EXPERT: SOFTWARE COULD HAVE “PERSONHOOD” BY 2069

OCTOBER 30TH By KRISTIN HOUSER (futurism.com)

Internet Milestone

In honor of the 50-year-anniversary of the first computer-to-computer message — the precursor, arguably, to today’s internet — Pew Research Center and Elon University asked hundreds of tech experts to imagine how the internet might evolve over the next 50 years.

And one of those experts envisions a future in which software has gained “personhood.”

Digital People

Jerry Michalski is a former tech analyst who went on to found the Relationship Economy Expedition, a private think tank focused on the future economy.

He told the surveyors he could imagine software having “rights, personality, and limited responsibility” by the year 2069 — and we can already see examples of this future taking shape.

In 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia granted Sophie, an artificially intelligent robot, citizenship. That same year, European Union lawmakers began arguing that robots should be given some legal form of digital personhood.

Many Possibilities

Still, as Michalski pointed out in his response to Pew, “half a century is a long time,” so it’s hard to say for sure what shape our relationship with the digital world could take.

He doesn’t even go so far as to say he thinks his vision is the most likely scenario, calling it just one of many possible futures — and really, could anyone have perfectly predicted today’s internet based on that first computer-to-computer message in 1969?

READ MORE: Experts Optimistic About the Next 50 Years of Digital Life [Pew Research Center]

More on digital personhood: Lawmakers Want You to Be Able to Sue Robots

Chesa Boudin, Son of 1960s Radicals, Runs for San Francisco DA on Criminal Justice Reform Platform

Chesa Boudin is running for San Francisco district attorney as the latest candidate in a wave of decarceral prosecutors running for office across the United States. Bernie Sanders and other leading progressives have endorsed Boudin, who is a public defender and the child of Weather Underground activists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. His parents were imprisoned when Boudin was a toddler. These experiences have given him a first-hand view of “how broken our criminal justice system is,” he says. “My earliest memories are going through steel gates and metal detectors just to see my parents, just to give them a hug.” Boudin is running on a platform of ending cash bail and dismantling the War on Drugs, seeking to end “tough on crime” tactics and restore civil rights. Bay Area voters will cast their ballots Nov. 5. (DemocracyNow.org

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Monday, Oct. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 2 + Additional Info (from Adrienne Fong)

Am still not back posting on a regular basis

Pleasepost your events on Indybay: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

    Thank you to all who are – See Indybay for other events.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events!

KiDS Friendly / Childcare: Include info

ARTICLES:

A. The Revolution Isn’t Being Televised  – October 26, 2019

B. “State of Emergency”: Special Report on California’s Criminalization of Growing Homeless Encampments  – October 25, 2019

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/10/25/state_of_emergency_special_report_on

C. ‘This is Not a Border’: How Israel Has Turned the U.S.-Mexico Border into Gaza

D. Trump-Appointed Judge: ‘If We Want to Stop Mass Shootings, We Should Stop Punishing Police Officers’ – October 22, 2019

E. Utility Expert Claims PG&E Blackouts Are ‘All About Threatening the Judge’ in Bankruptcy Case – October 20, 2019

F. Man says SFPD officers beat him for no reason – October 18, 2019

https://www.ktvu.com/news/man-says-sfpd-officers-beat-him-for-no-reason

5 ACTIONS:

1. Shut down unlawful surveillance

 SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-shut-down-unlawful-surveillance-and-repeal-section-215/?source=group-2019Section215swapDP&referrer=group-demand-progress-3

2. Congress: Say that deploying troops in Syria to “protect oil” is unconstitutional

  SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-congress-say-that-deploying-troops-in-syria-to-protect-oil-is-unconstitutional

3. Urge House Democrats to support the No Money Bail Act of 2019

  SIGN: https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/petitions/sign-the-petition-urge-house-democrats-to-support-the-no-money-bail-act-of-2019?detail=emailactionLL&link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-sign-the-petition-house-democrats-must-help-end-a-system-where-folks-sit-in-jail-because-of-their-income&email_referrer=email_648441&email_subject=sign-the-petition-house-democrats-must-help-end-a-system-where-folks-sit-in-jail-because-of-their-income

4. Tell GitHub: #NoTechforICE Don’t be complicit in human rights abuse.

  SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/github-ice?t=11&referring_akid=34526.21110.JMyplq

5. Tell Google: Fire anti-Muslim bigot Miles Taylor

  SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/google-fire-miles-taylor/?t=4&akid=34615%2E21110%2EkU6Ryi

EVENTS

Monday, October 28 – Saturday, November 2

Monday, October 28

1. Monday, 12Noon, Two months and 3 weeks after being shot, Brandon is home.

SF City Hall (steps)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

Brandon Lee has been safely airlifted from the Philippines to his hometown, San Francisco.  To celebrate his return everyone is invited to City Hall.

Brandon and his mom Louise Lee, who has been by his bedside in the Philippines for 10 weeks, left Manila on Thursday night and travelled on a small air ambulance plane for 24 hours, making stops in Japan, Russia, and Alaska before they landed safely at SFO.  

Brandon left San Francisco to be an earth protector with the indigenous Ifugao peasants in the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. On August 6, Brandon was shot at his home in Lagawe, Ifugao, he sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was gunned down for his environmental work to protect the land from large scale projects that would destroy the eco-system and livelihoods of the indigenous people.

Brandon is a staunch advocate for human rights and has been a volunteer paralegal with Cordillera Human Rights Alliance. Prior to moving to the Philippines, he was active with both the Filipino and Chinese community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Watch their epic return on KTVU, Channel 2 on the Sunday night 10pm news with Amber Lee.

Please join us in this movement to end all killings and political prosecution of environmentalists, indigenous rights advocates, and human rights defenders in the Philippines

Info: SF Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ICHRPUnitedStates/videos/?ref=page_internal

2. Monday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Day Of Outrage: Wear Black!

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway
Oakland

Wear black, bring flowers or items for the altar

Oakland will stand in solidarity the call put out by Until Freedom for people across the country to gather for a #DayOfOutrage in honor of #AtatianaJefferson and Black women who have been killed at the hands of police violence. We will #ProtectOurSisters

Cities participating: New York, Jackson, Seattle, Las Vegas, Detroit, Knoxville, Washington, DC, Dayton, Miami and many more. For a full list: https://bit.ly/2MIOk49

The family of Atatiana Jefferson said the following about the Day of Outrage, “Our family is mourning over the tragic and untimely murder of Atatiana by Aaron Dean former Fort Worth police officer. Although Dean, has been arrested and charged, he is back on the streets and we are uncertain justice will prevail. We demand full transparency and accountability. It is our sincere hope that Atatiana’s story will not be forgotten, and our pursuit of dignity prevents the likelihood of similar events of police abuse. Please show up for the Day of Outrage wherever you are. Keep our loved one’s name alive!”

Host: AP-TP, Justice Team Network, Until Freedom

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/912887422425220/

3. Monday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Narcan Training & Panel Discussion

Glide – Freedom Hall
330 Ellis St. (@Taylor)
SF

FREE

RSVP: haneystaff@sfgov.org

San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney in partnership with DOPE Project, Department of Public Health, SF Aids Foundation, GLIDE, the Drug User’s Union, Drug Policy Alliance, St. Anthony’s and HealthRIGHT 360 will host a Narcan training and panel conversation at GLIDE. The intent of the panel conversation is to create a better understanding of how to prevent overdose, reduce the stigma, and to come together as a community to raise awareness and work together to prevent overdose. Members of the community are encouraged to attend and stand in solidarity with those who have been personally affected by overdose.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/25/18827600.php

4. Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Reclaiming Judaism From Zionism With Several Contributors

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St.
SF

In this powerful collection of personal narratives, forty Jews of diverse backgrounds tell a wide range of stories about the roads they have traveled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence.

Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism will be controversial. Its contributors welcome the long overdue public debate. They want to demolish stereotypes of dissenting Jews as ‘self-hating,’ traitorous, and anti-Semitic. They want to introduce readers to the large and growing community of Jewish activists who have created organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace, If Not Now, and Open Hillel. They want to strengthen alliances with progressives of all faiths. Above all, they want to nurture models of Jewish identity that replace ethnic exclusiveness with solidarity, Zionism with a Judaism once again nourished by a transcendent ethical vision.

Linda Hess is senior lecturer emerita in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University

Sydney Levy, a queer Latinx, is a co-coordinator of the caucus of Jews of Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in solidarity with Palestine, and a steering committee member of both the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the Global Jewish Network in Solidarity with Palestine.

Hilton Obenzinger is a recipient of the American Book Award. His books include This Passover and the Next I Will Never Be in Jerusalem (1980), American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania (1999), and Treyf Pesach (2017). He is currently Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.

Henri Picciotto served on the JVP Board of Directors from 2002 to 2009 and chaired it for much of that period. He has authored or co-authored many books and articles on math education.

Cecilie Surasky has worked as a professional communicator in a variety of social justice movements, and her film work and political analysis has been featured in film festivals and news outlets all over the world.

Jordan Wilson-Dalzell is a queer poet writing about intersections of disability, feminism, Judaism, survivorhood and social justice; her next poetry book, Baptism by Flame, will be about finding a home in Judaism that reflects her values.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/07/18827122.php  or  https://www.facebook.com/events/504750350323726/

Tuesday, October 29

5. Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, SF Rally at SFUSD Board to Defend Children’s Safety & Against Union Busting

SF School Board
555 Franklin St.
SF

Support SF School Bus Drivers10/29 SF Rally At SFUSD Board To Defend Children’s Safety & Against Union Busting

Don’t let SFUSD bargain away our children’s safety to cut costs!

School bus drivers transport the most precious cargo possible: our children. For 45 years, we have safely transported the youth of San Francisco, with no child fatalities.

With the continued rising costs in the Bay Area, we see a region-wide shortage of drivers. There are many creative solutions to address this shortage but compromising the safety of our students is not the answer.

That is exactly what SFUSD is proposing. Their most recent proposal splits the work into three types of driving that can be bid on separately. One type of work is a new category of 10 non-buses with uncertified drivers, while leaving itself an open door to expand this work without limit.

School bus drivers are held to the highest standards of any commercial license in the state of California.

They undergo hours of training, background checks, medical exams and drug screening, and California Highway Patrol certification before we start. We must retest every five years to continue driving. CHP and the DMV can pull our certificates for any reason seen to compromise the safety of children.

School buses are designed to protect the children inside. Steel reinforced sides, rollover protections, anchored seats and the red-light system all prioritize safety.

Using uncertified drivers in vans compromises the safety of the students we transport. The SFUSD proposal also opens the door to undermine the union and pit us against each other as drivers.

Don’t let SFUSD bargain away our children’s safety to cut costs!

See site for demands & what U can do: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/23/18827551.php

Wednesday, October 30

6. Wednesday, 7:30am – 8:15am, Speak Out: Hate has no Place in Healthcare – Press Conference & Ceremony

450 Golden Gate Ave
SF

Join us outside the Courthouse on Oct. 30 at 7:30 am and help preserve equal access to care and protect the safety and dignity of patients.

At 8 am on October 30, a federal judge will hold a hearing on a final rule change by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This rule would permit employees to refuse to assist in care based on their individual religious beliefs, without consideration for the impact on patient care.

SEIU 1021 members and our allies will hold a press conference and ceremony outside the Courthouse at 7:45 am to oppose this rule and affirm our commitment to accessible care.

Our work is critical to the health, safety, and well-being of our communities. We must speak out against this rule that will destroy healthcare workers “duty to care” and allow religious objections to care for LGBTQI people, women, and others.

Host: SEIU Local 1021

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/903565990027506/

7. Wednesday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mental Health SF City Hall Takeover

SF City Hall (Steps)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF

San Francisco has a mental health crisis. Patients aren’t getting the help they need and health care workers are bearing the brunt of the City’s inaction.

Join Supervisors Ronen, Haney, Walton, Mar, Safaí, and more in supporting Mental Health SF which will provide mental healthcare to anyone in crisis who needs it.

WEAR YOUR SCRUBS!

Ad paid for by Mental Health SF. Committee major funding from SEIU Local 2015 Issues PAC Yerba Buena Commons Association Osiris Ventures Financial disclosures are available at sfethics.org.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2246912362265405/

8. Wednesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Free Enrique! Show Up at Bond Hearing!

ICE – SF
630 Sansome St.
SF

Enrique N. is a longtime Sacramento resident and father of a five-year-old daughter. he is in immigration custody, far from his family, and facing the threat of deportation and family separation. Please come and support him at his next hearing–October 30, 130 pm to encourage the judge to release him on bond. He has been detained for nearly three months

Enrique was arrested this summer for a DUI, and was due to serve for four days at a Sacramento County Jail (Rio Consumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove). However, instead of being released to his family and friends after he served his short sentence, he was transferred by local officials directly from the jail to ICE custody.

A DUI should not mean permanent family separation. Jails should not be transferring our community members to ICE for deportation.

NorCal Resist is organizing carpools to his court event. Please message our page or send an email to norcalresist@gmail.com with any questions.

Host: NorCal Resist

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/391126655100259/

9. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Legal Observer Training

UC Berkeley Law School
Berkeley

Training will be held at UC Berkeley Law School. RSVP for exact location.

RSVP required: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3t2pBsIYNY_M2yaI3L2tU7tmyExmLWlWdJnD9jQrP24glgQ/viewform

Get trained to be an NLGSF Legal Observer!

Legal observers play a crucial role monitoring law enforcement at demonstrations by collecting information on arrests and information that may be used in criminal defense of activists or in advocacy against police and government misconduct and repression. Legal observers ensure that the police know that they are being watched.

Host: National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/528327154405060/

10. Wednesday, October 30th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, San Francisco District Attorney Candidates Q&A

Impact Hub San Francisco
1885 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm – Protest Suzy Loftus as interim DA. (outside)

This is the last SF District Attorney Forum!

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-district-attorney-candidates-qa-tickets-75773613919?ref=eios

Bay Area Black Journalist Association

The San Francisco District Attorney Candidates will be participating in a one on one Q&A forum moderated by Davey “D” Cook. Confirmed candidates to attend are Suzy Loftus, Chesa Boudin and Nancy Tung.

Thursday, October 31

11. Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tour thru SFTech for the Ancestors

Meet-up:

1st & Mission Streets
SF

The 2019 Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Decolonization & Community Reparations Tourtour will go through SF tech – one of the largest industries fueling the violent gentriFUKation /removal and displacement of working class/ very low-income Black, Brown, Indigenous communities out of the whole Bay Area , which often leads to the death and dismantlement of elders and families in SF, Berkeley, Oakland /San Jose/Bay Area- as well as silently complicit in the criminalization , removal, theft and death of unhoused residents of San Francisco…

On this Tour ,which is in honor of the ancestors of these removal efforts like Luis Demetrio Gongora Pat, Papa Bear, Amilcar Perez Lopez and Jessica Williams to name a few.. POOR Magazine poverty/indigenous/disability skolaz will be sharing the medicine of #RadicalRedistribution and the #BankofComeUnityReparations‘ – “Tech Reparations Fund” a liberation fund which was formerly launched on Sept 7th 2019 and humbly asks that the Tech industry give back 10-15% of their outrageous hoarded wealth and resources to establish/build equity of unhoused, housing insecure, indigenous/disabled/elder and families facing eviction, removal, the violence of “sweeps” and/or to help folks stay in their homes, neighborhoods and/or encampments where they face ongoing removal attempts, thefts, poltricksterism, scamlord evictions, predation and poLice terror.

Additionally, Marc Benioff – CEO of Salesforce, announced a 30 million dollar “study” of unhoused peoples when we as unhoused peoples have already been studied, examined, surveyed and swept, so one of the Tour’s asks/tour stops will be the Salesforce Transit center, site of one of the most violent removal/evictions of unhoused, neuro-divergent peoples out of a safe, warm place to sit and dwell- So this tour follows a direct ask to Marc Benioff to radically redistribute to the Tech Reparations Fund so we homeless folks can build a Homefulness #2 to provide safe, land for unhoused peoples to live- here is the open letter to Marc –https://48hills.org/2019/09/an-open-letter-to-the-marc-benioff-about-homelessness/ which we will be distributing on this tour. We will also visit “Square” which met with POOR Magazine poverty skolaz Aunti Frances Moore, Muteado Silencio Lisa Tiny Gray-Garcia and homeless & formerly homeless Youth poverty skolaz from #DeecolonizeAcademy earlier this year, promising to consider The Tech Reparations Fund and ended up doing absolutely nothing for any unhoused people.

Because this is the time when the veil is thin between us living in the present and the ancestors on the other side of the spirit journey, otherwise known as “Halloween” we invite you to join us youth and family poverty skolaz from Deecolonize Academy in “dressing” , wearing a “costume” of a “Zombie Tech GentriFUKer” – Scamlord, Devil-oper, Poltrickster, Kkkolonizer, Hipster, or other icons representing 21st century missionaries and/ or removers, ( or however you would like to dress)

Hosts: POOR Magazine and 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2570535159672691/?active_tab=about

12. Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Climate Funeral March

Convene:

SE corner of Russell St. & College Ave.
Berkeley

Our world is dying. We lose hundreds of species to extinction everyday. Lives and livelihoods are being lost with increasing frequency to extreme weather and climate-induced disasters. To be awake to these times is to experience the unfolding of a never-ending tragedy.

To move forward, we must acknowledge our grief. On the evening of Halloween, we will march together in a funeral procession to commiserate the ongoing death of our planet and the climate-induced loss to come.

As we respect and pay homage to the victims of the climate crisis, we welcome you to dress in funeral attire and bring flowers or a personalized message for the dead.

Host: Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/799415453840021/

Friday, November 1

13. Friday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Dia de los Muertos: Procession and Lobby Day!

Meet at:

Coalition on Homelessness
280 Turk St.
SF

Join us in remembering and honoring the thousands of families experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.

We will be meeting at the COH (280 Turk) at 10am to make angel wings and signs.

From 11-12 we will have a brunch at COH

12-12:30 we will begin our processional to City Hall to honor our passed comrades

12:30-2pm: Lobby day at City Hall in support of pregnant, doubled up, and SRO families to be included in family homeless services!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/708120719663190/

14. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm,  Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – Weekly action

Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Protest Suzy Loftus as interim SF District Attorney!

DEMAND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

All are invited to join us (Even if it’s for a few minutes) to demand that interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus 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! Demand that Suzy Loftus charge police officers that have committed murder! Some of those named were killed while Suzy was president of the SF Police Commission!

Host: Mother’s on the March Against Police Murders!

Saturday, November 2

15. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Medicare For All Rally and March

Meet at:

UN Plaza
355 McAllister
SF

After the rally at UN Plaza, we will march to Yerba Buena Gardens. Limited bus transportation to San Francisco will be available from select locations in California.

Sign up now at bit.ly/sfrallymfa to let us know you’re coming and reserve your bus seat! Email your questions to info@medicare4all.org

Join us in San Francisco for a statewide rally in support of Medicare for All! Featuring speakers from the California Nurses Association / National Nurses United and other movement leaders.

We know that Medicare for All is the only true solution to the health care crisis. But we will only win when a mass movement of people stand up and demand it. We’ll be in San Francisco to call on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move forward H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019, which now has the support of over half of the Democrats in Congress.

Hosts: National Nurses United + 2 Others

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/392128415044005/

16. Saturday, 2:00pm, Global Day of Resistance for Rojava

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway
Oakland

In response to a call by the Internationalist Commune in Rojava and the Rise Up 4 Rojava platform, we are preparing a mass demonstration in solidarity with the brave fighters of North-East Syria

Seven years ago a revolution began in Rojava that was to radically change the lives of millions of people. The Kurds liberated themselves from the dictatorship of the Assad regime and began to organize themselves in self-governed councils, communes and cooperatives. In particular, the autonomous organization of women became the driving force behind the social revolution. Over the course of the struggle against the Islamic state, a unique multi-ethnic and multi-religious project developed, which today guarantees the peaceful coexistence of millions of Kurds, Arabs and Christians. The Democratic Federation of Northeast Syria is a unique example of the vision of a peaceful and democratic Middle East and has therefore always been a thorn in the side of both regional powers and imperialist states.

Today the Turkish Army started its operation and has started bombardment many places are under heavy artillery attacks. Their goal is to wipe out the Democratic Federation. Several civilians have been killed already and thousand of people have started escaping the danger of ethnic cleansing and Turkish fascism. At the same time ISIS is using the Turkish attacks for insurgency.

Hosts: Solidarity Against Fascism East Bay, Bay Area Mesopotamia Solidarity, + 2 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/705091999981704

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Update on the Boycott of Manny’s from Maria Cristina

“WE THE MOTHERS ON THE MARCH AND BLACK AND BROWN FOR JUSTICE PEACE AND EQUALITY, HAVE COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING WITH MANNYS. HE HAS STATED THAT HE WANTS TO END THE GENOCIDE, AND THE OCCUPATION, THAT HE IS OPEN TO LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER, LIKE WE ARE, THAT WE WILL HAVE MONTHLY DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE JEWISH, THE PALESTINIAN COMMUNITY AND THE MOTHERS AND OTHERS AND WE WILL SUSPEND THE BOYCOTT ON MANNYS. THE MOTHERS WANT TO ENLIGHTEN OUR COMMUNITIES ON THE GENOCIDE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, ON THE OCCUPATION, AND WE WILL DO ANYTHING AND EVERY POSSIBLE AND NESSESARY TO END THE MADNESS. WE WILL WORK VERY HARD TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE BY THE SO CALL ZIONIST STATE OF ISRAEL! END THE OCCUPATION! FREE PALESTINE! BLACK AND BROWN UNITY FOR EVER! WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! POWER TO THE PEOPLE! LORD HEAR OUR PRAYERS!”

Video of what happened at Manny’s on October 22nd and Maria Cristina’s & Manny’s statements

WE THE MOTHERS ON THE MARCH AND BLACK AND BROWN FOR JUSTICE PEACE AND EQUALITY, HAVE COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING WITH MANNYS. HE HAS STATED THAT HE WANTS TO END THE GENOCIDE, AND THE OCCUPATION, THAT HE IS OPEN TO LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER, LIKE WE ARE, THAT WE WILL HAVE MONTHLY DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE JEWISH, THE PALESTINIAN COMMUNITY AND THE MOTHERS AND OTHERS AND WE WILL SUSPEND THE BOYCOTT ON MANNYS. THE MOTHERS WANT TO ENLIGHTEN OUR COMMUNITIES ON THE GENOCIDE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, ON THE OCCUPATION, AND WE WILL DO ANYTHING AND EVERY POSSIBLE AND NESSESARY TO END THE MADNESS. WE WILL WORK VERY HARD TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE BY THE SO CALL ZIONIST STATE OF ISRAEL! END THE OCCUPATION! FREE PALESTINE! BLACK AND BROWN UNITY FOR EVER! WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! POWER TO THE PEOPLE! LORD HEAR OUR PRAYERS!

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Maria Cristina Gutierrez στις Τρίτη, 22 Οκτωβρίου 2019

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Saturday, November 2nd , Friends of the Israel Defense Force Gala

Friends of the IDF will be having their fundraising gala in SF on Saturday evening.

Last year they raised over 2 million for the IDF. 

The IDF is responsible for the killing, maiming and torture of children, women and men of Palestine.

Will send more info when available.

‘Too Many Lives Were Ruined’: Bernie Sanders Releases Plan for Federal Legalization of Marijuana

October 24, 2019 by Common Dreams

“We will legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions.”

by Eoin Higgins, staff writer

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) during the event dubbed "Bernie's Back Rally" comes as Sanders returns to campaigning after suffering a heart attack earlier this month. An estimated 26,000 people attended. (Photo: Michael Nigro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) during the event dubbed “Bernie’s Back Rally” comes as Sanders returns to campaigning after suffering a heart attack earlier this month. An estimated 26,000 people attended. Sanders on Thursday released a plan to legalize marijuana at the federal level. (Photo: Michael Nigro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders released an expansive plan on Thursday to as president legalize marijuana and ensure the benefits of legalization are felt across all communities, especially those affected by the war on drugs.

“We will legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions,” the Vermont senator, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominaion, said in a statement announcing the policy.

Sanders tweeted out the plan at 4:20pm. 

“Too many lives were ruined due to the disastrous criminalization of marijuana,” Sanders said.

The proposal would legalize marijuana in the first 100 days of a Sanders administration, vacate and expunge all past marijuana convictions, and “ensure that revenue from legal marijuana is reinvested in communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs, especially African-American and other communities of color.”

The plan would also aim to stop marijuana from turning into a business like tobacco by structuring the industry like a non-profit, prohibiting advertising targeting youth, and preventing “consolidation and profiteering.”

Reaction on social media was largely positive. 

“Nice,” tweeted a number of users.

“Blaze it,” said Canadian journalist Rob Rousseau.

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Beware, Pete Buttigieg Is a Sharp Corporate Tool

October 21, 2019 by Common Dreams

With the mutual alignment of Buttigieg and his corporate healthcare-industry donors, Mayor Pete’s approach seems to be a case of a flimflamming candidate who poses as a forthright leader.

by Norman Solomon

Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020.  (Photo illustration: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc)

Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020.  (Photo illustration: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc)

Pete Buttigieg burst on the national scene early this year as a new sort of presidential candidate. But it turns out he’s a very old kind—a glib ally of corporate America posing as an advocate for working people and their families. That has become apparent this fall as Buttigieg escalates his offensive against Medicare for All.

A not-funny thing has happened to Buttigieg on the campaign trail. As he kept collecting big checks from corporate executives and wealthy donors, he went from being “all for” a single-payer Medicare for All system in January to trashing it in the debate last week as a plan that would kick “150 million Americans off of their insurance in four short years.” The demagoguery won praise from corporate media outlets.

“Buttigieg has joined with Joe Biden to open up a well-funded, double-barreled assault on Medicare for All.”

Those outlets have often lauded Buttigieg for his fundraising totals this year without scrutiny of the funding sources. They skew toward the wealthy—and toward donors with a vested interest in protecting the status quo.

“Of course, from a voter’s point of view, what really matters is not how much financial support a candidate is getting, but who they’re getting it from—because those supporters may not have the same interests as the voter,” Jim Naureckas at the media watchdog FAIR pointed out this summer. “In the case of Buttigieg, the two main sources of funds seem to be the tech industry . . . and the financial industry, that traditional source of funds for corporate-oriented Democrats.”

So far this year, Buttigieg has reported $27 million in contributions of $200 and above—accounting for 52.5 percent of his total dollars raised. Compare that to Elizabeth Warren at 29.6 percent and Bernie Sanders at 24.9 percent.

And major sources of Buttigieg’s funding are in harmony with his recent hostility toward Medicare for All. “Pharmaceutical, health insurance, and hospital industry donors have flocked to Mayor Pete all year,” journalist Alex Kotch reported last week. “As of mid-2019, he was second only to Donald Trump in overall campaign cash from donors in the health sector. Among Democratic candidates, he was second to former Vice President Joe Biden in terms of pharmaceutical and health insurance donations.”

Reporting for the investigative website Sludge, Kotch wrote: “Over 100 individuals in leadership, legal, consulting, or financing roles in health sector donated $200 or more to Pete for America between July and September. These donors include pharmaceutical industry leaders such as the chief corporate affairs officer at drugmaker Pfizer, the president of Astex Pharmaceuticals, a state lobbyist for Biogen, a vice president of public policy at Novartis, and the deputy vice president at the nation’s largest pharmaceutical trade association, PhRMA, as well as attorneys for AbbVie, Johnson & Johnson, and Merck.”

Buttigieg’s reversal of avowed support for Medicare for All is classic opportunism. In early 2018, he was unequivocal via Twitter: “I, Pete Buttigieg, politician, do henceforth and forthwith declare, most affirmatively and indubitably, unto the ages, that I do favor Medicare for All.”

Eight months ago, as The Hill noted, “Buttigieg also appeared to defend single-payer [Medicare for All] health insurance in a February 2019 interview on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’” But now, on its website, the Buttigieg campaign is engaged in a herculean pretzel effort at doubletalk, declaring that his “affordable public plan will incentivize private insurers to compete on price and bring down costs. If private insurers are not able to offer something dramatically better, this public plan will create a natural glide-path to Medicare for All.”

Left unexplained is how Buttigieg is providing any sort of “glide-path” to Medicare for All by now deploying insurance-industry talking points to denounce Medicare for All. Buttigieg is trying to poison the well by conjuring up an effort to precipitously dump people off of health coverage and deprive them of “choice”—deliberately confusing the current “choice” of predatory for-profit insurance plans with the genuine full choice of healthcare providers that enhanced Medicare for everyone would provide.

“The efficiencies of a single-payer system would make universal coverage affordable and give everyone in the United States their free choice of doctors and hospitals,” David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler wrote this month in The Nation. “But that goal will remain out of reach if private insurers are allowed to continue gaming the system.”

Himmelstein and Woolhandler, who are professors of public health and cofounders of Physicians for a National Health Program, assessed the healthcare scenarios being touted by the two most prominent candidates now attacking Warren and Sanders: “Some proposals, including those by Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, would offer a Medicare-like public plan for sale alongside private plans on the insurance exchanges now available under the Affordable Care Act. These buy-in reforms would minimize the need for new taxes, since most enrollees would be charged premiums. But tens of millions would remain uninsured or with coverage so skimpy, they still couldn’t afford care.”

The sordid story of Buttigieg’s about-face on Medicare for All was well-documented and deftly analyzed days ago by Jezebel writer Esther Wang under the headline “A Brief History of Pete Buttigieg Faking It on Medicare for All.” She observed:

Buttigieg is not the only Democratic presidential candidate who has switched positions on supporting Medicare for All, or is just generally using the public and political confusion around the issue to undermine real efforts to move to a universal system. Kamala Harris, who co-sponsored Bernie Sanders’ Senate bill, has consistently waffled, and has settled on a plan that continues to let private insurers play a role. But Buttigieg is the only candidate who is now making opposition to the Sanders- and Warren-backed Medicare for All a central focus of his campaign.

With the mutual alignment of Buttigieg and his corporate healthcare-industry donors, Mayor Pete’s approach seems to be a case of a flimflamming candidate who poses as a forthright leader. For the general public, instead of “Mayor Pete,” a more apt nickname might be “Mayor Elite.”

As for Buttigieg’s slippery slogan of “Medicare for all who want it,” Rep. Ro Khanna pointed out that such a setup “won’t bring the administrative costs down of private insurers or maximize negotiation with Big Pharma and hospitals.” And: “This means higher premiums, higher drug costs, higher deductibles, and more denied claims for the middle class.”

“As part of a campaign strategy that aims to undermine both of his progressive opponents, the mayor continues to falsely characterize Medicare for All—no matter how much confusion and disinformation he creates along the way.”

An in-depth report from the Political Economy Research Institute—“Economic Analysis of Medicare for All”—concluded that “Medicare for All has the potential to achieve major cost savings in its operations relative to the existing U.S. health care system. We estimate that, through implementation of Medicare for All, overall U.S. health care costs could fall by about 19 percent relative to the existing system.”

Yet Buttigieg has joined with Joe Biden to open up a well-funded, double-barreled assault on Medicare for All.

“I am tired of seeing Democrats defend a dysfunctional healthcare system where 87 million people are uninsured or underinsured and 30,000 people die every year because they lack adequate coverage,” Bernie Sanders wrote last Friday in an email to supporters. “So I was disappointed this week to see that Joe Biden used the talking points of the health insurance industry to attack Medicare for All and our campaign.”

While Buttigieg is not strong in national polls right now, he’s polling notably well in Iowa, where the first voting for the Democratic presidential nomination will occur in early-February caucuses. And with $23.4 million in the bank, he’s got much more money in hand than Biden ($9 million). The only rivals with more money than Buttigieg are the two he’s assailing for their resolute support of Medicare for All—Sanders ($33.7 million) and Warren ($25.7 million).

While I personally support Sanders, I’m equally appalled by Buttigieg’s attacks on Warren. As part of a campaign strategy that aims to undermine both of his progressive opponents, the mayor continues to falsely characterize Medicare for All—no matter how much confusion and disinformation he creates along the way.

Whether or not Pete Buttigieg can win the nomination, he has certainly emerged as a sharp corporate tool.

Norman Solomon

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.

‘Whoa,’ Says Edward Snowden as Sanders Vows to End Prosecution of Whistleblowers Under Espionage Act

October 23, 2019 by Common Dreams

“This is the most important stance any candidate has taken affecting press freedom so far. Hopefully this will force others to follow,” said Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press foundation

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Edward Snowden is displayed on a screen as he speaks during a video conference on September 17, 2019 in Berlin. (Photo: Jorg Carstensen/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed, if elected president in 2020, to break with both the Trump and Obama administrations by refusing to use the repressive, century-old Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers, a stance that was applauded by press freedom advocates and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

In an interview with The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim released Tuesday, Sanders condemned President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the Ukraine whistleblower and emphasized the crucial role whistleblowers play in the political process.

Asked if the Espionage Act of 1917 should be used against those who raise the alarm about government wrongdoing, Sanders said, “Of course not.”

“The law is very clear: Whistleblowers have a very important role to play in the political process and I am very supportive of the courage of that whistleblower, whoever he or she may be,” Sanders said of the individual who filed the complaint about Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Grim pointed out that the 1917 law “had largely gone out of fashion until it was deployed heavily by the Obama administration, which prosecuted eight people accused of leaking to the media under the Espionage Act, more than all previous presidents combined.”

“President Donald Trump is on pace to break Barack Obama’s record if he gets a second term,” Grim wrote. “He has prosecuted eight such whistleblowers, five of them using the Espionage Act, according to the Press Freedom Tracker.”

Former U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning, currently behind bars for refusing to testify before a secretive grand jury, was prosecuted by the Obama administration for Espionage Act violations and served seven years in prison before Obama commuted her sentence at the end of his presidency.

Manning released classified information to WikiLeaks, whose founder and publisher, Julian Assange, has been indicted by the Trump administration for espionage.

Last year, NSA whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for Espionage Act violations after leaking classified information.

Progressives hailed Sanders’ pledge to end the use of the Espionage Act against whistleblowers as a potential “sea-change” and urged other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to follow his lead.

Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, called Sanders’ vow “the most important stance any candidate has taken affecting press freedom so far.”

Snowden—who, like Manning and Winner, was charged with Espionage Act violations—tweeted a simple response to Sanders’s pledge: “Whoa.”

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