Updates ~ Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Tuesday, May 19 – Thursday May 21 (from Adrienne Fong)

Am apologizing in advance if the spacing and underlining on events are being displayed  – computer is acting out!


Wishing Clark Sullivan much luck as he was discharged from the hospital after a long stay!!

Chuck Newell died last week. He, was always generous with DVD’s that he burned and gave to people,  food that he shared from the food bank that all benefited from.  

He also purchased a speaker system that groups used for their rallies. If he saw that an organization or people could benefit from an item, he purchased it. He never asked for anything in return.

Some may not have agreed with some of his views on some topics but he was always present.

As Dwight said: “Chuck was an outlier amongst us outliers!”

    Rest in Peace & Power

   ♥ Chuck Newell ♥

 Am not back posting on a regular basis.

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

      See Indybay for other events.


A. Why Bombs Made in America Have Been Killing Civilians in Yemen – May 16, 2020

B. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to vote on $38 billion package to Israel  – May 15, 2020

C. Congress enables Israeli impunity at ICC – May 15, 2020


D. ‘The American friends’: New court files expose Sheldon Adelson’s security team in US spy operation against Julian Assange – May 14, 2020

E. Veritas, big SF apartment manager, defends taking $3.6 million PPP loan – May 14, 2020


F. The Sheepdog Caucus and So- Called ‘Democratic Socialist’


G. Moral Courage and Our Common Future – A Forward to “Plague of Corruption” – May 12, 2020


1. URGENT!  Walter Barton is scheduled to be executed today in Missouri.

Please continue calling upon Governor Parson to grant clemency and issue a Board of Inquiry for Walter Barton: 573-751-3222

   See Event # 6

2. Tell Mitch McConnell to call a vote and save the United States Postal Service!

  SIGN: https://www.signherenow.org/petition/save-usps/abolish-electoral-college/

3. Drones are not a public health solution – but authorities are using COVID-19 to expand surveilance


4. Justice for Cornelius! Shut Sequel Down

  SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/gretchen-whitmer-justice-for-cornelius-shut-sequel-down?fbclid=IwAR19LmnnVYmpdJjk1Sdvz3BQknfXCqawm6hWxeoC62x4PAO9EMeXJKlKpSA

  “Last week, 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick died after being restrained for throwing a sandwich at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, MI, which is run by the national for-profit company Sequel Youth and Family Services.”  

5. Ensure care and prevention measures are accessible to all people who are incarcerated

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-to-congress-ensure-care-and-prevention-measures-are-accessible-to-all-people-who-are-incarcerated?source=2020IncarcerationCare_CHN&referrer=group-coalition-on-human-needs&redirect=https://secure.actblue.com/donate/protectincarceratedpeople_chn&link_id=1&refcodeEmailReferrer=email_804093&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_804093&email_subject=sign-if-you-agree-congress-must-ensure-everyone-is-protected-from-covid-19

See event # 15

6. Tell the EPA to put people over pesticide industry profits!

  SIGN: https://action.foe.org/page/19384/action/1?ea.tracking.id=Email&ea.url.id=475253&forwarded=true


Tuesday, May 19 – Thursday, May 21

Tuesday, May 19

1. Tuesday, 12Noon (PT); 3:00pm (ET), Intersection of the Climate Crisis & Social Justice Webinar (PPC & CRP)



As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose the existing injustices of our society, we’re partnering with the Poor People’s Campaign to ensure that every voice is heard.

The only way to solve the climate crisis is by working together. And to build a winning coalition, we need to understand how this crisis intersects with social inequities like racial discrimination, poverty, and environmental injustice.

We’ll hear from the Poor People’s Campaign Co-Chairs Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Dr. Liz Theoharis, as well as Dr. Robert Bullard, Climate Reality board member, Texas Southern University distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy, and to many, the “father of environmental justice.”

The webinar will highlight the history of the Poor People’s Campaign, the intersection of climate and environmental justice, and the upcoming digital Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020.

Host: Poor Peoples Campaign, Climate Reality Project

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/18833015.php

2. Tuesday, 12:10pm – 1:10pm, Panel: Surveillance Technology Governance During and After COVID-19



As the world rushes to put contact tracing and illness-tracking tools in place to enable effective response to the coronavirus pandemic, privacy experts are raising concerns about exactly how this technology will be built and governed.

Join us for a panel, co-sponsored by the Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, on the use and governance of surveillance technology during (and after) the coronavirus pandemic. Our panelists will discuss how to align private and public sector interests to benefit society and support public health efforts, while also preserving privacy and civil rights.

This panel will feature leading voices from policy, tech, and medicine:

Albert Gidari (moderator): Director of Privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Inder Singh: Founder and CEO of Kinsa

Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD: Former President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA, and Former Chief Science Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Jon Callas: Senior Technology Fellow at the ACLU, Cryptographer, Software Engineer, UX Designer, and Entrepreneur

Gretchen Greene: Senior Advisor at the Hastings Center, International AI Policy Advisor, Lawyer, Computer Vision Scientist, Autonomous Vehicle Engineer, and Former U.S. national lab mathematician

3. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, San Francisco Gray Panther Monthly Meeting

Zoom link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89174791546

Or before 1pm:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89174791546

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,89174791546# US

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 891 7479 1546

Speakers and topics:

1)  SFGP Board member Michael Lyon will tell us about the recent success of the NoNewSFJails Coalition! Michael says:  “Closing 850 Bryant Passes!  After seven years, we’ve finally passed a law to close the decrepit, dangerous 850 Bryant jail, with its 80% awaiting trial, its 10X over-representation of blacks,  and its high proportion of homeless, mentally ill, or gender-minority people. 

2) SFGP Board member Matthew Holtz will tell us about the “Financial Resources for Gray Panthers and Others During the Covid-19 Crisis”

Mathew says:  “We’ll list and discuss a variety of financial and other resources available to elders and others that can assist in coping with the epic economic challenges brought about by the ongoing pandemic crisis.

3)  SFGP Board member Ann Colichidas make a brief announcement about our exciting new SFGP member survey which we will use to check in on our members by phone to find out how they�re doing during the COVID-19 crisis;  and also what you and our other members might want or need from the SFGP in the way of assistance, information and/or participation in our meetings, events and/or activism. 

email <artpersyko@ gmail.com> if you have any questions. 

4. Tuesday, 1:30pm, #BlackNewDeal for Oakland residents

You can join the Oakland City Council meeting virtually here at 1:30PM today. 

OR to listen to the meeting by phone, please call the number below at 1:30PM:

(669) 900-6833Webinar ID: 873 3367 7930If asked for a participant ID or code, press #. 

There are three ways to submit public comments:

  • eComment. Please note that eComment submission closes five (5) minutes before posted meeting time.
  • To comment by Zoom video conference, click the “Raise Your Hand” button to request to speak when Public Comment is being taken on a eligible agenda item at the beginning of the meeting. You will be permitted to speak during your turn, and after the allotted time, re-muted.
  • To comment by phone, you will be prompted to “Raise Your Hand” by pressing “*9” to speak when Public Comment is taken. You will be permitted to speak during your turn, and after the allotted time, re-muted. Please unmute your self by pressing *6.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a brutal reminder: when white people catch a cold, Black people get the flu.
Black people suffer at higher rates as a direct result of 400 years of discriminatory treatment.

APTP has convened over 50 Black leaders and allies to draft #BlackNewDeal for Oakland

5. Tuesday, 3:00pm (PT); 6:00pm (ET), Immigrants, COVID-19, Jobs & Healthcare

Register: https://actionnetwork.org/events/lets-talk-about-it-immigrants-covid-19-jobs-healthcare

United We Dream’s Town Hall:

At our UWD town hall, we will come together to listen to undocumented folks share how they’re caring for each other during these difficult times, get some real talk from national leaders, and even party with musical performances!

You will get to meet former presidential candidates Senator Elizabeth Warren and Secretary Julian Castro, celebs from the hit show One Day At A Time and other champions who know that everyone, regardless of immigration status, can make it through this pandemic.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/16/18833087.php

6. Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm (CDT), Vigil for Walter “Arkie” Barton and Victims of State Violence – Innocent Man to be executed today!

live on www.facebook.com/madpmo and various other platforms.

Walter Barton is scheduled to be executed today in Missouri.

Please continue calling upon Governor Parson to grant clemency and issue a Board of Inquiry for Walter Barton: 573-751-3222

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty along with Death Penalty Action, Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty, Journey of Hope, Red Letter Christians, the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP, Catholic Bishops and other religious and civic leaders from across the country invite you to join together online for moments of prayer and reflection for all victims of capital punishment, and to hold a vigil for Walter “Arkie” Barton should the execution move forward.

Walter “Arkie” Barton has spent the last 26 years inside Missouri prisons for a murder he likely did not commit. His story is one of countless others marred with common findings in cases of wrongful conviction. Thousands of people from Missouri and others from around the world have written, called, and peacefully protested urging Governor Parson to grant clemency for Walter Barton.

From: Innocence Project:

“Walter “Arkie” Barton is scheduled to be executed in Missouri on May 19, 2020, despite strong evidence of his innocence. Barton was convicted of a 1991 murder based on unreliable evidence; he has always maintained his innocence. On Monday afternoon, Missouri Governor Parson denied Barton clemency and Barton’s legal team filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Friday, a judge granted a 30-day stay of his execution, but that decision was overturned when the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit vacated the stay on Sunday. He will be the first person executed in the US amidst the COVID-19 pandemic…”      

FB info about vigil: https://www.facebook.com/events/526678721340234/

7. Tuesday, 5:00pm (PT); 8:00pm (ET), Conversation With Arian Moayed and Alan Khazei

Click: RSVP today

guests will receive a link to enter the Zoom conversation after registering

Join us for a firesidechat with award-winning actor Arian Moayed and Alan Khazei, City Year Co-Founder and candidate for Congress! Arian Moayed is an Iranian-born actor and the Co-Founder of Waterwell, a civic-minded and socially conscious theater and education company. Join him in getting to know Alan Khazei, a candidate running for Massachusetts Congressional District 4 that has a strong chance of becoming the FIRST Iranian American elected to Congress. We’re excited for what we expect to be an exciting virtual fireside chat. This event has a limited capacity so make sure to RSVP today! 

Host: NIAC

8. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, “Asian/Black Solidarity & Struggle in the Time of COVID-19”

Viewed here:


In recognition of
“Uncle” Ho ~ Malcolm ~ Yuri

A Virtual Discussion on
“Asian and Black Solidarity and Struggle: Organizing in the time of COVID19”

NuAfrikans (Black folks in the US) have a history of working shoulder to shoulder with Asian peoples – both here and abroad – but we also have real concerns about antiBlackness in Asian communities here and in Asia, as well as what China is currently doing in Afrika.

Likewise, the real concerns that we have MUST NOT be used to piggy back on or complement the xenophobia and hate violence that amerikkkan imperialism breeds and needs in order to function.

Join us for a discussion with folks who have their feet firmly planted in their communities and the academy as we discuss how to survive together thru this pandemic, as well as build the new world we want to live in.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/243270663594362/?active_tab=about

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


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

Register for the 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.

Meets every other week with two sections to choose from:

Tuesday evening group, 7:00 – 8:30 pm PDT
4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28
Wednesday afternoon group, 3:30 – 5:00 pm PDT
4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 6/3, 6/17, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29

Hosts: Freedom Socialist Party & New Valencia Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/530159031229663/

Wednesday, May 20

10. Wednesday, 10:00am (PT); 1:00pm (ET), People’s Assembly on BlackRock

Reservation:  http://ow.ly/X6rX50zyPdN

Join Indigenous and frontline leaders, national figures, artists, and campaigners to discuss solutions to BlackRock’s big climate and human rights problems.

Happening the day before BlackRock’s important annual shareholder meeting, we will hear how the world’s biggest investor continues to pour billions into the companies making the climate crisis worse.

We will also hear inspiring stories from the frontlines of the growing global campaign to change this, and explore innovative solutions BlackRock can take to live up to its own rhetoric on climate leadership and help transform capitalism.

Amidst shelter in place orders, companies are moving their Annual General Meetings (AGMs) for shareholders online. AGM’s used to be the one place in the year where communities could speak to senior executives and hold them accountable for the impacts of their businesses. This year community and Indigenous leaders can’t be there to speak directly to leadership and in many cases we’re seeing digital platforms used to silence or sideline questions.

That’s why we’re organizing this People’s AGM on BlackRock. Help us ensure that these voices, questions, and demands are heard loud and clear by BlackRock.

Hosts: Unfriend Fossil Fuels, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth U.S., Amazon Watch, New York Communities for Change, Stop the Money Pipeline

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1534795303357186/   or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/16/18833081.php 

11. Wednesday, 11:00am (PT); 2:00pm (ET), Occupation 101: The Settlement Enterprise


This session will examine different Israeli government strategic plans for the West Bank from 1967 to today. We will focus on the question of how Israel controls the West Bank, as well as the question of how the map of the West Bank developed — that is, what strategies, policies, and decisions led to the fragmentation of the West Bank that we see today. We will see this through examining the history of the settlement enterprise and the intentions that lay behind different building plans for settlements and outposts and their influence on Palestinian life and the future of Palestinian territory.

Breaking the Silence Co-Founder Yehuda Shaul will lead the session.

By giving voice to direct, firsthand accounts from Israeli Defense Force soldiers who have been stationed in the Palestinian territory, Breaking the Silence not only exposes the painful day-to-day toll the occupation takes on Palestinians, but the impact it has on Israeli troops and society.

Host: J Street

12. Wednesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm (PT); 7:00pm – 9:00pm (ET), Todd Miller: Empire of Borders



Todd Miller discusses his recent book Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border around the World

This author presentation, discussion and Q and A will stream here https://www.facebook.com/revbooksnyc/

The United States is outsourcing its border patrol abroad—and essentially expanding its borders in the process.

Journalist Todd Miller reveals in Empire of Borders, the nature of US borders has changed. These boundaries have effectively expanded thousands of miles outside of US territory to encircle not simply American land but Washington’s interests. Resources, training, and agents from the United States infiltrate the Caribbean and Central America; they reach across the Canadian border; and they go even farther afield, enforcing the division between Global South and North.

*Empire of Borders* traces the rise of this border regime. It delves into the practices of “extreme vetting,” which raise the possibility of “ideological” tests and cyber-policing for migrants and visitors, a level of scrutiny that threatens fundamental freedoms and allows, once again, for America’s security concerns to infringe upon the sovereign rights of other nations.

In Syria, Guatemala, Kenya, Palestine, Mexico, the Philippines, and elsewhere, Miller finds that borders aren’t making the world safe—they are the frontline in a global war against the poor.

Host: Revolution Books Berkeley & Revolution Books New York

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/265020114878007/  

13. Wednesday, 5:30pm, ACLU of California Legislative Webinar: COVID-19, Current Bills, & Building Community



ACLU of California Legislative Webinar

Find out what the ACLU is doing to protect civil rights and civil liberties during the pandemic and how you can get involved to help build power in your community!

When we started the year, we expected to organize for legislation that would create better lives for people in our communities and secure civil rights and civil liberties for all. We could never have anticipated how our lives, our economy, and our politics would be disrupted by this pandemic.

Today, more than before, the connections between us as people and the organizing work we’ll do together are critical. Our work together will not take a pause.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/12/18832990.php

14. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response TaskForce Meeting

. If using a computer or smartphone and you don’t have an account or the zoom app:
       – Click on this link:https: //us02web.zoom.us/j/83164704314
       – Then press open zoom meeting
    – If asked, then enter the meeting i.d: 831 6470 4314

2. If using a computer or smartphone and you want to download the app or make an
    – Download the Zoom app (in Apple store or Google play store) on your phone  or computer
    – You can either select join a meeting and enter the meeting i.d: 831 6470 4314 or
      make a free account
    – If you made/have an account, click join and enter the meeting i.d: 831 6470 4314

3. Call in using your phone and dial: +1 (408) 638-0968. If asked, enter
    the meeting i.d: 831 6470 4314.

***No password is required to join the meeting by any option. 

Thursday, May 21

15. Thursday, 6:00am (PT) Civil Society response to COVID19 in Prisons and Jails  

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcuutpj0iGNUDkBJnIgaD0q0e6lDwKS57?timezone_id=America%2FLos_Angeles  

Join us for INCLO’s first public webinar on 21 May 2020 to learn about the global impact of #coronavirus in prisons and jails throughout the world.

This webinar is the first in a series of online sessions hosted by INCLO and focusing on the human rights issues which became more urgent in the work of our member organizations during this crisis. COVID19 thrusted the debate on the conditions in prisons and jails into the spotlight.

As the corona virus is spreading across the world, the lack of space and hygiene in detention centers heightens the danger of transmitting the virus to those living, working and visiting these institutions.

INCLO invited four of its member organizations and two independent experts to share insights into the efforts made by the civil society to protect the health of the most vulnerable people in and around prisons.


Anthony Romero, Executive Director, ACLU USA @AnthonyACLU @ACLU


–Udi Olfer, ACLU USA, @UdiACLU
–Colin Gonsalves, HRLN India, @DColinGonsalves @HRLNIndia
–Liam Herrick, ICCL Ireland, @liamherrick @ICCLtweet
–Fíona Ní Chinnéide, Irish Penal Reform Trust @fianna71 @IPRT
–Susanna Marietti, Associazione Antigone, Italy @SusannaMarietti @AntigoneOnlus


International Network of Civil Liberty Organizations (INCLO)
American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU)
Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS)
Human Rights Law Network of India (HRLN)
Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL)

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/16/18833085.php  

16. Thursday, 10:00am (PDT); 1:00pm (ET), Fight Back Against Big Oil! Join Us Online for Anti-Chevron Day!  

Watch with us on: 
wwww.facebook.com/protecttheprotest OR https://truecostofchevron.com/

Speakers from affected communities, environmental and human rights NGOs and the scientific community will discuss Chevron’s environmental and climate destruction.      

Hosts: Protect the Protest, Greenpeace USA, Amazon Watch

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/227725785195411/    

17. Thursday, 12Noon – 1:00pm (PT); 3:00pm – 4:00pm (ET), The Hardest Hit: Continuing the Fight Against Coronavirus  

digital town hall focused on our health and our vote. While the ‘Our Lives on the Line’ tour is coming to a close, the fight for the health and safety of our country during this pandemic continues.


Join us as we discuss the lessons and stories we’ve heard over the tour, and what all of us must do next to hold the Trump administration accountable for putting profits and politics ahead of people’s lives.

Text “OnTheLine” to 5-2-8-8-6 to get a text when this live-stream starts and go to ourlivesontheline.org to learn about other town halls in this series.

Have a question for this town hall? Record a quick video — you might see it on the livestream: bit.ly/asktownhallquestion

Host: Health Care Voter

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/647977715780733/   or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/07/18832873.php 

18. Thursday, 4:00pm (PT); 7:00pm (ET), Moratorium Now Live Update From Venezuela  

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Report from Venezuela. Hear Jesus Rodriguez Espinoza speak on the recent mercenary invasion and the overall political situation in Venezuela.  

Host: Moratorium Now Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/700524244046288/

19. Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Monthly gathering with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – (Light a candle in remembrance of Alex)     

Alex’s Altar
Bernal Hill

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”

With restrictions of gatherings  if you can’t attend  – light a candle this evening for Justice for Alex and all others who lives have been taken by the police    

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.   

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