“Natural-foods grocery store plows through controversy to open new East Bay location” by Katie Burke (bizjournals.com)

It survived protests, a lawsuit and even replaced the original tenant, so to say Sprouts Farmer’s Market (NASDAQ: SFM) is looking forward to the opening of its new Albany location would be an understatement.

The Colorado-based natural grocery chain is set to make its debut as an anchor tenant in a new development adjacent to the Gill Tract research field, a 104-acre site owned by the University of California, Berkeley that stretches into both Albany and Berkeley.

Sprouts is slated to open the 28,000-square-foot store at 1075 Monroe St. on April 26. The new location will follow ones currently operating in Oakland, Walnut Creek, San Rafael, Daly City and Pinole.

But if you rewind by a few years, it wouldn’t be Sprouts that was planning an opening — it would have been a new Whole Foods Market (NYSE: WFM).

Since the initial development was approved by the city of Albany in 2014, the site has been a point of contention between it, the university and social movement Occupy the Farm — the group opposed to the construction. In addition to the proposed senior housing complex and trails, the Texas-based grocer had originally been the project’s anchor tenant, but ultimately backed out after prolonged protests and opposition.

However, after a lawsuit filed on behalf of the occupy movement to halt construction failed in mid-2015, tenants had a clearer path to start construction.


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Traffic in New York City. Conservative groups want Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to overturn a ruling known as the endangerment finding, which provides the legal foundation for the Obama administration’s climate-change policies. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Single-Payer Health Care Is Seeing Record Support in Congress (truthout.org)

  • Health care activists outside the Massachusetts State House on the April 8th National Day of Action for Medicare for All. This was one of many events held across the country. (Photo: Dave Madeloni)

Health care activists outside the Massachusetts State House on the April 8th National Day of Action for Medicare for All. This was one of many events held across the country. (Photo: Dave Madeloni)

April 16,2017

The primary Medicare for All bill has more support in Congress now than it has ever before.

John Conyers’ Medicare for All bill (HR 676), which he has introduced in each Congress since 2003, has seen a recent surge of new cosponsors — 32 since March 8 and nine on April 3 alone. As of this writing there are 93 co-signers (and counting), representing more than 48 percent of the Democratic Caucus. This is the highest number of cosponsors ever, both in terms of members and as a percentage of the House Democratic Caucus. The count is up from just 62 cosigners — 33 percent of Democrats — in the last Congress, and an average of 37 percent since the bill was first introduced in 2003 (see chart).

(Credit: PNHP)

Click to open larger in a new window. (Credit: PNHP)

This is an astonishing development for many reasons. Just a year ago the Democratic establishment was recklessly (and disingenuouslymaligning the policy to help keep Sen. Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic Primary. Further, facing a large GOP majority, Democrats and activists have also been forced to “play defense” just to prevent Donald Trump and the GOP from kicking 24 million Americans off their insurance and doing away with essential benefits like mental health and emergency room visits. These, of course, are important benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which improved access to health insurance, but leaves about 30 million Americans uninsured. The ACA also can’t control rapidly escalating health costs, a trend which has long been a central problem of our health system.

Indeed, the need for reform beyond the ACA is becoming increasingly clear. A Monmouth poll from February showed that 25 percent of Americans view health care as “the biggest concern facing their family right now.” Health care was, by far, the most cited concern, dwarfing issues like immigration (3 percent) and terrorism (2 percent).

Public support for Medicare for All has been confirmed by pollsters for years. An April 6 poll from the Economist/YouGov showed 60 percent of the public support for the policy, including from a plurality of Republicans.

The latest increase in support for Medicare for All, according to advocates, activists and congressional staffers who spoke with Truthout, can also be attributed to several other factors, including the unintended consequences of the TrumpCare debacle and the work of activists pressuring Democrats from the left. The impactful rise of Bernie Sanders, who plans on introducing his own Medicare for All bill in the Senate, has also been key. Plus, the end of Hillary Clinton’s campaign (and her role as the de facto head of the party), has led to more support for single payer, since she ran against the policy with such militancy — and lost.

There is still a long way to go. Republicans have an iron grip on Congress. The Senate is, by design, a major obstacle to progress and democracy. Plus, the drug and insurance industries retain immense influence. But the growing momentum for this reform has organizers hopeful that we are at a turning point — that a public universal healthcare system in the US may not be as far off as it once seemed. “I have been introducing the Medicare for All bill every session of Congress since 2003, and I’m the longest serving member of Congress,” Conyers said in a statement. “I have never seen more enthusiasm and energy behind this issue than what I’m seeing today.”

The Role of HR 676 in the Battle for Health Care Justice 

It has been 14 years since Conyers first introduced HR 676, officially called the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act. The language is simple enough. “This bill establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care,” and “only public or nonprofit institutions may participate.”

In a global context, this is not a particularly radical idea. Similar systems exist all around the developed world — they cover everyone and do it at about half the cost. While Conyers’ bill has never been scored by the CBO [Congressional Budget Office], there have been many studies that show tremendous savings from HR 676 and single-payer health care in general. Support for the bill, however, was quite limited, especially at first. Only 38 House Democrats (18 percent) cosponsored it when it was introduced. Eventually it gained more supporters, peaking at 93 in 2010 but this was back when Democrats had just won large majorities in 2006 and 93 sponsors only represented 42 percent of the caucus.

That was the high water mark until now, with less than a third of Democrats signing on to the law in the last two Congresses (113th, 114th). In essence HR 676 has served mostly as an organizing tool, widely used by advocates to help educate the public. But now that it has gained the support of half the caucus, its status is elevated: The bill is now viewed by many lawmakers as a viable path to reform. And activists continue to push for more support.

(Credit: Michael Corcoran)

(Credit: Michael Corcoran)

“Our goal is to get to 110 by the end of the recess [April 25th],” said Dr. Carol Paris, the president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), in an interview with Truthout. “We think the enthusiasm and energy behind this bill reflect how much Americans care about this issue.”

The TrumpCare Debacle Helps Single-Payer

As noted above, the new energy behind this bill is due to something of a perfect storm of factors. One of the most important, advocates say, is the impact of the debate over a Republican repeal of the ACA, or TrumpCare. The entire process was an abject failure for Republicans, of course. But it also added to the anxiety of millions of Americans who were rightly indignant to learn that the bill would jeopardize the insurance — and indeed the lives — of tens of millions of Americans, and rip Medicaid to shreds. A March 23 Quinnipiac poll showed a paltry 17 percent of Americans supported the GOP plan, and only 41 percent of Republicans.

“There is a fire [that] has been lit under a lot of people, especially since the collapse of the Trump bill,” said Benjamin Day, executive director of single-payer advocacy group Healthcare-NOW, in an interview with Truthout.

As the debate over the GOP health reform plans took place, Democrats held numerous town halls, ostensibly with the noble goal of protecting the ACA. But, as Paris puts it, “voters weren’t there just to talk about the Affordable Care Act.” A Washington Post article about the GOP surrender on repeal observed that at town hall meetings “progressives in blue America celebrated — then asked for more.” Even getting Medicare for All mentioned in the dominant media is a victory, given their long record of ignoring the policy.

“At town hall meetings people continually asked Democrats about Medicare for All. I was at a meeting and as soon as it was mentioned the room erupted in applause,” Paris said. “Some Democrats wanted to keep the debate narrow and only talk about protecting the ACA. But people weren’t willing to let that stand.”

The scare TrumpCare put into Americans also brought to light a phenomenon known as “loss aversion.” The basics of this tendency, according to a March 24 New York Times article by Robert H. Frank, “is that the pain of losing something you already have is much greater than having gained it in the first place.”

“In the end, the repeal effort’s biggest hurdle may have been loss aversion, one of the most robust findings in behavioral science,” Frank said in the article, which is headlined “What’s Next After Obamacare, the Case for Medicare for All.” With Americans increasingly protective over their health insurance, the prospects for single-payer, which would guarantee them insurance — which the ACA fails to do — becomes a comforting thought to a public that, according to a Pew poll from January, believes that “the government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans.”

This is a reason why debate over cutting benefits in the ACA backfired on the GOP. The ACA has only gone up in popularity during the repeal effort. “The ACA has plenty of problems and is not universal. But, to its credit, if the ACA didn’t do anything else, it gave many Americans a sense that universal health care is possible,” Paris said.

Likewise, as Republicans debated the issue, the single-payer movement was benefiting. Advocates spoke of dramatic increases in the number of letters to the editor, web traffic and a pronounced uptick in social media interest. The Facebook page for PNHP, for instance, is now up above 50,000 members. Google Trends shows a dramatic spike in searches for “Medicare for All,” and “single-payer,” just as the GOP repeal bill was being debated in Congress (see image).

“People are getting pissed off, and the collapse of any alternative from the right is making Medicare for All a more obvious solution,” Day said. In this context, it is noteworthy that 22 new cosponsors came out in favor of HR 676 soon after the GOP abandoned its own bill.

A Strategy Paying Off: Progressive Groups Pressuring Democrats 

Another major reason for the new support for Medicare for All is the energetic activist base that has grown out of the Sanders campaign and in reaction to Trump’s election. As Truthout recently reported, Democrats, to the chagrin of many in the establishment, have not been immune to pressure from activists. An important part of many organizations’ strategies is to try and elect as many left-leaning progressives to positions of political power, from Congress all the way down to animal control officer. Some groups, such as WeWillReplaceYou.org, are threatening corporate Democrats with the prospect of a primary opponent if they aren’t sufficiently strong on key issues.

Medicare for All is a key issue for many of these groups, which include Brand New Congress, Justice DemocratsNational Nurses UnitedProgressive Democrats of AmericaMedicare4All, and the Labor for Single-Payer coalition featuring unions across the country. Our Revolution, the organization launched by Sanders following his campaign, has not made endorsements for the 2018 elections, but will almost assuredly emphasize support for single-payer in selecting candidates. “We support creating a federally administered single-payer health care program,” the group clearly states on its page devoted to Medicare for All.

Brand New Congress, a group that aims to find progressive candidates for every seat in Congress that doesn’t already have one, has been very active in trying to “pressure Democrats into backing Medicare for all,” said cofounder Saikat Chakrabarti, in an interview with Truthout. They issued a petition citing the then “119 Democrats who are not supporting Medicare for All,” not long before this latest spike in support. Since then they have been able to cross 26 names off that list.

In addition to petitions and letter-writing there have also been several national days of action, including one on Saturday, April 8. Events like this have been drawing crowds and soliciting actions since Trump’s inauguration.

The Sanders Effect and the Coming Senate Legislation

Many of the organizations behind this effort were founded, and are largely made up of staffers and volunteers from the Sanders presidential campaign. And, there is no doubt that his campaign has been instrumental in educating and rallying the public behind this and other issues. Truthout has previously measured the considerable impact Sanders had on bringing attention to single-payer and in awakening class consciousness in many new people.

“I think his effect on the health care debate has been monumental,” said Ken Zinn, political director of National Nurses United, in an interview with Truthout. “When you have a major candidate talk about it at every single stump speech, it opens minds.” Zinn’s organization was a staunch supporter of the Sander’s candidacy for President and is rallying behind HR 676 and  state-wide single-payer in California.

Sanders will introduce his own single-payer legislation in the Senate in the coming weeks. Rep. Peter Welch, the lone Vermont member of the House (and one of the cosponsors to HR 676), has said he will issue a sibling bill in the House. Advocates are eager to see the specifics of the Sanders bill, and to discover which senators, if any, will cosponsor. Sanders has been on an island in his single-payer support since joining the Senate in 2006, and when he introduced legislation in the Senate previously, he failed to win over a single cosponsor.

But advocates are confident that, armed with his massive popularity and the collective momentum for the issue, he will find cosponsors this time. Several newer members of the Senate were cosponsors of Conyers’ bill when they were in the House. This includes Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey who, Day speculates, is more likely to cosponsor Sander’s bill than Sen. Elizabeth Warren is.

“I am very confident there will be cosponsors this time,” Day said. It is a safe bet that progressives will take a long hard look at those names and pressure those who are not supportive to get on board.

Advocates have also been pleased to hear that Sanders is introducing, as Paris describes it, a “real Medicare for All bill,” as earlier rumors suggested he might instead go with half measures like the “public option,” or lowering the age restriction on Medicare to 55. The public option and the lowering of the Medicare age limit, according to Margaret Flowers, could both backfire if implemented. She argues they would remove sick patients from the risk pool for private plans, making the public plans appear to be less efficient. “We hear this is a strong plan and there is a lot of meat on the bone,” Paris said of Sanders’ new proposal.

Moving On: Democrats and Health Reform in Post-Clinton Era 

As noted, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has never publicly supported single-payer. But advocates took notice when right after Trump’s victory, she criticized the ACA. “Let’s be honest: [The ACA’s] not bold. It’s not transformative,” she said. “I’m OK taking half a loaf if our message was ‘Here’s half, now let’s go get the rest.'”

This statement was unlike anything she uttered during the presidential campaign and may represent a significant pivot for Warren. “This [post-election] shift seems likely to unmuzzle single-payer supporters who closeted themselves during the ACA era,” observed Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein, of PNHP, about Warren’s critique.

Warren’s statement is one piece of evidence that because Clinton’s campaign is over, Democrats may feel more liberated to back single-payer. If a member of Congress cosponsored single-payer legislation during the campaign, it may have been perceived as undermining Clinton’s plan, which was anti-single-payer and singularly focused on the ACA.

“It was almost impossible to get cosponsors during the Democratic primary,” Day said.

Clinton, however, is no longer a candidate and therefore no longer the head of the Democratic Party. Who is the head of the party? It depends on who you ask. Some might say Sen. Chuck Schumer or Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the minority leaders of the two congressional bodies. But Sanders is the most popular politician in the country, according to a Fox News poll in March, and there is a sense among some in DC that Sanders is now the de facto leader of the party. Obviously, if this proves to be true, the post-Clinton era will be a boon for single-payer.

Finishing the Job

Despite this progress, the fact remains that about half of the House Democrats have not cosponsored Medicare for All. Even in a blue state like Massachusetts, there are only three cosponsors out of nine house members.

Rep. William Keating, for instance, from the state’s 9th congressional district, which (like every district in the state) supported Clinton in 2016, is one of the holdouts. Data from the Center of Responsive Politics reports that he got more than $39,000 from drug companies in 2016, which is $4,000 more than the average Democrat. But is this the only explanation? Keating’s Massachusetts colleague Rep. Michael Capuano received $34,000 from pharmaceutical companies and he is, and has been in the past, a cosponsor of HR 676. Another Massachusetts Congressman, Joseph Kennedy III, is another kind of animal. He received about $180,000 in donations from Pharma, more than four times the average House member in either party.

Both Keating and Kennedy were contacted by Truthout and asked about HR 676. Keating said that “it seems increasingly clear Medicare for All is where we need to eventually end up,” but did not indicate he would cosponsor HR 676, noting that “there is little common ground with Republicans in this current political climate,” and he remains focused on protecting Obamacare. A staffer for Kennedy could only confirm that the congressman is “still reviewing the legislation.” These are probably not the answers advocates want to hear. But the way things are going, those two members, along with all others who fail to cosponsor the Medicare for All bill, will be contacted by a lot more of their constituents in the coming months and years. And advocates committed to solving the health care crisis plan to keep calling until they get the right answer.

OccupyForum presents . . . Refuse Fascism: Driving the Trump Regime from Power

OccupyForum tonight: “REFUSE FASCISM” and
“Earth Day Action for Environmental and Climate Justice!”

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, April 17th from 6 – 9 pm at The Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia Street near the 16th Street BART station

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Refuse Fascism:

Driving the Trump Regime from Power

Trump/Pence Regime is a fascist regime.  The whole thing —  Trump’s extreme woman-hating and attacks on abortion rights… his racist backing of even more violent and aggressive policing… his supremacist cabinet members… his nuclear threats and $50+ billion increase to the budget.  Every cabinet post, every executive order, every tweet — is a link in the chain of a fascist government and worldview under the vengeful signboard of “America First.”  Every immigrant family ripped apart… every refugee turned back to war-torn countries… every pipeline approved… every river despoiled… every denial of proven science, of established facts, of truth itself is killing people now and will cost millions more lives. This is poison to air, water, the earth, and to the conscience of the world.

Millions of people abhor this, and there is righteous resistance. But, stopping the dire threat that the Trump/Pence regime poses to humanity means recognizing and acting on the understanding that fascism must be stopped before it becomes too late. 

Fascism is not just a gross combination of horrific reactionary policies. It is a qualitative change in how society is governed. It is crucial to understand that fascism, once consolidated, essentially eliminates traditional democratic rights. Even if we push back this or that measure, this regime will repeatedly launch new and highly repressive measures, eventually clamping down on all resistance and remaking the law…

IF THEY ARE NOT DRIVEN FROM POWER.

The March for Science, April 22; the People’s Climate March, April 29 and the “Day Without Immigrants”, May 1: Ten days that can and must become a leap in a movement to drive this fascist regime from office.  The stakes could not be higher.

Bruce Neuburger:  Former farm worker and cab driver, recently retired teacher with a long term commitment to social justice and a firm belief that capitalism does not represent the pinnacle of human potential.  Bruce will be accompanied by a local leader in the organization, Refuse Fascism.

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

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one will be turned away.

Bradley Angel from Greenaction will be announcing/explaining the following action at the beginning of OccupyForum

Earth Day Action for Environmental and Climate Justice!
Save the Date!! Call to Action!!!

Tell Trump and his Billionaire & Polluter Cronies:
– STOP Environmental Racism and Injustice!
– Protect our Air, Water, Climate, Health, and Communities, NOT Polluters!

Earth Day Action for Environmental and Climate Justice!
Friday, April 21st 2017
US EPA Region IX Office
75 Hawthorne St. San Francisco
(between 2nd/3rd and Howard/Folsom Streets, near Montgomery BART/MUNI)

Sponsored by the California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC)

History: The White Rose (via Wikipedia.org)

Monument to the “Weiße Rose” in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign which called for active opposition against the Nazi regime. Their activities started in Munich on June 27th, 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo on February 18th, 1943.[1] They, as well as other members and supporters of the group who carried on distributing the pamphlets, faced show trials by the Nazi People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof), and many were sentenced to death or imprisonment.

The group wrote, printed and initially distributed their pamphlets in the greater Munich region. Later on, secret carriers brought copies to other cities, mostly in the southern parts of Germany. In total, the White Rose authored six leaflets, which were multiplied and spread, in a total of about 15,000 copies. They branded the Nazi regime’s crimes and oppression, and called for resistance. In their second leaflet, they openly denounced the persecution and mass murder of the Jews. By the time of their arrest, members of the White Rose were just about to establish contacts with other German resistance groups like the Kreisau Circle or the Schulze-Boysen/Harnack group of the Red Orchestra. Today, the White Rose is well-known within Germany and worldwide.

More at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rose

Updates and New Announcements: Thursday 4/13 – Tuesday 4/18 (from Adrienne Fong)

Updates: 

A) Trump’s Syria Attack Sanctioned by the Media (April 12, 2017)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18856

Media critic Norman Solomon says US media’s uncritical coverage of Trump’s Syria attack is typical and has its roots in ratings spikes and in economic ties to the military-industrial complex 

B) U.S. drops “mother of bombs” in Afghanistan, marking weapons first used

 (April 13, 2017)

 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-drops-mother-of-all-bombs-in-afghanistan-marking-weapons-first-use/

C) Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

(April 12)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/japanese-warships-join-us-fleet-north-korea?CMP=share_btn_fb

D) San Francisco District Attorney Clears Officers Involved in Fatal 2015 Shooting of Amilcar Perez-Lopez

 (April 12, 2017)

http://abc7news.com/news/sf-district-attorney-clears-cops-in-fatal-police-shooting/1865524/

     Amilcar Perez-Lopez – Was shot six times in the back by SFPD!

Demonstrators protest DA’s decision to exonerate officers in fatal police shooting

(April 12, 2017)

https://missionlocal.org/2017/04/demonstrators-protest-das-decision-to-exonerate-officers-in-fatal-police-shooting/

Update on Transportation to Creech AFB –  reservations must be in by Saturday, April 15.

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

Occupy

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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

38 – NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 18

Thursday, April 13

1.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Banner & Sign Making for:  A Day Without Immigrants SF

2969 Mission St. (nr. 24th Street BART)
SF

Please support! Even if you can drop supplies off for this.

Banner & Sign making for May 1st A Day Without Immigrants.

Please bring your own things to use and share

Invite your friends!

Info: Michael Chapman
510.449.3655
mchapman@threemillionmissing.org     https://www.facebook.com/events/1885901481694528/1921898904761452/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity¬if_id=1492025072219272
 

Friday, April 14 

2.  Friday, 6:45am – 9:45am, Good Friday Witness at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab

South Vasco  and Patterson Pass Roads
Livermore

Speakers:  Francisco and Christina Herrera.

On Friday, April 14, at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, Ecumenical Peace Institute and the Livermore Conversion Project will offer a service of worship and nonviolent witness against nuclear weapons. 

Martin Luther King gave his “Beyond Vietnam” speech 50 years ago this spring. We ask, “Where would Dr. King be today?” We believe Dr. King’s spirit is with us at the Livermore Lab where new nuclear weapons continue to be designed

The service contains elements from Christian and other traditions

Following the witness at the gate, there will be a community gathering at nearby Asbury United Methodist Church to share our work and vision. Light refreshments will be served

Sponsor: Ecumenical Peace Institute

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/29/18797818.php

 3.  Friday, 8:30am – 10:30am, This System Kills Jesus: Good Friday Action

Superior Court of California
County of Alameda
1225 Fallon St.
Oakland

Accessibility: The action will take place on a sidewalk with cutouts at the curb. There will be no marching, but we will be standing for approximately an hour. A few chairs will be provided.

The criminal justice system failed Jesus on the original “Good Friday,” and it continues to fail Jesus today. 

Police terror, unjust sentencing, mass incarceration, capital punishment, degradation, deportation, and denial of opportunity are all used to crucify Black lives and Black life in America, and despite all our efforts to claim innocence and blame someone else, we all* have blood on our hands.

To ensure that you can participate as fully as you feel moved to do, please wear an outer layer of clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and/or stained. Light colors will work best.

All are welcomed.

Sponsors: Second Acts and Seminary of the Streets

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/186437355196445/ 

4.  Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Peoples Climate ART Build: giant flags for sister marches

Bridge Art Space
23 Maine Ave.
Richmond

Come to screeprint and paint flags to be used in Peoples Climate Marches In Washington DC, around the US, Canada and in the Bay Area. We will be working outdoors, so bring  protection. Wear your painting clothes. Snacks and drinks to share welcome. 
We are a short bike ride, but quite a long walk from Richmond BART. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1124138534398124/

5.  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/

6.  Friday, 12 Noon – 2:00pm, Fight the lies: Press event: Friday 4/14, Noon – Hall of Justice (See item #5)

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Now that DA Gascon has sided with the officers who killed Amilcar, it’s our turn. Tell DA Gascon we will not forget his cowardly failure to bring this case to trial. Tell SFPD we will no longer tolerate their murderous behavior.

Join us this Friday, April 14, noon, for a press event at the Hall of Justice, and then to accompany the Mothers on the March there in their weekly vigil.

Sponsor: Justice 4 Amilcar Perez Lopez

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/148102812387558/ 

7.  Friday, 12 Noon, Social Security for All, Make the Rich Pay into Social Security,

Oakland Social Security Office
360 – 22nd Street (3 blocks from. 19th Street BART – nr. Grand & Broadway)
Oakland

Some people are gathering outside the Oakland Social Security office.

They will have signs and fliers calling for:

Social Security for All, Make the Rich Pay into Social Security,

Increase Social Security Payments, Full Retirement at Age 65,

Take Money from War Budget for Social Security, and

The Federal Treasury Must Repay Its Loans From Social Security.

Email for more information at standtogether4all@gmail.com

8.  Friday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Fascism: What it is and how to fight it Study

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (nr. Ellis St.)
SF

$2 – $5 donation

Trump’s election has given rise to an epidemic of Islamophobia and neo-Nazi activity. Some call Trump a fascist, but is he? Partake in an interactive study based on the writings of Leon Trotsky and his analysis of the rise of Hitler and Mussolini in the 1930s. Second of six sessions (all are welcome). 

Sponsor: Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/10/18798230.php

9.  Friday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Without Walls: Abolition and Rethinking Education

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison
Oakland

Featuring:
Chrissy Anderson-Zavala, UC Santa Cruz
Farima Pour-Khorshid, Education for Liberation/Teachers 4 Social Justice
Sagnicthe Salazar, Xicana Moratorium Coalition
Sharif Zakout, Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Moderated by: Rachel Herzing and Isaac Ontiveros, Center for Political Education

Closing remarks from:
Melissa Crosby, People’s Education Movement

Organizing to get police out of your school? Working on responses to harm in the classroom and staffroom that do not involve criminalization? Want a curriculum that creates possibilities to imagine and build a world without prisons and borders? Building to protect students and families from immigration enforcement (ICE)?

panel discussion with K-12 educators and abolitionist organizers that will deepen learning between and across these constituencies and identify needed tools and resources.

Organized and co-sponsored by Critical Resistance- Oakland, People’s Education Movement (Bay Area), Education for Liberation, Teachers 4 Social Justice, Center for Political Education, Underground Scholars Initiative, and Ethnic Studies Summit.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/645494215660651/

10.  Friday, 6:30 – 9:00pm, Active Hope: Rise, Love, Resist with Joanna Macy, Antonia Juhasz

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist
1924 Cedar
Berkeley

. Suggested donation $5-$20, no one turned away

6:30 potluck dinner

7:00pm program

9 PM Wine, tea, dessert reception by donation to Codepink. Refreshments, information tables

Evening with Joanna Macy, ecophilosopher, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory and deep ecology, author of 13 books 

A dozen groups will also present issues and action opportunities in a format that connects and unifies activists and the issues we care about.

Speakers/groups: Donald Goldmacher, director “Heist” and co-founder Berkeley Progressive Alliance; Indivisible Berkeley; April 29 Climate Mobilization; Shahid Buttar, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Linda Seeley, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (shut Diablo Canyon Nuke); Rev. Earl Koteen, Sunflower Alliance; Michael Goldstein, author Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country; Susan Harman, Friends of Public Bank of Oakland; Dr. Marc Sapir, Medicare for All; Mike Katz-Lacabe, Oakland Privacy Working Group; MIke Rufo, Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent; Move to Amend; Tri-Valley Cares; Veterans for Peace; Cynthia Papermaster,Codepink Women for Peace; Bay Area 350.org; Hands Off Syria; Yolanda Huang, Prison Project; more! Musicians LydiaViolet*, Betsy Rose, Gary Lapow, Mike Rufo, Francis Collins, Occupella.

Hosted by CodepinkGoldenGate/ and BFUU Social Justice

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/190977408059995/

11.  Friday, 7:00pm – Refuse Fascism Meeting

Redstone Building
2940 – 16th Street (nr. 16th Street BART)
SF

NO!

IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY

WE REFUSE TO

 ACCEPT A FASCIST AMERICA

Plans: Get ready – 10 DAYS OF RESISTANCE 4/22-5/1

See also Saturday, April 15, info on banner making party (Item # 19)

12.  Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, The War on Syria, Russia & the Trump Regime

2969 Mission St. (nr. 24th Street BART)
SF

On April 7, Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria, escalating a war that has been going on for more than six years. While claiming to be fighting extremely reactionary forces like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, the U.S. leaders bombed the main force fighting the reactionaries—the Syrian army. Trump pretended to be motivated by the suffering of Syrian civilians, but every day the U.S. is bombing civilians in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, killing hundreds in the past month alone.

Where is this latest U.S. intervention leading? What are the dangers it poses for U.S.-Russia relations? How can we build the movement against war and oppression?

Sponsor: Party for Socialism and Liberation

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/285502201878213/

13.  Friday, 7:30pm – 8:00pm, Peaceful Vigil for Black Lives – This Friday!

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

Join your neighbors for a peaceful reading of the names of Black men and women killed in the US this year by police. None of these killings have taken place in Alameda; we perform this vigil once a quarter to remember those lives lost and to affirm Alameda’s commitment to the rights of Black people: for safety and justice and equality. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/401284100238406/

14.  Friday, 8:00pm – 12 Midnight, 2nd Annual Run4Salmon Panel & Benefit Show at La Peña

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley

Doors open 7:30pm.

A Panel & Benefit Concert to Restore Our Salmon Runs, Protect Our Waters, and Our Indigenous Lifeways 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: http://bit.ly/2oa1sBd
Early Bird Ticket: $10 before March 31 / $15 after March 31
Door: $20 at the Door / $15 Seniors & Students with ID

Esteemed Panelists include (8pm – 9pm):
Chief Caleen Sisk, (Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe)
Corrina Gould, (Chochenyo Ohlone tribal lands protector)
Hāwane Rios, (Protector of Mauna Kea)

Live Music by:

LoCura (Flamenco Reggae Fusion)
Bang Data ,(Groovy Hip Hop in English & Spanish)
Rupa & the April Fishes ,(Third Culture Rebel Music)
Hāwane Rios, (Kanaka Maoli Singer/Songwriter)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799249127063883/ 

Saturday, April 15 

15.  Saturday, 9:30am – 5:30pm, Emergency California Education Conference: Let’s Fight for Quality & Free Public Education (See item #17)

UC Berkeley
155 Dwinelle
Berkeley

Emergency California Education Conference: Let’s Fight for Quality and Free Public Education for All Students, Faculty and Staff 
Blueprints for a Future: Transforming Education Conference 

Emergency California Education Conference: 
Let’s Fight for Quality and Free Public Education for All Students, Faculty and Staff 

A strong public education system is the foundation of every just and democratic society. Yet for most working families—especially those from black and brown communities— the right to free, high-quality education seems further than ever: early childhood education is inaccessible to children whose parents can’t afford it; k-12 schools are starved of resources while the imposition of high-stakes tests penalizes low-income districts and the explosion of charters exacerbates segregation and inequality; college and graduate students are drowning in debt as tuition at the UC and CSU systems continues to rise; black and brown students are terrorized by police violence, constant raids, and ongoing deportations; LGBTQI students are brutally bullied for their sexual and gender identity; and most students today are delivered an education that does not embrace their histories and experiences and does not educate them for liberation. 

Sponsor: Labor Rising

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/03/18796991.php

16.  Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Defend the Bay! Bloc Party & Cookout

MLK Civic Center Park
Berkeley

The “Alt-Right” is coming back to Berkeley…

But we will gladly escort them back out! Let’s come together to enjoy music, food, speakers, and each other’s company while we drown out the embarrassing attempts of racists and nationalists to display their hate-fueled support for Trump. Let’s fill MLK park with our resilient bodies before these bigots can even show their faces, prevent their rally, and send the message that we aren’t down with the hate 

See sites for more detail

What to bring:

1.  Friends so that you can have each other’s backs if something were to go down. Even though our goal is to shut down the pro-Trump rally before it can even happen

2.  A MASK👺 – Masking up or otherwise concealing your identity helps protect you from the alt-right and the state.

Sponsor: Strike Against Gender Bay Area

3.  FOOD (if you can)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/145195709341894/  or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/01/18797899.php

17.  Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Teaching Coal: A curricula hack-a-thon – workshop @ Education Conf. in Berkeley(item # 15)

UC Berkeley
Dwinelle Hall
2100 Berkeley Way
Berkeley

Join union teachers and other educators this Saturday, April 15th from 11AM-12:30PM at the CA Emergency Education Conference at Dwinelle Hall at UC Berkeley for a workshop on TEACHING COAL. 

Oakland developer Phil Tagami is planning to build the largest coal export facility on the West Coast right here in Oakland, despite a the City of Oakland having banned coal storage and handling last year. Tagami is currently suing the city in an attempt to move forward with his plan to bring dirty coal to our communities. 

Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel on Earth, greatly accelerates climate change, endangers workers, and poses severe public health risks (asthma and cancer, among others) to mostly working class neighborhoods and communities of color along the train tracks.

Sponsor: Climate Workers

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/102992446909841/

18.  Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm  Prison Industrial Complex & Abolition 101 for K-12 Educators

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

“Intro to the Prison Industrial Complex and Abolition” for K-12 Educators.* Organizing to get police out of your school? Working on responses to harm in the classroom and staffroom that do not involve criminalization? Want a curriculum that creates possibilities to imagine and build a world without prisons and borders? Building to protect students and families from immigration enforcement (ICE)?

This workshop will provide a space for educators to dig into CR’s analysis of the prison industrial complex (PIC) and identify practical and strategic ways to begin integrating abolition into their work. This workshop is a followup to a panel event, “Without Walls: Abolition & Rethinking Education,” happening the night before (April 14th, 6 – 8: 30 PM at the Islamic Cultural Center,

Sponsor:Critical Resistance Oakland

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1869243826668714/

19.  Saturday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Sign & Banner Making Party

If No Rain

   Meet at Dolores Park (between 18th & 20th Street)
SF

If Rain

   Meet at  2940 – 16th Street
SF

Banner & Sign making for upcoming 10 Days of Resistance – Bay Area events

Sponsor Refuse Fascism – SF

20.  Saturday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Tax March San Francisco & Rally

Starts at Civic Center – San Francisco

1pm – Organizational booths in Civic Center open up to the public
2pm – Rally in front of Civic Center with special guests, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, city supervisor Jane Kim,

          and the Trump Chicken
3pm – March down Market Street

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/644516582398449/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/10/18798231.php

21.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, What the Health

SF Public Library, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St.
SF

What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. 

https://youtu.be/Jf44vLndiRM 
The event is at the Koret Auditorium, Lower Level and scheduled as followed: 
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Introduction 
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Movie 
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Q&A 
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Raffles

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/15/18797448.php

22.  Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, California’s Medicare for All Legislation: SB 562

2940 16th Street
SF

A Panel of Single Payer Now Activists Discuss SB 562 – The Healthy California Act 
How does SB 562 provide health care? 
How can we campaign for SB 562? 

Trump and the Republican congress want to gut the Affordable Care Act, privatize Medicare, cut back on Medicaid, and privatize the Veteran’s Administration. 

Sponsor: Single Payer Now

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/10/18798233.php

23.  Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, World Premiere/Free Screening: Defender

Castro Theatre
429 Castro St.
SF

Free

Registration/tickets required: http://www.sffilm.org/festival/lineup/defender#

INVITATION to the WORLD PREMIERE of the new documentary film by Jim Choi, Chihiro Wimbush and Jeff Adachi

60th San Francisco International Film Festival
Screening Co-Presented by CAAM, Asian American Bar Association. 

DEFENDER tells the story of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi who takes on the case of 22-year-old Michael Smith, an African American man who pleaded not guilty in one of the first body camera cases in San Francisco when he was charged with battery on police officers and resisting arrest. The film also underscores the Public Defender’s fight to provide legal representation for detained immigrants facing deportation in the current political era.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454259031272297/

24.  Saturday, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Unified Muslim Community  Fundraiser Dinner (Build a Masjid)

13909 E. 14th Street
San Leandro

The UMC is the first place of worship for the Muslim community in San Leandro. It has also served neighboring areas. Our current space is not big enough to seat our congregagtion. UMC is looking to expand and complete a purchase of a new building; to support our growing community

$20/adult
Children: Free
All are welcome.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/814941651996365/

25.  Saturday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Project Drawdown Pre-Book Launch with Paul Hawken

Inpact HUB – Oakland
2323 Broadway
Oakland

Ten years after An Inconvenient Truth, no organization or individual has created a plan to reverse global warming, until now. 

Come hear Paul Hawken present the findings of his new book, DRAWDOWN

6:00PM 
Doors Open 
Food and drink by Calavera available for purchase 

6:45PM 
Presentation by Paul Hawken with special guests John Roulac, founder of Nutiva, and Vien Truong, Director of Green for All. 

8:15PM 
Pre-order Drawdown at the event and have a bookplate signed by Paul Hawken 

This event is sponsored by: Dr. Bronner’s, Nutiva, The Fruit Guys, Lotus Foods, and Spirit Rock

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/06/18797093.php 

26.  Saturday, 8:00pm – 2:00am, SOUL TIME! Benefit for Save Midtown

The Willows
1582 Folsom St.
SF

Soul Time! is a night of pure rare soul, all original pressings and all 45’s, all night! Every month we select a local cause close to our hearts. We will have a donation bucket at the DJ booth and a $5 cover at the door. The Willows is not your typical south of Market dance club, this is a grub pub with a friendly atmosphere and a love for vinyl.**

This month we’ll be raising funds to support “SAVE MIDTOWN.” Your dollars will help pay for legal fees to support 139 families of Midtown Park Apartments fight the longest rent strike in SF history, against the City, the property manager and developer. Midtown is set for demolition 2018

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1824026174516552/

Sunday, April 16 

27.  Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Life in Russia: the Soviet Union and After

Niebyl Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

There’s been a lot of discussion about Russia’s politics and foreign relations recently, but how about the everyday lives of ordinary Russians? Two comrades will describe their time in Russia: GG Winter who served as a tour guide in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and Paul Kangas who will talk of his experiences on the Trans-Siberian railway last summer. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/10/18798234.php

28.  Sunday, 1:00pm, Build a May Day General Strike

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (nr. Ellis St.)
SF

12:15pm – home cooked brunch $ 8-$10.

Defend Labor, Immigrant and Civil Rights!

National immigrant rights organizations are calling for a “Day Without an Immigrant” actions this May 1, 2017. Many union locals are joining the effort by calling for a general strike that day. United, these forces have the potential to achieve a strike at a level that defends and extends rights and protections now threatened by the corporate powers in Washington. Join a discussion on what a general strike is, and how local union activists are advocating for one.

Sponsor: Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party

Info: 415-864-1278   baFSP@earthlink.net

29.  Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Liberated Lens film night: 1916 the Irish Rebellion

Oakland Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

$5.00 donation appreciated. No one turned away

Narrated by Liam Neeson, this award-winning, landmark documentary tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/10/18798225.php

Monday, April 17

30.  Monday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Stop Sheriff Ahern’s Cooperation with ICE

Glen Dyer Jail
7th Street & Clay Street
Oakland

Sheriff Ahern not only continues to cooperate with ICE by notifying ICE on prisoner releases, but he is also the head of the California Sheriffs’ Association, which promotes the same practices. He even signed a letter as the head of their political action committee to support the nomination of arch racist Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. Keep the pressure on Ahern to stop cooperating with ICE! #NotMySheriff #StopICE
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Sponsor: Workers World Party Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679499972067091/

31.  Monday, 5:15pm – 6:30pm, USF Criminal Law Society Presents: “Thin Blue Line” (this appears to be a  pro-police panel!)

University of San Francisco
Kendrick Hall, Room 100
San Francisco

Panelist:

Mikail Ali – SFPD Deputy Chief Special Operations bureau

Manny Fortes – Attorney for the SF Department of Police Accountability

Joe Marshall– San Francisco Police Commissioner

Moderated by: Criminal Defense Attorney John Hamasaki of Hamasaki Law

 Food Will Be Served

For questions please email usfcls@gmail.com

32.  Monday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Militarization of Police: What does it mean for Berkeley?

The Way
1305 University Ave.
Berkeley

Come take part in this forum on Militarization of Police in Berkeley, Discussion about agreements between local police and federal enforcement and surveillance agencies

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/144831299382274/

33.  Monday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Immigrants & Workers United: Forum on the Case for a May Day Strike

The Women’s Building
3543 – 18th Street
SF

Around the world, May 1 is known as International Workers’ Day. Before the protest actions planned this year, we’re hosting a panel discussion on the case for a strike.

As the Trump administration ramps up their attacks against immigrants, labor and immigrants’ rights groups are again declaring this year’s May Day “A Day Without an Immigrant.” 

Join SF United Against Trump along with speakers from unions and immigrants’ rights groups for a public forum on why everyone should “strike” on May Day. 

Sponsor: SF United Against Trump

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/425752181092546/

34.  Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Race & Mizrahi Jews In Israel – And What It Means for Us

Solespace
1714 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland

Speaker: Reuven Abergel

is an icon of the Mizrahi struggle in Israel. One of the founders of the Israeli Black Panthers in 1971, Reuven Abergel has been involved in social justice movements with an international framework. As a Moroccan Jew, he has worked with Palestinians for an end to Israeli occupation, oppression and dominance

Through activism and advocacy, Abergel has extended solidarity to the struggles of Palestinians, Ethiopians, and African asylum seekers. In 2003, while Ramallah was being besieged by Israeli forces, Abergel visited Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at his headquarters in the city.

Sponsor: Jewish Voice for Peace – Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/102960493588623/

Tuesday, April 18

35.  Tuesday, 3:30pm – Defund KXL March to SF Board of Supervisors

Meet at:

Justin Herman Plaza (Chelsea Manning Plaza)
Embarcadero
SF

Join us as we call on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to divest from banks financing Transcanada, the company constructing the Keystone XL pipeline right through Lakota lands of The Great Sioux Nation. We also demand the City conduct a feasibility study for a municipal bank so we can rid ourselves of these parasitic banks

We will be marching along Market Street, home to many branches of banks financing DAPL and Keystone XL, including Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America

Sponsor: SF Defund DAPL Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/752458551595649/

36.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Climate Workers May Day Art Build

Greenpeace Warehouse
955 – 7th Street
Oakland

Come enjoy the food, drink a beer, and listen to some tunes while painting banners for May Day and getting to know other workers and labor organizers who care about climate justice. 

You do NOT need to be a Climate Workers member to attend, however we’ll start the evening with a brief orientation to Climate Workers and an opportunity to join, followed by the art build. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/261040047656830/

37.  Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, SURJ presents Tim Wise, Anti-Racism Educator and Author

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.
Oakland

Tickets $10 – $50, no one turned away: http://www.surjbayarea.org/tim_wise

Acclaimed anti-racism author and educator Tim Wise will speak at a benefit to raise funds for Legal Services for Prisoners with Children(LSPC) and All of Us or None’s statewide mobilization to Sacramento on May 7 & 8 – “Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day.”

LSPC Executive Director Dorsey Nunn will also speak about the importance of this mobilization for formally incarcerated people, families of incarcerated people, and their supporters.

Sponsor SURG Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252647791810247/

38.  Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The Frontlines Are Everywhere: Grand Jury Resistance Tour

Qilombo
2313 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland

This Spring, NoDAPL water protectors and legal team members will be facilitating trainings across Turtle Island sharing knowledge about resistance to the grand jury convened against water protectors at Standing Rock. We want to build our capacities for strong movement defense against state repression. 

As extraction becomes the norm and the government ramps up its repression against those who stand in resistance, this workshop holds valuable information for those who struggle for Indigenous sovereignty, earth liberation and a future without oppression.

This two-hour workshop is open to all who have participated in the movement at Standing Rock; those who have supported the efforts on the ground from their homes and territories elsewhere; as well as all those who wish to continue fighting on the many frontlines that continue emerging across Turtle Island. 

hosted by Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew,Qilombo Oakland and Antirepression Crew

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1924787961141603/

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3rd ANNUAL SHUT DOWN CREECH   

April 23 – 29, 2017

National Mobilization to Resist Militarized Drones and Perpetual Wars 

At

Camp Justice Peace Encampment

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

(Alternatives to camping are available) 

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

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

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

Drone strikes and casualties are escalating under President Trump

Transportation Update Reserve by Saturday, April 15

Michael Wehle is offering 2 seats in his car, leaving SF on Sun, April 23 and returning on Wed. Apr. 26

FMI:  email Michael,  mwehle@wehle.org

We also have a van and car reserved from the East Bay. (For all or part of the week)

Seats available!

Gas & Rental are paid for!  (Reserve by Saturday, April 15)

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

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

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

Info:

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