Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Friday, 8/23 – Monday, 8/26 (from Adrienne Fong)

Am 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! Check Indybay for other postings.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! 

KiDS Friendly / Childcare: Please include info

ARTICLES:

A. Brazil’s Amazon Fires Highlight The Threat Of Deregulation Amid Climate Change  – August 22, 2019

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/brazil-amazon-rainforest-fire-climate-change_n_5d5dc2b5e4b02cc97c87eb98?fbclid=IwAR3RBBWveIxq-nW8h_mdD7Ds-vT1Qy3me3u3J0cCj99Sy-_tOVWYejTFPD4

  See action # 2

B. Big data company Palantir renews its controversial contract with ICE that is worth nearly $50 million – August 21, 2019

https://www.businessinsider.com/palantir-renews-ice-government-contract-gotham-amid-protests-2019-8?fbclid=IwAR057QKBxcKBkU4T6vNraiHJ3HP0C36ClrGvCyXfp53TfPmhPFNfuqpZ4n8

  See event # 4

C. Is Tokyo 2020 Olympics Safe from Fukushima Radiation ? Boycott 2020 Olympics? – YouTube – 10min.

D. Troops Who Deployed to the US-Mexico Border Are Getting a Medal – August 19

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/08/19/troops-who-deployed-us-mexico-border-are-getting-medal.html

E. Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention  – YouTube – 3 min.

   See action # 1

4 ACTIONS:

1. San Francisco Against Child Detentions

  SIGN: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTN1L-gu_pBH2xebpDLHotMi19Rf9epdD5Is3a-ZdPYTOg3Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

   H.R. 2407 will ensure that United States financial assistance is not used by the government of Israel to support the ill-treatment of Palestinian children detained by military forces and prosecuted in Israeli military courts without basic fair trial protections.

2. Demand BlackRock stop financing Amazon destruction!

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-demand-blackrock-stop-financing-amazon-destruction?source=2019BlackRockJA_RAN&referrer=group-rainforest-action-network

3. Reject Trump’s plan to discriminate against transgender Americans

  SIGN: https://action.eqca.org/page/s/trump-transgender-discrimination?source=MS_EM_PET_2019.08.22_B1_transgender-discrimination_X__F1_S1_C1__all

  This is being heard at the Supreme Court 

4. Tell Facebook: Don’t help the government spy on us

  SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/social-media-spies?t=5&referring_akid=33728.21110.d6lKBk

EVENTS

Friday, August 23 – Monday, August 26

Friday, August 23

1. Friday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, From Warsaw to Palestine to the Rio Grande

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

630 Sansome St.

SF

As part of the Month of Momentum, 30 Days of Action to Close the Camps, JVP, SURJ and IJAN are jointly organizing an action’

Join us in making the connection between the forced displacement of asylum seekers and refugees coming into the US and their confinement in US concentration camps with the on-going forced displacement of the Palestinian people, as a result of the founding and on-going colonization of Palestine by the state of Israel, and the confining of Palestinian people into walled ghettos, refugee camps and the large concentration camp of Gaza.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/502080200600197/

2. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm,  Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – 156th  Week!

Hall of Injustice

850 Bryant St.

SF

DEMAND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

All are invited to join us (Even if it’s for a few minutes) to demand that District Attorney George Gascon charge police officers with murder. Stand with ALL families who have lost loved ones to police murders. This is a movement towards police accountability. If we keep accepting the way things are, we’ll, never make any true progress that benefits the people. Since Gascon has been the DA in San Francisco, he has not charged any police officers.

Calling for Justice for:

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

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

Host: Mother’s on the March

3. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Vigil for Democracy at Speaker Pelosi’s SF Office (Daily event, even on weekends till Sept. 8th)

SF Federal Building

90 7th Street

SF

The Vigil for Democracy is taking place at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office  during the August congressional recess (July 29 – September 8, 2019). Participants are calling for a removal of corrupt criminals from all three branches of our government, and immediate lawmaking to protect our lives and liberty.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/985722828427772/?event_time_id=985722911761097

4. Friday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Emergency Palantir Mass Mobilization #StopICETerror

Palantir Headquarters

100 Hamilton Ave.

Palo Alto

Do you need help with rides from SF or East Bay? Message our facebook page. We’re setting up carpools.

EMERGENCY MASS MOBILIZATION. THE COALITION TO CLOSE THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS BAY AREA IS CALLING ON ALL THOSE THAT DENOUNCE AND REBUKE PALANTIR’S SHAMELESS ESCALATION TO IMMEDIATELY MOBILIZE THIS FRIDAY AT PALANTIR HQ IN PALO ALTO AT 4 PM FOR AN EMERGENCY ACTION

Palantir has renewed its ICE Investigative Case Management contract that allows ICE, the CIA, and more to track individuals’ every move until 2022.

On Tuesday morning, it was revealed that ICE’s Gotham Investigative Case Management contract with Palantir, originally set to expire on Sept 25, has been renewed through 2022.

Though the immigrant deportation and detention is just one part of its reign of terror, Palantir earns millions of dollars through its contracts with ICE. Through its facilitation of state surveillance, Palantir is enabling fascism.

According to research published by The Intercept, “ICM specifically allows ICE agents to access a vast “ecosystem” of data to facilitate immigration officials in both discovering targets and then creating and administering cases against them. The system provides its users access to intelligence platforms maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and an array of other federal and private law enforcement entities. It can provide ICE agents access to information on a subject’s schooling, family relationships, employment information, phone records, immigration history, foreign exchange program status, personal connections, biometric traits, criminal records, and home and work addresses.”

The Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps-Bay Area condemns the renewal of the contract between Palantir and ICE for the use of the Gotham Investigative Case Management system. Our coalition of over 20 migrant rights and activists organizations have united for the goal of abolishing ICE and freeing communities impacted by the surveillance state that entities like Palantir have helped create.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1310400189125923/?active_tab=discussion   or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/21/18825567

5. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, SF Forum: Down with the Racist Prison System!

PSL

2969 Mission St.

SF

$3-10 donation, no one turned awa. 
Refreshments provided.

 Wheelchair accessible.

Black August commemorates the prison struggles of the early 1970s and other defining moments in the Black liberation struggle. August 21 marks the 48th anniversary of the 1971 San Quentin prison rebellion that ended with the assassination of revolutionary prisoner leader George Jackson.

The trial of the San Quentin 6 that followed was the longest in California history up to then. Just 19 days after the San Quentin rebellion, prisoners took over Attica prison and held it for four days until a massacre was ordered by NY governor Nelson Rockefeller. Strikes and other action followed at prisons across the country

Join us for talks and discussion with special guest speaker Bato on “Reminisces of George Jackson and Black August Struggles.”

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2517642091628480/

Saturday, August 24

6. Saturday, 11:00am – Sunday, 2:00pm, Decolonization/DegentriFUkation Seminar at PeopleSkool

POOR Magazine

8032 MacArthur Blvd

Oakland

PLEASE DO NOT COME WITHOUT SENDING EMAIL TO PRE_REGISTER-Read on for more information

An application and sLiding Scale Tuition is Required and is the first part of each participant’s decolonizaiton. Please go towww.racepovertymediajustice.org to download an applicaiton for folks with Race,class and/or formal educaion privilege. We will go lower than the listed tution – as low as $1.00 per person and you can also make payments, but please pay what is truly possible

Decolonization/Redistribution & Community Reparations seminar at PeopleSkool on the sacred land we unhoused, bordered, criminalized and displaced peoples cal Homefulness- with the goal of launching more Self-Determed poor and indigenous peoples led land reclamation movements like Homefulness across Mama Earth in this time of so much poor people/white supremacist hate, settler-colonizer theft and Sacred land desecration

This two day seminar is geared to bring/teach the medicine of hoarded wealth/inherited blood-stained dollars redistribution, settler colonizer decolonization, and Community reparations to as many folks as possible because poltrickster solutons are NOT solutions and we MUST spread POOR Magazine’s poverty skola-led solutions in this time of so much mass distraction, unhoused, gentriFUKEd, criminalized, mass incarcerated,racism/wite supremacized miseducated, silenced and intentionally dismantled peoples

Schedule:
Day 1- Sat August 24th 11-4pm
Day 2- Sun August 25th 10-2pm

Day 1&2 (Both Days) is required for Folks with Race, Class & or Formal Education Privilege
Day 1 is the only day req’d for poverty/migrant skolaz

Hosts: POOR Magazine & 4 Other groups

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/358180595072654/

7. Saturday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Stand 4 Julian & Chelsea

Powell & Market

Cable Car Turnaround

SF

Protest against Julian Assange’s U.S. Extradition and Chelsea Manning’s imprisonment. We’ll chant for their freedom, distribute fliers and engage with the public over a two hour call to action

Protect our publishers and sources.

Host: Bay Action Committee to Free Julian Assange

8. Saturday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Close the Camps – Sing Truth to ICE in SF

ICE

630 Sansome

SF

This is a child friendly action

Occupella, Thrive Street Choir and Idle No More SF Bay invite you to join us to abolish ICE, close the camps and reunite families who have been separated. The United States government is violating the human rights of migrants and those seeking asylum along the southern border. We demand an end to these violations. 

Feel free to bring your voices and musical instruments.

Everyone is invited to join us in painting a street mural! Wear painting clothes.

Hosts: Occupella, Thrive Street Choir, Idle No More SF Bay & 3 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/360933727912993/

9. Saturday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, Nonviolent Direct Action Training – San Francisco

Bethany United Methodist Church

1270 Sanchez St.

SF

(Facebook RSVP’s do not guarantee a spot. Please REGISTER in advance here: https://forms.gle/LcZoL7uKySCghnMP9)

This training will take participants through many of the strategies, tools and considerations of non-violent direct action, including power and privilege, de-escalation, blockades, legal, direct action organizing models, and the opportunity to form affinity groups. This training will be an important place to get plugged into for upcoming actions around the Climate Strike Week of Action beginning on September 20.

Host: DiRT –SF Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/450104628918555/

Sunday, August 25

10. Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Black-Jewish Oppression viewed through the prism of the Leo Frank and Mary Turner lynches

NPML

6501 Telegraph Ave.

Oakland

The asymmetrical oppression of a privileged Jewish factory manager and the African-American wife of an impressed in peonage convict laborer will be nevertheless interlinked to demonstrate the need for United Front struggle and mutual defense. Our comrade, Elazar Friedman, will explore this topic during his visit from Idaho. Another comrade, Gerald Smith, will speak briefly on the history of the Nation of Islam.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/03/18825175.php

11. Sunday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Close the CAMPS -Calling Public Health & Healthcare workers

ICE

630 Sansome St.

SF

Access Info:

The event will take place on a flat sidewalk on Sansome St. (630 Sansome St.)
0.4 miles from Montgomery BART
From Montgomery, the 12 or the 10 bus goes from Sansome & Sutter to Sansome & Washington (92 ft. away)
Family-friendly: Children, elders, and folx of all ages are welcome!

If you have specific access needs, you would like to share, please contact: DoNoHarm.Access@gmail.com

Calling all Public Health & Healthcare Workers to be in solidarity with Migrant communities to demand an End to ICE Raids & Closing of the Camps.

Everyone welcome.

Organized by Public Health Justice Collective (formerly Occupy Public Health), Public Health Awakened, Do No Harm Coalition, Medicine for Migration at UCSF, and #WhiteCoats4BlackLives

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/321141835253102/  or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/15/18825498.php

12. Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Free 1-on-1 Citizenship Workshop in SF

SF Main Library

5th Floor – The Bridge at Main

100 Larkin St.

SF

**ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED** 
To make your appointment, call (415) 557-4388 to reserve your spot!

Are you eligible for U.S. Citizenship? Join us for Lawyers in the Library, where immigration attorneys will be on hand for FREE one-on-one consultations and to help you with your citizenship application! 

COME FOR FREE: 
• Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
• Assessment of your eligibility to naturalize
• Application preparation & documentation 
• Packaging, if eligible to naturalize
• Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative
• Accessing financial assistance and community resources

WHAT TO BRING: 
• Your green card & all current and expired passports
• List of addresses, work and schooling (last 5 years)
• List of trips and dates outside the U.S. (last 5 years)
• Information of your current spouse, ALL prior marriages for you and your spouse, and ALL your children (name, address, date/place of birth, date/place of marriage, SSN, immigration status and A#, if any)
• If you have been arrested: Bring ALL arrest and court documents, even for dropped charges and expunged records 
• Application Filing Fee: Check or Money Order for $725.00 made out to “US Department of Homeland Security” (if 75 or older, the fee is $640), UNLESS you qualify for a fee waiver*
• *Fee Waivers: You must bring recent written proof that you receive public benefits, like SSI, Medi-Cal, food stamps, WIC, CalWorks, cash aid, general assistance, etc.
• Men only: If you were living in the U.S. between ages of 18 and 26, please bring evidence of Selective Service registration if you have it. You may verify registration at www.sss.gov, or (888) 655-1825

Questions? Contact the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative for more information and leave a message on one of our multilingual hotlines:
English: 415.662.8901
Spanish: 415.662.8902
Cantonese: 415.295.5894
Mandarin: 415.295.5896
Filipino: 415.692.6798
Russian: 415.754.3818

This event is presented in partnership the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1281493532037561/

13. Sunday, 2:00pm – August 26 – 1:00am, Musicians In Solidarity With Immigrants Benefit Concert

The Plough and Stars

116 Clement St.

SF

Bay Area musicians are coming together to show solidarity with all immigrants and to raise some money to help in any way. This will be a fantastic days entertainment and a for great cause. Please give generously.

Donations will go to: raicestexas.org

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/478908495990226/

14. Sunday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Immigrant Solidarity Teach-In

1270 Sanchez St.

SF

Free

Register / Ticket : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfL7J0duO4erBKeQouzLqjbsE8-mbe5xLF_lQzQXjhfsloMNQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1FNbWhli0efe3XED3m98FvIJqrYqy0bHxV2ouKW7mNeyiAB_HRepmBoKo

Led by immigrant congregations and communities, thousands of people across San Francisco have successfully organized to accompany immigrants in personal, practical and political ways: defending against deportations with courtroom and street presence, answering hotlines and responding to ICE raids, providing support for families, freeing detainees, and more. The urgency of this moment requires all of the above — and additional new strategies for solidarity work.

Experienced community leaders will offer a range of free workshops and share skills to meet the current challenges. Topics covered will include: how to sponsor someone for release from detention; what it means to provide housing for immigrants in your home; community organizing models for congregations; an overview of the immigration system and current legal landscape; and more.

Hosts: SURJ – SF & Shalom Jewish Community

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/380923245949680/

15. Sunday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Poets Laureate on Social Justice

Revolution Books Berkeley

2444 Durant Ave.

Berkeley

An Evening with Poets Laureate on Social Justice:


–Julia Connor, Sacramento Poet Laureate 2005-2009
–Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate 2011-2013
–Rafael Jesús González, Berkeley Poet Laureate 2017-present
–D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019
–Dani Gabriel, El Cerrito Poet Laureate 2018-present
–and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice


5 Poets Laureate read their poems on social justice.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/665913897210756/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/08/18825294.php

Monday, August 26

16. Monday, 6:00pm – 7:15pm, Remembering Amilcar: A blessing to start his mural

24th & Capp Streets

(NW Corner) –home of Calle24

SF

Monday, August 26 will mark four-and-a-half years since Amilcar was killed by SFPD, and this time, we’ll remember him by joining some amazing community leaders in launching the start of his mural.
Yes, after seemingly endless delays, our gifted team of muralists is almost ready to grab their paintbrushes and start to work!

Our coalition will join not only these talented muralists, but also leaders from Mission Housing, the Danzantes, HOMEY, Calle24, and Mission Nightwalks, all of whom have played important roles in bringing this mural to light.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/428917724386425/?active_tab=about

17. Monday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Women’s Equality Day Speakout & Rally

24th & Mission Streets

SF

In the first half of 2019, abortion bans have passed in 6 states. 38 states have granted some sort of personhood to a fetus and the criminalization of miscarriage is growing. The charges brought (and then dropped after much outcry) against Marshae Jones for a miscarraige that resulted from being shot is only the latest evidence of this. The campaign against access to abortion over the last two decades has shifted to an outright campaign to overturn Roe v Wade.

The PSL invite you to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of an earlier victory for the right to vote, with a speakout to build the struggle for reproductive justice. Women’s right to vote was won thanks to the fierce decades long struggle. It was an organized movement that won the right to vote, just as it was a militant, organized women’s movement that won the Roe v Wade decision 50 years later.

Host: PSL

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2284598351853758/

Tom Gallagher: A Primary Challenger to Nancy Pelosi

Plebis Project Published on Aug 23, 2019

Tom Gallagher is running to challenge Nancy Pelosi for the congressional seat in California’s 12th District. What are the national implications of this race? What are the political stakes? What sets Tom apart from the other candidates? And what issues matter most to him? Join us for a discussion about primaries, war, the Green New Deal, corporate money, and revolutionary politics.

Connect with Tom: https://tomgallaghercongress2020.com/ @tomcongress2020

Connect with Charles or The Plebis Project on Twitter: @CharlesClarke81 @PlebisProject

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Brazilian Embassy Protests

From Extinction Rebellion

9 – 23 AUG | Worldwide (rebellion.earth)

Rebels staged actions outside Brazilian embassies in over a dozen countries last week to demand an end to the government-sanctioned destruction of the Amazon rainforest and violence against its indigenous people.

The violence stems from a surge in logging, mining, farming, and other commercial exploitation of the region – a direct result of the new Brazilian government, which sees environmental conservation as merely an obstacle to economic growth, and has tacitly approved an era of rampant extractivism, ecocide, and indigenous displacement.

The many rebel protests were timed to coincide with both International Indigenous Peoples Day and the first ever Indigenous Women’s March in Brazil’s capital. More of a festival than a march, the event involved thousands of women protesting over five days and culminated in hundreds of women occupying a health ministry building to demand more from a federal government set to abandon indigenous healthcare programs and leave them to underfunded and underskilled local authorities.

Extinction Rebellion Mzansi (South Africa) coordinated two major actions in solidarity with the Indigenous Women’s March. Rebels in Cape Town swarmed a major road and staged a die-in outside the Brazilian Consulate to raise awareness of the region’s issues. A rebel delegation in Pretoria visited the Brazilian Embassy to deliver an open letter demanding an end to Amazon deforestation and the forced removal of its people.

In the UK, an affinity group splattered the Brazilian Embassy in London with red paint to symbolise the blood of the hundreds killed since the October 2018 election of the country’s current far-right regime. Rebels blockaded the building’s entrances with the help of superglue and bike locks, and covered the walls and windows with messages of dissent. Rebel reinforcements arrived from a march for murdered environmentalists that also targeted the embassy.

One week later, hundreds of rebels re-appeared outside the Embassy, this time blocking both lanes of traffic, and listening to the testimony of indigenous speakers including representatives from the Huni Kuin and Kaxinawa.

German rebels performed translated speeches by indigenous women and staged a photo installation outside the Brazilian Embassy in Berlin.

Swiss rebels of various ages carried a ‘bloodstained’ coffin to the Brazillian Embassy in Bern and held up photos of murdered environmental defenders and deforested regions. In Lisbon, Portuguese rebels doused themselves in fake blood and staged a die-in on tram tracks outside their Brazilian Embassy.

In the town of Bakau in Gambia, rebels staged a ‘chalkivist’ die-in to demand an end to Amazon industrialisation and a boycott of Cargill, America’s biggest private company, which has razed a staggering amount of the region’s rainforest to grow soya for livestock feed.

Rebels in Mumbai, Indiajoined forces with other campaigners to march in solidarity with both the Indigenous Women of Brazil and the more local Adivasi tribes of the Aarey Forest.

Related actions united under the banner ‘Indigenous blood – Not one more drop’ were carried out by XR chapters in America, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, Colombia, France, and Spain. Apologies to all rebels around the world whose vital contributions could not be covered here in more detail.

More details on the frankly shocking behaviour of the Brazilian government towards the region and its people are available here.

The Amazon rainforest plays a pivotal role in decarbonising our planet, and its indigenous people have supported and safeguarded it for generations. Rebels must continue to denounce its destruction by the state and show solidarity with the people on the front line of this battle – a battle that will ultimately affect us all.

Further XR protests and product boycotts are being planned worldwide should our collective call to the Brazilian government not be heeded.

#PrayForAmazonia Goes Viral as Twitter Users Call Attention to ‘International Emergency’ of Fires Devastating Brazil’s Rainforest

August 20, 2019 by Common Dreams

“The Amazon rainforest has been burning for three weeks! We are on the verge of losing it completely if the fire isn’t put out. The loss of trees, the loss of biodiversity is what is accelerating climate change.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The hashtag #PrayForAmazonia went viral on Tuesday as social media users attempted to draw the world’s attention to the Amazon rainforest, which has been devastated for weeks by fires so intense they can be seen from space.

According to Euro News, it is unclear whether the fires were caused by agricultural activity or deforestation. Both have accelerated rapidly under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who made opening the Amazon to corporate exploitation a key plank of his election campaign.

Twitter users on Tuesday slammed the media for paying too little attention to the Amazon blazes, particularly given the essential role the rainforest plays in absorbing planet-warming carbon dioxide—a capacity that earned it the nickname “lungs of the world.”

“The Amazon has been burning for three weeks, and I’m just now finding out because of the lack of media coverage,” wrote one observer. “This is one of the most important ecosystems on Earth.”

Satellite data collected by the Brazilian government’s National Space Research Institute (INPE) published in June showed that deforestation has risen dramatically under Bolsonaro, who dismissed the research as “a lie” and fired INPE director Ricardo Galvão for defending the data.

As The Guardian reported, the INPE findings showed the Amazon “lost 739sq km during the 31 days [of May], equivalent to two football pitches every minute.”

As Newsweek reported Tuesday,

One large fire, which started in late July, burnt around 1,000 hectares of an environmental reserve in the Brazilian state of Rondônia—located on the border with Bolivia. This blaze, along with others in the region, created dense plumes of smoke that spread far across the state, endangering the health of people living in the area and the lives of animals.

Two weeks ago, the state of Amazonas in the northwest of the country declared a state of emergency in response to an increase in the number of fires there… Various fires have also been burning in the state of Mato Grosso, according to satellite imagery.

The fires have become so intense that smoke from the blaze darkened the afternoon sky on Monday in São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city.

“The Amazon rainforest has been on fire for weeks, and it’s so bad it’s literally blotting out the sun miles away,” tweeted Robert Maguire, research director at U.S. government watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington.

The advocacy group Amazon Watch on Tuesday called the Bolsonaro regime’s attacks on the world’s largest rainforest “an international tragedy.”

“What can we do?” the group tweeted. “1. Support the courageous resistance of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. 2. Make clear to the agribusiness and financiers involved in the destruction that we won’t buy their products.”Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.

‘They’re getting it done’: What SF can learn from Seattle on housing, homelessness

Photo of Heather Knight

Heather Knight  Aug. 16, 2019 (SFChronicle.com)

1of4Kenyatta Webb walks through the True Hope Village on East Yesler Way where he has lived with his 14-year-old son, Milchia, for the past two months, Oct. 28, 2018. (Genna Martin, seattlepi.com)Photo: Genna Martin / SeattlePI.com 2018
2of4Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announces the city is in negotiations to sell several parcels of land for development that would include 175 units of affordable housing in a community near Amazon’s headquarters.Photo: Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times
3of4Seattle has had much more success than San Francisco in moving homeless people off the streets into tiny homes and other temporary accommodations.Photo: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press 2017

When it comes to American cities, San Francisco and Seattle are remarkably similar. They’re both known for their stunningly beautiful waterfront locations, their liberal politics and the tech booms that have jolted them from quirky little “left coast” tourist destinations into global economic powerhouses.

The might-as-well-be-twin cities also share some less attractive qualities: high costs of living, stark income inequality and big, in-your-face homeless populations.

But the new homeless count reports for both cities show Seattle is making a little progress — and San Francisco certainly isn’t.

The January tallies showed San Francisco’s count soared 17% in two years alone, whereas King County, which includes Seattle, saw an 8% dip.

The portion of San Francisco’s homeless population that is unsheltered — those living on the streets, in parks or in cars — jumped, whereas Seattle’s dropped. In San Francisco, that figure rose from 4,353 in 2017 to 5,180 this year. In Seattle alone — not including the rest of King County — the number dropped from 3,841 in 2017 to 3,558 this year.

Nobody visiting Seattle would argue that city lacks a homeless problem — and the scenes in some neighborhoods are dire. But at least its numbers are moving in the right direction — slowly. Ours are moving the wrong way — fast.

Mayor London Breed told me a few weeks ago she’d been talking to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for guidance — especially when it comes to building housing and homeless shelters.

“They’ve been doing a great job of aggressively getting more housing built in their city, and that’s what we have to do,” Breed said. “They’ve increased the number of shelter beds. They’re getting it done.”SUBSCRIBER BENEFITDid you know that subscribers get full access to our native app?

Breed was clearly irked not only by City Hall’s notoriously slow process for approving housing, but also by the so-called liberal San Franciscans who support helping the homeless as long as it’s not anywhere near their comfortable homes.

“They don’t have people suing them when someone decides to build a shelter in their neighborhood,” Breed said of Seattle, clearly contrasting it with the lawsuit Embarcadero neighbors filed against San Francisco to stop the building of a Navigation Center there.

I called Seattle’s mayor to learn more about the city’s success in getting people off the streets. She said the biggest help has been working on housing and homelessness as part of a region rather than as a stand-alone city.

“We’re looking at it more holistically,” Durkan said.

The Puget Sound Regional Council includes more than 80 entities such as counties, cities, ports, transportation agencies and even tribal governments all crafting joint decisions about how to accommodate the 1 million additional people expected to live in the area by 2040.

That regional approach has been advocated in the Bay Area, but we’ve seen little progress in improving collaboration. The Bay Area Council, a civic group that has long pushed for more regional planning, looks enviously to the Puget Sound Regional Council because it has “the ability to do things at scale that we can’t do here,” said Matt Regan, senior vice president of public policy. In the Bay Area, the nine counties and 101 cities and towns don’t coordinate on much of anything — housing and homelessness included.

“We all think it’s someone else’s responsibility to build housing,” Regan said. “We all think it’s someone else’s responsibility to solve the homeless problem. We all think it’s someone else’s responsibility to do transit. And we get what we’ve got.”

Which is a region plagued by spiking homelessness, transportation dysfunction and a housing crisis.

Washington state law requires all fast-growing cities and counties in the state to craft plans to accommodate the population growth — ranging from reducing sprawl to building affordable housing to preserving historical buildings and parks. Gov. Gavin Newsom should lead the charge on demanding all California cities address our housing shortage and homelessness crisis. (At least a new California law ends appeals for new Navigation Centers, so there’s that.)

Even with 20% fewer residents than San Francisco, Seattle produces far more housing — and as a result, their residents pay half as much rent as we do.

Seattle has opened a record number of new apartments in the past year, and rents have flatlined or even dropped in some neighborhoods. In 2018, Seattle’s metro area built 17,450 apartments, according to the Seattle Times.An additional 45,000 are in the pipeline.

San Francisco added just 2,579 housing units last year, the smallest gain since 2013. The city expects to add 4,700 new units this year. The slowness is largely because of our city’s glacial process for approving housing — combined with skyrocketing construction costs and the city’s impact fees, or taxes to offset public impacts of development, that total more than $165,000 per unit.

All housing in San Francisco is subject to discretionary review, meaning the process for approving it is long and exasperating — even if it meets zoning and other requirements. And any neighbor can stymie a project along the way.

That process doesn’t exist in Seattle, where projects that meet all rules and regulations can get built more quickly.

Benjamin Grant, urban design policy director for SPUR, said Seattle officials have referred to the “San Francisco death spiral” when it comes to our city’s horrible process for approving housing — or, more likely, preventing it.

“We are used as a cautionary tale by them,” Grant said.

Seattle is also opening more permanent supportive housing for homeless people, as well as homeless shelters and other short-term accommodations.

It has eight “tiny home” villages featuring 328 tiny homes, which have locked doors and are big enough for a bed, microwave, toilet and sink. Oakland and San Jose have also started operating tiny home villages. In Seattle, each village houses up to 70 people, costs up to $500,000 to construct and takes just six months to build.

San Francisco officials have dismissed the villages because they’re not long-term solutions and because unions object when their workers don’t build them. Considering the crisis on our sidewalks, neither argument against the villages passes muster.

Seattle has also turned some of its old-school shelters into “enhanced shelters” — adding the good characteristics of Navigation Centers like allowing people to bring their partners, pets and belongings and having more support staff on-site without having to build them from the ground up. People can stay in them as long as they need to rather than being kicked out after an arbitrary time window like at some San Francisco shelters.

“When I came in, the majority of our shelter was just emergency shelter — mats on the floor, short-term stays, very little services provided,” Durkan said. “We have flipped that. … (Enhanced shelters) are much more effective at moving people into long-term housing, and it’s more humane.”

I’ve been advocating for turning traditional shelters in San Francisco into quasi-Navigation Centers for years, but like so many ideas in San Francisco, it hasn’t progressed much. City officials have long said they support the idea in theory but want to spend their money on expanding the number of beds in the shelter system and building more permanent supportive housing.

Breed hopes the November ballot can begin to change San Francisco’s dire housing picture and make the city a little more like Seattle. Voters will take up a $600 million housing bond and a separate measure to open big tracts of public land for 100% affordable and teacher housing. She’s also chipping away at her goal of opening 1,000 new shelter beds by the end of 2020.

“We have to get more aggressive with housing production, we have to provide more shelter beds, and we have to have more places for people to go if we’re going to put a dent in the biggest challenge facing our city,” she said.

At least she’s got somewhere to look for a little help.

Email: hknight@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @hknightsf Instagram: @heatherknightsf

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Heather Knight is a columnist working out of City Hall and covering everything from politics to homelessness to family flight and the quirks of living in one of the most fascinating cities in the world. She believes in holding politicians accountable for their decisions or, often, lack thereof – and telling the stories of real people and their struggles.

Pelosi Challengers Debated Online Saturday, And The Gloves Came Off Late

August 19, 2019 (SFist.com)

By JOE KUKURA

Candidate Tom Gallagher blamed Shahid Buttar for throwing the last primary to the Republicans, and Agatha Bacelar fought off charter-school allegations as Nancy Pelosi’s primary challengers debated for nearly two-and-a-half hours Saturday night.

Speaker of the House and local congressional representative Nancy Pelosi has three potential challengers in an upcoming March 3, 2020 primary election. Only one will get the privilege of advancing to face her in the top-two primary that determines who dukes it out against Pelosi in the November 2020 election, and the three Bernie-esque progressives battling for that chance to “primary” her debated in an online, Skype-style forum on Saturday night — which SFist, dear readers, took the time to watch so you don’t have to. Here’s a full recap of the two-and-a-half hour debate moderated by Real Progressives’ Savage Joy, available on demand at Facebook Live Video(where it has more than 5,000 views) and YouTube (currently at 778 views).

First, meet your candidates: Shahid Buttar ran for this seat in 2018, is the Electronic Freedom Foundation’s director of grassroots advocacy, and had a hand in crafting San Francisco’s facial recognition ban. Agatha Bacelar is a 27-year-old Brazilian-American immigrant turned Stanford engineering grad, and founding member of the “blockchain-based governance software” Democracy EarthTom Gallagher was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1980-86, is a former president of the Bernal Heights Democratic Club, and was a 2016 Democratic National Convention delegate for Bernie Sanders.

This debate featured plenty of deeply detailed policy analysis. But any normal debate recap reader wants to hear about the zing-iest exchanges, biggest flubs, and best sound bites. So we’ll start with those, with their YouTube clips linked and queued up right to that moment so you can just click Play to see the exchange.

The testiest back-and-forth came right before the two-hour mark (video here). Shahid Buttar pointed out that news “outlets have done long-form profiles of our campaign [including] JacobinMother JonesJewish Current, Salon; we’ve been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Hill. These kinds of opportunities to frame the debate, already even before having a see, reflects our ability as a campaign, I dare say uniquely in the field, to challenge the Speaker not just for the seat, but for the ideas discursively in the meantime.”

But Gallagher shot back that Buttar had personally doomed progressives in this race in 2018. “Shahid discusses his candidacy last year as if it was a triumph, a personal triumph.” (Buttar came in third in the top-two primary, affording Pelosi an easily beatable Republican in this bluest-of-blue districts.)  “When he entered the race, there was already a candidate that had the endorsement of Brand New Congress, the organization made famous by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win. There was another candidate who had the endorsement of the San Francisco Berniecrats. But whatever his reasons were, he decided he needed to enter at that late point.”

“It is hard for me to not conclude that that late entry is precisely what caused the Republican to be able to win,” Gallagher said. “They would have had the votes to beat that candidate absent you.”

Buttar insisted he was asked to run, saying, “I ran the only campaign in 2018 that was intersectionally committed to justice, and the reason I got in the race is because there wasn’t a campaign doing that before with any degree of credibility or preparation.”

Gallagher was skeptical, asking, “Did the people who asked you to run consider it a triumph when a Republican made the final?”  

“You might have to ask them, Tom,” Buttar said. “I think you might be asking the wrong person.”

Seconds later, Buttar interrupted the woman moderating the debate in a moment whose optics were not fortunate (Video here, you have to rewind the above video by about five seconds to take in the  full interruption sequence). As Savage Joy started her next question, Buttar butted in, “Joy, can I just ask how long we’re going to be going? Because we’ve been going for over two hours at this point. My impression was we were supposed to be finished about 45 minutes ago. Do you plan for this to go on much longer?”  

Buttar was technically correct; the debate was scheduled to have ended 43 minutes earlier, following a 10-minute delay to the start time. But the interruption and mansplain did not constitute a good look.

Agatha Bacelar faced tough questioning not from an opponent, but from audience-submitted comments. (Video here) The questions hammered her on connections to the Emerson Collective, an education  and immigration reform nonprofit founded by Steve Jobs’ widow, whose partners commenters slammed as including a “union-busting charter school advocate” who “had a plan to expand border detention centers.”

“I did work at Emerson Collective for four-and-a-half years,” Bacelar responded. “That’s absolutely not the case. I would say that Emerson Collective is the most progressive advocate for undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States. The partners we work with would never endorse that. I visited immigrant detention so many times to expose what was going on and put an end to it.”

“Emerson does support some charter schools,” she admitted. “But we’re very specific about which charter schools we support. It’s nonprofit charter schools that have open admissions, that are fair and try to close the gap in equity,” she said, citing foster kids, and an environmental justice school.

There were a few awkward points that were unique to an online debate. Gallagher had a choppy wi-fi connection at times, cutting out bits of his answers, Bacelar had to throw headphones on to hear the second half of the debate, and the discourse was occasionally interrupted by sneezes and screen freezes.

Bacelar struggled notably on a question about the Federal Jobs Guarantee in the Green New Deal. (Video here.) “This is actually a topic that I need to know more about,” she said, seemingly unfamiliar with the idea. “Can I hear a little bit [from the other candidates] and then riff off of it?” Buttar took that question a masterfully and emphasized he’d create jobs in wildfire prevention, whereas Gallagher dropped a Ron Dellums reference that most of the audience probably got, and would probably not impress those who did.  

Buttar was always impressive with lawyerly wordsmithing, but with rhetoric that was not always concise or relatable. His lines of “I’m an intersectional feminist,” and “My campaign has a 30-point platform; it’s expansive, it’s visionary, it’s the most robust remix that I’ve seen” might play well at a TED Talk or Manny’s, but might not resonate with a larger electorate.

But Nancy Pelosi was, naturally, the main target, and the challengers laid strong arguments against her. Buttar charged that “Her continued commitment to protecting our criminal president from the overdue impeachment that he and his criminal administration deserve reflects another example of her unfortunate conservatism.”

Bacelar noted that “Speaker Pelosi has been in office for longer than I’ve been alive. And in that time, San Francisco has changed dramatically.” She also derided Pelosi as “such a lightning rod. Even though we can get Democrats to pass things in the House, they just die in the Senate because Republicans refuse to work with her. It’s not good for any of us when the two sides can’t work together.”

So who “won” this debate? An informal (and still active) Twitter poll screenshotted at 10 a.m. Monday shows Bacelar with something of a winning vote plurality, though these things are highly unreliable and susceptible to vote-stuffing. To really decide for yourself, here are some of the candidates’ strongest arguments on homelessness, immigration, “the Squad,” and Pelosi’s infamous State of the Union clap.

Pelosi’s clap, seen by many as dismissive toward socialism

Tom Gallagher: “I was an open Socialist legislator in Massachusetts, and that was a rare item.”

Shahid Buttar: “My reaction to that frankly was to smirk, recognize the bipartisan complicity, and for-profit crony capitalism, extracted corporate capitalism, of the sort that kills American every day.”

Agatha Bacelar: “[Socialists] want to take care of our environment and humanity above profits. And I think that is something that almost everyone can agree with.”

Homelessness and the housing crisis

Tom Gallagher: “San Francisco streets are scandalous… It’s a problem of national priorities. The military budget — hey, I don’t think expect a Sanders administration to be able to pull this off, but if a representative from California should be calling for it to be cut in half. That would open up some serious revenue.”

Agatha Bacelar: “In San Francisco you have the YIMBYs and NIMBYs, but even if you’re ‘Yes In My Backyard,’ what kind of housing are we building? It needs to be public housing, affordable housing.”

Shahid Buttar: “This is a national problem, it has a federal root,” [mentioning a sharp decline in community development block grants from HUD] “That erosion happened under Pelosi’s watch.”

Pelosi’s attitude toward the Squad

Agatha Bacelar: “As the first female Speaker of the House, I think Pelosi should know better than to be dismissive.”

Shahid Buttar: “One of the reasons representatives Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib are demonized by the right wing is because they’re so incredibly effective. They’ve been able to leverage the oversight process.”

Tom Gallagher: “None of us will be Speaker if we get elected, so people are thinking of [Pelosi] from outside in a different way than the replacement…. I would be right there with them [the Squad].”

Immigration

Tom Gallagher: “The violence level in Central America, in Honduras, in El Salvador and Guatemala is nothing that any of us would ever would want to live with… Most of the people who are the ‘we’ when we talk about this are descendants of people or related to people who took this country from someone else in the first place. So a great deal of modesty, humility, should come over in this.”

Agatha Bacelar: “Immigrant detention is the most profitable part of mass incarceration, and actually has worse outcomes…. I’ve been to a childhood morgue [in Central America] where there is a warehouse of coffins that are short, like the size of children, mostly because of gang violence. And it’s just despicable, the U.S influence in that needs to be addressed.

Shahid Buttar: “I take a great deal of pride as in immigrant constitutional lawyer in being called frankly to remind so many of my neighbors and other Americans what out own country’s own stated values and commitments are. In a time like this when out communities are demonized and vilified, is an opportunity for us to demonstrate and model precisely what it means to be American.”

Again, the primary is March 3, 2020, and only one of these candidates will move on to face Pelosi in November 2020. Whoever wins probably has a 20% floor of Pelosi-haters. “Any of us would take that 20% if it were just the one of us,” Gallagher said in closing. “The question is can anybody get past that?”

The full Facebook Live Video and YouTube video are still online, and the approximate start times of each discussion are listed below.

0:55 – Broadcast begins

4:30 – Opening statements

13:30 – Why each candidate is running

17:30 – Term limits

20:20 – Israel and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions)

24:20 – Israel and Reps. Omar and Tlaib

29:20 – Pelosi’s “cringe clap”

32:30 – Venezuela

37:20 – France ‘Yellow Vest’ movement and whether it could happen here

42:30 – Housing crisis in San Francisco

49:20 – Where they would work with Republicans

59:00 – Medicare for All

1:08:00 – Federal Jobs Guarantee in the Green New Deal

1:13:15 – Immigration

1:22:20 – For-profit prisons and how to get rid of them

1:31:30 – Charter schools and debt-free college

1:27:40 – Pay-Go

1:41:00 – Whether to Impeach Trump

1:45:50 – Bacelar and Emerson Collective

1:48:50 – Gallagher on being “relatively unknown”

1:52:30 – Are you staying in to the end of the primary or will you throw support to another candidate

2:03:10 – Combating defeatism and ‘My vote doesn’t matter’

2:09:30 – Closing statements

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Thursday, Aug. 22 + List of remaining events @ ICE (from Adrienne Fong)

Am not back postingon 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! Check Indybay for other postings.

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ARTICLES:

A. Banned From Israel, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Hold Press Conference to ‘Humanize’ Palestinian Experience Under Occupation – August 19, 2019

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/19/banned-israel-ilhan-omar-and-rashida-tlaib-hold-press-conference-humanize

B. Philippine police are executing people with Israeli weapons

C. Appeals court allows Trump asylum rules to take effect in New Mexico and Texas  – August 16, 2019

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/court-allows-trump-asylum-rules-to-take-effect-in-new-mexico-and-texas

D. Advocates: Mississippi plant fires workers left after raid– August 15, 2019

https://wwjnewsradio.radio.com/articles/ap-news/advocates-mississippi-plant-fires-workers-left-after-raid

E. Native American tribe claims nuclear waste can’t be stored on its land – August 15, 2019

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2019/aug/15/native-american-tribe-claims-nuclear-waste-cant-be/?fbclid=IwAR1V89WNY6cHGV9vJrc7yjsMGvY8H5Mzk4J6Ymy5PpiyuCUZQokEHaKpsvU

F. Why Kashmir Is Suddenly a Potential Global Point of Conflict– Aug. 14

https://portside.org/2019-08-14/why-kashmir-suddenly-potential-global-point-conflict

G. Colin Kaepernick Marks 3rd Anniversary Of Protesting Police Violence With Video – August 14, 2019

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/colin-kaepernick-3rd-anniversary-anthem-protest-video_n_5d5486a4e4b056fafd0707e7

H. 5G Radiation Rebellion Grows

5 ACTIONS:

1. Tell Niraj Shah, CEO of Wayfair, to stop profiting off migrant children and concentration camps

  SIGN: https://action.18mr.org/wayfairwalkout/?source=direct_link&referrer=group-credo-action

2. Take Action to Lower Drug Prices

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-take-action-to-lower-drug-prices?source=direct_link&&link_id=0&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_599385&email_subject=action-needed-help-take-on-the-big-pharmaceutical-corporations

3. Stop the SF Department of Public Health from displacing the mentally ill from the Behavior Health Center’s Adult Residential Facility and outsourcing healthcare worker jobs.

  SIGN: https://seiu1021.good.do/arf/arf/?v=e2a1557e&fbclid=IwAR0HVgOgCUiG_sblFEMdEWSSeIi-S0mbCF2PXGJAupLA8BGxmMkSEROV7Wk

  See event # 13

4. Stop Trump and Bolton dismantling of the entire global nuclear arms control regime

  SIGN: http://act.winwithoutwar.org/sign/New-START-nuclear-treaty?akid=s58334..ej5QtW&fbclid=IwAR3oKu_onGLEFd-5h7la2VUoyUKxWnih9j0jM9pNLxJ9jGA6VO2-KBYs7F4

5. Don’t let Trump and Big Oil dredge the San Francisco Bay

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/dont-let-trump-and-his-oil-company-cronies-dredge-the-san-francisco-bay?source=email&

EVENTS

Tuesday, August 20 – Thursday, August 22

August 20 – September 8, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Vigil for Democracy at Speaker Pelosi’s SF Office

SF Federal Building

90 7th St.

SF

Participants are calling for a removal of corrupt criminals from all three branches of our government, and immediate lawmaking to protect our lives and liberty.
Join us at the following address every day during lunch-time: bring snacks, water, sunscreen

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/985722828427772/?event_time_id=985722905094431

Tuesday, August 20

1. Tuesday, 11:00am, “LOWER DRUG PRICES NOW” San Francisco Rally

SF Federal Building

90 7th St.

SF

The rally will demand a comprehensive plan to hold drug makers accountable, end drug monopolies and guarantee all patients can get affordable medicines they need. It will also urge Congress to vote no on the revised NAFTA unless terms locking in high U.S. medicine prices are eliminated.

Thousands of us flooded Congress with calls last week demanding the elimination of Big Pharma giveaways from Trump’s renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

we’re joining more than 30 organizations under the banner of “Lower Drug Prices Now” for a coordinated Day of Action in over 50 cities and towns across the country, including San Francisco!

If you can’t attend, can please take a minute or two to make a phone call to Rep. Pelosi and demand “No Vote Until NAFTA 2.0 is Fixed!” 

1-855-973-4213

Click here for a helpful call script, and don’t forget to let us know how the conversation goes!

Sponsor: Replace Nafta.org

Info: http://replacenafta.org/?link_id=3&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-san-francisco-people-over-pharma-profits-rally-tomorrow&email_referrer=email_599492___subject_781975&email_subject=affordable-medicines-rally-in-san-francisco-tomorrow  

2. Tuesday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Stop the Sweeps: Hearing on HSOC

SF Main Library

Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin St.

SF

The Local Homeless Coordinating Board will be holding a special hearing on the Healthy Streets Operation Center (HSOC).

Join us to speak out against the police-led response to homelessness, HSOC. HSOC is a highly coordinated effort led SFPD, working in conjunction with the Dept. of Public Works, the Dept. of Homelessness, the Dept. of Emergency Management, and the Dept. of Public Health.

For more info, contact Sam Lew at slew@cohsf.org

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2510763269153178/

3. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, SF Gray Panthers Meeting: Happy Birthday, Maggie Kuhn

SF Public Library – Park Branch

1833 Page St.

SF

Street floor – no stairs

celebrate the 114th birthday of Maggie Kuhn. Forty-nine years ago, Maggie and five friends founded the Gray Panthers. Their idea became an organization of thousands, demanding an end to ageism and racism, an end to war, promotion of civil and social rights, defense of Social Security and equal health care for all.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/12/18825437.php

4. Tuesday, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Non-Violent Action Training

180 Capp St.

SF

Please RSVP here to guarantee a spot: http://bit.do/e39so

Green Earth, Extinction Rebellion, and Diablo Rising Tide are hosting a training in anticipation of September’s Climate Strike Week of Action.

This FREE training will take participants through many of the strategies, tools and considerations of non-violent direct action, including power and privilege, de-escalation, blockades, legal, direct action organizing models, and the opportunity to form affinity groups.

While some snacks will be provided, we encourage you to bring snacks and drinks to share.

Sponsors: Green Earth, DiRT, Extinction Rebellion – SF Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2515804748477771/

5. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Next Organizers Meeting: ‘Never Again’ Events Coming Up

1590 Bryant @ 15th St.

SF

THIS IS FASCISM
It Must be Stopped NOW. 2020 is too late.
Join Us! Step into the streets with Refuse Fascism!

Dates:

Sunday 8/25, 2:00pm — Disturb the Air! Call or write us for more info about this event
NorCal@RefuseFascism.org 510.926.8144

Monday 8/26, 10:30am — San Francisco State University first day of classes, meet outside the Main Library

Wednesday 8/28, 11:00am — UC Berkeley first day of classes, meet at Telegraph and Bancroft on the edge of campus

Thursday 8/29, Mission College, Santa Clara, time and place TBD

We Demand: The Trump/Pence Regime Must GO! The appeals Holocaust survivors have been making to us for decades — and the few left are desperately sounding alarms about it now, by the way — is to stop fascism BEFORE so-called “detainee centers” become outright death camps, says contributing editor to RefuseFascism.org Sarah Roark

In the Name of Humanity: We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America

Sponsor: Refuse Fascism

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2545811632137111/

6. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism – An informal class

Peoples Alliance Bay Area

1305 Franklin, #411

Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

A four part informal review of a couple of chapters of Lenin’s Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (chapters 3 “Finance Capital and the Financial Oligarchy”, 4 “Export of Capital” and 8 “Parasitism and Decay of Capitalism”): https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/

And Vince Copeland’s Expanding Empire: The global war drive of big business and the forces that will stop it
https://www.workers.org/cm/empire.html

We’ll do some summaries of above and then throw it open to group discussion

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/780752815655177/

Wednesday, August 21

7. Wednesday 5:00pm – 9:30pm, Speaker Pelosi: We can’t wait. Impeach Trump now.

InterContinental Hotel

888 Howard St.

SF

RSVP now: credo.cm/impeachTrumpSF

Calling all Bay Area progressives: Join us in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 21 to demand Speaker Nancy Pelosi use her power to impeach Donald Trump.

Speaker Pelosi is the most powerful Democrat in the country, but when it comes to reining in Trump, she is failing us. We are gathering in San Francisco to tell her in person that our families, communities and democracy can’t wait any longer for her to lead.

Hosts: CREDO Mobile, PDA, March for Truth, Yemeni Alliance Cmte

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2250497345261173/

8. Wednesday 5:15pm, Ask Nancy Pelosi to Join San Francisco & Support Single Payer Medicare for All HR 1384

Meet at:

888 Howard St

NE corner of 5th & Howard St

SF

Hope you can join Single Payer folks to hold banners asking Congress Member Nancy Pelosi to support HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019.  

Pelosi will be at the InterContinental hotel at the corner of 5thSt and Howard.  The event begins at 6pm.  We want to be there at 5:15 with banners asking for her support. 

Please let us know if you can help.We will make a banner for every 2 people who can help.

Contact: dbechler@earthlink.net

9. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force Meeting

Southeast Community Facility

Five Keys Room

1800 Oakdale

SF

5:30pm Dinner

6:00pm – 8:00pm Meeting

Read here to view the minutes from the July EJ Taskforce meeting

Click here for the agenda for this

Info: Greenaction (415) 447-3904 – bvhp.ivan@gmail.com

10. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Stand with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – Monthly gathering at Alex Nieto’s altar

Bernal Hill

SF

Public transportation # 67 MUNI. Catch it on 24th St. at Mission across from McDonalds

On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder, gather with the Nieto’s at Alex’s altar site on Bernal Hill.

All are welcomed

On March 21, 2014, Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, 28 years old, was killed when he was struck by 14 to 15 bullets (of a total of 59 shots) fired by four San Francisco Police Department officers, on Bernal Hill Park, without justification. The officers who killed Alex Nieto are: Sgt. Jason Sawyer (then lieutenant. He is also the killer of John Smart in 1998!), Officer Roger Morse, Officer Richard Schiff, and Officer Nathan Chew.

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

East Side Arts Alliance

2277 International Blvd.

Oakland

Wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for any additional accessibility questions or concerns.

This month we are featuring a Q&A session with Scott Morris on continuing deaths, abuse and more at Sheriff Ahern’s notorious Santa Rita jail. Scott is an “Independent journalist in Oakland and San Francisco covering police use of force, civil rights, protest and neighborhood news.” He was recently interviewed on UpFront about the latest in-custody death there, and what really happened to #DujuanArmstrong.

Additionally, there will be an active shooter response training presented by Community READY Corps.

Host: Anti Police – Terror Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/445891739346129/    or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/17/18825530.php

Thursday, August 22

12. Thursday, 7:30am – 10:00am, Pack the House: DNC Vote on a Climate Debate

Hilton Hotel – at Union Square

333 O’Farrell St.

SF

 RSVP:

  Sunrise site:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/pack-the-house-dnc-vote-on-a-climate-debate

  Or

  DNC Public Registration link: https://my.democrats.org/page/s/2019-dnc-summer-meeting-general-registration-form 

Young people across the country have made it clear: after years of inadequate attention, we need a presidential primary debate focused 100% on the climate crisis. Despite resistance from DNC leadership, sustained public pressure has pushed the DNC to vote on this issue

On Thursday, August 22nd at 8 am, the DNC Resolutions committee will vote on a resolution to hold a climate-focused debate. Members of the public are allowed to attend the meeting, but not speak.

Join us as we pack the house with young people and allies of all ages to show how important it is that the DNC dedicate their sizable political microphone to the climate emergency!

Info: Climate Hawks Vote

13. Thursday, 12Noon – 12:30pm, SFGH Rally To Stop the DPH from displacing the mentally ill from Behavioral Health Center

SFGH Behavioral Health Center

887 Potrero (between 21st & Potrero)

SF

Stop the DPH from displacing the mentally ill from the Behavioral Health Center’s Adult Residential Facility and end outsourcing healthcare worker jobs.

On Thursday August 22 at 12:30 there will be protest rally against the displacing of the mentally ill and outsourcing at SF General Hospital Assisted Residential Facility. The DPH and London Breed are closing 37 permanent housing beds.

The SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is displacing severely mentally ill residents that are permanently housed at the Behavioral Health Center’s Adult Residential Facility (ARF) to make way for a Homeless Navigation Center with temporary shelter beds. The DPH administration sent a letter informing Behavior Health Care Workers that the adult population will be shrinking by 41 beds to only 14 permanent beds. In addition to residents being displaced, SFDPH administration is also displacing city workers by outsourcing their work to an outside non-profit.

Currently, the Adult Residentail Facility (ARF) houses SF’s most vulnerable clients who have serious and persistent mental illnesses, and cannot live independently. These clients cannot prepare their own food, do their ..

Hosts: IFPE Local 21, SEIU. 1021

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/19/18825553.php

14. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Discussion of “Life of George Washington” Mural

Revolution Books – Berkeley

2444 Durant Ave.

Berkeley

Art, politics, the “founding fathers” and what it will take to get beyond this world of oppression

with

Dewey Crumpler – Associate Professor of Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and artist who created the “response murals” at George Washington High School

Matt Gonzalez -Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. He previously served as president of the SF Board of Supervisors. He is the author of the article “Don’t whitewash history: Historic murals depict uncomfortable truths about our nation’s past”

Rafael Kadaris – Revolution Club & author of the article “Identity Politics Hustlers Sanitize “Life of George Washington”

Lope Yap Jr. – filmmaker and vice president of the George Washington High School Alumni Association.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/902242653479131/  or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/08/18825292.php

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Month of Momentum:

 30 Days of Action to Close the Camps (ICE SF)

A month of daily actions every day in August from Noon to 1pm

(Unless otherwise specified)

ICE – San Francisco

630 Sansome St

SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/Month-of-Momentum-GROUP-PAGE-106526597364095/

Calendar: https://bit.ly/32MTXEs  

#ClosetheCamps
#AugustAction
#FamiliesBelongTogether

Each daily action is conducted by a different sector or community group. Actions are whatever a group would like, with their own specific message — it’s up to each group.

There are some FB sites set up by each group.

See FB site for all listings / details. Listed are remaining events/actions at ICE for August. Descriptions are provided of groups that have made event pages on FB. A few have posted on Indbay.

Remaining EVENTS for August at ICE in San Francisco:

Tuesday, August 20, Comedians, Improvisers, Actors: Close the Camp

   Check back for info!

   Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/860420027690936/

Wednesday, August 21, Lawyers, Legal Workers  – End the Raids, Close the Camps No More Deportations

  It is critical for members of the legal profession to stand up and demonstrate our resistance because we have witnessed the ways in which immigrants are traumatized (and re-

  traumatized), devalued, and oppressed by the day-to-day workings of a legal system that is designed to reinforce this nation’s legacy of white supremacy, systemic violence, and

  colonialism.  This legacy not only manifests itself in the heinous conditions at detention camps or the unconscionable separation of families at the border, but also in the everyday

  practices of legal systems like Immigration Court.  

Thursday, August 22, San Mateo County Activists

   Join San Mateo county groups and individuals at ICE SF to show our support for immigrants and to rally against the administration’s cruel and inhumane policies and actions. Bring

   your signs, banners and let’s make noise

  Organized by: Pacifica Social Justice

   Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/453264845271194/

Friday, August 23, From Warsaw to Palestine to the Rio Grande

  Join us in making the connection between the forced displacement of asylum seekers and refugees coming into the US and their confinement in US concentration camps with the

  on-going forced displacement of the Palestinian people, as a result of the founding and on-going colonization of Palestine by the state of Israel, and the confining of Palestinian

  people into walled ghettos, refugee camps and the large  concentration camp of Gaza.

  As Jewish people, our collective histories and understanding of ethnic cleansing and genocide move us to stand with the people of Palestine and those seeking asylum at the US

  border. We welcome all those who want to stand with us in solidarity.

   Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/502080200600197/

Saturday, Noon – 3:00pm, August 24, Ocupella, The Thrive Street Choir & Idle No More

  Sing the truth to ICE! Bring your voice, musical instruments, creative signs and be ready to paint!

Sunday, August 25, Health / Public Health Workers

   Calling all Public Health & Healthcare Workers to be in solidarity with Migrant communities to demand an End to ICE Raids & Closing of the Camps.

   Access needs will soon be available

   Organized by Public Health Justice Collective (formerly Occupy Public Health), Public Health Awakened, Do No Harm Coalition, Medicine for Migration at UCSF, and

   #WhiteCoats4BlackLives

   Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/321141835253102/

Monday, August 26, Kehilla and Or Shalom Day

  Immigrant children are dying in federal custody. Children in detention are being denied soap, showers, clean water, blankets, decent food, clean clothes. Our neighbors are afraid

  to take their kids to school, go shopping, attend church.
 These detention centers are not death camps – but our history as Jews teaches us that this is how it starts: demonizing people, rounding people up, separating families. It’s up to

  US to STOP IT – Never Again means Now!

  Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/366373854035475/

Tuesday, August 27, Adoptees – Close the Camps

   Calling all adoptees to be in solidarity with migrant communities.. Adoptees know the devastating consequences of family separation. And we see clearly that separation through

   adoption and immigration, and other unjust government systems, are deeply linked. When adoptees stand with migrant communities, we expose those connections.

   Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/685587698580749/

Wednesday, August 28, Fat & Disability Communities Unite to CLOSE the Camps!

   No Body is Disposable! Calling all Fat people, all Disabled people, all our loved ones, allies and accomplices to unite in solidarity with migrants. Together we demand an end to the

   brutal treatment of migrants, an end to concentration camps, and an end to ICE.

   Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/935115990173369/

Thursday, August 29, A Day Without Immigrants

Friday, August 30, Journalists Against Detention Camps 

   Calling all reporters, writers, photojournalists, videographers, producers, investigators and media makers. As journalists we are expected to remain neutral, unbiased. But we can

   no longer remain neutral in the face of atrocities committed against asylum seekers and undocumented Americans.

   Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/328517764702891/

Saturday, August 31, Culmination of EVERYONE! 

  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, Diana Gameros, Betsy Rose & Bonnie Lockhart, and others TBA, speakers, food …
  More info to come.

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

More than 100,000 protesters rally in Hong Kong despite warnings from Beijing

August 18, 2019

Text by: FRANCE 24F

Turnout was massive for a rally that organisers said mobilised more than 1 million people in Hong Kong on Sunday despite warnings from Beijing. Police estimated there were 128,000 in the city’s Victoria Park at the height of the protest.ADVERTISING

A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong KongSunday in a defiant show to the territory’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters carrying umbrellas poured across the heart of Hong Kong island defying torrential rain and a police order not to march from a park where they had gathered earlier for a rally.

Weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of masked black-clad protesters engulfed by tear gas during street battles against riot police stunning a city once renowned for its stability.

Sunday’s action, which organisers the Civil Human Rights Front said drew more than 1.7 million in the largest rally in weeks, was billed as a return to the “peaceful” origins of the leaderless protest movement.

“It’s been a long day and we’re very tired, but to see so many people out in the rain marching for Hong Kong gives strength to everyone,” said Danny Tam, a 28-year-old graphic designer.

“We are not divided,” says activist and singer Denise Ho

Police estimated there were 128,000 in Victoria Park at the height of the protest.

The unprecedented political crisis was sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.

But protests have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city.

Anger has been sharpened among protesters by the perceived heavy-handedness of the police who have used tear gas, baton charges and rubber bullets in incidents that have pinballed across social media.

“The police are doing things that are totally unacceptable,” said Yim, who like many of the protesters gave only one name.

“They are hurting citizens, they aren’t protecting us.”

Communist Party-ruled mainland China has taken an increasingly hardline tone towards the protesters, decrying the “terrorist-like” actions of a violent hardcore minority among the demonstrators.

Despite the near-nightly clashes with police, the movement has won few concessions from Beijing or the city’s unelected leadership.

The spiralling violence, which last week saw protesters paralyse the city’s airport, has tarnished a campaign that had taken pride in its peaceful intent and unpredictability – which demonstrators have tagged with the slogan “Be Water”.

Historian Rana Mitter puts latest Hong Kong protests in context

Peace or violence?

Many among Sunday’s rally-goers carried rucksacks stuffed with protest paraphernalia – laser pens, gas masks, goggles and helmets.

“We have our gear with us, but we hope not to use it,” said a 30-year-old identifying himself only as Man.

Late into the evening hundreds of masked protesters milled outside the government headquarters shouting “Reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times”.

China’s propaganda apparatus has seized on the unrest, with state media churning out a deluge of damning articles, pictures and videos.

State media also ran images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, prompting the United States to warn Beijing against sending in troops.

Analysts say any intervention by Chinese security forces would be a reputational and economic disaster for China.

But Hong Kong’s police are under intense pressure, stretched by flashmob protests.

A Hong Kong government spokesperson praised the police for handling “illegal acts with tolerance” and appealed to the protesters to “express their views in a peaceful and rational manner”.

Opinions among the protesters have diverged over the billowing violence, which has seen a small group of hardcore protesters using rocks, Molotov cocktails and slingshots against the police.

Some say the violence has driven the pro-democracy movement in an uncomfortable direction.

“There are some expressing extreme views,” rally-goer Ray Cheng, 30, told AFP.

“But we have tried many times with peaceful approaches… I really hope the government can listen to us.”

Unprecedented crisis

Under a deal signed with Britain, authoritarian China agreed to allow Hong Kong to keep its unique freedoms when it was handed back in 1997.

But many Hong Kongers feel those freedoms are being chipped away, especially since China’s hardline president Xi Jinping came to power.

Beyond suspending the extradition bill, Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam have shown no desire to meet key demands such as an inquiry into police violence, the complete withdrawal of the bill and an amnesty.

Beijing has turned the screws on Hong Kong’s businesses, pressuring them to toe the line and condemn the protesters.

On Friday, Cathay Pacific announced the shock resignation of CEO Rupert Hogg after the carrier was excoriated by Beijing because some staff supported the pro-democracy protests.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Why Bernie Sanders Is Absolutely Correct About the Washington Post—and Corporate Media Overall

August 14, 2019 by Common Dreams

The fact that cable news pundits, anchors, and reporters rushed to vehemently defend corporate media against Sanders’ comments is illustrative of the dynamic. It makes you wonder where career self-interest ends and sincere delusion begins.

by Norman Solomon

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talks to journalists after speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair August 11, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talks to journalists after speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair August 11, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Many decades ago, the great media critic George Seldes observed: “The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.” That remains true today.

Bernie Sanders set off the latest round of outraged denial from elite media this week when he talked to a crowd in New Hampshire about the tax avoidance of Amazon (which did not pay any federal income tax last year). Sanders went on to say: “I wonder why the Washington Post—which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon—doesn’t write particularly good articles about me. I don’t know why. But I guess maybe there’s a connection.”

Sanders has fought explicitly and effectively to raise the wages of Amazon workers as well as millions of others. Yet the mass-media pretense is that the financial interests of the Post‘s owner have no effect on the newspaper’s coverage of Sanders.

Corporate denial is the name of that media game. Usually, expressed denials aren’t necessary. But there’s nothing usual about Bernie Sanders, who’s been willing to call out the biases and blind spots of corporate media since he entered politics.

“All Baron or Sullivan would need to do to disprove their own current claims would be to write a bunch of pieces denouncing the man who owns the Post—and then see what happens due to their breach of required self-censorship.”

For his latest transgression, Sanders earned purportedly authoritative pushback from the likes of the Post‘s top editor, its media columnist and others with high media visibility. “Contrary to the conspiracy theory the senator seems to favor,” Postexecutive editor Martin Baron declared, “Jeff Bezos allows our newsroom to operate with full independence, as our reporters and editors can attest.”

The Post‘s media columnist Margaret Sullivan quickly chimed in with a harmonizing tweet on Tuesday, defending her editor boss along with the owner of the paper: “I’ve never seen or heard a hint of @jeffbezos interfering in @washingtonpost coverage.”

CNN‘s Chris Cillizza, citing his work at the newspaper for a decade, indignantly wrote: “For the last three of my years at the Post, Bezos owned the company. Not once in all of that time—and I wrote multiple pieces a day about politics and politicians (including Sanders and Trump) over that time—was there ever even a whiff of Bezos’ influence in the newsroom.”

As George Seldes commented long ago, “The most stupid boast in the history of present-day journalism is that of the writer who says, ‘I have never been given orders; I am free to do as I like.'” Seldes noted that reporters routinely “know from contact with the great minds of the press lords or from the simple deduction that the bosses are in big business and the news must be slanted accordingly, or from the general intangible atmosphere which prevails everywhere, what they can do and what they must never do.”

All Baron or Sullivan would need to do to disprove their own current claims would be to write a bunch of pieces denouncing the man who owns the Post—and then see what happens due to their breach of required self-censorship.

On television, a CNN anchor joined with a USA Today columnist to claim that Sanders’s criticism of the Post‘s coverage was free of evidence. The fact that corporate-media employees are vehemently defending corporate media is illustrative of the dynamic. It makes you wonder where career self-interest ends and sincere delusion begins.

Baron, Sullivan, Cillizza and countless other employees of corporate media are well-paid while publicly maintaining their denial in the service of corporate power. So, with the virtues of the Washington Post on parade, Emperor Bezos must be decked out in the journalistic finery of his new clothes, even when the self-interest and implications of billionaire leverage over media are stark naked.

“Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.” —George OrwellWhat Bernie Sanders is pointing out is not—and he never said it was—a “conspiracy.” The problems are much deeper and more pernicious, having to do with the financial structures of media institutions that enable profit-driven magnates and enormous corporations to dominate the flow of news and commentary.

The Post‘s Baron is ill-positioned to defend his newspaper against charges of anti-Sanders bias. Such bias has been profuse, and it began well before a pivotal moment in the 2016 campaign on the eve of the high-stakes Michigan primary in early March. Then, as FAIR analyst Adam Johnson showed, “the Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours.”

This year, the Post has strained to throw negative light on Sanders’ campaign, whether focusing on Wall Street or Venezuela. Nor is the Post far afield from other powerful media outlets. For instance, the New York Times reportage has taken Sanders to task for alleged sins such as desiring to exercise control over his own campaign and failing to please Democratic critics who are actually corporate lobbyists but not identified as such.

Nor is the AT&T-owned CNN far afield from the baseline of cable news giants that supposedly provide a liberal alternative to the odious Fox News. Coverage from MSNBC—owned by Comcast, “the world’s largest entertainment company”—has provoked one assessment after another after another documenting the network’s anti-Bernie bias.

“Journalists who have staked their careers on remaining in the good graces of corporate employers are certainly inclined to say in public that billionaire owners and huge corporations don’t constrain their journalistic work. And in their minds, they might be telling the truth.”

“The corporate-owned and corporate-advertiser-funded media of this country are the biggest barriers between Bernie Sanders and the Oval Office,” I wrote five months ago. “Often functioning as propaganda outlets, the major news media serve as an amplification system for corporate power that has long shielded the Democratic Party from the combined ‘threats’ of social movements and progressive populist candidates.” (I continue to actively support Sanders.)

Journalists who have staked their careers on remaining in the good graces of corporate employers are certainly inclined to say in public that billionaire owners and huge corporations don’t constrain their journalistic work. And in their minds, they might be telling the truth. As George Orwell wrote, “Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.”

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Norman Solomon is co-founder and national coordinator of RootsAction.org. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death and Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State.” He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.