Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Monday, 10/26 – Thursday, 10/29 (from Adrienne Fong)

Don Belcher has transitioned. Don was a long time activist – in recent years he has been a fierce advocate and the heart for Medicare for All.

    Rest in Peace & Rise in Power

        Don Belcher 

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

 See Indybay also for other listing of events.

Listing of other Bay Area Protests & Rallies

ARTICLES:

A. White House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night  – October 26, 2020

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/522736-white-house-to-host-swearing-in-event-for-barrett-on-monday-night

   See Event # 1

B. Normalisation with Israel will trigger an arms race in the Middle East –October 26, 2020

C. Our Fight For Quitobaquito – October 24, 2020

D. Global Zero Commends Nuclear Ban’s Entry into Force – October 24, 2020

E. Army Sergeants at Fort Hood Fear For the Safety of Their Soldiers – October 23, 2020

https://theintercept.com/2020/10/23/fort-hood-army-deaths/

F. Trump State Department Plan to Declare Human Rights Groups ‘Anti-Semitic’ Slammed as ‘Desperate,’ ‘Obscene’ – October 21, 2020

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/21/trump-state-department-plan-declare-human-rights-groups-anti-semitic-slammed

G. How to support the #EndSARS protests outside of Nigeria  – October 21, 2020

  See Action # 2 

H. Miami Road In Front of Trayvon Martin’s High School Will be Renamed to Honor the Slain Teen – October 16, 2020

5 ACTIONS

1. Tell the Department of Labor: Don’t rob workers of their wages and rights

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/submit-an-official-comment-to-the-us-department-of-labor-to-stop-employers-from-cheating-workers-out-of-wages-and-benefits?source=2020LaborDeptWageComments_DFP&referrer=group-dataforprogress&redirect=https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dfp-dol&link_id=2&refcodeEmailReferrer=email_972334&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_972334&email_subject=tell-team-trump-dont-rob-workers-of-their-rights

2. Demand an international inquiry into the Nigerian government’s mass killing of people in Lagos

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stand-with-the-people-of-nigeria-and-the-endsars-movement/?link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-will-your-community-take-a-stand-against-big-polluters-4&email_referrer=email_971698&email_subject=were-rising-up-for-justice-in-nigeria-we-need-you-with-us

3. Demand that Nestle return five water sources back to the people

  SIGN: https://action.storyofstuff.org/sign/nestles-troubled-waters/?t=70&referring_akid=230684.531718.YfXEwB

4, Tell the Army Corps of Engineers: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline!

   SIGN: https://action.foe.org/page/23364/action/1?ea.tracking.id=Email&ea.url.id=632415&forwarded=true

5. Ban Chemical Weapons from Being Used in Our Communities

  SIGN: https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/ban-tear-gas-in-the-us?source=em20201024&t=8&referring_akid=6562.294094.fsauco

EVENTS

Monday, October 26 – Thursday, October 29

Monday, October 26

1. Monday, 5:00pm, HANDMAIDS: Stop the Barrett Confirmation

Meet at:

Valencia & 16th Street
SF

All are welcomed to dress as ‘Handmaids Costumes will be loaned out.

Today, Republican senators will ram through a final vote to confirm right-wing judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.

We must vote in big numbers. But, the reality is that voting alone will not stop Trump. The illegitimate rushed confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a theocratic fascist, to the Supreme Court is for the immediate purpose of throwing the election to Trump should he lose.

We must overwhelm this fascist regime and movement with our mass non-violent protest. If we unite and rise like we did in the spring for Black lives, coming back day after day – united by the demand Trump/Pence OutNow! and refusing to stop till they’re gone – we can change the political situation. Our numbers, our diversity, and our heart for humanity can sustain us through whatever the Trump/Pence regime tries to do to remain in power.

Host: Refuse Fascism-Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2702793173372409/

Tuesday, October 27

2. Tuesday, 9:00am, Press Conference / Rally – Re-Open the Cases: Free Pierre Rushing and Dewayne Ewing

1225 Fallon St.
Oakland

Confirmed speakers: 

Ollie Rushing, Father of Pierre Rushing

Jeffrey Mendelman, Attorney for DeWayne Ewing

Sharon Chatoo Ewing, DeWayne’s wife

We invite those representing others wrongfully convicted by O’Malley to speak

Police arrested Pierre Rushing because he happened to match a vague description of a Black man wearing a red baseball hat. There is zero physical evidence linking Pierre to the crime, no fingerprints nor weapons. Pierre has a solid alibi and multiple witnesses have testified that he is not the drug dealer “C,” i.e. the man responsible for the murder of Dawone Taylor. Additionally, after being incarcerated himself, Robert Green, an eyewitness, submitted an affidavit admitting that Pierre is in fact, not “C.” So the only shred of evidence linking Pierre to the crime has been withdrawn. Pierre Rushing has already had nearly 10 years of his life stolen from him, and has been forced to deal with the loss of his sister while behind bars. The “justice” system has failed him and continues to keep another innocent Black man in the prison system. There is more than sufficient evidence that Pierre Rushing was wrongfully convicted for this crime, and his release is long overdue.

In January, 1994 23 year old DeWayne Ewing and a girlfriend discarded a condom as they left a park in the Oakland hills. A rape took place in the same park a few days later, and 3 days after the rape, police found the condom under a bush and put it with the rape kit. Thirteen years later in June, 2007, police pulled DeWayne over for an illegal turn, and arrested him for rape on a cold hit DNA match. Yes the condom is his, but there is NO EVIDENCE OF ANY KIND THAT LINKS THE CONDOM TO THE RAPE.

*The victim couple could not identify him in a police lineup. 
*His description does not match the police bulletin dispatched after the crime. 
*There is none of his DNA, hair, fingerprints etc. in the car where the rape took place. 
*There is none of his DNA on the victim’s vaginal swab or matted pubic hair in the rape kit. 
*The victim’s story has remained consistent – NO CONDOM WAS USED. She was positive, because she had asked the rapists to use condoms and neither did. (DeWayne was charged with his cousin, who also maintains his innocence.) 

3. Tuesday, 11:00am, Keep Hugo Home Rally!

ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

Join Hugo and Hulissa Aguilar, and their community of support to stop Hugo’s deportation!

Please come with a mask, practicing 6-feet social distance, and bring a sign with one of these messages:
** Keep Families Together
** Stop Family Separation
** Dignity Not Deportation
** Hugo Helped Build this Nation, Stop Family Separation!

ABOUT HUGO:
Hugo Aguilar, is a 42 year-old father of 3 US citizen children who has resided in the United States for over 20 years, coming to this country when he was a teenager. He is a caring and dedicated father and a union carpenter with over 20 years of experience building apartments, houses, hotels, including the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. This month Hugo’s immigration case and appeal to remain in California, his home, was denied. With no appeals left, his deportation proceedings to Mexico may begin as early as November 2nd, 2020.

Hugo, his teenage daughter, Hulissa, and members of California’s interfaith community are asking ICE Field Officer Director, David Jennings to show compassion and mercy by exercising prosecutorial discretion, which would allow Hugo to stay in the U.S. with his family.

In Hugo’s words,”I want to fight until the end. I know I have to fight for my kids.”

Host: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/996277644533688/

4. Tuesday, 11:00am – 12Noon, UBER CEO Dara No More Games-Prosecute UBER CEO For Criminal Fraud – Press Conference

UBER’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi – Pacific Heights Mansion
3090 Pacific Ave.
SF

Issues

AB5 which became law on January 1, 2020 required that UBER, Lyft and other gig services like Instacart, DoorDash, GrubHub, Amazon Flex, and Target-owned Shipt must pay for disability, social security and workers compensation for their drivers.

Despite the passage of AB5, UBER CEO billionarie Dara Khosrowshahi and othe app CEO’s have refused to follow the law and are appealing the enforcment of the law in the courts to stall compliance.

Regular people have to follow the law but apparently Dara and other billionaire owners aren’t going to be criminally prosecuted by SF DA Chesin Boundin and CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
They are also spending over $200 million on Proposition 22 to overturn AB5 in November so they will have a permanent slave labor structure with no rights for their workers.

The failure to pay their workers is not only costing the workers their necessary protections but also is cost shifing their costs to the public tax payer. California maybe loosing $7 billion a year from the brazen criminal malfeasance and fraud.

The drivers, their families and the public are paying the costs of this criminality.

We demand that Dara and the other billionaires pay what they owe and that San Francisco District Attorney Chesin Boudin and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra immediately criminally prosecute Dara Khosrowshahi and other corporate executives for failure to provide workers compensation for the workers.

Failure to have workers’ compensation coverage is a criminal offense. Section 3700.5 of the California Labor Code makes it a
misdemeanor punishable by either a fine of not less than $10,000 or imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or both for failure to provide workers compensation.

Host: United Front Committee for a Labor Party

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/16/18837596.php

5. Tuesday, October 27th, 2:00pm, Public Comment on the Racist POA Contract (BOS meeting)

Online Event

https://sfgovtv.org/

Sign up for public comment: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXv3SdVuQxJCBlTKOE33n_VmwetYv_kdZMl5AacKLC7C1uDQ/viewform

Join us for public comment on Tuesday 10/27 to demand that the Board of Supervisors reject the racist police fraternity contract.

It’s been less than 3 weeks since police officers killed Cesar Vargas and Supervisors are planning on voting up a police fraternity contract that gives them MORE raises AND makes NO changes to policing policy.

It’s time for us to let the Board know that the status quo isn’t acceptable, especially for Black, brown, indigenous, unhoused, and trans people. 

The Board of Supervisors are planning on voting on a police fraternity contract that gives SFPD MORE raises and makes NO changes to policing policy. The proposed contract would lock in current policing policies until 2023, eliminating a crucial mechanism for the City to take a stand against the SFPD for the next three years.

That’s why when the Mayor helped them negotiate a contract extension, she did it behind closed doors, where not even the Chief of Police knew it was happening. And now she’s trying to strongarm the Board of Supervisors into blindly signing off on this giveaway to the police.

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From John Crew:

If approved, the “more money/no reform” deal for the SFPOA would be a direct reversal of the City’s position in the 2018 contract negotiations and place SF’s elected officials in opposition to the current movement to ensure police union contracts are no longer purely economic deals negotiated behind closed doors. 

 For example, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is continuing to insist that any consideration of pay raises for cops be linked to 40 reform concessions detailed in 17 pages of new proposed contract language.  The Philadelphia City Council enacted a law earlier this year to ensure that any contract talks with the police union must be preceded by public hearings over what the community wants addressed in any deal that may emerge — the exact opposite of what’s taken place in SF where not even the Police Commission was told secret contract talks were underway until after a tentative agreement with the SFPOA was already reached.  The drive to ensure a full reimagining of the Minneapolis police force is addressed in any new contract with the police union there continues. 

 Groups ranging from the US Conference of Mayors, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the NAACP LDF and Campaign Zero have all called for an approach to police union contract negotiations that ensure non-economic issues that impact reform, accountability and other issues are addressed along with any demands for pay raises.  Why would San Francisco do the polar opposite?

Host: Defund SFPD Now

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/3286651198128636?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%7D

6. Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Tenants Together Collective Support & Tenant Clinic/ Clínica de Apoyo Colectivo y Derechos de Inquilinas/os

Register Here: https://bit.ly/34oWUxV

Join if are a tenant and/or a tenant advocate with questions about your rights and to learn about what is happening regarding our #CancelRent campaign!

EVERY other TUESDAY from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

What to expect:
* Share updates on local, regional, state and national policies
* We will answer questions and concerns
* It will be space for sharing stories and popular education
* Collectively strategize to #CancelRent

Host: Tenants Together

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/379616243219511/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%7D

Wednesday, October 28

7. Wednesday, 9:00am – 11:00am (PT); 12Noon – 2:00pm (ET), Racism & Capitalism: Is Communism the Solution?

Online

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racism-capitalism-is-communism-the-solution-tickets-123552684405

A virtual panel of public health practitioners, teachers and activists will discuss what a communist society might look like, how to get there and how to engage in struggle now.

During the upcoming national American Public Health Convention, Progressive Labor Party will be presenting a virtual panel, followed by a discussion, on the failures of capitalism, the nature of the communist society we envision, and how to organize in the present. It is for anyone who is interested in public health, health, or simply a better world. It will be available later on YouTube under Progressive Labor Party. We also have a document summarizing our positions at: https://rb.gy/cgyofg . This is not part of the American Public Health Association.

Host; Progressive Labor Party

8. Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Defend & Speak Out for New Orleans Striking Sanitation Workers

Peoples Ready/Labor Ready
2648 International Blvd.
Oakland

New Orleans sanitation workers at the City subcontractor Metro Service Group went on strike in May to protect their health and safety and to win living wages, and they are still fighting.

Their wages are $10.25 an hour and were fighting for a $15 an hour wage. These workers who have organized the City Waste Union are fighting for health and safety conditions to protect themselves from over contracting Covid-19.

When the workers went on strike, the company had the police, and city replace them with prison labor and parolees.

Metro Service Group is owned by True Blue based in Tacoma, Washington, and they also own People Ready/Labor Ready. This is a labor broker that sells non-union labor to companies and they have offices in Oakland and over 600 cities.

Host:  Stop Police Terrorism & End Systemic Racism

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/23/18837831.php

9. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Alicia Garza

Online

KQED Broadcast

Tickets: https://www.cityarts.net/tickets/?event=alicia-garza&qty=1

   $29.00

Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker, and freedom dreamer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Garza also co-founded Black Lives Matter, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combating anti-Black state-sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people.

 She is the author of The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, a twenty-first-century organizer’s manifesto that draws on this generation’s particular strengths, and calls for a new paradigm for change. The book is an essential guide to building the type of movements that can address the challenges of our time.

Host: City Arts & Lectures

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/238244407630437?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%7D

Thursday, October 29

10. Thursday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Day 5 of 10: A Day of Visioning – Street Blockade & Mural Painting

Oscar Grant Plaza (nr. 12th Street BART)
Oakland

Moving through the emotions of anger, grief and joy may give us the spaciousness to build a beautiful vision beyond our wildest imagination. This work is not only about tearing down the old structures, but of creating something beautiful to replace it.

On this day, we will gather to block the streets and paint a large mural on the street honoring life and building a vision celebrating what Democracy could actually look like. We invite folks to come together to prepare to Choose Democracy and Stop a Coup.

This event is designed to share skills–street mural, songs and nonviolent direct action, and help get our communities organized, strong hearted and ready to take positive action to stop a possible coup. We are preparing for possible need for sustained mass nonviolent direct action, taking over and painting streets, singing and other impactful ways we can assert our people power to stop a coup.

STREET MURALING: This is What Democracy Looks Like Street Murals: a number community groups will paint street murals they have designed showing examples and visions of democracy in our communities and we will do one giant DEMOCRACY street mural open to participants.  Painting street murals is a participatory, creative way to assert ourselves in public space and is a Bay Area tradition over the last decade by movements for Indigenous sovereignty, climate justice, economic justice and Black Lives Matter.

Host: East Point Peace Academy, Peoples Strike Bay Area, Bay Resistance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/992790831195467

11. Thursday, 6:00pm (PT); 9:00pm (ET), October is Filipino American History Month

Online

RSVP: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/tJYqf-qsrT0rEteKcCiJSD0jD2Wc86uwbVpT/?akid=70821.38148.8YeNMy&rd=1&source=%3Dema20201026-70821&t=4

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United invites you to attend a special
webinar on Oct. 29 to celebrate Filipino American History Month.

For decades, Filipino registered nurses and labor activists have been leaders in the
fight for health justice and workers’ rights. And now their fight continues on the front lines of Covid-19, as they fight for the protections, they need to keep themselves, their patients, and their communities safe. Filipino American nurses have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic—despite representing just 4 percent of RNs in the United States, and nearly 20 percent of California RNs, they make up more than 30 percent of the nurses who have died of Covid-19.

Please join us to learn more about Filipino nurses’ struggles and achievements, including
their profound contributions to CNA/NNU and the broader labor movement. The webinar will include a screening of The Strength of Many, a short film chronicling the experiences of nurse labor activists in the Philippines and the United States as well as presentations
by CNA/NNU leaders and Filipino Nurses United on international solidarity and how nurses can confront key challenges they face today.

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