Action Council Events — February 25 to March 3

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

(February 25 – March 3)

Thursday, February 25

F 25, Thursday, :00pm – 9:00pm, Mario Woods Coalition – Weekly Meeting

SEIU
350 Rhode Island (nr. 16th Street) – entrance on Kansas St.
SF

Weekly meeting.

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/justice4mariowoodscoalition/

Note Other FB site for Mario Woods: LOVE & JUSTICE 4 MARIO WOODS, 26, killed  by SF Bayview Police, 12-2-15

https://www.facebook.com/groups/418363851694303/

F 25, Thursday, 9:00pm – F 26, Friday 12Noon, Direct Action on Division: Port-a-potty, services, and advocacy for unhoused neighbors

Please check FB site for updates!

Division Street at 11th Street
SF

Saint Francis Homeless Challenge is organizing a monitored port-a-potty at Division and 11th Street and offering a few services (including acupuncture and phone charging) to unhoused neighbors.

In anticipation of Mayor Lee’s 72-hour warning that all unhoused neighbors will be displaced from Division Street on Friday, we are joining the Coalition on Homelessness in documenting the announced sweeps and advocating for alternative locations where unhoused neighbors can count on safe sleep, 24/7 access to toilets, and increased access to healing and transition services. 

FYI: DPW generally starts sweeps at 5AM. People are needed early a.m.

Sign-up for a volunteer shift or to bring donations of food/drink:http://goo.gl/forms/pcboIPw0Kc

NLG legal hotline for arrests: 415-285-1011.

Host: Saint Francis Homeless Challenge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1688815978067283/

Friday, February 26

F 26, Friday, 1:30pm, Stolen Equity/Stolen Housing Tour While the City Conducts Sweeps of UnHoused People it sells poor peoples houses         To the highest bidder

Tour Begins at: Eddy & Laguna Sts., SF

1)      Eddy & Laguna in the Fillmore at the Plaza East Apartments
2)      Midtown Apartments – 1415 Scott  @ O’Farrell
3)      Hunters Point – 25 Northridge

Tour of Stolen Equity/Stolen Housing by For Profit And Non-Profit Housing Developers and release of Demands for Equity & Reparations for Unhoused, Displaced People

“We have nowhere else to go,” Ronnie Jones, an elder,disabled un-housed resident of San Francisco who was living in a tent on Division street.Before I was out here I had an apartment in the FIllmore for years, the rent was raised and I couldn’t afford it, the first place i went was Golden Gate Park, then they made that illegal to be in, now i am out here and i have nowhere else to go..,”

While SF Mayor Ed Lee criminalizes public land for the publicly poor and creates new laws to arrest us for the sole act of being un-housed, he and his administration makes and facilitates back-room deals with non-profit and for-profit housing corporations to buy, sell and “manage” all the remaining low-income and public housing in San Francisco.

We as poor, working class,Black, Brown, indigenous and disabled people demand that the multiple stolen buildings slated to be housing for the very poor by Housing Authority, HUD and non-profits be turned over to the people

HELP NEEDED:  People with vehicles / vans who can help transport people

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722903421260996/

F 26, Friday, 5:00pm, Justice for Amilcar Perez- Lopez Killed by the SFPD

Beginning on Folsom between 24th and 25th,
Marching to Mission Police Station
SF

One-year Anniversary of Amilcar’s Killing by SFPD

We’ll begin with a vigil at the site of his shooting (Folsom btw 24th and 25th), and then march to Mission Police Station.

Afterwards, a free community dinner at St. John’s at 15th and Julian (between Valencia and Mission).

Host: Mission Nightwalks

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/546278685541264/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/22/18783219.php

F 26, Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, WAR IN SYRIA: ENDING OR EXPANDING ?

PSL
2969 Mission St. (between 25th & 26th Streets)
SF

$3.00 – $10.00 donation, no one turned away

Forum on Syria covering the following topics:

The real causes of the war in Syria;
The impact of the war on the people of Syria and the entire region;
The role of the U.S. and its allies and how has their intervention opened for the way for the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS);
The role of Russia and Iran in the war, and
Syria and the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Info: info:  415-821-6171 or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/21/18783191.php

Saturday, February 27

F 27, Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, National Victim of Police Terrorism Panel on “Policing in the 21st Century”

First African Methodist Episcopal Church
530 37th St.
Oakland

National and Local families of Police Terrorism will be together in Oakland to discuss Policing in the 21st Century, “Where do we go from Here”. “If you want to hear the truth, you must let the suffering speak”. It is this truth that have fueled the Movement for Justice across the United States. These families leaders will share their testimony and experience.

Families that will be here:
-Eric Garner mother Gwendolyn Carr Staten Island NY
-Sandra Bland mother Geneva Reed-Veal Waller County TX
-Emmett Till cousin Airicakca Gordon Taylor Chicago IL
-Sean Bell mother Valorie Bell Queens NY
-Alan Blueford mother Jeralyn Blueford Oakland CA
-Tamir Rice mother Samaria Rice Cleveland OH
-Gary Hopkins mother Marion Hopkins Gray Prince George Co.MD
-Cary Ball Jr., mother Toni Taylorl St. Louis MO
-Marlon Brown wife Krystal Brown – Deland FL
-Michael Brown mother Lesley McSpadden Ferguson MO
-Mario Woods mother Gwendolyn Woods San Francisco CA
-Robbie Tolan mother Miriam Tolan
-Mario Romero sister Cindy Mitchelle
-James Rivera mother Deionne Smith Stockton CA
Venus Zuhura Noble mother of two sons who was shot one lived.
Author Dinyal New mother of two sons who was shot
Sharon Raffety mother of son who was at Fruitvale Station with Oscar Grant who has been shot and killed
-Antonio Guzman Lopez family Laurie Valdez
Many more from across the US and Locally

Open to the public.

Info / RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/1071564842906046/  or https://www.facebook.com/events/1516542941974577/

F 27, Saturday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Remembering Oscar Grant III – Dinner

Mission Paradise Banquet Hall
31115 Mission Blvd
Hayward, 94544

Theme: “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Tickets: $75.00

Out of State Speakers:

Valerie Bell mother of Sean Bell
Gwen Carr mother of Eric Gardner
Lezely McSpadden mother of Mike Brown
Samaria Rice mother of Tamir Rice
Toni Taylor mother of Carrie Ball
Geneva Reed-Veal mother of Sandra Bland
Airickca Gordon-Taylor cousin of Emmitt Till

In town Guest:

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford mother of Alan Blueford
Venus Zuhura Noble mother of two sons who was shot one lived. Praise God
Author Dinyal New mother of two sons who was shot
Sharon Raffety mother of son who was shot

If interested / questions / reservations: Saundra 510 246-7369

Space limited / Reservation info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-oscar-grant-iii-tickets-21003373656

F 27, Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Donation: $5.00

A documentary by Marisa Holmes. (in person) is a documentary filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Since a young age she has used media for social justice

Holmes has covered social movements in the US and internationally with particular interest in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/23/18783249.php

F 27 Saturday, 5:00pm,  &  F 28, Sunday, 4:00pm,

UnSold Black Brown Broke & Disabled Voices in Black Herstory Month – Book Tour & Benefit 

F 27, Saturday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Two Jacks Club – on Haight St.
401 Haight St.
SF

F 28, Sunday, 3:00pm

8032 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland

Black, Brown, Broke & DIsabled Book Tour in Black Herstory Month celebrates Po Poets Project’s Co-founder Leroy Moore’s new poetry collection Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics as well as the power-FUL unsold and untold voices of Black, Brown, Broke and Disabled poets in struggle and resistance from the Po Poets Project of POOR Magazine.

These series of readings will be a benefit for the re-launch of POOR Press-

Host: Poetas POBREs/Po Poets Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548545075461170/

F 27, Saturday, 7:00pm, Ending Police Terror-  The War on Communities of Color (Black History Month Film & Discussion)

New Valencia
747 Polk St.
SF

Door $2.00 donation

Dinner $8.50

(work exchange / sliding scales available – no one turned away)

Southern Supper served at 6:00pm

On-site childcare – must arrange in advance

Film: Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence – beginning with the Black Panther Party, this 2015 documentary uncovers 50 years of confronting police abuse in Portland, OR. Exposes history of systemic racism and speaks to the need to end police terror today.

Perry Jones, Justice for Mario Woods Coalition, Executive Council & spokesperson for Raw Talk for Live.

Sponsor: Freedom Socialist Party

Info: baFSP@earthlink.net  / 415-864-1278

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Debra (“Mama”) Lujan makes news (again)

DebraLujanPhoto: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle.  Debra Lujan, who is homeless, works on a painting on the sidewalk as she sits along 13th Street near her tent on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif.

February 22, 2016

Timidity, a lack of ideas, or political paralysis. Pick a reason for San Francisco officialdom’s arms-folded response to scores of sidewalk homeless tents sprouting across the city.

The tents are in no way acceptable, yet little changes as the problem spreads and takes hold. The encampments harbor crime, disease and mental health troubles. Nearby businesses protest that customers feel harassed and shun their stores. Getting help for the homeless can’t happen when tent occupants drift along in a netherworld under freeways and along side streets. The problem needs direct action, which Mayor Ed Lee and other leaders have avoided for too long.

HELPING THE HOMELESS

Ana Held (center), who is homeless, looks out the entrance of her tent along 13th Street at the activity outside on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. Mayor needs to address homeless and hecklers John Pobuda prepares to go out on an errand from his encampment along Division Street Feb. 17, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. Lone voice of dissent on homeless piece Kristin Vanscoy sits on her stuff while preparing to move after she and others who have been living along the sidewalk for months said that the police told them to move from their spot along Division Street Feb. 17, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. Tent city on Division starting to intimidate neighbors Nicolas Molina (l to r), laborer Avalon Tents, and Francisco Cifuentes, foreman Avalon Tents, work together as they set up a large tent for a temporary homeless shelter on Pier 80 on Friday, January 15, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. Homeless saying no to new Pier 80 shelter

A new homeless facility with 150 beds is ready at Pier 80, taking away the argument that there are no alternatives to tent living. Day-to-day health sweeps by the Department of Public Works to clean waste, scoop up litter and remove syringes aren’t a serious answer. Adding outhouses or wash facilities are stop-gap ideas, not solutions. And please, let’s stop donating tents that perpetuate a dire situation.

Removal is the overdue option. That doesn’t mean rough tactics, abusive treatment or jail time. But a firm and forceful response is in order as an unhealthy and dangerous situation grows worse by the day.

A string of city agencies including police, fire, public health, human services and public works should be on notice about their duties in this situation. Mayor Lee is taking the long view: coaxing tent campers to move to the Pier 80 temporary shelter while he works on plans for more permanent housing. He needs to combine this vision with more immediate relief that stops the encampments.

Suggesting an end to the tents brings criticism about the city’s heartlessness or the claim that the problem will only be spread, not solved. But these knocks aren’t fair.

San Francisco is spending $241 million per year to house and treat thousands of formerly homeless who have moved indoors. The city is showing imagination and thoroughness in launching another homeless program that picks up entire groups of homeless campers along with their belongings and even pets for counseling and assistance aimed at getting them off the streets. Their chances for better lives are greatly improved by such programs and shelter systems.

Allowing people to inhabit flimsy tents pitched on curbs and dirt lots is an inhumane response, not a tolerant one. San Francisco needs to fold the tent cities.

–San Francisco Chronicle

Action Council Events — February 24 to March 1

OccupySF

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Wednesday & Thursday)

Wednesday, February 24

F 24, Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Alex Nieto trial Organizing Committee (Save CCSF Coalition)

CCSF – Ocean Campus
Phelan Ave. MUB, Room 160
SF

Meeting to plan for March 1st WALK-OUT and other activities for opening of Alex Nieto’s trial.

Alex Nieto and Amilcar Perez-Lopez were City College students when they were murdered by the SFPD, and Mario Woods went to Balboa High School: it could have been you! They are from the same communities being marginalized and evicted from San Francisco by gentrification, and from City College through downsizing and push-out policies.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/21/18783183.php

F 24, Wednesday,  5:30pm – 6:30pm, Weekly PEACE VIGIL

Montgomery and Market Sts.
(on the steps facing Market St., below Feinstein’s office)
Directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni Station
SF

Join Codepink, World Can’t Wait, OccupySF Action Council and Others at the huge PEACE banner

Theme this week: Apple/Privacy/Government spying.

Feel free to bring your own signage, photos, fliers. Additional signs and flyers provided.

Stand (or sit) with us.

Rain Cancels!

F 24, Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Department of Justice Community Town Hall

Marshall Thurgood High
45 Conkling Street
SF

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) wants to hear your perspectives, concerns, and suggestions regarding the San Francisco Police Department and its interaction with the San Francisco community. They will be hosting the first community listening session through the Collaborative Reform Initiative.

They say that your participation in this open forum will help guide our efforts to advance the operations, staff, policies, procedures, accountability systems, and training of the San Francisco Police Department. This listening session is open to the entire San Francisco community.

Note: There will also be DOJ meetings at different locations in the Mission on March 8 and in the Western Addition on March 10.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1536245730003029/

F 24, Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm,  Stand Up For Black Lives In San Francisco – Public Meeting

Women’s Building
3543 18th Street between Valencia & Guerrero
SF

Justice for Mario Woods! Stop displacement! Fight for good jobs and affordable housing! Desegregate our schools and fund public education!

SPEAKERS:
Xiomara Watson, activist in the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition.
Charlie Batte, a foreclosure fighter and long time Bayview resident. She successfully fought a speculator who had bought her home to win it.
Julien Ball is in the International Socialist Organization and has spent years fighting gentrification in SanFrancisco

Host: International Socialist Organization

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738522426434140/

Thursday, February 25

F 25, Thursday, 10:00am, The Struggle Continues – Hearing on Homeless Solutions

SF City Hall, Room 250
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

2/23 – Update. SFPD & DPW (Department of Public Works) are doing major sweeps on Division St. Throwing people’s belongings and tents in the dump truck. Told to “move along” but not told to where. Reports of some being arrested and taken to jail. See video:

Video by Peter Menchini: https://vimeo.com/156495219

Your are Needed To Stand Up For Your Neighbors!

Supervisors Cohen and Kim are holding a hearing on solutions to homelessness. We expect it will draw many people who are calling for increased criminalization to show up and add to the vitriol being lauched against our poorest residents. Expected it will draw many people who are calling for increased criminalization to show up and add to the vitriol being lauched against our poorest residents.

Demands:
1. Mayor adopt community recommendations for formation of new homeless department, including community input on hiring of new director, community oversight, and cutting red tape homeless people face accessing services.
2. Match the $5 million that went to Superbowl City to immediately house homeless people
3 Moratorium on criminalization of homeless people
4 Sustained commitment from the city to end homelessness, which includes supporting progressive revenue sources to end homelessness.

Host: Coalition on Homelessness

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515300358774276/

F 25, Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm,  Democracy Spring Bay Area Launch Party

2017 Mission St – 2nd Floor
SF

Come get in on the ground floor of organizing for Democracy Spring here on the west coast! Maybe you are already signed up and going or maybe you want to learn more about the campaign and how you can be a part of this historic work, whether you plan to go to D.C. or not!

Bring Food / Beverages

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533408246952703/

Friday, February 26 and Tuesday March 1

Friday, February 26

F 26, Friday, 5:00pm, Justice for Amilcar Perez- Lopez Killed by the SFPD

Beginning on Folsom between 24th and 25th,
Marching to Mission Police Station
SF

One-year Anniversary of Amilcar’s Killing by SFPD

We’ll begin with a vigil at the site of his shooting (Folsom btw 24th and 25th), and then march to Mission Police Station.

Afterwards, a free community dinner at St. John’s at 15th and Julian (between Valencia and Mission).

Host: Mission Nightwalks

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/546278685541264/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/22/18783219.php

Tuesday, March 1

M 1, Tuesday, 8:00am, The Trial: Alex Nieto versus the SFPD, MARCH 1, 2016

Federal Court Building
450 Golden Gate Ave
SF

8:00am – Community Rally

This is morning that the federal trial for Alex Nieto begins. We will rally, share love, sing songs, make speeches, and show unbreakable unity.  Alex was shot at 48 times and killed by the San Francisco Police Department, Alex Nieto was a family provider, college student, security guard, and a positive, peaceful community activist. Implementing Mahatma Gandhi’s TRUTH FORCE, we will use our limitless creativity and the court system to action for our integrity, humanity, and rights, the most basic of rights—our lives!

We will chant in unity to enforce the United States Constitution—due process, equal protection, no unlawful takings. Speeches, poetry, and performances by Roberto Hernandez, Thea Matthews, SF Board of Supervisor John Avalos, Adriana Camarena, Ben Bac Sierra, SF Board of Supervisors District Nine Candidate Edwin Lindo, Favi Estrella, Francisco Herrera, Equipto, Dregs One, Tony Robles, Father Richard Leslie Smith, AFT 2121 representatives, HOMEY, United Playaz, y mas!

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/944032739006060/   /  justiceforalexnieto.org

San Francisco and the homeless (from Mike Zint)

San Francisco steals and crushes gear regularly. They make no attempt to follow the law. And the victims of this cannot fight back. This situation is not unique to San Francisco. The Liberty City village was thrown away by Berkeley. An entire village of poor people’s belongings destroyed without regard of the law. State law requires confiscated gear to be held for 90 days.

The walker being crushed wasn’t even held for 90 seconds. And now this disabled person is unable to walk, or possibly even stand in a city where it is illegal to sit.

Kelley Cutler's photo.
Kelley Cutler in San Francisco, California.

February 23, 2016

See the walker in the back of the dump truck? That belongs to a senior who is a disabled veteran who is experiencing homelessness. I told the DPW worker that I know the man who owns this walker and asked if they would tag this property so he could come pick it up. They said no and ended up crushing it up in the dump truck. So wrong!

 –Mike Zint

“Support 97-Year-Old Marie Hatch’s Eviction Fund” by Lisa Krieger (gofundme.com)

MarieHatch

Marie Hatch is my sister’s former mother-in-law, and she is 97 years old. She has lived in the same house in Burlingame for 66 years.  As she has no email or tech savvy at 97 years of age, and as her life-long friend, I am starting this fund for her. On Feb. 11, she was served with a 60-day notice to vacate the house or be tossed out by sheriff’s deputies. Marie is fighting her second battle with cancer and has no more in her savings account.  The man who is evicting her inherited the house by default from his estranged wife who was murdered.  His wife, her mother AND her grandmother all promised Marie that she could live out her natural life in the house. The current owner knows about this, but because there is no written contract, he is choosing to ignore the vow. That’s his right. He wants his two sons to have the money now. There are two homes on two lots that should sell for approximately $3,000,000.  The plan is to demolish them and build a large mixed-use  building on the property. We only want Marie to be able to stay at home for longer than two months, as she is ill with cancer and in no shape to move.  Nor can she afford to move.  But if the eviction proceeds, Marie will need money for obvious reasons.

You can read about Marie’s situation on the following link:
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Burlingame-woman-97-evicted-after-66-years-6845657.php?t=a0e8d4e1ec00af33be&cmpid=fb-premium

Marie worked very hard her entire life and should be able to stay in what has been her home for 66 years.  She can’t do it without your help.

Go to:  https://www.gofundme.com/mjqf7pjw

Thank you so much.

Lisa Krieger
Burlingame, CA

 

Action Council Events — February 22 and 23

OccupySF

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Monday, February 22

Reminder:

F 22, Monday, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, Blue Ribbon Panel On Transparency, Fairness and Accountability in Law Enforcement.

SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St.
SF

The SF District Attorney is conducting a public hearing for this newly formed panel,

We need the community at these hearings to make sure their investigation includes the killing of Mario Woods and all other racist murders by the SFPD.

Feb. 12th – SF Examiner article SF police union denies obstructing panel on police bias, history shows otherwise

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sf-police-union-denies-obstructing-panel-on-police-bias-history-shows-otherwise/

Info: http://www.sfdistrictattorney.org/   /  https://www.facebook.com/events/192345617794311/

F 22, Monday, 7:00pm. EMERGENCY MEETING – RE: BUILDING THAT BURNED ON 22ND & MISSION STREET

BRAVA Theatre
2781 – 24th Street
SF

The building that burned at 22nd & Mission Street is now going to be demolished due to the water damage from the fire and now the rain.

The Building Department of Inspection has declared it unsafe effective immediately.

Since it will be demolished, the TENANTS now have NO RIGHTS TO RETURN!

Our Mission No Eviction has been fighting for these families, business and property since the fire!

The families have been given temporary housing by the City which expires in one year.

The owner of the property committed to rebuilding the property and bring everyone back and then he decided to sell.

Join us for a Community Emergency Meeting to address this further crisis on

Info: Our Mission No Eviction    415.206.0577

Tuesday, February 23

F 23, Tuesday, 5:30pm, Rally in San Francisco! Apple is right. No government backdoor in our iPhones!

Apple Store
1 Stockton St.
SF

Join us this Tuesday! People will be rallying at Apple stores around the country to fight the government’s attempt to put a backdoor into our iPhones, which would make all of us less safe.

What the FBI is doing is dangerous, but it’s also illegal. Apple has a right to offer customers secure devices that protect our most sensitive information. According to the ACLU, forcing Apple to hack their own customers is unconstitutional and will undermine our privacy and safety without improving national security.

The FBI just got a judge to order Apple to build a software “backdoor” to help them hack into an iPhone. This is really dangerous because the FBI isn’t asking for access to just one phone — they’re asking Apple to make them a golden key that would let them unlock every iPhone

So far, Apple is vowing to fight this unlawful and reckless demand by the government, we need to show them that they’re not standing alone.

See website for ideas for signage & RSVP

Host: team@fightforthefuture.org

Info: https://actionnetwork.org/events/rally-in-san-francisco-ca-apple-is-right-no-government-backdoor-in-our-iphones

“Time for Ed Lee to sweep away S.F.’s tent camps” by Willie Brown (via sfchronicle.com and Mike Zint)

Tents set up under the 101 offramp at Division and Folsom Streets in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle

Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle.  Tents set up under the 101 offramp at Division and Folsom Streets in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

Mayor Ed Lee, the vast majority of city voters that I have talked to recently say the time has come for the city to bite the bullet and remove the tents that are lining San Francisco’s streets.

Everyone wants to help the homeless, but they have no business blocking the sidewalks. The tents are forcing pedestrians into the streets, right into traffic. The encampments are also unhealthy from a sanitary standpoint.

Our initial mistake was allowing the tents to go up in the first place. It’s the old “broken window” syndrome. You don’t repair a broken window right away and pretty soon you have two broken widows, then broken windows all over the neighborhood.

So now the issue isn’t about the tents going up, it’s about how to get them down.

From the looks of things, no one wants to make the move.

With various pop-up shelters in place and the recent opening of the 150-bed center on Pier 80, there is now an alternative to living on the streets. The city should use that alternative. It’s time to send in the trucks and make the announcement that by the end of the day, you have to move your tent or it will be taken down.

It’s going to mean all kinds of disturbing pictures in the media, social and otherwise, and there will be an outcry from some members of the Board of Supervisors.

Police Chief Greg Suhr, who already has his hands full dealing with the Mario Woods fallout, may not like the idea of ordering his cops to take the tents down either. But it’s got to be done, because otherwise, this is only going to get worse for both the city and Lee.

When I was mayor, I had the Department of Public Works send the street sweepers down Market Street at 3 a.m. If you were sleeping on the streets, you knew that water truck was coming.

I never got in any trouble for it, because at the same time I was spraying the homeless, I was opening more housing for the homeless than any mayor before or since.

You can be compassionate, but you also have to draw the line or the public will draw it for you.

OccupyForum presents film: “Malcolm X: Make it Plain” (on Monday, February 22)

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, February 22nd, 2016  from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Malcolm X: Make it Plain

The early articulation of the global, anti-colonial struggle

Occupy Forum observes the 50th plus Anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination with the screening of the film Malcolm X: Make It Plain.

Articulating concepts of race pride and black nationalism Malcolm X was an African-American leader and prominent figure in the Nation of Islam in the 1950s and ’60s. Dynamic orator and militant minister, and the leader and potential leader of the black power concept, Malcolm X exhorted blacks to cast off the shackles of racism “by any means necessary,” including violence.

Avoiding the life-of-a-saint tone that characterized much of Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, this documentary is a careful exploration of Malcolm X’s life and thought. Directed by Orlando Bagwell, (The Great Depressionand Eyes on the Prize), the film takes care to place Malcolm X’s political leadership in a context that includes not only the by-now-familiar run through his time spent as the zoot-suited hustler Detroit Red, but also his childhood as the son of Earl Little, a Michigan minister and organizer for the black-nationalist Marcus Garvey Movement. The complexity and contradictions of Malcolm X’s philosophy are discussed and debated by diverse interview subjects, ranging from Malcolm’s brothers to the New York police officer who infiltrated Malcolm’s Nation of Islam chapter in the hope of discrediting him.

After Malcolm X made the Hajj, the traditional Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during which he converted to traditional Islam, he placed the American Civil Rights Movement within the context of a global anti-colonial struggle, embracing socialism and pan-Africanism. “The true brotherhood I had seen had influenced me to recognize that anger can blind human vision,” he said. “America is the first country … that can actually have a bloodless revolution.”

Make It Plain is a first- rate piece of journalism, presenting a figure obscured by the historical context, and one who we do well to study in today’s racist emergency.

Q&A and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!