Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Sunday, Nov. 24 – Saturday, Nov. 30 (from Adrienne Fong)

Am not back posting on a regular basis

– Please post 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! 

ARTICLES:

A. Ann Coulter Protest Draws Over a Thousand Demonstrators – November 23, 2019

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/23/18828376.php?fbclid=IwAR365qUx3D8gQfJUJ6oFFySibDyTH7m8UabIWvkMoicHBGbMeLcNTWCrdcM

   See Events # 2 & 6

B. Trump Administration Considered Jailing Migrants Near Toxic Military Dump – November 23, 2019

C. Ninth Member of Family Killed in Israeli Strike on Gaza Home Dies of His Injuries = November 22, 2019

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-ninth-member-of-family-killed-in-israeli-strike-on-gaza-home-dies-of-his-injuries-1.8163929?fbclid=IwAR1gGp-tPUJa5xQ9i2CC31SPZD1nvxy4M5eYZzI0De2K1pjqTWOexyhZAtc

D. Turkish Drones Rain Indiscriminate Death in Northeastern Syria  – November 22, 2019

E. CCSF slashes Spring and summer class schedules – November 21, 2019

   See Action item # 2 and Event item # 9

F. Attempt to ‘Criminalize Basic Human Kindness’ Fails as Activist Scott Warren Found Not Guilty on All Charges – Nov. 21, 2019

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/21/attempt-criminalize-basic-human-kindness-fails-activist-scott-warren-found-not

G. How Human Rights Watch Whitewashed a Right-Wing Massacre in Bolivia – November 20, 2019

3 ACTIONS:

1. Demand Rep. Eliot Engel: Hold a #DefundOccupation Hearing Now

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/demand-representative-eliot-engle-hold-a-defundoccupation-hearing?link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-we-need-to-get-louder-fwd-the-first-step-to-defundoccupation&email_referrer=email_669073&email_subject=we-need-to-get-louder-fwd-the-first-step-to-defundoccupation

2. City College of San Francisco Changes Lives: Let’s Fully Fund our Community College

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/city-college-of-san-francisco-changes-lives-lets-fully-fund-our-community-college?clear_id=true&link_id=0&can_id=f1a60e44f44c6b19cf699651898f6c98&source=email-budgeting-fail-used-to-justify-11th-hour-schedule-slashing-fight-back-with-us&email_referrer=email_666760&email_subject=budgeting-fail-used-to-justify-11th-hour-schedule-slashing-fight-back-with-us&fbclid=IwAR1HbW1JrzbtwnBn5Vbhw0_zldwiXZYCu4lw4wYZP3hNEfxXIj9H7g-axnc

3. Demand Congress End the Cover Up and Release the Torture Report

  SIGN: ttps://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-now-demand-congress-end-the-cover-up-and-release-the-torture-report/?link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-sign-now-tell-congress-to-release-the-torture-report&email_referrer=email_666206&email_subject=sign-now-tell-congress-to-release-the-torture-report

EVENTS

Sunday, November 24 – Saturday, November 30

Sunday, November 24

1. Sunday, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Free Citizenship Workshop in San Francisco

Chinatown YMCA
855 Sacramento St.
SF

The San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative is hosting a FREE Citizenship (Naturalization) Workshop

Registration for this event will be open from 9:30am to 12:30pm on a first come, first served basis.

During the workshop, attendees will receive FREE assistance with:
• Step-by-step review of the naturalization process
• Assessment of eligibility to naturalize
• Application preparations and documentation packaging
• Application review with an immigration attorney
• Access to community resources & more!

Sign up for to volunteer at this event: https://volunteer.legal/event/wpnXZEN5YV/signup

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
Filipino: 415.692.6798
Russian: 415.754.3818

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/463824807534824/

2. Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Mass Meeting on driving out the Trump / Pence regime

3358 Cesar Chavez St.
SF

Making History Is NOT A Spectator Sport…You Are Needed To Help Drive Out A Fascist Regime

The Trump/Pence Regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity. Concentration Camps on the border… environmental devastation accelerated… the danger of war, even nuclear, threatened… white supremacy rules… fascist mobs and racist mass murderers… truth and science erased… the right to abortion near gone… the rule of law and democratic and civil rights are stripped away… THIS IS FASCISM UNFOLDING.

If you are anguished by what the Trump/Pence regime has already done and filled with dread for the future, will you bury your hopes and conscience? Or, will you join us to develop the plans to drive out this regime. Your ideas are urgently needed – as is your active participation.

If you are already fighting against the regime or one of its many outrageous crimes, if you are involved with a candidate but also see the importance of mass protest now – then please bring your organization’s views and thinking into this meeting and/or set up a time for Refuse Fascism to talk with your group.

Hosts:  La Colectiva de mujeres trabajadoras del hogar, limpiadoras de casas, cuidadoras de ninos y de personas mayores  & Refuse Fascism

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2467897010201017/?active_tab=about    or   https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/18/18828251.php

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

Meet at:

Lake Merritt BART
800 Madison St.
Oakland

Join APTP in sharing hot food, drinks, and solidarity with folks visiting loved ones at and getting released from Santa Rita Jail!

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

Prisons function to repress, warehouse and extract labor from primarily those of us who are Black or poor. We believe that solidarity is a weapon of resistance, and that we must respond to the basic needs of our community while also confronting state terror.

In honor of Dujuan Armstrong Jr. who entered Santa Rita Jail for a weekend sentence and never came home, APTP is providing material support and direct care to folks at Santa Rita Jail as a small but meaningful way to address the harm caused by incarceration in our community. We do not positively engage with the racist pigs who work at the jail, as they are willing agents of the state that criminalizes and incarcerates us.

All are welcome, no experience required.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/534873274033538/

4. Sunday, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Art Build: Swag, Props, Mural

The Long Haul
3124 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA

Join us to silk screen t-shirts, build props for upcoming actions (including giant gingerbread people for the XR Opera action), and contribute to the design for an XR mural.

Host: Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/456549411732409/

Monday, November 25

5. Monday, 11/25 – 9am & Tuesday, 11/26 – 9:00am – 6:00pm, AIM West Coast Conference

2969 Mission St.
SF

Honoring Indians of All Tribes’ 50th Anniversary and Reunion.

The AIM West Conference in San Francisco invitation extends to all our relations from the four directions to join with us to see what good we can do for our communities, for children and for our Mother the Earth!

Special guests include Len Foster, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Yvonne Swan, Bill Means, Fred Short and Puksu Igualikinya (Ku-na-Panama), Fawn Oakes, daughter of Richard Oakes, and more.

On this occasion, we honor “Indians of All Tribes”, women and men who sacrificed their livelihoods to reclaim Alcatraz Island beginning on November 20, 1969. Congratulations on their 50th Anniversary and Reunion!

The agenda will include prayers and blessings at 9:45, following the Welcome.

The Inter-Tribal Drum Group “Red Lightning Women Power Singers” will follow, as well as presentations by the Chairwoman of the Ohlone Tribal Nation and the California Amah Mutsun Tribal Peoples.

Keynote speaker Dr. LaNada War Jack will speak on “From Alcatraz to Standing Rock”, followed by the film “Alcatraz is Not an Island.”

Afternoon presentations include the topics of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the Kurds of the Middle East as Indigenous Peoples, Alcatraz 50th anniversary—Inspiration and Achievements, Sacred Sites and and the Environment, Tribal Colleges including DQ University in California, the Census, Elections, and a call for Leonard Peltier as Vice President on the Peace and Freedom ballot.

Presentations and panels on Nov. 26 cover topics including International Indigenous Movements in the Global South, the BDS Movement and Palestine, UN initiatives including those on sustainable development and a study on sterilization of Indigenous women, LGBTQ and Two Spirit groups and issues, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Youth Incarceration, Political Prisoners including Red Fawn Fallis and Leonard Peltier, the US-Mexico border and militarization, and more.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/18/18828250.php

6. Monday, 6:00pm, Out Now! Mass Meeting – East Bay

Revolution Books
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

Making History Is NOT A Spectator Sport…You Are Needed To Help Drive Out A Fascist Regime

The Trump/Pence Regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity. Concentration Camps on the border… environmental devastation accelerated… the danger of war, even nuclear, threatened… white supremacy rules… fascist mobs and racist mass murderers… truth and science erased… the right to abortion near gone… the rule of law and democratic and civil rights are stripped away… THIS IS FASCISM UNFOLDING.

If you are anguished by what the Trump/Pence regime has already done and filled with dread for the future, will you bury your hopes and conscience? Or, will you join us to develop the plans to drive out this regime. Your ideas are urgently needed – as is your active participation.

If you are already fighting against the regime or one of its many outrageous crimes, if you are involved with a candidate but also see the importance of mass protest now – then please bring your organization’s views and thinking into this meeting and/or set up a time for Refuse Fascism to talk with your group.

Host Refuse Fascism

7. Monday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Palestinian Voices: Palestinians Tell Their Stories

Manny’s
3092 16th St. (@ Valencia)
SF

FREE

Tickets by Eventbrite (Click Eventbrite)

Stories are powerful and they allow us to understand our common humanity. Manny’s, in partnership, with Mothers on the March, is putting together events for Palestinian identified folk to come tell their stories. Participant list tbd!
This event is a part of our ongoing series related to Israel and Palestine.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/433970573978213/

8. Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Rojava: Kurdish reflections on Syria

1453 Mission St.
SF

AN EVENING PRESENTATION FROM KURDISH COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND SCHOLARS

The recent political and military developments in Northern Syria are deeply concerning. This evening event aims to bring a combination of scholars and Kurdish community members from the Bay Area to dialogue about their experience and insights on the Kurdish struggle and answer any questions the audience may have. We hope that this community engagement and the experiences and knowledge shared could stimulate deeper understanding and constructive action.

Join us to learn, to share, and to be together.
In honor of Jin Jiyan Azadi / Women Life Freedom

Speakers:
Raman Osman, Introduction to Kurdish case in Rojava
Deellan Kashani, Kurdish history, Rojava, and Women’s movement in Kurdistan
Jenefer and Michael Israel, parents of Micheal Israel, Şehîd Robin Agiri
Andrej Grubacic, PhD, Director of Anthropology and Social Change, CIIS

Music: Raman Osman, Instrumental Kurdish lament

Contact: NSoyalp@mymail.ciis.edu

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/583909752168583/

Tuesday, November 26

9. Tuesday, 12Noon – 12:30pm, Fully fund CCSF! Speak out & sign-on.

All CCSF Campuses:

Conlan Hall, Chinatown, Mission, Downtown, Evans, Civic Center, or John Adams Campus​.
Check here for campus specific action details: https://tinyurl.com/qvtgxnp

While national Education Secretary Betsy DeVos deeply undercuts public education in America, the State of California is now reducing funding for many of the classes and programs that City College offers, creating a growing gap between what the state funds and what CCSF needs to serve our community. Hundreds of sections are already lost, students endure larger classes and reduced access to key supports like library and counseling hours. If unaddressed, these budget cuts will force the college to eliminate one out of every three classes it offers.

In response to the budget crisis and the drastic slashing of our classes we are having a series of Speak-Outs for Education Justice. We will be asking folks to sign on to a letter outlining our vision to resolve the budget crisis by fully funding our college.  

We call on San Francisco to establish a Community Higher Education Fund (CHEF), modeled on the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), which provides funding to the Pre-K-12 system for programs underfunded by the state, such as libraries, arts, and preschools. In a similar way, the CHEF would bridge the gap between state funding and San Francisco’s higher education needs, supporting programs like English as a Second Language, Career and Technical Education, Ethnic Studies, Transitional Studies, and more.

10. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Rally

Solano County District Attorney’s Office
675 Texas St.
Fairfield

The families of Ronell Foster, Willie McCoy, Angel Ramos and Eric Reason will be having a rally at the Solano County District Attorneys Office in Fairfield.

The families will DEMAND prosecution for the MURDER of Ronell Foster by Vallejo Police Officer Ryan McMahon. In Februrary 2018, Officer McMahon shot Ronell Foster in the back and in the back to the head, while unarmed, after being stopped for not having a light on his bicycle.

We will also be DEMANDING transparency and outside investigation in the case of Eric Reason, who was gunned down by Richmond Police Sergeant Virgil Thomas.

This is YOUR opportunity to raise your voice to DEMAND that our ELECTED officials prosecute out of control police.

It’s time for out community to STAND UP against police corruption and abuse.

Host: Justice for Ronell Foster

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/483245535626005/

Wednesday, November 27

11. San Francisco Food Not Bombs Food Share

Cooking:

3:00pm – 6:30pm

   Station 40, 3030B 16th St. (between Mission & Julian )

      – ring door bell for entry

Sharing:

6:30pm

   16th & Mission BART Plaza

Clean-Up after serving

Help Needed for cooking, sharing, cleanup  and for food pick-ups

For Info or to volunteer email: sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net

Thursday, November 28

12. Thursday, 5:00am – 8:00am, Indigenous Peoples’ Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering

Alcatraz Island
San Francisco

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, Absolutely NO drugs or alcohol of any kind. Smoking only in designated areas. No sales permitted.

Tickets: https://www.alcatrazcruises.com/programs-and-events/annual-events/indigenous-peoples-sunrise-gathering/?fbclid=IwAR2_nEJ1wVWOnQElDY-zDLIZXlyHKzp-brTty6t4RGBs4nYcCiievrJBRFo

The Ticketbooth opens at 3:00AM on Thursday, November 28, 2019 and ferries will depart Pier 33 approximately every 15 minutes from 4:15AM to 6:00AM. We encourage guests to purchase tickets on the website in advance. Ferry tickets can also be purchased by calling 415.981.7625 (ROCK) or from the Ticketbooth at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing.

General admission is $14.00 per person. Toddlers under 5 years of age are free.

Due to capacity restrictions set by the National Park Service there is no question that this event will sell out so please purchase early!

For more information contact the IITC San Francisco Office: (415) 641-4482; Morning Star Gali: mstargali@gmail.com or Rochelle Diver, rochelle@treatycouncil.org

Host: International Indian Treaty Council

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/777594352700047/

Friday, November 29

13. Friday, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Reject Fast Fashion!

Westfield Mall
San Francisco

Join XR Youth SF Bay on Buy Nothing Day / Black Friday to reject the planet-destroying waste of fast fashion. 12.8 million tons of clothing are sent to landfills in the US every year, and the fashion industry’s CO2 emissions are projected to increase by more than 60% to nearly 2.8 billion tons per year by 2030.

We’ll sit-in outside the mall, then slowly process inside, and then hold a die-in.

Who: You! Us! Anyone who is concerned about the environment and their carbon footprint.

What to bring: protest signs (if you don’t have them, we have some extra), comfortable clothing. Another option is to wear an outlandish outfit to make fun of fast fashion!

Host: Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/451930442177434/

14. Friday, 11:45am – 1:15pm, Bay Area Women in Black March and Vigil

Meet at:

Powell St BART Station
SF

11:45am – Meet at BART

12:00 Noon – March to Union Square

Will return to Powell St. BART by 1:00pm

SFPD will be escorting them

Bay Area Women in Black’s annual Black Friday March and Vigil calls for a boycott of products whose sale supports the cruel and illegal occupation of Palestine. Fliers and signs offer the rationale for the boycott and urge the end of U.S. military aid to the State of Israel. This is a non-violent event.

On the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S., Bay Area Women in Black will once again show how profits from the sale of certain items and participation by businesses and cultural groups in events sponsored by the State of Israel are used to impose illegal and cruel occupation and colonialism on the people of Palestine.

Please join our non-violent march and vigil from the Powell Street BART Station to Union Square.

Host: Bay Area Women in Black

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/14/18828119.php

Saturday, November 30

15. Saturday, 1:30pm – 2:00 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 1, 1:30pm – 2:00pm,  XR at the Opera

SF Opera House
391 Van Ness Ave.
SF

Join Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area as we stage XR’s version of the Evening Prayer from the opera, Hansel and Gretel, outside of the Opera House. This event will take place between 1:30 PM and 2 PM, when the entire opera will be presented inside by the SF Opera.

Wells Fargo is the season sponsor of the SF Opera. Wells Fargo is the largest financier of the fracking industry, and the second-largest financier of the fossil fuel industry in the world. This year the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK is cutting its ties to their sponsor, BP, after school children threatened a boycott. A similar outcome in San Francisco would be one small step in combating climate chaos.

This is an open action. Anyone moved to participate is welcome to join us as we listen to the singers tell us about getting pushed into the oven of climate chaos.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1133921546813890/?event_time_id=1133921553480556

‘We’re Going to Win’, Says Sanders, After New National Poll Shows Him Tied for Lead With Biden in 2020 Democratic Primary

November 21, 2019 by Common Dreams

“Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining momentum in the race for the Democratic nomination,” said Emerson Polling.

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) smiles during the Democratic presidential debate at Tyler Perry Studios November 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“We’re going to win,” declared Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday in response to a new national Emerson poll showing the Vermont senator and former Vice President Joe Biden tied for the top spot in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

Sanders and Biden are tied with 27% support, according to Emerson. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) polled in third place at 20%, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg trailed far behind at just 7%.

“Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining momentum in the race for the Democratic nomination, increasing 2 points from October,” Emerson noted. Biden’s support has held steady since Emerson’s October survey, while Warren declined one percentage point.

The poll had a margin of error +/- 4.6% and a sample size of 468 likely Democratic voters.

“Biden and Sanders continue to hold their bases, which should concern Warren, as she has waited for one of the front runners to slip these past few months—yet, their support seems to be crystalizing,” said Spencer Kimball, Director of Emerson Polling.

Compared to Biden, the Emerson poll found Sanders has much stronger support among key demographics. According to the survey, Sanders garnered 37% support from voters under 50 compared to Biden’s 15%. Among Latino voters the split was 36% for Sanders and 23% for Biden. And for voters who identify as “very liberal,” Sanders, not surprisingly, claimed 45% compared to Biden’s 16%.

According to the new survey, the Vermont senator is the only 2020 Democrat leading President Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.

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Attempt to ‘Criminalize Basic Human Kindness’ Fails as Activist Scott Warren Found Not Guilty on All Charges

November 21, 2019 by Common Dreams

“The Trump administration is wrong to try to prosecute people who are only trying to save lives. By threatening Dr. Warren with a decade in prison, the U.S. government sought to criminalize compassion.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writerJessica Corbett, staff writer

Scott Warren, a volunteer for the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, stands in the group’s office on May 11, 2019 in Ajo, Arizona. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

An Arizona jury on Wednesday found human rights activist Scott Warren not guilty of “harboring” undocumented migrants, charges that were levied by federal prosecutors after the geography teacher provided food, water, and shelter to two men traveling through the desert in 2018.

“The government failed in its attempt to criminalize basic human kindness,” Warren, a volunteer worker with advocacy group No More Deaths, said from the steps of the Arizona courthouse following his acquittal. “As we stand here, people’s brothers, sister, father, spouses, and children are in the midst of the perilous desert crossing. The need for humanitarian aid continues.”

“This verdict is validation of what we have always known: that humanitarian aid is never a crime. We will continue to provide food, water, and medical aid to all those who need it.”
—No More Deaths

On Twitter, No More Deaths applauded the jury’s decision.

“Yet again, No More Deaths has withstood the government’s attempts to criminalize basic human compassion,” the group said. “This verdict is validation of what we have always known: that humanitarian aid is never a crime. We will continue to provide food, water, and medical aid to all those who need it, until the day that no one dies or disappears while crossing the deserts and oceans of the world.”

If convicted, Warren would have faced up to a decade in prison. As Reuters reported, the Tucson jury took just over two hours to find Warren not guilty on two federal charges.

After the case concluded Wednesday, one of the jurors told The Intercept‘s Ryan Devereaux outside the courthouse, “I think we all agreed that what he and these people do is fantastic.”

Devereaux reported on Twitter that “we also received a very significant decision in Warren’s misdemeanor case from earlier this year: the judge found that that Warren’s religious freedom defense overcame that charge he faced for leaving water for migrants on public lands.”

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, which supported Warren throughout the legal process, applauded the verdict in a statement Wednesday night.

“Sense has prevailed today with the jury exonerating Dr. Scott Warren for a simple reason: humanitarian aid is never a crime,” Guevara-Rosas said. “The Trump administration is wrong to try to prosecute people who are only trying to save lives. By threatening Dr. Warren with a decade in prison, the U.S. government sought to criminalize compassion and weaponize the deadly desert against people who make the perilous journey to the United States in search of safety.”

Before the trial began, Amnesty circulated a petition pushing the government to #DropTheCharges. Warren’s trial that wrapped up Wednesday followed a trial that ended with a hung jury in June. Prosecutors announced in July that they were dropping a conspiracy charge but would retry him for harboring.

Dozens of Warren’s supporters and fellow volunteers gathered outside the courthouse Wednesday to celebrate the acquittal.

Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, took to Twitter Wednesday night to celebrate the jury’s verdict. “Excellent news!” he wrote. “Advocacy for migrants’ rights and human compassion are not a crime.”

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus also welcomed Warren’s acquittal on Twitter.

“Human compassion shouldn’t be illegal,” the caucus tweeted. “Providing food and water to those in need should not be illegal. We must stand by our values and help immigrants in need, just as Scott did.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a top-tier candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, acknowledged Warren’s acquittal in a tweet Thursday morning, writing that “if we criminalize compassion, we have lost our way as a society.”

The grassroots group New Sanctuary Coalition tied Warren’s case to the broader circumstances surrounding his volunteer work, tweeting: “Now, we demand an end to the Trump administration’s continued targeting of migrant justice activists, the dehumanization of migrants and refugees.”

This post has been updated with background on Scott Warren’s case as well as reporting from the courthouse Wednesday and more statements from supporters.

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Kids’ books about Greta Thunberg and climate change

Susan Faust November 18, 2019 (Datebook.SFChronicle.com)

A view of a new four-story-high mural of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in San Francisco. The mural was designed by Andrés Petreselli on the side of a building near Union Square and funded by nonprofit group OneAtmosphere.org.Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Global climate activist Greta Thunberg has made her way to San Francisco. Near Union Square, at 420 Mason St., to be precise, is a mural of the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist whose pluck and sincerity has made her a viral star.

She was also spotted in Fairfax in Marin County. There, in the middle of town, in the middle of a parking lot, I recently found a life-size cutout of Thunberg, bearing her trademark sign: “Skolstrejk för Klimatet!” which translates to “School Strike for the Climate.”

Just last year, Thunberg would sit in front of the Swedish Parliament on Fridays with that sign, engaged in her then-solo school strike for climate reform. From there, she launched a worldwide children’s movement, soon offering her ominous warning to the adults on the planet: “I don’t want you to be hopeful; I want you to panic … I want you to act as if your house is on fire.” The good people of Fairfax, and all of Northern California, for that matter, know what that can mean.

As we’ve passed the one-year anniversary of the deadly Camp Fire, and seen a new batch of fires burn their own marks of devastation across Northern California this fall, fire is on our minds — especially with the possibility of a coming drought. Well, four new kids’ books can tell us more about wildfires and the people they affect as well as Greta and her crucial crusade. Together, the books beckon us to change our destructive ways before we change the climate even more.

“Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet”
By Jeanette Winter(Beach Lane; 40 pages; $17.99; ages 3-8)

Early this year, at age 80, an esteemed author-illustrator found herself so deeply inspired by young Thunberg’s story that she fast-tracked this timely picture biography. Gratitude is in order; certainly, on behalf of young kids, who are now set to be inspired too. The book’s focus is on how a once-“invisible” girl absorbs her teacher’s lesson on global warming and then immerses herself in a study of destruction — melting polar ice, hundred-year storms, bleached coral reefs, rising oceans and, yes, blazing wildfires.

Famously, Thunberg turns her subsequent sadness into action that soon affords her an international platform. The newly “visible” girl is blunt before the rich and powerful at Davos and the United Nations. Flat art mirrors Greta’s flat affect and heightens the book’s impact with its powerful underlying theme: One small person can make a big difference.

“We Are All Greta: Be Inspired to Save the World”
By Valentina Giannella; illustrated by Manuela Marazzi
(Laurence King/Chronicle; 128 pages; $12.99; ages 11-14)

This ambitious Italian import, translated by a British publisher, serves as backstory of an improbable hero, primer on environmental issues and clarion call to action. It is especially candid about how an Asperger’s diagnosis helps explain Thunberg’s singular focus and uninhibited drive that propel her passion.

On climate change, things get murkier. There is copious but unsourced data about energy, water, biodiversity, diet and the like. Unfortunately, a huge problem remains unexamined: overpopulation. As for alternatives to fossil fuels, the nuclear option is dismissed, not debated. Ideas about how to be a climate activist do abound. No more plastic straws or bottles. Live in cities and fly less. Get involved in marches and social media.

Despite shortcomings, this slim but wide-ranging paperback develops the Greta connection to make more personal and pertinent the mighty challenges of global warming.

  • Susan FaustSusan Faust was a librarian at Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco for 33 years. Email: books@sfchronicle.com.

$1.6 Million in Medical Debt is Gone!

By jpmassar (This content is not subject to review by Daily Kos staff prior to publication.)Monday October 07, 2019 (dailykos.com)

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We did it! Signed, sealed and delivered, letters were received in these last weeks by more than 700 Bay Area residents informing them that

… you no longer owe the balance on the debt referenced above to the above provider. You no longer have any obligation to pay this debt to anyone, at any future time. Because this debt has been canceled as a gift by a 501(c)(3) charity, you do not owe any taxes on the “cancellation of debt” income.

In other words, medical debt abolished! To the tune of $1,600,000 in total.

Strike Debt Bay Area orchestrated a campaign that, with partner Harvey Bilik, raised more than $15,000. National charity RIP Medical Debt, which hosted the fundraiser, then used the funds to buy up defaulted medical debt for less than a penny on the dollar in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Francisco counties in California.

Here’s the county totals as reported to us by RIP Medical Debt:

CountyAmount AbolishedNumber of Debtors
Alameda$906,000327
Contra Costa$430,000320
Marin$96,00029
San Francisco$258,00077

Thanks to the Kossacks (and everyone else!) who responded to our requests for donations (diaries here and here).

We are glad we could help 753 people stop the harassing phone calls, the anxiety and the desperation.  We only wish we didn’t need to have done it… All existing medical debt should be wiped away, and a system put in place yesterday to make sure that no one need incur such debt in the future.

As Vox put it recently

Medical debt is a serious problem in the United States. Here are the raw statistics:

– The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported in 2014 that 43 million Americans had unpaid medical debts on their credit reports.
– Americans accrued an estimated $88 billion in medical debt in 2018, according to a study by Gallup and the nonprofit group West Health.
– Nearly half of Americans fear a major medical event could lead to their bankruptcy, Gallup found.
– One in four people said that sometime in the past year they had skipped medical treatment because of concerns about cost.

We will continue to wish.  RIP Medical Debt, through its own donations and through campaigns across the country like ours, is getting close to eliminating a cool $1,000,000,000 in defaulted medical debt,. That’s an astounding number, except when compared to the total medical debt in the US, much of which is not defaulted (or not yet defaulted…) and people are struggling to pay off — often sacrificing their other needs to do so.

It’s time for radical change.

For more information see our Canceling Big Debts with Small Gifts FAQ, my previous diaries (here and here), the RIP Medical Debt website, and the site that started this all, the Rolling Jubilee.

Adolph Reed Jr. responds to Obama, warns Establishment won’t let Bernie win

The Hill Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Adolph Reed Jr, weighs in on the myth of class reductionism.

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Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Wednesday, 11/20 – Saturday, 11/23 (from Adrienne Fong)

Computer is being difficult, am only posting events through Saturday.

Am not back posting on a regular basis

– Please post 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! 

ARTICLES:

A. Canada reverses UN stance on Palestinians in break with U.S. over settlements – November 19, 2019

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/un-palestinian-vote-canada-israel-us-1.5365637?fbclid=IwAR3gXO0bhcasgWZdjVzPu7egZPY3PEkEsSfJuHNj2Q4ZazxXZmM3MkDAfKk

B. Homeless Moms Occupy Vacant West Oakland Property – November 18, 2019

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/I-Have-a-Right-to-be-Housed-in-My-City-Homeless-Moms-Occupy-Vacant-West-Oakland-Property-565113152.html?amp=y&fbclid=IwAR0emKj6FnzUfvCgPpPE5N0bQP_rk5AX9XN_6XYcKCeHTIOab6_LG8Ybt1o#aoh=15741205909937&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s

C. Kaepernick called an audible and beat the NFL at its game –November 18, 2019

D. Many Native Americans Can’t Get Clean Water, Report Finds – November 18, 2019

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/18/779821510/many-native-americans-cant-get-clean-water-report-finds?fbclid=IwAR0dTrGqPkdv7naqzwsoVw3gzE1pvjpr79Vy4QpGMYEQDQu9Eua3fyX_q6w

E. Julian Assange’s lawyer says his health is ‘seriously deteriorating’ – November 16, 2019

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/julian-assange-s-lawyer-says-his-health-is-seriously-deteriorating-20191116-p53b7i.html

F. Israeli Army Admits to Killing Eight Gaza Family Members: We Thought the House Was Empty

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-israeli-army-admits-strike-that-killed-palestinian-family-intended-for-empty-house-1.8129435?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&fbclid=IwAR3oqVlaJbCFPMrjdsYAnn_lguMn-TSjj87RVxjdsJBkLDGEzse_JEoknVM

G. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted Rodney Reed an indefinite stay of execution – November 15, 2019

   See Action item # 1 to abolish the Federal Death Penalty

H. Top Bolivian coup plotters trained by US military’s School of the Americas, served as attachés FBI police programs – November 13, 2019

4 ACTIONS

1. Tell Congress: The Death Penalty is Wrong

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-congress-the-death-penalty-is-wrong?clear_id=true&source=email-urgent-stop-the-federal-executions

 –  Rep. Ayanna Pressley has introducedH.R. 4052legislation to abolish the federal death penalty.

2. Microsoft: drop AnyVision’s harmful facial recognition technology

  SIGN: https://actions.sumofus.org/a/microsoft-drop-anyvision-s-racially-biased-facial-recognition-technology/?akid=65490.222562.-C4SMN&rd=1&source=fwd&t=13

3. Stop the Big Pharma giveaway in NAFTA 2.0

  SIGN: https://act.demandprogress.org/sign/pharma-nafta/?t=1&referring_akid=26137.1526208.GUW3IZ

4. Regulate Military Police Equipment in Oakland

  SIGN: https://takeaction.salsalabs.org/regulate-police-military-equipment/index.html

EVENTS

Wednesday, November 20 – Saturday, November 23

Wednesday, November 20

1. Wednesday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force – meeting

Radio Africa Kitchen
4800 3rd St.
SF

See reports of violations here: https://www.bvhp-ivan.org/

Info: Task Force c/o Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice (415) 447-3904 – bvhp.ivan@gmail.com

2. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, San Francisco Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019

Louis B . Mayer Auditorium, UC Hastings College of Law,
198 McAllister Street, San Francisco

Accessibility info for the venue:
* Wheelchair accessible
* There will be seating, but we usually fill up so some people end up sitting on the floor or standing. However, if you need a seat and none is available, please flag a volunteer at the event and we will help.
* ASL translation will be provided
* Event will *not* be scent free

5:30pm- 6:00pm/ March from City Hall to UC Hastings
6:00pm- 8:00pm/TDOR program at UC Hastings
8:00pm-9:00pm/ Short reception with light refreshments

This is sober and alcohol free event.

Invocation by Holy Old Man Bull (Marcus Arana)

Guest Speakers & Performers

Ebony Harper
Star Amerasu (Ah Mer Ah Su)
New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Choir

See site for sponsors

Host: SF Transgender Empowerment Advocacy Mentorship Program + 3 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/555710558527928/

3. Wednesday, 6:30pm, Food Not Bombs Food Sharing – Every Wednesday

16th & Mission
BART Plaza
SF

We are resuming weekly sharings on Wednesdays at the 16th/Mission BART Plaza

We will prepare and cook at St. John The Evangelist Church, 1661 15th Street (at Julian) beginning at

   4:00 PM every Wednesday, except for the 4th Wednesday of the month                               

We will continue preparing and cooking at Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (between Mission and Julian) beginning at

   3:00 PM on the 4th Wednesday of the month

We always need volunteers.  

Info: https://sffnb.org/serving-schedule/

4. Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State in the Age of Trump

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave. (check board for room)
Oakland

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay and nationwide.

We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body camera secrecy, anti-transparency laws and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government, and attempts to hide what government officials, employees and agencies are doing.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/17/18827358.php

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

East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland

Join in the first planning meeting for MLK Day/96 hours 2020!
This year’s theme will focus on Black and Brown for Self-Defense.
We’ll be developing demands for each of the following categories, with respect to that theme:
– ICE
– Housing
– Education
– Police Violence (families, surveillance)
– Land (Land trust, grow food)
– Climate
We’ve got lots of work to do. Come, participate, and volunteer to join in the work!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/418565252167194/

6. Wednesday, 8:00pm – 10:00pm, Protest white supremacist Ann Coulter

Sather Gate
UC Berkeley
Berkeley

WHITE SUPREMACIST ANN COULTER COMES TO CAL Campaigning for Ethnic Cleansing inService of a Fascist Regime In Power

Coulter lauds the genocides that laid the foundations for America’s great power and wealthtoday. From her book, Adios, America:

“Without the white settlers, what is known as ‘America’ would still be an unnamed continent fullof migratory tribes chasing the rear end of a buffalo every time their stomachs growled.”

And she spews hatred for those who are the TARGETS of the Trump/Pence regime today, as itseparates families, builds concentration camps and as children die at the border:

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/797681904016592/

Thursday, November 21

7. Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Get Involved in Schools and Communities First

244 Mather St.
Oakland

Join Equity Allies to learn more about:

Organizing petition gathering at pick-up and drop-off and large school events.
Bringing a speaker to your school.
Moving a PTSA endorsement as a strategy for educating and engaging the parent community.
Organizing a couple of house parties as a way to help fundraise, educate and build parent leaders committed to the campaign.

This proposed ballot measure will bring an estimated $12 Billion dollars a year for schools and community services. They are projecting over $550 Million in Alameda County alone. For Oakland, it could mean the opportunity to pay our teachers what they deserve, bring back needed services and stave off closures

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/603042247102616/

8. Thursday, 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.

9. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, IMPEACHMENT Discussion

Revolution Books – Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

IMPEACHMENT Discussion. The removal of not just Trump, but also the Christian fascist vice-president Mike Pence, and indeed this whole fascist regime, is an urgent matter facing humanity. The impeachment of Trump is an important development in that context. The Democrats are fighting this impeachment on very narrow terms… on the terms of this system, and in the interests of the ruling class of this system. Who is NOT being called up to testify during the impeachment hearings? What is NOT being discussed at the impeachment hearing? What will it really take to remove the entire Trump/Pence Regime from power?

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/18/18828207.php

Friday, November 22

10. Friday, 12:15pm – 12:45pm, Rally for Safe Patient Care

Zuckerberg – SF General Hospital
1001 Potrero
SF

Resident doctors at San Francisco General Hospital are at the front lines of patient care, yet we are working above our 80 hour work week, without the support we need to provide quality patient care. We have called on the leadership of SFGH to open the emergency room observation unit, expand staffing on the family medicine service, and better support lower level of care patients. Join us to rally to ensure these changes are made and push for continued improvements in patient care and resident wellbeing!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/807256563065239/

11. Friday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Community Arts & Creative Resistance Delegation SF Reportback

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St.
SF

$10 suggested donation at the door will go to future delegations to Palestine. No one is turned away

Doors open at 6:30pm

7:00pm event begins

Please join members of Eyewitness Palestine’s 69th delegation. Come through for a night of stories, conversation, visuals and reflections from 8 delegation participants coming home to the Bay Area.

Host: Eyewitness Palestine

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2434729006773898/

12. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Forum on 50th Anniversary of Occupation of Alcatraz

PSL
2969 Mission St.
SF

$3 – $10 donation, no one turned away

November 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the historic occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes (IOAT). The occupation lasted for more than 19 months, until it was repressed and evicted by the federal government. The occupation played a key role in the growing Native struggle across the country.

Join us to commemorate this important event in the struggle for Native rights and sovereignty. Learn more about the demands and the gains of this occupation, as well as hear an analysis of the current Native movement.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/17/18828189.php

Saturday, November 23

13. Saturday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, March For Housing Now – Our City, not Scarcity!

Meet at

Mosswood Park
Oakland

In the midst of the housing crisis, speculators are buying up houses, apartments and PUBLIC LAND. In Oakland, there are 4 VACANT units for every, individual unhoused person, 25% of whom are children.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

We cannot settle for ‘trickle-down’ solutions that overproduce “luxury” market-rate housing and structurally build in vacancies and homelessness. We must not stand by while corporate landlords and greedy developers buy up our cities and force black and brown families out in droves. We must work together to make “Housing is a Human Right” more than a slogan and ensure safe, humane housing for all.

JOIN US TO:

MOVE THOUSANDS OFF THE STREETS and vehicles into safe, healthy homes by filling vacant units

PROHIBIT THE HARASSMENT OF RESPONSIBLE TENANTS
by bad landlords trying to push them out for a quick dollar

STOP WALL STREET INVESTORS
from tearing down homes that are affordable to build housing for the wealthy

DEMAND THAT PUBLIC LAND BE USED FOR PUBLIC GOOD
through passing and enforcing strong, local public land use policies

EXPAND RENT CONTROL PROTECTIONS
by repealing Costa Hawkins

Hosts: ACCE Action & 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1773601172765104/

14. Saturday, 12:30pm – 3:30pm, CCWP Holiday Card Party

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

4400 Market St.

Oakland

Join us to send supportive messages of love and solidarity to people we visit in women’s prisons.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/796380197481016/

15. Saturday, 3:00pm, San Francisco Protest at Chinese Consulate for Hong Kong Rights

SF Chinese Consulate

1450 Laguna St.

SF

Show your support and stand up for the people of Hong Kong!

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/11/19/18828254.php