Housing crisis fix? Proposed state law inspired by homeless Oakland moms aims to fill vacant homes

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Sarah Ravani Feb. 19, 2020 (SFChronicle.com)

Moms 4 Housing took up residence in a vacant house at in Oakland to call attention to California’s housing crisis
1of5Moms 4 Housing took up residence in a vacant house at in Oakland to call attention to California’s housing crisisPhoto: Noah Berger / Special to The Chronicle
Dominique Walker, co-founder, Moms 4 Housing, and Tur-Ha, with Community Ready Core, stand on porch steps of the Magnolia Street house Walker and other homeless mothers had been occupying as they face supporters following an eviction in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Moms 4 housing members Misty Cross and Tolani King were arrested early Tuesday morning. A third person, Jesse Turner, was also arrested. A judge on Friday ruled that Moms 4 Housing didn't have a legal right to the property and that they would be evicted by the Sheriff's Office within days.
2of5Dominique Walker, co-founder, Moms 4 Housing, and Tur-Ha, with Community Ready Core, stand on porch steps of the Magnolia Street house Walker and other homeless mothers had been occupying as they face supporters following an eviction in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Moms 4 housing members Misty Cross and Tolani King were Photo: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle
A newly-erected fence blocks the front of a vacant home that Moms 4 Housing activists occupied during a months-long protest, which ended in a court ordered eviction. (Photo by Philip Pacheco / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP PACHECO/AFP via Getty Images)
3of5A newly-erected fence blocks the front of a vacant home that Moms 4 Housing activists occupied during a months-long protest, which ended in a court ordered eviction. (Photo by Philip Pacheco / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP PACHECO/AFP via Getty Images)Photo: PHILIP PACHECO / AFP via Getty Images

State legislation introduced Wednesday aims to reduce the number of empty homes in California and give tenants the right of first refusal to buy foreclosed properties. The bill was inspired by the plight of a group of homeless mothers who recently took up residence in a vacant West Oakland home to call attention to California’s housing crisis.

State Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced SB1079, which would allow cities and counties to fine corporations that let their properties sit vacant for more than 90 days. The legislation also allows local governments to seize the properties and use them for affordable housing.

If it’s approved, the bill might spark a legal challenge, and it’s unclear how big of an impact it would have in the Bay Area, where few vacant properties exist.

Skinner said the state’s housing crisis was worsened by corporations buying up properties and leaving them vacant — a problem that Moms 4 Housing brought to attention.

“Moms 4 Housing shined a light on the fact that while over 150,000 Californians are now homeless, right now in our own neighborhoods, there are more than 1 million vacant homes,” Skinner said. “Many of these affordable homes were snatched up during a foreclosure by corporations who then kept the houses vacant or flipped them for hefty profits.”

An estimated 1.1 million homes are vacant in California, according to 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data. But very few of those appear to be in the core Bay Area. In the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area, 0.38% of the housing stock was vacant in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a company that compiles real estate data. That works out to about 4,539 vacant homes out of 1.2 million residential properties.

Attorneys who represent property owners say the legislation could face legal challenges. Though Skinner’s bill targets corporations, it could have unintended consequences on small landlords, said Daniel Ortner, an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento-based pro-property rights group.

“You have the right to not utilize your property,” Ortner said. “That is part of that traditional bundle of rights of property ownership. To say, if you’re not going to use it we are going to take it from you … that is unconstitutional. Property owners own their property, they should have the right to sell it to who they wish, not to be required to first offer it to others.”

In November, a rotating group of at least four mothers, who called themselves Moms 4 Housing, moved into the vacant home at 2928 Magnolia St. with their children. The families lived there for nearly two months before Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies evicted them, an act that Mayor Libby Schaaf condemned. The property owner, Wedgewood, has been one of Oakland’s most prolific house flippers, rehabbing and selling 160 homes over nine years.

Laura Foote, the executive director of pro-housing group YIMBY Action, said that despite the region’s low vacancy rate, Skinner’s legislation is a “worthwhile policy.”

“This is a very creative approach to trying to encourage genuinely vacant properties to be rented out,” Foote said. “We do have a really low vacancy rate so I don’t think anybody who is proposing this thinks this is going to solve every problem.”

In addition to having a low vacancy rate, the Bay Area doesn’t have a large share of home flips compared to other areas. In the third quarter of 2019, 380 homes were flipped, about 3.7% of all sales. California had 5,029 flips in the third quarter of 2019, about 5% of all sales, a 3% annual drop, according to ATTOM.

Home flippers who sold homes during this time period took an average of 177 days to complete the flips, ATTOM concluded.

Moms 4 Housing repeatedly called on Wedgewood to negotiate with the Oakland Community Land Trust so the mothers could purchase the property through the nonprofit, which acquires land and property for affordable housing. In January, Schaaf announced that Wedgewood agreed to negotiate the sale of the home with the land trust.

Less than two weeks later, Oakland Councilwoman Nikki Fortunato Bas introduced an ordinance that would give landlords an incentive to offer their tenants, affordable housing developers and land trusts right of first refusal when selling a property. Bas said her intention is to protect renters from losing their homes.

The City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee is expected to take up the issue March 24.

Carroll Fife, regional director of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, an organization working with Moms 4 Housing, expressed some hesitation about SB1079, but mostly applauded it.

“We need real housing solutions and the more the better,” Fife said. “The details matter.”

Skinner’s legislation would give tenants 90 days and the “exclusive first opportunity” to buy a home they’re living in if it goes into foreclosure for a reasonable price. That price would be based on the lowest assessment of the property by a local agency.

If the tenants do not purchase the property, community land trusts, nonprofit affordable housing organizations and cities and counties would have a chance to purchase the property. The legislation is similar to a new law in San Francisco that gives nonprofits first dibs on purchasing multifamily residential buildings.

The proposed state legislation allows cities to penalize corporations that leave properties empty for more than 90 days or require the corporation to sell the property to the city. Some details about the bill are still being worked out. For example, it’s not clear what would happen if the home is empty due to renovations.

Money collected from the penalties would be used for homeless diversion, rental assistance and affordable housing purposes.

“There is no excuse for a vacant home when so many of our neighbors are homeless,” Skinner said. “And helping tenants buy foreclosed homes rather than be evicted will keep people housed.”

Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sravani@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SarRavani

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Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler?

February 20, 2020 by TomDispatch

Why no retired generals oppose America’s forever wars.

by Danny Sjursen


11/9/35: General Smedley D. Butler, U.S. Marines, retired, pictured as he addressed a crowd of 6,000 participants in an anti-war demonstration on Reyburn Plaza, Philadelphia, Nov. 9th. Butler suggested, "That the government pay business and commercial interests not to trade with warring nations." (Photo: Bettman/Getty)

11/9/35: General Smedley D. Butler, U.S. Marines, retired, pictured as he addressed a crowd of 6,000 participants in an anti-war demonstration on Reyburn Plaza, Philadelphia, Nov. 9th. Butler suggested, “That the government pay business and commercial interests not to trade with warring nations.” (Photo: Bettman/Getty)

There once lived an odd little man—five feet nine inches tall and barely 140 pounds sopping wet—who rocked the lecture circuit and the nation itself. For all but a few activist insiders and scholars, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler is now lost to history. Yet more than a century ago, this strange contradiction of a man would become a national war hero, celebrated in pulp adventure novels, and then, 30 years later, as one of this country’s most prominent antiwar and anti-imperialist dissidents.

Raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and educated in Quaker (pacifist) schools, the son of an influential congressman, he would end up serving in nearly all of America’s “Banana Wars” from 1898 to 1931. Wounded in combat and a rare recipient of two Congressional Medals of Honor, he would retire as the youngest, most decorated major general in the Marines.

A teenage officer and a certified hero during an international intervention in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion of 1900, he would later become a constabulary leader of the Haitian gendarme, the police chief of Philadelphia (while on an approved absence from the military), and a proponent of Marine Corps football. In more standard fashion, he would serve in battle as well as in what might today be labeled peacekeepingcounterinsurgency, and advise-and-assist missions in Cuba, China, the Philippines, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, France, and China (again). While he showed early signs of skepticism about some of those imperial campaigns or, as they were sardonically called by critics at the time, “Dollar Diplomacy” operations—that is, military campaigns waged on behalf of U.S. corporate business interests—until he retired he remained the prototypical loyal Marine.

But after retirement, Smedley Butler changed his tune. He began to blast the imperialist foreign policy and interventionist bullying in which he’d only recently played such a prominent part. Eventually, in 1935 during the Great Depression, in what became a classic passage in his memoir, which he titled “War Is a Racket,” he wrote: “I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service… And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers.”

Seemingly overnight, the famous war hero transformed himself into an equally acclaimed antiwar speaker and activist in a politically turbulent era. Those were, admittedly, uncommonly anti-interventionist years, in which veterans and politicians alike promoted what (for America, at least) had been fringe ideas. This was, after all, the height of what later pro-war interventionists would pejoratively label American “isolationism.”

Nonetheless, Butler was unique (for that moment and certainly for our own) in his unapologetic amenability to left-wing domestic politics and materialist critiques of American militarism. In the last years of his life, he would face increasing criticism from his former admirer, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the military establishment, and the interventionist press. This was particularly true after Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany invaded Poland and later France. Given the severity of the Nazi threat to mankind, hindsight undoubtedly proved Butler’s virulent opposition to U.S. intervention in World War II wrong.

Nevertheless, the long-term erasure of his decade of antiwar and anti-imperialist activism and the assumption that all his assertions were irrelevant has proven historically deeply misguided. In the wake of America’s brief but bloody entry into the First World War, the skepticism of Butler (and a significant part of an entire generation of veterans) about intervention in a new European bloodbath should have been understandable. Above all, however, his critique of American militarism of an earlier imperial era in the Pacific and in Latin America remains prescient and all too timely today, especially coming as it did from one of the most decorated and high-ranking general officers of his time. (In the era of the never-ending war on terror, such a phenomenon is quite literally inconceivable.)

Smedley Butler’s Marine Corps and the military of his day was, in certain ways, a different sort of organization than today’s highly professionalized armed forces. History rarely repeats itself, not in a literal sense anyway. Still, there are some disturbing similarities between the careers of Butler and today’s generation of forever-war fighters. All of them served repeated tours of duty in (mostly) unsanctioned wars around the world. Butler’s conflicts may have stretched west from Haiti across the oceans to China, whereas today’s generals mostly lead missions from West Africa east to Central Asia, but both sets of conflicts seemed perpetual in their day and were motivated by barely concealed economic and imperial interests.

Nonetheless, whereas this country’s imperial campaigns of the first third of the twentieth century generated a Smedley Butler, the hyper-interventionism of the first decades of this century hasn’t produced a single even faintly comparable figure. Not one. Zero. Zilch. Why that is matters and illustrates much about the U.S. military establishment and contemporary national culture, none of it particularly encouraging.

Why No Antiwar Generals

When Smedley Butler retired in 1931, he was one of three Marine Corps major generals holding a rank just below that of only the Marine commandant and the Army chief of staff. Today, with about 900 generals and admirals currently serving on active duty, including 24 major generals in the Marine Corps alone, and with scores of flag officers retiring annually, not a single one has offered genuine public opposition to almost 19 years worth of ill-advised, remarkably unsuccessful American wars. As for the most senior officers, the 40 four-star generals and admirals whose vocal antimilitarism might make the biggest splash, there are more of them today than there were even at the height of the Vietnam War, although the active military is now about half the size it was then. Adulated as many of them may be, however, not one qualifies as a public critic of today’s failing wars.

Instead, the principal patriotic dissent against those terror wars has come from retired colonels, lieutenant colonels, and occasionally more junior officers (like me), as well as enlisted service members. Not that there are many of us to speak of either. I consider it disturbing (and so should you) that I personally know just about every one of the retired military figures who has spoken out against America’s forever wars.

The big three are Secretary of State Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson; Vietnam veteran and onetime West Point history instructor, retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich; and Iraq veteran and Afghan War whistleblower, retired Lieutenant Colonel Danny Davis. All three have proven to be genuine public servants, poignant voices, and—on some level—cherished personal mentors. For better or worse, however, none carry the potential clout of a retired senior theater commander or prominent four-star general offering the same critiques.

Something must account for veteran dissenters topping out at the level of colonel. Obviously, there are personal reasons why individual officers chose early retirement or didn’t make general or admiral. Still, the system for selecting flag officers should raise at least a few questions when it comes to the lack of antiwar voices among retired commanders. In fact, a selection committee of top generals and admirals is appointed each year to choose the next colonels to earn their first star. And perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that, according to numerous reports, “the members of this board are inclined, if not explicitly motivated, to seek candidates in their own image—officers whose careers look like theirs.” At a minimal level, such a system is hardly built to foster free thinkers, no less breed potential dissidents.

Consider it an irony of sorts that this system first received criticism in our era of forever wars when General David Petraeus, then commanding the highly publicized “surge” in Iraq, had to leave that theater of war in 2007 to serve as the chair of that selection committee. The reason: he wanted to ensure that a twice passed-over colonel, a protégé of his—future Trump National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster—earned his star.

Mainstream national security analysts reported on this affair at the time as if it were a major scandal, since most of them were convinced that Petraeus and his vaunted counterinsurgency or “COINdinista” protégés and their “new” war-fighting doctrine had the magic touch that would turn around the failing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, Petraeus tried to apply those very tactics twice—once in each country—as did acolytes of his later, and you know the results of that.

But here’s the point: it took an eleventh-hour intervention by America’s most acclaimed general of that moment to get new stars handed out to prominent colonels who had, until then, been stonewalled by Cold War-bred flag officers because they were promoting different (but also strangely familiar) tactics in this country’s wars. Imagine, then, how likely it would be for such a leadership system to produce genuine dissenters with stars of any serious sort, no less a crew of future Smedley Butlers.

At the roots of this system lay the obsession of the American officer corps with “professionalization” after the Vietnam War debacle. This first manifested itself in a decision to ditch the citizen-soldier tradition, end the draft, and create an “all-volunteer force.” The elimination of conscription, as predicted by critics at the time, created an ever-growing civil-military divide, even as it increased public apathy regarding America’s wars by erasing whatever “skin in the game” most citizens had.

More than just helping to squelch civilian antiwar activism, though, the professionalization of the military, and of the officer corps in particular, ensured that any future Smedley Butlers would be left in the dust (or in retirement at the level of lieutenant colonel or colonel) by a system geared to producing faux warrior-monks. Typical of such figures is current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mark Milley. He may speak gruffly and look like a man with a head of his own, but typically he’s turned out to be just another yes-man for another war-power-hungry president.

One group of generals, however, reportedly now does have it out for President Trump—but not because they’re opposed to endless war. Rather, they reportedly think that The Donald doesn’t “listen enough to military advice” on, you know, how to wage war forever and a day.

What Would Smedley Butler Think Today?

In his years of retirement, Smedley Butler regularly focused on the economic component of America’s imperial war policies. He saw clearly that the conflicts he had fought in, the elections he had helped rig, the coups he had supported, and the constabularies he had formed and empowered in faraway lands had all served the interests of U.S. corporate investors. Though less overtly the case today, this still remains a reality in America’s post-9/11 conflicts, even on occasion embarrassingly so (as when the Iraqi ministry of oil was essentially the only public building protected by American troops as looters tore apart the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in the post-invasion chaos of April 2003). Mostly, however, such influence plays out far more subtly than that, both abroad and here at home where those wars help maintain the record profits of the top weapons makers of the military-industrial complex.

That beast, first identified by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is now on steroids as American commanders in retirement regularly move directly from the military onto the boards of the giant defense contractors, a reality which only contributes to the dearth of Butlers in the military retiree community. For all the corruption of his time, the Pentagon didn’t yet exist and the path from the military to, say, United Fruit Company, Standard Oil, or other typical corporate giants of that moment had yet to be normalized for retiring generals and admirals. Imagine what Butler would have had to say about the modern phenomenon of the “revolving door” in Washington.

Of course, he served in a very different moment, one in which military funding and troop levels were still contested in Congress. As a longtime critic of capitalist excesses who wrote for leftist publications and supported the Socialist Party candidate in the 1936 presidential elections, Butler would have found today’s nearly trillion-dollar annual defense budgets beyond belief. What the grizzled former Marine long ago identified as a treacherous nexus between warfare and capital “in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives” seems to have reached its natural end point in the twenty-first century. Case in point: the record (and still rising) “defense” spending of the present moment, including—to please a president—the creation of a whole new military service aimed at the full-scale militarization of space.

Sadly enough, in the age of Trump, as numerous polls demonstrate, the U.S. military is the only public institution Americans still truly trust. Under the circumstances, how useful it would be to have a high-ranking, highly decorated, charismatic retired general in the Butler mold galvanize an apathetic public around those forever wars of ours. Unfortunately, the likelihood of that is practically nil, given the military system of our moment.

Of course, Butler didn’t exactly end his life triumphantly. In late May 1940, having lost 25 pounds due to illness and exhaustion—and demonized as a leftist, isolationist crank but still maintaining a whirlwind speaking schedule—he checked himself into the Philadelphia Navy Yard Hospital for a “rest.” He died there, probably of some sort of cancer, four weeks later. Working himself to death in his 10-year retirement and second career as a born-again antiwar activist, however, might just have constituted the very best service that the two-time Medal of Honor winner could have given the nation he loved to the very end.

Someone of his credibility, character, and candor is needed more than ever today. Unfortunately, this military generation is unlikely to produce such a figure. In retirement, Butler himself boldly confessed that, “like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical…”

Today, generals don’t seem to have a thought of their own even in retirement. And more’s the pity…

Danny Sjursen

Major Danny Sjursen is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has written a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge.  He lives with his wife and four sons near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Friday, Feb. 21 – Monday, Feb. 24 (from Adrienne Fong)

Please hold  Clark Sullivan ♥ in your thoughts. He can use some visitors!  Clark remains hospitalized at:

Kindred Hospital San Francisco Bay Area
2800 Benedict Dr.
San Leandro

NOT back posting on a regular basis

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A. Oakland Police Commission fires Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick – February 21, 2020


B. B.C. RCMP say they’ll withdraw from Wet’suwet’en territory if road is kept clear – February 20, 2020


C. Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn’t hack DNC email – February 20, 2020


   See events

      # 3 – weekly info/protest

      # 25 – Global Protest Free Assange – San Francisco

D. An ICE Detention Center? You Picked the Wrong Town, Residents Say – February 20, 2020

E. ‘I want to look crazy,’ Nia Wilson murder defendant told clinician – February 20, 2020

   See event # 24 remaining court dates

F. Chelsea Manning’s Lawyers Demand Her Release, Decry ‘Punitive’ Incarceration – February 19, 2020


G. Musician shot by off duty FBI agent on Haight St. speaks-out!  February 18, 2020

   See event # 16

H. At Least 3 Arrested By ICE Agents Outside Sonoma County Superior Court – February 18, 2020

I. ‘Brilliant strategist’: Homeless rights activist Mike Zint dies – February 18, 2020

   Rise in Power & Rest in Peace

      ♥ Mike Zint ♥

  Just received notification that there will be a gathering this weekend to remember Mike and other SF Occupiers who have transitioned. When more info is received I’ll send something out.

J. UN Report Questions Police, Highlights Violence in Haiti – February 18, 2020



1. Congress must REJECT priorities of Trumps Budget

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/congress-must-reject-the-priorities-of-the-trump-budget?clear_id=true&source=email-take-action-reject-the-trump-budget-and-the-bleak-future-he-would-impose

2. Trump administration plans to illegally redirect another $7.2 billion from the Pentagon to pay for border wall.

  SIGN: https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/tell-congress-defund-trump-border-wall?source=em20200220&t=10&referring_akid=6076.294094.2InwwN

3. See Petitions in support of Julian Assange under Event # 25


Friday, February 21 – Monday, February 24

Friday, February 21

1. Friday, 9:30am – 11:00am, Oscar Lopez Rivera-2 Years Later: Resistance & Resilience

Burk Hall, 1

Join us in welcoming Oscar Lopez Rivera, the longest held Puerto Rican Prisoner, to San Francisco State University.

This AMED Studies co-sponsored event welcomes all our communities. It is an open classroom for Professor Abdulhadi Online courses:
* Gender and Modernity in Arab and Muslim Communities
* Colonialism, Imperialism and Resistance
* Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective

Host: AMED Studies at SFSU, NW Tour Oscar López Rivera: Two Years Later Resistance and Resilience

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/198674161250606/

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

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 even if you can only make it for a few minutes

3. Friday, 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Gracias Chelsea & Julian for publishing Bush’s War Crimes

Fruitvale & MacArthur

Weekly protest see site for flier

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/20/18830840.php

4. Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Stand with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – at Alex Nieto’s altar

Bernal Hill

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

On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder on the 21st day of each month, gather with the Nieto’s at Alex’s altar site on Bernal Hill.

All are welcomed.

All are welcomed to come and support the Nieto’s as they remember Alex and continue to advocate for JUSTICE!

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.

March 21st will be the 6th Anniversary that Alex was killed by SFPD.

5. Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sensible Cinema: The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.

All too often omitted from history the legacy of the Black newspaper is brought to light in the film The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords directed by Stanley Nelson the first film to chronicle this history. Black Press pays tribute to a heroic and indispensable chapter in Afro-American history from the first black newspaper Freedom – Journal to the Chicago Defender, Pittsburgh Courier and many others that gave African -American a voice they never had.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/15/18830710.php

6. Friday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tent City Film Screening (FREE)

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.

Tickets by Eventbrite

6:30pm Resource Fair
7:00pm Doors Open
7:30pm Event Starts

Live Music by Destiny Muhhammad Trio ft. WolfHawkJaguar
Film Screening of Tent City
Resource Fair
Somatic Release by Namaste Ready
Libations by Obatayese Ogunlano
Community Discussion
Q&A, moderated by Davey D. from KPFA

From Writer & Director Adimu “WolfHawkJaguar” Madyun comes the story of Cicero Jacobs. Jacobs is a loving father and husband who falls into deep depression and mental collapse after his wife dies from cancer. Tent City highlights the impact of unprocessed grief on mental health in America, the toll that gentrification has taken on the city of Oakland (nation wide), and ignites a call to action to reclaim our humanity in the midst of our ever changing world. “In a city of tents, every tent has a story.” It is up to us to change the narrative of homelessness, mental trauma, and despair.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/186011602455694/

7. Friday, 7:00pm, Black History Month: Honoring the Life of Malcolm X

2969 Mission St.

Wheelchair accessible

Join us for this free community forum & video for Black History Month: Honoring the Life of Malcolm X

February 21, 2020, will mark the 55th anniversary of the assassination of the great African American leader Malcolm X. We will show the film “Time Has Come Today” from the Eyes on the Prize series, which focuses on Malcolm X and the intense Freedom Struggle in the period 1964 to 1966 when major victories were won. Black History Month challenges the dominant racist version of U.S. history.

Plus: Hidden episodes of Soviet support for African & women’s liberation

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/788036631738507/

Saturday, February 22

8. Saturday, 11:00am – 9:00pm, 2020 Films of Remembrance of Japanese Descent Imprisonments WWII

New People Cinema
1746 Post St.

Ticket Info & Prices: https://app.donorview.com/Event/EventInfo?prm=dWA3ggH5yiqj9J4BwS0CBJxTIWyqWeJXFxUsHm7Wu1Z4ZgwPEsmax6_3h4kj-TesErQpTVohLhth8TL5-gu8TyAwUrZs8gMm0Gy6ZAN8ZP8Wt9KD2Gajk7M3WP_HBqip5wlOBcqilb7vXgIYWCF_YaO2hx2_Od8NcClwvidqYa2-IPJzGJLTw3r5GeZOau0dT0gcTDgqtQptupRWqoHj6EiCosbv0C3GPA95Eln_AxskCBWu354U1JpFRidpnYC-0


A day-long showcase of films commemorating the E.O. 9066 wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans in American concentration camps during World War II.

DATE: Saturday,, Feb. 22, 2020 @ 11:00 AM TO 8:00 PM


11:00 a.m. Artistic Interpretations
“Topaz: Ten Meditations,” “Kikan — The Homecoming”

• Moderated by Kiyomi Takeda, Nichi Bei Foundation Board of Directors

12:40 p.m. Lessons for Today
“Resettled Roots: Legacies of Japanese Americans in Chicago,” “Tsuru for Solidarity History,” “Then Becoming Now”

• Moderated by Jana Katsuyama, KTVU-Fox 2 News Reporter

3:30 p.m. Art Inspired by the Camps
“Cherry Blossom,” “Masters of Modern Design (The Art of the Japanese American Experience)”

• Moderated by Filmmaker Dianne Fukami

5:10 p.m. Untold Stories
“Crystal City Pilgrimage,” “Minidoka,” “Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp”

• Moderated by Wendy Tokuda, former News Anchor, KPIX-TV

7:00 p.m. Songs of Remembrance
“For Joy,” Special Multimedia Concert by No-No Boy

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/17/18830740.php

9. Saturday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Socialism 101: Why Capitalism Must Go

Berkeley City College
2050 Center St., Rm. 34

Monthly reading and discussion series for those interested in a better understanding of a socialist perspective.

Suggested readings for this topic (readings are recommended but optional)

1) The Problem is Capitalism by Speak Out Now:
2) What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism by Monthly Review
3) The Principles of Communism by Frederick Engels (1847):
4)Ninety Years of the Communist Manifesto by Leon Trotsky (1937):
5) The Communist Manifesto (1847):

Host: Revolutionary Workers Group

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/199474804784606/  or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/03/18830351.php               

10. Saturday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Black Working-Class Leadership: The Road to Revolution

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (nr.Ellis)

Wheelchair accessible

Lunch served 1:00-2:30 p.m. (lunch donation $10)
Program starts at 2:30 p.m. (Door donation: $3-5)

Join us for this very special Black History Month celebration!

Globally, workers are rising up against oppression and discrimination by the bosses and politicians. In the U.S., working people still need to determine what kind of movement is needed to bring down the 1%. Equally important is the type of leadership required to build a successful struggle.

Join the discussion about the importance of the leadership of Black workers and how the demand for racial justice and integration as equals can create a revolution for all!

Speaker: Kristina Lee, Black and Chinese queer socialist feminist activist

Host: Freedom Socialist Party – Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/490955481605271/  or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/08/18830541.php

11. Saturday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Training: Representing TGI people in California

Boalt Hall – UC Berkeley

Training on representing incarcerated TGI people in California

RVSP by Monday February 17th, 2020 here:


Snacks will be provided.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/482995162387972/

12. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, OICC Annual Commemoration of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Martyrdom

Oakland Islamic Community Center
7901 Oakport, Suite 4400

Join the OICC for an afternoon of prayer and discussion of the life and legacy of El Hajj Malik Shabazz, including a critical viewing of portions of the new documentary series: “Who Killed Malcolm X”

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/516723638964048/

13. Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Talking with Kids about Race & Racism: When Sorry Isn’t Enough

SF Public Library
100 Larkin St.

If you need childcare during the event, you mus register here in advance as space is limited: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVYUqwE4AB9VScBZ0lLafzdOhLil-YvZrsPbEAk4GeYH7N1w/viewform

Join us for an afternoon of conversation about talking with kids about reparations and accountability and what Indigenous families and Black and other families of color need in the pursuit of justice. Keynote speakers will explore these issues together, and then participants will continue the conversation in groups facilitated by Teachers 4 Social Justice. Children’s programming and childcare facilitated by Abundant Beginnings and Bay Area Childcare Collective.

Presented by San Francisco Public Library with community partners: Our Family Coalition, Teachers 4 Social Justice, Abundant Beginnings, Showing up for Racial Justice San Francisco (SURJ SF) and Bay Area Childcare Collective.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/139503193764731/

14. Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Music of the People Benefit for the SF Living Wage Coalition!

2940 16th St.

Tickets: $10

Join us at a concert to support human rights, labor, and solidarity programs of the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition! David Welsh, Francisco Herrera, and Alan Benjamin are human rights, anti-war, and labor rights activists who have worked in solidarity with other activists in various countries, especially Mexico, Central America, South America, and Haiti. They are accomplished artists, songwriters, and singers who have done music telling the stories about their involvement in activism and historical figures that they admire and emulate. Their voices remind us that music is indeed the language of the soul.

For more information: (415) 863-1225
or visit our website at www.livingwage-sf.org

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/210796763642472/

15. Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Moral Budget Poor People’s Campaign Reading Group

1330 Broadway, 3rd Floor

What will it take to truly address the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and war economy plaguing our country today? The answer is presented in the Poor People’s Campaign Moral Budget, which lays out the policies and investments to address the widespread and systemic injustices we face.

We invite you to come together with other supporters of the Poor People’s Campaign to learn more about these solutions through our Moral Budget Reading Group. This will be a space for us to develop our collective understanding of the policies we’re working towards and how they will affect the lives of the people in our communities.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/17/18830743.php

16. Saturday, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Community Meeting in Response to the FBI Shooting of Tad Crane

SF Public Library – Park Branch
1833 Page St.

On February 8, 2020 Tad Crane, a local musician committing no crime, was shot and brutalized by an off-duty FBI agent near the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco. While Tad has been lucky enough to survive this act of State terrorism, there has been no transparency or accountability by any level of government regarding this act of illicit and extreme violence, leaving Tad’s Family and Community without adequate formal recourse, and searching for answers. This meeting, the first of several, seeks to provide space for those who have been impacted by the shooting of Tad to process thoughts and feelings as well as to provide an opportunity for Tad’s Family and Community to compose and coordinate responses to this atrocity.

This is not a San Francisco Public Library event.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/817196755443326/

17. Saturday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Climate Justice SF Spokescouncil

The Women’s Building
 3543 18th St  (3 blocks fr. 16th St. BART)

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/rsvp-climate-justice-sf-spokescouncil-on-february-22nd/?fbclid=IwAR12_QzpjC_3-q1c7G-5k2EBH-ImI3nEbKa8E1fmm7mH5W4g5KGVXle0lI4

This year, millions of people have taken action to demand climate justice. Picking up the momentum from last fall’s shutdown of the SF financial district, we collectively decided to have regular Spokescouncils to support, propose, and plan non-violent direct action to confront the corporations and governments responsible for this crisis and create a just transition.

Come hear more about existing plans and bring your action proposals to coordinate with others. For example, in March, on the spring equinox, Idle No More SF Bay will lead a street mural and rally in SF to highlight the issues of the invasion of the Wet’suwet’en in Canada and how that’s directly connected to the proposed dredging of the SF Bay and refinery expansion. Folks are organizing a series of bank actions leading up to a bigger action during Earth Day week.

**Please send at least one or two spokespeople from your affinity groups.
**All are welcome.
**Bring proposals from your groups, information to share, questions, and inspiration!

Called  by Idle No More SF Bay, Extinction Rebellion SF Bay, Diablo Rising Tide, 350 Silicon Valley, Sunrise Bay Area and the 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations Bay Area.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/178521103485211/

18. Saturday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Oscar López Rivera at La Peña Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Ave.

Join us for an evening of tribute, music and conversation with Puerto Rican patriot and visionary, Oscar López Rivera. This event is part of a national U.S. speaking tour titled “Oscar López Rivera—Two Years Later: Resistance and Resilience”.

Two years after his release as a political prisoner for 36 years, Oscar López Rivera is returning to the Bay Area to share his current work in Puerto Rico post hurricanes Irma and Maria, and against a backdrop of a series of earthquakes that have stricken the island over the last few weeks.

Since his release in 2017, he founded the Oscar López Rivera Foundation, Libertá, through which he has been leading efforts to strengthen grassroots community organizing, demanding the auditing and cancelation of the island’s debt and advocating for the Puerto Rico’s sovereignty.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/17/18829826.php

19. Saturday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Rebellion In Chile – Movie and discussion night

Hasta Muerte Coffee
2701 Fruitvale

Join Black Rose/Rosa Negra Bay Area for a movie night and discussion about the current events in Chile.

Movie: The Chicago Conspiracy – This documentary addresses the legacy of the military dictatorship in Chile by sharing the story of combatant youth who were killed by the Pinochet regime as a backdrop to the history of the military dictatorship and current social conflict in the area. The larger story is wrapped around three shorter pieces, which explore the student movement, the history of neighborhoods that became centers of armed resistance against the dictatorship, and the indigenous Mapuche conflict. The filmmakers, militant film collective Subversive Action Films, question their relationship to the documentary, taking a position as combatants.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/178719679899896/

Sunday, February 23

20. Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Harriet Tubman as a Woman Warrior

6501 Telegraph

Harriet Tubman as a Woman Warrior
by Al Sargis, Director, Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War & Military Analysis

The recent (2019) film, Harriet, left many aspects of Harriet Tubman’s life and work unexplored.  Tubman’s military exploits include being head of military intelligence of the Department of the Potomac and her planning, organizing and leading the only amphibious assault by a woman in US history.  Also, little known is both her co-planning of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry and furnishing some of John Brown’s troops.  Additionally, she was an army hospital nurse. 

While known for her work in the Underground Railroad, little is mentioned about how this prepared her for her later activities with John Brown and during the Civil War. This lecture will cover how each phase of her life groomed her for the next one: from before and during the Underground Railroad, her relationship with John Brown and, finally, her little known Civil War exploits.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/17/18830733.php

21. Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Oscar López Rivera, Two Years Later Resistance and Resilience

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oscar-lopez-rivera-tickets-90222789793?utm-medium=discovery&fbclid=IwAR1hXJeDJR932euB1V4gR6lxccGXyjZcuX6i_Bpnv5vuymtkVDP6mYz8c8M


Serving 36 years in prison, Oscar López Rivera is the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico’s struggle for independence, regarded as the “Nelson Mandela of the Americas.” In 2017, as the result of a broad human rights campaign, Pres. Obama commuted his sentence only days before leaving office.

Since then, he has continued to energetically advocate an end to U.S. colonialism, and resumed his role as an organizer, deepening his relationship to the municipalities of Loiza and Comerio and working to establish a community center in Rio Piedras, from which to train organizers to develop the capacity for community self-reliance, mutual aid, and self-governance.

Of particular interest for Oscar on this Northwest US tour, is to educate students, academics, and communities about the campaign to audit Puerto Rico’s $74 billion debt.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/609660759797606/

22. Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Emergency Meeting: How to Sustain Mass Struggle Against Fascism

Unitarian Universalist Center – SF
1187 Franklin St., Fireside Room

In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America!

We can and must drive this fascist regime from power – through mass, determined, nonviolent protest that does not stop until Trump and Pence are GONE. This will be the topic of Sunday’s important mass meeting.

Since the sham Senate trial and acquittal of Trump on impeachment charges, the regime has been on a tear – of revenge – while its fascist program goes full speed ahead – including on building its border wall and demonizing and brutalizing of immigrants and people of color, purging all who dare to raise a critical word of the regime from the power structure, and much more. The acquittal – and the way it was rammed through – with no witnesses, no documents – was a big setback for the people, but it was not and is not the end of the struggle to remove this regime from power – and in fact further clarifies that the only real path lies through mass, sustained, nonviolent protest in the streets.

But how do we bring forward that mass struggle?

This is just one of the big questions we will be discussing. We will be watching a taped webcast from the national editorial board of Refuse Fascism, followed by a discussion hosted by the local chapter of Refuse Fascism.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/18/18830782.php

23. Sunday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, SF Bay NoDAPL Prisoner Benefit

The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia

Join WPLC and AIM-West in San Francisco and hear updates on the #NoDAPL political prisoners, and resistance to the Black Snake and attacks on Indigenous sovereignty from northern Canada, to South Dakota, to the Mexico border. We will be passing a hat for the NoDAPL prisoners, to support the daily needs of the 2 still behind bars and to help those released to put their lives back together.

We’ll hear from WPLC staff Carl Williams, who recently traveled to Uni’stot’en Camp, and Leoyla Cowboy Giron, who attended the recent KXL hearings and was reunited with her husband Little Feather last year after he served a 36-month prison sentence for his service at Standing Rock.
Special guest: Pennie Opal Plant, co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay and Movement Rights, and a signatory on the historic Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty.

Tamales and other refreshments.

Hosts: Water Protector Legal Collective, National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area, AIM-West

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/608520553319885/

Monday, February 24

24. Monday, 8:30am. Court Support for NIa Wilson’s Family in BART murder trial

Alameda County Superior Court
1225 Fallon St.., 7th Floor, Dept. 12

Remaining court dates:

  2/24 – Monday

  2/25 – Tuesday

Arrive by 8:30am – no costumes, shirts with Nia’s face allowed

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/230791520898520/

25. Monday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Global Protest Free Assange – San Francisco

British Consulate
1 Sansome St. (nr. Market St.)

Note: the FB site says the demo is from 12Noon – 4:00pm

Indybay says demo is from 12Noon – 1:00pm

On 24th February Julian Assange’s extradition hearings will start at Woolwich Crown Court in London (near Belmarsh prison, where he’s currently held).

“American prosecution of Assange does not only represent the biggest international threat for the freedom of press, but also a gross violation of human rights and the universal right to access information of public interest”, warned numerous human rights organizations and press associations (Amnesty International, United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Council of Europe, International Federation of Journalists, European Federation of Journalists, Centre For Investigative Journalism, Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Reporters Without Borders).

An Australian journalist and publisher Julian Assange has been imprisoned on April 2019 in London for publishing documents about US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange had been previously given numerous awards for his revolutionary journalistic accomplishments and 8 Nobel Peace Prize nominations. He is now facing 175 years in prison if extradited to the USA.

On the first day of his trial (24th February) global protests will be held in the name of freedom of press, free speech and justice for Assange. #freepress #freespeech #freeassange

Free posters and banners in pdf can be found on: http://somersetbean.com/free-assange/

We kindly ask you to sign the petitions to free Assange:
1. https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition
2. https://www.change.org/p/don-t-hand-assange-over-to-the-u-s
3. https://www.change.org/p/verhindert-die-auslieferung-von-julian-assange-an-die-usa
4. https://internal.diem25.org/en/petitions/1

Host: Free Assange Global Protest

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/516129959040040  and  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/20/18830859.php

Sanders revs up Richmond crowd ahead of Super Tuesday vote

Photo of Erin Allday

Erin Allday Feb. 17, 2020 (SFChronicle.com)

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders greets a supporter during a campaign appearance in Richmond.
1of14Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders greets a supporter during a campaign appearance in Richmond.Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle
Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders wave to the crowd at the end of his speech at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. He is leading in most of the polls going into California’s March 3 primary.
2of14Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders wave to the crowd at the end of his speech at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. He is leading in most of the polls going into California’s March 3 primary.Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle
Liza Bender sports her Bernie Sanders campaign gear playing up the candidate’s glasses and hair.
3of14Liza Bender sports her Bernie Sanders campaign gear playing up the candidate’s glasses and hair.Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle

Two weeks out from Super Tuesday, and with no state more powerfully positioned than California to name the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders told an enthusiastic crowd of thousands in Richmond on Monday that victory is riding on their shoulders.

“The candidate who wins here in California stands a pretty good chance to win the entire nation,” Sanders called out to cheers from his supporters. “So, today, I’m here to ask you to vote. To vote early. To bring your aunts and uncles and grandparents and friends and co-workers.”

Sanders is leading most of the polls in California and coming off good performances in the first two stops of the primary trail. But the March 3 elections in 14 states are make or break, with a huge number of the delegates needed to decide the Democratic nomination distributed that day. Sanders wedged the Richmond rally, at Craneway Pavilion on the bay, between stops in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday night and Tacoma, Wash., later Monday.

The line to get into the Richmond event stretched for nearly a mile one hour before the rally was set to begin at noon, and two hours before Sanders was expected to take the stage. The atmosphere inside and out was excited if not outright festive — supporters waved blue and white placards, pinned buttons to their shirts and occasionally broke into chants of “Bernie! Bernie!”

“It’s not that often we get a politician coming to Richmond. When we can show our support, we want to be here,” Richmond resident Ted Steen, 29, said as he waited with a friend in the back of the pavilion for the rally to begin.

“I’m feeling excited already,” said Joanna Pulido, also of Richmond. “It’s high energy. This is a good place to be right now.”

Outside in line, Oakland resident Kenneth Giles, 48, said he’s “never disliked” Sanders as a candidate, but this rally was his first time getting actively involved in the campaign. He said he is drawn to Sanders’ honesty — “I think he’s honest, as far as politicians go” — and his chances of beating President Trump in the November election.

“The current administration makes me feel like I need to do everything I can. It’s time for a change, and Bernie’s going to be the one to get us there,” Giles said. “This is history. I can say I’ve been in the same building as the president of the United States. I have total confidence he’ll get the job done.”

Sanders took the stage at about 1 p.m., after a brief introduction by, and warm hug from, actor and activist Danny Glover, a San Francisco native.

Sanders told the crowd his team has two goals: to defeat Trump and to lead a transformational movement to overhaul American institutions that he said favor the rich over the working class and poor.

“We understand that no president, not Bernie Sanders or anybody else, can do it alone. We need a mass political movement,” Sanders said. “And what the establishment is trembling about, what they’re fearful of, is that working people are standing.

“The one percent is enormously powerful,” Sanders said of the wealthiest individuals in the country. “But at the end of the day, the one percent is just 1%. If we stand together for an agenda that works for all, nothing will stop us. We’ll defeat Trump, and we’ll transform the country.”

Sanders’ speech was met with screams of support and applause as he raised familiar, crowd-pleasing notes. Though he broke no new ground with his speech, the audience was loud in its support for affordable health care, free public higher education and the proposed Green New Deal, which calls for aggressive new policies to address climate change and economic inequality.

“It was a good speech, but it seemed a little familiar, like he’s given it a few times,” Sausalito resident Kahlil Gray, 29, said as he made his way through a crowd of supporters eager for a glimpse of Sanders after his speech. “I guess that’s the way things go. And this has been a great experience, right up there with meeting Barack Obama.”

Many people at the event said they were encouraged to see broad diversity among the supporters in attendance. There were gray-haired men and women in well-worn tie-dyed shirts and scarves and families with young children who brought grapes and reusable water bottles for the hours they’d be waiting. Outside the pavilion, a group of families had set up a table for selling Girl Scout cookies.

“We went to two rallies in 2016, but they were nothing like this,” said Berkeley resident Jennifer Altman, 47, who attended the Richmond event with her husband and two daughters. “To see how this movement has grown and to see the diversity — I think now there is an undeniable shift in support. This is not a white boys club here. There is a preponderance of women and people of color. Bernie Sanders is speaking for us.”

Erin Allday is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: eallday@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @erinallday

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Erin Allday is a health reporter who writes about infectious diseases, stem cells, neuroscience and consumer health topics like fitness and nutrition. She’s been on the health beat since 2006 (minus a nine-month stint covering Mayor Gavin Newsom). Before joining The Chronicle, Erin worked at newspapers all over the Bay Area and covered a little of everything, including business and technology, city government, and education. She was part of a reporting team that won a Polk Award for regional reporting in 2005, for a series of stories on outsourcing jobs from Santa Rosa to Penang, Malaysia. Erin started her journalism career at the Daily Californian student newspaper and many years later still calls Berkeley her home.

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Bio: Antonio Gramsci

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Antonio Francesco Gramsci (UK/ˈɡræmʃi/,[2] US/ˈɡrɑːmʃi/,[3] Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo franˈtʃesko ˈɡramʃi] (listen); 22 January 1891 – 27 April 1937) was an Italian Marxist philosopher and communist politician. He wrote on political theorysociology and linguistics. He attempted to break from the economic determinism of traditional Marxist thought and so is considered a key neo-Marxist.[4] He was a founding member and one-time leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini‘s Fascist regime.

Gramsci wrote more than 30 notebooks and 3,000 pages of history and analysis during his imprisonment. His Prison Notebooks are considered a highly original contribution to 20th century political theory.[5] Gramsci drew insights from varying sources – not only other Marxists but also thinkers such as Niccolò MachiavelliVilfredo ParetoGeorges Sorel and Benedetto Croce. The notebooks cover a wide range of topics, including Italian history and nationalismthe French RevolutionfascismFordismcivil societyfolklorereligion and high and popular culture.

Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony, which describes how the state and ruling capitalist class – the bourgeoisie – use cultural institutions to maintain power in capitalist societies. The bourgeoisie, in Gramsci’s view, develops a hegemonic culture using ideology rather than violence, economic force, or coercion. Hegemonic culture propagates its own values and norms so that they become the “common sense” values of all and thus maintain the status quo. Hegemonic power is therefore used to maintain consent to the capitalist order, rather than coercive power using force to maintain order. This cultural hegemony is produced and reproduced by the dominant class through the institutions that form the superstructure.

More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Gramsci

The Escalating Class War Against Bernie Sanders

February 17, 2020 by Common Dreams

In American politics, hell hath no fury like corporate power scorned.

by Norman Solomon


With very few exceptions, the loudest voices to be heard from mass media are coming from individuals with wealth far above the financial vicinity of average Americans. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

With very few exceptions, the loudest voices to be heard from mass media are coming from individuals with wealth far above the financial vicinity of average Americans. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

More than ever, Bernie Sanders is public enemy number one for power elites that thrive on economic injustice. The Bernie 2020 campaign is a direct threat to the undemocratic leverage that extremely wealthy individuals and huge corporations constantly exert on the political process. No wonder we’re now seeing so much anti-Bernie rage from leading corporate Democrats — eagerly amplified by corporate media.

In American politics, hell hath no fury like corporate power scorned.

Flagrant media biases against Sanders are routine in a wide range of mainstream outlets. (The media watch group FAIR has long documented the problem, illuminated by one piece after another after another after another just this month.) In sharp contrast, positivity toward Sanders in mass media spheres is scarce.

Big media are continually amplifying the voices of well-paid reporters and pundits whose jobs involve acceptance of corporate power, including the prerogatives of corporate owners and sponsors.

The pattern is enmeshed with the corporatism that the Sanders campaign seeks to replace with genuine democracy—disempowering great wealth and corporate heft while empowering everyday people to participate in a truly democratic process.

Big media are continually amplifying the voices of well-paid reporters and pundits whose jobs involve acceptance of corporate power, including the prerogatives of corporate owners and sponsors. And, in news coverage of politics, there’s an inexhaustible supply of former Democratic officeholders and appointees who’ve been lucratively feeding from corporate troughs as lobbyists, consultants and PR operatives. Their corporate ties usually go unmentioned.

An important media headquarters for hostility toward the Sanders campaign is MSNBC, owned by Comcast—a notoriously anti-labor and anti-consumer corporation. “People need to remember,” I pointed out on Democracy Now! last week, “that if you, for instance, don’t trust Comcast, why would you trust a network that is owned by Comcast? These are class interests being worked out where the top strata of ownership and investors hires the CEO, hires the managing editors, hires the reporters. And so, what we’re seeing, and not to be rhetorical about it, but we really are seeing a class war underway.”

Routinely, the talking heads and go-to sources for mainline news outlets are far removed from the economic pressures besetting so many Americans. And so, media professionals with the most clout and largest megaphones are quite distant from the Sanders base.

Voting patterns in the New Hampshire primary reflected whose economic interests the Sanders campaign is promising to serve. With 10 active candidates on the Democratic ballot, Sanders “won 4 in 10 of voters with household incomes under $50,000 and nearly 3 in 10 with incomes between $50,00 and $99,000,” the Washington Post reported.

Meanwhile, a trio of researchers associated with the Institute for New Economic Thinking—Thomas Ferguson, Jie Chen and Paul Jorgensen—found that “the higher the town’s income, the fewer votes cast” for Sanders. “Lower income towns in New Hampshire voted heavily for Sanders; richer towns did the opposite.”

The researchers saw in the data “further dramatic evidence of a point we have made before: that the Democratic Party is now sharply divided by social class.”

It’s a reality with media implications that are hidden in plain sight. The often-vitriolic and sometimes preposterous attacks on Sanders via powerful national media outlets are almost always coming from affluent or outright wealthy people. Meanwhile, low-income Americans have virtually zero access to the TV studios (other than providing after-hours janitorial services).

With very few exceptions, the loudest voices to be heard from mass media are coming from individuals with wealth far above the financial vicinity of average Americans. Virtually none of the most widely read, seen and heard journalists are on the low end of the nation’s extreme income inequality. Viewed in that light—and keeping in mind that corporate ownership and advertising dominate mainstream media—it shouldn’t be surprising that few prominent journalists have much good to say about a presidential campaign fiercely aligned with the working class.

“If there is going to be class warfare in this country,” Bernie Sanders told the Iowa AFL-CIO convention last summer, “it’s time that the working class of this country won that war and not just the corporate elite.”

To the corporate elite, goals like that are unacceptable.

Norman Solomon

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

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99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film Official Trailer 1 (2013)

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99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film Official Trailer 1 (2013) – Documentary HD A compelling portrait of the Occupy Wall Street movement. From personal stories to analysis of the big picture issues, supporters, participants and critics shed light on why and how this movement took off with such explosive force, and what it means. Made in a unique and unprecedented collaboration of 99 filmmakers across the country, the production process of this feature film offers a uniquely diverse way of bringing meaning and context to the movement that has swept up America, and much of the world, with its story.

Director: Nina Krstic Audrey Ewell Aaron Aites Lucian Read Producer: Ava DuVernay Brooke Devine Tyler Brodie: http://j.mp/14u9VRn Stephen Dotson Aaron Aites Brian Devine Williams Cole Audrey Ewell Karen Walton Editor: Nathan Russell Brad Comfort Jeffrey K. Miller Cinematographer: Jesus Silva Composer: Lesser

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Monday, Feb 17 – Thursday, Feb. 20 (from Adrienne Fong)

Please hold  Clark Sullivan ♥ in your thoughts. Clark remains hospitalized at:

 Kindred Hospital San Francisco Bay Area
2800 Benedict Dr.
San Leandro

Rise in Power and Rest in Peace ♥ Mike Zint ♥   

  -Mike transitioned on Friday, February 14, 2020. Future gathering is being planned

NOT back posting on a regular basis

– Please post 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! 


A. BART police shoot, wound armed man at El Cerrito del Norte Station – February 15, 2020


B.Trial of the Four Embassy Protectors Ends with a Deadlocked Jury – February 15, 2020

C. Border patrol will deploy elite tactical agents to sanctuary cities – February 14, 2020


D. Press Release: California Immigrant Rights Advocates Condemn Militarized Escalation Against Sanctuary Cities – February 14, 2020


E. Palestinians stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation –February 13, 2020


   See events # 3 and # 9

F. Trump’s 2021 budget: More nuclear spending, less of almost everything else – February 12, 2020

G. UN publishes list of firms profiting from Israeli war crimes – February 12, 2020


H. Implicit bias trainer finds ‘extreme’ degree of anti-black sentiment within SFPD – February 12, 2020


1. Stop Mosser Rent Increases!


2. End the FCC’s War on the Poor


3. No cuts to SNAP (Food Stamps)


4. PENDING EXECUTION PETITIONS Click on the name to get to petition:

February 20: Nicholas Sutton in Tennessee

March 5: Nathaniel Woods in Alabama

March 11: Carlos Trevino in Texas


Monday, February 17 – Thursday, February 20

Monday, February 17

Pinocchio Day

(referring to the current president)

1. Monday, 10:00am – 11:30am, Wake the ZUCK Up (at his house) –LOCATION CHANGE!!

Gather at his house!

3450 21st St. (21st St. & Fair Oaks)

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wake-the-zuck-up-at-his-house-on-presidents-day-tickets-92510203509?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=4377af00-836f-416f-b6af-5ec7953ddfbf

This Presidents Day, we will gather outside Mark Zuckerberg’s house near Dolores Park to let him know that we won’t be quiet in the face of his company undermining our democracy.

We are not sure what billionaires brunch on, but let’s give him some food for thought and a piece of our minds. It will be fun. We will be loud. And we will bring plenty of democracy bagels for everybody who shows up with a sign or a noisemaker.

Why? Zuckerberg’s San Francisco Bay Area technology company — Facebook — refuses to take responsibility for lies, hate, and disinformation spread on its platform. This irresponsibility is alarming — especially in light of the 2020 elections.

Facebook sells ads to U.S. politicians but imposes zero restrictions on lies and false claims and is happy to profit from micro-targeted advertising that’s being used to misinform, manipulate and incite hatred among vulnerable voters.

Facebook should recognize it has created a monster and stop politicians from being able to “buy and lie” in their campaign advertising in 2020. But don’t expect Facebook to let go of so much lucrative attention and influence without a fight. We are ready to fight and to wake the Zuck up!

Hosts: Global Exchange, Media Alliance, Indivisible SF Peninsula and CA-14, Raging Granny Action League, and the crew at Don’t Let Facebook ZUCK UP Our Democracy.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/123449855543651/

2. Monday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Black Solidarity Week Opening Gathering & Processional

Lake Merritt Pergola
599 El Embarcadero


Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-solidarity-week-opening-ritual-processional-tickets-94347805827?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR2UPG1BlJWnQeU4_uUZWZCCeuMlBBT59h2N4rBWHAk93QRWYx_j6m3Lgvk

The procession will be kick off by a WOLFHAWKJAGUAR and WO’SE Community Church Led ceremony. Its a ritual Rooted in African traditions of honoring and being in solidarity with our ancestors who came before us and paved the way. This event kicks off #BlackSolidarityWeek.

Black Solidarity Week provides the springboard for organizing for Black liberation for the rest of the year.

Please wear all white!

Hosts: Community READY Corps and Black Solidarity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/703331160066521/

3. Monday, 6:30pm, Defend the Yintah – “Invasion” Film Screening + Discussion

223A  9th St.

Accessibility: No stairs

film screening of “Invasion”, an info session on the Wet’suwet’en struggle, information about our upcoming action, and a community meal!
We will have informative materials, a discussion about the current situation, and talk about ways we as a community can commit to ongoing Indigenous solidarity work here in the Bay Area.

Host: Abolish ICE SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/3224079090942430/

Tuesday, February 18

4. Tuesday, 8:30am. Court Support for NIa Wilson’s Family in BART murder trial

Alameda County Superior Court
1225 Fallon St.., 7th Floor, Dept. 12

Upcoming scheduled court dates:

  2/18 – Tuesday

  2/19 – Wednesday

  2/20 – Thursday

  2/24 – Monday

  2/25 – Tuesday

Arrive by 8:30am – no costumes, shirts with Nia’s face allowed

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/230791520898520/

5. Tuesday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm,  No to U.S. Aggressions and Interventions

SF Federal Building
90 7th St. (7th & Mission St.)

Mothers on the March and Black and Brown for Justice, Peace, and Equality Demand:

   – An End to the Genocide in Palestine, Yemen and of Native Americans.

   – An End to the  United States government’s interference in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Iraq, Iran etc.

   – An End to the United States funding of aid to these fascists governments and the $40 Billion to Israel.

We demand that United States of North America, military budget given to these governments be used in the U.S. to fund homes for the homeless and for healthcare for all, and NOT to fund the killing of people around the world!

All are welcomed – weekly demonstration every Tuesday.

6. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Disaster Preparation Training

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St.

Tickets : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disaster-preparation-training-tickets-94348451759?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR18geqqWn34bnizXddYqJM7-t0VFurZDRTPjs4odecQAzIWm8h5PIMwoyU


This is the launch of the Safety, Survival, and Self-Determination program. A training will be offered on disaster preparation and safety. #BlackSolidarityWeek

Sponsors: Community READY Corps and Black Solidarity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/193067558729025/

Wednesday, February 19

California ‘State of the State’

7. Wednesday, 8:30am – 10:00am, Stand up to Big Oil at 2020 at California State of the State

California State Capitol Building
1003 L Street

To sign-up for event: https://actionnetwork.org/events/lca-sots?source=RK&link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_725951&email_subject=firstname-default-friend-join-us-wednesday-at-state-of-the-state

Signing up does NOT automatically sign you up for the bus! 

You may receive info from sponsors Last Chance Alliance, 350.org., Rootskeeper, Greenpeace USA, & Sunflower Alliance

Bus Info (FREE): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgHIdrhmSZ58nVRpoT3LQwRVTYV1BNu2kOkct9bwuyut9wGQ/viewform

   Fill out the form on above site!


On Feb 19th, the Last Chance Coalition is running a bus from San Francisco to the State Capitol in Sacramento!

We’ll be letting Governor Newsom know, on the date of his State of the State Address, that we want him to take bold action to protect the climate and stop allowing dangerous oil extraction to expand in California. To see our demands, go to www.lastchancealliance.org

The bus will be departing from San Francisco Embarcadero Area at 6:00 AM at Steuart and Don Chee Way across from Boulevard Restaurant

The bus will pick up passengers in Oakland at 6:30 AM pickup at Oakland Marriott Downtown on 11th Street near Broadway, just west of Broadway

The bus will be back in the bay area by 2pm at the latest, more likely 1pm, stopping at the pick up locations sequentially.

Once you sign up, we will be in touch with you and confirm your pick up location! Questions:

8. Wednesday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Enemy Alien: Civil & Human Rights in Time of War

San Francisco State University
LIB 121

Please join AMED Studies in collaboration with Asian American Studies and a host of community organizations to mark the Day of Remembrance. Co-sponsoring organizations include Buena Vista United Methodist Church; Neikki Resistance; and Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project (JPOHP) and Campaign For Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans! (CFJ).

As in the past, our annual commemoration honors Japanese people who were constructed as “enemy alien” in concentration campus throughout the US. We build on those legacies of “never again for anyone” and insistence on not repeating history.

Participating AMED classes:
* RRS 101, “Introduction to Arab and Muslim Communities”, Instructor: Jamal Dajani (M/W 12:30-1:45)
* RRS/WGS 566, “Gender and Modernity in Arab and Muslim Communities” Instructor Rabab Abdulhadi Online
* RRS 620, “Colonialism, Imperialism and Resistance”, Instructor Rabab Abdulhadi Online
* RRS 630, “Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective” Online

This open classrooms will screen a documentary that brings Japanese American director Konrad Aderer with Palestinian activist Farouk Abdul Muti who was unfairly detained after 9/11/2001.

A roundtable panel discussion co-moderated by professors Jamal Dajani and Rabab Abdulhadi will follow the screening. It is our honor to be joined by Pastor Michael Yoshii, Buena Vista United Methodist Church-Alameda and other community leaders.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/177049913598837/

9. Wednesday, 1:00pm, Emergency Rally to Defend the Yintah

Chase Building (in front)
560 Mission St.

Join us on Wednesday Feb 19th at 1pm in front of the Chase Building (560 Mission) to stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. In the middle of the night on Feburary 6th, several people defending the Gidimt’en Yintah @gidimten_checkpoint were violently arrested while defending themselves and their land from the nonconsenual Coastal GasLink project. We need to act now in solidarity, and take on our responsibility to support those on the frontlines of this struggle. Join us to help support the autonomy of Indigenous communities defending their homelands and unceded territories.
Our Demands:
1. Chase withdraw all support for Coastal GasLink (CGL)
2. Acknowledge their breach of Wet’suwet’en consent
3. Make a commitment to respect Indigenous autonomy
4. Consult with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs for best ways to support their efforts

Host: Abolish ICE SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/174463840480380/

10. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Changing Climates: Lessons From Community Organizing in PR

UC Berkeley, Sibley Auditorium
( Bechtal Engineering Center)

Oscar López Rivera (OLR) is a Puerto Rican leader in the pro-independence efforts that has devoted his life to changing the unequal relationship between the conditions of Puerto Ricans and the U.S. government. His strong belief that Puerto Rico should be free from U.S. colonial control led him to an arrest in 1981 for seditious conspiracy and related charges. Sentenced to 55 years in prison, he became the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico’s struggle for independence. After serving almost 36 years in prison, he was released in 2017 and has since resumed his role as an community organizer, founding the non-profit organization of Fundación OLR-Libertá. Its purpose is to raise awareness of and organize community projects in marginalized, disenfranchised communities in the metropolitan area of San Juan and in the Municipality of Loíza.

Hosts: Boricuas in Berkeley + 4 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/474483959893918/

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

16th & Mission
BART Plaza

4:00pm Food prep and cooking!

We will prepare and cook at St. John The Evangelist Church, 1661 15th Street (at Julian) beginning at 4:00 PM every

Volunteers are welcomed

12. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, APTP General Membership Meeting

East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.

We’ll discuss our current efforts to build responses to mental health crisis and Intimate Partner Violence that do not lead with law enforcement intervention.

We’ll also be screening “Invasion” and a more current video re #Wetsuwetenstrong
Currently the Wet’suwet’en nation is being invaded by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in so-called Canada. Resistance is spreading both across Canada and internationally to support these frontline land defenders.

Host: Anti Police – Terror Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/573795086533211/

Thursday, February 20

13. Thursday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, COH’s Black History Celebration!

280 Turk St.

Come to COH at 11am for soul food and an open mic in which anyone from the community can share their stories of displacement, eviction, and homelessness. Preference given to those who identify as Black of African American as those who are homeless.

After the open mic and some food, we will go to city hall where we will DEMAND elected officials to acknowledge the rampant displaceemnt of Black folks from San Francisco as well as fund a new replacement shelter for First Friendship, the only family emergency shelter in the San Francisco.

If you have any questions, please call 415-346-3740 and ask for Miguel or Olivia.

Host: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/525025368378190/

14. Thursday, 6:00pm, UnTold & UnSold- Poor Press Book Release Events 2020

SF Main Library
100 Larkin St.

Wheelchair accessible

Two other dates & places of event:

6:00pm Feb 26, 2020- West Oakland Public Library – 2801Adeline – Oakland
7:00pm March 13th – IntegriTea 717 Marin st Downtown Vallejo- Vallejo Art Walk

In February & March Poor Press will be releasing eight powerful and beautiful books including Black Disabled Ancestors by Leroy Moore, Unwritten Law by Dee Allen, When Mama and Me Lived Outside by Lisa”Tiny” Gray Garcia, Disturbance Within Myself by Audrey Candycorn, Chimalli by Muteado Silencio, Horse Tuuxi: My Name is Kai by Angel Heart, Everybody Jesus by Katana Barnes the most diverse Poor Book making program in the history of Poor Press topics include homelessness and street survival of a mother and daughter to police brutality to having Jesus in your live to Native America children story to Black disabled ancestors to a single mother surviving her son being murder to a pre internet world seeing the future and finally the beautiful art and stories of indigenous P’urepecha from the lands of Michoacán, Mexico, displaced here in the United States, his intention is to inspire his indigenous people to take the blanket, the paintings, the mud, the brushes and remember that we are craftspeople.

All of these powerful, ground-breaking publications are informed by the original theory of Poverty Scholarship- Poor People-led Theory, Art, Words and Tears Across Mama Earth which was released in 2019 with an national tour and will be re-released in 2020 as part of this powerful collection.

POOR press is the poor people-led publishing arm of the grassroots, homeless and poor people-led movement known as POOR Magazine which has been dedicated to publishing and producing the books, art, education and culture of very low, no-income, homeless, indigenous, disabled and incarcerated youth, adults and elders since 1996.

Hosts: DeGentrification Zones, Poor Magazine, Homefulness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1474037219424084/?notif_t=event_friend_going¬if_id=1581869747508088

15. Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Black Housing Union Discussion

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St.

Tickets / Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-housing-union-discussion-tickets-94349849941?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR11Iw-3TaDwDIfQ98P1w3JAuQHNBzH1Q7IAu63I6Tx5KSxOXXnyMonq028

Discussion around support for a housing justice agenda in Oakland. #BlackSolidarityWeek

Host: Community READY Corp and Black Solidarity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1565480593617050/

Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All

FEBRUARY 11, 2020 (counterpunch.org)


You’d think that a presidential campaign backed by 40 billionaires and untold numbers of bundled rich people wouldn’t worry about just one leaflet on Medicare for All.

But minutes after Pete Buttigieg finished speaking in an auditorium at Keene State College in New Hampshire on Saturday, a Pete for America official confronted me outside the building while I was handing out a flier with the headline “Medicare for All. Not Healthcare Profiteering for the Few.”

“You can’t pass that out,” the man told me. I did a double take, glancing at the small “Pete” metal badge on his lapel while being told that he spoke on behalf of the Buttigieg campaign.

We were standing on the campus of a public college. I said that I understood the First Amendment. When I continued to pass out the flier, the Buttigieg campaign official (who repeatedly refused to give his name) disappeared and then quickly returned with a campus policeman, who told me to stop distributing the leaflet. Two Keene city police soon arrived.

The Buttigieg official stood a few feet behind them as the police officers threatened me with arrest for trespassing. Ordered to get off the campus within minutes or be arrested, I was handed an official written order (“Criminal Trespass Notice”) not to set foot on “Keene State College entire campus” for a year.

So much for freedom of speech and open election discourse in public places.

Why would a representative of the mighty Buttigieg campaign resort to such a move? A big clue can be found in a deception that Buttigieg engaged in during the debate on Friday night.

Buttigieg’s dishonesty arose when Amy Klobuchar, a vehement foe of Medicare for All, attacked Bernie Sanders for allegedly seeking to “kick 149 million Americans off their current health insurance in four years.” Klobuchar was reciting a key insurance-industry distortion that neglects to mention how a single-payer system would provide more complete health coverage, at less cost — by eliminating wasteful bureaucracy and corporate profiteering.

But Klobuchar then pivoted to attack Buttigieg: “And Pete, while you have a different plan now, you sent out a tweet just a few years ago that said henceforth, forthwith, indubitably, affirmatively, you are for Medicare for All for the ages, and so I would like to point out that what leadership is about is taking a position, looking at things, and sticking with them.”

Buttigieg was far from candid in his response: “Just to be clear, the truth is that I have been consistent throughout in my position on delivering healthcare for every American.”

That answer directly contradicted an early 2018 tweet from Buttigieg: “Gosh! Okay. . . I, Pete Buttigieg, politician, do henceforth and forthwith declare, most affirmatively and indubitably, unto the ages, that I do favor Medicare for All, as I do favor any measure that would help get all Americans covered.”

No doubt if the flier I was handing out at Keene State College had praised Buttigieg, his campaign would not have called the police to have me ejected. But the Buttigieg for President staffer recognized that Buttigieg’s spin on healthcare was undermined by facts in the flier (produced and financed by RootsAction.org, which is completely independent of the official Sanders campaign).

“Buttigieg is claiming that Medicare for All would dump people off of health coverage and deprive them of ‘choice,’” our flier pointed out. “Those are insurance-industry talking points. He is deliberately confusing the current ‘choice’ of predatory for-profit insurance plans with the genuine full choice of healthcare providers that enhanced Medicare for everyone would offer.”

Apparently, for the Buttigieg campaign, such truthful words are dangerous.Join the debate on FacebookMore articles by:NORMAN SOLOMON

Norman Solomon is executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, where he coordinates ExposeFacts. Solomon is a co-founder of RootsAction.org.

Extinction Rebellion

February 13, 2020 (Rebellion.earth)

More beautiful and courageous action from XR groups around the world. There is so much to tell.

Ostend, Belgium.

Johannesburg, South Africa.

About 50 activists, led by XR, picketed outside the Gauteng Legislature, calling on the government to declare a climate emergency. Photo: Zoe Postman.

Kandy, Sri Lanka.

XR Youth had a plant donation day in front of the Tooth Relic Temple and donated 300 plants to people.