I KNOW I’M NOT ALONE by Michael Franti

I KNOW I’M NOT ALONE BY MICHAEL FRANTI

Winner of Best International Documentary, Harlem Film Festival and San Francisco Film Festival

Stay Human

Michael Franti’s film spotlights war’s human toll

By Michael Shapiro

Frustrated by the lack of media coverage about the human side of the war in Iraq, musician, poet and peace activist Michael Franti decided to go there and see it for himself. “I really wanted to see with my own eyes what was happening over there, not [hear about it] from generals or politicians,” Franti says by phone from his San Francisco home. “They never mention the human cost.”

Though he didn’t know if he could visit Iraq, Franti found that “all you need to get into the country is a plane ticket.” Of course, when entering a war zone, you also need to take safety precautions. Franti and his traveling companions–two human-rights lawyers, his manager, a drum tech, a retired U.S. Army captain, and a beauty salon owner “just for good measure”–found a driver who shepherded them to a hotel outside the Green Zone. But that didn’t mean they weren’t frightened.

“I’d stay up every night and think, ‘What’s gonna happen to me?'” Franti, 38, says. “It was scary every night, every minute, but we found great drivers to guide us safely from place to place.”

Traveling with a guitar and video camera, Franti, who leads the band Spearhead, says he had no intention of making a film. But after sharing so many heartrending and uplifting moments with Iraqis, and later with Israelis and Palestinians, Franti felt compelled to sift through 200-plus hours of footage and create a documentary.

The result is I Know I’m Not Alone, a personal view of war’s effect on people. Franti appears live to screen the doc on Oct. 14 and says it’s about what locals endure every day: life without electricity; the fear that any moment the car next to you might explode. While traveling and after he returned home, Franti wrote more than 20 songs inspired by the trip. Some are featured in the film, which Franti calls “a musical journey.”

When he arrived in Iraq, Franti, who vociferously opposed the invasion, says his antiwar songs “seemed unimportant. I saw that what matters is the way people relate to each other. So I wrote songs about how we either get closer to one another or put barriers between one another. Mostly it’s about the resilience and beauty I found every place I went.”

He also found that carrying a guitar led the people he met to open their homes and their lives. There are lots of black people in the Middle East, he says, but most of them are wearing uniforms. “I wasn’t there to tell them where to go or arrest them. I was just playing music.”

After spending a week in Iraq, Franti traveled to Israel, where he met with Palestinians in the occupied territories who spoke of such hardships as being detained for hours at security checkpoints. Yet feeling that he didn’t get the Israeli side of the story, Franti returned to the Middle East last February to meet with Israeli families who’d lost a loved one in what seems a never-ending conflict. He even jammed with some Israeli soldiers, who sang along as Franti played Bob Marley songs.

Asked if he could distill his impressions into a single lesson, Franti says, “Occupation never works. It hasn’t worked for three generations in Israel, and it’s not working in Iraq. Sure, they’re glad to be rid of Saddam–he was like the Wicked Witch–but now there are car bombs and shootings.”

So why can’t Americans see that the occupation isn’t working?

Because, Franti says, most people have no idea what’s going on over there. Television news doesn’t show the effect of the war on innocent people or soldiers, he says. “If people knew what was going on, they wouldn’t support the occupation. We have to have conversations, we have to have agreements.”

New Announcements: Tuesday, April 4 – Thursday, April 6 (from Adrienne Fong)

Updates:

  • Hold Cyndi Mitchell and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Her brother, Mario Romero was killed by the Vallejo Police in 2012. He was shot over 30 times while strapped in a seat. This past weekend her brother, Maleek Mitchell was murdered in Vallejo.

Clarification –

 Pre-registration is required for Telebriefing call with the Nuclear Information Resource Center (beginning of announcements)

Info on SHUT DOWN CREECH AFB, April 23 – 29, info is at the end of the announcements – deadline to reserve a seat in vans leaving from Bay Area is today!

Send items for posting by 12 Noon on Wednesdays to: afong@jps.net

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NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, April 4 – Thursday, April 6

Pre-register for Wednesday, April 5, 5:00pm – 6:30pm (pdt) Telebriefing with Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Now is your last chance to REGISTER for NIRS’s telebriefing on Wednesday, 

Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education will present Spring:The Season of Nuclear Disaster–Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima. 

This will be an opportunity to learn more about three of the most disastrous nuclear accidents and their global impact: Three Mile Island (March 1979), Chernobyl (April 1986) and Fukushima (March 2011). These dates mark the beginning of catastrophic events that will impact humanity for millennia to come.

Tuesday, April 4

  1.  Tuesday, 12 Noon, Resist Trump Tuesday at Senator Feinstein’s SF Office Building

One Post St.(At Market St.) – (nr. Montgomery St. BART)
McKesson Plaza
SF

Info: Move-On.org

  1. Tuesday, 1:00pm and 3:30pm, Orwell’s 1984 – Free Screening

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St.
SF

Free screening of Orwell’s 1984, in response to Trumpism.

Two FREE screenings in SF. 1:00pm & 3:30pm

Info: https://www.ybca.org/whats-on

  1. Tuesday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fire Victims Need  Housing and Reparations – Not More Pimping –Emergency Press Conference

3233 Market St.
West Oakland

Folks are about to displaced on Thursday, april 6th with no real money or support or housing, just a lot of pamphlets and case-manglement.  There is a real difference in how the Ghost Ship fire was handled!

Since the first day following the fire the low-income, disabled children and adults, all Black and Brown, who were already poor before the fire, have been neglected, forgotten, criminalized, poverty Gansta-Pimped and/ or lied to by a stream of Old- School Big Non-profit poverty industries.

Some people have made the connection between the Ghost Ship fire and this fire, and the glaringly obvious ways that poor folks of color and disabled folks are consistently criminalized, predated on and lied to because of the very things we had going on before crisis hits us

In ghost ship there were vigils, investigations and endless media attention. In this fire, confusion, case-manglement, empty promises, lost money and jail-like conditions at the temporary shelter are the norm.

Please come through to this press conference to hear the voices of the individual impacted families who have lost their lives and their actual need for housing and/or financial support

If folks want to help, victims are asking not for food or clothes or toiletries but for a direct donation of cash money or gift cards that can be distributed directly to the families.

Sponsor POOR Magazine

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/501038146952359/

  1. Tuesday,  5:30pm – 7:00pm, Alameda for Black Lives at April 4 City Council Meeting

Alameda City Hall
2263 Santa Clara Ave., # 320
Alameda

Join this collaborative city-wide demonstration so that City Council sees there is a groundswell of support in Alameda for solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives.

For this meeting we will be supporting ARC’s call for housing policy reform: rent caps and ending eviction without just cause, as housing scarcity and gentrification disproportionately impact people of color.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1234583363324754

  1. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Mission Nightwalk

Meet at:

Grace Fellowship
3265 – 16th Street (nr. Dolores St.)
SF

Twice each month, faith communities in San Francisco’s Missio District walk the streets of our neighborhood where violence has occurred. ​
Along the way, we stop to listen to the stories of our neighbors, sometimes talk with family and friends of those killed.

Info: www.missionnightwalks.org

6.  Tuesday, 6:00pm, Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements on May Day and Beyond

Movement  Strategy Center
436 – 14TH Street, #500
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

April 4th is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech. In that speech in NYC, he referred to the “giant triplets” of racism, materialism/capitalism and militarism. He made the link between racial justice and economic justice unequivocally in the U.S. context, and embraces a trans-national vision of solidarity and justice. Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements from April 4th to May Day (BTM) intends to move masses of people nationally toward meaningful, trans-local action.

At this meeting we will learn the history of International Workers’ Day and plan local actions that will be kicked off on May Day (May 1) grounded in an intersectional analysis centering anti-Black racism with a political and historical analysis of this moment

Vegetarian meal provided

From: The MOVEMENT For Black Lives

Info / RSVP: https://www.beyondthemoment.org/april-4/

  1. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Stop THAAD in Korea – Launch of National Tour

University Lutheran Chapel
2425 College Ave.
Berkeley

In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, advances in North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju, South Korea, are stepping up their eight-month opposition to the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their city. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North Korea ballistic missiles but locals fear its environmental effects, claim its real target is China, and believe it makes them ground zero for counterattacks.

Speakers:

Reverend Sounghey Kim, Co-Chair of Seongju Struggle Committee to Stop THAAD Deployment,

Juyeon Rhee, who is accompanying Rev. Kim and will comment on the broader U.S./Korea alliance that forms this latest conflict, and is from  Korea peace activist,

Sponsors: Ieumsae, HOBAK, Women for Genuine Security and Veterans for Peace, San Francisco Chapter, and ANSWER Coalition SF.

  1. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Justice for Ebbie Mondragon at Hayward City Council (CANCELLED)

Hayward City Hall
777 B Street
Hayward

Join the family of Elena “Ebbie” Mondragon at the next Hayward City Council meeting to demand both the truth and real accountability for her recent killing by Fremont police. (Hayward PD is “investigating” since it happened there.)

Unidentified Fremont detectives – driving an unmarked car in Hayward – shot 16 year-old Ebbie on March 14th in the middle of an apartment complex and concocted a very suspicious story to justify killing an innocent girl.

The family demands are as follows:
-Any video footage leading up to, during and after the shooting
-Full autopsy report plus any and all medical records
-Any and all information about what happened to the car the police were following

Sponsor: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/215399728937520/

Wednesday, April 5

  1. Wednesday, 8:00am -11:00am, J20 Resisters Court Support

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

8:00am – Press Conference

9:00am – arraignment

District Attorney George Gascon has filed unjust charges against a group of Bay Area activists for civil disobedience taken in opposition to tech complicity with the Trump administration on Inauguration Day 2017.

Call George at (415) 553-1751 or e-mail him at districtattorney@sfgov.org. Tell George to drop the charges against the J20 Resisters! Stop the war on dissent! Tell him, do your job and go after guilty cops instead!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/631537287045096/?active_tab=about

  1. Wednesday, 11:00am – 12 Noon, SF International Solidarity Day of Action for Maruti Suzuki Workers – Free the 13 Jailed

India Consulate of San Francisco
540 Arguello Blvd. (nr. Geary St.)
SF

Appeal to Observe 4th/5th April as All-India & International Day of Protest: Free the Maruti Workers!
https://marutisuzukiworkersunion.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/appeal-to-observe-4th5th-april-as-all-india-international-day-of-protest-free-the-maruti-workers/

Repression  by the nexus of Company management-Police-Government, as 13 MSWU members have been sentenced to Life Imprisonment and 4 more workers handed 5 years by the Gurgaon Sessions Court on 18 March 2017 – without a shred of evidence, and solely on the false witness accounts by the management.

The MSWU body members have been targeted because they have been the leadership of the struggle since 2011 against illegal contract worker system and for Trade Union rights and dignity of labour. It is a ‘class attack’ as in the words of Maruti CEO RC Bhargava.

Sponsors: United Public Workers For Action (UPWA), U.S. Supporters of the International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation, For Workers’ International.

Info: 415-641-4440 or 415-216-5346  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/31/18797881.php

  1. Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Defend Midtown Sanctuary – Save Black and immigrant homes

Meet at

1036 Mission St. (& 9th St.)
SF

4:30pm march to Mayors Office on Housing (1390 Mission St.)

We are marching to protest stolen equity of Midtown tenants, gentrification of the Fillmore, is placement of 139 Black, immigrant, refugee, and LGBT families.

In 1964 Midtown was created as a sanctuary for victims of Civic Redevelopment, a pledge by the city to right the wrongs suffered by African-American community of the Fillmore, a promise of economic empowerment and future homeownership. As the decades rolled by and the working class folks paid off property mortgage, refugees and immigrants from all over the world started calling Midtown their home, adding to the tightly-knit multicolored Midtown family. Unfortunately, their collective dreams were shattered when the city unilaterally broke off a lease with a tenant-led non-profit, and awarded it to a developer. Ownership promises reaffirmed in Board of Supervisors Resolution 325-07 were thrown out, rents were hiked 100% across the board, plans were created to demolish Midtown as we know it.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1895831934019637

  1. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL

One Post St.
(On the steps facing Market St. – below Feinstein’s office)
Above Montgomery BART
SF

All are welcomed to join Codepink, World Can’t Wait, OccupySF and Others.

Look for the bright lettered pink PEACE banner

Theme this week: Welcome Refugees / Immigrants

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/03/18797959.php

  1. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, A year of vigils for Amilcar: Still waiting and watching (52nd Vigil)

Mission Police Station
Valencia and 17th Streets
SF

After 52 weeks of vigils for Amilcar, our demand remains:

DA Gascon: Let us have our day in court! Charge the officers who killed Amilcar with murder!

Honoring fifty-two weeks
Even after 52 weeks and the DA’s refusal to hear us, we’re not going away!

To mark our one-year milestone, our dedicated and awesome John Talbott has invited us to his house after this Wednesday’s vigil for a simple meal and a chance to just chill.

His wife has volunteered to make a big bowl of vegetarian (I think) chili. If others could chip in some of the other sides, that would be really helpful. Suggestions: Cornbread, Greens, Drinks, Desserts, hors d’oeurves, etc.

Most of all bring your love for Amilcar, Luis, Mario, Jessica, Matt, Alex, Alice, and all those who have been killed by the police.

Please RSVP for address: https://www.facebook.com/events/1127928147330278/

  1. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Pre-Application Meeting for 1 Horace St.,  and 2906 Folsom St. SF

2906 Folsom St. or 1 Horace St.
SF

This proposed project encompasses two properties.  2906 Folsom is an existing 3 unit rent controlled building with 2 long term households and one vacant unit.  1 Horace Street contains a single family rent controlled house with a long term household.  A row of 10 garages spans both properties.  The developer wants to demolish the garages and build 3 new single family townhouses.  2 would be on a new lot, subdivided from 2906 Folsom Street.  The third would be on 1 Horace Street, leaving the existing house in place.

Info from: Eddie

Thursday, April 6

  1. Thursday, 11:00am – 8:00pm (& Friday 4/7), Single Payer Now Mailing Party

2467 – 28th Ave. (1/2 block south of Taraval and the L Taraval MUNI)
SF

Mailing will announce our April 15 meeting on California single payer legislation.

Barry will prepare a vegetarian meal at 6pm both days.  Please let us which days you can come and if you are staying for dinner.

RSVP & Info: Don  at 415-810-5826

  1. Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Know your Rights Forum 300+

Richmond Civic Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond

Register also via the ACLU People Power map
https://go.peoplepower.org/event/action/3951?source=map

Sponsors: Richmond Progressive Alliance, ACLU, Richmond Unified Soccer Club, CCISCO, ACCE, Richmond Sol Soccer Club

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252528318541516/

  1. Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Capitalism & Democracy: Can The Co-Exist?

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
1924 Cedar (@ Bonita)
Berkeley

6:30pm, Meet & greet

7:00pm Program begins.

Short film: “How Class Works”, an animated overview by Richard Wolff. The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by local author and distinguished Marxist scholar Richard Lichtman, who has taught at UC Berkeley, SF State, and the Wright Institute.

His topic will be Marxism 101: Capitalism and Democracy – Can They Co-exist? Is capitalism the root cause of the climate crisis? How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane? If capitalism is the problem, what alternatives do we have?

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/18/18797512.ph

  1. Thursday, 7:00pm, Bay Area Refuse Fascism Meeting

2940 – 16th Street (@ Capp St.)
SF

Time to Step Up! NO Fascist America!

Agenda:

More on our plans for April.  We have a window in which we can oust the Trump/Pence regime – this window will close at some point, and we have to seize the opening we have now.  We have to make the most of April.

-April 15,Tax day

-April 22, March for Science

-Holocaust Remembrance Day

-April 29, Peoples Climate March

-May 1, Strikes & Marches

College campuses outreach

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3rd ANNUAL SHUT DOWN CREECH   

April 23 – 29, 2017

National Mobilization to Resist Militarized Drones and Perpetual Wars 

A Convergence For Peace in the Nevada Desert

At

Camp Justice Peace Encampment

across from one of the most key drone control bases in the U.S.

(Alternatives to camping are available)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/354272504948358/

Join us April 23-29, 2017 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada for the 3rd Annual national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia and everywhere.

The US drone program is rapidly proliferating as air bases are being converted to drone bases across the U.S. and abroad, but Creech remains the primary air base in U.S. state-sponsored global terrorism. Creech is where the killer drone program started–it is where we shall end it.

Drone strikes and casualties are escalating under President Trump

Reserve your seat, Two rental vans will be reserved to leave from East Bay and a 3rd van will leave from Sacramento

The vans will leave early Sunday morning, April 23 and arrive at Camp Justice by early evening.  Return trip will depart Camp Justice early

Saturday morning, April 29.   All are welcome.  Deadline to Reserve:  April 4th  

     For van reservations: Toby Blome,  ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net,  510-215-5974

WEBSITE and REGISTRATION FORM   Though not required, Registration better enables us to serve everyone’s needs.  Please assist us by registering ASAP

Sponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Nevada Desert Experience , Veterans For Peace, and Voices for Creative Nonviolence!

Info:

Toby Blomé, SF CODEPINK, ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net  510-215-5974 (h)
Brian Terrell of VCNV and NDE, brian@vcnv.org  773-853-1886

OccupyForum presents . . . The Inevitability of Systemic Corruption in our Regulatory Agencies in a Capitalist System with Steve Zeltzer and George Wright

WE WILL BEGIN THIS OCCUPYFORUM WITH A SPECIAL 15-minute presentation

about the upcoming anniversary actions of the SFPD shooting of Luis Gongora Pat

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, April 3rd from 6 – 9 pm at The Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia Street near the 16th Street BART station

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

The Inevitability of Systemic Corruption

in our Regulatory Agencies in a Capitalist System

With Steve Zeltzer and George Wright

Our Bay Area Air Quality Under Threat and The Fired Whistleblowers at the

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)

The recent revelations from two BAAQMD employees, (Michael Bachmann, who was the manager of records, and Sarah Steele, an employee who protected records and documents), are very serious: they expose the deliberate destruction of critical pollution records, settlements and fines. Destroying pollution records and the history of these polluters

is not only inexcusable, but criminal.

These two BAAQMD employees put their careers and jobs on the line to protect the public, and the health and safety of our environment, and top executives of the BAAQD illegally conspired to thwart these employees by firing them from this public agency. Unfortunately workplace bullying and retaliation against whistleblowers is a systemic problem, not just at this agency but at other public agencies as well. There have been continuing ongoing dangerous gas and oil leaks by Chevron, Tesoro, Shell, Philips 66 and other polluters, as well as the deaths of the workers, and serious health problems, in many Bay Area communities

where these refineries and toxic plants exist.

The epidemic of illegal retaliation of whistleblowers (like Quality Assurance Manager Michael Madry at Test America, and other whistleblowers at Tetra Tech — which the Navy had hired for tests at Hunters Point and Treasure Island), have all taken place without any accountability by government agencies like OSHA WPP, District Attorneys,

or the State Attorney General.

The regional independent agency BAAQMD is responsible to protect the air quality of the over 12 million people in Northern California. This forum will discuss the continuing contamination issues facing people in the Bay Area and the role of the BAAQMD management in the bullying and discharge of workers. It will also address how people can defend these whistleblowers, and force the California Attorney General and District Attorneys to protect public workers criminally retaliated against for doing their job and protecting the interests of the public.

Steve Zeltzer and George Wright will lead discussion on

the inevitability of systemic corruption in the Capitalist system.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Own a small business or know someone who does? Support SB 562 – single payer health care – in the small business alliance (from JP Massar)

Sign on as a business to support SB 562, single payer health care for
California, here:

https://www.ba4hcal.org/become-a-supporter

No more worries about your employees getting health care or all the
red tape associated with Obamacare regs!

If you know someone who owns a small business suggest they sign on as
a supporter as well.

Thanks!

Occupy.com Turns 5 Years Old!


Occupy.com was born on April 1, 2012, with the publication of the Declaration of the Occupation, a document originally written and distributed by the New York City General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street in September 2011. Since the days of the Occupy movement, our media organization has continued to cover national and global issues through the lens of the 99%, focusing on political-financial corruption, climate change, police brutality, alternative movements for social change, and much much more. Through original reporting contributed by dozens of correspondents, from San Francisco to Athens, Sao Paolo to New Orleans, Manchester to Hong Kong, we have continued to shine a light, day after day, on the crucial economic, political and environmental issues that have led us to the precipice. Inequality has never been greater. Money has never had a stronger grip on our politics. Injustice and corruption infects us al. In response, we must all be part of the solution. Here’s to 5 years traveling the road of resistance with Occupy.com.

Mike Pence Asks Waiter To Remove Mrs. Butterworth From Table Until Wife Arrives (theonion.com)

WASHINGTON—Expressing concerns about the propriety of being left alone with a syrup container of the opposite sex, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly asked his waiter Thursday to remove Mrs. Butterworth from the table until his wife arrived to join him at a local diner. “Excuse me, sir, would you please take this out of my line of sight until my wife gets here?” said Pence, who reportedly attempted to put the table’s sugar dispenser and salt and pepper shakers between him and the feminine syrup bottle before deciding that even having Mrs. Butterworth within arm’s reach could lead him to have impure thoughts. “It just would not be right for me to sit here alone with a woman-shaped container, particularly one as shapely as this. In fact, I would advise you to do the same for the man sitting over there—I see he is sitting very close to Mrs. Butterworth even though he appears to be wearing a wedding ring.” At press time, Pence had asked the waiter to pour syrup on his pancakes for him, as it would be unseemly to handle the curves of the plastic woman in such a public place.

Homeless in Hawaii: My “little grass shack” report (Jane Stillwater’s Web Log)

Thursday, March 30, 2017
     Remember that old song describing the wonders of living in a “little grass shack” in Hawaii?  Those days are long gone.  Why?  Because there are almost no little grass shacks left in Hawaii any more (probably due to building codes) — and as a result, there are a lot of people here who are homeless.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMRxbFkO6gU
     On Waikiki Beach alone, I recently counted approximately 23 megalith-style high-rise hotels and/or condos.  And I might have missed some too.  Each hotel charges at least $200 a night — but usually a whole lot more.  Two-bedroom condos here sell for a million dollars a bedroom.  What homeless person can afford that?
     For many people in Hawaii these days, those little grass shacks have been replaced by shipping container boxes — but this is actually a good thing.  As the State of Hawaii, like the rest of America, discovers that more and more of its citizens are becoming homeless, the government here has tried everything it can to house as many people as it can by any means that it can — hence the wide-spread use of shipping container boxes as homes.
     According to Mike Zint, a national advocate for the rapidly increasing homeless population in America, “What does it take to get off the streets?  Money?  Affordable housing?  Employment?  Of course the answer is yes, but none of those things is the first step.  The first step is stability.  And stability is the one thing that is most commonly removed [from the homeless].”  So Hawaii is at least making an effort to get some stability into the lives of those who are forced to go homeless.  https://occupysf.net/index.php/2017/03/12/stability-first-says-homeless-leader-mike-zint/
     Hawaii also offers many boot-strap-like services to get homeless Hawaiians back on their feet.  Some of these efforts are working.  Some of them are not.  And as the native Hawaiian population becomes less and less able to afford housing in their beloved Hawaii, they are being forced to move over to the mainland in droves where the rent is cheaper.
     According to one native Hawaiian I met here, “So many of us are now moving to Las Vegas due to its lower rents and warm climate, that Las Vegas is now known as Hawaii’s ninth island.”
     But this migration to the mainland is also a two-way street.  “Many of the colder mainland states are purchasing airline tickets in order to send their homeless population here.  This is true.  I have seen it myself.”
       In addition, “We also have a lot of people who come here from Micronesia who get priority for our HUD housing because they can no longer live on their radioactive atolls because many of them have become really sick due to cancer from the nuclear weapons tests.  So they move them here — out of sight, out of mind.”
     Another factor in the severe limitation of affordable housing in Hawaii is the huge US military presence here.  The so-called “Pivot to Asia” apparently starts here.  “The US military is our number-one economic factor,” said my Hawaiian friend.  Even greater than tourism?  Apparently so.  I saw some pretty posh military housing spread out all around the island of Oahu — definitely not little grass shacks.
     I’ve been living on pineapple and macadamia nuts here for too long — and also French fries.  Remember what happened in “The Martian”?  He lived on potatoes for a whole year because of their protein?  A whole year is too long to live on potatoes, even in beautiful Hawaii.  It’s time for me to fly back home to Berkeley — where the 1000-plus homeless population just manages to squeak by on pizza-by-the-slice.
PS:  Am currently reading a book called The Up Side of Stress, and apparently one way to reduce stress is to be altruistic.  “Caring for each other amplifies our resources,” says the author.  “Human beings have a basic need to help others…and the more that they help others the happier they are because altruism both creates hope and prevents the defeat response.”
     This need for hope is apparently one of the reasons why the State of Hawaii is so compassionate towards its homeless citizens.  Hawaiians try to honor the human “tend and befriend” response to stress instead of the more well-known “flight or fight” response.  Hawaii even has a word for this befriending response to stress.  It’s called “Aloha”.
PPS:  Remember that bumper-sticker from back in the day that read “Life is a competition.  The winners are the ones who do the most good deeds”?  Or as they said in Lawrence of Arabia, “Allah favors the compassionate”.  And this truism is still true, no matter how many Americans die from lack of housing and healthcare here and how many babies our war contractors murder in the Middle East.   https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/1a9e93f1-5667-415d-b0ab-53c169aaa2f1
     Am I pissed off by all this lack of compassion here at home and heartless slaughter in the Middle East?  Hell yeah.  Once people in power in America found out that there are huge profits to be made by stealing homes and murdering babies, there appears to be no stopping them from stealing and slaughtering again and again — both here and abroad.
(Contributed by Mike Zint)

New Announcements ~ Friday 3/31 – Tuesday 4/4 (from Adrienne Fong)

Updates:

 –    Articles on Ms Iris Canada:

       The life and death of Iris Canada, the 100-year-old victim of eviction

       http://48hills.org/2017/03/30/the-life-and-death-of-iris-canada-100/

        SF’s bitter real estate war is killing off the elderly

          http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/SF-s-bitter-real-estate-war-is-killing-off-the-11037448.php

 –     Keep Pat Gray in your thoughts!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, March 31st – Tuesday April 4th

Friday, March 31

1.  Friday, 12 Noon, Mothers On The March Against Police Murders

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Weekly protest. All invited. Demand DA Gascon charge the officers with murder!

Sponsor: Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/justice4mariowoodscoalition/

2.  Friday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Workshop: Making Art During Fascism

The Lab
2948 – 16th St.
SF

$5-10 donation, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Artist throughout history and through the present, you instigate, question, provoke; you provide humor, creative impulse, reflection, serenity, validation. In light of our country’s political swing toward white supremacy and hate, artists need the emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual support to sustain their work. You are invited to show up, listen, and share: support, resources, community-building, information, methods to enter movements, and ways to sustain both your activism and your practice. You will receive a free, written guide with tips for making art during this administration. Bring a notebook and something to write with!

Sponsor: The Lab

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/110169852840575/

3.  Friday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, The Struggle for Justice is Still Young

518 Valencia St.
SF

As we continuously approach times of heightened racism, Islamophobia, and fascism around the world, we understand our roles as Palestinian youth in the diaspora to hold imperial, colonial, and domestic violent regimes accountable for the ongoing refugee crisis. 

According to the UNHCR, there are over 65 million refugees today living in the most unbearable of conditions.

However, our people of the camps have not lost, but continue to resist through a resilient united front. We honor the resistance

We honor the resistance, those who have put their lives on the frontline in the name of liberation, and the masses that push through day by day in all of its difficulty.

Sponsor: The General Union of Palestinian Students

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/637729286410890/

4.  Friday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, From Central America to Oakland…United Against Trafficking

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd
Oakland

Free – 2 films

Surviving International Boulevard: Domestic Child Sex Trafficking
A film by Sian Taylor Gowan, 22 minutes

SURVIVING INTERNATIONAL BOULEVARD reveals the complex reality of domestic child sex trafficking through the experiences of two women from Oakland, California. Driving along International Boulevard’s dark streets, a mother recounts her own wild determination to rescue her 15-year-old daughter from a sex trafficker “boyfriend 

En la casa, la cama y la calle (At home, in bed and in the streets)
A film by Liz Miller, 35 minutes, in Spanish and English with subtitles

EN LA CASA, LA CAMA, LA CALLE (At home, in bed and in the streets)
From a small country with a revolutionary history, comes a compelling TV drama with a big vision. Made by the inspiring Nicaraguan feminist organization Puntos de Encuentro

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752645348398344/

5.  Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Forum: The People Fight Back! Trump Attacks Workers, Immigrants and the Environment

Party for Socialism & Liberation
2969 Mission St.
SF

Trump’s draft budget submitted to Congress March 16, along with his “repeal and replace” health insurance scheme, reveal the monstrous face of his real program—not the phony-populist version of his election campaign.

 The real program calls for a major expansion of military spending combined with billions for a wall between Mexico and the US, along with major cuts in, and in many cases, outright elimination of, critically needed social programs and environmental protection laws. 
Join us for talks and discussion on how people are uniting and resisting the Trump regime in all its hateful forms.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/26/18797726.php  or https://www.facebook.com/events/139150319945865/

Saturday, April 1 

6.  Saturday 12:00am – April 2, 4am, MAPP Call to Action ! April 1st (Mission Arts Performance Project)

Mission District and beyond

MAPP is connecting the community to organizations, marches and groups who are on the front lines fighting the
the policies of this repressive authoritarian regime. 
 

Listed are various events going on in the Mission today, and a listing of many organizations fighting this regimes policies.

MAPP website: https://www.mappsf.com/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/166607360514147/ 

7.  Saturday, 9:30am – 12 Noon, The People’s Filibuster: San Francisco

Justin Herman Plaza
SF

Join thousands of other Americans to protest and rally against the extreme agenda of President Donald Trump, including his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. The People’s Filibuster will take place in cities across the US and feature everyday Americans speaking on why they object to the extreme agenda of the President and how the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court would advance that agenda for decades to come.

Sponsor: The People’s Defense

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1248973351886503/

8.  Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Permaculture Action Day at Soul Flower Farm

Soul Flower Farm

Email for directions /RSVP: SoulFlowerFarm@gmail.com )

a day of action in the Bay Area planting, cob building, mosaic making & getting in the dirt and deeply woven into community with one another. 

10-1pm we will mulch, build a fence, plant trees, finish a final layer on the cob oven and bench, dig beds, build cob hot tub, starts seed flats, plant veggie & herb starts, take apart old chicken tractor, dig swales, paint a greenhouse, murals, signs, and mosaic stepping stones.

 2-4pm we will offer free skill shares on greywater, water purification and wild edible plant identification and uses. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1243588585754832/

9.  Saturday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, HumanBillboard: Honoring Black and POC Trans Women’s Lives

Rockridge BART Station
5660 College Ave.
Oakland

At our Human Billboard on April 1st ,we are honoring the lives of 8 Black and POC trans women and trans feminine people who were murdered in the United States in the first 3 months of 2017. Their names are: Jaquarrius Holland, Chyna Gibson, Ciara McElveen, Mesha Caldwell, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, Keke Collier, Jojo Striker and Alphonza Watson. We are also honoring Taja de Jesus, a Latina trans woman murdered in San Francisco in 2015. As we mourn and rage against these losses, we also seek to lift up the lives, voices and leadership of Black trans women at the center of social justice movements. 

For those  who are white, it’s a way to express a unified voice in opposition to Trump and the white nationalist, transphobic, sexist politics he represents, and to commit to ending white silence and visibly supporting racial justice.

Bring a sign. For ideas for signage – go to FB page.

Sponsor SURJ –Oakland / Bay Area Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/389532188098205/

10.  Saturday, 12:00 Noon – 2:00pm, Discussion: Please join The Communist Party  (USA)  Oakland / Berkeley – for reading & discussion

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

join The Communist Party USA (Oakland/Berkeley) for its reading and open discussion of 
• POLITICAL REPRESSION AND FASCISM 

• THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO 
• OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIGHT BOTH 
The Presidency of Donald J. Trump has brought with it a wave of roundups of migrant workers, racist and bigoted physical attacks upon Muslims and Jews, as well as threatened cutbacks in public education, housing, healthcare, and care of our environment – the ecology. 

But already, early on in response to this repression, there has been resistance

Info / Details: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/29/18797816.php

11.  Saturday, 12Noon – 5:00pm, East Bay DSA  Single Payer Healthcare Canvass

South Berkeley Community Church
1802 Fairview
Berkeley

RSVP by filling out this short form: https://goo.gl/9nqgFo. 
You can also join DSA here at dsausa.org/join

SB-562 earn more about the bill here: 

http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/legislation/
and here:
healthyca.org

Education will be given on single payer and you will be trained on how to talk to your neighbors and friends about the issue. First-time canvassers will be paired with experienced organizers and canvasser

Sponsor: East Bay Democratic Socialist of America

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1743175099346227/

12.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming?

Starry Plough Pub
3131 Shattuck Ave. (2 Blocks from Ashby BART)
Berkeley

Free event (Please by food and drinks at the Pub)

Peace and Freedom Party presents:

As an APRIL FOOLS DAY special, we are inviting Rick Sterling, (investigative journalist and member of the Syria Solidarity Movement) and Gerald Smith (long time PFP activist and member of the Oscar Grant Committee) to discuss “Fake News” and how claims about Russia and other matters are being used to distract us from the real issues: Immigrants, Environment, Single Payer Health Care, and Nuclear War. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/23/18797672.php

13.  Saturday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm,  The Current Revolt in Korea: A Taste of Hope and Power

U.C. Berkeley, Ethnic Studies Library
30 Stephens Hall
Berkeley

Please RSVP! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rmKMkABil30NqHx1JuaQfbwGp3i60sQhg3PR1-u-Wcc

•About the Speaker: 
YW has written for Korean socialist paper Altogether(currently Workers’ Solidarity) and a quarterly socialist journal Marx21, and a number of left-wing and liberal webzines and magazines including Redian, Pressian, Ohmynews. He has translated several books on Marxism and Imperialism into Korean. He is a co-author of State Capitalism in East Asia, to be published under The British Historical Materialism Series.

YW will speak about what is happening in Korea with mass mobilization against the Park regime (and the corporate oligarchy) and what lessons that we might draw from it.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/619516691581739/

14.  Saturday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Lyrical Revolt- ¡El Pueblo Véncera!

2969 Mission St.
SF

The ANSWER Coalition invites the community to participate in an open-mic event for political-artistic expression through any vocal medium.

This open mic is dedicated to building momentum for an independent people’s movement that will take to the streets on May 1st and beyond to smash all vestiges of racism and oppression.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/642238245962468/

Sunday, April 2 

15.  Sunday, 9:00am – 10:45am, UU Breakfast Forum, California Aquifers

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Light breakfast available for nominal fee.

9:30am program begins.

Speakers from Center for Biological Diversity:

Ash Lauth, clean energy campaigner, organized in North Dakota against fossil fuels and in CA against fracking.

Hollin Kreutzman, attorney, works with CBD, Law Institute advocating climate change mitigation

16,  Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm, Evil Nietzche

Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland

A look at the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and various policies which spring from it. . . . Could thinking with and against Nietzsche help in the battle to clip the wings of Trumpism: Vulture-Capitalism and Alt-Rich Fascism? ICSS member Lew Finzel will lead our discussion on this fascinating question.  

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/27/18797737.php

17.  Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Clean Energy Economy via Carbon Fee and Dividend

2540 MacDonald Ave.
Richmond

Marti Roach, CCL Contra Costa Chapter leader, will provide details on the carbon fee and dividend policy, how it is predicted to work, and the role this solution plays in the transition to a clean energy economy. She will also address alternate views on market-based and revenue-neutral concerns. Suggested reading:http://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/; for a critical perspective, “The Carbon Tax is Doomed,” bit.ly/2ny4ZuW.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/865487323591444/

18.  Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Voices of Water: Wake Up the World Tour (Standing Rock and Beyond)

Intertribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd.
Oakland

Panel 2:00pm – 4:00pm

After a long fight for our water and Indigenous treaty rights at the Oceti Sakowin camp (also known as the Oceti Oyate resistance camp north of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota) a group of dedicated water protectors are ready to take the next steps in continuing their fight by hitting the road, traveling on tour, and sharing their frontline experiences across Turtle Island. 

Live performance 7-11 at the Legionnaire Saloon, 21+ no cover, 2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland.

    The Wake Up The World Tour features musical performances, workshops and speaking engagements by Nataanii Means, Witko, Art Vee, Tufawon, Calina Lawrence, Yaz Like Jaws, and Jayohcee. All are water protectors and freedom fighters who have well established themselves as hip-hop artists throughout the years. They have more or less been on the frontlines since the resistance camps were first established until the heavily militarized forced removal of the camps took place.

Show info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1955286738028290/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/721619694681909/

19.  Sunday, 4:30pm (Pacific Time) The Climate Cost of Free Trade / Trade Justice Alliance Sunday Webinar

Sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/the-climate-costs-of-free-trade-trade

Breaking: Earlier today a draft of Trump Trade’s NAFTA re-negotiation was leaked. 

According to Juliette Majot, Executive Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the leaked document shows President Trump is breaking his campaign promise to take a different approach to trade, instead using the TPP blueprint for NAFTA renegotiation, including the ISDS / Investor-State Dispute Settlement that enables corporate interests like TransCanada to sue countries like the United States when they halt projects like Keystone XL that will destroy the environment and accelerate climate change.

Trump’s new era of trade negotiations will have direct impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and how we respond to climate change.

Guest on the call:

Ben Lilliston is the Director of Corporate Strategies and Climate Change at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

Anthony Torres is Associate campaign Representative for Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program, member of the Climate Justice Working Group, and Advisory Board Member of the California Trade Justice Coalition. 

Info: People Demanding Action

Monday, April 3 

20.  Monday, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Women in the Middle East Artist & Activist Speaker Series #4: Lara Kiswani

City College of San Francisco
Rosenberg Library
Ocean Campus
SF

Executive Director at the Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Lara Kiswini, guest at the Critical SWANA Studies, Artists and Actvists Speaker Series to speak on Arab Resistance in the Trump Era. 

Free and Open to the Public! Accommodations upon request. For info, contact (415)452-5343.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/420000495014608/

21.  Monday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Pack the Federal District Court Room to #FreeYazmin!

US District Court, Northern District of California
450 Golden Gate Ave., 19th Floor, Courtroom 12
SF

Allow time to go through security – must have ID to enter building

Recently ICE and various other federal agencies were served with a Habeas for the unjust detention of Yazmin Elias Obregon. 

Join us as we show the vast community support behind Yazmin as the case is heard in front of a Federal District Court Judge 

Yazmin Liliana Elias Obregon (A: 076-373-569), a single mother of three U.S. citizen children, has been detained at West County Detention Center in Richmond, California for over a year. Yazmin came to the U.S. at the age of 4 and lived in Santa Rosa, California. When she was 14 years old, Yazmin entered an abusive relationship with a man who would become the father of her children. He abused her for nearly 10 years: he beat her, sexually abused her, and forced her to use drugs in an attempt to cause her to abort her pregnancies. Her ex-partner, now in Mexico, has continued to threaten Yazmin. If deported to Mexico, Yazmin fears persecution by her former partner.

To learn more about Yazmin’s story go to: theiyc.org/free-yazz/ 

Sponsor: East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/423304968016760/?active_tab=about

22.  Monday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Youth Unity & Solidarity Rally

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

A Youth Unity and Solidarity Rally to highlight San Francisco’s commitment to standing by Muslim, transgender, and immigrant youth. The rally will take place on the Polk Street steps of City Hall.

The rally will highlight themes of solidarity and coalition building in the face of recent attacks on our communities, and focus on ways that young people can continue to lead and resist. The Youth Commission will follow the rally by voting on a resolution in opposition to federal attacks on immigrant, Muslim, and transgender communities and giving the opportunity for youth to provide public comment in room 416 of City Hall. 

Sponsor: San Francisco Youth Commission

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1380312432028493/

23.  Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum: With Adriana Camerera and Luis Gongora; and Steve Zeltzer

Black and Brown Social Club
474 Valencia St.
SF

Adriana and Luis will be talking about the One Year Anniversary of the death of Luis Góngora Pat at the hands of the SFPD. Actions are planned on Friday, April 7th, the one year anniversary. See: March Against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City for Luis” .

Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666830296944982/

Tuesday, April 4

24.  Tuesday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, Veterans mural painting 5 week workshop (April4th – May9th)  

144 Taylor St.
SF

Are you a U.S. military veteran and want to tell your own story? 
Then join fellow veterans in our 5 week mural workshop where you will learn the concepts individual and group murals, and paint your own story in San Francisco’s Veterans Alley (Vets Alley). 

The San Francisco Veterans Mural Project (Vets Alley) is a community based mural project located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. The project consists of murals, covering over an entire block of public facing walls where veterans paint their own stories about the true reality of WAR and the military experience

Info: email at 415.937.3965, veteransalley@gmail.com  to register for the workshops!

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/337057460029388/

25.  Tuesday, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Black Worker Justice – Fighting for the Dream

MLK Memorial in Yerba Buena Park
750 Howard St.
SF

Host: Bay Resistance & SEIU United Service Workers West

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1684929774857004/

26.  Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Justice for Ebbie Mondragon at Hayward City Council

Hayward City Hall
777 B Street
Hayward

Join the family of Elena “Ebbie” Mondragon at the next Hayward City Council meeting to demand both the truth and real accountability for her recent killing by Fremont police. (Hayward PD is “investigating” since it happened there.)

Unidentified Fremont detectives – driving an unmarked car in Hayward – shot 16 year-old Ebbie on March 14th in the middle of an apartment complex and concocted a very suspicious story to justify killing an innocent girl.

The family demands are as follows:
-Any video footage leading up to, during and after the shooting 
-Full autopsy report plus any and all medical records
-Any and all information about what happened to the car the police were following

Sponsor: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/215399728937520/

“‘Fearless Girl’ statue stares down Wall Street’s iconic bull” by Verena Dobnik (AP)

March 9, 2017 (SFGate.com)

Ralph Nader, Nancy Pelosi and Single Payer

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington.  She is the top Democrat in the Republican-controlled House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ORG XMIT: DCSA127

January 19, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she’s for a single payer Medicare for All, everybody in, nobody out health care system.

But she refuses to co-sponsor single payer legislation in the House (HR 676) or to organize to build support for it.

Ralph Nader has now written a letter to Pelosi calling her out.

“I see you were quoted in The Hill newspaper recently saying that you are for single payer health insurance,” Nader wrote to Pelosi. “You had this preference before Presidents Clinton and Obama, who ideally agree with you, dismissed single payer as ‘impractical’ given the entrenched and powerful healthcare industry.”

“A couple of years ago, I wrote an article titled 21 Ways Canada’s Single Payer System Beats Obamacare.

“Within a week or so, your colleague, Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan), will re-introduce HR 676, the single payer bill in the House.”

“Will you actively support this much more efficient and comprehensive legislation, with its many advantages proven in other countries, and persuade other House Democrats to also co-sponsor?”

“Last year, only 63 Democrats co-sponsored.”

“Obamacare, without a public option, has been a complex patchwork in so many ways —  including forcing individuals to purchase inadequate insurance from private health insurance companies —  insurance that carries with it high premiums, deductibles, co-pays and forces narrow networks.”

“For many, Obamacare is quasi-catastrophic insurance with limited choice of doctor and hospital.”

“If the Republicans repeal Obamacare, Democrats need to be ready and offer to replace it with something that can attract left/right support — single payer, Medicare for All — everyone in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital, no medical bankruptcies, no coercive co-pays or deductibles, with all their accompanying fears and anxieties, and no more deaths due to lack of health insurance.”

“A December 2015 national Kaiser public opinion poll found that 58 percent of adults in the U. S. supported single payer (Medicare for All), including 81 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Independents, and 30 percent of Republicans. Imagine the poll numbers when Full Medicare for All starts to be explained, in its clear simplicity, and promoted by a major political party.”

“Let’s work together to present the American people something both more efficient and responsive that they want and need — Medicare for All and freedom to choose their doctor, clinic and hospital.”

(singlepayeraction.org)

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