After watching the hearing, I am even more convinced that Tillerson has no place in government, let alone as Secty. of State. Also, it is down to one more Republican turning their vote away from Tillerson in addition to Rubio, who has declared his opposition. This will ensure his defeat, provided all democrats vote against confirming him. We are very close to defeating his nomination! Please Make the Call. –Ruthie Sakheim
Senate hearings on Rex Tillerson start today. Call to tell your senator to oppose putting an oil CEO in charge of our foreign policy.
to call your senator now. Tell them to say no to Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
Only Donald Trump would put an oil CEO in charge of his foreign policy.
But we’re fighting back– with over 67,000 emails into your senators since December and 2,000 phone calls just this week, we’re making it harder and harder for Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to get confirmed as Secretary of State.
Now it’s time for you to add your voice. Call your senator now by dialing 1-888-430-7789 or text TILLERSON to 69866 to be connected to their office. You’ll hear a short recorded message, then be connected to one of your senators’ offices. If you’d like to contact your other senator, just dial in again.
When you reach their office, tell them the following:
Please vote against Rex Tillerson’s nomination for Secretary of State.
As CEO of Exxon, it will be impossible for him to act without major conflicts of interest.
Given his close ties to Russia and Exxon’s history of doing business with state sponsors of terrorism despite US sanctions, Tillerson is uniquely unqualified to be the face of US foreign policy.
Your call could not come at a better time. With breaking news about Tillerson and Exxon doing business with Syria, Iran, and other state sponsors of terrorism, you can help bolster wavering senators who might want to just confirm Trump’s nominees and move on, or push senators of conscience to do the right thing and not let an oil CEO be the face of America to the world.
Call 1-888-430-7789 or text TILLERSON to 69866now and make your voice heard!
Thanks for everything you do to protect our environment,
A man who has not been identified was found dead outside in North Berkeley’s popular Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood Sunday morning, authorities report.
Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver said a man was found dead, but that no further details about him could be released pending the ongoing coroner’s case.
Rateaver said authorities were called at 9 a.m. to offer medical aid to someone at 2044 Hearst Ave. Police and firefighters responded. But when they got there, they found that the person who reportedly needed help had already died.
The investigation is going, Rateaver said.
The coroner’s office said Sunday afternoon that the man has not been identified so no further information was available.
It may, however, be the latest in a series of troubling deaths outside of people sleeping on Berkeley streets.
Homeless activist Mike Zint said Tuesday at a vigil for her that the woman was the ninth homeless person who had died outside in the East Bay in the past few months. He said four were in Oakland, and several others were from Berkeley. Zint said their long years in the elements had contributed to their deaths.
One of those individuals was Roberto Benitas, who died in September in the doorway of the old U-Haul business on San Pablo Avenue and Addison Street.
In mid-December, a man may have died after having a medical issue outside the McDonald’s at 1998 Shattuck Ave. (The coroner’s office had no information on the man identified by the community as the victim when Berkeleyside called to check in December. The Berkeley Fire Department said a person was transported by ambulance from that location but could provide no further information due to privacy laws.)
That same week, according to reports from the First They Came For The Homeless activist group, other Berkeley fatalities included a man known as “Caveman” who died after being in the hospital for several weeks, and “a homeless woman new to housing.”
In the last month or so, Berkeley has doubled the number of shelter beds it offers by opening three emergency warming centers in addition to its regular shelters. The newest one, at 1231 Second St., can accommodate dogs and large amounts of gear. Berkeley even opened two places that people can stay during the day, but they are not being well-used and are being phased out, according to a staff report.
Note from Mike Zint:
The fatalities are occurring frequently. Two in one week in Berkeley. Have enough died, or do you want more?
“Come out to the Women’s March in San Francisco on January 21st. Let’s show our neighbors that we won’t tolerate hate and that we will stand up for our rights.”
Valeria Avila, E4FC Community Educator
January 21, 2017
My name is Valeria Avila. I was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was 16 years old. I am studying Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University. I am also part of E4FC’s Community Education team.
My fellow E4FC Community Educator, Angelica Vargas, will speak at the Women’s March in San Francisco on Saturday January 21st. Please join us in advocating for undocumented immigrants nationwide!
The Women’s March is open to everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity.
Time of Rally: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Time of March: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Starting Location: San Francisco’s Civic Center
Ending Location: Justin Herman Plaza
Find out more information about the Women’s March here
Why join me at the Women’s March? Marching with thousands of people brings me hope that, although our circumstances may differ, we’re all united in our pursuit of social justice. We are not alone.
First They Came for the Homeless (FTCftH) decries the loss of yet another life on the streets of Berkeley – ‘Body of homeless woman found near Berkeley High’, reported in Berkeleyside 1/15/17. People without shelter and without hope is the mark of a failed society, one that will likely fall even further over these next four years as tolerance and compassion continue to lose ground to bigotry and mean-spiritedness.
FTCftH will be holding a press conference, followed by a 24-hour vigil commencing at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 17th on the grounds of Berkeley’s New City Hall in memory of lives lost needlessly – in Berkeley, San Francisco, in Portland, OR, Denver, CO and all across the country.
Mike Zint, an organizer with FTCftH, said
“A tent is not a permanent solution. Housing is. But with no housing available, a tent in a sanctioned tent city would provide shelter, storage, security, privacy, and most importantly, stability. And stability is what will help the most. Give people time without harassment, hours, abuse, or rules that don’t fit in with life.”
FTCftH once again calls on the City of Berkeley to stop using police to terrorize homeless people, to stop confiscating the possessions they need to survive, and to stop dismantling the small, supportive communities they establish. Protecting and serving means all the people of Berkeley, not just the housed. In the absence of a place to call her own, would a tent and companions have saved this woman’s life? We don’t know. COULD a tent, companions and shared food saved this woman’s life? We think that’s a good possibility.
When Donald Trump says, “This election is rigged”—he should know. His buddies are rigging it.
Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, designed to steal a million votes by November.
Crosscheck is controlled by a Trump henchman, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State who claims his computer program has identified 7.2 million people in 29 states who may have voted twice in the same election–a felony crime. The catch? Most of these “suspects” are minorities—in other words, mainly Democratic voters. Yet the lists and the evidence remain “confidential.”
Palast and his investigative side-kick Badpenny do what it takes to get their hands on the data, analyze it and go find some of these 7.2 million Americans tagged “suspects” and “potential duplicate voters” whose votes are threatened this November.
They hunt down and confront Kobach with the evidence of his “lynching by laptop.” Then they are off to find the billionaires behind this voting scam.
In this interview, Greg talks about his new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”. Called “The most important investigative journalist of our time”, Palast has been working for the BBC for 20 years and writes for the Guardian and the Rolling Stone.
Haru is an 89 year old American woman of Japanese heritage who grew up in Riverside, California. She recalls how her family was put on a registry and incarcerated in an internment camp where they were forced to remain for four years. Then Haru stops talking and does something unexpected…
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Haru as Young Girl – Haru Kuromiya
Evacuees of Japanese ancestry entraining for Manzanar, California – National Archives and Records Administration
Manzanar Internment Camp, California – National Archives and Records Administration
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San Francisco Fridays for Future San Francisco, CA 5 members Public group Join this group What we’re about We need to follow our children and take real action to let our local, state and federal representatives know that this is a climate emergency and needs crisis-level thinking and crisis-level collaboration. Many of us have jobs that won’t let us strike every Friday, but that doesn’t mean we have to just sit on the sidelines. As the awesome Greta Thunberg says, “Activism works. So act” I would like to meet and work with other Bay Area adults and youth who feel… Continue reading →
Climate Strike – San Francisco Posted by LaborSolidarityCommittee WHEN: September 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm WHERE: San Francisco Federal Bldg 90 7th St San Francisco CA 94103 CONTACT: Event website PROTEST We call for a youth-led climate strike march, going to different targets that are contributing to climate breakdown, leaving our mark to let these places know what we are fighting for. We will again start at the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and will connect targets in government, finance, and energy. For those that can’t join in person, we will be asking people to… Continue reading →
Sensible Cinema Sponsored by the UUSF Social Justice Council SAY HER NAME: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland Friday, September 20, 2019, 6:30pm Unitarian Universalist Center 1187 Franklin Street @ Geary Blvd. The arrest and question-raising death of activist Sandra Bland is poignantly explored in directors David Heilbroner’s and Kate Davis’ film Say Her Name: The life and Death of Sandra Bland. The film does two things best one is bear witness to what happened on the day of the arrest and place it in the context of Bland’s political life and second chronicles how Bland’s mother and sister… Continue reading →
Town Hall with Senator Scott Wiener: Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Location: Commodore Sloat Elementary 50 Darien Way, San Francisco, CA 94127 Please join me at a town hall to learn about the 2019 California legislative agenda, ask questions, and share your priorities. Refreshments will be provided. To attend please RSVP by calling (415) 557-1300 or visiting bit.ly/townhallsept21.
August 28, 2019 by Common Dreams ‘No Time Left for Business as Usual’: Climate Activists Plan Day of Mass Civil Disobedience to #ShutDownDC “There’s a tremendous amount of power that drives through those streets and parks next to those sidewalks and walks into those buildings. We want them to think about what they’re doing with that power.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Students cheer and chant while listening to a speaker during the Youth Climate Strike on March 15, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images) Environmental activists are hoping to bring Washington, D.C. to a “gridlocked standstill” next month… Continue reading →
KPFA Movie Matinee Presents: Boulevard Nights Join us for a 40th Anniversary Screening of Boulevard Nights, a film that centers around a Mexican-American family living in East Los Angeles. September 23rd 3pm @ The New Parkway. Click here for details and tickets. This is a KPFA benefit.
STOP DEPORTATION DEMONSTRATIONS at ICE immigration holding center (deportations) Mondays and Wednesdays 4 – 6 pm at 630 Sansome Street San Francisco, California Let’s build a permanent presence at I.C.E. to stop the deportations. Bring signs, Spread widely. Stop Deportations Block I.C.E. Melt I.C.E. with LOVE LOVE not HATE JOIN US NO BAN, NO WALL INSIST ON LOVE We are all immigrants Say it loud, say it clear, // immigrants are welcome here (two sides of a sign) Never Again *non-violence* Chants: No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here refugees are welcome here, No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all… Continue reading →
September 24th from 12-2pm HRC Rally & March “March For Our Right To Stay” Join hundreds of tenants on Tues, 9/24/2019 We are not prey, and we fight to stay. Where: Rally at One Bush ST ( Market & 1st) then march to 724 Pine (about 15 mins) Thanks