11 Mayors (including San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell) Applauded for Refusing to Do Business With Companies That Don’t Support Net Neutrality

“Town by town, city by city, local leaders are taking back everyone’s right to connect and communicate.”

“By signing the Cities Open Internet Pledge, mayors are posing a direct challenge to the FCC’s wrong-headed decision to gut net neutrality protections,” said Timothy Karr, senior director of strategy for Free Press. (Photo: Free Press)


As advocacy groups and open internet defenders in Congress continue their efforts to repeal the Republican-controlled FCC’s attack on net neutrality, the mayors of 11 cities have signed a new pledge vowing to refuse to do business with internet service providers that don’t support net neutrality.

“We will not do business with any vendor that does not honor net neutrality. We need to name and shame any company that doesn’t honor net neutrality.”
—Bill de Blasio, New York City mayor

Titled the Cities Open Internet Pledge (pdf), the initiative was first introduced by the mayors of New York City, Austin, and Portland, Oregon on Sunday during the South by Southwest conference in Texas.

“We will not do business with any vendor that does not honor net neutrality,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a panel discussion. “We need to name and shame any company that doesn’t honor net neutrality.”

Since Sunday, eight more mayors have signaled their support for the pledge, which calls on cities to only work with internet companies “that do not block, throttle, or provide paid prioritization of content on sites that cities run to provide critical services and information to their residents.”

“We each commit our city to take all available steps to ensure the internet remains open and to keep gatekeepers from throttling, blocking, or limiting government content on the internet to the extent permitted by law and within our control,” the pledge reads.

“By signing the Cities Open Internet Pledge, mayors are posing a direct challenge to the FCC’s wrong-headed decision to gut net neutrality protections,” said Timothy Karr, senior director of strategy for Free Press, which teamed up with the coalition of mayors to launch MayorsForNetNeutrality.org, where supporters of net neutrality can sign a petition calling on city leaders to sign the new pledge.

“Town by town, city by city, local leaders are taking back everyone’s right to connect and communicate,” Karr added in a statement on Monday. “They’re saying that access to an open internet is vital to the livelihood of cities and their inhabitants.”

The new initiative comes as the FCC’s attack on net neutrality—spearheaded by agency chair and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai—is facing challenges on numerous fronts. As Common Dreams reported, Washington last week became the first state in the nation to implement a law protecting net neutrality from the federal rollback.

The Senate, meanwhile, needs just one more vote to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would restore net neutrality by repealing the FCC’s rule. If it passes the Senate, the resolution will move to the House, where it will need 218 votes.

Below is a full list of the mayors—and the one county representative—who have signed the Cities Open Internet Pledge:

Mayor Bill de Blasio — New York, New York

Mayor Steve Adler — Austin, Texas

Mayor Ted Wheeler — Portland, Oregon

Mayor Ron Nirenberg — San Antonio, Texas

Mayor Sly James — Kansas City, Missouri

Mayor Mark Farrell — San Francisco, California

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh — Baltimore, Maryland

Mayor Barney Seney — Putnam, Connecticut

Mayor Paul Soglin — Madison, Wisconsin

Mayor Sam Liccardo — San Jose, California

Mayor Jacob Frey — Minneapolis, Minnesota

County Board of Supervisors Chair Zach Friend — Santa Cruz County, California

North Korea Talks Are a Major Step But US Media Lies About Why

By John Laurits (johnlaurtis.com)

March 10, 2018

US Media Narrative Trump to Talk to DPRK / North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un


Did you hear the news? In what Mother Jones labeled a “stunning announcement,” South Korean officials stated that North Korea is willing to talk with the United States about ending its nuclear program, which CNN reported as a “remarkable development.” It almost seems — as both Fox News and the Atlantic speculate — as if Donald Trump’s hard-line strategy with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) actually worked. It didn’t, of course — the DPRK has offered to talk for a long time but most US-Americans don’t know it because their media and policymakers have ignored it. Until now, that is — now, a development that is truly remarkable is announced — Trump appears to have opted to be the first US president in history who will meet the Chairman of the Korean Workers Party and Korean head-of-state, Kim Jong Un.

US Media Misrepresents
North Korean Nuclear Talks

Despite the narrative pushed by the commentariat, North Korean readiness to halt its pursuit of a nuclear arsenal and the missile technology to deliver it is the same as it has been for ages. The DPRK has consistently said that its nuclear program is its only deterrent against a US attempt at regime-change and that it is willing to end it if the US will recognize its sovereignty by negotiating in good faith with DPRK leaders to withdraw US forces from Korea. With minor variations, this is what the North Korean leadership has been repeating from the start of its nuclear adventure up to today.

If this is so — and it is so — why is the media pretending that North Korea’s willingness to negotiate its nuclear policy is somehow a new development? Has nobody shown Mother Jones or CNN how to Google?

The Long History of the US Refusing
North Korean Calls for Nuclear Talks

Since the “news media” seems unable to find the many official North Korean public statements inviting the US and its allies to negotiate an end to its nuclear program, here is list of recent offers with complete citations.


Pyongyang, North Korea, after USAF bombing

Its not like we ever destroyed North Korea or anyth — oh, wait. (Pyongyang after US bombing during the Korean War)

Last year, July 6th, 2017, China and Russia brokered a deal with North Korea’s leaders who agreed to freeze their nuclear programif the US would suspend its yearly military exercises in the South, which the North views as aggressive (imagine what the US might do if DPRK soldiers trained just south of the US border!). Of course, Trump’s USA declined the offer and neither CNN nor Mother Jones thought it was stunning or remarkable or even worthy of reporting. Earlier in ’17 — on New Years Day — just before Trump took office — Kim Jong Un himself gave a public speech explicitly stating the DPRK’s position:

“We will continue to build up our self-defence capability, the pivot of which is the nuclear forces, and the capability for preemptive strike as long as the United States and its vassal forces keep on nuclear threat and blackmail and as long as they do not stop their war games they stage at our doorstep disguising them as annual events”


The year before — on September 23rd, 2016 —  Mr. Ri Yon Ho, DPRK Minister for Foreign Affairs, spoke during the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, explaining:

“Going nuclear armed is the policy of our state. As long as there exists a nuclear weapon state in hostile relations with the DPRK, our national security and the peace on the Korean peninsula can be defended only with reliable nuclear deterrence. The reason why we had no other option but to strengthen our nuclear deterrence with all hearts and soul may not be easily understood by […] countries which have never experienced the nuclear weapons of a hostile power appearing at their doorstep and around their air space.”

Echoing Kim Jong Un’s 2016 New Years address, the North Korean Jurists’ Committee released a paper about the US refusal to sign the peace treaty offered by the DPRK “to put a definite end to the state of war from a legal point of view and establish relations of lasting peace.”


In 2015, after explaining the DPRK position on its nuclear program and asking the US to sign a peace treaty during the UN General Assembly’s 70th Session, Mr. Ri Su Yong stated:

“It is high time for the US to come up with the signing of a peace treaty. The Government of the DPRK is willing to hold constructive dialogue to prevent war and conflicts on the Korean peninsula, once the United States agrees to replace the armistice with a peace treaty […] If the US makes a policy change with courage, dramatic improvement will be affected in the security environment of the Korean peninsula and eventually lead to addressing security concerns of the US”


On the 27th of September, 2014, North Korean MFA Mr. Ri Su Yong— this time at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly — said this:

“The hostile policy, nuclear threat and stifling strategy pursued by the US for more than half a century resulted in the decision [to become a] nuclear weapons [by] the DPRK. The nuclear deterrent of the DPRK is not intended to threaten or attack others, neither is it a bargaining chip to be exchanged for something else. The nuclear issue will be resolved if and when the threat to our sovereignty and right to life is removed in substance with termination of the US hostile policy against the DPRK.”

Korean War Facts; Truth About the DPRK History w/ the US

Is US Media Lying About North Korea?
( Or Are They Really This Stupid? )

recent article in the Atlantic had this to say on the recent developments in US-Korean relations:

“…then, suddenly, South Korea said Tuesday that the North was open to talks with the U.S., including on renouncing its nuclear weapons program—something Kim Jong Un had never put on the table before. Could that mean that Trump’s blustery rhetoric … worked?”

In light of the statements listed above by both Kim Jong un himself and by the North Korean government in general, the Atlantic’s analysis is ignorant or lazy at best and willfully dishonest at worst. But the Atlantic is not the only guilty one — CNN characterized the DPRK’s latest bid for diplomacy as “a decisive shift on the part of Kim Jong un towards diplomacy.” True to form, Fox News managed to find multiple “experts” who somehow concluded that this particular offer by the DPRK to negotiate is a result of Trump’s “brash rhetoric and his love for picking a fight via Twitter.”

MSNBC: #1 in Warmongering, Racist Vitriol

While CNN, Fox, the Atlantic, and Mother Jones pretended the DPRK’s readiness to negotiate is a new development, MSBC looked at the situation from a different angle. An article published by MSNBC’s Steve Benen— a producer of the Rachel Maddow Show — starts by acknowledging the DPRK’s long history of urging the US to engage in direct diplomacy:

“…Trump has agreed to give Kim Jong-un exactly what he wants. North Korean leaders have sought this kind of meeting for decades…”

North Korea Lands Man on the Moon
Did you hear? North Korea landed a man on the Sun! Long live Best Korea!

And then it takes a sharp turn by adding that North Korean leaders only want diplomacy to “show the world that North Korea’s leader is being treated as an equal by the Leader of the Free World.” Yes, wouldn’t that be awful — a North Korean leader treated as an equal! After this, Benen goes on to treat the DPRK like children by saying that other US presidents “left open the possibility” for talks “but only as a reward for meaningful and tangible results.

The Dark, Dark Heart
Of the Neoliberal Worldview

The strangest — and frankly most disturbing — part of this MSNBC article is that Benen concludes by accidentally offering a pretty solid analysis:

“Besides, from Kim Jong-un’s perspective, the purpose of his nuclear program is working beautifully: it’s not only prevented hostile actions from its enemies, it’s also bringing the president of the United States directly to the negotiating table.”

US Military Bases Near North Korea/DPRK, Asia Pacific

This is, in fact, true. The purpose of the North Korean nuclear program is, as Benen writes, to “[prevent] hostile actions from its enemies” and bring the US “directly to the negotiating table.” The context is what makes it disturbing. Though Benen’s statement is true, he writes it in a way that assumes — and expects MSNBC’s readers and viewers to also assume — that North Korea’s attempt to protect itself from harm and force a peaceful diplomatic solution is a bad thing.

To MSNBC and others poisoned by this ideology, the US is entitled to be the boss in all situations, has no obligation to respect the wishes, well-being, or autonomy of other nations, and — if they don’t like it — well, then we can just fucking kill them.

Beware the Poison of the Media’s Framing of North Korea

The fact that this nonsense is accepted at face-value is just more evidence that US-Americans pay almost no attention to anything that North Korea’s spokespeople say. This near-total ignorance of the North Korean perspective is a direct result of the racist, imperialist ideology spread by mainstream news-outlets to justify the military adventures of US armed-forces across the globe.

NBC Story on False Claim That Kim Jong Un Fed His Uncle to Hungry Dogs
Yeah, just before he went to a joint-luncheon he held with Santa’s elves

There is no lack of readily-available statements from the DPRK – one Google search is all it takes to find them — but the news-media and public officials teach the US public that North Korean perspectives are invalid, insane, or disingenuous and so they never bother to look. The end result is that FOX, CNN, or MSNBC hosts with all their special guests and war-horny pundits get to think for them. People believe outlandish claims that Kim Jong Un fed his uncle to a pack of hungry dogs (which he didn’t) or that citizens are put to death for watching foreign movies (despite the verifiable fact that the Pyongyang International Film Festival is held in North Korea every other year).

Trump Meeting Kim Jong Un Is Huge — 
But Should We Feel Hope or Fear?

Fox, CNN, mother Jones, and the Atlantic are all dead-wrong that North Korea’s offer is a new development and dead-wrong that the offer is a result of Trump’s tweets. MSNBC (or at least Benen’s article) is right that the US engaging in direct talks with the DPRK is a big step forward for the Korean Workers Party and North Korean people, as well as an opportunity for Kim Jong Un to show that he is a leader worthy of succeeding his mighty grandfather, Kim Il Sung. What remains to be seen is whether Trump’s administration is truly pursuing constructive dialogue to work toward reasonable and mutual compromise with the DPRK or simply putting on a good dramatic show for the public. Only time will tell and — until it does — we should all hope for the best.

In either case — if there is an anti-war movement, if there is a Left, and if there be friends of the Korean people in the US, this is exactly the time to make a lot of noise. This is the time to engage in outreach and to educate the US public about the history of injustices inflicted by their government on North Koreans from 1945 unto today. This is the time to raise your voices together to force each and every hand-wringing, spineless politician in the nation to understand that US-Americans wish peace to North Korea and death to imperialism.

In solidarity,
John Laurits

Did You Hear the One About the Party That Self-Destructed?

On the importance of what we do and don’t know about the Democrat’s Unity Reform Commission

What will the Democratic Party become? This week’s meeting of the Unity Reform Commission may offer some clues. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)


The United States is no longer a Democracy, it’s an oligarchy.

The Democratic National Committee is meeting in Washington, DC this week, and one of the main things on their agenda is to decide on whether to adopt rules that could change that. The proposed rules were unanimously approved by the Unity Reform Commission, a group that was established after the 2016 election to try to resolve deep differences between the center-right power brokers who control the Party and their increasingly progressive base.

Oh, that’s not the way the Party would portray it, but with the Democratic Congressional  Campaign Committee undermining progressive candidates, telling candidates to offer thoughts and prayers but avoid talking about gun control in the wake of the shootings at Stoneman Douglas high school, and seventeen Democrats  supporting a bill to deregulate the banks while the Party’s leaders do nothing to mount a fillibuster against this latest giveawy to the ultra-rich,   there can little doubt about the Party being in thrall to the oligarchy, and out of step with the voters.

“The party’s cynical centrist-one-day, faux-left the next, center-right the next, while pandering to economic elites and corporate America has shrunk the base of the Party from 50 percent of Americans back in the late sixties to less than 30 percent today.”There are two remarkable things about this potentially revolutionary change to the Party.  First, the mainstream media is virtually ignoring it, and second if the Party decides to reject or give short shrift to their progressive base, it will be tantamount to shooting themselves in the foot – or actually, in the head, since it would lead to a poor showing in the midterms and the likelihood that they’d fail to win either House, and fail to reverse their catastrophic losses at the state level.

Let’s look at each in turn.

The Unity Reform Commission’s recommendations – the greatest story never told

Last December after seven months of negotiations between the various factions in the Party, the Reform Commission came out with a set of recommendations that would democratize the nominating and voting process the Party uses in the primaries.  The Commission’s key proposals included reducing the number of Super Delegates by 60 percent, making participation in caucuses less difficult, providing incentives and penalties designed to encourage states to open up the primary process, and making the Party’s financial transactions more transparent.  Progressives on the Commission also won a hard-fought battle to include an Ombudsman Council responsible for assuring transparency and accountability in the Party’s financial transactions.

The press largely ignored this, other than a few outlets mentioning it last December, and the Party itself acted as if it were a national security secret.  In fact, the most high-profile story on it may well have been an idiotic guest editorial in the New York Times on December 11th entitled, Is the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic? One of the articles more lunatic suggestions was that Party bosses were better placed to pick winners. This, after the Democrats managed to lose to Trump, the most unpopular candidate in the history of polling, while losing both Houses. And this loss came on top of the fact that Democrats have been getting crushed at the State level for several decades now.  Hard to justify letting the “bosses” retain control with a record like this, unless, of course, you’re a boss.

In another guest op-ed the New York Times ran in January—entitled “Politics Shouldn’t Be Like Open Mic Night“—the authors, Jonathan Rauch and Raymond J. La Raja, decried what they called the amateurization of American politics. Really?  Aren’t we the people supposed to make the choices here?  In an age when money talks and the people walk, are we supposed to relinquish control to those who take money from moneyed interests?  I thought the point of democracy and our constitution was precisely to give everyone an equal shot at the mic.

Fast forward to this week. The Democratic Rules Committee of the Democratic National Committee is meeting in Washington to decide—or maybe by the time you read this has decided—whether or not to adopt the Unity Reform Commission’s recommendations.

You’d be hard pressed to know about this, though. The only thorough report focusing on it in the lead up to the DNC’s meeting I found was by Robert Borosage, at Our Future.Org. The article was picked up by a few progressive sites, but in general, this potentially revolutionary change to the Democratic Party was ignored by the mainstream press, which focused on the usual fare of insane tweets, “the Russian’s done it” stories, the latest incriminating behavior of Trump and friends, or the hemorrhaging White House Staff.

A call to the DNC on Thursday to check on the status of the vote, yielded nothing.  Is there anyone there who knows anything? “No.” Is there a way to reach them at the meeting? “We’re trying to get … information, but as of now, no.” Does the DNC have a position on this? “No.”

Bottom line? The mainstream media has barely covered this attempt at democratizing the Democratic Party. Why?  Well, they’re members in good standing of the oligarchy, that’s why.

Preferring power to victory

The fact that a little over 27 percent of the eligible voters put Trump in office is directly a result of the fact that the Democratic Party isn’t democratic. How?  Well, if you read Clinton’s latest book, or the misguided ramblings of neoliberals like Doug Schoen, or look at the latest antics of the DCCC, the neoliberal mafia that administers the orders of the Democratic Party leadership still seems to have no clue that they enabled his victory by refusing to stand for the vast majority of Americans who are—and have been for some time now—getting screwed by the party’s decades long allegiance to the uber wealthy and elitist interests in lieu of the people’s interests.  The party’s cynical centrist-one-day, faux-left the next, center-right the next, while pandering to economic elites and corporate America has shrunk the base of the Party from 50 percent of Americans back in the late sixties to less than 30 percent today.

This rudderless, amoral approach to governance is why just 37 percent believe the Democratic Party stands for something.  And what the neoliberals just don’t get, is that what Americans want are candidates who back a progressive agenda.  Oh, yes, the terms liberal and progressive have been smeared by the Oligarch’s skillful use of branding to make them unpopular terms, but on an issue-by-issue basis, Americans are overwhelmingly progressive.  The only reason the Oligarch’s branding effort worked is because no one countered it.  In fact, the neoliberal’s embrace of free markets, trade agreements, deregulation, and militarism reinforced the conservatives’ narrative.

It’s possible that by the time you read this, the DNC will have embraced the reforms proposed by the Unity Commission. But the fact that you probably haven’t seen it discussed in the press or heard about it on the airwaves, and that the DNC is trying to make the decision in secret, tells you how completely the Oligarchs are controlling our national narrative, and the Democratic Party.  The only hope of this passing is if Democrats realize they’ll lose even more power if they don’t start making the interests of the people part of their calculations.

Meanwhile, forget the Russians—when it comes to messing with our political system, they’re pikers compared to the Oligarchy.


John Atcheson

screen_shot_2017-07-26_at_9.09.47_pm.pngJohn Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections titled, WTF, America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back On Track, available from Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @john_atcheson

UPDATES ~ ACTION ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS for Monday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 14 (from Adrienne Fong)

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

Check Indybay for other events: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12


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Trump to visit California next week, finally (March 7, 2018)


ACTION: See California statewide petition in item # 2 for:

 NO to SB 827 & SB 828! Stop Top-Down Planning & Unsustainable High-Density Housing Growth! 


Monday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 14 

Monday, March 12

1. Monday, 9:00am – 10:00am, Press Conference & Rally: Action to #SaveTPS!

Phillip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.

There is going to be a suit filed in federal court on Monday, with 5 very specific plaintiffs from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Sudan, each married to a documented spouse with US-born children, filing a suit to stop deportation. Details have not been released yet, but will be announced at a press conference and rally

Info from Charlie C.

2. Monday, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, No Upzoning the Mission for Luxury Housing! 

SF City Hall, 2nd Floor, Rm. 250
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl

We need to come out and demand the Board of Supervisors support a City resolution OPPOSING  Senator Scott Wiener state bill!

BoS Land Use Committee will be voting on State Senator Wiener’s SB 827. (Wiener, Ting, Skinner Bill)

Agenda, Item #2:

Call for:

– No Upzoning the Mission for Luxury Housing, allowing developers to build up to 8 stories throughout the Mission and the City anywhere near our transit lines. 

– No new Gentrification Machine that will have devastating impact son low-income communities throughout California.

– No State silencing of our City departments and Community Voice, demanding we build in ways that don’t meet our needs.

– No large-scale cash giveaway to landowners and developers at the expense of our vulnerable communities.

– Demand Community-based Planning

SB 827 will mean that *all* local control will be lost – no supervisors, no Planning Commission hearings, no Mayor can say anything against it (height, bulk, design guidelines, etc.). This is the bill that raises heights from the usual 40 ft. to 45 ft.-110 ft. counting bonuses and other factors.

Anybody near transit or on certain streets with specific widths can get height increases from 40 ft. to 110 ft. with bonuses and other criteria per Planning Department’s analysis.

SB 827 will impact most heavily on RH-1 and RH-2 zoned properties which are 72% of SF per Planning.
Anybody near transit lines or stops (1 Block / 1/4-mile or 1/2-mile) will get the upzone – that’s 96% of SF.

While all housing is targeted, single-family homes are a prime target of Wiener’s SB 827.

Wiener amended the bill to not displace the tenants nor demolish buildings with tenants, but these amendments are window dressing. Most developers evict tenants long before they file to demolish/build.

California Statewide Petition:   

NO to SB 827 & SB 828! Stop Top-Down Planning & Unsustainable High-Density Housing Growth!


Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/178653399583192/ 

3. Monday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Pack the BART Board Meeting: Justice 4 Sahleem 

344 20th Street

Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. Shot in the back three times. The family has since learned that Mateu is back on the job. Let’s pack the BART Board Police Citizen Review Board meeting on Monday, 3/12 at 4 pm.

The Family Demands: Fire, Arrest and Convict Joseph Mateu

Show up and support this family!

Hosts: Mothers Fight Back, #Justice4Sahleem and APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1586833354748671/ 

4. Monday, 5:30pm, Mission Town Hall – Justice for Adolfo 

Cesar Chavez School
825 Shotwell St. (between 22nd & 23rd Streets)

5:30pm Press Conference

San Francisco Police have announced a town hall meeting for Monday at 6 p.m at Cesar Chavez School.

They will  update the community on the investigation of the officer-involved shooting Tuesday night  of Adolfo Delgado.

The Family’s Story:
Join the Justice for Jesus Adolfo Coalition at the Mission Townhall.

We are asking that speakers ask why he was shot and killed and what plans can be put into place to be sure that this does not ever happened.

Adolfo’s biggest fear and among his last words were “I don’t want to get deported”.

Why …. why is the fear so high despite sanctuary city? How can we make immigrants feel safer in SF and in our systems.

Share stories about Adolfo’s life and who he really was and all the potential we lost the day he was shot.

The family is heartbroken and shattered. The family is asking for justice and that his life was not loss in vain. Help them seek justice! Help them find answers!

This was a student of our schools and a long time member of the boys and girls club. Friends have come in from various colleges to be with each other and share memories. The loss of Adolfo has changed these kids forever and left them with the unanswered question of why? 

The community wants answers. The community demands police reform, a handling of anyone who may be an immigrant, and immigration reform. Adolfo was suspected of a robbery and that narrative by SFPD has not even been proven. Why do our children have to be criminalized. In this case Adolfo is another victim of the institutional racism mindset. Please join us in supporting the family.

Stand in solidarity with community to tell the real narrative of who he really was…a son, a brother, a friend, a worker, a club alum, a graduate, our student, our brother, a mission boy.

Join the youth, we are Adolfo 
Jesus Adolfo Delgado presente! 

The family spokesperson is Susana Rojas she can be reached via our press contact.

Press Conference: Justice for Jesus Adolfo Delgado! 5/12/18
Contact: Tracy Brown, 415-509-7266 Frank Lara, 805-704-6401

Info & Press Release: https://www.facebook.com/events/152911665369696/

5. Monday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Climate Change and Labor: Challenges and Opportunities 

ILWU, Local 34
4 Berry St. (2nd & King Sts.)

Please RSVP

Seating is limited: Your RSVP is appreciated.

What impacts will the transition to a low-carbon economy have on workers, their families and communities?

The League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville, and three Bay Area chapters of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby will host a forum that looks at the effects of climate-related policy on unionized labor.

A panel of 4 labor union leaders and 2 climate policy experts will discuss these effects. They will also examine policies and strategies that can best serve all workers, their families and communities.


JB Tengco, Moderator. West Coast Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance

Betony Jones, Labor and Climate Policy Researcher

Susan Reed, International Representative, United Auto Workers

Victor Uno, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 595

Marguerite Young, Climate and Environmental Justice Coordinator, Service Employees International Union

A member of the United Steel Workers

Info: http://lumina-media.com/climate/

6. Monday, 6:45pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum: Tracy Rosenberg of Media Alliance on the threat to net neutrality 

Local 2 Unite Here
215 Golden Gate Ave.

The fight for net neutrality:  an update & what we in SF can do at all levels of government to protect and promote equal access to the internet

Trump’s FCC has announced its intention to end net neutrality a step which undermines equal access for all to the internet in our country

Tracy Rosenberg is the executive director of Media Alliance.  She organizes and advocates for a free, accountable and accessible media system; monitors the mainstream media for accuracy and fair representation; and has facilitated the training of many groups in effective communications. She serves on the board of the Alliance for Community Media (Western Region), on the steering committee of the Media Action Grassroots Network and co-coordinates Oakland Privacy.

From Ruth

Tuesday, March 13 

7. Tuesday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Demand DA O’Malley Charge Mateu for Sahleem’s Murder

1225 Fallon St.

We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? Join us to demand that Nancy O’Malley do her job and charge and prosecute Mateu for murder. O’Malley has yet to prosecute a single killer cop. It’s time to break that unjust record!

Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. He is now back on the job, after only a two week leave. The family demands: fire, arrest, charge and prosecute Joseph Mateu!

Hosts: Mothers Fight Back, #Justice4Sahleem & APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207223579861596/ 

8. Tuesday, 1:45pm – 3:00pm, SF Board of Supervisors to hear anti-nuclear war resolution 

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Legislative Chamber Rm. 250

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will discuss a resolution condemning Trump’s nuclear recklessness and voicing our city’s support for legislation restricting the president’s unchecked nuclear authority. Supervisor Katy Tang will introduce the resolution on Tuesday, March 13 at the board’s meeting. Will you join us to voice your support for this resolution?

If our resolution passes, San Francisco will add its name to a growing list of cities and organizations, like Boulder, CO, Santa Fe, NM, and SFSU’s student union, demanding check on ANY president’s authority to launch a nuclear attack.

This is a chance to add to the momentum behind a resolution being considered by California state legislators. Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has introduced a joint resolution calling for Congress to rein in the President’s nuclear authority, and it’s already gaining traction — SF can help get this emergency resolution to Governor Brown’s desk!

Host: Beyond the Bomb – San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/566754067031288/

9. Tuesday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Pack the Court to #FreeFloricel 

Phillip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate, 19th Floor, Courtroom 9

Must have ID to enter building

NOTE: If this hear goes well – she may not have the Bond hearing at ICE on Wed., March 14 at ICE.

This is at 3pm for Floricel’s hearing in District Court to decide if Floricel should be released! Following IJ Burch’s second denial of Floricel’s bond, Floricel’s attorneys filed a motion to enforce the District Court’s prior order and are asking for Floricel’s release.

We need your help to show how much we support Floricel! The prior District Court order remarked on Floricel’s “substantial community support – as evidenced by 80 community letters and 30 attendees at her hearing, 

Recap, following the District Court order stating that it violates due process to keep someone detained for nearly a year when they have a viable plan for rehabilitation, Floricel had another bond hearing where the government again failed to provide any evidence undermining Floricel’s rehabilitation. Despite the government once again not meeting their burden, IJ Burch denied bond. We feel this violates the District Court’s first order, and are asking for her immediate release.

On Wed. March 14th she is scheduled to have another hearing at ICE on Sansome St. See item # 13

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/131813984316669/ 

10. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Demand OPD Charge Mateu for Sahleem’s Murder 

Oakland Police Headquarters
Broadway & 7th Streets

We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? OPD is responsible for the investigation of this murder, since it happened outside of BART property, across from West Oakland BART. Join us to demand that OPD do their job and charge Mateu for murder. Arrest him now!

Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. He is now back on the job, after only a two week leave. The family demands: fire, arrest, charge and prosecute Joseph Mateu!

Hosts: Mothers Fight Back, #Justice4Sahleem & APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2555888424635645/

11. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Freedom of Information Act 101 

SF Main Library
Learning Studio, 5th Floor
100 Larkin St.

What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and how can you, a member of the public, use it to get access to government information?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation will present on FOIA basics and how to file a request with federal agencies.

Electronic Frontier Foundation:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. (http://www.eff.org)

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/03/07/18807216.php

12. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Help Bring Surveillance Transparency to Berkeley 

Old Berkeley City Hall
Allston & MLK Way

Berkeley is poised to become the first California city to follow in Santa Clara County’s footsteps and adopt a comprehensive surveillance transparency framework. Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinances (SERO) mandate use policies for all spying equipment and audits of how the equipment was used. They get rid of secret surveillance and let the community know what is happening.

Come out to show your support and mark this historic occasion. There is an alternative proposal on the agenda which waters down real transparency.

Light Brigade at sunset outside the Berkeley Council Chambers.

Host: Oakland Privacy

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/03/08/18807247.php

Wednesday, March 14 

13. Wednesday, 12Noon – 2:00pmPack the Court to #FreeFloricel

630 Sansome St.,  4th Floor, Courtroom 1

Floricel is also scheduled to have an Individual Hearing (to decide if she can receive legal permission to stay in this country)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/131813984316669/

14. Wednesday, 5:00pm, Candlelight Vigil for Elena “Ebbie” Mondragon One Year Anniversary 

Hayward City Hall
777 B Street

March 14th, 2018 will be the one of anniversary of Elena “Ebbie” Mondragón, who was killed by two Fremont cops; Sgt. Jeremy Miskella & Det. Joel Hernandez in an undercover operation.

Please join us as we remember Elena “Ebbie”, an not let her name just go in vain or be forgotten, by from the violence of the police.


On March 14th, 2017 Elena “Ebbie” Mondragon was 16 years old and pregnant, when two Fremont Undercover Police officers; Sgt. Jeremy Miskella & Det. Joel Hernandez where on an undercover sting operation.

Elena was with three of her friends at a apartment complex, near Cal State East Bay in Hayward, when Sgt. Jeremy Miskella & Det. Joel Hernandez shot at the moving car, as the driver was backing out to leave the apartment complex, saying he was ” accelerating towards the police car” and that the officers “feared for their lives”. 

Sgt. Jeremy Miskella & Det. Joel Hernandez ended up shoting 7 bullets at the car, missing the driver while 5 of the bullets hit Elena, killing her. 

Sgt. Jeremy Miskella is now the Board of Directors President for the Fremont Police Association and Det. Joel Hernandez is still a detective for the Fremont Police Department. 

Host: Together We Stand & 5 Other Groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207398139843057/ 

15. Wednesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Defending the Oppressed: California’s Poor People’s Campaign 

City of Refuge – United Church of Christ
8400 Enterprise Way

Join the statewide Poor People’s Campaign along with the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy and the Fight for $15 to learn how to support the Campaign’s “40 Days of Direct Action” for moral revival of our country!

RSVP: david@workingeastbay.org

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/102718267232835/ 

Sent: March 11th @ 7:28pm by adrienne


OccupyForum presents . . . Tracy Rosenberg of Media Alliance on the threat to net neutrality


Tracy Rosenberg of Media Alliance on the threat to net neutrality
Monday, March 12 from 6:45 pm – 9 pm at Local 2 UNITE HERE: 215 Golden Gate near Leavenworth

The fight for net neutrality:  an update & what we in SF can do at all levels of government to protect and promote equal access to the internet
Trump’s FCC has announced its intention to end net neutrality a step which undermines equal access for all to the internet in our country. But the fight is not yet over. Get an update about the current attack on net neutrality; why net neutrality is crucial to our democracy and must be preserved; and what steps we can take to protect it in Congress, in the California legislature and in San Francisco.

Tracy Rosenberg is the executive director of Media Alliance.  She organizes and advocates for a free, accountable and accessible media system; monitors the mainstream media for accuracy and fair representation; and has facilitated the training of many groups in effective communications. She serves on the board of the Alliance for Community Media (Western Region), on the steering committee of the Media Action Grassroots Network and co-coordinates Oakland Privacy.

To Bolster Chance for Peace, Trump Pressured to Halt US-South Korea War Exercises

“We now have a historic opportunity to begin to put an end to the longest-running war in modern history.”

Anti-war protesters shout slogans during a rally opposing the joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea on Monday, as police officers stand guard near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

On the heels of a meeting between North and South Korea in which Kim Jong-un reportedly put denuclearization on the table, a grassroots coalition of more than 200 anti-war organizations and activists sent an open letter (pdf) to President Donald Trump on Thursday calling on his administration to help further “the current momentum for peace and dialogue in Korea” by canceling planned U.S.-South Korea military exercises.

“Further postponement or cancellation of the massive war exercises, which North Korea understandably loathes and fears, makes all the sense in the world at this time.”
—Kevin Martin, Peace Action
“We believe the current U.S. campaign of ‘maximum pressure’ against the North is both provocative and  dangerous,” the letter notes, arguing that recently announced sanctions could spark a “horrific” conflict on the Korean Peninsula. “Putting off the military exercises indefinitely will give more time for  North-South diplomacy, with U.S. support, and allow the initiation of U.S.-North Korea talks, as both the  North Korean and South Korean governments now advocate.”

In the place of “maximum pressure”—which is the Trump administration’s official policy stance toward Pyongyang—the peace coalition calls for “maximum engagement” with North Korea, which “is the only  way to achieve permanent peace and nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula.”

“The United States has a rare opportunity to help resolve longstanding tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and this chance must not be missed,” Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action, one of the letter’s signatories, said in a statement on Thursday. “Further postponement or cancellation of the massive war exercises, which North Korea understandably loathes and fears, makes all the sense in the world at this time when South and North Korea are negotiating on so many crucial issues.”

As Common Dreams reported last December, North Korea has repeatedly cautioned the U.S. that continued war games on the Korean Peninsula increase the likelihood of “all-out war.”

Despite these warnings, the U.S. has carried out massive military exercises in partnership with South Korea, the largest of which featured a B-1B supersonic bomber.

In a statement on Thursday, Simone Chun, who works on the steering committee of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned About Korea, argued that only the postponement or complete cancellation of these provocative and aggressive exercises will allow diplomatic efforts to move forward.

“The recent dramatic breakthrough in North-South relations reverses a dangerous pattern of animosity and aggression that has driven the two Koreas further apart and brought the peninsula dangerously to the brink of war,” Chun said. “We now have a historic opportunity to begin to put an end to the longest-running war in modern history.”

Feminists Have Slowly Shifted Power. There’s No Going Back

The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements are a revolution that could not have taken place without decades of quiet, painstaking groundwork

Harvey Weinstein in December 2013. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)

This International Women’s Day comes five months after the revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s long campaign of misogynist punishments of women first broke, and with them more things broke. Excuses broke. Silence was broken. The respectable appearance of a lot of institutions broke. You could say a dam broke, and a wall of women’s stories came spilling forth – which has happened before, but never the way that this round has. This time around, women didn’t just tell the stories of being attacked and abused; they named names, and abusers and attackers lost jobs and reputations and businesses and careers. They named names, and it mattered; people listened; their testimony had consequences. Because there’s a big difference between being able to say something and having it heard and respected. Consequences are often the difference.

Something had shifted. What’s often overlooked is that it had shifted beforehand so that this could happen. Something invisible had made it possible for these highly visible upheavals and transformations. People often position revolution and incrementalism as opposites, but if a revolution is something that changes things suddenly, incrementalism often lays the groundwork that makes it possible. Something happens suddenly, and that’s mistaken for something happening out of the blue. But out of the blue usually means out of the things that most people were not paying attention to, out of the slow work done by somebody or many somebodies out of the limelight for months or years or decades.

“This insurrectionary moment is already subsiding, but things will not be what they were.”

Same-sex marriage arrived suddenly in the US when the supreme court legalised it nationwide, except that many states had already legalised it, and that came about as the result of the valiant work of countless non-straight people and their allies, making visible that not everyone is straight, making it important that everyone get rights, making queer people themselves believe they deserved and could win those rights. And it happened because the test case in California went before what appeared to be a conservative judge – federal judge Vaughn Walker, appointed by George Herbert Walker Bush – who had been in the closet himself at the time of his appointment, but was gay, and whose own attitudes toward his orientation must have evolved as the culture around him evolved. He found in favour of marriage equality and set up the case to be clear and thorough when it reached the supreme court. When judges rule on what seems self-evident common sense – be it Brown versus Board of Education or marriage equality – it often seems that way because of slow incremental changes in societal norms and beliefs. The judge gets the public finale, but the shift comes from the cumulative effect of tiny gestures and shifts.

This #TimesUp/#MeToo moment is no different; it is a revolt for which we have been preparing for decades, or perhaps it’s the point at which a long, slow, mostly quiet process suddenly became fast and loud. Part of the work was done over the past five years, more of it over the past 50. We have had a tremendous upheaval over the past few years – at the end of 2014, I wrote in these pages: “I have been waiting all my life for what this year has brought.” What this wave brought is recognition that each act of gender violence is part of an epidemic. It’s brought a (partial) end to treating these acts as isolated incidents, as the victim’s fault, as the result of mental illness or other aberrations. It’s meant a more widespread willingness to recognise that such violence is extraordinarily common and has an enormous impact, and arises from values, privileges and attitudes built into the culture.

It’s a shift that’s often happened before, for other rights issues, as something long tolerated is finally recognised as intolerable, which means that the people for whom it was not a problem finally recognise the suffering of those for whom it was. This shift from tolerated to intolerable is often the result of a power shift in who decides, or a shift in what stories dominate, or in whose story gets told, or believed. It’s a subtle shift in who matters that precedes dramatic change.

In this case, by 2012, a new generation of young women was not going to be intimidated by either shame or bureaucracy from talking about campus rape and, more than that, organising against it. Social media gave women a capacity to form a sort of Greek chorus when a story about gender violence erupted. We burned down a lot of the excuses that sought to diminish the impact of gender violence, as we apparently have at last with gun violence in the US. We are still working on getting some slow learners to recognise that workplace harassment is not a “few bad apples” problem; that removing some particularly egregious abusers from the scenes of their abuse doesn’t resolve a problem that arises from deeply held beliefs about who has the right to do what and who should just put up with it.

But even the “we” has changed and I believe that that is central to why so much else has changed. Who determines what stories get told, who gets believed, whose words have weight, who’s in charge has changed. (Black Lives Matter was another movement to shift what is visible, whose version is heard, who matters.) We have not lost the proponents of the old worldview, in which men’s lives matter more and their words have more credibility, but we have gained people who don’t operate by those rules. Feminists have slowly, steadily gained power – and by feminists I mean everyone of whatever gender who thinks first that women deserve full equality and second that systematic misogyny remains a grave problem.

And that’s where we can look to the long, slow work of feminism to put women in positions of power, in concert with the related work to change the racial makeup of who holds power. Who decided what stories mattered? Journalist Sharon Waxman says that when she was at the New York Times she tried to tell the truth about Weinstein in 2004, only to be dismissed by her male editor, who didn’t understand why that aspect of the story mattered. We know that Ronan Farrow started his own investigation of Weinstein under the auspices of NBC, which declined to pursue it (some suspected because it shed too much light on their in-house super-harasser, Today Show co-host Matt Lauer), so he took his story to the New Yorker. Farrow is, of course, not a woman; the shift is not only women in positions of power but anyone who believes that women deserve equality in access to power, credibility and justice. We need to continue putting people in charge of the courts, the media, the laws, the economy, the schools, who have understanding and empathy for those who are not white, not straight, not rich or otherwise advantaged, not native-born, not male. Who believe in equal justice and equal value.

This insurrectionary moment is already subsiding, but things will not be what they were. A friend recently told me about a major media outlet where women report that after some harassers were fired, people are feeling more confident, inspired and creative. We have had too many stories about men who don’t feel comfortable because things are changing, rather than women who feel more comfortable than they ever have before, for the same reason.

We are going to return to a phase in which change happens slowly and subtly enough that it is invisible to most people, though not to the people who take the long view and those who drive the change or who benefit from one small change in their home or workplace or relationship. And then the slow changes will reach a point at which there will be another rupture.


Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is an activist, TomDispatch.com regular, and author of many books, including the just published, Men Explain Things to Me (Dispatch Books, Haymarket Books). Her first essay for TomDispatch.com turned into the book Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, since translated into eight languages. Other previous books include: The Faraway NearbyA Paradise Built in HellWanderlust: A History of WalkingThe Battle of The Story of the Battle in Seattle (with her brother David), and Storming The Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics. She is a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine.

Democrats Infrastructure Plan Would Roll Back GOP Tax Cuts for Rich, Corporations

“Making the rich and corporations pay their fair share means we will be able to rebuild our communities from the ground up.”

"The Senate Democrat proposal provides real federal funding to the tried-and-true Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund programs and USDA's rural water grant program," Mary Grant, Water for All campaign director at FWW, said in a statement. (Photo: Ron Wyden/Twitter)“The Senate Democrat proposal provides real federal funding to the tried-and-true Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund programs and USDA’s rural water grant program,” Mary Grant, Water for All campaign director at FWW, said in a statement. (Photo: Ron Wyden/Twitter)

Offering an ambitious alternative to President Donald Trump’s “climate-wrecking” infrastructure plan—which would be paid for by enacting deep budget cuts and dumping most of the costs onto state and local governments—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a $1 trillion infrastructure blueprint that would be funded by rolling back the GOP’s tax cuts for the rich and closing loopholes exploited by Wall Street billionaires.

“Under the Democrats’ plan, Wall Street billionaires will be asked to help pay for improving our nation’s roads, bridges, and tunnels, instead of lining their pockets through privatized Trump Tolls.”
—Frank Clemente, Americans for Tax Fairness

“Unfortunately, the Trump plan is a sham. It is a fraud,” Sanders said in a statement. “The fact of the matter is that the American people understand, whether they are Republican, Democrat, progressive, or conservative, that in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, we are now falling further and further behind many other countries. Now is the time to rebuild America.”

In contrast to Trump’s proposal, which is built on the hope that just $200 billion in federal funds will spur $1.3 trillion in “investments” from states and private companies, the Democrats’ blueprint (pdf) proposes using federal funds to rebuild roads, bridges, schools, and water infrastructure—then offsetting the costs by hiking the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, restoring the top marginal rate of 39.6 percent, and closing the carried interest loophole.

“Under the Democrats’ plan, Wall Street billionaires will be asked to help pay for improving our nation’s roads, bridges, and tunnels, instead of lining their pockets through privatized Trump Tolls, as they would under the president’s ill-conceived and underfunded infrastructure scheme,” Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, said in a statement endorsing the blueprint on Wednesday. “Making the rich and corporations pay their fair share means we will be able to rebuild our communities from the ground up.”

Specifically, the Democrats’ blueprint calls for:

  • $140 billion for roads and bridges;
  • $115 billion to “modernize America’s water and sewer systems”;
  • $115 billion to repair public transportation;
  • $50 billion to “modernize America’s rail infrastructure”;
  • $62 billion to expand public housing; and
  • $50 billion to repair public schools.

Democratic leaders project that their trillion-dollar injection of federal funds into infrastructure projects nationwide would create around “15 million good-paying jobs” without slashing federal programs or gutting environmental regulations that protect Americans’ water supply.

Food & Water Watch (FWW), one of the many advocacy groups that fiercely denounced Trump’s infrastructure plan when it was released earlier this month, was quick to praise the Democrats’ proposal for offering “strong support to our aging and unaffordable water systems and recogniz[ing] that privatizing our water systems offers no solution.”

“The Senate Democrat proposal provides real federal funding to the tried-and-true Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund programs and USDA’s rural water grant program,” Mary Grant, Water for All campaign director at FWW, said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Trump administration’s budget proposes eliminating rural water grants altogether, and the Trump administration’s infrastructure blueprint would seek to hand our water systems over to Wall Street.”

Jeff Sessions addresses POA on California vs. FEDS on immigration policies // protests

Jeff Sessions addresses POA on CA immigration policies:

12:38 Province of Feds
13:28 CA wants open borders
14:42 CA, we have a problem; mayor of Oakland; flout the law, validate illegality
16:00 ICE failed to make 800 arrests (bec of State interference); Mayor Libby Schaff, here’s my message…
17:45 CA won’t let ICE inspect workplaces
20:00 CA challenges FED law re detainees
21:18 Dept. filed suit against the State of CA: Stop actively obstructing Fed Law Enforcement
23:55 Ca frustrating Fed Law Enforcement

Jerry Brown responds to Jeff Sessions, A.G. Becerra joins in:

1:16 Build bridges, not walls
2:20 Transparency, integrity to protect people of CA
3:41 Becerra
5:15 We looked at Sessions’ lawsuit. Our State laws provide for safety and welfare of all of our people
16:24 Fear
18:45 The circus Sessions has brought to Sacramento
19:15 We’re not trying to get into their business; they’re trying to get into ours.
Supreme Court will tell us what the rules are.
23:25 A very aggressive act on the part of the Trump Administration.
24:22 There are millions of innocent people here, many of them doing the dirty work, crops, etc.
FEDs initiating a rein of terror.

Protests against Sessions and lawsuit:

(Submitted by Ruthie Sakheim.)