Students Across Europe Excoriate World Leaders for Hiding Scientific Reality of Pending ‘Global Collapse’

Representatives from the Schola Europaea international schools demand leading global institutions publicize failures to meet decades-old objectives on sustainable development and climate stabilization

Gen Z

Signatories of the letters include members of Generation Z, the ecology group at the European School of Brussels II. (Photo:

Students from across Europe have sent letters imploring top United Nations and European Union officials to “stop hiding science about global collapse” and finally come clean about the perils of out-of-control human consumption and planet-warming emissions.

U.N. officials blame governments for inaction, who in turn blame electorates who don’t want cuts in the products they love, which are made by means of extractions and emissions.”
—Paolo van Dommelen, student representative

The students—who represent 24,500 children from the Schola Europaea international schools and whose parents include personnel of key E.U. institutions—charge that “the U.N. has failed to reveal to the public the undisputed scientific realities that nothing meaningful has been, is, or is intended to be done to prevent unsustainable development including climate change from inevitably resulting in global social and economic collapse.”

Specifically, the letters’ signees are calling on leading global institutions publicize U.N. objectives on sustainable development and climate stabilization, and the international community’s failure to meet those objectives.

In 1987, the U.N.’s Brundtland Commission produced the “Our Common Future” report (pdf), which declared, “Sustainable development seeks to meet the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability to meet those of the future.” The U.N. General Assembly, in turn, passed a resolution calling on member states and U.N. bodies to pursue sustainable development.

In 1992, all U.N. member states adopted the Framework Convention on Climate Change (pdf), a treaty stating that the ultimate objective of all signatories is the “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

The students, in their letters, outline the world’s past, present, and projected future failures to meet both objectives. On behalf of students across Europe, they demandthat U.N. and E.U. bodies “keep our future uncompromised with another 5,000 years of civilizations and inform the public of crucial scientific findings immediately by prominently including them in organization publications and websites.”

Those targeted by the campaign include U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner, and the heads of UNEP, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, Michelle Bachelet, UNICEF, IPCC, the E.U. Commission and the E.U. Council. The students’ parents work for the European Parliament, Council, Commission, Court of Justice, Central Bank, and Court of Auditors.

As part of the requested details on global failures to meet sustainable development and climate stabilization objectives, the students want these institutions to publicize “national per capita responsibility for objective failures and collapse.” They further demand that these bodies advocate for legislation on natural resource use and greenhouse gas emissions that is actually “sufficient for objective success.”

“The E.U. and U.S. must do their responsible share or other nations will not. This won’t happen unless people including our parents, teachers, and peers are informed by the U.N. now.”
—Patricija Marijauskaite, student representative

“U.N. officials blame governments for inaction, who in turn blame electorates who don’t want cuts in the products they love, which are made by means of extractions and emissions,” Paolo van Dommelen, a student representative from Italy and the Netherlands, said in statement.

“For 30 years governments have made no meaningful consumption or emission cuts, now they say that reductions required today are impossibly large,” added Annele Baltmane, a student from Latvia. “They should go on to admit that from their point of view, there will never be a right time or amount to cut—and this would mean collapse is inevitable, our future destroyed.”

“The E.U. and U.S. must do their responsible share or other nations will not. This won’t happen unless people including our parents, teachers, and peers are informed by the U.N. now,” concluded Patricija Marijauskaite of Lithuania. “This is why withholding knowledge about consumption and climate combining to cause collapse is such a truly terrible crime against humanity.”

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Melania Releases Statement Calling For Removal Of First Lady From White House

November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON—Stressing that the situation had become untenable in recent days, aides working for Melania Trump released a statement Wednesday calling for the immediate removal of the first lady from the White House. According to the statement, the first lady “no longer deserves the honor” of serving in the position, which she has occupied since early 2017. The controversial memo went on to question the personal loyalty of the first lady to the president, going so far as to suggest she was someone widely viewed as “untrustworthy” within the administration. Noting that Melania Trump had repeatedly complained about the first lady to White House chief of staff John Kelly, sources painted a portrait of an East Wing in disarray and in desperate need of a shake-up. The unprecedented call for the ouster of a first lady by Ms. Trump has fueled speculation that she enjoys a great deal of influence over her husband. At press time, anonymous White House sources confirmed that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had been meeting with possible first lady replacements for several months.

Updates ~ Action Alert ~ Marriott Hotel Strike ~ Announcements, Fri. Nov. 16 – Thurs. Nov. 22 (from Adrienne Fong)

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A. Rep. Ro Khanna: By Blocking Yemen Resolution, House GOP Is Abdicating Its Duty to Decide War & Peace Nov. 15, 2018 

B. Sending the US Army to the Border Creates ‘a War Atmosphere’ Nov. 14, 2018 

C. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Environmental Activists in Protest at Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Office

D. US Intel Will Bring Assange to US in Chains  Nov. 14, 2018

E. Gaza burns hotter than Hollywood but there’s nobody to put the fires out – George Galloway  Nov. 13, 2018 

F. Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1  Nov. 12, 2018


Tell Would-Be House Leaders to Give Back Weapons Money


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Marriott Hotel Strike in SF is still on.

Marriott Hotel Strike – Workers have been walking the picket lines in this bad air quality. Please support them!

San Francisco Hotels ON STRIKE

From Local 2 :

Local 2 is striking at the 7 Marriott properties in San Francisco:

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

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

Thursday, November 15  

DATE & TIME CHANGED to THURSDAY, Nov. 29th 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 15th,  3:00pm – 5:00pm, STOP the Luxury Takeover of the Mission! CHANGED to Nov. 29

SF Planning Commission
SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl., Room 400

UPDATE: Both luxury projects are postponed until November 29th, when we will be coming out to make out voices heard!!!

*3140 16th St large auto body garage across from the Roxie that wants to convert into a 3-story entertainment space including a rooftop bar is still on and must be stopped!

This area is already overcrowded with a imbalance of food and drink spaces (55%) and we need to keep our blue-collar spaces. A Subaru dealer, in fact, wants to run a repair shop at this space and is happy to work with us to get our Mission folks into these good-paying jobs.

*344 14th St is a luxury housing project that is currently offering only the bare minimum of affordable housing plus high-tech manufacturing space 90% of which will be at market-rate prices. This project will add to the displacement and gentrification of this blue-collar area of the Mission!

Hosts: United to Save the Mission, Our Mission No Evicition, Cultural Action Network, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District


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Friday, Nov. 16 – Thursday, Nov. 22

Friday, November 16

1. Friday, 12Noon – 1:30pm, FamiliesBelongTogether – Mantengan a las Familias Unidas

Wells Fargo
464 California St.

Thousands of immigrants remain in ICE prisons, including nearly 4,000 children. And now Trump has sent 5,000 troops to the border to meet the mainly families, transgender and queer people fleeing violence in Central America rather than send humanitarian aid.

There is no excuse for this! And no one should be profiting off our communities’ pain and the separation of families. Yet, private detention companies like CoreCivic and the Geo Group are.

That’s why we’re headed back to Wells Fargo to demand they stop financing CoreCivic and Geo Group.

Join us on the 16th to demand that Wells Stop Bankrolling Oppression Now and to demand that this administration stop scapegoating and dehumanizing immigrants.

Families belong together and free, and NOT in cages!

Hosts: Bay Resistance, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network


2. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – 

Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.

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

3. Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil for Trans Awareness Week 

Harvey Milk Plaza
Castro & Market Sts

Running from Nov. 12 to 19, Transgender Awareness Week brings individuals and organizations around the country together in actions to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. The week leads up to Transgender Day of Remembrance observances which are set for Nov. 20.

Our vigil will begin at 6 p.m. at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro and continue until 7 p.m. For more information please contact Oasis California or The Companions of Dorothy.

Host: Oasis


4. Friday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Who’s Behind ICE? The Tech Companies Fueling Deportations 

The Women’s Building
18th St. (between Valencia & Guerrero Sts.)

Join Mijente, Fight for the Future, and Tech Workers Coalition–groups leading the #NoTechForICE and #TechWontBuildItcampaigns to learn what communities and tech workers are doing to reign in the tech surveillance industry.


5. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Landless People’s Meeting 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

Regional bimonthly meeting of landless activists of the San Francisco Bay Area

Hosts: Neither Here nor There, The Village in Oakland #feedthepeople, First They Came for the Homeless


6. Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Human Flow film showing & discussion 

Revolution Books Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.

65 million people worldwide are migrating: fleeing war, ethnic cleansing, environmental catastrophe. Filmed in 23 countries over two years, director and artist Ai Weiwei brings to life the immense human scale of the worldwide refugee crisis –from the destruction of Mosul by the U.S. in Iraq, sub-Saharan Africa where 26 percent of the world’s refugees are located, to the open-air prison of Gaza and, the U.S.-Mexican border.

Ai Weiwei gives voice to the people living through this and to their hopes and their dignified determination to be treated as human beings.


7. Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sensible Cinema Presents: Defender 

UU Center
1187 Franklin St.

Sensible Cinema presents the groundbreaking film Defender by director and producer Jeff Adachi. Mr. Adachi who happens to be the real life Public Defender of San Francisco is the subject of this film which brings to the screen the real life role of working in the Public Defender’s office.

He exposes the underbelly of the criminal justice system as seen through his eyes as he seeks justice in a unjust and broken legal system.

Mr. Adachi is scheduled to appear for a post screening discussion.


8. Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Screening of Beyond Recognition! 

Planting Justice
319 105th Avenue

Port-a-Potties are ADA accessible

Join us Friday, for a screening of Beyond Recognition! This film follows our dear comrades Corrina Gould and Johnella La Rose as they work to create the first women-led urban Native land trust, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. We will be screening the film at our nursery where we are in a land rematriation commitment with Sogorea Te’. Please join us in solidarity as we re-orient our relationship to “Thanksgiving”, discuss what it means to live as settlers on occupied land of the Ohlone people, and what it looks like to create new rituals with our families and kin this season that honor decolonization. Folks will be invited to sign up for the Shuumi Land Tax that redistributes funds to this incredible work! Please RSVP so we know how many folks to expect!

Please bring chairs, blankets, pillows, warm clothes – whatever will make you comfortable! We will be providing popcorn that our dear Nicole Wires (PJ Permaculture Designer) grew herself! You are welcome to bring your own food and snacks (we are an alcohol, soda, and drug-free zone!).


9. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Eyewitness Mexico: Report and Video from Refugee Caravan 

2969 Mission St.

$3-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.

A team of journalists from Liberation News traveled to Mexico in early Nov. to document the refugee caravan. Thousands of mainly Honduran families walking thousands of miles to the U.S. border are fleeing incredible violence and poverty in their home country as a direct result of decades of U.S. exploitation and intervention in the region. These increased hardships stem directly from the 2009 U.S.-backed coup in Honduras that ousted the democratically-elected progressive leader Manuel Zelaya installing a rightwing puppet government and unleashing widespread violence throughout the country.

Join us for an eyewitness report and video from PSL organizer Gloria La Riva documenting the stories of those on the caravan and the mass support they have received from the people of Mexico as they traveled to the border.


10. Friday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, EXISTANCE IN RESISTANCE: From the Bay to Palestine 

Black & Brown Social Club
474 Valencia St.

Free, All Ages Welcomed

An event to be informed on what’s happening in Palestine.. As well as some local Palestinian artists performing..


Saturday, November 17

11. Saturday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Autumn Breakfast with Kurdish Community

Burlingame Parks & Recreation Center
850 Burlingame Ave.

You will have a chance to chat with Giran Ozcan (HDP America Representative) and Seyid Riza Dersimi (Kurdistani_American Committee Representative) who will be joining our breakfast.
The breakfast will be sponsored by the friends of CKCC. (California Kurdish Community Center)


12. Saturday, 12Noon – 6:00pm, People Get Ready II Conference 

Dwinelle Hall – center of campus past end of Telegraph Ave
UC Berkeley
Sather Rd.



Check out more details about the program below or visit:


OPENING: 12-1pm
Maisha Quint, CPE – Emcee
Welcome to the Land: Ruth Orta (Bay Miwok, Plains Miwok)
Keynote: Center for Political Education

BREAKOUTS: 1:15-2:45

Hard Work: New Battles, New Organizing in the Workplace and Beyond:
Yulisa Elenes, UNITE HERE 2850 · Lourdes Martinez, Mujeres Unidas y Activas · Saba Waheed, UCLA Labor Center · Moderator—Kung Feng, Jobs with Justice, SF

Spanning the Globe: Internationalist Solidarity vs. US Militarism:
Ellen Choy, Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans · Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center · Walter Turner, Africa Today · Moderator—Clare Bayard, Catalyst Project

Taking Stock: Analyzing the Political Terrain after the Midterms:
Nikki Fortunato Bas, Oakland City Councilperson, elect · Max Elbaum, Organizing Upgrade · Linda Evans, North Bay Organizing Project · Tony Samara, Urban Habitat/Right to the City · Moderator—Rachel Herzing, Center for Political Education

Land: The Basis of Freedom, Justice, and Equality:
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, writer and historian · Cathi Tactaquin National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights · Edgar Xochitl and Alondra Aragon, PODER/ Urban Campesinxs · Moderator— Jason Ferreira, Center for Political Education

Who’s Got the Power? How to Assess the Balance of Forces (workshop):
Rebecca Gordon, University of San Francisco

LUNCH BREAK: 2:45-3:15


PART 2 OPENING: 3:15-4:15
Francesca Fiorentini – Emcee
A performance by Donté Clark
Keynote: Maria Poblet
BREAKOUTS: 4:30-6:00pm

Fighting to Win: Cultivating a Successful Left Strategy:
Brace Belden, Democratic Socialists of America, SF · Francesca Fiorentini, Newsbroke · Pierre Laboissiere, Haiti Action Committee · Maria Zamudio, LeftRoots · Moderator—Isaac Ontiveros, Center for Political Education

Against Displacement: Freedom to Stay, Freedom to Move, Freedom to Return:
Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project · Vanessa Moses, Causa Justa :: Just Cause · Leila Sayed-Taha, Arab Organizing and Resource Center · Moderator – Elsadig Elsheik Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley

No Pasarán: Strategies to Defeat Fascism and the Authoritarian Right:
Tur-Ha Ak Community Ready Corps · Mike E., Community Defense Network · Irma Shauf-Bajar, Gabriela Oakland · Divya Sundar, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action · Moderator—Sara Kershnar, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Deep and Wide: Building Alliances with Teeth:
Vivian Huang, Asian Pacific Environmental Network · Claude Marks, Freedom Archives · Ny Nourn, California Coalition for Women Prisoners/Survived and Punished · Mohamed Shehk, Stop Urban Shield Coalition

Hosts: Freedom Archives + 14 Other groups


13. Saturday, 3:00pmPhysicians Report on the State of America’s Health 

518 Valencia St.

A panel discussion featuring:

Jeff Gee – Coordinator for Northern California Physicians for a National Health Program

And other participants from the national conference held in San Diego on November 10.

Sponsored by Single Payer Now and the ESIFund

For more information, call 415-695-7891 or email

14.  Saturday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Defend Ancestral Lands – sfCHRP Report Back 

Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez St.

MUNI – near the #24 and J lines

SFCHRP Report back from the Aeta community in Central Luzon

The New Clark City Project and Military Complex Development threatens the land and livelihood of the Aeta people, the first inhabitants of the Philippines. We went to document their struggle and hear their stories.

Host: US International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines


Sunday, November 18

15. Sunday, 9:00am – 10:45am, UU Forum: Dr. James Taylor will speak on The People’s Temple Movement

Unitarian Universalist Society
1187 Franklin St.

Dr. James Taylor will speak of the People Temple Movement.

He is a former President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), an important organization of African American, African, and Afro Caribbean political scientists in the United States, 2009-2011. Taylor also served as Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco from 2012-2015, and Faculty Coordinator of the African American Studies Program for 2015-2017. He served as the Chair for the “Committee on the Status of Blacks” in Political Science for the American Political Science Association (APSA), 2016-2017.

Professor Taylor is currently writing and researching a book with the working title, Peoples Temple, Jim Jones, and California Black PoliticsAlso, Yulanda Williams, a Jonestown survivor, former member of Peoples Temple ad an advocate for equality, freedom and social justice. 

16. Sunday, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, RICOCHET: A film by Jeff Adachi 

First Unitarian Universalist Society – San Francisco
1187 Franklin St.

Refreshments & Light Lunch Served for $10.00 donation. Wheelchair accessible. All are Welcome.

First public showing:

What really happened on that terrible day in July 2015 on San Francisco’s Pier 14? A woman was killed. Was it murder? Find out from a new film about the trial of the accused man, an undocumented immigrant.

Leading the discussion of this film will be Matt Gonzalez, Chief Defense Attorney, Francisco Ugarte and possibly, Jeff Adachi,

Sponsored by The Forum, Human Rights Working Group and the Humanist Non-
Theist Committees of the UUSF.


Monday, November 19

17. Monday, 8:30am – 11:30am, Report on Tar Sands – Bay Area Air Quality Management District

375 Beale St.

In August, several Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board (BAAQMD) staff members went to British Columbia and Alberta to see the tar sands extraction sites for themselves, visit with government officials and First Nations people resisting the Trans Mountain Pipeline. This meeting is the report back from the delegation.

Speakers will include the BAAQMD delegation and some of the people the delegation met with in Canada: Charlene Aleck, elected Councilor from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in British Columbia, Tzephorah Berman from, and Dave Collier, as well as Pennie Opal Plant from Idle No More SF Bay.

Sponsor: Idle No More


18. Monday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Report Back from Palestine

AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
522 Valencia St.

Join us for a report-back on the recent delegation to Palestine organized by the U.S. Palestine Community Network (USPCN). USPCN members will share about conditions on the ground as they relate to political prisoners, refugees, health, land theft, and the right of return.

This event is free and welcome to all ages. Donations to support the speakers as they travel the country is greatly appreciated.


Tuesday, November 20

19. uesday, 12 Noon, Thanksgiving Action-Free Raul Before The Holidays!

630 Sansome St.

For almost 20 months, Raul Lopez has been in immigration detention, separated from his wife Dianeth and their children. Earlier this year, Alexa, his daughter, hoped he’d be home in time for her quinceñera, but sadly he wasn’t. Alexa had to celebrate such a special milestone in her life outside of the detention center walls, where her dad was being held. Their next goal was to bring Raul home before the holidays and we are working hard to make that happen. In the meantime, we’d like to continue showing Dianeth, her kids and Raul that they are not alone and we’d like to invite you all to join us in doing the same.

Please support Raul’s family in their holiday push to #Free Raul from Colorado. Sign up to bring holiday fixings or donations by emailing Lourdes at

Host: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity


20. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Riva Enteen, editor of new book “Follow the Money” 

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St., Fireside Room

Wheelchair accessible

“Follow the Money” is transcription of 66 interviews on KPFA’s program ‘Flashpoints’ of host Dennis Bernstein with people like, Alice Walker, John Pilger, Danny Glover, Helen Caldacott and more

Hosts: SF Gray Panthers, Veterans for Peace -SF

Tuesday, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, San Francisco Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018 

Louis B . Mayer Auditorium,
UC Hastings College of Law,
198 McAllister St.

5:30pm- 6:00pm/ March from City Hall to UC Hastings
6:00pm- 8:00pm/TDOR program at UC Hastings
8:00pm-9:00pm/ Short reception with light refreshments



Hosts: SF Transgender Empowerment Advocacy Mentorship Program & TRANS THRIVE


Wednesday, November 21

21. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Gather with Refugio and Elvira Nieto –  at Alex Nieto’s altar

Bernal Hill

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

On March 21, 2014, Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, 28 years old, was killed when he was struck by 14 to 15 bullets (of a total of 59 shots) fired by four San Francisco Police Department officers, on Bernal Hill Park, without justification. The officers who killed Alex Nieto are: Sgt. Jason Sawyer (then lieutenant. He is also the killer of John Smart in 1998!), Officer Roger Morse, Officer Richard Schiff, and Officer Nathan Chew.

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

All are welcomed

If there is a change will post it. 

Thursday, November 22

22. Thursday, 5:00am – 8:00am, Indigenous Peoples’ Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering

Alcatraz Rock Island

Alcatraz Island * San Francisco * Ohlone Territory

Ticket info:

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, Absolutely NO drugs, alcohol or weapons of any kind. Smoking only in designated areas. No sales permitted.

Boats depart from Pier 33 in Fishermans Wharf beginning at 4:15AM and run every 15 mintues until 6:00AM with all participants returning to Pier 33 by 9:00AM. Tickets $14.00, children under 5 are free, ticket office opens at 3:00AM. Please purchase your tickets early, this event will sell out!

Simulcast on KPFA 94.1 FM and online at http//

For more information contact the IITC San Francisco Office: (415) 641-4482; Morningstar Gali,, Rochelle Diver,


As of Wed. there were only 2 boats remaining; please consider checking with organizers to be sure that space is given first to Indigenous People. THANK YOU!

‘Path to Winning Is With People Power’: Medicare for All Leaders Strategize Roadmap to Victory

“We’re going to push the Democrats to do it. There is absolutely, unequivocally no excuse for the Democrats not to support Medicare for All.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a health care rally at the 2017 Convention of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee on September 22, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


Wasting no time getting to work on the most popularcost-effective, and morally necessary remedy to America’s disastrous for-profit healthcare system, National Nurses United hosted a post-midterm Medicare for All strategy call Tuesday night during which prominent single-payer champions like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Our Revolution president Nina Turner discussed how to build on growing grassroots momentum for universal healthcare and detailed plans to pressure the entire Democratic caucus to sign on to “an idea whose time has come.”

“We have the American people behind us and we’re gonna win this fight, but clearly we’re gonna need an enormous amount of grassroots power to make it happen.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders

“We’re going to push the Democrats to do it. There is absolutely, unequivocally no excuse for the Democrats not to support Medicare for All,” saidTurner, who called Medicare for All “a moral imperative” that also happens to be far more economically viable than the current privatized healthcare status quo.

Highlighting recent surveys that show Medicare for All has the support of 70 percent of Americans—and 52 percent of Republicans—Sen. Sanders declared that “we have got to end the international embarrassment of the U.S. being the only country on Earth that does not guarantee healthcare to all as a right.”

“This is not gonna be an easy fight. You’re taking on the drug companies, the insurance companies—and these people have unlimited money. They buy and sell politicians,” continued the Vermont senator, whose Medicare for All bill currently has 15 Senate co-sponsors. “We have the American people behind us and we’re gonna win this fight, but clearly we’re gonna need an enormous amount of grassroots power to make it happen.”

Medicare for All has rapidly exploded in popularity over the past two years thanks to tireless organizing by nurses, physicians, progressive organizations, democratic socialists, and concerned citizens as well as Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, which placed single-payer at the center of attention on the national stage.

Following last week’s midterms, an estimated 12 new Medicare for All supporters are set to join the House of Representatives, putting the number of single-payer advocates in the House over 130.

During Tuesday’s call, Rep. Jayapal—who in July helped launch the House Medicare for All Caucus, which currently has over 70 members—vowed to push for a floor debate and a vote on the House Medicare for All bill (H.R. 676) shortly after the new Congress convenes in January.

“It is not a radical idea to say that the government should be providing that healthcare. It is not a radical idea to say healthcare should not just be for rich and wealthy, but for every person.”
—Rep. Pramila Jayapal

“It is not a radical idea to say that the government should be providing that healthcare. It is not a radical idea to say healthcare should not just be for rich and wealthy, but for every person,” Jayapal declared. “We are ready to stand up for what we believe in. We are ready to fight for it. We have the people power. We have the ground power.”

In addition to discussing legislative plans for Medicare for All in Congress, the strategy call also centered on grassroots efforts to build support for single-payer at the local community level, where the pain of obscene insurance and prescription costs are felt most profoundly.

“We will work with the growing House Medicare for All caucus to press for action on Medicare for All, while also continuing to escalate movement building in states from coast to coast in support of HR 676,” said Bonnie Castillo, executive director of National Nurses United.

“Momentum of people power is why Medicare for All polls 70 percent across the board,” concluded Riley Brann, a Medicare for All organizer from California. “We knock on every single door… The path to winning is with people power.”

Barbara Lee for Speaker

In two weeks, on November 28th, Democratic members of Congress are going to vote for their next Speaker. Before the newly elected members of Congress are sworn in, before they can have a say in their leadership, the most powerful Democrat in Congress will be selected. While most of the press and pundit class expect former Speaker and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to be reinstated to her former position, we at Brand New Congress believe it’s time for a change. And according to a recent Gallup poll, a majority of Democratic voters agree.

Congress needs a leader with moral clarity, who will fight for the issues most Americans care about, and who has the will to stand up to those who would abuse their power. That leader is Rep. Barbara Lee of California’s 13th district.

Last Tuesday’s election showed a decisive shift by voters toward not just Democrats, but towards a new type of leader up and down the ballot. Many records were broken in this year’s midterm elections where women and minorities took center stage — sending out a clear message that the hateful, racist rhetoric of the GOP will not be tolerated. At a time when marginalized communities are under constant attack, in a climate charged with racial violence and rising white nationalism in the ranks of the far right, we need people of color to lead the way.

Congress needs a leader who understands the struggles of everyday Americans. As the representative for the East Bay Area of Oakland and Alameda County, Rep. Lee worked her way through college as a single mother and eventually broke records by becoming the first woman to represent her Congressional district. Even today Lee has one of the lowest estimated net worths in Congress, and is much closer to the average American’s experience than Rep. Pelosi (the 6th wealthiest member of the house), with a net worth in the hundreds of millions.

But most important in this era is the need for a leader who will fight the abuse of power at the highest levels of our government. In 2001, in the wake of the September 11th attacks, Congress passed a litany of bills authorizing new powers for the Executive Branch under the auspices of fighting terrorism. In that charged climate, Barbara Lee was the ONLY member of Congress to vote against the Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF), a bill which greatly expanded the power of the President to wage war without Congressional approval or oversight. She continues to challenge that law today, when many of her fellow Democrats in Congress remain silent against these abuses while accepting millions in PAC donations from the military industrial complex.

This year’s election saw a wave of new young voters energized by candidates leading the way in the fight for universal healthcare, a living wage, economic investment and justice. She has consistently led the way on these issues. The Speaker of the House sets the agenda, and Rep. Lee’s courage to go against the grain of wealthier and better-connected Democrats is just what’s needed in this critical leadership role. She is aligned with the new voters of the Democratic Party, and she stands for the issues the majority of Americans support. Rep. Lee is the clear choice for Speaker, and she has our full endorsement.

Join us, along with The Digital Left, in endorsing the leader Congress needs: Barbara Lee.



Pearl Jam – Masters Of War

Published on Oct 14, 2010
Pearl Jam – Masters Of War on Letterman show. September 30, 2004

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that held all the guns
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know I can see through your masks

You that never done nothing
But to build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a drug in my head
Then you hide from my eyes
Then you turn and run following the fast foolish line

Like Judas of old
You lie and decieve
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water that runs down my drain

You that fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
While the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansions
While young peoples blood
Flows out of their bodies and is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That could ever be hurled
The fear to bring children
Into this world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood that runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn?
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness?
Do you think that it could?
Oh I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I’ll follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch as you’re lowered
Into your deathbed
And I’ll stand on your grave till I’m sure that you’re dead

(Submitted by Gwyllm Llwydd.)

Want to Save the Climate? Break Up the Big Banks

Despite regularly claiming new commitments to ‘green finance,’ the big banks continue to lend billions to the fossil fuel industry every year

In place of fossil fuel finance, investments should be redirected toward renewable energy, cleaner industry, and more sustainable agriculture, among other priorities. (Photo: Image via Stefan Bumbeck/

In place of fossil fuel finance, investments should be redirected toward renewable energy, cleaner industry, and more sustainable agriculture, among other priorities. (Photo: Image via Stefan Bumbeck/


A stark new United Nations climate report warns that humans have about 12 years to slash global emissions by nearly half. Unfortunately, that’s going to be extremely challenging without deep changes to the global financial system.

Despite regularly claiming new commitments to “green finance,” the big banks continue to lend billions to the fossil fuel industry every year—including for the most extreme climate-damaging activities, like exploiting tar sands oils and burning coal.

Continuing to invest in fossil fuels goes against all of the evidence about what needs to be done to tackle climate change. An estimated 80 percent or more of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves need to remain in the ground if we’re to have any chance of avoiding catastrophic consequences, like rising sea levels and melting glaciers.

In place of fossil fuel finance, investments should be redirected toward renewable energy, cleaner industry, and more sustainable agriculture, among other priorities. That requires reforms to the Fed and the breakup of the biggest banks.

The scale of this change can seem daunting. But in a new report for the Institute for Policy Studies, I’ve identified several priorities for achieving a more climate-friendly financial system.

Reform the Fed

The financial crisis laid bare the shortcomings of a system that was obsessed with “price stability” above all other factors. Since then, many central banks have revised their mandate to include the stability of the financial system as a whole. Some central bank leaders already interpret this to include broader social and environmental objectives, and it’s time for the Fed to step up and do the same.

Increase transparency

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has repeatedly emphasized greater transparency on the potential impacts of climate change on the economy.

More frequent extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Florence or the past summer’s California wildfires, could have big impacts on property, trade and insurance premiums. Companies should be clear about how their business model would be affected by the transition to a cleaner economy. The international Financial Stability Board, established in response to the financial crisis, has suggested new global rules on climate transparency, which would be a good start.

Promote clear guidelines

In China, meanwhile, an interventionist central bank has played a key role in promoting green banking guidelines that prioritize loans for renewable energy and more efficient industry. The Fed should follow, while seeking to improve upon the patchy record of the People’s Bank of China in implementing its own policies

More radically, banks should impose a “credit ceiling” on fossil fuel investment, with a clear timeline for reducing this limit to zero. If the oil needs to stay in the ground, the money to extract it needs to stay in the vault.

Take lessons from abroad

From Bangladesh to Costa Rica, there are many instances of state-owned banks and financial institutions leading the way in clean energy investments. In Bangladesh, for example, a government-backed lending program, supported by grants and soft loans from multilateral agencies, has helped to install more than 3 million solar home systems in rural areas in little more than a decade as part of a “rent-to-own” scheme.

Other changes will need to come from the ground up, including through the re-emergence of local savings banks and cooperatives. In Germany, for example, local savings banks have successfully targeted renewable energy and efficiency programs in their own communities, as well as partnered with the country’s publicly owned development bank to ensure that its energy-lending is locally accountable. The rise of these smaller institutions, which are often non-profit and which sometimes have a social mission to serve disadvantaged communities, can also help turn the tide on the corrosive Wall Street culture that fed into the financial crisis.

Such changes are only likely to be achieved if there is a radical shake up in how banking works. Breaking up the “too big to fail” banks would be the most effective way to weaken the lobbying power of financial institutions with a vested interest in remaining the status quo. This would have not only climate benefits, but would also make for a more stable financial system.

Our economy—and our planet—depends on it.

SF Marriott Hotel Strike ~ Few events Mon – Thurs. ~ Save the Date ~ Resources for Butte Fires (from Adrienne Fong)


Marriott Hotel Strike – Workers have been walking the picket lines in this bad air quality. Please support them!

San Francisco Hotels ON STRIKE

From Local 2 :

Local 2 is striking at the 7 Marriott properties in San Francisco:

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

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

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

It may go without saying, but the way Local 2 wins strikes is with loud, militant, non-stop, disciplined picket lines.  We don’t get into physical fights with scabs or others crossing the line, as tempting as that may be, because it doesn’t help us win (and in fact can lead to picket lines being shut down).  All shifts should have picket captains, most of whom are rank-and-file leaders from the hotel they’re picketing.

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Few Events

 Monday through Thursday

1. Monday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 15, Film –  Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Vogue Theater
3290 Sacramento St. (nr. Presidio Ave.)
San Francisco

Remaining Showtimes

Monday, Nov. 12th @ 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm
Tuesday, Nov. 13th @ 5:00pm, 7:30pm
Wednesday, Nov. 14th @  5:00pm, 7:30pm

Thursday, Nov. 15th @ 5:00pm, 7:30pm

Ticket info:

Matinee $9.00
Adults: $12.00
Child Ages 3-12 $9.00 / Student w/valid ID $9.00
Seniors: $9.00 (60 + yo)

You’re invited to a limited theatrical screening of Say Her Name: The Life & Death of Sandra Bland. On July 10, 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African-American woman, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as “ of the most galvanizing episodes of this generation’s civil rights struggle…poignantly explored”, Say Her Name follows her family and their legal team as they try to make sense of what happened, presenting a compelling look at her life as well as her death. It’s both a vigorous, engrossing mystery and a disturbing account of systemic racism and neglect.

Tuesday, November 13 

2. Tuesday, 2:00pm, COURT SUPPORT NEEDED For Clean & Sober Womens Camp

Oakland Federal Courthouse
1301 Clay St. Crtrm 2

1st day in fed court to hear merit of the Temporary Restraining Order against eviction by city of Oakland (Libby Schaaf, OPD & Joe DeVries). Bring ID


3. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Living on Ohlone Land 

Golden Gate Branch Library
5606 San Pablo Ave.

Learn about the protection and preservation of sacred Indigenous sites in the East Bay, with acclaimed speaker and activist Corrina Gould.
Ms. Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone. She is the co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC), hosts of the annual Shellmound gathering in Emeryville. She also formed the first Indigenous women’s land trust, the Sogorea Te Land Trust.

Info:   or 

4. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Freedom For Immigrants Bay Area Monthly Training 

Berkeley Finnish Hall
1970 Chestnut St.

Monthly training for new volunteers for Freedom for Immigrants Bay Area. Covers current immigration system, local detention facility status, our volunteer programs, and how to get involved.


5. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the S.F. State Strike 

California Historical Society
678 Mission St.


 $0 – $5.00

Join California Historical Society for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco State Strike. A discussion will be initiated by leaders and participants of the Strike, as well as an artist who graduated from San Francisco State in Raza Studies and now teaches at State. U. C. Berkeley Professor Waldo E. Martin will moderate the discussion which will touch on what sparked the Strike, how it happened, and the impact it had and continues to have on San Francisco, California, and the country at large.

See site for speakers / bios.

Host: Shaping San Francisco, California Historical Society, Museum of the African Diaspora


Wednesday, November 14

6. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Peace Vigil – Focus this week: Yemen

One Post Street  @ Market & Montgomery St.
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).

Look for the PEACE banner!

All are welcomed.

Thursday, November 15 

7. Thursday, 11:45am – 1:00pm, Stop Insuring Climate Change

Meet at corner of Taylor & O’Farrell St.

The Hilton Hotel – Union Square

Insurance companies are supposed to protect us from catastrophic risks. Yet when it comes to the largest threat to humanity – climate change – U.S. insurance companies are actually doing the exact opposite. Through their massive investments in fossil fuel companies & insuring of drilling and mining projects the U,S. insurance industry is making the problem worse. This has to stop. Hundreds of lobbyists for the US insurance industry are coming to downtown San Francisco for a convention. Join us at lunch time to send them a message:

Insure Our Future: Stop Insuring Climate Change!

Hosts: Unfriend Fossil Fuels, Consumer Watchdog, Rainforest Action Network


8. Thursday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, STOP the Luxury Takeover of the Mission! 

SF Planning Commission
SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl., Room 400

Mission – we need your voice at City Hall on this critical day to stop further harm to our neighborhood!!!

UPDATE – 344 14th Luxury housing project is delayed.

***But the 3140 16th St large auto body garage across from the Roxie that wants to convert into a 3-story entertainment space including a rooftop bar is still on and must be stopped!

This area is already overcrowded with a imbalance of food and drink spaces (55%!) and we need to keep our blue-collar spaces. A Subaru dealer, in fact, wants to run a repair shop at this space and is happy to work with us to get our Mission folks into these good-paying jobs.

Hosts: United to Save the Mission, Our Mission NO Eviction, Cultural Action Network, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District


9. Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, On Indian Ground, California: A Return to Indigenous Knowledge 

UC Berkeley
117 Dwinelle Hall

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Colloquia Series:

On Indian Ground: California. A Return to Indigenous Knowledge: Generating Hope, Leadership, and Sovereignty Through Education

Joely Proudfit, Chair and Professor of American Indian Studies; Director of California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center, CSU San Marcos


Nicole Lim, Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

Dr. Joely Proudfit, Ph.D. is the Department Chair of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and the Director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center. Nicole Myers-Lim, J.D. is the Executive Director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. Dr. Proudfit and Ms. Lim have worked together for over twenty years and have collaborated on a number of projects to serve California tribal communities, support native students in K-12 and secondary education and promote cultural revitalization and self determination across the U.S.


10. Thursday, SFFNB Thursday Food Share 

16th & Mission
BART Plaza

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


11. Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, The State of Black Lives in America with Alicia Garza + Dr. Jelani Cobb 

3092 16th St.

Tickets by Eventbrite

We are lucky to have two luminatories of the civil rights movement gracing the Manny’s stage on November 15th: Black Lives Matter Founder Alicia Garza and New Yorker Staff Writer and Professor Dr. Jelani Cobb. The subject will be the state of black lives in contemporary America.

Come engage in discussion on this topic off the heels of the 2018 election, the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, voter suppression across the country, a completely new slate of candidate running for office, and potentially an african american woman running for President.

See site for bios


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Report Back

Aeta Community

Defend Ancestral Lands  


SF Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines 

Saturday, November 17


Bethany United Methodist Church

1270 Sanchez St.

San Francisco 

RSVP’s to

The Aeta, the first inhabitants of the Philippines, are under attack as they face the destruction of their lands and livelihoods by the New Clark City metropolis project and a massive military complex development, a project supported by the US military.

A sneak peak at some clips for the documentary project will be shown.

The Philippine National Police want to open a full time office here at the Consulate in SF. We don’t need MORE police presence in SF, nor from an openly fascist president in the Philippines!

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More info on Butte fires including shelters:

Missing persons: The Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday opened a Missing Persons Call Center that will be staffed from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Officials are asking people to report missing persons to this call center, even if they have already reported them missing to authorities. They are also asking people to call if they have located a previously reported missing person. The numbers are:


Butte County authorities said Saturday evening that they’ve received 508 calls for service from people unable to find loved ones. Of those, 228 remain pending. The sheriff’s office has requested those who left the area safely to register on the Red Cross Safe and Well site.

Weather outlook: The Red Flag Warning for the incident area was extended to 11 a.m. on Monday, with wind gusts of 30-40 mph expected throughout the morning, along with very low humidity. Winds are expected to die down during the day and then kick back up in the evening. Dry conditions are expected to continue along with lighter winds throughout the week.

Evacuation orders: The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has issued numerous mandatory evacuation orders in the fire area. Those orders are frequently updated on the sheriff’s Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as the official Butte County website. Around 52,000 people have evacuated as of Sunday evening.
Cal Fire is issuing incident updates, which includes a comprehensive list of evacuation zones, at least twice a day. You can find the update on Cal Fire’s Camp Fire incident page or sign up for automatic email updates.

The Chico Fire Department and Chico Police Department are also issuing frequent Twitter advisories.

Emergency shelters: Per Butte County, these are the open emergency shelters serving people evacuating the Camp Fire:

OPEN: Yuba-Sutter Fairground, 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City
OPEN: Plumas County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Rd., Quincy
OPEN: Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E Yolo St., Orland
OPEN: Bidwell Jr. High School, 2376 North Ave., Chico
OPEN: Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 E Hazel St., Gridley
FULL: Oroville Nazarene Church, 2238 Monte Vista Ave., Oroville
FULL: Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico
CLOSED: Chico Elks Club, 1705 Manzanita, Chico

Animal shelters:

Small animals: FULL Del Oro Old County Hospital, 2279 Del Oro Avenue, Oroville
Small animals: Chico Municipal Airport, 150 Airpark Blvd, Chico
Large animals: Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 East Hazel Street, Gridley
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, 442 Franklin Ave., accepting animals for those traveling south/evacuating from the Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Mountain House and Bloomer Hill communities; accepting pets 24/7
People can report lost pets to North Valley Animal Disaster Group at 530-895-0000

Water advisory: Butte County officials say California’s Water Resources Control Board advises residents to boil water for drinking and cooking purposes in the following districts: Paradise Pines, Magalia, Lime Saddle, Stirling Bluffs and Buzztail.


No one has yet challenged Pelosi or Hoyer. The caucus’s No. 3, Rep. Jim Clyburn, is facing a challenge from Rep. Diana Degette, D-Colo.

Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., has said she is making a bid for Crowley’s vacated No. 4 position. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries announced on Thursday that he will run for that same position. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., had also launched a bid, but dropped out Thursday after her husband was indicted.

As the Congressional Progressive Caucus expands, so too does its influence on the party. The 116th Congress will be the most diverse one yet, and the caucus expects to welcome around a dozen new members. But there’s still the possibility that incoming progressives build their own coalition. In July, during a podcast interview, Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea of a “sub-caucus” of Democrats who would as a united bloc, like a progressive version of the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus.

L.A. public bank post mortem

Posted on  by Ellen Brown (

The Los Angeles charter amendment to approve a city-owned bank did not pass, but it did get 42 percent of the vote, a remarkable feat considering that the dynamic young Public Bank LA advocacy group effectively only had a month to educate 4 million voters on what a public bank is and why passing the measure was a good idea. If they had had another month, the bill could well have passed.

The City Council took supporters by surprise when it put the charter amendment on the ballot in July, leaving only four months to promote it. Passing a ballot measure typically takes a campaign war chest of $750,000 or more, and the all-volunteer PBLA group began with no funding and no formal group. The first challenge was clearing the legal requirement of forming a campaign committee, which itself takes funding and some expertise. The committee only began amassing campaign funds a month before the November 6 vote, after which it managed to bring in $60,000.

Most of the campaign, however, was conducted with sheer people power. According to PBLA political director Ben Hauck, in that short time the all-volunteer team managed to gain endorsements from over 100 organizations and community leaders, text message 350,000 voters, hand out over 50,000 flyers, reach over 500,000 voters through social media campaigns, get included in three mailers reaching over 1,200,000 voters, put up hundreds of yard signs and banners across L.A., talk with thousands of voters at events, universities, rallies and gatherings across the city, get featured in dozens of major news stories, articles and TV coverage, manage their own paid social media campaign, drive over 150,000 video views on a YouTube campaign, contact 200,000 voters via a robocall from the Chairman of the California Democratic Party, put on several significant campaign events, get featured in a press event with senatorial candidate Kevin de León and City Council President Herb Wesson, and create several featured videos, dozens of ads, and countless pieces of written content.

The PBLA team is pressing on undaunted. Leader Trinity Tran wrote after the vote:

At the start of the campaign in July, public banking was an unknown issue and within 4 months, we brought the issue to the forefront of politics here in Los Angeles. Over a quarter million Angelenos voted in support of Measure B and the conversation on public banking has now been amplified across the country. This is just the beginning of the national movement. And it’s a fight we are certain will be won.

The dramatic achievements of the PBLA team in a very short time are a testament to the power of a committed group of volunteers working together at the local level for a cause they feel strongly about.

Note: If you would like to follow the progress of the public banking movement across the country, please subscribe to the Public Banking Institute newsletter, linked here

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