NOTE: Articles are divided in two sections – there’s a section of articles on Palestine / Israel
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A. Haitians protest their president in English as well as Creole, indicting US for its role in country’s political crisis – May 10, 2021
See Action # 5
B. City College of San Francisco instructors accept pay cuts to save classes, jobs – May 10, 2021
See Events # 6 & 11
ARTICLES on PALESTINE / ISRAEL
A. 30 killed in airstrikes, rocket attacks as unrest spreads beyond Jerusalem – May 11, 2021
10 of the people killed are children…
See Actions # 1 & # 2
See Events # 3 & # 12
B. Photos of people killed in Gaza on May 10, 2021 (via facebook)
C. Human Rights Experts Denounce Israeli Violence, Confiscation of Homes in East Jerusalem as Violation of International Law – May 11, 2021
D. ‘Where’s the Outrage, POTUS?’ Rashida Tlaib Demands US Action as Israeli Forces Assault Al-Aqsa – May 10, 2021
E. Progressives stay largely silent on Israeli apartheid report – May 5, 2021
F. 125 Democrats Say Military Aid to Israel Shouldn’t Depend on Human Rights Record – May 3, 2021
ACTIONS / PETITIONS
1. No More Military ‘Aid’ to Israel!
2. Stop Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem!
3. President Biden must close Guantánamo prison
4. Demand President Biden and Vice President Harris to allow entry to families denied by Trump’s Muslim and African Bans
5. Tell Biden to redesignate Haiti for TPS today
6. Expand Legal Protections to LGBQT + People
7. Tell Congress: Lower Drug Prices and Reinvest the Savings to Expand Medicare
Wednesday, May 12 – Saturday, May 15
Wednesday, May 12
1. Wednesday, 9:00am (PT); 12Noon (ET), How sanctions impact civil society and changemakers in Iran and how you can help.
Online register: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Despite immense challenges there are a multitude of individuals and organizations trying to create change in Iran in a variety of different ways. This conversation aims to explore the impact the unprecedented sanctions are having on Iranian civil society and changemakers, why it’s been so hard to achieve meaningful sanctions relief, and how we can help be allies to Iranian civil society and activists.
Speakers: Mani Mostofi, Director of Miaan Group; Sussan Tahmasebi, Executive Director of FEMENA; Moderator, Sara Haghdoosti, Deputy Director of Win Without War.
Host: Win Without War
2. Wednesday, 11:30am, Invest in our community NOT cops, cages or surveillance! SF Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Appropriations Meeting
If you’re unable to dial in, you can send a written comment via email to email@example.com
To join the queue day-of:
1 (415) 655-0001 / Meeting ID: 187 153 5648 # #
press *3 to be added to the public comment queue when the meeting begins.
When you hear the phrase “Your microphone is unmuted” start speaking. Don’t waste time or delay other speakers by asking if you can be heard. You can, just start talking. Your two minutes have started.
This meeting will review the budgets of the SF Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, and a number of other policing institutions. This is time for the community to speak up.
The committee will hold a hearing on Jailing, Policing, & Criminalization.
SF Supervisors on the Budget & Appropriations committee:
Matt Haney, Matt.Haney@sfgov.org
Ahsha Safai, Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org
Gordon Mar, Gordon.Mar@sfgov.org
Hillary Ronen, Hillary.Rone.@sfgov.org
Shamann Walton, Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org
Please CALL IN to give public comment during this hearing!
From No New SF Jail Call-in & talking points info: 2021/05/12 Public Comment Playbook – Google Docs
Agenda: https://sfbos.org/sites/default/files/bac051221_agenda.pdf (correct agenda)
3. Wednesday, 1:00pm (PT); 4:00pm (ET), Apartheid Israel with Norman Finkelstein
Online: Jadaliyya – LIVE EVENT – Connections Podcast Episode 3: Apartheid Israel with Norman Finkelstein (12 May)
This episode of Connections Podcast will discuss the recent Human Rights Watch Report A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution, its political context, and potential implications.
This interview is the third episode of Connections Podcast. Connections offers timely and informative interviews on current events and broader policy questions, as well as themes relevant to knowledge production. It combines journalism, analysis, and scholarship. Connections will focus primarily but not exclusively on the Middle East.
4. Wednesday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm: Food Not Bombs, Mission Food Sharing (Every Wednesday)
Food Not Bombs in the Mission is open to volunteers from 3PM to 7PM every Wednesday – email beforehand to be sure someone will welcome you- firstname.lastname@example.org
Cookhouse: St. John The Evangelist Church, 110 Julian Avenue (at 15th).
Food Pickups: 110 Julian Avenue-3:00PM to 4:00PM–Help Needed!
Cooking: 110 Julian Avenue–4:00 PM to 6:30 PM–Help Needed!
Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza–6:30 PM–Help Needed!
Cleaning Up: 110 Julian Avenue–after Cooking–6:30 PM – 7:30 PM–Help Needed!
5. Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:00pm, #24: The Story of Shayne Sutherland | Killed by StocktonPD
Free – Online
The Story of The Story of Shayne Sutherland | Killed by Stockton PD
Guests: Karen Sutherland (Mother)
Host: Marissa Barrera
Shayne was murdered by officers of the Stockton PD while he was unarmed & in handcuffs.
He was suffocated to death by officers Ron Zalunardo & John Afanasiey after he called 911 for help.
A detective lied to his mother when they called to tell her that her that her son had died, saying “he stood up & collapsed, & stopped breathing”.
They denied having ANY physical altercation but the body cam tells a different story.
Police edited body cam video
Marissa does a weekly program highlighting different families who have lost loved ones to police terror
Thursday, May 13
6. Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Free City! The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education For All
Online register: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_xkxbvHwPRACgrtmdDlFgMw
Spanish interpretation and English-language live captioning will be available.
Join us for a panel discussion to learn about the corporate agenda behind the attacks on the college, and how lessons from the 2012-17 organizing can help us further the fight for liberatory education at CCSF and beyond.
*Marcy Rein, Mickey Ellinger, and Vicki Legion, Co-authors of Free City! The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education for All
*EK, member of the CCSF Collective
*Beatriz Herrera, AFT 2121.
Moderated by Jason Ferreira, CPE Community Advisory Board member and Associate Professor of the Department of Race and Resistance Studies at SF State University.
Host: The Center for Political Education
7. Thursday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Bystander Intervention to Stop anti-Asian American and Xenophobic Harassment
Register: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the US — and the world. In this virtual workshop hosted on Zoom, and co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus and Hollaback!, we’ll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety.
The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.
Host: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
8. Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Oakland Jericho’s Political Prisoner Writing Sessions
– Must register to receive info
Oakland Jericho’s monthly online events focus on Political Prisoners, their cases, dedication to the community, and guidelines for writing to them. This month we will discuss and write to: Imam Jamil Al-Amin and David Gilbert.
Friday, May 14
9. Friday, 12Noon, The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
the video in the Discussion tab here and on the Videos tab of our page on Friday at 12pm. (Facebook page)
Signed into law on May 6, 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was one of many discriminatory laws enacted by the U.S. government, and banned immigration from China to the U.S. An emblem of the racist period known as the “Yellow Peril,” the law was supported by many prominent San Francisco business leaders. Levi Strauss later condemned the Act, but its passage had long-lasting impacts on the early Chinese community in the U.S. In this talk, take a deeper look at an often-overlooked story with educator Sharon Lee-Nakayama, who will chart the chronology of the Exclusion Acts, the history behind them, and their effects on the early Chinese community in the United States.
This talk is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Chinese Historical Society.
Host: Comtemporary Jewish Museum
10. Friday, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Shut Down the Police Officers Association
SF Police Officers Association
800 Bryant St. (@ 6th St)
Wear mask / social distancing
RESIST with Mothers on the March, Black and Brown for Justice, Peace and Equality, Family’s who loved ones have been killed by SFPD, and Community
– Demand the San Francisco Police Officers Association be Shut Down!
– The SF Police Officers Association Be Declared a Non Grata Organization
– Demand the Police Officers Bill of Rights be Abolished.
– Jail Killer Cops – we want killer cops to be charged with murder.
– Abolish the Police
After the trial of Chauvin in MN it is clear that ABOLISHION of the police with community control is the solution!
Saturday, May 15
11. Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Stop The Attack On Our Community Colleges Panel
Online register: Meeting Registration – Zoom
California Community Colleges particularly in urban area face major threats of mass layoffs, destruction of classes and corporate take-overs in California using the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ACCJC. This panel will discuss the issues facing faculty, students and what needs to be done.
Our community college system is being decimated in San Francisco and Peralta Community College District and threatened throughout the state despite a state $15 billion surplus. In CCSF, classes and whole departments face liquidation including Ethnic Studies, Music, Vocational training, Nursing and LBGTQ.
This panel will look at the attacks on what is going on, and how we can fight privatization and union busting including the Lumina supported funding formula legislation that punishes working class students and com- munity colleges. This was passed by a Democratic controlled legislature & Democratic governor.
These attacks are also taking place throughout the country as well and are part and parcel of systemic racism hitting Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and all working class and poor students who deserve the right to go to college.
Madelein Mueller, CCSF Music Dep Chair
John Holmes, History Lecturer & PFT Adjunct Representative
Rika Yonemura-Fabian, Ph.D. Skyline AFT 1493 Chapter Co-Chair
Karyn Panitch, PFT Adjunct Rep ESL Instructor Laney
Rick Baum, CCSF AFT 2121 HEAT
Carol Lang, CUNY AFT PSC, Adjunct Lecturer
Sponsored by HEAT Higher Education Action Team CCSF
12. Saturday, 12Noon – 5:00pm, Nakba-73, SF-Bay Area
Valencia & Liberty Streets (between 20th & 21st Streets)
12:00 -3:00pm: Street painting that is family friendly.
3:00-5:00pm: A community rally to commemorate Nakba.
Sanitizers and masks will be available, and we will be following CDC guidelines.
As we approach the anniversary of the Nakba, the colonization of Palestine and forced expulsion of Palestinians continues. This is apparent everywhere in occupied territories, its most clear in the heart of Jerusalem, Palestine’s capital: in a town called Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families are being expelled from their homes by the Israeli regime and its colonial settlers.
This past week, Palestinians in Jerusalem have experienced some of the worst violence in recent history. On the last Friday of Ramadan, Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque and fired tear gas and live ammunition at the worshipers. And in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem, Palestinians continue to resist violent and illegal attempts to forcibly expel them from their homes. All of this is funded by US tax dollars.
As we mark 73 years of Nakba, we also celebrate 73 years of resistance and struggle for liberation.
Note: There are actions happening nationally
Hosts: Palestine Action Network, AROC & 6 Other groups
13. Saturday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, First Responders Training
Register: Meeting Registration – Zoom
We will share materials including our confidentiality agreement, investigation form, flyer, and a training manual.
Here’s an overview of what this training will cover:
- Independent Investigations: This part focuses on conducting independent people’s investigations including considerations on how to build your team, security and Know Your Rights considerations, required skills and infrastructure, preparation, identifying witnesses, trauma-informed interviewing, cultural humility, collecting evidence, and documenting investigations. We will use case studies from our investigations in Oakland, and provide time for knowledge and skill sharing, and discussion.
- CopWatching: In the great tradition of our Oakland’s Panthers, Brown Berets, and other radical grassroots community groups, we need to Police the Police! Learn how to observe and document police harassment in our communities, advocate for someone under arrest, and deescalate police intervention.
- Family Support: This part will cover the principles of our work with families impacted by state terror, the introduction to our trauma-informed family support model, an overview of typical challenges and current needs faced by the families. Family support is on-going relationship building, long term advocacy and partnership with families impacted by police terror as they seek justice, navigate the legal system, cope with trauma, and create community with other impacted families.
- Jail Support: Jail Support Training will cover the structure and procedures of our program providing community care and support for people released from Alameda County Jail (Santa Rita).
Host: APTP (Anti Police-Terror Project)
14. Saturday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Solidarity Action: Justice for Mario Gonzales
Corer of Otis Drive & Park St. (Where Mario was killed)
Mario Gonzalez was murdered by Alameda police in a public park on Monday, April 9th. Please join us in taking action and in solidarity with Mario and his family.
Host: TeleJaguar and Oakland Brown Berets
15. Saturday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Peace n’ Justice Walk
Adeline St. & Stanford Ave.
Covid 19 Safety Procedures must be followed (Mask Required). Practice physical distancing mindfulness.
Mask, Sanitizer, snacks and refreshments will be available
This is a North Oakland Restorative Justice Council and Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth’s Community Invitation.
Come and join us as we walk for Peace and Justice in Oakland and beyond. We will honor the lives of those who have passed on and transitioned during the pandemic.
The opening ceremony will begin at Driver’s Plaza (6pm) on Adeline and Stanford Avenue in Oakland.