House of Commons Emergency Debate on Climate Change


Green Party of Canada
Published on Oct 16, 2018
On October 15, 2018 the House of Commons adjourned to have an emergency debate about the urgent need to take real action on climate change. This debate was requested by three MPs from three different political parties highlighting the urgency and the non-partisan nature of this issue.

More information about the Green Party’s stance and Elizabeth May’s letter to the Speaker requesting this debate can be found here: https://www.greenparty.ca/en/media-re….

The U.N. on homelessness

Note from Mike Zint of First They Came for the Homeless:

Something is coming. The UN came to visit several cities and issued scathing reports on LA, SF, and Oakland. Leilani Farha did not slam Berkeley because I asked her not to. We had vulnerable seniors conducting the city hall occupation at the time, and I did not trust the city enough to not retaliate. They raided anyways, after lying.

Oct. 23rd, a group of well known groups will be in Oakland. I’m looking forward to seeing this group come together.

Press Conference

For Immediate Release

Bay Area Curbside Communities Respond To UN Special Rapporteur on Homelessness and the Right to Adequate Housing Report

When and Where:

Tuesday, October 23rd

11-12

Oakland City Hall Ampitheater

Frank Ogawa Plaza

On October 19th, the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the Right to Adequate Housing, Lelani Farha, released its new report. In January of 2017, Farha spent time in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles to meet with unhoused residents and housed advocates and described their conditions as “cruel and inhumane. The only U.S. cities called out for violations in the UN’s report on global homelessness are San Francisco and Oakland.

She states that while the existence of “informal settlements” are human rights violations due to local government’s lack of will to provide permanent housing to all residents, these encampments are also people’s assertion to their denied human right of housing. Rather than criminalize or ignore these settlements, until permanent housing can be offered to all, it is the duty of local governments not to evict curbside communities but to upgrade them.

Homeless leaders and advocates in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland hosted Ms. Farha, including Coalition on Homelessness, Western Regional Advocacy Project, The East Oakland Collective, The Village/Feed The People, and First They Came For The Homeless. Ms. Farha was able to hear and speak directly with people living in encampments and on our streets about the oppression, hatred and Police violence they experience everyday.

In Ms. Farha’s report she frames the encampments and street dwelling in the United States under the same vein as the informal settlements around the world. Finding that “the scope and severity of the living conditions in informal settlements make this one of the most pervasive violations of human rights globally,” states the report. The Oakland conditions of discrimination and harassment of encampment residents and punitive denials of access to basic services constitute “cruel and inhuman treatment and is a violation of multiple human rights…Such punitive policies must be prohibited in law and immediately ceased.”

This assertion falls in line with the 9th Circuit Courts Sept 4th decision that criminalization of homelessness violates curbside communities’ 8th amendment rights and constitutes as cruel and unusual punishment.

“The Report of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing As a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living, and on the Right to Non-Discrimination in this Context” is being presented at the United Nation’s office in New York on October 19th. In solidarity with this presentation at the UN, events are planned in New York City; Denver, Colorado, and Oakland, CA October 23.

Writing in support of WRAPs Right to Rest acts in California, Colorado, and Oregon, the Rapporteur summed up her visit in California thusly; “In my capacity as the UN Rapporteur on Housing, I visited California and saw firsthand the human right violations being experienced by people who are homeless. They are the victims of failed policies—not the perpetrators of crime. The state of California must take action to remedy the criminalization of rest…While I toured encampments and drop-in facilities serving homeless people, the community repeatedly expressed that they simply wanted to be treated as human beings. It is dehumanizing, demoralizing, and unjust to criminalize hundreds of thousands of people due to their housing status.”

The report concludes with recommendations to enhance the lives of over 800 million people around the world who live in informal settlements and inhumane conditions concluding “That truth is that by any measure — moral, political or legal — it is unacceptable for people to be forced to live this way. Refusing to accept the unacceptable is where we must begin. All actors must mobilize within a shared human rights paradigm around the imperative of upgrading all informal settlements by 2030.”

The report can be found on WRAPs website;https://wraphome.org/research-landing-page/legalresearch/

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‘We’re Voting Them Out’: What It Looked Like When Horde of Hoosiers Marched With Bernie Sanders to Early-Voting Site After Indiana Rally

“This year, things are going to change. We need to have the highest voter turnout in history.”

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“Trump and Republicans don’t want you to vote this November. I have some bad news for them: we’re heading to the polls and we’re voting them out,” Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter. (Photo: Bernie Sanders/Twitter)

With the GOP currently waging a massive and racist war on voting rights in Georgiaand throughout the nation ahead of next month’s crucial midterm elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held a get-out-the-vote rally in Indiana on Friday and led hundreds of enthusiastic Hoosiers to a nearby polling station bearing some “bad news” for President Donald Trump and the Republicans: “We’re heading to the polls and we’re voting them out.”

By the time the Sanders-led crowd reached the polling place—which was less than a mile away from the rally site in Bloomington, where the Vermont senator stumped for Democratic House candidate Liz Watson—people were lined up around the block waiting to cast their early ballots.

“In 2014 we had the lowest voter turnout since WWII. This year, things are going to change. We need to have the highest voter turnout in history,” Sanders wrote on Twitter following the Bloomington rally, which drew an enormous crowd. “If we do that, I’m absolutely convinced that we’re going to end one-party rule in Washington.”

Indiana was just the first stop on Sanders’ nationwide tour ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. The Vermont senator is also set to make appearances in Michigan, Iowa South Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and California over the coming week.

Sanders’ efforts to drum up voter enthusiasm and drive massive turn out comes as Republicans are working relentlessly to do the opposite by imposing “a byzantine array of voter restrictions” and blatantly purging hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls ahead of next month’s elections.

“Anyone who tries to suppress the vote is simply a coward,” Sanders wrote on Twitter last week. “If you can’t win an election based on your ideas, then get the hell out of politics.”

Homelessness in Berkeley

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First they came for the homeless

15 hrs

She is bragging about this as if it’s a great accomplishment. It’s coerced slavery. Clean our streets, or pay a fine. Please share this as many times, in as many places as you can. Berkeley has enslaved it’s homeless!

Voting for our sidewalk policy to reduce accumulated objects on neighborhood streets while diverting homeless into clean up jobs in lieu of citations.

–Mike Zint from First They Came for the Homeless

BANKING ON THE FUTURE OF LOS ANGELES: WHY WE NEED CHARTER AMENDMENT B

MON, 10/15/2018 – BY TRINITY TRAN AND CHRIS ROTH (Occupy.com)

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON MEDIUM

Grassroots organizers with Public Bank LA, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Democratic Socialists of America — Los Angeles, and the Bernie Sanders Brigade gather at City Hall in May 2018 for a Citizens’ Lobby Day for Public Banking.

Leading the nation on progressive policies is what we do as Angelenos. From setting the boldest mass transit and electric vehicle targets in the nation to divesting the city’s funds from Wells Fargo, Los Angeles is not only the tip of the spear of the West Coast resistance to Donald Trump, but a place where some of the most enlightened measures are emerging to lead our country forward.

Why, then, should the city’s leadership to establish a public bank in Los Angeles be any different?

In his monthly column for the The Los Angeles Times, Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of the American Prospect, penned an October 3 editorial in support of public banking (“Why Los Angeles should start a public bank”). But in a September 20 piece, the paper’s editorial board widely missed the mark (“Charter Amendment B is one of the most ill-conceived, half-baked ballot measures in years. Vote no”).

Which side should voters believe?

The editorial board came down solidly on behalf of Wall Street, offering a full-throated defense of the Big Bank status quo. But Angelenos are no longer interested in business-as-usual politics. They want to see progressive reforms in the people’s best interest — and creating a city bank run by the people of Los Angeles is the clearest example of that.

First, the problem: Los Angeles taxpayers currently pay Wall Street banks over $200 million in fees and over $1.1 billion in interest every year. The giant banks that extract wealth from Los Angeles — JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, etc. — are the same ones regularly in the headlines (of the Los Angeles Times no less) reaching out-of-court settlements and paying billions in fines for perpetually defrauding the public.

Now comes the solution. Across California, municipalities are seeking to create city-managed public banks to cut ties to Wall Street much like they cut ties to the Trump administration, whether on climate, immigration or other issues. Charter Amendment B, on the ballot for Los Angeles voters in November, is another step in the direction of creating a more self-reliant, locally administered economy.

The Municipal Bank of Los Angeles (MBLA) provides a public option for handling the City’s finances. Instead of billions of our tax dollars sitting in checking and short-term investment accounts in Wall Street banks, earning zero interest and costing the city fees to manage, a public bank recirculates the money back into our local economy, putting those dollars to work for the people of L.A.

As a wholesale, or “banker’s bank,” the MBLA would not have physical branches, ATMs, or any of the associated brick-and-mortar costs of traditional retail banks. Rather, a municipal bank would create partnerships with community banks and credit unions to provide services to businesses and consumers. Through this type of public bank, we can cut our borrowing costs in half while doubling our power to invest in our communities with low-income housing, critical infrastructure projects, clean energy and more.

The language of the ballot measure is straightforward: “Shall the City Charter be amended to allow the City to establish a municipal financial institution or bank?” Charter Amendment B is the first step in allowing the city to explore alternatives to Wall Street financing. This is not a blank check; it is just one of many steps in the legislative process and will be followed with state-level legislation to create a license for municipal banks in cities across California. Any proposed bank must be authorized by the State’s Department of Business Oversight to assure compliance with strict rules on risk, capitalization, and general business practices.

As concerned Angelenos, many of us have done our homework. The Los Angeles Times editorial board has not. Their editorial was not responsible, serious journalism. It was a hit piece designed to scare away voters who could set a national precedent by passing Charter Amendment B.

Public Bank LA on stage at an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez event in downtown Los Angeles on August 2, 2018.

They could have cited the Bank of North Dakota (BND) as a model to emulate, with its decades of healthy profits and successful loan programs which, after nearly a century, continue to benefit the people of the state. In fact, BND outperforms Wall Street: It is more profitable than Goldman Sachs and has a better credit rating than JPMorgan Chase. Thanks to its public bank, North Dakota was the only state that survived the economic collapse of 2008 without going into red ink.

Considerable work has gone into laying the groundwork for the Municipal Bank of Los Angeles. For over a year, Public Bank LA, an all-volunteer advocacy group, coordinated with banking and policy experts nationwide to explore how to establish a democratic bank that could operate with lower risk exposure than any of the Wall Street giants. Key to that democratic structure is the creation of a multi-chambered board of directors to provide a balance of power between financial experts, bank workers and community leaders — modeled after Germany’s highly successful Sparkassen, a system of 400 municipally-owned public banks. We also created the California Public Banking Alliance, a network of public banking advocacy groups working on state-level legislation to create a regulatory framework for municipal and regional public banks across the state.

Consider the alternative: without a city-owned bank, our public funds will continue to be exposed to the reckless and fraudulent behavior of too-big-to-fail banks that caused the Great Recession. Charter Amendment B paves a path for Los Angeles to recapture public dollars, mitigate harm from risky investments, and assert local control over our community’s finances. Public banking could also help relieve unbanked and underbanked populations that currently account for half of all Black and Hispanic households, according to a recent report from the city’s Chief Legislative Analyst.

Charter Amendment B and the call to establish a Municipal Bank of Los Angeles has been endorsed by over 100 social justice, labor, environmental, political and community organizations and leaders, including the California Democratic Party, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the Los Angeles City Council and Our Revolution National. Voters next month need to ask why private multinational banks still manage our city’s public dollars — and charge us exorbitant interest rates in the process — when a healthy alternative exists.

Wall Street, banking lobbyists and their allies don’t like this measure. But the people do.

Vote YES on Charter Amendment B.

For more information about what Charter Amendment B entails and how a public bank of Los Angeles will be created, visit publicbankla.com.

Originally published on Medium

Los Angeles #YesOnB effort rounds up important endorsements and more national press

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Public Bank LA and their allies have been actively engaged in securing endorsements from an impressive number of union and political groups throughout the city. Latest endorsements include State Senator Kevin de León; Rusty Hicks, President of the LA County Federation of Labor; Gayle McLaughlin, Former Mayor of Richmond; Carolyn Fowler, Vice Chair California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus; the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement; Our Revolution West San Fernando Valley; Stonewall Democratic Club; UC Student-Workers Union UAW Local 2865; and the Progressive Democratic Club. These follow earlier endorsements by Our Revolution, DSA-LA, Green Party of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and the California Democratic Party.

The effort has drawn more major press from Bloomberg and the Los Angeles TimesTo help with this endorsement and outreach effort with your contacts or ideas, connect with PBLA here. The #YesOnB Street Team is hitting the LA neighborhoods this Saturday, Oct 20. See Facebook event list here. Plus there’s a big Defundraiser Rallyevent Saturday, Oct 20 at LA City Hall with Eric Andre, Nick Thorburn, Abby Martin, and more. Facebook event hereDonation link here.

Romy Varghese writes in Bloomberg:

“The city has about $11 billion deposited with or managed by the country’s biggest banks, which use the capital for their own needs and ultimately their own profit. This arrangement has Los Angeles and some of its more adventurous brethren considering an alternative. Why not create a public bank that would support investment within city limits, backing such things as small-business loans and affordable housing instead of sending the money out?”

Emily Alpert Reyes and James Rufus Koren report in the LA Times:

“If the ballot measure passes, advocates say it would bring fresh momentum to the public banking movement, as Los Angeles could be the first jurisdiction in the U.S. where voters have signed off on the idea.”

Amanda Albright, muni bond reporter for Bloomberg, discusses LA’s public bank initiative in a radio interview hosted by Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz.

Senator Kevin de León and Council President Wesson have both agreed to do a press conference for YesOnB. More details to follow.

Endorsements for November 6, 2018 election

Endorsements (sf.curbed.com)

The following is a list of local publications’ and advocacy groups’ endorsements for the November 6 election.

Publications:

Political and advocacy groups:

New Downtown Berkeley BART station chalked

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First they came for the homeless 

9 hrs

No official action was called for the opening. None was needed. Downtown BART plaza opened, and was immediately chalked.

The ambassadors tried to stop us. Parking enforcement tried to stop us. (They are cops) Sarah Menefee, the photographer and our cofounder had an opportunity to explain to the city manager why this was happening.

I’m betting this is going to continue. I’m betting there is something bigger in store. A lot of people are pissed off. A lot of very creative, sarcastic people. Stay tuned.

–Mike Zint of First They Came for the Homeless

Updates ~ 3 Alerts ~ SF Marriott Strike info. ~ Announcements, 10/20 – 10/30 ~ Nov. Events ~ Weekly & Monthly Events (from Adrienne Fong)

This is the LAST – set of announcements. Please consider requesting groups you are involved with to post on Indybay.

Will only be posting EMERGENT post while on leave. 

Please consider posting your events on Indybayhttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/

Check Indybay for events not listed here that might interest you.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! This is a JUSTICE  ISSUE!  

KID FRIENDLY / CHILDCARE Please indicate for events.    

UPDATES:

A. Israeli jets pound Gaza after rocket hits home – October 17, 2018

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/rocket-fired-israel-gaza-israeli-army-181017023920229.html 

B. 1 hospitalized after U.S. Park Police officer-involved shooting in San Francisco

https://abc7news.com/1-hospitalized-after-us-park-police-officer-involved-shooting-in-san-francisco/4501850/ 

C. ‘Privilege doesn’t protect you’: Facebook exec’s brother dead after police encounter –October 16, 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/16/san-francisco-sheriff-taser-chinedu-okobi-death-police

   R.I.P.  Chinedu Okobi  

D. 200 Dead In Nigeria Oil Pipeline Blast – October 16, 2018

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/200-Dead-In-Nigeria-Oil-Pipeline-Blast.html

E. We don’t need protection from the homeless. They need protection from us – October 15, 2018

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-shortt-homeless-victims-20181015-story.html

F. UC Workers Call for 3-day Strike, October 23rd-25th

https://afscme3299.org/2018/10/12/uc-workers-call-for-3-day-strike-october-23rd-25th/

3 – ACTION ALERTS: 

1. NEVER AGAIN IS NOW: TELL DHS NO CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR MIGRANT KIDS!

 SIGN: https://action.18mr.org/neveragain/?link_id=2&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-no-kids-in-cages-period-2&email_referrer=email_438171&email_subject=no-kids-in-cages-period 

2. Sign the petition: Hold prisons accountable for human rights abuses. Repeal the Prison Litigation Reform Act

 SIGN: https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/petitions/sign-the-petition-hold-prisons-accountable-for-human-rights-abuses-repeal-the-prison-litigation-reform-act?detail=emailactionLL?one_click_ab_redirect=true&ab_page_name=massincarceration&ab_refcode=20181016rdPri 

3. Tell Interior Sec. Zinke: No coal exports from military bases

 SIGN: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/coal_export_bases?t=3&akid=30408%2E21110%2EVA_r07

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See Item # 1 & # 4 Saturday, October 20th Support Rally of hotel workers!

Unite / Here Local 2 is on STRIKE at 7 SF Hotels!! Please support the picket lines, even if it’s for an hour! This is a 24/7 picket!

ONE JOB SHOULD BE ENOUGH! Nationwide there are nearly 8,000 people on strike in eight U.S. cities!

If you haven’t heard already, today Local 2 is struck the 7 Marriott properties in San Francisco:

Marriott Marquis at Mission and 4th
Marriott Union Square at 480 Sutter St.
Courtyard Marriott Downtown at 299 2nd St.
St. Francis at Powell & Geary
Palace at Market & New Montgomery
St. Regis at 125 3rd St.
W at 181 3rd St.

This is an open-ended strike, so we’ll be out until we win!  Except for the Courtyard Downtown, all picket lines are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There is a Courtyard picket everyday, but just no overnight shift (10p-5a).

PLEASE JOIN US!  The workers love to know that our labor and community allies have their back, and it lifts their spirits to see people besides their co-workers walk the line.  We know that we never win alone!

It may go without saying, but the way Local 2 wins strikes is with loud, militant, non-stop, disciplined picket lines.  We don’t get into physical fights with scabs or others crossing the line, as tempting as that may be, because it doesn’t help us win

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, October 20 – Tuesday, October 30 

Saturday, October 20

1. Saturday, 9:00am, Solidarity March with Striking Hotel Workers – San Francisco

Meet at:

Yerba Buena Lane (Market St. / Mission St. – between 3rd & 4th Street)
SF

“One job should be enough!”

Marriott workers at seven hotels in San Francisco went on strike on Thursday, October 4. We’re now among 7,700 Marriott workers on strike in eight cities across the U.S.—and more cities may join. Help us take on the biggest and richest hotel company in the world in every striking city on the same day.

Host: Jobs with Justice SF, SF Labor Council, Unite Here! Local 2

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/605608246520702/

2. Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Progressive Law Day 

UC Berkeley
Boalt Hall, Room 110
Berkeley

Progressive Law Day is a day-long conference, organized and led by law student members of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and open to legal workers, lawyers, activists, and anyone interested in learning about radical lawyering and legal work. Join us for some great trainings and panelists!

SCHEDULE
9:30 – 10:00 AM: Welcome Reception
Light refreshments

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Prosecutorial Misconduct: the Problem and What We Can Do About It
The United States cages more people than any other country, now or in recorded history. Some 12 million human beings cycle yearly through our jails and prisons. And who bears the brunt of the responsibility for these shameful statistics? The American prosecutor, whose power in the criminal system is unparalleled.
The panelists will define prosecutorial misconduct—what does it look like, how does it affect their clients? They will explore its scope—how common is it, in California and beyond? They will discuss the many reasons why prosecutors are so rarely held accountable. And they will offer solutions, enabling attendees to push back on this scourge, whether as defense lawyers, defendants, activists, or members of the public. .

Peter Calloway | Fellow at San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
Peter Santina | Oakland Criminal Defense Attorney
Meehna Lee | Solano County Public Defender

Manohar Raju | Attorney at San Francisco Public Defender’s Office

11:15 – 12:45 PM: Legal Observer Training
Legal observers play a crucial role monitoring law enforcement at demonstrations. Legal observers collect information on arrests and information that may be used in criminal defense of activists or in advocacy against police and government misconduct and repression.

EmilyRose Johns | Attorney and NLGSF Demonstrations Committee Legal Observer Coordinator
Sydney Ji | Legal Observer

1:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch
Continues through keynote

1:30 – 2:00 PM: Keynote Tirien Steinbach
Tirien Steinbach is the executive director of the East Bay Community Law Center, the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School. She is a lecturer-in-residence and teaches a companion course on applied legal ethics and community lawyering.

2:15 – 3:15 PM: Organizing Community Defense Strategies in the Cambodian Deportation Crisis
2017 saw an unprecedented number of ICE raids in Cambodian American communities, leading up to the single largest deportation of over 40 Khmer Americans in April 2018. This panel focuses on the impact of US policies on Southeast Asian refugees facing deportation, as well as coordinating a defense response rooted in community-based organizing.

Borey “PJ” Ai | Member, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Nate Tan | Community Organizer, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Anoop Prasad | Senior Staff Attorney, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Charlene Khoo | NLGSF Program Coordinator

3:30 – 5:00 PM: NLGSF Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) Training: How to Helping Someone In Prison Represent Themselves in a Prisoners Rights Case About CDCR Conditions
Recently released successful jailhouse lawyer Michael Saavedra will present on filing 1983 and habeas lawsuits while in prison. The audience will participate in an activity to practice ways people on the outside can help people on the inside succeed with their prison conditions suits.

Caitlin Kelly Henry | Attorney and PAN Mentor
Michael Saavedra | Recently released Jailhouse Lawyer

Info: https://nlgsf.org/progressive-law-day-celebrating-50-years-of-progressive-law/

3. Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Immigrant Justice Movements in the Time of Trump 

Oakstop
1721 Broadway, #201
Oakland

Pre-registration is required. To register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immigrant-justice-movements-in-the-time-of-trump-tickets-49958679756

This interactive intensive training is designed to support non-immigrants to take strategic, effective and accountable collective action in solidarity with immigrant communities toward the end of deportations, detentions, and discrimination. In the training, we will examine the history and context of immigration and white supremacy, and then move into application: assessing and challenging citizenship privilege in your work, and organizing in your local context. This workshop is geared toward people who have citizenship privilege and in particular white documented people; people of all statuses and of all racial and ethnic identities are welcome to attend.

Host: Catalyst Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2168867596683823/

4. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Rally with Marriott strikers – Oakland 

1001 Broadway
Oakland

Oakland Marriott workers are in the second week of their strike for jobs that are enough to get by in the Bay Area. Marriott is the biggest and richest hotel company in the world and can afford to provide good jobs. That’s why nearly 8000 workers at 23 Marriott-operated hotels around the country, from Boston to Hawaii, are on strike for the principle that One Job Should Be Enough.

This Saturday, join us for a rally to show Marriott that the whole East Bay stands behind the striking Marriott workers.

Host: UNITE HERE! Local 2850

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/274351716754512/

5. Saturday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Art Build for No New SF Jail Demo scheduled for Monday 

South of Market Community Action Network
1100 Howard St.
SF

Come help up make signs and screen print posters and shirts!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/337324277038276/

6. Saturday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Lit Crawl SF 2018: Whoop Whoop That’s the Sound of the Police 

Adobe Books & Art Collective
3130 24th St.
SF

THIS EVENT IS FREE/GRATIS: A unique line-up of top-notch writers offer a multi-genre literary performance, traversing the terrain of state sponsored police violence with critical vengeance and intellectual fortitude. Hosted and curated by Amalia Alvarez, the reading will feature: Tyson Amir, Adriana Camarena, Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, Rebeca Flores, and Gemimac Sfc.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/242314523113104/

7. Saturday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Immigration Solidarity in Latin America 

Eric Quezada Center
518 Valencia St.
SF

$5 – $10

The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics and DSASF’s Immigrant Rights and International Solidarity Committee (IRIS) are excited to announce a workshop to raise awareness about environmental injustice in Colombia and Venezuela and the war in migrants in America.

a screening of DSASF member, Esteban Pinilla’s 29-minute documentary, Solidarity with the Immigrants. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest: how it intersects with other currents of injustice, and how we can make a change to protect our earth and facilitate its thriving capabilities.

Speakers include Bruce Newburger, whose 2013 book Lettuce Wars documents his life among California farm workers in rebellion, speaking to the reality of class and racial exploitation. Also, enjoy Colombian artist Hernando Carrizosa art in the gallery all day. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/725691967776729/ 

Sunday, October 21

8. Sunday, 9:30am – 10:45am, UU Sunday Forum: U.S. Immigration Detention Centers, and what we need to know

Unitarian Universalist Church, MLK Jr. Room
1187 Franklin St.
SF

The U.S. incarcerates tens of thousands of immigrants, including more

than 12,000 minors, in hundreds of detention centers. They are notorious

for abusive treatment. The demand is growing across the country to shut

down these camps.

Come hear Maria Isabel, who spent a year in detention in Bakersfield, speak about her experiences and the conditions inside the camp.

Maria Isabel Valdovinos a hardworking mother from Mexico has lived in the U.S. for 27 years, working and raising three children. Maria received her work permit several years ago but when she went to immigration court on June 22, 2017, she was taken into custody by ICE, shackled, and placed in cold rooms for days, and even denied warm clothes her daughters tried to bring her. She was sent by van with other women to the Mesa Verde detention center in Bakersfield. On the way the van was so hot that some of the detainees fainted. This is now the subject of an ACLU lawsuit against ICE. Maria was kept in jail for over a year. On June 18 an immigration judge finally heard Maria Isabel’s case and granted release pending a $20,000 bond. Since getting out of detention Maria and her daughters have spoken at community events and protests.  

9. Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Zionist Lawfare and the Boycott Movement: Solidarity and Resistance in the Trump Era. 

518 Valencia St. (nr. 16th St. BART)
SF

This event will focus on attacks on the BDS movement, specifically academic boycotts, including the recent lawsuit targeting members of US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI), in the context of broader right-wing and Zionist repression, including of student activists such as GUPS at San Francisco State University.

The speakers, listed below, will also discuss the campaign launched by USACBI to boycott study abroad programs in Israel (http://usacbi.org/boycott-study-abroad-in-israel/) and in support of the right to education and the right to freedom of movement in Palestine. The panel will connect resistance to colonial borders in the US/North America and Palestine/Israel, linking Israel’s deportations and ban on Palestinian travel to sanctuary activism and immigrant/refugee solidarity here.

Speakers:
Liz Jackson, Palestine Legal
David Palumbo-Liu, USACBI
Sunaina Maira, USACBI
Yusra Oweis, General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)
Kung Feng, Bay Resistance and Jobs for Justice
Loubna Qutami, Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)
Moderated by Sara Kershnar, International Jewish Anti-Zionism Network (IJAN)

Cosponsored by: Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)-Bay Area, AROC, National Lawyers Guild-Bay Area, Palestine Legal, Center for Political Education, QUIT, and International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN).

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252281192096789/ 

10. Sunday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Stand with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – Monthly gathering at Alex Nieto’s altar 

Bernal Hill
SF

Public transportation # 67 MUNI. Catch it on 24th St. at Mission across from McDonalds

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.

On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder, the Nieto’s gather at the altar site on Bernal Hill.

All are welcomed

Monday, October 22 

11. Monday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Close 850 Bryant! No New Cops! No New Jails!

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl. – Plaza
SF

Rally and Action to Shut Down 850 Bryant and invest in community oriented solutions for safety and health. 

Despite Board of Supervisors commitment to close 850 Bryant without building a new jail, we have seen no progress to that effect. In fact, jail population numbers continue to rise, particularly with an increase in police attacks on houseless people. Mayor Breed’s approval of 200 new police hires endangers community safety as gentrification and imprisonment in San Francisco are on the rise.

On the National Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, we reject increased policing and declare that more cops on the street will only lead to more people in our jails. The city must end the criminalization of our youth, unhoused people, Black and brown people, sex workers, and queer and trans people.

The Board of Supervisors must permanently shut down the jail at 850 Bryant and invest in community oriented solutions for safety and health.

The rally on Oct 22nd is building momentum for a Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee hearing on Wednesday, October 24th at 10am. The hearing is to discuss progress on the recommendations made last year by the Board of Supervisor’s empowered Workgroup to Re-envision the Jail Replacement Project. While this workgroup proposed dozens of policy and programmatic solutions as well as investments to reduce jail population there has been little accountability or funding for implementation.

Endorsed by: No New SF Jail Coalition, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Causa Justa: Just Cause, Coleman Advocates for Youth, Critical Resistance Oakland, Do No Harm Collective, Gay Shame, Mujeras Unidas y Activas, Senior and Disability Action, and TGI Justice Project.

Hosts: No New SF Jail Coalition, Critical Resistance Oakland, TGI Justice Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/337324277038276/

Tuesday, October 23

12. Tuesday, 12:30am – 11:59pm, Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV

ACTION: Sign on to Policy Platform to demand a Health and Economic Security Agenda for All People Living with HIV?

  SIGN:  http://www.pwn-usa.org/doa/

This October 23, 2018, for the Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV, Positive Women’s Network – USA asks our community to stand with us to end the systemic violence that makes women and people of trans experience more vulnerable to intimate partner violence. Specifically, we are asking supporters to sign on to a policy platform that ensures women living with HIV have the basic human needs that allow us to avoid and escape intimate partner violence: housing, food, and health care.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/448833415642146/ 

13. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Indivisible Tohono: Resisting the US-Mexico Border 

UC Berkeley
554 Barrows Hall
Berkeley

Speakers:

April Ignacio, Gabriella Cazares-Kelly, Annamarie Stevens – members of Indivisible Tohono O’odham

Moderated by:

Fantasia Painter, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ethnic Studies, and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Graduate Fellow, UC Berkeley

Indivisible Tohono is a grassroots organization working on issues that affect the Tohono O’odham Nation and those that affect the Natives within the state of Arizona and federally. Tohono O’odham is a federally recognized tribe split by the US-Mexico border in what is today southern Arizona, and it has become well known for its recent refusal to allow Trump’s Wall on Tohono O’odham land.

Sponsor: The Native/Immigrant/Refugee Research Crossings Research Initiative of the Center for Race and Gender

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/678257925907078/

Wednesday, October 24

14. Wednesday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Close 850! Testify at the Board of Supervisors

Board of Supervisors – Public Safety Committee Hearing
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

Meet at Polk St. side

The hearing is to discuss progress on the recommendations made last year by the Board of Supervisor’s empowered Workgroup to Re-envision the Jail Replacement Project. While this workgroup proposed dozens of policy and programmatic solutions as well as investments to reduce jail population there has been little accountability or funding for implementation.

Turn out to the Board of Supervisors to support coalition demands:

1. Close 850 Bryant Now
2. Invest in cooperative housing and neighborhood based services
3. Support transformative justice practices instead of imprisonment
4. Reverse the increased size of police force

Host: No New Jail Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/474975999665145/

Thursday, October 25

15. October 25, Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Cross Walls & Borders

518 Valencia St.
SF

Cross Walls & Borders: Women’s Imprisonment from the U.S. to Palestine, A Teaching Palestine Event

The U.S. and Israel have developed coordinated strategies of repression and imprisonment for decades which include the use of similar forms of gendered violence. Understanding the impact of imprisonment on women in both contexts these countries and women’s counter-strategies for resistance can help us develop cross border solidarity and action.
– Presentation by Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor San Francisco State University
– Slideshow by California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)
– Comments by Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)
– Next steps for action

Presented by FireStorm, a project of CCWP and The AMED Teaching Palestine Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/242309766453318/

Monday & Tuesday

October 29 & October 30

16. Monday, Oct. 29 & Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tenants’ Rights Counselor Training  Both training days are required

474 Valencia St.
SF

Wheelchair accessible – also 2 blocks for 16th St. BART

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yzpXGmKsq6UWjIpc2_Fg8EflPSd_WnC-gFv8RY1mpM0/viewform?edit_requested=true&link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-tenants-rights-counselor-training-oct-29th-30th-6-9pm&email_referrer=email_437069&email_subject=tenants-rights-counselor-training-oct-29th-30th-6-9pm

Join our crew of volunteers as a hotline counselor, researcher, outreach or organizing volunteer & get trained on tenants’ rights! Join us at our next training:

Tenants Together, California’s Statewide Organization (based in SF), is looking for new volunteers to support tenants across the state in rising up against real estate speculation, greed and injustice.

Volunteers are expected to commit to at least 3-4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months at the Tenants Together office located at 474 Valencia St, San Francisco.

Now more than ever, we need volunteers to support the fight against federal and state policies that put our elderly, LGBTQIA, black and brown, undocumented, disabled, and working class communities at risk of displacement.

Host: Tenants Together

UPCOMING ACTIONS IN NOVEMBER

17. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2:30pm – 3:00pm, Fernando’s check in with ICE

ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

Unfortunately, its that time again-Fernando’s check in with ICE. We hope that our amazing community of supporters join us on this dreadful day. No matter how much time passes, days like these, don’t get any easier. We appreciate each and everyone of you who has continued to support us throughout our ordeal.
Xo,
Carrillo Family

Host: Free Fernando

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1041125529409179/

18. November 7, Wednesday, 5:30pm  (Day after Mid-term elections)

  Meet at:

SF Civic Center (in front of City Hall)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

These are not “normal” times. For nearly two years, the Trump/Pence regime has maneuvered through one shocking crime against the people after another, burying each under yet another monstrous offense. Muslims banned. Immigrant children languishing in concentration camps. White supremacy riding high. Women and LGBTQ people slammed backwards. Threats of nuclear war. Accelerated environmental destruction. A pro-fascist majority on the Supreme Court.

This emergency will not – and cannot – be redressed through the normal process of elections.

Would a “Blue Wave” really temper the belligerent bigotry of Trump, a man who lashes out and bludgeons past every obstacle? Could a “Blue Wave” reverse the fascist judges already packed onto the courts? And what if the Republicans win? The Trump/Pence regime – and their whole fascist party – will be even more emboldened to “run the table” and lock in their nightmare.

Host: Refuse Fascism & Others

Info: https://refusefascism.org/2018/10/07/wed-nov-7-sat-nov-10-be-in-the-streets-in-the-name-of-humanity-the-trump-pence-regime-must-go/ 

19. November 10, Saturday, 1:00pm

Meet at:

Embarcadero
SF

RefuseFascism.org is organizing now to get in position to launch this struggle at the soonest possible time. Protesting the day after the midterms, when the whole country will be thinking about what the elections mean for Trump’s future, will put before the people the truth: no matter who wins, the only real way to stop the Trump/Pence regime will be through determined struggle in the streets.

Host: Refuse Fascism

Info: https://refusefascism.org/2018/10/07/wed-nov-7-sat-nov-10-be-in-the-streets-in-the-name-of-humanity-the-trump-pence-regime-must-go/

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WEEKLY ACTIONS

Thursday’s 6:00pm: Food Not Bombs every Thursday Food Share

16th & Mission St. BART
SF

We share free hot food in the 16th & Mission BART plaza at 6pm until the food runs out. We welcome help! Talk to us at the sharing if you’d like to help us cook, serve, or clean up. We cook from 3pm to 6pm. Contact this page with any questions.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/152402445380927/

Friday’s, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – 107th Week

Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.
SF

All are invited to join us  to demand that District Attorney George Gascon charge police officers with murder. Stand with ALL families who have lost loved ones to police murders. Since Gascon has been the DA in San Francisco, he has not charged any police officers

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MONTHLY ACTIONS

Every 7th day of the month – gather at the altar site of Luis Gόngora Pat

Shotwell nr. 19th St.
SF

Gather with Luis’s family at the site where Luis was murdered by SFPD. Stand in solidarity with the family as they seek justice. Hear updates on the case.

Every 21st day of the month 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Gather with Refugio and Elvira Nieto –  at Alex Nieto’s altar

Bernal Hill
SF

Public transportation # 67 MUNI. Catch it on 24th St. at Mission across from McDonalds

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.

On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder, the Nieto’s gather at the altar site on Bernal Hill.

All are welcomed