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A. Roundup verdict of $25M upheld in US appeals court – May 18, 2021
B. Crystal Geyser pulls out of Mount Shasta water bottling plant – May 17, 2021
C. Caltrans evicts rent-paying tenants from mostly empty parking lot – May 17, 2021
D. ‘Allende Is Smiling’: Chilean Voters Elect Progressive Alliance to Rewrite Pinochet-Era Constitution – May 17, 2021
E. Highlights: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples Hearing – May 13, 2021
F. Chernobyl Radiation Surge ‘Cause for Concern,’ Say Scientists – May 13, 2021
G. Chief Scott issues rare apology to man shot by SF police – May 13, 2021
H. Healthcare workers are suffering “full body convulsions” from covid vaccines – May 13, 2021
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ARTICLES on PALESTINE / ISRAEL
See Actions #’s 1 & 7
See Event #’s 10 & 13
A. Ocasio-Cortez Unveils Resolution to Block Biden’s $735 Million Weapons Sale to Israel – May 19, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez Unveils Resolution to Block Biden’s $735 Million Weapons Sale to Israel | Common Dreams News
B. Demonstration Outside Israeli Consulate in San Francisco – May 18, 2021
C. Updated: Extensive Israeli Bombing On Gaza, Dozens Of Casualties
D. ZIM Backs Down – May 17, 2021
– See info on Zim ship below ‘Actions”
E. ‘Huge loss’: Experienced Gaza doctors killed in Israeli attacks – May 17, 2021
F. Qatari Red Crescent’s Gaza office targeted by Israeli air strike – May 17, 2021
G. Tax-Exempt U.S. Non-Profits Fuel Israeli Settler Push to Evict Palestinians – May 14, 2021
H. Italian Dockers Stop Arms Shipment to Israel in Solidarity with Palestine – May 14, 2021
1. Congress: Bar unconditional military aid to Israel that enables human rights abuses
2. Tell Congress: STOP future Muslim bans. Pass the NO BAN ACT
3. Contact your Rep. to Address Violence in Colombia
4. Abortion is a human right – protect abortion access
5. Let’s Build Truly Affordable Housing for the Sunset!
– See event #
6. Email Home Depot to Get Roundup Off Shelves
Home Depot executives and shareholders meeting in 2 days!
7. Call Congress Now! End All Support for Israel!
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Return of the Zim Ship was expected this week. The ship has turned around – See info below
The Israeli Zim Ship attempted to return to the Port of Oakland. It was learned that the ship has turned around. Text ‘BTB’ to 1-81BLOCKZIM (1.812.562.5946) to get our text blast system for news and calls to action at the Port of Oakland if they return. Their movement is being monitored.
What is Zim? and Why Block it?
-The Israeli Zim company is Israel’s largest shipping company and one of the top twenty global shipping companies in the world.
-Zim’s history includes transporting European settlers to support the development of the settler-colonial project of Isreal in 1948, transporting weapons to be used against the global south most recently in the US
-As part of the BDS movement during the 2014 war on Gaza, workers from Palestine called unions across the world to stand in solidarity with Palestine.
– AROC led the Block the Boat coalition where they worked with workers of ILWU Local 10 to encourage them not to unload the Zip, as a means to put economic and political pressure `on apartheid Israel. Since the successful action the Zim ship has not returned to the Port of Oakland. For the first time since 2014 the Zim ship is scheduled to return to the Bay Area.
-For each day the ship is unable to unload its goods Zim loses millions of dollars!
Is this really meeting the needs of Palestinians on the ground?
-Yes. On May 17th, The Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions in the Gaza Strip issued a call to US labor unions asking them to boycott the Israeli Occupation, including refusing to unload Israeli ships and cargo
Host: Arab Resource & Organizing Committee (AROC)
Wednesday, May 19 – Saturday, May 22
Wednesday, May 19
1. 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- email@example.com
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!
Thursday, May 20
2. Thursday, 10:00am, Our Vision of a Just Immigration System
The current immigrant and refugee rights movement is part of the larger fight for racial and economic justice and central to the struggle against right-wing authoritarianism. So what’s the path forward for creating a 21st-century immigration system where immigrants and refugees can thrive?
Join us for a conversation centered around the new book “Immigration Matters: Movements, Strategies, and Vision for a Progressive Future” with co-editor Deepak Bhargava about not only undoing the harms of the Trump era but creating an equitable system that enables new Americans to thrive. We’ll be joined by contributors from the immigrant rights movement to touch on emerging issues in the field, including: climate migration, future flows of migration, enforcement policy, border policy, and the intersections with labor rights.
Deepak Bhargava, Co-Editor, Immigration Matters: Movements, Strategies, and Vision for a Progressive Future
Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Moderated by Nicole Melaku, Executive Director of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)
3. Thursday, 1:00pm (PT); 4:00pm (ET), Climate Consciousness at Center For Food Safety
Zoom info will be sent after registering
Food and agriculture have a critical role to play in both the causes of and the fight against climate change. Learn about the different lawsuits and projects CFS is undertaking in its approach to climate change and fighting for a just and resilient future for our planet.
Andrew Kimbrell, Executive director CFS, Regenerating Paradise producer
Ashley Lukens, Regional Development director
4. Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Justice is a Vital Healer 2021
Online register: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Are you or someone you know trying to recover from sexual violence, domestic violence, police abuse and brutality, incarceration, racism, homophobia, and transphobia or other violence?
Join us where we will discuss justice as a vital healer: explore and begin to learn different ways of healing to support our recovery
Host: US PROStitutes Collective
5. Thursday, 5:30pm, Faith in Public | Nuestra Fe Popular
SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
Join us on May 20 at 5:30pm for “Faith in Public” to speak truth, seek justice, & build power together for change.
“Faith in Public” is an interfaith gathering every third Thursday at 5:30pm in public spaces around San Francisco. In this moment of great possibility, as we emerge from this pandemic, it is time to renew the soul of our city by claiming our power for change. Join people of faith and spirit to creatively witness to the San Francisco we know is possible, where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Each month we will hear testimony from community members, celebrate our resilience, and commit to building power together to transform injustice.
Host: Faith in Action Bay Area
Friday, May 21
6. Friday, 12Noon – 1:30pm, Anti-Chevron Day Protest at Richmond Refinery
Chevron Richmond Refinary
Castro St. entrance
Street parking in Point Richmond (the other side of I-580); please allow up to 15 minutes to walk to the gate.
Plan to arrive early to help sketch and paint a street mural with nontoxic paint.
May 21, 2021 is the 8th annual Global Anti-Chevron Day. Communities damaged by Chevron share their stories about the impact of the oil company’s environmental destruction and human rights violations in advance of Chevron’s annual shareholder’s meeting.
For over a century Chevron has poisoned Richmond and other SF Bay Area residents with deadly air pollution from its Richmond refinery. Its influence over Richmond politics and nonprofits is legendary. Communities around the globe—Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Burma (Myanmar), to name just a few—suffer from deadly water, soil, and air pollution as well as inhumane working conditions and political interference. Chevron and its partner companies steadfastly deny any responsibility, in order to keep the oil and their profits flowing.
Stand with Richmond residents and all those affected by Chevron’s irresponsible and destructive business practices!
See sites for other participating groups.
Hosts: Amazon Watch, Asian Pacific Environmental Network & Idle No More-SF Bay
7. Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Shut Down The Police Officers Association
8. Friday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Mental Health Rights and Resources: a public forum
To register, visit: https://bit.ly/3fbPUsH
Join us for a panel and discussion on mental health, focusing on legal rights and peer support.
Attorney at Disability Rights California
Executive Director at CA Association of Mental Health Peer Run Programs
Moderated by Ana B. Guttierez
With discussion to follow.
Hosts: Mad Mob-SF & Senior and Disability Action
9. Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Remembering Alex with Refugio and Elvira Nieto
Alex Nieto’s Altar
On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder on the 21st day of each month, gather with Refugio and Elvira Nieto 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 – 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.
Saturday, May 22
10. Saturday, 11:00am, Resistance Until Liberation: Rally & Protest
16th & Mission St.
March to Civic Center
1:00pm – Rally at Civic Center
NorCal Islamic Council, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, American Muslims for Palestine, Bay Area, Islamophobia Studies Center,
Palestinian Youth Movement, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Al-Awda, US Palestinian Community Network, Answer Coalition, WWP, Workers.org,
ICNA Council for Social Justice, Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance, QUIT!
11. Saturday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Rally to Support Affordable Housing in the Sunset!
2550 Irving St.
Join the Westside Community Coalition (WCC) to show support for affordable housing and an inclusive Sunset neighborhood now! 10% of Sunset residents lived in poverty before COVID-19 and the inequality has only deepened. As we address the housing crisis in San Francisco, we need deeply affordable housing in the Sunset neighborhood.
WCC updates on Instagram: @westsidecommunitycoalition
Hosts: Coalition on Homelessness, Housing Rights Commission of SF, Faith in Action Bay Area, Richmond District Rising
12. Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Come Together, Speak Out, Fight Back! Defending public housing in the Bay Area
Bobby Hutton Park
16th Street & Adeline
Join public housing tenants from Cypress Village and Lockwood Gardens in Oakland and Sunnydale in San Francisco in a discussion about recent tenant organizing efforts. The San Francisco and Oakland Housing Authorities, just like Housing Authorities across the country, have been forcing tenants to live in dangerous conditions in order to justify selling public housing off to the highest bidder. Tenants at the few public housing projects left in the Bay Area are coming together to fight back.
Learn about the nationwide plan by the politicians, the developers, and the banks to eliminate all public housing by handing it over to private developers and management companies, and what tenants in the Bay Area are doing to stop it! There will be a brief presentation and some roundtable discussion about how people can work together to fight against the privatization of public housing and gentrification locally and nationally.
In Oakland, tenants have been organizing at the last two public housing developments in the city: Cypress Village in West Oakland and Lockwood Gardens in East Oakland. Cypress and Lockwood are not currently facing privatization but residents have been organizing to form independent tenant unions to fight for residents’ interests and be prepared to fight against privatization.
In San Francisco, there is a citywide privatization plan called HOPE SF. The city government, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and foundations in the city are working together via the HOPE SF scheme. HOPE SF’s plan is to eliminate the last public housing in San Francisco (Sunnydale, Potrero, Double Rock/Alice Griffith, and Hunters View) by destroying it and building mixed income developments owned and managed by different private developers like Mercy Housing, the John Stewart Company, and BRIDGE Housing.
There are only two remaining public housing developments still under the San Francisco Housing Authority: Sunnydale and Potrero. Tenants at Sunnydale have been organizing to resist the privatization and destruction of their homes, to not be bullied into signing leases with the private developer Mercy Housing, and to speak up about the truth that these private developers are just going to make the situation worse for residents and leave them more vulnerable, as we’ve seen in developments that have been privatized in the Bay Area and across the country. Sunnydale residents have been working with residents at Potrero and privatized developments like Double Rock.
Event is sponsored by the United Front Against Displacement, the Cypress Village Tenant Union, and the Residents of Sunnydale.
Sunday, May 23
13. Sunday, 8:00am-10am (PT); 11:00am-1pm (ET), Peace and Occupation Cannot Coexist in Palestine
Online register: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Palestinian Member of Israeli Knesset;
Coordinator, Peace and Solidarity Committee of Israel
Dr. Aqel Taqz
Coordinator, Palestinian Committee for Peace and Solidarity
Member of Executive Committee, U.S. Peace Council
Executive Secretary, World Peace Council (WPC)
Moderated by Bahman Azad
Executive Secretary, U.S. Peace Council
Host: U.S. Peace Council