“Stability first, says homeless leader” by Mike Zint (PeoplesTribune.org)

March 2017

Poor Tour activists Tanis and Mike Zint in conversation. The tent protest community has been at its current location in Berkeley CA after many moves and over 15 raids. The city is now considering a proposal for a permanent tent community site and a tiny homes project.
PHOTO/SARAH MENEFEE

BERKELEY, CA — What does it take to get off the streets? Money? Affordable housing? Employment? Of course the answer is yes, but none of those things is the first step. The first step is stability. And stability is the one thing that is most commonly removed.

Every raid ‘First They Came for the Homeless’ has experienced during The Poor Tour has resulted in chaos. Not only by losing needed gear, but by losing what is known. Every raid results in the unknown. Where do we go? How do I replace what I need?

When will I get stable again?

And that is the question. And the need. During this protest, we have demonstrated the importance of stability. Even with 15 raids, theft of critical gear, medicine, and constantly being relocated, we have succeeded in helping six people become stable enough to get off the streets. We have helped two with work. We have sheltered and fed several dozen during the tour. And our budget is $0.

The government needs to take a serious look at how we have succeeded. They need to take stability seriously. They need to allow an environment where stability can exist. And that means cities need to change how they are doing things.

Step 1 is to allow the homeless tents in a sanctioned campground. A tent solves almost every issue immediately. Shelter, storage, safety, privacy, personal space, and stability. Cost is minimal.

Step 2 is to allow tiny homes, container homes, cabins, or other housing ideas that are outside the box. Perhaps giving away some of the billions of acres of publicly owned land with a cabin.

Step 3 is true affordable housing. Why is it so hard to understand that?

People say housing is a right. I strongly disagree with that. Housing is a necessity! Without housing, you die from exposure. Just like food and water is necessary to live, so is shelter. Denial of shelter is as serious as denial of food and water. That is as true as it gets!

And finally, Berkeley is a sanctuary city. But Berkeley neglects the economic refugees that sleep outside. They are everywhere, suffering. Stop their suffering by allowing them to shelter themselves.

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Note from Mike Zint:

The Poor Tour has been stable at its current location since January. Distribution of donations has begun. Food, clothing, and extra gear has been leaving almost daily to go to other groups for distribution to the homeless. Today, food not bombs will be picking up from us. Usually they just drop stuff off. Disposable free boxes will be going out to areas where homeless stay. These things are being done by the community and the homeless working together. And they are only possible because we are stable.

And our stability has accomplished something else. Jens will be leaving the tour to go back home to Germany. Stability has allowed him to get all his paperwork done and get his missing passport back. His departure time depends on his puppy’s paperwork now. A going away party is being discussed.

http://peoplestribune.org/…/stability-first-says-homeless-…/

OccupyForum presents . . . Howard Zinn Film “The People Speak”

OccupyForum presents…
Monday, March 13th, 2017 from 6 – 9 pm
at The Black and Brown Social Club
474 Valencia between 15th and 16th Streets, near 16th/Mission BART
 
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
Film: The People Speak
(Based on Howard Zinn’s books)
Discussion: Strategy For Resistance

As the newly installed juggernaut in Washington DC lurches forward, apparently dismantling and destroying most of the things valued by a majority of people in this country (whether they realize it or not), such as health care, environmental protections, social security and what little oversight remains of corporations, it may be helpful to remember that throughout US history, many ordinary citizens stood up to the government, corporations

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and powerful individuals. Sometimes they were successful, sometimes they weren’t. But they have repeatedly demonstrated the incredible power of individuals or grassroots movements created by ordinary people.

 
THE PEOPLE SPEAK is a beautiful and moving film inspired by Howard Zinn’s books​: A Peoples History of the United States first published in 1980 and one of the bestselling history books in the country​,​ and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the primary-source companion to A Peoples History of the United States, edited with Anthony Arnove.
 
The film features the actual words (in letters, songs, poems, speeches, and manifestos) of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past and present including Frederick Douglass,
Susan B. Anthony, Bob Dylan, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali, and unknown veterans, union workers, abolitionists, and many others never featured in high school textbooks. These dramatic moments from our history are brought to life by a group of remarkable musicians and actors filmed mostly in live performances.
 
Like Howard Zinn’s work as a whole, THE PEOPLE SPEAK celebrates the extraordinary possibilities for creating social change that ordinary people have realized throughout the course of our nation​’s rich, but often ignored, history of dissent and protest.
 
Following the film, Andy Gillis, Occupier and one of the organizers of the Howard Zinn Book Fair, will facilitate a discussion on how to apply much of what we’ll see in the film to the current authoritarian trend in DC. We can share the various ways we’re resisting individually, ​as well as the groups, movements and ideas we’ve encountered recently,​ and also discuss how we might bring these together under a larger umbrella group or movement. We’ll write up a summary of the discussion and send it out to everyone in preparation for a continuation of the following week’s Forum with author Michael Goldstein.

As Howard Zinn said, “if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
 
Time will be allotted for announcements.
Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

3 events that require reservations / tickets in advance (from Adrienne Fong)

Reminder – Turn your clocks forward tonight (Spring forward!)   

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

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3 Events that Require Reservations / Tickets in Advance

(Wednesday, March 15; Saturday, March 18; Tuesday March 21)

Wednesday, March 15

Wednesday, California Values Act – Sacramento Statewide Day of Action (Must register for seat on the bus, there’s still room.)

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 church.

Agenda for the Day (this is a tentative agenda and timing of activities may change – an update will be provided on the bus)

10am – Preparation for action at a church in Sacramento (we anticipate 1,500 people or more)
11am – Walk to capitol building for rally, symbolic action and direct action
1pm – Delegations to talk with key legislators while rest hold vigil in capitol building
3:30pm – Depart

Lunch will be provided. Water and light snacks will be provided on the bus. Remember: this day will involve a lot of people and many things may happen so preparing for self care is important – bring what you will need to stay comfortable and energized (comfortable shoes, layers, water bottle, a snack, etc).

Update on SB 54, the CA Values Act to protect immigrants

Amendments to the bill have been introduced that would require the Board of Parole Hearings to notify the FBI of the scheduled release of people who were convicted of a violent felony, and allow Sheriffs to notify the FBI of the release date of a person who has a prior conviction for a violent felony.  As a statewide network, we continue to push for the original version of the bill that would not allow law enforcement to share information with the federal government. With immigrants leading the discussion of interests, we continue working with allies, such as the ACLU, NDLON and others, to determine our collective position. We will provide further updates as we can.

Saturday, March 18

Saturday, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, First Responders Training (Must register – space limited)

Sierra Club
2101 Webster St., Suite 1300
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible; Childcare provided on site, make arrangements in advance

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

Tuesday, March 21

Tuesday, Amor for Alex Nieto Memorial Concert, at Brava! To kick-start The “Alex Nieto Memorial” campaign.

Brava Theater
2781 – 24th Street
San Francisco

“AMOR FOR ALEX NOW AND FOREVER MEMORIAL CONCERT” TICKETS ARE HERE!

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! ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE ALEX NIETO MEMORIAL!

 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! 

For Alex Nieto, for our community, we fought this fight, and we won the first memorial ever in California dedicated to a victim of an unlawful police killing. 

General admission is $20.00. All reserve ticket holders ($50) will receive an official “Alex Nieto Now and Forever Memorial Concert” poster signed by the band, the Nietos, and Benjamin Bac Sierra.

Food and beverages will be provided. 

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

“How to Divest Your Money from DAPL” by Joe Kukura (sfweekly.com)

San Francisco and Oakland are pulling investments that support the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s how you can, too.

Traditional Aztec dancers perform a ceremony outside the Federal Building in S.F. protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline being constructed. (Photo by Jessica Christian)

The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has infuriated Native Americans, environmental protesters, and clean water advocates since the project near North Dakota’s Standing Rock Indian Reservation broke ground last year. President Donald Trump issued an executive order in January expediting completion of the pipeline, and the protest site has since been cleared.

But the DAPL battle isn’t over; it’s just moving from Standing Rock to local governments across the country. At its March 14 meeting, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on a resolution to begin screening out any DAPL investments the city holds, and Oakland City Council passed a resolution in February calling for CalPERS, the state retirement fund, to divest from DAPL.

Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan authored the resolution.

“I went to Standing Rock in November,” she tells SF Weekly. “Seeing the level of police brutality, seeing the level of the threat to tribal lands and treaty rights and drinking water just reinforced to me that this project is something that goes against my values and goes against our values as Oaklanders. We should not have our money in it.”

That said, you might unknowingly have your money in it, through your banking habits, investments, and pension or retirement accounts.

The myriad companies financially involved in building DAPL are fairly complex. The pipeline itself is being built by Dakota Access LLC, whose parent company is a Texas-based oil conglomerate called Energy Transfer Partners. Well-known gas station chains Sunoco and Phillips 66 both have significant ownership stakes in it, and financing to build the pipeline comes from large national banks like Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

In other words, any bank that has a sports arena or stadium named after it is most likely financially involved with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In fairness, everyone is entitled to keep their investments that support the pipeline. An argument can be made that the Dakota Access Pipeline will be a relatively safe tool for transporting oil. While pipelines tend to have more oil spills than trains or trucks transporting oil, these spills don’t often kill people. They generally just cause a mess, whereas train and trucks spills are far more likely to result in explosions or fatalities.

But the “more spills, fewer fatalities” argument may not bring much comfort to the millions of people who get their drinking water from the lakes and rivers that this pipeline would run through.

“This is both standing up for the planet and also respecting the rights of indigenous people,” Kaplan says.

So if you do want to stand up for the planet or indigenous people, you probably shouldn’t bank with an institution that’s financing the Dakota Pipeline.

“We would ask everyone to reassess their personal stake in this pipeline and to consider switching to a credit union or an alternative that is more socially responsible,” San Francisco Defund DAPL Coalition organizer Jackie Fielder tells SF Weekly.

To that end, the coalition has created a list of San Francisco banks whose hands are clean of DAPL investments.

“We looked at a list of 1,000 or so U.S. chartered banks,” Fielder says. “From that list, we gathered about a dozen that have at least one branch in San Francisco that are not financers of the Dakota Access Pipeline and that are not shareholders of the Energy Transfer Partners family of companies.”

Of the banks recommended by the S.F. Defund DAPL Coalition, those with the most San Francisco branches — in other words, the most convenient for finding a branch or an ATM — are East West Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, and Sterling Bank & Trust.

But switching banks does pose some inconveniences. It is not recommended that you just pull all your funds from one bank and plop them in another that same day; you might still have some direct deposit payments coming, and you can’t really control the speed at which your direct deposit will transfer to a new and different bank account.

You also need to worry about every automated bill payment you have set up to that account. Go through your last 12 months of withdrawals and take note of every automated payment that was charged. Understand that some companies will take up to 30 days to switch the account for an automated payment, so you can’t be sure that your payments won’t be declined if you close the old account too quickly.

This means you’re still leaving money in the account of a bank with whom you want to break it off, and that sucks. But the penalties for bounced checks or declined payments suck even more.

Once you’ve got your new bank account, direct deposits transferred, and auto payments set up, the easiest way to move money from your old account is through an Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfer. It’s kind of like a PayPal transfer between two banks, though an ACH transfer generally costs around $5 and takes a few business days to complete.

If you really want to make a statement about closing your account, DefundDAPL.org has a form letter you can send to your previous bank to explain why you dumped them. They also have some social media tips on promoting and hashtagging your bank switch to ensure public pressure is applied to the bank.

Many retirement accounts and pension funds contain DAPL investments, and whether yours does is between you, your adviser, and that phone book-sized investment guide they send you every year. But your tax dollars do support a DAPL investment, and that’s why Oakland is urging America’s largest pension fund, CalPERS, to reconsider its portfolio.

“CalPERS has about $50 million invested in energy transfer partners,” Kaplan says. “We’re talking about a big enough chunk of money that can really have an impact.”

Even if you don’t have a CalPERS retirement account, you still have a say in whether it continues to fund the pipeline.

“This money does come from the taxpayers of California,” Kaplan says. “Whether or not you’re a CalPERS member, every Californian has a stake in it.”

Joe Kukura is an SF Weekly news writer.

Upton Sinclair on the difference a salary makes

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!

–Upton Sinclair Jr. (September 20, 1878 – November 25, 1968) was an American writer who wrote nearly 100 books and other works in several genres. Sinclair’s work was well-known and popular in the first half of the twentieth century, and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943. Wikipedia

“Readers’ choice for a Shadow Cabinet” by Spencer Whitney (sfchronicle.com)

 Photo: John Blanchard, The Chronicle

Photo: John Blanchard, The Chronicle

With controversy swelling over President Trump’s picks for the top executives in his administration, we asked readers to create their own shadow Cabinet. That is, to list their choices for the key administrative posts — attorney general, secretaries of defense, interior, commerce, education and others — to advise the president and set the tone for the federal government over the next four years.

Readers read Open Forum writer James W. Loewen’s commentary about shadow Cabinets, a feature of political life in many democracies, and took the invitation to heart: More than 100 readers sent in detailed lists of names of those they felt reflected their views and values and could help steer the country.

Their lists revealed some notable picks:

J. Scott Applewhite, AP.  The Senate GOP may have tried to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the floor, but readers spoke up and chose Warren as their top pick for the Shadow Cabinet in several categories; from Vice President to Secretary of Treasury.

TNS.  As the former Secretary of Labor for President Bill Clinton, Robert Reich’s experience and commentary made him the most voted for Secretary of Labor.

Matt Rourke, AP.  During the primary election, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave Hillary Clinton a run for her money as a candidate. Sanders was top choice as Vice President.

Susan Walsh, AP.  Longtime civil servant and Barack Obama’s right-hand man, former Vice President Joe Biden was chosen for Secretary of Homeland Security.

Michael Short, Special to The Chronicle.  Bay Area native Sen. Kamala Harris, ade the list as Attorney General. Her stances on criminal justice reform has made her a crowd favorite among Democrats.

Denise Truscello.  Comedian Carrot Top, known for his red hair and self-deprecating humor was chosen as Secretary of Agriculture. No word yet if he will change America’s national dish to carrots.

Gene Page, AMC.  One reader suggested a zombie Cabinet: “Daryl Dixon,” “Rick Grimes” and “Michonne” were chosen for their survival skills in a postapocalyptic world. Who better to lead the country against the armies of corpses than the characters from “The Walking Dead”?

Nancy Bissell of Berkeley made sure her shadow Cabinet varied in race, gender and background. Shirlee Graff of Alamo, in particular, deemed it vital to choose a Cabinet with eight women in order to have an equitable gender mix in government.

Some submissions reflected choices based on experience. Others stressed innovation; e.g., Carol McDaniel of Mount Shasta (Shasta County) wanted former President Jimmy Carter for secretary of energy; Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, was singled out by Carol Catudio of Whitethorn (Humboldt County) for secretary of transportation; and UC President Janet Napolitano was offered up as secretary of education. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was a top choice for secretary of housing and urban development.

Louise Murphy of Daly City poked at the idea of a left-leaning shadow Cabinet: She mailed back a list with no alternatives to the president’s nominees. At the top, she scrawled: “You Lost! We Won! Keep everything as listed.”

Others couldn’t resist the temptation to joke: One reader offered up “Miss Informed” for secretary of education. Political comedian Bill Maher was even a choice for attorney general.

Spencer Whitney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: swhitney@sfchronicle.com

Homeless leader speaks on homeless realities (PeoplesTribune.org)

Occupiers at Liberty City, Berkeley City Hall in California. PHOTO/SARAH MENEFEE

Occupiers at Liberty City, Berkeley City Hall in California.
PHOTO/SARAH MENEFEE

Editor’s note: These are posts that Mike Zint, of ‘First they came for the homeless’, wrote on social media on the realities of life on the streets and the movement for homeless rights and the right to housing. He recently led a tent occupation of Berkeley City Hall, which was covered by the People’s Tribune and other media.

Mike Zint:

“During police sweeps you have a few minutes to save your belongings if you are lucky. Cities have no intention of preserving or keeping it for you. The intention is to purposely steal it as punishment for being homeless in public. To fight back is impossible. You need money to do that. Or lawyers. And good luck getting a lawyer. They want big bucks.

Things I used to own: baby pictures, multiple warm sleeping bags, cell phones, computer, extra clothing, back packs, inhalers, and a jewelry making set up that took years to develop. Zero charges, zero arrests, and this has happened multiple times.

Why do they do it? Because there is no room for poor people anywhere. Harass them, steal from them, abuse them, torture them, and maybe they will move along.

Class warfare waged by Chambers of Commerce, commercial districts, business associations are the reality. And it won’t stop until enough people get screwed by the corrupt, greedy system!

“Homeless people get almost no choice. Shelter system, sleep on the sidewalk, hide a tent. Shelters are one step above jail. Abuse by staff, violence, lice, bed bugs, exposure to illness, these exist in shelters. So, is it really a choice?

Sleeping on the sidewalk (exposed) is horrible too. Cardboard for meager insulation, no padding except for a sleeping bag, no privacy except what exists between your nose and the blanket you are hiding under. Yes, hiding is accurate. For mental stability, privacy and security are needed. When a blanket was what l had, that little space had to do. Fear never leaves either. Will I get rousted by cops? Robbed? Beaten? So, the longer you live this way, the worse your mental state becomes.

So, hide a tent is left. This works until you are found. When found, your gear is usually confiscated. You are ticketed. And you spend the next few nights in a shelter, or on a sidewalk exposed.”

“Spread the word. Two cities torturing the homeless now have homeless uprisings. Throughout history, it has been the poorest, most beaten down people who rose up in rebellion. This history will repeat.

“The population is the enemy when the police are militarized. The proof is in the violence, killings, illegal detentions, and lack of accountability. “I’m scared for my life” has become the mantra for murder. Dogs and cats are not even safe. Next year, it will be worse. And it will not change until we make them change. A few thousand protesters will not do it. A few million will get some attention. A national strike will win the day.

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Report-back from Sunflower Alliance on ICE raid preparedness and more immigration information (from Ruthie Sakheim)

BayResistance

The BayResistance email list now has 15,000 names. 1500 people came to the event on March 4, which was extremely well organized. It filled Mission High School in SF.

There was simultaneous translation into Spanish, Chinese and sign language; childcare; a scent-free section, etc.

The program opened with percussion from Boom Shake.

Then we heard wonderful speakers: Lara Kiswani from the Arab Resource and

Organizing Center, Guillermina Castellanos from La Colectiva de Mujeres, Emily Lee from San Francisco Rising, and Lita Blanc from United Educators of San Francisco and Alicia Garza.

There were many references to the massive turnout at the airports to prevent detaining of travelers, building on deep relationships of solidarity, centering people of color and led by women.

Alicia made many wonderful points, including:

• Elections matter.

• We need to do organizing as well as resistance, building what we want for the next generation. Referring to the “we are ungovernable” slogan she said we need to fight for governance. This means:

• Organize beyond those who already agree with us

• Don’t just throw rocks at the castle — take it over; get involved in local government for starters.

• Fight every ism like our lives depend on it, and protect yourself, too. Fight for the right of all of us to live in a healthy functioning democracy.

• Get to know your neighbors, bring them to trainings.

• Win hearts and minds — it’s all of us or none of us.

We met in small groups to answer two questions:

– What should we do to build power in the next three months? And

– How build for the general strike on May 1?

There was some report back and collection of notes from the small groups.

Then we went to workshops (which were large). Options were Organizing 101, Direct Action, and Rapid Response to Raids. There was also a Spanish speaking group of janitors and fast food workers, and (I found out later) a group discussing surveillance technology — maybe others I didn’t know about.

I went to the workshop on responding to ICE raids. It was conducted by the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network (SFILEN). ICE raids in San Francisco should be reported to them at (415) 200-1548. The Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership hotline is (510) 241-4011. It just went “live” on Friday.

Similar hotlines are being set up around the state. In the meanwhile, ICE raids in other counties (like Contra Costa) can be reported to 844-878- 7801, a statewide number.

I assume the Alameda County rapid response will be similar to what is set up in San Francisco. We should get this phone number (510-241- 4011) distributed widely. If ICE tries to detain a community member, they should call this number and will be advised about their legal rights on the spot (remain silent, don’t open the door, ask for an attorney, don’t open up for ICE warrants – needs to be signed by a judge before it’s legal, etc.).

Anyone who observes an ICE raid should call this number immediately. The hot line folks will send out an alert to volunteers located close to the site of the raid to get observers on the spot. The first step is verification — to make sure there is a raid, it’s not just a rumor. Then watch for violations of constitutional rights (99% of ICE detainments did not involve warrants, (they may have false ICE warrants), so they are unconstitutional!). If someone is detained, the hotline will activate attorneys to provide representation.

We received training on how to do legal observing and I am sure such trainings will be taking place in Alameda County soon. Once you are trained you will be on the hot line list to be contacted if there is a raid near you. I emailed Centro Legal de la Raza, one of the groups involved in the Alameda County hotline, to find out about when there will be Alameda County trainings. Anyone who hears about this should let folks know. There may be webinar trainings in the future too.

Here’s what Centro Legal sent out about the creation of ACILEP.

http://centrolegal.org/legal-service-organizations-community-groups-joined- forces-create-alameda- county-immigration- legal-education- partnership-acilep/

New Announcements – Thurs 3/9 thru Tues 3/14 (from Adrienne Fong)

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

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Announcements

(Thursday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 14)

Thursday, March 9

Thursday, 9:00am – 10:00am, LYFT Drivers to Protest LYVT’S 27 Million Court Settlement

450 Golden Gate Ave
SF

REJECT LYFT SETTLEMENT
SELLING OUT DRIVERS RIGHTS 

▪ MOST LYFT DRIVERS WILL ONLY RECEIVE ABOUT $40! 
▪ FIRE ATTORNEY SHANNON LISS-RIORDAN: LYFT settlement betrays Drivers Rights by promoting TNC Misclassification as Independent Contractors – LYFT avoids paying employment taxes, workers compensation, unemployment & fair wages 
LYFT’s other problems… Profits before People 

LYFT INVESTORS: PETER THIEL & CARL ICAHN – HUGE TRUMP 
SUPPORTERS 
 

Sponsor: The ALLIANCE for Independent Workers

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/08/18797165.php 

Thursday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Free Sean Moore

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St., Department 19, 2nd Floor
SF

Court support for Sean and his Family

Day three of pretrial court support for Sean Moore and family.

Sean was a victim of racist police violence for being noisy and is incarcerated on false felony charges.

Sponsor: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1355303637867212/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1489020643379918

Friday, March 10

Friday, 12 Noon – 1:00pm, Solidarity Rally/Speakout In SF-Hands Off Spanish Dockers/Smash Deregulation/Union Busting

Spanish Consulate San Francisco
1405 Sutter St.
SF

Solidarity rally.

FELLOW WORKERS 
The Spanish Government is hellbent on attempting to destroy the most MILITANT and principled industry organised workers in Spain – the Spanish Dockers. 

February 27 2017.the Spanish Minister of Public Works announced his plan to reform the Spanish port system. He will enact a decree issued by the Court of Justice of the Union European Union, a modification which will result the sacking of 6,500 dockworkers. The plan is to fire Spanish dockworkers at a rate of 25% of their full strength each year, which means an absolute extinction of their employment within three years. Sacked dockworkers are to receive a severance packages of only 20 paid days per year worked. 

The Spanish Government threatens the growth of the Spanish economy and seeks to make the dockworker profession disappear from national ports,” rules Jordi Aragunde, IDC General Coordinator. 
The Spanish port workers ́ union Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores del Mar – CETM plans to hold industrial action in the ports of Spain for 12 hours during each of the following days: The days 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, and 24 of March, 2017. 

For more event information:https://www.transportworkers.org/node/2751

Initiated By UPWA.info 
Endorsed by Labor Rising 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/03/18796985.php

Friday, 12 Noon. Yemeni Community Protesting Trumps Revised ‘Muslim Ban’ – Press Conference, Rally & March

Meet:

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

From the members of the Yemeni community: 
Join a march/rally this Friday with the Yemeni American community protesting Trumps Revised ‘Muslim Ban’ on the 6 Muslim majority countries; and among the banned is Yemen!

They are asking people to show up at noon at City Hall this Friday. Also asking people to make signs and bring along with them;
#NoBanNoWall
#YemenisAGAINSTMuslimBan
#MuslimBan

There will be a Press Conference where SF elected officials will speak + 2 members of the community. The Jumuah khutbah will also be in the same vicinity. Dr Hatem Bazian will lead the sermon. There will be a prayer and then march through Civic Center and to the Federal Building.

Info: From AROC https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=aroc%3A%20arab%20resource%20%26%20organizing%20center

Friday, 12 Noon – 2:00pm, Jill Stein –  Building Rebel Cities: Local Politics, Resistance and Revolution in the Age of Trump

UC Berkeley, Anthony Hall
Pelican Building
Berkeley

Dr. Jill Stein, former 2012 and 2016 Green Party presidential candidate, will talk about the progressive, people-powered uprising that is breaking out on the American political landscape, and the potential for local-scale coalitions and insurgent electoral campaigns to turn grassroots energy into political power of, by, and for the people. 

Sponsored by the Radical Geographers Working Group at UC Berkeley

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1072266356212149/?active_tab=about

4:30 pm, Jill and other Greens will be meeting at San Francisco‘s Civic Center BART station, after which we’ll go as a group to join the allies contingent in the Native Nations March, which begins at the Federal Building ( 90 7th Street ) at 5:00 pm. (see info below) 

Friday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Native Nations March – San Francisco

Meet at:

San Francisco Federal Building
90 – 7th Street
SF

Idle No More SF Bay and Tribal Nations in the west are in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders who are calling on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully March for Native American rights on March 10th.

5:00pm – march begins after a short rally.

March will go to the Civic Center.

The rally at the Civic Center will include a traditional California Indigenous opening with Corrina Gould, speakers on the history of Native Americans and the Federal Government, Native American leaders, and others.

Demands:

#TakeTheMeeting // President Trump must meet with tribal leaders to hear why it’s critical that the US government respect tribal rights.

#ConsentNotConsultation // Tribal interests cannot continue to be marginalized in favor of the interests of corporations and other governments.

#NativeNationsRise // The Standing Rock movement is bigger than one tribe. It has evolved into a powerful global phenomenon highlighting the necessity to respect Indigenous Nations and their right to protect their homelands, environment and future generations.

Sponsor: Idle No More & International Indian Treaty Council

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/246592435800243/   or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/25/18796819.php

Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Israeli Policies and Practices in Relation to the Trump Era

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

Two legal researchers, Marya Farah and Aseil Abu-Baker, who are US-licensed attorneys, will present.

Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)- حركة الشباب الفلسطيني, AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center and General Union of Palestine Students -GUPS SFSU invite you to a presentation by Al-Haq, an independent legal organization from Palestine, for a conversation on the parallels between Israel’s policies in occupied Palestine and the Trump administration.

Since the settler colonial project of Israel was established as a state in 1948, the Israel government has used “security” as a pretext to further oppressive and racist policies and practices against the Palestinians. This include the Israeli government being a leader in the development of surveillance technology, building an Apartheid Wall, checkpoints, a racist ID system, arbitrary travel bans, imprisonment, and torture, resulting in the policing, and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

The Trump administration, like all US administrations before it, has taken several pages out of Israel’s playbook. The US and Israel have shared strategies, tactics, technology and training on how to better police and control targeted communities. Legal Researchers from Al-Haq will discuss these issues in light of international law.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/488724631251597/?notif_t=plan_edited¬if_id=1488690848624856

Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Forum The Fight For Immigrant Rights in the Era of Trump

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

Suggested donation $3 -$10 no one turned away

In January 2017, Donald J. Trump issued a series of bigoted executive orders instructing federal immigration agencies to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.- Mexico border.

This was a green light to the Border Patrol, ICE and other police agencies to step up their attacks on immigrant communities and deport millions more U.S. residents in the most violent and inhumane manner.

But immigrants and supporters, are organizing to fight these attacks. Join us for talks and discussion on how to fight back, not only on this critical issue and the entire Trump agenda.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/07/18797148.php

Saturday, March 11

Saturday, 9:00am – 11:30am, Land and Women, the walking tour

Meet:

American Youth Hostel
312 Mason St.
SF

Woman as much as man comes right out of the earth, so how can it be just that so many women have to pay a man to occupy the planet? Come along on a walking tour that, while surveying a half dozen social movements, quietly builds to the story of Kate Kennedy, San Francisco’s 19th Century grade school educator who resoundingly advocated for the maternalizing of land value. 

The walking tour: San Francisco, Women’s History Month, and socio-economic analysis that will turn you right-side-up. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/08/18797164.php 

Saturday, 9:00am – 6:00pm, Conscious Eating Conference

David Bower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley

United Poultry Concerns’ 6th Annual Conscious Eating Conference brings expert speakers to Berkeley, California to share their ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, ourselves, and other animals. This year, we have some of the legends and heroes of our movement speaking like Carol Adams, Will Tuttle, and Lisa Kemmerer. 

Registration is free for students with ID and only $15 for others pre-registration, $25 at the door, so register today! Includes breakfast pastries and fruit and a  vegan lunch. 

for more information and to register: http://www.upc-online.org/forums/2017/ 

Saturday, 10:00am – 7:00pm, Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference

The Omni
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

2 Day Conference

ROAR aka Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference is a FREE two day event, organized by Northern California 
Anti-Racist Action, that will be held on Ohlone Territory March 11th at OMNI Commons in Oakland and March 12th at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. 

ROAR will be a space to gather, build, and learn from each other’s struggles and continue to build an anti-racist front in the Bay Area and beyond. During these times more and more attention is being paid to those of us who use direct action and hold liberatory and revolutionary politics. We can use this moment not only to inspire others through our actions, but to also inspire with our ideas. To draw a line not just against this or that politician, or this or that alt-right figure, but to construct revolutionary positions such as returning land to the indigenous, centering black folks and their perspectives, community self defense, taking care of one another, putting women and gender non conforming people to the front, obliterating borders, opening prison doors, and gaining our freedom from the state, capitalism, and all the other damning institutions. 

The schedule is here: http://www.roarconference.net/schedule.html

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/05/18797052.php  orhttps://www.facebook.com/events/644216209120235/

Saturday, 12 Noon – 3:00pm, International Working Women’s Day March & Celebration

Meet at:

24th Street & Mission
SF

Join GABRIELA USA and the International Women’s Alliance on Saturday, in commemorating the 108th International Working Women’s Day anniversary in honor of the first women strikers in 1909.

within the first month of Trump’s administration, Trump has issued 12 Executive orders attacking everything from immigrant communities, our Muslim brothers and sisters, to the millions of us who depend on the government for subsidized health care. He’s pushed forward the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines against the self-determination of the indigenous peoples of this land, nominated white supremacists, climate deniers, and the super wealthy into his cabinet, and he has exposed the fascist, racist, xenophobic, and misogynist truths of this country. 

*Note* This will be a family friendly march and celebration that will be accessible for children, elders, and people with disability. We will also be organizing our own safety/security team.

Sponsor: GABRIELA – SF and 8 other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1452157741484630/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1488487740582741

Saturday, 1:30pm pt., People Power Action Event

The ACLU is holding a Resistance Training. This event will launch People Power, the ACLU’s new effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the country and take the fight against Donald Trump’s policies not just into the courts, but into the streets. We’re organizing grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the livestream together. Please join us!

March 11 at 4:30pm ET/3:30pm CT/2:30pm MT/1:30pm PT

Click and fill out form to find a location near you: https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/attend-march-11?source=adfb20170306

Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, The 6th Anniversary of the Fukushima Meltdown and 56th NNA Monthly Rally

3:00pm Meet:

Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St.
SF

3:30pm, March to Justin Herman Plaza for Rally

Defend the Children and Families and Stop Restart of Japanese Nuclear Plants!

The crisis and dangers of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe continues unabated. While the Abe government has said the crisis is over the nuclear plants continues to leak radioactive material. They still have not removed all the melted radioactive material from Fukushima unit 2 where there was estimated radiation of 650 Sieverts per hour according to noise analysis of the images transmitted by the robot before its camera went dark near the melted core. 

At the same time the government is demanding that mothers and their families return to Fukushima or their subsidies will be eliminated. These mothers and their children are still being subjected to continued government harassment and mental stress. On March 11, 2017, we need to stand with the mothers and their children and demand that they not be forced by the Abe government to return to Fukushima. 

 No Nukes Action Website: nonukesaction.wordpress.com

Sponsor: No Nukes Action

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/21/18796684.php

Saturday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Protest Against Palantir ICE government Surveillance

2929 Broadway
SF

To carry out its raids on undocumented immigrant families, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon get a helping hand from one of President Donald Trump’s rare allies in the tech industry, Palantir Technologies Inc. co-founder and chairman Peter Thiel.

Peter Thiel’s surveillance company Palantir is reportedly finalizing the digital framework for a potential mass deportation operation, should President Donald Trump decide to go that route.

Come protest this terrifying expansion of the surveillance state. Come protest this threat to undocumented people.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1265081476861525/

Saturday, 3:00pm – 8:00pm, No Borders! No Nations! Noise Demo

West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Hwy
Richmond

In recognition of International Women’s Day, AF3IRM SF/Bay Area calls on the community to join us in solidarity with all immigrants for a noise demonstration outside of the Bay Area’s largest ICE Detention Facility! 

The Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA.

We stand with all immigrants, denounce the targeting of migrant women including, Guadalupe Garcia De Rayos, Jeanette Vizguerra, Valeria de la Luz, and honor the ongoing resistance of women on the front lines, leading the fight against Trump’s racist, xenophobic, and islamophobic executive orders & defying ICE arrests, raids, detention, and deportation!

Info:  sfbayarea@af3irm.org  and https://www.facebook.com/events/1031582360279700/

Saturday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The Attack on Immigrants What Trump Can and Can’t Do

Niebyl Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

A Speak Out Now Forum with investigative reporter and photographer David Bacon 

Trump and those he represents are attacking the most vulnerable members of our society – recent immigrants, especially those without documentation. This is part of a strategy to divide us in the face of attacks aimed at enriching the billionaire class. 

But those under attack are not without power. Immigrant labor is vital to many industries. Today about 57% of the country’s entire agricultural workforce is undocumented. But many other industries are dependent on immigrant labor including: meatpacking, some construction trades, building services, healthcare, restaurant and retail services. This power, mobilized with other workers, can put an end to these attacks.

Sponsor: Revolutionary Workers Group

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/15/18796551.php

Sunday, March 12

Sunday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, SF UNITED AGAINST TRUMP – MASS STRATEGY MEETING

Redstone Building
2926 16th Street (nr. 16th Street BART)
SF

At the last mass organizing meeting on Feb. 18th we discussed a long-term strategy for the coalition. As soon as it’s set, the proposed agenda for our upcoming meeting on Saturday, March 18 will be posted here and on Facebook. Join us if you would like to be a part of the discussion and the overall fight against Trump and his administration’s agenda.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/08/18797154.php

Sunday 1:30pm – 3:30pm, The Commemoration of the 6th Anniversary of Fukushima Meltdown

                “Kindle A Light on The Darkness of Our Time  ~ Militarism, Racism and Nuclear Danger ~

Berkeley Public Central Library
Community Room, 3rd Floor
2090 Kittredge (@ Shattuck)
Berkeley

See Indybay for description

Sponsors: Earth Gathering, No Nukes Action, Miho Kim of Eclipse Rising

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/17/18796593.php

Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm,  Humanism in prisons and outside: The struggle for a different future

Nimbly Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland

The need for human solidarity has never been clearer in the face of fascist nationalisms worldwide. Can we learn from prisoners, who were set against each other by the prison system and who overcame those divisions and worked out an “Agreement to End Hostilities.” Their solidarity transformed their lives and ended use of indeterminate solitary confinement in California. It also opened new discussions of the meaning of the movements for freedom, which go way beyond the struggle for better conditions of imprisonment. The reason of women prisoners has also won important victories and opened new discussions on how human solidarity can make a difference in today’s world. 

Marxist-Humanist and prison rights activist with California Coalition for Women Prisoners and the Prisoners’ Human RIghts Movement (formerly Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Support Committee), Urszula Wislanka, will lead off this discussion.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/07/18797149.php

Monday, March 13

 Monday, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, Pack the Court! 1st Hearing in fed civil case of  Góngora  vs SFPD

Philip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave., 19th Floor, Courtroom 12
SF

Reminder: Bring your ID if you plan on entering the building to attend the hearing!

During the first court date the legal team headed by Adante Pointer from the Law Offices of John Burris will work to set a jury trial date and set a schedule for discovery and other work to be done!

We welcome a strong presence to boost family moral and let the judge and the City know that we’ll be paying VERY CLOSE ATTENTION. Thank you! Justice & Honor for Luis Góngora Pat!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/164331607413860/?active_tab=about

Tuesday, March 14

Tuesday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, SF Board of Supervisors Meeting: NoDAPL Investment Screen (resolution to be voted on)

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

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is voting on a resolution on Tuesday urging the Treasurer to immediately include a DAPL screen in the Treasurer’s monthly investment review. Join SF Defund DAPL Coalition to speak during public comment and urge the Board to pass this resolution UNANIMOUSLY.

***Background and Moving Forward***
The Treasurer issued a statement last week expressing he is considering implementing a DAPL screen in October–Supervisors Fewer and Ronen introduced a resolution to fast-track that. The resolution also initiates an analysis of banking alternatives to our current bank, Bank of America  which hosts more than $10 billion in City funds (e.g. payroll, department expenses) each year.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/162917864219049/ 

Monday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Save CCSF General Assembly

Ocean Campus
Phelan Ave., MUB 260
SF

Updates:

  • Delegation to NACIQI in Washington, to delist the ACCJC
  • Land grab at Balboa Reservoir/threat to Ocean campus parking and PAEC
  • Sanctuary campus in a sanctuary city—Bay Resistance
  • Student report: Ending CCSF as a long-time sanctuary, by arming campus police
  • Hey Ed Lee: Free City College

Tuesday, March 14

Tuesday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tell Berkeley not to assist in People’s Park raid

2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor
Berkeley

If you cannot attend this meeting, email Berkeley city council: council [at] cityofberkeley.info 
Tell them to not offer city police assistance if the UC decides to raid and clear People’s Park for development. 

On March 14th, the city of Berkeley is renewing the mutual aid compendium for 2017. The Berkeley police receive and request mutual aid with other police departments and government agencies involved in policing. The item pertaining to mutual aid is listed on the March 14th agenda packet as item #26, titled “Agreements, with Other Law Enforcement Agencies, Police Departments or Private Security Organizations” 

The UC Regents, the governing board of the University of California system, are meeting on March 15th and 16th to vote on approving a dorm to be built in People’s Park. According to Executive Vice Chancellor Carol Christ, the UC is ready to start the initial steps of development shortly after approval is given.

To help save People’s Park, we must demand that the city of Berkeley not assist in the clearing of People’s Park. The city police should not offer mutual aid in the raid of People’s Park and subsequent UC police actions against protesters trying to save People’s Park. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/05/18797053.php