How will childhood among radicals impact Chesa Boudin as SF’s district attorney?

Bob Egelko Jan. 4, 2020 (

Chesa Boudin speaks to supporters during his election night party in November. He was declared the winner several days later.
1of4Chesa Boudin speaks to supporters during his election night party in November. He was declared the winner several days later.Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle 2019
Boudin with his parents, David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, who went to prison for their part in a deadly armored car robbery in 1981.
2of4Boudin with his parents, David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, who went to prison for their part in a deadly armored car robbery in 1981.Photo: Courtesy Chesa Boudin
Chesa Boudin as a child.
3of4Chesa Boudin as a child.Photo: Courtesy Chesa Boudin

Chesa Boudin won’t be San Francisco’s first left-leaning district attorney. His predecessor, George Gascón, fit that description. So did Terence Hallinan, who held the office from 1995 to 2003.

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Thousands march in SF to denounce US attack, potential war with Iran

Anna Bauman and Peter Fimrite Jan. 4, 2020 (

Protesters near the Powell Street BART Station denounce the killing of the Iranian general.
1of10Protesters near the Powell Street BART Station denounce the killing of the Iranian general.Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle
Thousands march down Market Street toward Fourth Street during an anti-war demonstration in S.F.
2of10Thousands march down Market Street toward Fourth Street during an anti-war demonstration in S.F.Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle
Connie Jeung-Mills of San Francisco carries a protest sign during an anti-war demonstration in San Francisco.
3of10Connie Jeung-Mills of San Francisco carries a protest sign during an anti-war demonstration in San Francisco.Photo: Jessica Christian / The Chronicle

Thousands converged on San Francisco’s streets Saturday afternoon for an anti-war demonstration organized in response to an American air strike on Friday that killed a top Iranian general.

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SB 50 authors need to be better allies of tenants, low-income people and people of color

Jackie Fielder, shown here speaking at a November rally in support of a public bank, argues that the authors of SB 50 need to work more closely with the communities that are most affected by gentrification. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

By Jackie Fielder and Deepa Varma

As affordable housing advocates and women of color living in Senator Scott Wiener’s district, we write to challenge Senator Wiener to become a better ally of unhoused people, housing insecure people, low-income people and people of color by making significant changes to Senate Bill 50.

A huge impetus for this bill has been Wiener’s passion for transit-oriented development. We share that vision as well, but we cannot simply rezone for transit-oriented development while ignoring the fact that low-income Californians rely on transit the most. Urbanist pro-housing allies need to do a better job of listening to low income people and people of color before legislating or advocating on their behalf.

Senator Wiener has proudly described how a previous bill, Senate Bill 35, overrides local controls to build housing, much like SB 50. Some affordable housing successes are trickling out of SB 35, particularly in the wealthiest parts of the state that have been resistant to building more housing.

However, one of SB 35’s supposed success stories is a large corporate-developed project in Berkeley. Some of those who objected to the project were native Ohlone people whose sacred shell mounds would be permanently desecrated by the project. In September a Superior Court judge in Alameda agreed with Native American claims and blocked the project. Last week, the corporate developers filed an appeal of that decision based upon SB 35’s power to override local objections. This shows how well-intended yet top-down urbanist policies can hit exclusionary suburb targets like Beverly Hills but also dragnet communities of color back to the frontlines of displacement and gentrification. Treating marginalized people like the Ohlone as “collateral damage” to fulfill a grand urbanist vision is unacceptable. Here are some specific changes we believe are necessary to keep SB 50 from doing serious damage to our communities.

Stronger voice for “sensitive” communities. Wiener claims that one of the primary aims of SB 50 is to promote housing construction in wealthy, segregated enclaves which currently prohibit affordable housing. We fully support that aim. But one glaring problem is that SB 50’s considerations for “sensitive communities” were written — and are apparently being amended — without community input from those “sensitive communities.” While the senator has been to Palo Alto for a neighborhood forum on the law, he has yet to hold one in a “sensitive community” in his own district. By shifting the standard democratic community planning process to Sacramento, SB 50 makes decision-making even more inaccessible for low-income communities and communities of color, while privileging real estate lobbyists of the California Real Estate Association and landlords of the California Apartment Association. Invite marginalized communities to the policy making table.

Real tenant protections. SB 50 proclaims to protect rent-controlled units, yet barely over a dozen California cities have any rent control, and what they do have is severely limited by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Furthermore, the “anti-demolition” clause, which is supposed to protect tenant housing, is actually an invitation for real estate speculators to vacate currently rented housing and hold it off the market for some years in anticipation of windfall profits later. As we are seeing with the Black-women-led Moms 4 Housing collective in Oakland, speculators will sit on vacancies while thousands go unhoused. SB 50’s vacancy protection is limited and also nearly impossible to effectively enforce in the majority of California cities that lack demolition protections and rental registries. This must be fixed.

More funding for affordable housing. Sacramento can’t demand that cities meet their below-market rate housing goals without confronting the conditions for real estate speculation, which largely hinge on racism and classism — hitching crumbs of lower-income housing to gigantic projects for predominately white and wealthy individuals in gentrifying communities of color. We need to prioritize the construction of subsidized housing at the scale required to house no-, very-low, and low-income people and people of color being displaced from urban core communities. Furthermore, in the fifth largest economy in the world, housing for low-income people should not mean less housing for middle-income people. We have all the resources we need to uphold housing a human right, not a zero-sum game. SB 50–and the conventional approach to affordable housing—takes that myth as a premise, and allows real estate investors to build the housing supply that best suits their investment returns, not the collective social need. Equitable zoning must be accompanied with equitable funding to solve the affordable housing crisis.

Unless SB 50’s backers get serious about fixing its language – while at the same time repealing the Ellis Act and Costa Hawkins, which are blocking affordable housing and rent control – we remain allied with low-income communities and communities of color here and around the state in strong opposition. Marginalized communities are not collateral for an urbanist vision, they are partners out of this affordable housing crisis.

Jackie Fielder is a San Francisco State University lecturer, community organizer, and Democratic candidate for State Senate, District 11. Deepa Varma is executive director for the San Francisco Tenants Union.

Democrats Need to Rip Off the Mask of Timidity and Impeach Trump on All Counts

January 09, 2020 by Common Dreams

Only a full accounting of Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors will shake the Republicans from backing McConnell’s kangaroo court

by Ralph Nader


A child participant seen during the rally. Dozens of protesters take part in a rally called "Swarm the Senate" in the Hart Senate Office Building urging action to "impeach, remove, indict and jail" President Trump. (Photo: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

A child participant seen during the rally. Dozens of protesters take part in a rally called “Swarm the Senate” in the Hart Senate Office Building urging action to “impeach, remove, indict and jail” President Trump. (Photo: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Many Americans have forecasted that the outlaw Donald Trump will commit even more illegal acts to increasing his support in the 2020 presidential year. Remember Wag the Dog, a film about using a fabricated war to draw attention away from presidential misdeeds. Those Americans have been proven right by Donald Trump’s attempt to provoke an unlawful war with Iran. Likewise, Trump has illegally ordered his staff or ex-staff to ignore Congressional subpoenas to testify and provide documents.

As the most impeachable president in American history, Trump continues to shred our Constitution and its critical separation of powers. Trump has repeatedly, brazenly seized Congressional authority in an attempt to turn the presidency into a monarchy.  Trump once went so far as to say, “I am the chosen one.”

If the supine Republican-controlled Senate fails to convict Trump, the voters should landslide him in November.

Unlike Nixon, who slinked away because of the Watergate scandal, every day Trump is providing more evidence to the Congress about his impeachability. He never stops. He never expresses remorse or apologizes for violating the Constitution or federal criminal statutes, such as the Antideficiency Act. Likewise, Trump has shown no respect for international treaties to which the U.S. is a solemn signatory.

Trump’s mantra of usurpation is clear. He declared that because of Article II of the Constitution, “I have the right to do whatever I want as President.” Trump seems to have neglected Article I, which gives Congress the exclusive authority to declare war, to appropriate funds, and to conduct investigations of the Executive branch with the plenary authority, i.e. issue and enforce subpoenas. Congress is the primary branch of government, not a co-equal branch.

Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns, unlike previous presidents who released them every year. Trump has much to hide in terms of entanglements with foreign entities. He is a walking violation of the Emoluments Clause (Article I, section 9, paragraph 8), which prohibits any president from profiting from foreign interests. Trump profits when foreign dignitaries patronize his hotels and other properties.

The Constitution requires Trump to faithfully execute the law. Instead he is destroying health, safety, workplace, and environmental laws through his corrupt henchman. The Trump regime is dismantling congressionally mandated federal agency law enforcement programs and, in so doing, is removing lifesaving protections. At the same time, Trump is corruptly raising money from the corporate interests that want to dismantle these agencies, from Wall Street to Houston’s oil barons.

The most morally distinguishing impeachable offenses come under the heading of what Alexander Hamilton called “abuse of the public trust.”

Consider these abuses of the public trust:

  1. Trump’s chronic, obsessive, pathological lying and falsifications (he has made over 15,000 false or misleading claims since January 21, 2017);
  2. Trump’s history of being a serial sexual predator working to delay numerous court cases and escape demands for depositions under oath by many victims;
  3. Trump’s endless racism and bigotry in words and deeds. Since becoming president, Trump has backed voter suppression aimed at minorities; and
  4. Trump’s incitement of violence on more than one occasion.

Trump should be impeached and convicted. If the supine Republican-controlled Senate fails to convict Trump, the voters should landslide him in November.

It is almost as if Trump looks to setting records in how many parts of the Constitution he can violate. He interceded with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent two members of Congress visas to Israel. Trump’s actions prevented these members of Congress from exercising their oversight responsibilities under the Speech and Debate Clause (Article I, section 6, clause 1). No president has ever dared such an intervention.

For the elaboration of twelve impeachable counts under one major Article, see the letter by me, constitutional law experts Bruce Fein, and Louis Fisher in the Congressional Record (December 18, 2019, page H 12197).

Speaker Pelosi must add some of these impeachable offenses, backed by constitutional law specialists, or Trump will trumpet that though she had the votes to do so, she didn’t because they are “fake, lies.” Exonerating him will prove to be a devastating precedent for future presidents behaving similarly, as the standards for presidential behavior keep dropping lower and lower into lawless immunity and impunity.

The most morally distinguishing impeachable offenses come under the heading of what Alexander Hamilton called “abuse of the public trust.”

Conservative Fox News commentator, constitutional law scholar, and former Judge Andrew Napolitano has said if he were the Democrats, he would reopen the impeachment case “on the basis of new evidence. That would justify holding onto the articles of impeachment [from the Senate] the articles of impeachment [abuse of power and contempt of Congress] because there’s new evidence and perhaps new articles.”

Pelosi can strengthen her hand constitutionally by enlarging the impeachment case against Trump. This move would give millions of Americans a stake in impeachment because it would directly relate to protections and services they lost because of lawless Trump.  In addition, more articles of impeachment would make the Senate Republicans led by “Moscow Mitch” McConnell far less able to hold a hasty kangaroo court trial without witnesses.

Fein, Fisher, and I have written Speaker Pelosi and Senator McConnell urging that the trial’s procedures should be established by Chief Justice John Roberts, subject to Senate majority repeal, to assure not only fairness, but the perception of fairness (See the letter here). Right now in the Senate there is too much bias, prejudgment, and conflict to avoid a farce.

Moreover, when will the American Bar Association, with over 194,000 lawyer-members, insist on constitutional observance and the rule of law? When will all those original members of Trump’s cabinet, whom he fired in favor of “yes men,” stand up patriotically for America? When will Colin Powell, George Shultz, and other leading figures from past administrations stand tall and speak out? When will former President Barack Obama stand up to Donald Trump? All of these people are privately worried sick over what Trump is doing and will do to our country.

These are very dangerous times for our Republic, its democratic processes, and our freedoms. Trump is going to “wave the flag” and try to intimidate and bully his opponents and the citizenry. Don’t fall for it America!

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest books include: To the Ramparts: How Bush and Obama Paved the Way for the Trump Presidency, and Why It Isn’t Too Late to Reverse CourseHow the Rats Re-Formed the CongressBreaking Through Power: It’s easier than we think, and Animal Envy: A Fable

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Facebook Is a Crime Scene: “The Great Hack” Documentary Details Big Data’s Threat to Democracy

( January 7, 2020 As new details emerge about how the shadowy data firm Cambridge Analytica worked to manipulate voters across the globe, we continue our look at the documentary, “The Great Hack.” We speak to Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser, the film’s co-directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, and the propaganda researcher Emma Briant.

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Wed., Jan. 8 – Sun. Jan. 12 (from Adrienne Fong)

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Wed., Jan. 8 – Sun. Jan. 12th

Am not back posting on a regular basis but these are emergent times.

Please post your events on Indybay:

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

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events!


A. Iran Strikes US Forces in Ain al-Assad and Erbil Base in Iraq – January 7, 2020

B. ‘We’re going to war, bro’: Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne deploys to the Middle East– January 7, 2020|3

C. The USA is now at war, de-facto and de-jure, with BOTH Iraq and Iran – January 5, 2020

See events for actions around War with Iran

   # 1, # 8, # 13

D. Border stops for people of Iranian descent spark outrage  – January 5, 2020

E. Iran abandons nuclear deal over US killing general – January 5, 2020

F. Lawsuit: Civil Rights Lawyer Feared for His Life as Oakland Officers Held Him at Gunpoint During ‘Potentially Deadly’ Traffic Stop – Dec. 31, 2019

   This happened to Atty. Adante Pointer – who has represented many families who have lost loved ones to police brutality.


1. Tell Congress: Stop Trump’s Path to War


2. Free Chelsea Manning Now



Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, Jan. 12

Wednesday, January 8

1. Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Emergency Protest! No New War With Iran!

Powell & Market Sts.


The Trump regime has brought the world to the brink of a catastrophic new war in the Middle East, by ordering the assassination of one of Iran’s top leaders, Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Millions of people from all walks of life join the huge funeral processions in Iraq as well as Iran, demanding justice. Trump and his war monger advisors knew that the leadership in Iran would have no alternative but to respond to the extreme provocation, opening the way for a massive new U.S. military assault on that country.

It is Trump and his administration which bear the full responsibility for the threat of a new and devastating war. Prior to the assassination of Soleimani, Trump illegally broke the JCPOA, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. The administration imposed harsh sanctions on Iran – really an act of war – seeking to strangle the economy and cause maximum suffering for the more than 80 million Iranian people.

All people who stand for peace with justice must now act to stop a new, all-out war.



2. Wednesday, 6:30pm, Food Not Bombs Food Sharing

16th & Mission
BART Plaza

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.  


3. Wednesday 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Organizing Meetings for 6th Annual MLK Day Weekend

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

Join us in planning, organizing and building for the 6th Annual MLK Day Weekend, including the Monday, 1/20, Rally and March. Come to two remaining planning meetings on Wednesday, 1/8 at Omni Ballroom, and Wednesday, 1/15 at Eastside Arts Alliance, both at 7pm.

We’re joining with many organizations to lift up the radical legacy of Martin Luther King all weekend long. We invite people and organizations to plan events all weekend, culminating in our 6th Annual Rally and March on Monday, 1/20, at noon at Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway.

We want to lift up the struggles against ICE and Concentration Camps, for Housing for all, against school closures and cops in the schools. We will continue to support the families and community against police violence. We support movements for land and growing our own food. And we fully support the Oakland Climate Strike and Resilient Village organized by Youth Vs. Apocalypse and Mycelium Youth Network:

Host: APTP


4. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, U.S. assassination of Iranian leader & danger of war

Revolution Books – Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.

Come, discuss and act. This is a moment when what people do can change the course of history. Be part of this.

U.S. Carries Out Assassination of Iranian Leader and Escalates Conflict

Oppose U.S. Imperialist Aggression-Trump/Pence Out Now!
* What’s Behind the US-Provoked Escalation in the Middle East
* Why We Must Oppose Any and All Acts of U.S. Aggression
* How Can We Mobilize People to Get Out in the Streets to Oppose a US War on Iran?
* How a World Without Imperialism Would Be Radically Different and Far Better

At 10 p.m. Thursday night U.S. Eastern Standard Time, the Pentagon stated that Donald Trump ordered the assassination of the major Iranian figure Major General Qassim Soleimani. Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force, an Iranian government force that commands militias in different countries of the region. He was widely thought to be the second or third most important leader in Iran. The assassination of a figure of such prominence is objectively an act of war.

To be clear: Soleimani was a longtime butcher for the reactionary Iranian regime. But the butchery carried out by America in that region alone is 1,000 times greater than anything the likes of Soleimani could dream of, and the U.S. has absolutely no right to be carrying out assassinations and threatening further escalations. In fact, the U.S. has no right to be in that region, period.

Hosts: Revolution Books & Refuse Facism – Bay Area


Thursday, January 9

5. Thursday, 9:00am – 12Noon, Court Support for Kayla Moore Family

US Court of Appeals for  Ninth Circuit
95 7th St. (@ Mission St.)

9am Rally

What to bring: ID
What not to bring: Don’t bring anything you aren’t supposed to bring on an airplane (substances, sharp objects, etc.)

The Moore family’s 9th circuit appeal in their case against the City of Berkeley and the cops who killed Kayla has been scheduled for oral arguments to be heard on January 9, 2020.


On February 12, 2013, Kayla Moore was in her apartment with her caretaker when BPD officers knocked on her door to do a “wellness check” because a friend had called police saying that he was concerned about her behavior. Within minutes, Kayla was face down and suffocating under a pile of six officers. Kayla died just after midnight. In the six years since she was killed, no officer has been disciplined and no policy has been changed. There is no reason to believe that this will be the last time that a person with a mental health disability suffers from inappropriate and disproportionate Berkeley police response.

After Judge Breyer’s decision in March 2018 to throw out the entire case without letting the evidence go before a jury, the family decided to appeal. It is their belief, and ours, that the overwhelming amount of conflicting evidence in the case—including the cops changing their stories, as well as experts disagreeing about the cause of death—necessitates that the case go before a jury. Legally, the judge cannot simply decide that he likes one argument more than another one; that is for the jury to decide.

, the evidence that we do have points to the fact that the City and the cops are at fault for Kayla’s death. How can a “wellness check” result in the death of a disabled woman in her own apartment? We strongly believe that Kayla would be alive today if cops were not deployed to situations where what is needed are trained and compassionate caregivers.

We believe that the Moore family’s case should go before a jury, as is required by law when there is conflicting evidence in a case. We are building momentum toward the hearing date. We want to fill the courtroom and show support for Kayla Moore and her family. We demand a jury trial so the appalling facts of the case can be heard.

The court can fit a few hundred observers, and is usually empty. Let’s pack the court!


6. Thursday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, First 100 Days Campaign

350 Rhode Island

Accessibility: The location can be reached within one block by the 10, 19, 22, and 55 MUNI lines and will be held on the sidewalk in front of the address.

The No New SF Jail Coalition will be kicking off 2020

To mark the January 9th inauguration of a new progressive majority on the Board of Supervisors and District Attorney Chesa Boudin taking office, we will be holding a rally and press conference at the District Attorney’s office

to ensure that our elected officials implement their campaign promises to decarcerate San Francisco and close the jail at 850 Bryant.

Hosts: No New SF Jail, CUAV, Critical Resistance Oakland, Democratic Socialist of America – SF


7. Thursday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Save Our Democracy, Protest Facebook

Facebook HQ
1601 Willow Rd.
Menlo Park


Bus from San Francisco and San Mateo: A bus to Menlo Park will be leaving San Francisco’s Pioneer Monument on Fulton Street, which is near the Civic Center BART station at 3 PM on Thursday. It will stop for another pick up at the Hillsdale Caltrain station in San Mateo. Seats are first come, first served, so sign up now by registering for this event or emailing

Public transit: Please use this website for public transit info. If using Caltrain, there is a Willow Road shuttle from the Menlo Park Caltrain station.

Facebook refuses to take down advertisements by US politicians that feature even the most blatant falsehoods. And its efforts to stop the spread of toxic hate and disinformation that have created a climate of fear for immigrants, suppressed voter turnout among African Americans, and threaten the upcoming US census count are too little, too late.


In-person protest @ Facebook Headquarters

Online protest
On January 9, “black out” Facebook by covering your Facebook cover photo and profile photo with a completely black box. See for more info and instructions on how to replace these photos on your Facebook page.

Media Alliance, Global Exchange, MediaJustice, CODEPINK, CREDO Action, Indivisible SF, Indivisible SF Peninsula/CA-14, Indivisible Healdsburg,, Free Press Action, SumOfUs, RYSE, Vigil for Democracy, Coastside United for Action, Courage Campaign, Raging Grannies Action League, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, and others.

Info:  or

8. Thursday, 5:00pm, No War with Iran: Day of Action

One Post St. (above Montgromery BART)

RSVP to SF Event:

To find events in other areas:

A coalition of progressive groups have announced plans to come together this Thursday to lead marches across the U.S. against President Donald Trump’s push to wage war on Iran.

Win Without War, MoveOn, Indivisible, Vets About Face, and the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) are among the groups leading the demonstrations. 

“Nearly 50 events around the country, more to come,” Jamal Abdi, NIAC president, tweeted Tuesday.

According to a Tuesday press release from the coalition, Thursday’s marches will focus on beating back continuing White House threats to attack Iran.

“In the wake of the Trump administration’s reckless assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, and threats to escalate conflict, activists carrying a ‘no war’ message will urge restraint and that the United States avoid yet another unnecessary, costly war of choice in the Middle East,” the group said. 


Friday, January 10

9. Friday, 11:30am – 12:30pm, Compassion Has No Walls Vigil at ICE Building

630 Sansome St.

Join us this month as we stand with those directly impacted by unjust immigration systems and laws. Together we will inspire and be inspired, sing and pray, support and be supported, and honor all of humanity.

This month, our vigil is hosted by Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity staff to kick off our new year of compassion beyond all walls and borders. Benjamin Mertz will also join us to lead our group in song.


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

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

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.

11. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Trump + Pentagon Threaten New War on Iran

2969 Mission St.

$3-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.

The Trump administration and Pentagon have moved to start a war with Iran by assassinating Qassem Soleimani, the top military leader of that country. Trump and the Pentagon have acted illegally, in violation of the Constitution, the War Powers Act and international law.

The targeted assassination and murder of a central leader of Iran is designed to initiate a new war. Unless the people of the United States rise up and stop it, this war will engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and potentially the gravest consequences.

Plus – Trump: Pro-Israel, Anti-Palestinian and Anti-Semitic

The Trump administration has given the go-ahead to the racist Israeli government to step up its oppression of the Palestinian people. Trump pretends to be a friend of Jewish people, but his regime’s open racism has emboldened the most anti-Semitic and fascist elements in society, and is the main cause of the sharp rise in deadly attacks on Jewish people across the country.


Saturday, January 11

12. Saturday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Training & Mobilization To Keep People In Their Homes

3250 24th St.

Training & Mobilization To Keep People In Their Homes

Host: Housing Rights Committee of SF


13. Saturday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Trump / Pence Out Now! No War on Iran

Meet at:

24th & Mission Sts.

Trump has been impeached. He has ratcheted up the danger of war with Iran. Now let’s go all the way to drive Trump and the whole fascist regime from power.


Everyone with a conscience must face this hard truth.
But that alone is not enough—we must now ACT ON IT.
There is a way to remove this whole regime—the #OUTNOW Movement of sustained, non-violent protest that doesn’t stop until the regime has been removed from power.

Info:  or

14. Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Stop The 2020 Olympics in Japan, End Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons

SF Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St (nr. Califonria)

Join the No Nukes Action NNA on Saturday, March 11, 2020 to demand the cancellation of the Olympics in Japan and Fukushima. The Abe government lied to the International Olympic Committee and the people of the world that Fukushima had been

Now the government is threatening to release 1.5 million tons of radioactive water with tritium and other dangerous material in the Pacific ocean. This environmental crime and threat to all humanity
must be opposed.

We cannot be silent as the Abe government with the collusion of the IOC continues to greenwash the Olympics in Japan.
The Government is also demanding that families return to Fukushima and has actually built public schools near the Fukushima plant to show that it is safe.

These children are used as guinea pigs as the government
continues to try to remove the melted nuclear rods from the broken down plants.

The Abe government is also moving to militarize and remove Article 9 from the constitution which disallows offensive war and the use of Japanese military forces outside Japan. Despite this law, the government is sending military naval vessels to the Middle East to join with the US and other imperial powers in threatening the people of the Middle East.

If your organization would like to endorse and speak at the rally please contact our committee
No Nukes Action Committee


Sunday, January 7

15. Sunday, 9:30am – 11:00am, No Way To Treat A Child: Mistreatment and Persecution of Palestinian Children

Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
1187 Franklin St.

Israel is the only country in the world to automatically prosecute children in military courts that lack basic safeguards for a fair trial. From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children encounter ill-treatment and torture at the hands of Israeli forces. Three out of four experience physical violence during arrest or interrogation.

On April 30, 2019, U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act also known as H.R. 2407, a bill prohibiting U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.

Come hear a panel of experts and activists who will give eye-witness accounts of their on-the-ground experiences in Israel/Palestine and discuss the importance of this piece of legislation.

Panelists: Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Sharif Zakout, Rev. John Anderson


16. Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Haiti 10 Years After the Earthquake

1121 64th Street

$10-20 no one turned away for lack of funds, all proceeds go directly to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund to support community relief efforts on the ground in Haiti and the peoples’ continued grassroots mobilizations.

Join us at PLACE at 3pm on Sunday, January 12th to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake that shook Haiti and learn about and celebrate the people’s continuous struggle for autonomy and self-determination.

On January 12, 2010 the earth trembled, more than 300,000
Haitians died, and hundreds of thousands more were left homeless. Generous people worldwide donated millions of dollars, but much of this money never reached Haitians on the ground. Under UN occupation since the coup that overthrew elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004, Haitians have since been battered by a cholera epidemic introduced by UN troops from Nepal, hurricanes, and a series of vicious, kleptocratic governments forced on Haiti by the United States, Canada, and France. Undaunted, the Haitian majority bravely continues to organize a mass movement calling for the overthrow of the imposed government, providing inspiration to all who struggle for freedom and democracy.

Hosts: Haiti Action Committee and PLACE



Sat. Jan. 25 – Global Day of Protest – No War On Iran!

The Trump administration is dragging the United States into a war with Iran that could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences.
The people of the world need to rise up and stop it. For all who believe in peace, for all who are opposed to yet another catastrophic war, now is the time to take action. On Saturday, January 25 in cities across the globe, there will be protests against a new war in the Middle East. Please join us. 

Register a protest organized in your city here!Initiators for this call include the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK, Popular Resistance, Black Alliance for Peace, National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), Veterans For Peace, US Labor Against the War (USLAW), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), United National Anti-War Committee, Pastors for Peace/Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, International Action Center, United For Peace and Justice, Alliance For Global Justice (AFGJ), December 12th Movement, World Beyond War, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Dominican Sisters/ICAN, Nonviolence International, Food Not Bombs and many other anti-war and peace organizations. 

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Study Shows Medicare for All Could Save US $600 Billion Annually on Paperwork and Other ‘Useless Bureaucracy’

, January 07, 2020

“Industry wants you to think universal healthcare is too expensive. In reality, it’s our current system that’s a wasteful, unsustainable disaster.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer


A demonstrator holds a sign as local politicians and hospital workers protest the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital at a rally outside the Center City facilities in Philadelphia on July 11, 2019. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Insurers and healthcare providers in the United States spent a staggering $812 billion on paperwork and other administrative burdens in 2017 alone, bureaucratic costs that could be dramatically reduced by switching to a single-payer system like Medicare for All.

That’s according to a study published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, which found that administrative costs amounted to 34.2 percent of total U.S. national health expenditures in 2017—twice the amount Canada spent on healthcare administration that same year.

“Medicare for All could save more than $600 billion each year on bureaucracy, and repurpose that money to cover America’s 30 million uninsured and eliminate co-payments and deductibles for everyone.”
—Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, Physicians for a National Health Program

The study’s authors noted that U.S. healthcare providers impose “a hidden surcharge” on patients “to cover their costly administrative burden.” U.S. insurers and providers spent $2,497 per person on healthcare administration in 2017 while Canada spent just $551 per capita, the study found.

“The average American is paying more than $2,000 a year for useless bureaucracy,” said Dr. David Himmelstein, lead author of the study and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). “That money could be spent for care if we had a Medicare for All program.”

If the U.S. brought spending on healthcare administration to Canadian levels, the study found, it could save $600 billion a year on total national healthcare expenditures.

“Medicare for All could save more than $600 billion each year on bureaucracy, and repurpose that money to cover America’s 30 million uninsured and eliminate co-payments and deductibles for everyone,” Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a senior author of the study and co-founder of PNHP, said in a statement.

Himmelstein echoed that point in an interview with TIME. “The difference [in administrative costs] between Canada and the U.S. is enough to not only cover all the uninsured but also to eliminate all the copayments and deductibles, and to amp up home care for the elderly and disabled.”

“And frankly,” he added, “to have money left over.”

The study, which is the first comprehensive analysis of administrative costs in the U.S. since 1999, was published as the debate over healthcare reform continues to feature prominently in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the leading advocate of Medicare for All in the 2020 race, has repeatedly emphasized the administrative savings single-payer would deliver. “Under a Medicare for All system,” the senator wrote in an op-ed last May, “we will no longer be paying those exorbitant CEO compensation packages, or the absurdly high administrative costs in the private insurance system.”

Sanders has also touted the simplicity of universal programs compared to means-tested alternatives. “One of the crises in America today is people are sick and tired of filling out forms,” Sanders said during the Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles last month.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg have both proposed maintaining the private health insurance system and creating a public option to cover the uninsured and those who can’t afford private coverage.

Woolhandler said that by leaving the inefficiencies of the current healthcare system largely intact, the public option alternatives offered by Biden and Buttigieg would not deliver anywhere near the administrative savings of Medicare for All.

“Reforms like a public option that leave private insurers in place can’t deliver big administrative savings,” Woolhandler said. “As a result, public option reform would cost much more and cover much less than Medicare for All.”

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen highlighted the new study on Twitter and noted that it undercuts insurance industry fearmongering about the supposedly enormous costs of implementing Medicare for All.

“Industry wants you to think universal healthcare is too expensive,” Public Citizen tweeted. “In reality, it’s our current system that’s a wasteful, unsustainable disaster.”

Shahid Buttar nixes Progressive Primary

[Perhaps because the race seems to have already been decided?]

January 9, 2020

If you’ve been following this race for awhile, you may know that I proposed the idea of a “progressive primary” back in April, as a way to avoid a repeat of 2018, when five progressive candidates split 22 percent of the vote, allowing a Republican to take the second run-off spot with only 9 percent. (Three Democrats accounted for 20 percent of that vote, spending over $225,000 in the process.) I did not, however, propose a specific plan, in part because I thought it needed to come from elsewhere so as not to be seen as “my” plan.

A couple of weeks back, Agatha Bacelar’s campaign contacted me regarding just such a plan. A company known as Democracy Space proposed to conduct a primary among Pelosi’s three progressive challengers utilizing email addresses publicly available on the San Francisco voter file. (I don’t know the precise number, but I’d estimate it as approaching 200,000.) Details would have to be agreed upon (e.g., a possible minimal margin of victory), but the idea was that the losers would agree to endorse the winner, virtually guaranteeing that Pelosi would face her first progressive Democratic challenger in November.  If successful, this primary would likely also become a nationwide model for how to avoid dividing the progressive vote.

But Shahid Buttar nixed it. This is not a journalistic piece and I’m not going to give you speculation or quotes — just the fact that there will be no progressive primary because he won’t participate in one. I wish I had more to tell you. Perhaps someone else will.  

–Tom Gallagher (from

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‘We Need Everyone in the Streets’: More Than 180 Events Planned Across US to Protest Trump’s March to War With Iran

January 08, 2020 by Common Dreams

“America, this is an emergency. If we spiral into war with Iran, millions could die. We have a short window of time to stop it. We need a massive protest.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer


“We will not be forced into another war,” said the coalition led by MoveOn, Indivisible, Win Without War, and other groups. (Photo: No War With Iran coalition)

After Iran’s retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani intensified fears of another catastrophic Middle East war, a coalition of progressive advocacy groups Tuesday reiterated their call for massive demonstrations across the U.S. to protest President Donald Trump’s “military brinksmanship” and demand immediate de-escalation of tensions.

“We will not be forced into another war,” said the coalition, led by MoveOn, Indivisible, Win Without War, and other groups. “On Thursday, January 9, at 5 p.m. local time, the anti-war majority in this country will get visible to oppose Trump’s war and say #NoWarWithIran.”

“In the wake of retaliation for Trump’s warmongering, it’s more important than ever to commit to showing up this Thursday to say #NoWarWithIran.”

As of Wednesday morning, more than 180 demonstrations have been planned across the U.S.—up from just 50 when the protests were first announced Tuesday afternoon.

Find a local event here.

Iran’s missile attacks on two U.S. airbases in Iraq—retaliation that was widely expected and promised by Iranian leaders—brought new urgency to the planned day of action, which will demand that Congress intervene to stop Trump from taking the advice of war-hungry right-wing pundits and launching a devastating war with Iran.

“America, this is an emergency,” said activist Kai Newkirk. “If we spiral into war with Iran, millions could die. We have a short window of time to stop it. We need a massive protest. Everyone, if at all possible, must come out this Thursday, nationwide.”

“We need everyone in the streets,” tweeted Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “This is a critical time for the American people to be heard.”

In a statement Tuesday night, Indivisible national policy director Angel Padilla said the missile attack by Iran was an “entirely predictable” and “avoidable” consequence of the White House’s hawkish policies toward Iran and urged Congress “act decisively and fast to stop Trump’s warmongering.”

“Every day we wait is a message from Congress to Trump to continue his march to war,” said Padilla. “We urge the House to immediately pass a strong war powers resolution, as well as the bills offered by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) that would prevent war with Iran, and urge the Senate to take those critical measures up immediately upon passage.”

“The anti-war majority of Americans will be paying close attention to what their members of Congress do,” added Padilla, “not what they say.”

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With Bolton Willing to Testify Before Senate, Sanders Asks Trump: ‘What Are You Afraid Of?’

January 06, 2020 by Common Dreams

“If you are not guilty of corruption and abuse of power, you should welcome the testimony of your former national security advisor and other witnesses.”

by Julia Conley, staff writer


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a statement Monday after former National Security Adviser John Bolton said he would testify in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump—asking the president and Senate Mitch McConnell what they had to fear regarding a “full and fair impeachment trial.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

After former National Security Adviser John Bolton announced Monday that he would be willing to testify in a Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders demanded the president answer one question:

“What are you afraid of?”

As Common Dreams reported Monday, Bolton said that if he was issued a subpoena, he would have no legal choice but to appear before the Senate to testify on Trump’s attempt to bribe the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

Bolton reportedly described the effort, which took place just weeks before Trump fired him, as a “drug deal.”

If nothing wrong was done, Sanders reasoned on Twitter and in a press statement, there should be no reason for the president to oppose a “full and fair impeachment trial.”

“President Trump claims he is innocent of all charges, that he did nothing wrong, and that he never withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for political favors,” the Vermont Independent senator said. “If you are not guilty of corruption and abuse of power, you should welcome the testimony of your former national security advisor and other witnesses.”

Sanders’s challenge to the president came on the heels of statements by his Democratic colleagues, who said Bolton’s willingness to testify made it clear that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)—who indicated last month that he was reticent to call witnesses for an impeachment trial—must subpoena Bolton and other witnesses.

If not, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, Republican leaders would “make absolutely clear they are participating in a cover-up.”

House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are currently holding onto the impeachment articles against Trump until the Senate Republicans commit to presiding over a fair trial.

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