Articles ~ Actions ~ Resource ~ Events, Sunday April 19 – Tuesday, April 21 (from Adrienne Fong)

Will post a few Earth Day Events – by Monday eve.

NOT back posting on a regular basis.

– Please post events on Indybay even if event is digitalhttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

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

ARTICLES:

A. Government “Gives Away” 200,000 Acres of Public Land While Americans Shelter in Place – April 18, 2020

B. Mayor Breed Nominates 2 To Serve On Police Commission – April 17, 2020

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Mayor-Breed-picks-2-to-serve-on-SF-Police-15210111.php

C. San Francisco to Enforce Face Mask Requirement as Bay Area Strengthens Mandates

https://www.kqed.org/news/11812863/san-francisco-to-enforce-face-mask-requirement-as-bay-area-strengthens-mandates

D. Colin Kaepernick Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund For Black And Brown Communities – April 17, 2020

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/colin-kaepernick-launches-coronavirus-relief-fund-aid-black-brown-communities-n1186421

E. SF to settle whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against former DA Gascon for $400K

FThe Criminalization of South Sudan’s Gold Sector: Kleptocratic Networks and the Gold Trade in Kapoeta – April 9, 2020

https://enoughproject.org/reports/criminalization-south-sudans-gold-sector

ACTIONS

1. Protect the Mission!

  SIGN: https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/stop-sf-planning-pre-application-processes-until-shelter-in-place-has-been-lifted-1?share=8d31316e-22d1-4cdf-9d13-4239fb813baf&source=rawlink&utm_source=rawlink&fbclid=IwAR12JJkEyEmN71deYfKdU5e9r7yfQ3vhUPJSEl1fTuWqA-yg_pniy6VtIpY

2. Call on the DOJ and House Judiciary Chairman Nadler to seek the immediate release of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger!

  SIGN: https://www.makechevroncleanup.com/?utm_source=Amazon+Watch+Newsletter+and+Updates&utm_campaign=c223650af1-2019-04-25-blk%2B_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e6f929728b-c223650af1-339828874&mc_cid=c223650af1&mc_eid=ded1714210

3Free all political prisoners in the Philippines amid the global pandemic #SendThemHome

  SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/president-rodrigo-duterte-sendthemhome-free-all-political-prisoners-in-the-philippines-amid-the-global-pandemic

4. Protect Wildlife Refuges From GMOS and PESTICIDES

  SIGN: https://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/actions/5988/protect-wildlife-refuges-from-gmos-and-pesticides?emci=d23c2300-c980-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&emdi=d53c2300-c980-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&ceid=574402

5. Open Letter to the Government of the United States and the United Nations

  SIGN: https://uspeacecouncil.org/4724-2/

Updated resource:

Here’s where kids can get free meals during Bay Area school closures  April 17, 2020

https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/free-meals-students/?fbclid=IwAR0JDaZTP6DylRrvCDATghpaRe5CTzO479S4TWLpAQb07qdGVA58q8IFvXU

EVENTS

Sunday, April 19 – Tuesday, April 21

Sunday, April 19

1. Sunday, 12Noon (PDT), The Prosecution of Julian Assange and the Fight For Free Speech

Zoom webinar registration here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Xh2EsZbrTtOq1FZifgfIlw

Live streams on this Facebook event page and on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6zb1Rg8CiAO9Ff8kLlXXiQ

An online panel discussion of leading attorneys, human rights defenders and social justice activists as the London trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is underway. If Assange is extradited to the United States, he faces the first-ever charges under the Espionage Act of 1917 for the publication of truthful information in the public interest. Speakers will present the critical legal and policy issues involved as well as rebut government efforts to undermine the reputation and credibility of Assange. In these difficult times for civil liberties and democratic rights we demand: Free Julian Assange! Defend Free Speech and the First Amendment! 

Panel Speakers: 

 
Jim Lafferty, Executive Director for three decades, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles
Representative, Bay Area National Lawyers Guild
Jennifer Robinson, Julian Assange’s London attorney (message)
Joe Lombardo, National Coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition
Nathan Fuller, Executive Director, Courage Foundation*
Nozomi Hayase, author, contributor to the new book, In Defense of Julian Assange
Moderator: Jeff Mackler, author, Obama’s National Security State: The Meaning of the Edward Snowden Revelations
 

Sponsors: Bay Area Julian Assange Defense Committee • National Lawyers Guild Bay Area • Courage Foundation • United National Antiwar Coalition

Initial co-sponsors: CodePink Bay Area • Social Justice Center of Marin • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section • Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance, advisory board, Courage Foundation, past Steering Committee member Chelsea Manning Support Committee • Marin Peace and Justice Center • Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal 

Host: Bay Area Action Committee to Free Julian Assange

2. Sunday, 1:00pm – 1:30pm, Nationwide Body Bag Deliveries Demanding: Trump/Pence #OutNow

SF Federal Building
70 – 7th St.
SF

Small numbers of people are doing car caravans & short dramatic actions this weekend. Most of us will be supporting remotely. Follow @RefuseFascism on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

RefuseFascism supporters will deliver home-made body-bags to Trump properties (or in this case the Federal Building) observing social distancing and safe practices, saying, “We recognize the Trump/Pence regime, with its opposition to science and its fascist program now poses an even greater danger to humanity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In contrast to Trump supporters who rallied at the Michigan state capitol this week with assault weapons and Confederate flags, demanding an end to the quarantine, the Refuse Fascism protesters take action “in the name of humanity,” and demanding measures based on science protecting global health.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/291682715154713/?notif_t=event_calendar_create¬if_id=1587233936767470

3. Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, Covid-19: Capitalist Crisis & Socialist Solutions

Advance Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYof-mhqjwsjeCVfc5xIsy7Yuf-wngN4g

Join Marxist scholar and retired New York City public hospital doctor Susan Williams for this interactive online forum (via Zoom). She will analyze the coronavirus emergency and the economic meltdown, offering concrete proposals to address both crises. Share your thoughts in the discussion that follows. 

Host: Freedom Socialist Party – Bay Area and New Valencia Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1876875672619847/

4. Sunday, 1:00pm – 7:00pm, Earth Day 50: Virtual Kick-Off Event for Earth Week 2020

Registration: https://whova.com/portal/registration/march_202004/?fbclid=IwAR2CBmPcdpguNmOnnAfQrTVEodtlrhHvGd6SIT1rC7l215mg_kqF5qrSHrQ

For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Day Initiative and March for Science NYC will demonstrate what we can do to empower one another and connect with people around the world to make positive steps forward, even when circumstances on the ground make it difficult to be with each other in person. In this uncertain time, we are using the technology and tools available to us to demonstrate what activism can look like in the 21st Century. 

VIRTUAL STAGE: featuring high-profile speakers, including public officials, activists, scientists, and performers

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS: interactive presentations and workshops led by activists and scientists

VIRTUAL EXHIBITOR BOOTHS: featuring environmental campaigns and sustainable causes

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/933352253748335/   or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/04/18832104.php

5. Sunday, 6:00pm, From Katrina to Corona: GentriFUKing Oakland Streets

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From Katrina to Corona- government Solutions to Homelessness & Covid 19 series continues –

Join Poverty, Disability Skolaz Leroy Moore, & Lisa Tiny Gray-Garcia with Special Guests poet, playwrite and revolutionary Ayodele Nzinga & longtime Oakland organizer Gerald Smith- as we delve into Oakland Mayor’s Under-Corona Cover GentriFUKING plan for Oakland Streets that effectively steals streets from long-time residents under the guise of making them “safer” aka witer and richer-

This is the second in a special live zoom broadcast series of Pnn-Kexu 96.1fm-Po Peoples Revolutionary radio/TV news that deals “government” & non-profiteering so rampant in times of crisis and their dangerous impact on poor , houseless , disabled, incarcerated and indigenous/Black and Brown peoples all across Mama Earth versus poor people-led self-determination movement solutions created by /for us that were here long before a virus called Covid19.

Host: POOR Magazine + 2 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/262413095150868/

Monday, April 20

6. Monday, Call-In to Cancel Rent! National Day of Action

Call your governor by clicking here: https://cancelrent.us/call-your-legislator/

with thousands across the country by contacting your representatives and telling them to cancel rent, mortgage and utility payments. Together we are building a powerful movement of renters, homeowners and community members across the country to win homes for all.

with over 22 million people filing for unemployment, it has become even more crucial that the demands to cancel rent, mortgage and utility payments are met. The Beyond Recovery campaign demands are not just to help our communities get through this crisis, but to ensure a #DebtFreeFuture and healthy, safe, thriving communities for us all.

Hosts: Right to the City Alliance and Homes For All

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/255718972229136/

7. Monday, 3:00pm (PDT), How Strikes & Community Coalitions Can Address The Crises We Are Facing

Webinar registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qqDL0bqUSJCZl-Hi7EcgQQ

Online Panel Event

This moment in our history is exposing the cracks in the system that we all live in under. But before and after COVID-19, we have other existential crisis facing our communities.

In this event, we will hear how SEIU Local 26, a property service union in Minnesota who represent 4,000 janitors who clean the corporate office buildings of some of the richest corporations in the world, went on strike this winter with support of environmental justice groups during their recent contract fight. One of their big demands was for employers to create a “Green Education Fund” that would help address the working conditions of the janitors on the frontlines and also be a space to lower the massive carbon emissions from these big office buildings that was hurting our planet.

We will have a conversation with members and leaders of SEIU Local 26 along with representatives from the Youth Climate Strike MN, were one of multiple environmental justice organizations to link their fights with these commercial janitors to win what otherwise would have felt impossible

Speakers:
-Elia Starkweather, Minneapolis Janitor & Vice President of SEIU Local 26.
-Greg Nammacher, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU Local 26.
-Priya Dalal-Whelan, Partnerships Director, Minnesota Youth Climate Strikes.
-Nazir Khan, Organizer, MN Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Climate & Environmental Justice table.

Moderator: Javier Morillo, former President of SEIU Local 26, CIWO Fellow

Info from “The Leap” 

Tuesday, April 21

8. Thursday, 10:00am (PDT), Earth Day 2020: Health, humanity, and the climate emergency

NOTE: After you register, you’ll receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link to attend online. 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-2020-health-humanity-and-the-climate-emergency-tickets-102738080364?aff=email&source=CMG2004U1D01&utm_medium=email&utm_source=SFMC&utm_campaign=2020-04-Comms-Climate-Health-Webinar-Panel-Email-Invite

Free

An online chat about how Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) responds to the adverse effects of climate change on health.

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) invites you to join us for a live online chat about the health impacts of the climate emergency. As a medical humanitarian organization that works in climate hotspots around the world, MSF is preparing for cascading crises. Our teams provide medical aid in response to natural and human-made disasters, severe drought and flooding, and infectious disease outbreaks–challenges likely to grow and multiply without urgent action to reduce carbon emissions. As people further disrupt fragile ecosystems, some scientists say we can expect to see more zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans, like COVID-19. Poor and marginalized communities face compounded risks due to climate change and lack of access to health care.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the medical and humanitarian consequences of climate change and environmental degradation. Speakers include Carol Devine, MSF Canada’s humanitarian affairs advisor and a research fellow at York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research; Dr. Maria Guevara, MSF senior operational positioning and advocacy advisor in Geneva; and Dr. Edward Xie, emergency physician and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. MSF-USA Executive Director Avril Benoît will moderate the discussion and take your questions.

9. Tuesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm (PDT), Seeking Justice: Sexual Assaults by Police

Act & Learn Webinar:

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4679424037496159756?link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-youre-invited-to-seeking-justice-sexual-assaults-by-police&email_referrer=email_774747&email_subject=youre-invited-to-seeking-justice-sexual-assaults-by-police 

Sexual assault is the second most frequently reported type of misconduct by police. [1] Predatory members of the police often prey on people who use drugs, people who have prior arrest records, immigrants, people with disabilities, and sex workers. [2] However, the harm done to individuals and communities through police sexual misconduct is felt by everyone. When we speak out against police violence, we must include sexual assault and harassment.

Confirmed speakers include:

·       Chelsea K. Merta, Esq., Lotus Law

·       Grace Franklin, co-founder, OKC Artists for Justice

We will dive deep into the issue of sexual misconduct by police, and learn from activists seeking justice for survivors in the courts and through grassroots organizing. 1. https://rewire.news/article/2018/04/03/survivors-sexual-violence-police-need-quick-fix/ 2

. https://www.npr.org/books/titles/561961940/invisible-no-more-police-violence-against-black-women-and-women-of-color#excerpt  

Host: Reproaction

10. Tuesday, 6:00pm, Monthly gathering with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – (Light a candle in remembrance of Alex)

Alex’s Altar
Bernal Hill
SF

On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder on the 21st day of each month, Refugio and Elvira Nieto will gather for a brief time at Alex’s altar – observing ‘social distancing”

Light a candle this evening for Justice for Alex and all others who lives have been taken by the police 

If U would like to send a brief message to the Nieto’s email: afong@jps.net

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. 

11. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Online Study Group: What Will It Take to Save a World in Crisis? 

Chose either Tuesday or Wed. event.

Register for Tuesday evening group: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJIodeugpzIjL2iIS4RaP3622wOaZ1FZmA

Register for Wednesday afternoon group: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upYlcOmrqjMpCo-kov7UdYgywbn8PN6e2w

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, including how to access it by phone.

$3-5 suggested donation per session (via PayPal)
All donations will go to the Freedom Socialist Newspaper Fund Drive. (Learn more: https://socialism.com/fs-article/give-til-it-hurts-trump/)

The global pandemic, impending economic collapse, and the survival of the earth itself at risk—with stakes this high, how do we focus our organizing? Can the course reversal we need be achieved through piecemeal reforms and voting in democratic socialists? Or will it take a complete transformation away from the current capitalist system?

In this remote access-study group, we’ll discuss the current crisis and concrete steps toward moving humanity through it. Historic debates over the relationship between battling for vital social reforms and building a revolutionary movement for socialism as well as current readings will be discussed for ideas we can apply to today’s challenges.

Host: Freedom Socialist Party- Bay Area & New Valencia Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/530159031229663/?event_time_id=530159034562996

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