Ai Weiwei on Tiananmen and freedom

“If you don’t act, the danger becomes stronger.”

–Ai Weiwei

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Journalist:  “Did you follow the events of ’89? [the Tiananmen Square demonstrations from April 15 to June 4, 1989]”

AW:  “I watched every hour, every second, every minute.  Yeah.  It was an exciting moment, which encouraged the whole Eastern Europe uprising and the the coming down of the Berlin Wall.  It all started from Tiananmen.”

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“Freedom is a pretty strange thing. Once you’ve experienced it, it remains in your heart and no one can take it away.  Then, as an individual, you can be more powerful than a whole country.”

–Ai Weiwei

HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?

Published on Feb 17, 2012

Please watch the newly updated trailer for “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?,” the new, explosive documentary from Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher exposing the roots of the American economic crisis and the destruction of the American dream. Visit for more information on how to see the feature film and how to Take Action in restoring democracy and economic justice in the United States.

UPDATES ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS from Sat. Jan. 20th – Tues. Jan. 23rd (from Adrienne Fong)

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on Events! This is a JUSTICE issue

Check Indybay for other events:


A. Man Shot with Taser by Daly City police dies in custody

   RIP ♥ Warren Ragudo ♥

See video on Say No to Tasers in San Francisco: 

B.  Feds planning massive Northern California immigration sweep to strike against sanctuary laws (Jan. 17, 2018)

Please share the Northern California Immigration Raid Rapid Response hotline numbers widely.

Alameda County-(510) 241-4011
San Francisco County- (415) 200-1548
San Mateo County- (203) NOMIGRA (203-666-4472)
San Marin county – (415)-991-4545
Santa Clara County- (408) 290-1144
Monterey County- (831) 643-5225
Fresno County and San Joaquin County- (559) 978-4797
Sacramento County – (916) 245-6773
Santa Cruz County -(831) 239-4289
Sonoma and Napa County- (707) 800-4544
SIREN (texting) (201) 468-6088


Saturday, Jan. 20 – Tuesday, Jan. 23 

Saturday, January 20

Other listings for Women’s March is on Indybay:   Oakland & SF are the only one’s listed in this announcement.

Please see other groups with another messages below the SF listing.

Also –There was a listing for “Patriot March San Francisco (counter action to Women’s March 2018) The FB site has disappeared – For those that are attending please be safe! 

1. Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Women’s March Oakland 2018: “Hear Our Vote: March for Our Future” 

Meet at:

Lake Merritt Amphitheater

10:00am – Rally

11:30am – March to Oscar Grant Plaza (Frank Ogawa Plaza)

Celebrating its second-annual citywide mobilization, Women’s March Oakland has just announced its rally and march.

In partnership with national youth organization March for Our Future. Oakland joins 12 other California chapters in hosting rallies on the anniversary of the historic Women’s March, which galvanized 5 million people globally for women’s rights, human rights, social justice and civil liberties.

Mission of Women’s March Oakland is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities in Oakland and the East Bay to create transformative social change.

“March for Our Future is youth-led.


2. Saturday, 11:30am – 3:30pm, Women’s March San Francisco #HearOurVote 

Meet at:

Civic Center

12 Noon- Rally

2:00pm- March to Embarcadero

Women’s March San Francisco will unite along with multiple other cities in California, nationally and internationally to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. Rally and march is designed to engage and empower all people to support Women’s rights, Human Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Workers Rights, Immigrant Rights, Reproductive Rights, Indigenous People’s Rights, Social and Environmental Justice, and Tenant’s Rights. Our feminism must be intersectional and we must continue to organize as such

With a focus on the importance of elections, “Hear Our Vote” is the theme for Women’s March California in 2018, and centers on five levels of action:
* Organize
* Register to Vote
* Vote
* Run for office, especially women of color
* Elect progressive women & allies


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3. Saturday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Oakland Women’s March – Refuse Fascism Contingent 

Meet at:

Lake Merritt Amphitheater – nr. 12th Street, meet on lawn

If you’re going to the Oakland march, join us on the lawn near where 12th street meets Lake Merritt. We will march to Frank Ogawa Plaza and then hop on BART to join the SF march contingent at 1pm.

**The main Refuse Fascism gathering will be at the San Francisco Women’s March, where we are an official march contingent. If you can, join us there at 11:30 to hand out leaflets and build the contingent!


4. Saturday, 11:30am – 2:30pm, Women’s March San Francisco – Refuse Fascism Contingent 

Meet at:


Polk St. & Grove St.

1:30pm –  7th St. between Market & Mission (Refuse Fascism Contingent)

On the one-year anniversary of the historic womens’ marches and the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of the fascist Trump/Pence regime. Join the contingent at the anniversary march taking place across the country as we unite with these marches, strengthen them and bring the message that: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/ Pence Regime Must Go!


5. Saturday, 11:30am – 2:30pm, Women’s March Contingent: Only the Struggle Won Women’s Rights 

Meet at:

Civic Center

Jan. 20 will mark one year since Trump’s inauguration and the anniversary of the massive women’s marches that took place all across the country the following day. Many people across the country will again be rallying and marching against the continued sexist attacks and anti-people policies of the Trump regime.

Looking back through history we see that the powerful movements of the people is what leads to change. Merely electing women to office and voting for the least repugnant choices will not solve the myriad of problems facing women and oppressed people today

Host: Party for Socialism and Liberation (SF)


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6. Saturday, 10:30am, Help Campaign for Medicare for All – at Women’s March 

Meet at:

We will have a table at the Civic Center BART/MUNI exit. The table will be at UN Plaza where the escalator comes up.

If you can help contact Don at: 415-695-7891

Sunday, January 21 

7. Sunday, 12:30pm, Michael Roosevelt:” Implicit Bias: A Conversation”

Unitarian Universalist Church, TSK Room
1187 Franklin St. (@ Geary Blvd.)

This highly interactive session explores what has been learned from research on implicit bias, how bias contributes to systemic and persistent gender, class, racial and ethnic disparities in a variety of settings. Michael Roosevelt will prescribe strategies to mediate this kind of bias, while drawing upon findings in social psychology and brain science that help us better understand how we make decisions and what factors shape our decision-making.

This workshop will enable participants to:

•       Define implicit bias;

•       Apply knowledge of the effect of implicit bias to decision-making;

•       Practice strategies to reduce bias.

Sandwiches will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome. 

Hosts: Forum committee and Humanists & Non-Theists

8.  Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:15pm, The Power of @MeToo

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St.

COME EARLY for home-cooked lunch, served at 12:15 for an $8-10 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault is the featured topic.

A global tsunami of truth-telling about sexual harassment is shaking empires from Hollywood to Congress. This discussion will go beyond the hashtag to understand the power imbalances of gender, race, and class that victimize women.

What fuels sexual assault? How have female workers and sisters of color fought it before, and how can we eliminate it now?

Host: Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area


Monday, January 22

9. Monday, Defend Anti Frances Volunteer Meeting

Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph

Space is ADA accessible with ADA accessible bathroom. We can’t guarantee this event as fragrance free but will try.

Continue volunteering with or newly plug-in to the Defend Aunti Frances eviction defense campaign! We’ll provide updates on the campaign, and breakout into committees to keep up our efforts.

You can help by continuing in/taking on an ongoing role and participating this evening’s one-time activities—both are a huge help for the campaign

If you can’t attend but want to find more ways to support and/or would like to start volunteering with us, please


Tuesday, January 23

10. Tuesday, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Noise Demo Against Racial Terror

Whole Foods Market (Oakland)
230 Bay Place

Whole Foods has been attacking folks of color within the past two years—going as far as attacking and racially profiling two black men, and a young, black teenager in recent reports. Their gentrifying organization must be held accountable for the threat they have posed to our community and it’s time that we make some noise to show resistance and intolerance to racial terror on any and all fronts.

Join us, next Tuesday (1/23) from 3:30-5:30 PM as we hold a noise demo in front of the store to demonstrate our intolerance for racism in our communities. Please bring any safe objects you have to make noise, signs, and bright spirits as we show up for the folks who were affected and targeted by this racist institution. It is imperative that we address racism on all fronts in our communities—especially in recent light of honoring King’s legacy and the path he has helped to pave with his work.

Direct all questions, comments, or concerns to:

Host: Bay Area Youth Activisim


11. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Take Action in 2018: Immigration Talk + SF Election Event 

SF Women’s Building
3543 18th St.

Join us for a talk with ACLU of Northern California’s Staff Attorney Vasudha Talla and Investigator Theodora Simon who will share their work on immigration rights. Also vote on the 2018 chapter board and recommit to political engagement in the new year.

Host: ACLU Northern California Chapter


Support builds in Santa Rosa for a Public Bank as a response to fires


Photo courtesy Friends of Public Banking Santa Rosa


Santa Rosa Councilmember Jack Tibbetts endorsed the proposed resolution for a Public Bank of Santa Rosa as another city steps forward toward Public Banking. Last week Santa Rosa City Council had its public hearing for their 2018-2019 budget priorities. Most speakers spoke in support of Public Bank, seeing it as critical to addressing the community’s needs following the devastating fires. Friends of Public Banking Santa Rosa have posted the proposed resolution on their new website.

Endorse the resolution here.

The Press Democrat reports:

“The idea of a public bank had the largest number of supportive speakers, thanks largely to the tireless advocacy of Shelly Browning. She and her compatriots argued that founding a public bank would cut the city’s borrowing costs, eliminate fees to big Wall Street banks and give the local cannabis industry a place to park all its cash.

Browning said she’d gathered nearly 500 signatures in support of the idea.

“It’s time for Santa Rosa to get on board,” Browning said.

Very Unpopular Trump Reportedly Thinks Extremely Popular Sanders Would Be ‘Easy to Beat’ in 2020

A White House insider says the president is “always asking people, ‘Who do you think is going to run against me?'”

Sanders and Trump

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has said he is not taking a 2020 presidential run “off the table,” but he has declined to comment any further on his plans beyond this year’s relection campaign for the U.S. Senate. (Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Seth Wenig/Photo montage by Salon)

In spite of his record low approval ratings and a series of polls that peg him as the loser in the next presidential race, President Donald Trump reportedly believes that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—who is seen as a top challenger to Trump in 2020 and currently the most popular politician in the country—is not “a serious threat and would be easy to beat.”

Politico reported late Monday that Trump had recently shared this view with “a Republican with close ties to the White House.” The 71-year-old president’s conclusion wasn’t based on politics; according to the anonymous Republican, “Trump was hung up on Sanders’ age, arguing that Sanders, now 76, wouldn’t have the energy to run another national campaign.”

Trump also brushed off a potential challenge from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a frequent target of the president’s public attacks. “He’s always asking people, ‘Who do you think is going to run against me?'” the Politico source said of Trump. “I don’t think he sees anyone, right now, being a serious competitor.”

The report comes as Trump’s approval rating remains below 40 percent, according to Gallup.

Although recent polling focused on the 2020 race has shown former Vice President Joe Biden winning over more Democratic voters than Sanders or Warren—with media icon Oprah Winfrey also beating out Warren—since the fall of 2017, the senators have consistently defeated Trump in polls that pit them against the president. A November poll (pdf) had Sanders leading Trump 42 to 36 percent.

Sanders has said he is not taking a 2020 presidential run “off the table,” but he has declined to comment any further on his plans beyond this year’s relection campaign for the U.S. Senate. However, political observers and analysts have suggested both Warren and Sanders are making moves that indicate they will enter the next race for president.

While Sanders has jumped into his role as the Democratic Party’s outreach chair—pushing the party further left and fostering relationships with Democrats, even as he maintains his Independent status—Warren has, as Politico noted after the New Year, “amassed more money in her campaign war chest than nearly any senator in modern history, groomed political connections with Democrats who’ve been skeptical of her in the past, and worked to bolster her bipartisan and foreign policy bona fides.”

Just ONE MORE Senator Needed to Restore Net Neutrality, Undo FCC’s Repeal

The Humanist Report
Published on Jan 16, 2018

The Senate is just ONE cosponsor away from having majority support for their resolution to nullify the FCC’s repeal of Title II net neutrality protections. All 49 Senate Democrats have cosponsored this resolution, and one more Republican is needed. Back in December, Republican Senator Lisa Murkoski indicated that she was “undecided” as to whether or not she’d support the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality, and we haven’t gotten an update since; hence, it might be wise to put pressure on her to sign onto this resolution, which would give it enough votes to clear the Senate and head to the House.