Mike Zint on the Poor Tour

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First they came for the homeless

March 20, 2017

We are entering this contest. If we win, an award for being bad will make my parents so proud.

Did this action have an effect? Did it create positive change? Is our current action, The Poor Tour, doing any good? I can’t answer those questions. What I can say is it was incredibly powerful, shocking, horrifying, and bloody. Over 400 gallons of blood flowed over an hour and a half.

–Mike Zint

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“Berkeley sees S.F. efforts as guide to fighting homelessness” by Kevin Fagan

Brett Schnaper cleans up his campsite at a 35-person encampment on Adeline Street in Berkeley. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle

Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle.  Brett Schnaper cleans up his campsite at a 35-person encampment on Adeline Street in Berkeley.

March 16, 2017 (sfchronicle.com)

An ambitious plan to pull Berkeley’s burgeoning homeless population off the streets, first into sheltering mini-villages and then into permanent housing, got a big rollout by the city’s mayor Thursday — but one big question loomed.

How will the city pay for it, especially when President Trump and the Republican Congress are trying to cut funding to social welfare ventures all over the country?

“We’re going to look at everything we can,” from foundations, private donations and nonprofits to ballot-box funding,” Mayor Jesse Arreguin said at a press briefing on the Pathways Project, which he crafted with City Councilwoman Sophie Hahn. “This is a growing humanitarian crisis, and I think the people want their government to take strong action.”


Homeless camper Brett Schnaper responds. Media: Kevin Fagan / San Francisco Chronicle

For now, the costs are penciled in only as “significant,” and what Arreguin and Hahn have in mind before the plan goes to the City Council on April 4 is a lot of community discussion — and fishing around for buy-in from potential funders. The money required would probably crest into the millions, considering one element of it alone, a Navigation Center-style shelter, cost San Francisco $2 million to start up in 2015.“This is a unique time in the crisis to capture the goodwill of the people,” Hahn said. “We’re a small town with a big voice and a big heart, and we can’t live with the status quo. It’s not acceptable for anyone. It’s time to act.”With tent cities sprouting in Berkeley’s empty lots and freeway exchanges in the same alarming, high-profile way they have in Oakland and San Francisco, homelessness is being called Berkeley’s number one problem by the mayor and other leaders.

The last published street count in Berkeley, conducted in 2015, tallied 834 homeless people, up 23 percent over the previous count taken in 2009. Numbers from a January count are expected this summer — but regardless of that tally, which most expect to be higher than 2015’s, most city officials estimate there are as many as 1,200 people living outside now. The city has 135 shelter beds.

San Francisco Moves To Divest $1.2B From Companies Financing Dakota Access Pipeline

“The Poor Tour” by Mike Zint

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March 18, 2017

In case you didn’t know, The Poor Tour is here. Six months on tour, three months without a raid. Stability at last? Will the city leave us alone to help ourselves?

It’s working.

An addict cleaned up to be here. We gave him a spot, food, clothing, and acceptance. He is now employed and saving his money to get off the streets.

A domestic violence victim is here, she is now protected and working her way off the streets.

A young man with HFA is here. He went missing from New York, and was found by his family through photos of the tour. They came out over the weekend to visit him and convince him to come back home. He said no. He is still here. They left him because he is happy, he has purpose, he has meaning, and he has community. And he now has a much larger family.

Jens finally managed to get his passport and paperwork. He can now go back home to Germany.

The Poor Tour is working to help a handful. With sanctioning and help from the city, we can help a lot more.

–Mike Zint

Berkeley concentration camp?

March 17, 2017

Earlier I said concentration camp. I got jumped by friends saying I was too harsh. The definition is clear. It is a concentration camp. This is the part of the definition that applies. Inadequate facilities is no privacy, personal space, security of possessions, control over living environment, and much more.

concentration camp
ˌkänsənˈtrāSHən ˈˌkamp/
noun
a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities

Put the 80 plus residents in the photo.

I’m not going to sugar coat what this is. I can’t. The homeless talk about this constantly. When will they put us in FEMA camps? If this concept goes through in Berkeley, I fear not long.

–Mike Zint

March 16, 2017

This is Berkeley’s solution? 8 per unit? With a fence and a guard shack?

This is a concentration camp. Plain and simple. Please share Berkeley’s new homeless solution widely. This whole concept needs to be scrapped now!

–Mike Zint

“Why is the #FakeNews Media Pretending Trump Is Not Just a Tool of the Political Establishment?” by John Laurits (johnlaurits.com)

Media Lies About TrumpFor much of the 81.8% of voting-age citizens who would have liked someone other than Trump to be occupying the White House for the next 4 years, these last months have been a bit rough. On one side of the despair-spectrum, there was that sign-waving activist who called for #resistance as soon as King Tiny-Hands was crowned president-elect and, at the opposite end, that person on CNN saying we should all just give the poor guy a chance. Then, in between & all around those two, there were a lot of folks being shouted at from both sides, shell-shocked democrats, scape-goated 3rd-partiers, & millions of basement-dwelling Sandernistas sitting on their hands, trying very hard not to say, “we told you so.” Though the post-election chaos has subsided, a rift continues to grow between those who want to reform the democrats’ party & those who want to destroy it. Democrats, progressives, & other 81-Percenters, however, are not the only ones with something to lose in this conflict — nor are they the only ones with something to gain.

Theatre of the #FakeNews Media

Whatever else we disagree on, Donald Trump’s supporters are right about one thing — the mainstream media does, indeed, seem to have it out for them. From pushing Clinton’s genius idea that most of them were racists to clipping half-sentences from video of Trump so that his comment sounded worse than it was, a number of news-outlets willfully manipulated the public image of Trump & his “basket of deplorables.” The obvious neoliberal-bias of the media partly explains why a surprising number of independents & Bernie Sanders’ supporters ( who were also burned by the major outlets ) find they can relate more easily with Deplorables than liberals. Trump’s supporters, at least, do not deny the collusion of the media’s commentariat with corrupt democratic officials.

THE MEDIA ATTACKED SANDERS
& TRUMP 
FOR DIFFERENT REASONS

While Sanders & Trump have both been attacked by the neoliberal news-media, the reasons they were attacked were never the same. From the #PodestaLeaks & #DNCLeaks, it is clear that the media shaped their coverage of Sanders at the behest of the Democratic National Committee which maintains close ties to influencers in the news industry. The motive is obvious — party loyalists in the media were simply defending the status quo of their masters by containing the voter-insurgency instigated by an outsider. The Sand-Man gave them hell — but, in the end, the corporatist-DNC was built to crush dissent.

The public perception of Trump, however, was being shaped for very different purposes…

Behind the Curtains of #TheResistance,
The Democrats Remain Resistant to Change

In the alternative reality that MSNBC & other neoliberal sock-puppets live in, the US political apocalypse is a simple battle between Good & Evil. On one side, the racist horde of disgruntled ex-coal-miners led by a stingy orange despot secretly backed by the Russians and, on the other, a diverse & inclusive coalition of liberals called the Resistance™ — if you can swallow that Kool-Aid, picking a side is easy. For people who no longer trust the major US news-outlets — which recent polling says is most of us — things are less simple.

Media Lies, MSNBC-Style
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains the racist Trump-supporters are also Putin-lovers who have betrayed the USA to the Reds…

MSNBC’s fairy-tale, of course, leaves out the part where they helped the democratic leaders, or “the good guys,” to intentionally elevate “the bad guy,” Trump, as part of the DNC’s campaign strategy.  Just a minor detail, right? To prop up the 2-dimensional story, democratic politicians star in each puppet-show & the party is cast as the voice of what they portray as a unified Resistance™ behind them. The progressive, independent, socialist, & other voices which are also raised in protest — such as the water protectors at Standing Rock — are lost in the noise. Just as they did in the 2016 primaries, the DNC & their propagandists in the media are silencing progressives & other left-leaning independents. That’s why the polls show their approval has now fallen lower than Trump’s.

To the neoliberal-democrats, preserving the platform of their wealthy donors is more important than winning elections, even if it throws us all under the Trump Train…

The DNC Sided with the 1% 
But So Has Donald Trump

As the 81-Percenters’ disdain for establishment democrats grows, many have turned to third-parties and others have called to “Draft Bernie” & form a new one. Any path outside the two-party system would be steep, however, in an electoral system that looks as if it were designed to suppress any challenge to the publicly-funded duopoly. Frustrated by a system that limits their choices to a spectrum of lesser evils, some now declare Trump to be less evil than a complacent & inflexible DNC. That fact alone says a lot, really. The shared experience of media-persecution between Sandernistas & Deplorables, it seems, has built a few uneasy bridges — bridges that the right-wing, of course, aware of. During one of his stump speeches, Trump even appealed directly:

“To all of those Bernie Sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of super delegates, we welcome you with open arms

Veterans of the political revolution — progressives, greens, independents, & other leftists — have very real & unaddressed grievances with the democrats. The corrupt establishment, however, is not likely to be fixed by the billionaires who benefit from it. The enemy of an enemy is not always a friend — sometimes, the enemy of an enemy is just an inside-out cantaloupe in a toupee that slashes taxes for its rich friends.

Trump is Not Anti-Establishment
He is the Establishment’s Messiah

Trump
And that’s why you should always check your melons before leaving the store…

CNN & MSNBC cast Trump to play the villain in most of their plays and, to be fair, he usually plays that role pretty well. Listening to the grave analysis of their experts & the talking heads, it seems that Washington DC is burning down every day. If all of the breaking news & the exclusive reports were added up — from Putin & Russian Hackers to the scandals & racist pasts of cabinet nominees — it might even look like the established order is in danger of coming apart. While liberals run for cover, however, Trump’s fans appear to think the noise is just more proof that the real-estate mogul is raging against the corrupt machine — but what is really happening, here?

In spite of the commotion, there is very little evidence that any actual raging has occurred, as of yet. Since he was sworn into the presidency, Trump has:

  • Appointed Executives of Industries to Regulate Them
  • Passed Legislation Discriminating Against Muslims
  • Chipped Away at New Deal Social Welfare Programs
  • Deported Immigrants
  • Ignored Environmental Concerns to Help Oil Companies
  • Ignored Treaties with Native Americans to Help Oil Companies
  • Increased Our Already Gargantuan Military Spending
  • Invaded the Middle-East (Maybe to Help Oil Companies But It’s Too Early to Say)

Wait — the US invaded the Middle-East, appointed people with ties to fossil-fuel to high government positions, & screwed over Native Americans? This is unprecedented — and to think that the United States could have avoided all of it, if only a few more voters had selected the democratic party’s candidate.

The globalists of the corrupt political establishment must be devastated. Everything that they had built — ruined.

The $64,000 Question:
Why is the media pretending this isn’t normal?

Oil Exports, Democrats
Just in case anyone is still wondering why Obama did so little, too late to help the water-protectors at Standing Rock…

Republicans & democrats alike have invaded the Middle-East, slashed benefits for the poor, built up the military, & given the fossil fuel industry a free-pass for a very long time. Trump is certainly less deft and, in some cases, he gets to it with more zeal– but what he is doing is not fundamentally different from what presidents on both sides were doing for decades. The US became a net-exporter of crude oil for the first time since 1995 under Obama, no president has slowed the growth of military spending, & the sound of invading the Middle-East is pretty much the theme-song of the USA at this point.

Trump vs. the Establishment
Trump, fighting the corrupt elite of the establishment, as usual…

The lesson is not that Trump should be able to do what Obama, Bush, Clinton, or Old-Bush did — the lesson is that too many of their differences are just the illusions of the media. There is no struggle between the light & the dark side of the Force in the US political establishment — that is just the shiny packaging. Inside of their boxes, they are all made of the same cheap plastic, manufactured for the profit of the same company. It is just a puppet-show, in which there seem to be different characters & motives, some of them good & some bad — but take a hold of each of them & it will be the hand of the same puppet master underneath.

And he is not your friend.

In solidarity,
John Laurits

Facebook & Digital Sovereignty (from Democracy.Earth)

Not Mark Zuckerberg.

On the risks and opportunities of Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for a global community.

November 12, 2015: Facebook announces a new feature by having Mark Zuckerberg post on his personal feed the first 360 Virtual Reality video in his social network. The feature itself allows any smartphone owner watch an immersive video where you can pan around your phone as if you were actually there. But what was really interesting about this feature announcement was the content in the video itself: it was a military parade held in North Korea 🇰🇵 right at the moment when crowds cheer as a big poster featuring Kim Jong Un entered in scene.

The land (Nation-States).

Deploying unknown technology just a few feet away from authority to capture images under the most secrecy-jealous government in the world (one that doesn’t even allow tourists to take pictures without authorization), certainly feels as flipping the bird to an autocratic dictatorial regime. How would the Great Leader react to such a provocation?

January 6, 2016 (8 weeks later): North Korea held its first nuclear test after three years claiming they have initiated the testing phase for a thermonuclear weapon considered among the most dangerous known to mankind: the H-Bomb. Specialists from China & the US argued that the measurements for the seismic event felt in North Korean territory during the test was of a magnitude of 5.1, insufficient for an H-Bomb but compatible with a 9 kiloton atomic bomb nonetheless.

The cloud (Corporations).

Kim Jong Un and Mark Zuckerberg have in common more things than just the fact that they wear the same outfit for work everyday: they’re both millennials amassing unprecedented power in a perfect juxtaposition of styles. While one aims to split the atom in order to instill fear, the other one multiplies the bits to anticipate behavior. The dialectical relation between force and intelligence. Their respective empires are the perfect example of the clash between matter and information: the land and the cloud.

Politician playing hacker, hacker playing politician. Brazil’s Rousseff and Facebook’s Zuckerberg.

It’s been years since most of us last thought of Facebook as a disruptive startup. The unapologetic brilliant hacker that Mark Zuckerberg once was, now tours the United States to rethink the role of Facebook in the formation of what he calls a global community by meeting with political and industry leaders while running a corporation that has become much more than another site on the web.

Recently, Zuckerberg outlined his vision for the company in a long, quite controversial manifesto. The text emerges in a special context: Facebook is accused of hosting an epidemic of fake news due to blind algorithms that got played with smart use of data that targeted every demographic in America with the perfect fake article on either Clinton or Trump, benefitting the latter. A shadow strategy that certainly helped elect as president a man who seems determinate to take measures to make the world less “open and connected”.

The whole 6,000 words manifesto is pretty much summarized here:

“History is the story of how we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers — from tribes to cities to nations. At each step, we built social infrastructure like communities, media and governments to empower us to achieve things we couldn’t on our own. Today we are close to taking our next step.”

That next step is obviously Facebook, where 1.8 billion people gather every day producing the largest group under a centralized administration in history.

Identity providers ranked by population size.

Mark Zuckerberg insists in talking about his company as “social infrastructure” for the global community, meaning he intends to replace many existing institutional roles — like preventing crime and suicide or finding terrorists — with a single platform. Beyond Zuckerberg’s curious and ambiguous use of the trendy term infrastructure, we highlight the important dimensions in which these instruments of community-shaping could endanger our freedom and personal sovereignty.

Facebook as government means Facebook as the police.

We must take into consideration that Facebook is building a global community run by a platform that among other features has, by design:

  • Facial recognition.
  • Access to your private chats.
  • Knowledge of who you privately stalk while browsing their site.
  • Records of who went to which event (and with whom).
  • Ability to censor and curate information (even without users realizing it: shadow banned content can’t be detected).
  • Proliferation of fake news & filter bubbles.
  • A record of experimenting with user’s emotions and more means for surveillance than we can know of.

Many human rights defenders are starting to become aware and they already have a hard time fighting Facebook’s current law enforcement rules. ACLU and other organizations recently sent the company a letter stating:

We are deeply concerned with the recent cases of Facebook censoring human rights documentation, particularly content that depicts police violence.

And Facebook has been quick to react:

But how can they be really held accountable?

Profiling is an ability Facebook has due to the tons of data captured from its users as they develop a company that has 97% of its revenue coming from advertising. By tracking behavior and operating as a digital passport on the web, Facebook optimizes the messaging from those organizations that invest their money on shaping desire and opinion. And although engineers working at Facebook’s big data team are forbidden to make queries to their internal database connecting more than two data points (they will get immediately get fired according to their contract), it is still a byproduct of Facebook’s attention farm the possibility of generating racial, religious and ideological registries even without willing to pursue such goal.

To understand code is law is also to understand the need to prevent code from becoming the law, because a program can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. An automated system might seem like a good substitute for corruptible, fallible human beings, but — as the story of IBM helping Nazi Germany with the registry of Jews during the Holocaust— has also proven the most effective way to bring about massive torture and murders. In simpler words: to leave security and law enforcement duties to Facebook’s algorithms can be dangerous.

Achieving Personal Sovereignty.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, known for having invented the world wide web, has recently stated the top three most pressing issues he considers need to be addressed in order to keep the internet open and free:

  1. “We’ve lost control of our personal data”
  2. “It’s too easy for misinformation to spread on the web”
  3. “Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding”

None of this goals can be fixed through the means of traditional software development. There is nothing in the development stack of Facebook that can guarantee the promise of solving these issues because at its core, the problem can be described with a single concept: data centralization. The very same strategy used by autocratic regimes Hence, the rise of new protocols of trust like blockchains that can operate under decentralized information networks can guarantee users that no single corporation or entity is acting as big brother.

When abstracted, the main interactions we have on a daily basis with Facebook are exactly the same ones that we have with our government: Identity, voting (liking) and representation. What happens if we settle these interactions on a public decentralized information architecture such as a blockchain?

Democracy Earth Foundation’s plan with Sovereign.

At Democracy Earth Foundation we believe that what open source did for software, blockchains will do for institutions. The interactions that are now held inside the walled (feudal?) garden of Facebook, as they become a more relevant geopolitical factor driving modern society, need to migrate towards a public commons that shall aim to include every voice in the planet while guaranteeing algorithmic accountability. When software becomes decentralized, sovereignty is what gets transferred to the users. And sovereign software needs to be built in the open in direct collaboration with the pioneering technologies that hold the promise of making any wall, obsolete.

Join us.  (Democracy.Earth)

29 New Announcements – Wed 3/15 thru Tue 3/21 (from Adrienne Fong)

Update: San Francisco Moves To Divest $1.2B From Companies Financing Dakota Access Pipeline 

Info: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/03/14/san-francisco-moves-to-divest-1-2b-from-companies-financing-dakota-access-pipeline/#.WMlcJgmGNsM.facebook 

Reminders:

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

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29 – Announcements

( Wed. 3/15; Thurs. 3/16; Fri. 3/17; Sat. 3/18; Sun. 3/19; Mon. 3/20; Tue. 3/21)

Wednesday, March 15

1.  Wednesday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Fight Back Phone Bank

SEIU Local 1021
350 Rhode Island, – enter at 100 Kansas St
SF

Don’t let Congress take away our healthcare! 24 million people like you and me would lose their healthcare if Trump gets his way. And Medicaid for the poor and elderly would be gutted and access to abortion jeopardized. 

Join the first Fight Back Phone Bank to voters in Arizona, Nevada and California who can pressure their Republican representatives to make sure Americans keep their healthcare.

Set up are 30 laptops with predictive dialers and automatic patch-through. That means you just put on the headset and the computer dials numbers for you. If more people participate there available landlines and paper lists.

Training, outreach script and pizza provided.

Host: SEIU 1021

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/277787059327019/

2.  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil for Amilcar, Killed by SFPD on February 26, 2015

Mission Police Station
17th Street & Valencia
SF

Over 50 vigils for Amilcar have been held.

DA Gascon has not charged any police officer with the murder of Amilcar who was shot 6 times in the back!

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

Info: http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1cffc40a58193b3d538400764&id=b829166a95

Friday, March 17

3.  Friday, 8:00am – 9:15am, Court Support for Kayla Moore’s Family: Trial Setting Conference

Philip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave, 17th Floor, Courtroom 6
SF

Gather by 8:00am, Hearing is at 8:30am

Reminder: Bring ID – otherwise you won’t be allowed in the building

They will also have U remove your shoes at the entrance.

Your support is welcome in court THIS Friday, March 17th! This hearing may be brief, but we are expecting an important announcement: after a long, long wait, the Moore family’s trial start date will be set at this pre-trial hearing.

Sponsor: Justice 4 Kayla Moore

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/382250275493946/

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

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

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

Sponsor: Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition

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

5.  Friday, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, What Is Fascism – Teach –in at UC Berkeley

Berkeley YWCA
2600 Bancroft Way
Berkeley

In the Name of Humanity,
We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!
Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!

What is Fascism?
Why are Trump/Pence Fascists?
What is the Direction and Trajectory of This Regime?

Why is it Important to Not Normalize, Accommodate, Conciliate or Collaborate with this Fascist Regime?

Speakers:

Deborah Blocker, Professor, French Department, UC Berkeley

Jonathan Simon, Professor, School of Law, UC Berkeley, author of “Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear”, and Mass Incarceration on Trial.

Refuse Fascism, SF Bay Area 

(Additional speakers to be announced)

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have assembled a vicious cabal that has put forth positions and begun initiatives which demonstrate that they fully intend to shred political and social norms with catastrophic consequence. Because Trump has his finger on the nuclear trigger, the Trump/Pence regime is more dangerous to the world than even Hitler.” -FromtheRefuseFascism.org new Call to Action.

Join with others to engage and learn about the fascist nature of this administration, what this will mean for humanity, and what we can do to stop it. Students, professors, and activists will speak from different angles and perspectives, about the fascist nature of this regime, what this will mean, and what we can do to stop it.

Info: Contact Refuse Fascism: 510-253-5551 

Info:  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/04/18797015.php   or https://www.facebook.com/events/240178323057350/

6.  Friday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, NALC214 Picket Against Workplace Bullying, Discrimination and Wage Theft

Parkside Post Office Station
1800 Taravel
SF

San Francisco NALC 214 is holding an Informational Picket at Parkside Station Post Office .

A Labor Relations investigation at the station found considerable evidence of abuse by management including discrimination, bullying, wage theft, physical and psychological injuries, under-staffing, routine labor law violations and more. Relief is considered crucial and mandatory. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/11/18797319.php

7.  Friday, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Defend Public Education Now – Meeting

Richmond Public Library
325 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond

Emergency Meeting on Education. Come and learn about the attack on public schools in WCCUSD. There are currently five charters schools applying to start or expand in our district. They lack transparency and accountability, they do not hire union labor to build or maintain their schools. Some have questionable discipline policies. The teachers and staff are not union either. Yet, they are using public money

Info: (510) 506-4493 DefendPublicEducationNow@gmail.com

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/07/18797145.php  & https://www.facebook.com/DefendPublicEducationNOW/

8.  Friday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Resistance Works – How People Have Fought U.S. Capital & Empire

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St.
SF

Doors open at 6:30pm, event begins at 7pm 
CONTACT: diablorisingtide@riseup.net

DONATE: $5-20 donations to pay for the space; No one turned away for lack of funds! 

Militant resistance has a long history both domestically and abroad. 

Speaker: Robert Buzzanco is a Professor of History at the University of Houston. He is author of ‘Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era’ and ‘Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life.’ He teaches courses in War, Globalization and Terrorism, Social Movements, US Foreign Policy, and Twentieth Century History. You can read more of his work at https://afflictthecomfortable.org/

Every day, people are fighting back against the Trump Administration, corporations and the forces of hate. From the immigration ban to the Dakota Access Pipeline to the normalization of white supremacy, we are seeing new waves of resistance no longer taking any shit from the authoritarian state. We see militant action appearing more and more frequently challenging these powers that be, and challenging orderly liberal political solutions. 

Sponsor: Diablo Rising Tide

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1770728696581333/?active_tab=about

9.  Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Women Resist! Fighting for Liberation in the Age of Trump

PSL
2969 Mission St.
SF

The extreme misogynist Trump and his cabinet of billionaires and bigots is planning a massive assault on women’s rights. March is , Women’s History Month, a time for us to strategize on how we can build a women’s movement that can fight back, connect with other struggles and win! We must struggle not only for women’s liberation but for the liberation of all oppressed people.

Join us for presentations and discussion on the many issues that connect and affect us as women, from attacks on reproductive rights and violence against trans folks, to the attacks against immigrants and the fight against racism and war. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/707946976076825/

10.  Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, What’s Next? A seminar or racial justice

& Saturday, March 18, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Waller Center
1525 Waller St.
SF

Speakers for Friday:

What is Racism? [Speakers: Diane Flores (Causa Justa), Sasha Harris-Cronin (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Dale Weatherspoon (CA/NV Annual Conference Racial Justice Task Force)]

The event will examine the roots of racial injustice in the United States and explore how different community organizations are working to build a more just society. 

General admission is free and open to the public. Friday night accommodation and Saturday lunch options are available for an additional fee. To register, please visit https://calnev-reg.brtapp.com/2017RJS

Sponsor: Waller Center

Info & Schedule: https://www.facebook.com/events/754817028016142/

Saturday, March 18

11.  Saturday, 8:30am – 6:00pm, 32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color  Conference – Immigration, Imperialism, & Insurgency!

UC Berkeley
Pauley Ballroom
MLK Student Union (2nd Floor)
Berkeley

Cost: $0 – $15

Ticket info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/32nd-annual-empowering-womxn-of-color-conference-tickets-31501351390

Join AF3IRM SF Bay Area for workshop entitled: “Immigration, Imperialism, & Insurgency! The Cycle of Political Trauma & Organizing for Liberation.”

Workshop will provide a general history of US imperialism, as it relates to immigration, while noting the particular impacts on transnational women of color. 

We will go on to explore gendered immigrant trauma, the cycle of political trauma, and ways people have cared for one another by organizing and resisting xenophobic oppression & exploitation. 

Presentation at workshop for BOTH sessions:
SESSION 1: 11:05-12:25AM
SESSION 2: 1:30-2:45PM

Sponsor: Af3irm SF Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/625683570962783/?active_tab=about

12.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, We Are All the I-Hotel

SF Public Library – Chinatown Branch
1135 Powell St.
SF

40 years after the Fall of the International Hotel, poets and musicians address its legacy. Featuring poets Clara Hsu, Peter Yamamoto, Cesar Love, musician Ed Dang and special guests to be announced.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1836327076633273/?active_tab=about

13.  Saturday, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, First Responders Training (Must register in advance)

Sierra Club
2101 Webster St., Suite 1300
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

Join SURJ Bay Area and the Anti Police-Terror Project for a First Responders Training.

The material being presented is created by the Anti Police-Terror Project. We are asking for $10 – $40 donation, sliding scale, which will go to support APTP’s work. No one turned away for lack of funds. Email mobilization@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions. Our workshop has space for 60 people.

To reserve your spot in advance, please purchase tickets on the SURJ website: http://www.surjbayarea.org/firstresponderstraining. 

APTP builds the capacity of community members to respond to police terror and violence. The purpose of this training is to share knowledge and skills with regards to conducting independent people’s investigations into cases of police terror.

The topics covered will be:

– An introduction to APTP
– How to conduct people’s investigations of police murder
– Know your rights and security considerations when conducting an investigation
– First aid
– An overview of different aspects of family support

MORE ABOUT APTP: The Anti Police-Terror Project is a group of concerned and committed institutions, organizations, and individuals dedicated to ending state-sanctioned murder and violence perpetuated against Black, Brown and Poor people. They are a Black led, multi-racial, multi-generational coalition. Visit their website here: http://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1227264923994508/?notif_t=plan_edited¬if_id=1488507210571150

14.  Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Rally: Creating Communities of Sanctuary for All

Martin Luther King Jr., Civic Center Park
2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley

Join faith leaders and activists as we urge our elected officials to honor sanctuary for all people, regardless of immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.

Speakers Include:

Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley
Rev. John Fife, Co-founder of the Sanctuary movement
Rev. James Lawson, Jr., Civil Rights Leader
Rev. Phillip Lawson, Civil Rights Leader
Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President, Pacific School of Religion

This rally will conclude a Borders and Identity conference, hosted by Pacific School of Religion and Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion – CLGS. More information about Borders and Identity at psr.edu/earl-17

Sponsors:

Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion – CLGS and Pacific School of Religion

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1862007844056760/   or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/10/18797253.php

15.  Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:30pm, Talking to Kids About Race in 2017 with Micia Mosely (event sold out – u will be placed on waiting list)

SF Public Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St.
SF

Tickets: https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/ourfamily/event.jsp?event=58816  

In the wake of the presidential election results, uprisings and protests in Ferguson, NYC, Baltimore, Oakland and South Dakota, many of us are imagining that another world is possible. We know that the potential for a world in which unarmed Black Americans are not killed regularly by police and people of color are not the targets of systemic racism and hate crimes has to start with us. 

This introductory workshop will help us unpack our own understanding of race and outline developmentally supportive language to use with kids.

Parents and caregivers of youth of all ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds welcome.
Free childcare and language translation available. No one turned away. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/TalkToYourKidsAboutRace 

Sponsor: SURJ – SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1311644155561677/

Sunday, March 19 

16,  Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, China: Understanding Society, Economics, Politics, and US-China Relations

Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

Speaker: Lee Sui Hin, currently working in China, he long-time Chinese-American community activist and former Pacifica radio reporter, give us a deeper understanding about the China’s views on China-US relations, globalization, the “One Belt, One Road Initiative” and the recent US deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) in South Korea against North Korea/China/Russia. 

Lee Sui Hin: Born in Hong Kong, China, and fifth generation Chinese migrant from Japan, Lee is the long- time international activist for over 40-years, he’s the national coordinator of National Immigrant Solidarity Network, Action LA Network, coordinating committee member of UFPJ, and long time reporter for Pacifica Radio – Los Angeles, reporting from former Yugoslavia, former Soviet Union, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Mexico.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/13/18797369.php  (510) 332-3865

17,  Sunday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Our Bay Area Air Quality Under Threat & The Fired Whistleblowers at BAAQMD

SF Main Library – Latino Room
100 Larkin St.
SF

Initial Speakers: 
Dr. Larry Rose, Former Cal-OSHA Medical Director 

Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, Radiological Subcommittee of the Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board, Founder Radiological Subcommittee of Hunters Point Ship Yard & Veterans Administration Environmental Registry former Medical Officer 

Steve Nadel, Sunflower Alliance 

Francisco Da costa, Hunters Point Environmental Justice Advocacy, Director S.E. Sector Community Development Corporation 

Steve Ingraham, West Berkley Alliance For Clean Air & Jobs 

Daniel Berman, Author of “Death On The Job”  

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/07/18797134.php

18.  Sunday, 1:00pm, Women’s Rights Are Not Negotiable

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St
SF

Wheelchair accessible

12:15 Home-cooked brunch – $8-$10

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a discussion about the growing global feminist movement that is standing up to the misogynists, bigots and misleaders. Participate in the dialog on how to unite the rights of women, immigrants, workers, queers, people of color. Join the organizing around working class interests to stop the Trump corporate  agenda. 

Info: Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party  – 415-864-1278 ·baFSP@earthlink.net            

19.  Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Aya de Leon in Conversation with Kate Raphael of KPFA

Eric Quezada Center
514 Valencia St.
SF

Aya de Leon, is a novelist who directs the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. She first came to national attention as a spoken word artist in the underground poetry scene in the Bay Area, and as a hip hop theater artist and a slam poetry champion. She recently published a wild Latina feminist Robin Hood heist novel titled Uptown Thief. Her work explores issues of race, gender, socio-economic class, body and nation. 

Sponsor: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – East Bay and San Francisco Branches. See http://www.wilpfsf.org or wilpf.sf [at] gmail.com or call (415) 799-3720 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/26/18796842.php

20.  Sunday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Direct from Palestine – Shoruq: Palestinian Debka & Hip-hop in Oakland!

Oakland Technical High School Auditorium
42nd Street at Broadway (enter on 42nd St.)
Oakland

Tickets: $10 – $500

Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shoruq-palestinian-debka-hip-hop-in-oakland-tickets-31475538182?aff=erelpanelorg

Join the Middle East Children’s Alliance & Shoruq Organization مؤسسة شروقfor a stunning debka and hip-hop performance celebrating Palestine! Using original music and dance, young people from Dheisheh Refugee Camp share the history and daily life of Palestinian refugees. “Shoruq” is Arabic for “Sunrise.”

Family-friendly event! Benefit for Shoruq’s work with Palestinian refugees.
Wheelchair accessible. ASL interpreters will be provided if requested at least 2 weeks prior to event. Email:meca@mecaforpeace.org

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1355477021189474/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/04/18797026.php

 meca@mecaforpeace.org , 510-548-0542

21.  Sunday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Panel Discussion: Worker Owned Coops In Trump Era

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Panelists:
Adrionna, Mandela Food Cooperative
Biseat, Hood Incubator
Christopher, Alchemy Cooperative Café

members of local worker-owned cooperatives to discuss different ways to resist in the Trump Era.

Sponsor: Community Democracy Project (Oakland)

Monday, March 20 

22.  Monday 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Leila Fadel:  Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Lecture

UC Hastings
200 McAllister
SF

“From the Middle East to the West: The Transformation of Authoritarianism to Populism.” Presentation by Leila Fadel, Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

RSVP here: https://uchastings.webconnex.com/stevens2017.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/654461081409667/

23. Monday, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, U.S./NATO relatio with Russia – Prospects for Peace and Disarmament, or for Conflict and Great Power      War”

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St, , McLaren Hall, #250
SF

Panel discussion featuring:

Stephen Zunes, Professor, University of San Francisco

Filip Kovacevic,  visiting Montenegrin professor,  chair of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro

Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation

Reiner Braun, Co-President, International Peace Bureau

Kevin Martin, President, Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/403672386664436/ 

24.  Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum: “What Is To Be Done?”  Michael Goldstein

The Black and Brown Social Club
474 Valencia St. (btw. 15th & 16th Sts.)
SF

Michael Goldstein will present his challenging, promising, and unusual view of the path forward for those seeking fundamental social transformation, and then lead discussion.

He is author of the visionary book, Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country, which offers a roadmap for uniting our separate campaigns to stop the worst abuses of the ruling class into a single movement. The aim of that movement: making government our own means for pooling our collective resources in the interests of peace, social justice, environmental sustainability, and a society hospitable to the needs of the human spirit.

Info: from Ruthie

25.  Monday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Sweetwater Sessions: Tyson Amir – Black Boy Poems

Omni Gallery
2323 Broadway
Oakland

Tickets: $5 – $7

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sweetwater-sessions-tyson-amir-black-boy-poems-tickets-31216691966

Tyson Amir is an author, musician, educator, community organizer, and freedom fighter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the spirit of The Dragon, George Lester Jackson, he endeavors to utilize any and all resources at his disposal as weapons to bring about the eventual liberation of his people. Tyson has been engaged in movement work since the late 1990s.

Tyson is releasing Black Boy Poems, his debut work as an author. Black Boy Poems is a powerful, timely, and revolutionary body of literature. A much needed social commentary that seeks to inspire his people towards liberation.
You can find out more about Tyson Amir at
 
www.BlackBoyPoems.com

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1032069933591937/

Tuesday, March 21 

26.  Tuesday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Supervisors please uphold Calle 24’s CU and EIR Appeal for Axis

SF City Hall, room 250
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF

ABOUT THE AXIS APPEAL:
The Axis Appeal has two components: 1) the EIR or CEQA component which is about the environmental impact of this development (and other developments) on the Latino Cultural District and 2) the Conditional Use or “CU” which is about whether the project is “necessary and desirable”. 

The public will testify on both issues at the same time. Talking points will be given.

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District has near 700 units of luxuary units coming near and with in its boundries. The district was set up to help with the effects of gentrification and displacement and to preserve our culural assests that includes, small mom and pop merchants, arts organizations, events, murals and our vulnerable populations.

Sponsor: Our Mission NO Eviction

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/662918080535499/?active_tab=about

27.  Tuesday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, NLG Legal Observer Trainings

UC Berkeley School of Law
Boalt Hall
216 Boalt Hall
Berkeley

Legal Observers work to insure that protesters’ rights to express their political views are not violated by law enforcement. They do not participate in protests or actions, instead documenting law enforcement’s interactions with protesters.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! There are 2 sessions. 

Session I: 4-6 PM, Boalt Hall, Room 145
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-lawyers-guild-legal-observer-training-tickets-32520327174

Session II: 6-8PM, Boalt Hall, Room 110
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legal-observer-training-tickets-32520416441

You’ll be trained by civil rights attorney EmilyRose Johns.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/187091785120516/

28.  Tuesday, 7:00pm (3/21) – Wed. (3/22), Radio, Journalism Workshops

Oakland & San Francisco

Oakland
Where: Homefulness- 8032 Macarthur Bl Oakland
Oakland, Ca 94605
When: Tues, March 21st @ 7pm

San Francisco 
Where: 2940 16th St #301,San Francisco 
When: Begins Wednesday, March 22nd @ 7pm

Food, child care and stipends offered at each workshop

Journalism, Writing & Radio Training for Low-income youth, elders, Poverty Skolaz Unite to Resist Politrickster racism and Hate

Black, Brown, Poor, Indigenous, Migrant, Unhoused, Disabled people training ourselves to ensure we have a voice in the media to help each other survive, resist, and thrive!- People Can launch or work on their own radio program for the new station KEXU 96.1fm  

POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRe is a poor and indigenous people-led media, education and art movement for self-determination
WE will learn basic radio editing, creative writing, production and journalism- No experience necessary 
Free Classes
Stipend offered upon completion of segments

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/642261292633292/

29.  Tuesday, 7:30pm – 10:00pm, Amor for Alex Nieto Memorial Concert

BRAVA Theater
2781 24th St.
SF

Tickets: $20.00

$50  Performance & limited edition “Alex Nieto Now and Forever Memorial Concert” poster signed by the band, the Nietos, and Benjamin Bac Sierra.

Purchase Tickets: https://www.brava.org/all-events/2017/3/21/amor-for-alex-nieto-now-and-forever-memorial-concert

 A community concert celebration to kick-start the “Alex Nieto Memorial” campaign! Live performances by “The Alex Nieto Latin Jazz Ensemble” featuring Carlos “Kookie” Gonzales, Karl Perazzo (Santana), Dr. Loco (Jose Cuellar); Paul Flores, Francisco Herrera, Josue Rojas, Favi (Natalia) Estrella, Alejandro Murguia (SF Poet Laureate), Loco Bloco, Antonio Theodore (Afrolicious), Danzantes, y mas! Get your tickets now!  ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE ALEX NIETO MEMORIAL!

This will be the first memorial ever in California dedicated to a victim of an unlawful police killing. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1863893203868629/

Announcements for Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri (from Adrienne Fong)

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

(New announcement will be posted either Wed. or Thur.)

Occupy

~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

16 – ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & 1 for early Friday)

Tuesday, March 14

1)  Tuesday – 2:00pm – 5:00pm,  Reminder: SF Board of Supervisors NoDAPL INVESTMENT SCREEN

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

CALL:

EVERYONE: We need this resolution to pass unanimously “TODAY!. Please call Supervisors Breed, Farrell, and Cohen TODAY!
Breed (415) 554-7630
Farrell (415) 554-7752
Cohen (415) 554-7670
(is now on board!)

Come voice your opinion and support! Not to late – public comment is usually not till later.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/sfdefunddapl/?fref=nf&pnref=story

2) Tuesday, 7:00pm, Stop Urban Shield –  Turn Out to Berkeley City Council

Berkeley City Council Chambers
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (Btw. Allston & Addison) Downtown BART
Berkeley

Berkeley City Council will be hearing items about the city’s collaborations with other jurisdictions’ law enforcement agencies. Among the collaborations are participation in the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), which is the federal program that allows Urban Shield to take place.

Additionally, we are calling on Berkeley to withdraw from participating in the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), a fusion center that works to compile massive amounts of information gathered through surveillance. Fusion centers are the central gathering vehicles for Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), which have targeted Arabs, Muslims, and people of color.

COME SPEAK OUT – talking points provided

Sponsor: Stop Urban Shield

Info: https://www.facebook.com/StopUrbanShield/posts/855151884662043?notif_t=notify_me_page¬if_id=1489507038844557

Wednesday, March 15 

3) Wednesday, 7:00am – California Values Act – Sacramento Statewide Day of Action ( Fr. SF. Must register for seat on the bus,)

Wednesday, March 15th – Buses from San Francisco:

RSVP here

or here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQbV3Yn_oaf0mJ87p2GYzub2vm8ojSLxOt2ay4KxKFLrBitA/viewform?c=0&w=1 

Purpose of the day is to amplify the moral crisis surrounding the debate about bills aimed at protecting targeted people (SB 54 – CA Values Act, SB 6 – Due Process for All, AB 3 – Public Defender, SB 31 – Religious Freedom Act). We will engage in an  intersectional framing that unifies our diverse communities.

Feel free to bring posters and signs, using messages about “California Values”, “Protecting ALL Families”, “Religious Freedom”, “Stop Criminalization”, etc. 

Details:

This bus will depart at 7:30am from St. John the Evangelist Church, 1661 15th St., San Francisco. Please arrive at  7:15am. The church is 2 blocks from 16th St. BART. There is a day parking lot on 16th and Hoff. If you drive, please leave enough time to find parking and walk to the

4) Wednesday, 8:30am – 12:30pm, Love and Support for Michael Brewster

Hall of Justice, Department 22 (second floor)
850 Bryant St.
SF

Michael Brewster is back in court on Wednesday and his family is asking for our support.

On February 9th, Michael wasn’t feeling quite himself. He wasn’t posing a danger to anyone but he may have needed some assistance. His mom and sister-in-law, flagged the police over to ask them to call an ambulance for Michael because they thought he needed to go to the hospital.

Instead of helping Michael, they brutalized him. They punched him, struck him with their baton, several officers were on top of him despite saying multiple times that he couldn’t breathe. A sheriff even kicked him in the ribs after throwing him into the jail cell. Michael was lucky to have survived this attack. It may have been worse if his mother,  and his family didn’t prevent further brutalization.

Sponsor: Open Circle – Families United for Justice

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/392573361111248/?active_tab=about

5 Wednesday, 9:00am – 12Noon, Support the Republic of the Marshall Islands Calling for Nuclear Disarmament

The James R. Browning Courthouse (Courtroom 3, 3rd Floor Room 307)
95 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103d

Stand in support of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in its lawsuit against the United States calling for nuclear disarmament. Oral arguments are scheduled to take place.

1.Livestream the oral arguments. Go to the Ninth Circuit homepage on Wednesday and you will see links under the heading “Live Video Streaming of Oral Arguments.” The Marshall Islands’ case will take place in Courtroom 3 (abbreviated CR3 on the website). We do not know the exact timing, but it will take place during the morning hours (sometime between 9:00 am and noon).

2. Watch the press conference. A short press conference is scheduled to take place at around noon, which will be livestreamed via the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Facebook page.

Speakers will include: Laurie Ashton, lead counsel for the Marshall Islands in this case; Julian Riklon, Pastor at Sacramento Marshallese Ministry-UCC; Scott Yundt, Staff Attorney at Tri-Valley CAREs (see amicus brief); Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation (see amicus letter); and John Burroughs, Executive Director of Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (see amicus brief).

Info: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/wagingpeace/ 

Wednesday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, NoBanNoWallNoDeportationsNoProfiling – Statewide Call to Action (See item #1 for bus info fr. SF) 

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
1017 – 11th Street
Sacramento

Statewide Call to Action: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
10:00am-4:00pm
State Capitol in Sacramento

We Need You To Stand With Us Against:

• Deportations 
• The Muslim registry
• Racial profiling and police brutality
• The criminalization of immigrants, refugees, Muslims and people of color

Soon the California Legislature will vote on critical measures to protect our families. We need to urge them to stand strong and not weaken the protections for our communities. We have an opportunity to pass SB54: the California Values Act and SB 31: the Religious Freedom Act but we need to demonstrate the power of the people to win this battle. 

Sponsor: PICO

https://www.facebook.com/events/1639477816361725/?active_tab=about

7)  Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL

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

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

Look for the bright pink RESIST & IMPEACH banner

Theme this week: Welcome Immigrants and Refugees

8)  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Safe Spaces – Workshop

SPUR
1544 Broadway
Oakland

Admission is FREE 

In the wake of the Ghost Ship fire it became evident that many of Oakland’s arts spaces, while serving as safe havens for the community, require upgrades in order to conform to modern building and fire codes. There are many sociopolitical issues at play that have forced our already struggling arts community to inhabit these spaces. 

An informative session on building codes, inspections, event permits, fire safety, and resources for upgrading current spaces.

Speakers: 

JONAH STRAUSS will give an overview of what the OAKLAND WAREHOUSE COALITION does and what projects they are currently working on. 

THOMAS DOLAN will give a brief rundown on the current live/work codes for Oakland, and will discuss how codes will be an important, nuanced part of our efforts to keep artists in their spaces while remaining safe and maintaining Oakland as an important center of art and culture.

SARAH LOCKHART will discuss the rules, process, and problems related to special event permits for spaces that are not regular event spaces.

DAVID KEENAN will talk about how to prepare for and go through inspections, and how to distinguish between a life-safety threat vs a minor code violation.

ABSINTHIA VERMUT will discuss what the DIY COMMUNITIES SAFETY FUND covers and how spaces can receive money for critical upgrades. 

TYLER HANSON from WE THE ARTISTS OF THE BAY AREA (WABA) will speak of the work they’re doing with city officials to ensure safe, long-term spaces for the creative community in Oakland and the larger Bay Area.

Sponsors: Intersection for the Arts and SPUR. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1106633966131654/

9)  Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, From Standing Rock to the Bay Area: Next Steps for Sovereignty

La Peńa Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley

The #NoDAPL fight isn’t over. 

Find out what next steps are in the struggle for indigenous sovereignty, and how you can support this effort in our own community.

Join Food First and representatives of Idle No More San Francisco Bay for a lively evening. See a photo exhibition featuring camp life at Standing Rock by photographer Camille Seaman, while panelists Pennie Opal Plant and Hartman Deetz of Idle No More SF Bay and additional panelists will give an update on the current status of the #NoDAPL fight and how you can support the struggle for indigenous sovereignty here in the Bay Area. 

Sponsor: Food First

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/256241468161197/

10)  Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Anti Police-Terror Project General Meeting

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd
Oakland

The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations like Idriss Stelley Foundation, Community READY Corps and Workers World is working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country.

We are led by the most impacted communities but are a multi-racial, mutil-generational coalition.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/333731050354178/?active_tab=about

Thursday, March 16 

11)  Thursday, 4:00pm, Protest the New Muslim Ban!

San Francisco Federal Building
90 7th Street
SF

San Francisco Bay Area, it’s time to step up once again to fight back against state violence and the racist attacks against immigrants, indigenous, Black, Brown and all oppressed communities. New version of Muslim Ban will come into effect.

It’s still a Muslim Ban. Trump’s recent Executive Order uses longstanding racist “National Security” and “War on Terror” policies to justify it’s legality. The Ban targets people from the very same countries that the U.S. has destabilized and attacked through war, bombing, and drone strikes for years. The ban targets Arabs, Africans, South and West Asians from Iran, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Somalia

It’s another chapter in the war on Black and Brown communities. Since taking office the Trump administration has furthered the war on Black and Brown people in the U.S. It has systemically attacked the indigenous people of this land, criminalized immigrants, expanded policing, and is literally ripping apart families and communities on a daily basis. Standing against this repression means fighting alongside and in solidarity across our all our communities and movements.

Sponsor: AROC

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1374471292617320/

12)  Thursday, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Selma Screening

Black Repertory Group Theater
3201 Adeline St.
Berkeley

Free

See the award winning film “Selma” at our watch party — and help build the community of resistance that will carry us forward in the next four years.

This movie is not recommended for young children; however we will have food and activities outside the theater for kids and families. All ages are welcome and encouraged.  

At this critical moment, the progressive left has much to learn from the movements that paved the way for this one. That’s why this March, DFA members are gathering to build community and energize for the resistance by screening Ava DuVernay’s 2015 film “SELMA.” 

Host: Nanci Armstrong-Temple for Berkeley and PEACE Out Loud

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/306285476454218/

13)  Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Dile NO al Miedo: Becoming an Immigrant Ally

The Episcopal Church of  St. John the Evangelist
1661 16th Street @ Julian
SF

Come join Mission Graduates and PODER in learning how to be a better ally to our immigrant neighbors in San Francisco!

This ally training will feature:
-Updates regarding how the Trump administration’s policies are affecting the immigrant community and how you can help
-A presentation on immigrant rights by an expert of immigration issues from PODER
-Instructions on how to properly report and document ICE raids
-An overview of resources and volunteer opportunities to best support our immigrant neighbors 

This event is free, but we do ask that participants register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dile-no-al-miedo-becoming-an-ally-tickets-32451352870?aff=ehomecard

Sponsor: Mission Graudates

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/410560249318551/

14)  Thursday, 6:00pm, Drought & Flood: How Will California Weather the Storm

518 Valencia St.
SF

Free: Refreshments served

6:00 PM Doors open
6:30 PM Presentation by Judith Schwartz followed by a conversation with Center for Food Safety Water Attorney Adam Keats and Soil Program Director, Diana Donlon.
7:30-8:00 PM Wine and Cheese Reception; Book Signing 

RSVP Here , or email us at soil.solutions@centerforfoodsafety.org

Sponsor: Center for Food Safety

15)  Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, 9th Annual SHOUT! For Women Veterans

Zendesk
1019 Market St.
SF

Swords to Plowshares  presents their 9th annual SHOUT! For Women Veteran Artists exhibition. This year will feature the work of five artists on the theme of “Self & Transition.”

Panel discussion moderated by Rachael Myrow of KQED to discuss the intention of their work, their creative process, and how their military experience informs their work. 

Sponsor: Swords to Plowshares

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/21/18796702.php

Friday, March 17

(early a.m.)

16)  Friday, 8:00am – 9:15am, Court Support for Kayla Moore’s Family: Trial Setting Conference

Philip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave, 17th Floor, Courtroom 6
SF

Gather by 8:00am, Hearing is at 8:30am

Reminder: Bring ID – otherwise you won’t be allowed in the building

They will also have U remove your shoes at the entrance.

Your support is welcome in court THIS Friday, March 17th! This hearing may be brief, but we are expecting an important announcement: after a long, long wait, the Moore family’s trial start date will be set at this pre-trial hearing.

Sponsor: Justice 4 Kayla Moore

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/382250275493946/