

300 Montgomery St.

SF 

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/sf-march-on-global-day-of-action-for-the-amazon-2?zipcode=94115&country=US

At noon on Thursday September 5, – the Global Day of Action for The Amazon we will assemble at the Brazilian consulate in San Francisco to denounce the policies and practices of the Bolsonaro administration that have directly led to a massive increase in fires in the Amazon and on indigenous lands. We will stand in solidarity with the people of the Amazon and call for immediate action to put out the fires, protect indigenous lands and indigenous rights and END the illegal deforestation of the Amazon.

We will then march to the offices of BlackRock at 400 Howard street. to protest their financing of Amazon destruction.

Host: Amazon Watch

Info: https://actionnetwork.org/events/sf-march-on-global-day-of-action-for-the-amazon-2?zipcode=94115&country=US

AI WEIWEI FEARS REPEAT OF TIANANMEN PROTESTS IN HONG KONG

August 20 2019, 20:09 (moc.media)

Analysts think a full-blown crackdown on protests is unlikely, but the former British colony that was returned to China in 1997 is gripped by fear

Ai Weiwei (upi.com)

Watching the Hong Kong protests from afar, Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei fears the worst: a brutal crackdown on protests as it was in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989, Artdaily learnt from AFP.

“I don’t think any prediction is too big,” the 61-year-old artist told AFP in an interview. China is “is a society which sacrifices anything to maintain its control.” “In 1989, the whole world was watching and the tanks crushed the students, <…> a peaceful demonstration.”

Ai says the protests have turned violent after two months and notes that Beijing has massed troops on the mainland to demonstrate its force.

Ai, who was in jail for criticising the country’s authorities, believes Beijing puts order above everything: “At the beginning of this demonstration, two months ago, I already warned that the Chinese government eventually, if they cannot make this demonstration disappear, will use violence.”

“I share their frustration,” he says about Hong Kong protesters. “I see myself as one of them, and I see them as part of me.” The situation is deteriorating “because the people are so frustrated” and police began to use tear gas and batons.

“They should defend ‘one country, two systems’. They should not let Hong Kong’s freedom disappear. And the only way they can do that is to keep fighting.”

Ai Weiwei also turns attention to western countries and accuses them of fearing to oppose Beijing that would endanger their commercial interests.

“Western countries want to take advantage of China <…> the factory of the world,” he said. It is a country with “no human rights, no regulations on working conditions, no environmental concerns”. “So they shy away from talking about human rights, and I disagree with them,” Ai Weiwei said.

Calling for End of “War Against Nature,” Greta Thunberg’s Arrival in US Brings Swell of Attention to Global Climate Strike

August 29, 2019 by Common Dreams

“Something that’s really common among young people is we just aren’t given that platform. Now, Greta and millions of other kids are showing that we don’t need it handed to us. We can fight for the platform.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Children and adults wait for the arrival of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg into New York City after crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat on on August 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After two weeks of sailing, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York on Wednesday with an urgent call to action.

“The climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis, and the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. And if we don’t manage to work together to cooperate… despite our differences, then we will fail. So we need to stand together,” Thunberg told a crowd of supporters who gathered to celebrate her arrival. “Let’s not wait any longer. Let’s do it now.”

Thunberg’s lonely protest outside the Swedish parliament building last August, and her persistent activism in the months since, sparked a wave of youth-led climate demonstrations across the world and inspired the global climate strikes set to kick off in over a 150 countries next month.

Organizers expect the strikes, scheduled to begin Sept. 20, to be the largest climate demonstration since the “Fridays for Future” movement launched—and maybe ever.

“Sea levels are rising, and so are we!” activists chanted as the emissions-free boat that carried Thunberg across the Atlantic approached New York.

Thunberg’s journey by boat, which stemmed from her refusal to fly due to the carbon emissions spouted by planes, garnered significant coverage from America’s major television networks, bringing more attention to the forthcoming week of global climate action.

Upon reaching shore, Thunberg said it is “insane that a 16-year-old has to cross the Atlantic Ocean to make a stand.” But in doing so, the Swedish environmentalist galvanized young people who are eager to take to the streets and force political leaders to act on the existential threat posed by the climate crisis.

“Something that’s really common among young people is a lot of time we just aren’t given that platform,” Shiv, a college sophomore, told Earther. “Now, Greta and millions of other kids are showing that we don’t need it handed to us. We can fight for the platform that we deserve and that our voices need to be heard.”

“On the 20th, we have three main demands as part of our coalition, which is no more fossil fuels, a just transition for frontline communities and for everybody in general, as well as holding fossil fuel executives accountable,” said Shiv. “I think a really big contribution [Thunberg] had is really making young people realize that we do have power, that we have the ability to change the conversation.”

Not wasting time following her arrival in the United States, Thunberg said she is planning to take part in a climate strike outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Friday.

On Twitter, U.N. secretary-general António Guterres welcomed Thunberg to New York and applauded her commitment to confronting the planetary emergency.

“The determination and perseverance shown during your journey should embolden all of us taking part in next month’s Climate Action Summit,” said Guterres, referring to the U.N. event in New York on Sept. 23, which will come as people across the world strike for a livable future and pressure world leaders to take action in line with the urgent recommendations of the scientific community.

“We must deliver on the demands of people around the world,” Guterres said, “and address the global climate crisis.”

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Brace for impact, Washington. Progressives are going to win.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appear at a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN on July 30 in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP)

By Cenk UygurAugust 28

Cenk Uygur is the host and founder of “The Young Turks” and chief executive of TYT.

In 2016, I warned that Donald Trump could win. Right after that year’s Democratic National Convention, with Hillary Clinton peaking in the polls, I made that prediction on ABC News’s “This Week.” Several other panelists, all members of the Washington establishment, laughed. But I stuck with my view, and I told our audience on “The Young Turks” on election night: Buckle up, and brace for impact. Trump is going to be president.

Now, I have another prediction for the Washington establishment. Brace for impact: Progressives are going to win.

Why did I think Trump was going to win? Because he was a populist — a fake one, yes, but at least he was savvy enough to fake it. Whereas the Democratic Party thought it was savvy to pick the most status quo, establishment candidate it had ever picked. That was wrong then, and it’s wrong now. That thirst for anti-establishment populism is the same reason I’ve been saying from Day One in this cycle that a progressive is going to win the Democratic nomination and easily defeat Trump.

In fact, at the end of Election Day 2016, I declared that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would destroy Trump in 2020. Now an Economist-YouGov poll puts Warren within one point of former vice president Joe Biden. A Monmouth University poll has Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 20 percent, one point ahead of Biden. Biden’s lead in an average of polls has already crumbled since shortly after he announced in late April. And if Biden loses his lead, does anyone think he will retake it? Not a chance.

Neither Biden nor centrist Democratic leadership will simply admit defeat. They have plenty of money and plenty of sympathetic media voices to amplify their message. But do you really expect Biden to turn things around? He has already changed his entire strategy once. He makes huge gaffes day after day. While Warren and Sanders draw thousands, his audiences are far smaller. His campaign is gasping for breath, and we’re only in August. The Biden fade has begun. I’m not sure he will even be in the race by Iowa.This ad will end in 11 seconds

This South Carolina voter is still undecided. But she’s sure politicians need to do more than just court African American support during election cycles. (Joshua Carroll, Kate Woodsome/The Washington Post)

Pundits keep insisting that Americans want a moderate Democrat. They will even bring on figures such as Claire McCaskill to say this, even when they lost their seats running as moderate Democrats. Your bias has to be pretty thick not to see the irony of that. Do you really think it’s an accident that two of the top three candidates are the two biggest progressives in the country? Do you think it’s a coincidence that John Hickenlooper and John Delaney peaked at 2 percent? The electorate does not want a moderate or conservative Democrat, no matter how much the mainstream media tries to will it into existence.

This race now isn’t between Warren and Biden; it’s between Warren and Sanders. And for progressives, that’s a dream come true.

Why has so much of Washington failed to take Sanders and Warren seriously? Because almost everyone in power in Washington dislikes progressives and can’t believe that anyone else would ever like them. For years now, pundits, reporters and even Democratic leaders have struggled to figure out why young voters love Sanders so much when so few in Washington support him. It’s because for 40 straight years he has been fighting for the same principles: decent health care, good wages and more equality. Washington Democrats find that annoying, unmalleable and uncooperative. The rest of us see a hero who refuses to bend to the will of the establishment.

This is why we progressives are going to win: The rest of the country doesn’t like politicians, big business or big media. I know that’s a tough pill to swallow if you’re in those crowds, but it’s true. Politiciansbig media and big business all poll horribly.

TV pundits keep insisting that “the American people” want what they want. The commentators and the lobbyists want a standard, polished politician who will say one thing and do another. They find that strategic. Real Americans find it gross.

No one outside of the political and media establishments is buying what they’re selling. Look at the polls. Ninety-three percent of Americans say politicians serve their donors instead of the voters. Everyone loathes the corruption and the constant catering to the rich and powerful. Real wages for the average American worker haven’t gone up in 40 years. Americans are desperate for change.

We progressives are that change, whether Washington likes it or not. And when progressives come to clean up Washington, we actually mean it. Buckle up, and brace for impact.

‘No Time Left for Business as Usual’: Climate Activists Plan Day of Mass Civil Disobedience to #ShutDownDC

August 28, 2019 by Common Dreams

“There’s a tremendous amount of power that drives through those streets and parks next to those sidewalks and walks into those buildings. We want them to think about what they’re doing with that power.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Students cheer and chant while listening to a speaker during the Youth Climate Strike on March 15, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

Environmental activists are hoping to bring Washington, D.C. to a “gridlocked standstill” next month with a massive act of civil disobedience aimed at disrupting business as usual and getting the attention of members of Congress standing in the way of bold climate action.

The #ShutDownDC day of action, scheduled for Sept. 23, is expected to include blockades at key intersections throughout the U.S. capital, according to a press release from the coalition of advocacy groups that organized the protest.

“The severity of the issue and the complete lack of response from elected officials necessitates mass civil disobedience,” Kathleen Brophy, an organizer with 350.org, said in a statement.

The civil disobedience is expected to come during a week of youth-led global climate strikes, which are set to begin Sept. 20 and continue through Sept. 27.

Sean Haskett of the youth-led Sunrise Movement told The Guardian on Wednesday that the goal of the #ShutDownDC action is to “disrupt the workings of power.”

“There’s a tremendous amount of power that drives through those streets and parks next to those sidewalks and walks into those buildings,” said Haskett. “We want them to think about what they’re doing with that power.”

The coalition behind the protest—which includes prominent organizations such as Extinction Rebellion D.C., Movement for a People’s Party, and CodePink—acknowledged the blockades will likely “cause massive disruption to people who bear little responsibility for the climate catastrophe we are facing.”

“But we will also cause massive disruption for politicians, huge corporations, and the lobbyists who control our government,” the groups said on the website for the action. “We need to fundamentally change the power structure of the United States if we want to stop the climate crisis, and shutting down D.C. is a big step in the right direction.”

According to organizers, the D.C. action will mark the beginning of an “international wave of citywide climate shutdowns” in major cities across the world, including London, Paris, and Berlin.

“There’s no time left for business as usual; the climate crisis is here,” the D.C. coalition said. “This is the mass uprising that everyone with climate anxiety has been waiting for. This is an uprising for life itself, fighting back against the forces of destruction.”

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