Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Thurs., Jan. 16 – Mon. Jan. 20 (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. Martin Luther King The Three Evils of Society (Youtube)

B. #Moms4Housing: Meet the Mother & Daughter Armed Police Just Evicted from a Vacant House in Oakland – January 16, 2020

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/16/moms4housing_meet_the_mother_daughter_armed

C. Large Military-Grade Drones Could Soon Be Flying Over Your Backyard  – January 16, 2020

D.What all of us owe Puerto Rico – January 15, 2020

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-what-we-owe-puerto-rico-20200115-w7hiy4sdwnhu5gp2tcsa62xbm4-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0NJKLIS5BKHPDMIg9ZPpZjYx2wWi7_2smAiskRFkR9D61msw1z-OmYbkI

E. Israeli Lawyer Denied Position Due to Her Defense of Palestinian Activists in Court – January 14, 2020               

F. California City Bans Coal, Blocking Key Export Route to Asia – January 14, 2020

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-15/california-city-shuts-a-key-coal-export-route-in-name-of-climate?fbclid=IwAR2Jf8NjpTzEzQVGQ75jIY617gcbBXk3RwzddsKAHBLQXDq_Oq5ErgOo-l0

G. Texas just became the first state to shut the door on refugees – January 10, 2020

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/1/10/21060663/texas-refugee-trump-executive-order-abbott?fbclid=IwAR16hTaI2LASvtSyVOEnhlywjE88EyjwuekPsa765L_ykeCTEmLDi0CMWvY

2 ACTIONS:

1. To Larry Fink, BlackRock CEO, and all major investors in fossil fuels

  SIGN: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/blackrock_42/?bTzxaab&v=121971&cl=16593758664&_checksum=a4832271e4c616b37bf3824d4de0f74fc0e6edf0f4c579ff591a394164d34d62

2. Ban Facial Recognition on Campus

  SIGN: https://www.banfacialrecognition.com/campus/?link_id=2&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-new-campaign-ban-facial-recognition-from-campus-2&email_referrer=email_700450&email_subject=facial-recognition-on-campus-no-sign-the-petition

EVENTS

Thursday, January 16 – Monday, January 20

Thursday, January 16

1. Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Born on the MOVE with Mike Jr, Debbie, and Mike Africa Sr

The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St. (nr. 16th St.)
SF

Wheelchair accessible

Join us for a powerful event featuring MOVE organization members Mike Africa Jr, and his parents Mike Sr and Debbie Africa – two former political prisoners who won their freedom after each were held for 40 years in prison.

Using storytelling and hip hop, Mike Africa Jr will take us on a journey of his life from the day that he was secretly born in prison, to the bombing of his family on May 13th, 1985, up to his parents’ release from prison. Mike will then be joined by his parents Debbie and Mike Africa, Sr for a moderated conversation.

Hosts: Critical Resistance, Prison Radio, Critical Resistance Oakland, Freedom Archives

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1538013979674867/

2. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 5G Community Discussion with Dafua Tachover, Max Anderson, Lloyd Morgan

South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St. (nr. Ashby BART)
Berkeley

5G Community DISCUSSION with world-renowned 5G expert DAFNA TACHOVER Esq.
Hosted by Berkeley City Council Members Ben Bartlett and Cheryl Davila with WIreless Radiation Education and Defense (WiRED.)
Plus retired electronic engineer/scientist LOYD MORGAN, an industry spokesperson (invited), and former Council member MAX ANDERSON. Followed by audience comments/questions.

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH 5G and other wireless telecom facilities (aka WTF)?
5th Generation (not to be confused with 5 Gigahertz) will cause a drastic increase in: surveillance, hacking, fire risk, interference with weather prediction, property devaluations, energy use, worker endangerment, industrial clutter, co$t to cities and individuals, and adverse health/environmental effects due to radiation! For more info, see the indybay news item 2020/01/04/18829432.php by Jenny Miller, “The 5G Juggernaut: Coming Soon to a Utility Pole Outside Your Home.”

See site for bios and info

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/09/18829594.php

Friday, January 17

3. Friday, 7:30am – 9:00am, Wake Up Call: Part of MLK’s Radical Legacy Weekend

MacArthur BART Station Plaza
555 40th St.
Oakland

Join SURJ’s Mobilization Committee for our annual “Wake-Up Call” during the 6th Annual Reclaim Martin Luther King Jr.’s Radical Legacy Weekend. We’ll be calling commuters in with broadcasts of inspiring MLK speeches, passing out information on alternatives to calling the police, and inviting people to come out to Monday’s big MLK Day rally and march (see https://www.facebook.com/events/747077179148170/ for more info).

Host: SURJ – Oakland Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1529233270548462/

4. Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Oakland Climate Strike and Resilient Village

Oscar Grant Plaza
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (nr. 12th St. BART)
Oakland

Join Oakland youth for a community Resilient Village to raise awareness on climate resilience and how youth can stand up for climate justice, with hands-on workshops on herbal making, civic engagement, art, water catchment, live art making, youth performances, an open mic, and more. This event will provide youth with strategies for addressing climate change within their families and communities and ways to work for climate justice on a local and global scale. This action is youth led and co-hosted by YVA, Mycelium Youth Network, Planting Justice and others.

This action is youth led and co-hosted by YVA, Mycelium Youth Network, Anti Police Terror Network, Planting Justice and others.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/573190676790237/

5. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Protest the San Francisco Police Officers Association  – Weekly protest.

San Francisco Police Officers Association
800 Bryant  @ 6th Street (outside)
SF

Mothers on the March Against Police Murders and Black and Brown for Justice, Peace and Equality

    ‘Declare the Police Officers Association a Non Grata Organization’

    ‘Jail Killer Cops!’

The Police Officers Association claims to be a union, in reality it is an organization that is based on racism, white supremacy and Nazi ideology. It protects police officers that come into our communities to terrorize and murder our black and brown brothers and sisters.

We demand that the San Francisco Police Officers Association be shut down!

All are welcomed to stand with us even if you can only make it for a few minutes

6. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Forum Honoring MLK Jr. “Money for War, But Can’t Feed the Poor?”

PSL
2969 Mission St.
SF

Last month, Congress passed and Trump signed a record Pentagon budget of $738 billion — $738,000,000,000 — more than the next 10 countries in the world combined! The Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate supported this obscene war budget; without them, it wouldn’t have passed. At the same time, the Trump regime announced it was kicking up to four million people, half of them children, off food stamps starting January 1, 2020 — and then moved to start another deadly war in the Middle East.

Across the country, people are fighting back including with the Poor People’s Campaign, a revival of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 campaign that worked to unite and organize all poor and oppressed people against the evils of poverty, racism, and war. Join us to discuss how we can fight to fund people’s needs, not more wars!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/479296232784227/

7. Friday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Persepolis – film & discussion

Revolution Books Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

We are screening this beautiful film now to stand with the Iranian people! NO WAR ON IRAN!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/479030069447133/

Saturday, January 18

8. Women’s March- See Indybay for listings: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

Areas listed:

 Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Marin, San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Pleasanton, San Mateo

9. Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sun, Jan. 19, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Guerilla Housing: Reclaiming Dr.King’s Legacy of Radical Action

East 12th & 14th Ave.
Oakland

Join us to build “The Right to Exist” Village – January 18 and 19, 10am-5pm – no experience necessary!

For the past three years, The Village in Oakland #feedthepeople has participated in Reclaiming Dr. Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy by reclaiming unused and/or neglected public landed owned by the City of Oakland to build temporary emergency shelter for our brothers and sisters living on the streets.

The goals are simple:
1. Let people get off the ground, out of tents and into something safe until permanent deeply affordable housing is accessible to our people.
2. Show how illegitimate, ineffective, cruel and inhumane the mayor and her Encampment Management Team are in approaching the homeless crisis that her decisions helped create.
3. Connect the dots between gentrification, the housing affordibility crisis and the homeless state of emergency.
4. Inspire regular people like us – both housed and unhoused – to take matters in our own hands and provide community driven solutions since city hall refuses to.

This past year, we focussed on upgrading existing curbside communities by building homes and communal kitchens, upgrading self made homes,, defending self built homes from demolition, and improving conditions at curbside communities that are neglected or brutalized by the mayor’s encampment management team.

One such community is in East Oakland behind the Burger King on East 12th and 14th Ave. We built three emergency homes, are providing regular trash service, and supported the residents in their political empowerment – in particular learning about their rights and developing self government.

This Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, instead of moving on to an empty piece of public land, we call all housed and unhoused volunteers to concentrate our energies on this East Oakland encampment and finish building “The Right To Exist” Curbside Community – that the longterm residents have designed and named.

On January 18 & 19th from 10am to 5pm, we will build 5 tiny homes, a communal kitchen, a solar shower, a bike operated washer, raised garden beds, and paint murals on the three finished homes. We will serve food all day, do a huge trash pick up along East 12th from 14th to 22nd Ave, and offer workshops and services for our unhoused brothers and sisters:

If you want to help us prepare, you can join a committee by contacting Needa Bee at 510-355-7010

Host: The Village in Oakland #feedthepeople

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1526542027493950/  and https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/16/18829806.php

10. Saturday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, ReclaimMLK: DeGentriFUKation/Stolen Land Press Tour of BlacArthur

Meet at:

Homefulness
8031 BlackArthur Bl (MacArthur)
Oakland

Occupied deep east Huchuin (Oakland) like most intentionally “Blighted” poor peoples of color neighborhoods across Amerikkklan has literally hundreds of hoarded &vacant parcels of Mama Earth being hoarded by realESnakes,speculators,bankkks & devil-opers waiting for the right moment to strike aka the occupied mama earth aka “property” values to “rise” -This is the standard operating formula for GentriFUKation & we houseless/indigenous poor peoples trying to build our own self-determined solution to homelessness we call Homefulness are right in the middle of ground zero of this violent destruction, which is why when we first began this liberation movement we launched DeGentrification Zones – DGZ A CityWide Plan for Decolonization and have worked everyday, while manifesting/ building to help long-time residents stay here

The violent hoarding, gating, fencing and GentriFUKing of BlackArthur (MacArthur), East, North, West Oakland and all of the Bay Area leads to displacement, foreclosure, removal, evictions and homelessness of life-long Oakland/Bay Area residents and has thousands of us dying on the streets while others hoard, occupy and steal -join us on 6th Annual Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy Weekend to pray ,remember vision, ,degentriFUK &liberate for ancestors ,mama earth & all of us …

Hosts: POOR Magazine + 6 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/588790295229206/  

Sunday, January 19

11. Sunday, 9:30am – 11:00am, The Poor People’s Campaign in the Bay Area

Unitarian Universalist Society of SF
1187 Franklin
SF

Virginia Hollins – Davidson, member of the steering committee of the Poor People’s Campaign and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists will speak about the Poor People’s Campaign in the S.F. Bay Area.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/14/18829745.php

12. Sunday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Solitary Man: A Visit To Pelican Bay State Prison

UU Center
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Solitary Man is a moving and humanizing story of life in solitary confinement based on letters from prisoners at Pelican Bay.

In Solitary Man, Charlie Hinton as himself visits Otis Washington played by Fred Johnson a prisoner since its opening in 1989.

With a sprinkle of jazz mixed with powerful words as the two get to know each other makes this play a must see performance.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/11/18829659.php

13. Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Alternatives to Policing: How Not to Call the Cops Ever

First Congregational Church of Oakland (UCC)
2501 Harrison St.
Oakland

Accessibility:

guests in wheelchairs or scooters need to drive or be dropped off at the top of the back parking lot.
* Wheelchair users do access the building with assistance by driving or being dropped off at the top of the back parking lot.

* Unless a member of your group has propped the door open, wheelchair users will need assistance opening the blue door since there is not yet a push button switch on it.
* Once inside, most ground-floor rooms are accessible using a wheelchair.
* Please come scent-free;

This month we will learn from a community of people who have practiced not calling the police for more than 20 years while living through their own collective traumas, colonization, gentrification, family violence, eviction, incarceration, displacement, betrayal and attempted takedown.

Here is a description from POOR Magazine/Homefulness:

“This workshop will include teaching on poor and traumatized peoples accountability, how to REdefine a western wite supremacist notion of security, and how to hold each other through trauma and into a true definition of interdependent safety.

Walking this walk among a poor and indigneous peoples-led movement means facing our demons ALL THE TIME because we all come out of collective trauma experiences of racism, wite supremacy, ablism, family violence, false borders, eviction, houselessness, criminalization, elder/child abuse, sexual violence, rape, incarceration, poLICE violence genderism, hate crimes and so much more.”

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

POOR Magazine is a poor people led/indigenous people led, grassroots non-profit,arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education and advocacy to silenced youth, adults and elders in poverty across the globe.

HOMEFULNESS is a poor people led/indigenous people led revolution: a sweat equity, permanent co-housing, education, arts and social change project for houseless and formerly houseless families and individuals in deep East Oakland/Huichin

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP SERIES

A growing coalition of organizations in the Bay Area is coming together to explore alternatives to calling the police to our campuses and into our neighborhoods. Over the coming year, we will be offering a series of workshops to explore alternatives to calling the police.

Hosts: First Congregational Church of Oakland, POOR Magazine, Kahilla Community Synagogue, APTP, SURJ Oakland Bay Area, JVP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/3399301246810226/

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

Meet at:

Lake Merritt BART Station (Outside)
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 and jails 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.

We do not positively engage with the racist pigs who work at the jail, as they are willing agents of the state that criminalizes, incarcerates and murders us.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2498338503746127/

Monday, January 20

Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Actual birthday is January 15th)

OAKLAND EVENTS – Part of Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy

15. Monday, 8:30am – 9:30am, Baby Breakfast “Blockade” for #moms4housing

Oscar Grant Plaza
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland

Come bring blankets, breakfast items and your babies for story and music time at Oscar Grant Plaza. Join us for a discussion on how to stay active in the movement with your young one in tow and how to support #moms4housing

This will Be before and in preparation for APTP reclaim MLK march

Host: Abundant Beginnings

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599428026863734/

16. Monday, 9:00am – 11:00am#reclaimMLK Young Activists Rally

Oscar Grant Plaza
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland

Come join us as we raise our powerful voices and reclaim the radical legacy of MLK. Come out with your whole family for stories, songs, chants, and mini lessons. This action is focused on young activist ages 2-10 and their adult allies.

We will be joining up with the main march starting at 12pm. The children’s contingent will be meeting towards the front of the march.

Host: Abundant Beginnings

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/749604952228042/

17. Monday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, 6th Annual Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy Rally and March

Gather at:

Oscar Grant Plaza
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (nr. 12th Street BART)
Oakland

On Monday, January 20, the Anti Police-Terror Project will lead a mass mobilization of people from across the Bay Area starting at Oakland’s Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, for the 6th Annual March and Rally to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy.

Join APTP for the 6th annual Reclaim Kings Radical Legacy March. For six years running, the APTP Reclaim MLK event has been the only MLK March in the city of Oakland and is looked to by hundreds of Oaklanders as one of the premiere events of the year; bringing together people across race, class and political ideology with a commitment to build a just and equitable Oakland that Dr. King would be proud of.

The MLK march demands are:

 Housing as a Human Right, Close the Camps, No School Closures, End Police Repression, Climate Justice, No More War.

For decades, MLK’s legacy has been whitewashed. Often portrayed as a passive figure, in truth he was a radical leader demanding rational change: an end to capitalism, to war, to empire, to poverty, and to white supremacy. Communities in Oakland and across the country take this opportunity every year to celebrate the true spirit of this revolutionary.

“January 2020 marks another 10 years of gentrification, displacement, and a worsening houselessness crisis. Another 10 years of the Bay Area’s elected leaders putting profits over people. Another 10 years of government for and by developers, tech companies, and banks – instead of for and by the People.” said Cat Brooks, former Oakland mayoral candidate and co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project.

Accessibility Information:
Kid & family friendly!
Snacks & water provided
Porta potties available at beginning & end rallies, including 1 ADA porta potty at each location
Scent-free zone will be created at beginning & end rallies, as well as supported during the march. *Please come to the march as scent-free as possible!*
Seating available at beginning & end rallies
ASL interpretation will likely be available – to be confirmed ASAP!
Vehicle transport available during the march! Access vehicles will be following right behind the crowd. Currently no vehicle is able to transport someone in a wheelchair. Contact kdtertocha@gmail.com if you have such a vehicle to offer during the march!
Medic team will be on site throughout the whole event!

A weekend of events leading up to Monday’s Rally and March include:

Wake Up Call: by SURJ Oakland/BayArea, Friday, 1/17/10, 7:30-9am, MacArthur BART Station Plaza

Oakland Climate Strike and Resilience Village, Friday, 1/17/20, 10am-1pm at Oscar Grant Plaza

Degentrifukation Tour of BlackArthur, Saturday, 1/18/20, 12pm, Poor Magazine, 8032 MacArthur Blvd

Alternatives to Policing: How Not to Call the Police, Sunday, 1/19/20, 2-5pm, First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St, Oakland

Host: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/747077179148170/  and  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/16/18829798.php

SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS

   Listing of SF Events:  https://norcalmlkevents.odoo.com/

18. Monday, 9:00am – 11:00am, 2020 Caltrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train to SF

Location: starting at San Jose Diridon Station , stops at Palo Alto and San Mateo,
then on to San Francisco’s Caltrain Station

Cost: FREE (tickets go fast)

Take the Caltrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train to the MLK2020 celebration events in
San Francisco on Monday, January 20, and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King through exciting activities for all.

This free commemorative service is a program of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation, in partnership with Caltrain, and it signals the region’s dedication to continue the service begun by the late Coretta Scott King.

–San Jose’s Diridon Station at 9:45am (65 Cahill St., San Jose 95110)

–Palo Alto Station at 10:05am (95 University Ave., Palo Alto 94301)

–San Mateo Station at 10:25am (385 First Ave., San Mateo 94401)

Once at CalTrain SF, celebrants will be able to immediately take part in the MLK2020 March which begins at this station, or head directly to Yerba Buena Gardens to take part in a full day of festivities. For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, visit sfmlkday.org

Reserve your complimentary commemorative tickets for departure from one of the above stations today, and pick up your tickets at your point of departure on Monday, January 20, one hour before travel.

See site for details: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/13/18829724.php

19. Monday, 9:30am – 12Noon, MLK 2020: Martin Luther King Jr. Annual March/Parade San Francisco

Begins at San Francisco Caltrain Station, 700 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107,
then march to Yerba Buena Gardens, between Third and Fourth, Mission and Folsom Streets

The 1.5 mile journey crosses the Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park to commemorate the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a symbol of violence and victory in the civil rights movement. On arriving at Yerba Buena Gardens an interfaith commemoration will honor the legacy of Dr. King Jr.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/13/18829722.php

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