ANOTHER HOMELESS PERSON DEAD ON OUR STREETS by JP Massar

First They Came for the Homeless (FTCftH) decries the loss of yet another life on the streets of Berkeley – ‘Body of homeless woman found near Berkeley High’, reported in Berkeleyside 1/15/17. People without shelter and without hope is the mark of a failed society, one that will likely fall even further over these next four years as tolerance and compassion continue to lose ground to bigotry and mean-spiritedness.

FTCftH will be holding a press conference, followed by a 24-hour vigil commencing at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 17th on the grounds of Berkeley’s New City Hall in memory of lives lost needlessly – in Berkeley, San Francisco, in Portland, OR, Denver, CO and all across the country.

Mike Zint, an organizer with FTCftH, said

“A tent is not a permanent solution. Housing is. But with no housing available, a tent in a sanctioned tent city would provide shelter, storage, security, privacy, and most importantly, stability. And stability is what will help the most. Give people time without harassment, hours, abuse, or rules that don’t fit in with life.”

FTCftH once again calls on the City of Berkeley to stop using police to terrorize homeless people, to stop confiscating the possessions they need to survive, and to stop dismantling the small, supportive communities they establish. Protecting and serving means all the people of Berkeley, not just the housed. In the absence of a place to call her own, would a tent and companions have saved this woman’s life? We don’t know. COULD a tent, companions and shared food saved this woman’s life? We think that’s a good possibility.

For more on our thoughts on homelessness please see http://tinyurl.com/jmqp4kj

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Updates for MLK + 120 Hours of Action (from Adrienne Fong)

This posting concentrates on actions for MLK and leading up to the “inauguration” and for  Jan. 21 Women’s Actions,  NOT all listings are on the APTP calendar. Non-listed actions are also planned by affinity groups.

Updates and events for Friday, Jan. 20th & Sat. Jan. 21st will be posted  Tuesday night.

  ~Adrienne

Send all other items for postings by Tuesday to Pat at: pat1936@gmail.com 

RESIST FASCISM & RECLAIM MLK

Calendar

From APTP

120 Hours of Direct Action

San Francisco Bay Area

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=68pdcjhtndvmg3f3c31r90cooc%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FLos_Angeles

Monday, January 16

MLK DAY

Monday, 9:00am – 11:00am, 3rd Annual #Reclaim MLK Teach-In for Children: We Keep Us Safe

Lincoln Square Park
261 – 11th Street
Oakland

3rd Annual #ReclaimMLK Teach-In will explore how we keep our communities safe without police. At Lincoln Square Park, children ages 3-13 and their adult allies will engage in interactive learning stations about how identity, housing, education, immigration, culture, and the earth are all important in being empowered upstanders in our communities. There will also be a performance by the Alphabet Rockers! After the teach in, all families are invited to join the children’s contingent of 3rd Annual March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy/ & 120 Hours!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417323408574779/

Monday, 10:00am – 11:00am, Security Training for March

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway
Oakland

For those who want to do security and missed the training this past weekend

Monday, 10:00am, 3rd Annual March to ReclaimMLK’s Radical Legacy: HAITI Solidarity Contingent

10:00am Rally at:

Oakland Federal Bldg
1301 Clay St.
Oakland

March to Oscar Grant Plaza for MLK Day March

Stand with the valiant people of Haiti as they resist US occupation and foreign exploitation.

Monday, 11am – 2:00pm, 3rd ANNUAL MARCH to RECLAIM KING’S RADICAL LEGACY / & 120 HOURS

Meet at:

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th Street & Broadway
Oakland

March to: Lake Merritt

You’re invited to the march on Monday to #ReclaimMLK, which also launches #120Hours of direct actions of protest and resistance leading up to the January 20th inauguration of Donald Trump.

We will begin our week of action with the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March. We will then launch into 120 hours of autonomous direct action in resistance to the fascist Trump agenda.

This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, women’s reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/229105814137109/

Monday, 11:00am, REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – MARCH & PARADE

Start:

CALTRAIN Depot
4th & Townsend
SF

March to Yerba Buena Gardens for interfaith commemorations and more

Info: http://norcalmlkfoundation.org/Events.html

Monday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, J 20 Art Build

Greenpeace Warehouse (10min walk fr. West Oakland BART)
955 – 7th Street
Oakland

Come help us make two sets of huge banners for the J20 events in SF and in DC, and the Women’s March!

Please bring painting clothes. We will be working-painting on the floor.
SEWING HELP!: we are looking for some sewing help from 9am to 11am

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1787344121529874/

Monday, 4:00pm,  STOP THE TRUMP-PENCE REGIME BEFORE IT STARTS!

Gather:

SF Civic Center (in front of City Hall)
San Francisco

NO to Trump / Pence Regime

Monday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT to RECLAIM MLK’s LEGACY

Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco

Performances by: Francisco Herrera, Equipto, Old Soul Kollective, Magick, Spoken Word Poetry

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1106178722837253/

Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, POWER & PEACE: THE VOICE OF THE REV DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (Time Updated)

First A.M.E. Church
3701 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland

Film footage of Dr. King’s most profound speeches; messages that are just as relevant today as they were half a century ago.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675447679138339/

Tuesday, January 17

Tuesday, 9:00am, Trump Agenda in Oakland – CREATIVE ACTION in DOWNTOWN OAKLAND

Oakland City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland

Join us at City Hall on Tuesday, 1/17, at 9:00am for a creative action in downtown Oakland in conjunction with the Anti Police-Terror Project’s call for 120 Hours of direct action to reclaim MLK’s radical legacy.

We’re protesting  to expose Libby’s racist policies as she supports the police in their rein of terror and encourages developers as they displace thousands of Oaklanders, especially black and brown community members.

We are also demonstrating to express our outrage over Trump’s agenda and its open threats towards communities of color. We call on Schaaf to reject this agenda, not just in words but in bold actions. We refuse to allow the lofty promises espoused by Libby Schaaf and other Oakland elected officials to amount to mere empty rhetoric.

Sponsor: SURJ

Tuesday, 12 Noon – 2:30pm, RECLAIM MLK DAY!  CITYWIDE HOMELESS PEOPLE’S POPULAR ASSEMBLY

Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco

We will be honoring the 48th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign. The PPC was the last campaign that MLK jr. organized before his untimely assassination. The PPC culminated in a Tent City, known as Ressurection City being erected in Washington DC in 1968,

Policies or decisions are being made on behalf of the homeless community and homeless voices are being left out of the process. In 2016, The Coalition on Homelessness launched a series of Homeless People’s Popular Assemblies (HPPA) in encampments around the City. HPPA’s were led solely by homeless or formerly homeless people.

This MLK Day, we want to reclaim the Radical Legacy of Dr. King as an advocate for Economic Justice and the Rights of Poor People everywhere!

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/361018567605221/

Tuesday, 4:00pm, STOP THE TRUMP-PENCE REGIME BEFORE IT STARTS! – March

Gather:

SF Civic Center in front of City Hall
San Francisco

Refuse Fascism – NO to Trump / Pence Regime!

March through San Francisco

Info: refusefascism.bayarea@gmail.com

Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, SF YOUNG ACTIVISTS 4 BLACK LIVES MINI TEACH-IN – #ReclaimMLK

Mission Branch Library
300 Bartlett St.
SF

In coalition with Anti Police-Terror Project’s call for 120 hours of action, this SF Young Activists 4 Black Lives #ReclaimMLK Mini Teach-In will explore how we keep our communities safe without police.

In this teach-in, children ages 3-13 and their adult allies will use stories and collaborative art to learn about housing as a human right and creating community. It will be led by the social justice educators of Abundant Activism. http://abundantbeginnings.org/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705103356467134/

Tuesday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, MLK Spokescouncil Meeting

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

6:30 Orientation
7:00 Meeting

If it”s your first meeting, please make sure to show up early to attend the orientation!
** The OMNI Commons meeting space is wheelchair accessible, and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom however the bathroom is not fully ADA compliant.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/557822307757910/

Wednesday, January 18

Wednesday, 9:15am – 10:15am, Leader Nancy Pelosi should skip the inauguration

Federal Building
90 – 7th Street
SF

Meet in front of the building – Look for orange CREDO sign.

Tell Democrats Skip the Inauguration!

Politicians who attend Donald Trump’s inauguration will be legitimizing and normalizing his platform of misogyny, racism and xenophobia.

Join CREDO team members on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to deliver more than 125,000 petitions to Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district office in San Francisco urging her and all Democrats in Congress to send a powerful message of resistance by skipping Trump’s inauguration.

Sponsor CREDO

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1658857081080079

Wednesday, 4:00pm, STOP THE TRUMP-PENCE REGIME BEFORE IT STARTS! (March)

Meet:

SF Civic Center for March to Mission District
San Francisco

Refuse Fascism – NO to Trump / Pence Regime!

Info contact: refusefascism.bayarea@gmail.com

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Interfaith Candlelight Vigil and Walk

First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway (@ 27th Street)
Oakland

Walk is to Oscar Grant Plaza

Join us for this family-friendly event in remembrance of the work of Dr. King and in recognition of the work we need to do to make the Beloved Community a reality. Bring a candle, glowstick or other source of light. After a brief gathering ceremony, we will begin our candlelight walk to Frank Ogawa Plaza. Clergy and faith leaders are invited to wear vestments or other garments relevant to their ministry.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596477177035106/

Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Reclaim MLK Film Screening

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Film Screening of “At the River I Stand”

Join “Labor Rising Against Trump” (more info below) to learn more about Martin Luther King’s support for the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike during the final days of his life. This film explores King’s historic links with labor as he believed economic justice and organized workplaces were central to the liberation of African Americans and all working people during the Civil Rights movement.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/700245046818597/

Wednesday, 7:30pm, SF Bay Area Local Refuse Fascism Committee Meeting

2940 – 16th Street (nr 16th Street BART)
San Francisco

Final meeting.

Contact:  refusefascism.bayarea@gmail.com

Thursday, January 19

Thursday, 7:00am – 8:30am, Trump Agenda in Oakland – HUMAN BILLBOARD & FLYERING ACTION

Rockridge BART
5660 College Ave.
Oakland

Reach out to morning commuters about the role of Oakland city government in police terror, pro-development policies that shut out longtime Oakland residents, especially the Black community, and the demand for Oakland to denounce the Trump agenda.

Sponsor: SURJ

Thursday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, SANCTUARY for OUR STUDENTS: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

CCSF Mission Campus
1125 Valencia St.
SF

Rally and build a Wall of Solidarity with immigrant students

Join AFT 2121 on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 12:30pm at the Mission Campus (22nd & Bartlett entrance) for the National Day of Action to defend our schools from the Trump/DeVos agenda.

We will rally in support of our immigrant students, and form a human “Wall” of solidarity against hateful attacks by billionaire bullies.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1318611088202559/

Thursday, 4:00pm, STOP THE TRUMP-PENCE REGIME BEFORE IT STARTS! – March through San Francisco

Meet:

SF Civic Center

March through San Francisco and make final plans for January 20th

Contact: refusefascism.bayarea@gmail.com

Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, NOISE DEMO! Stop Santa Rita Jail Expansion

Santa Rita Jail
5325 Broder Blvd
Dublin, CA

In honor of Martin Luther King and everyone who’s struggling against the prison industrial complex, the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition will be holding a noise demo at Santa Rita Jail. This action is organized as part ofAnti Police-Terror Project’s call for 120 hours of direct action. #120Hours,#HellNawguration#ReclaimMLK.

Our specific demand is for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to reject the $61.6 million construction project upcoming at the Santa Rita Jail. We want the BOS to reject Alameda County’s SB 863 $54 million grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and instead INVEST $7.3 million (Alameda County’s 10% county match) in ALTERNATIVES to incarceration that keep our families together and our communities safe.

Noise demos break the isolation and alienation of cages and is a way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned and remembering those held captive by the state. This will be a family friendly event. We are holding the event during the Thursday evening jail visiting hours to connect with people who are visiting their loved ones inside.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1619182118389498/

Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, MLK Spokescouncil Meeting

955 – 7th Street
Oakland

6:30 Orientation
7:00 Meeting

If it’s your first meeting, please make sure to show up early to attend the orientation!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/557822307757910/

Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Resist Gender – Based Violence

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th Street & Broadway
Oakland

Join us for a creative intervention, solidarity rally and call to action for all who have experienced gender-based violence, organized as part of Anti Police-Terror Project‘s call for 120 hours of direct action.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1808692219384897/

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Know Your Rights: A Training in Support of 120 Hours of Protest

Berkeley Copwatch
2022 Blake (wheelchair accessible)
Berkeley

In support of the call by Anti Police Terror Project for 120 Hours of Protest (from the Martin Luther King holiday through Inauguration Day), Berkeley Copwatch is sponsoring a special KNOW YOUR RIGHTS training to help people get ready to deal with massive police presence in the streets. We will also practice techniques for gathering evidence, challenging racist practices and dealing with police intimidation even after the protests are over.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1750792688572549/

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Announcements for MLK + 120 Hours of Action (from Adrienne Fong)

Postings this next week from me will concentrate on actions for MLK and leading up to the “inauguration” and for  Jan. 21 Women’s actions,  NOT all listings are on the APTP calendar below or are APTP actions.

Events for Friday, Jan. 20th & Sat. Jan. 21st and updates will be posted Sunday evening.

  ~Adrienne

Send all other postings by Tuesday to Pat at:  pat1936@gmail.com

RESIST FASCISM & RECLAIM MLK

Calendar

(check frequently for updates)

120 Hours of Direct Action

San Francisco Bay Area

(from APTP)

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=68pdcjhtndvmg3f3c31r90cooc%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FLos_Angeles

Sunday, January 15

Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm, MLK Day of Service & Resistance

Drivers Plaza “The Island) Orchard Stanford Avenue @ Adeline St.
North Oakland

Join Self Help Hunger Program, Santa Fe CAN Beautifucation Committee, and The Island Crew for a MLK Day of Service and Resistance. This years theme is #PublicLandforPublicGood. We will be planting an additional 18 fruit trees .

-FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST (bring a topping to share)
-COB OVEN PIZZA POTLUCK (bring a topping for our free cob oven pizzas)
-Prepping and planting of 18 memorial fruit trees for the 2nd phase of our living fence program
-Planting of Tree Collards for the Self Help Hunger Program Community Feeds

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/388698598142112/

Sunday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Oakland General Strike Organizing Assembly

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

General Strike Against Trump!

Organize this historical moment with us as we will gather to discuss and coordinate the General Strike in Oakland (Ohlone Land) on #J20 and or during the Trump presidency. We will have a general discussion about what that would look like then break out into several committees to organize.  Conversation will center working class black and brown voices but everyone is welcome to speak and share their thoughts and skills!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1200650543322404/

Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, Poets Protest Against Trump; Oakland

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland

A Nation-wide action by poets from Austin to Chicago, New Orleans to St. Louis, San Francisco to Sacramento.

Protest against a Donald Trump presidency, poets across the United States will mount readings on the front steps of their respective city halls (as well as other venues).

Citizens from all walks of life are welcome to come and have their say in talk or poetic form.

Info:  Paul  (pabs67@yahoo.com)  or https://www.facebook.com/events/400930696917268/

Sunday, 2:00pm, Sunday in San Francisco: Community Meeting to Resist Trump

Noe Valley Public Library
451 Jersey St.
SF

Join MoveOn members and our allies across the country as we come together to talk about what resistance looks like on the local level and to make a plan for how we’ll protect our communities, defend our democracy, and resist the new administration every step of the way.

Sponsor: MoveOn Political Action

Monday, January 16

MLK DAY

Monday, 11am – 2:00pm, 3rd ANNUAL MARCH to RECLAIM KING’S RADICAL LEGACY / & 120 HOURS

Meet at:

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th Street & Broadway
Oakland

March to: Lake Merritt

You are also invited to march with the Haiti Solidarity Committee –

–          Meet at 10:00am for Rally at:

Oakland Federal Bldg
1301 Clay St.
Oakland

– they will march to Oscar Grant Plz. to join the larger march.

You’re invited to the march on Monday to #ReclaimMLK, which also launches #120Hours of direct actions of protest and resistance leading up to the January 20th inauguration of Donald Trump.

We will begin our week of action with the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March. We will then launch into 120 hours of autonomous direct action in resistance to the fascist Trump agenda.

This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, women’s reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/229105814137109/

Monday, 11:00am, REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – MARCH & PARADE

Start:

CALTRAIN Depot
4th & Townsend
SF

March to Yerba Buena Gardens for interfaith commemorations.

Info: http://norcalmlkfoundation.org/Events.html

Monday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, J 20 Art Build

Greenpeace Warehouse (10min walk fr. West Oakland BART)
955 – 7th Street
Oakland

Come help us make two sets of huge banners for the J20 events in SF and in DC, and the Women’s March!

Please bring painting clothes. We will be working-painting on the floor.
SEWING HELP!: we are looking for some sewing help from 9am to 11am

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1787344121529874/

Monday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT to RECLAIM MLK’s LEGACY

Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco

Performances by:
Francisco Herrera
Equipto
Old Soul Kollective
Magick
Spoken Word Poetry

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1106178722837253/

Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, POWER & PEACE: THE VOICE OF THE REV DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

First A.M.E. Church
3701 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland

Film footage of Dr. King’s most profound speeches; messages that are just as relevant today as they were half a century ago.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675447679138339/

Tuesday, January 17

Tuesday, 9:00am, Trump Agenda in Oakland – CREATIVE ACTION in DOWNTOWN OAKLAND

Oakland City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland

Join us at City Hall on Tuesday, 1/17, at 9:00am for a creative action in downtown Oakland in conjunction with the Anti Police-Terror Project’s call for 120 Hours of direct action to reclaim MLK’s radical legacy.

We’re protesting  to expose Libby’s racist policies as she supports the police in their rein of terror and encourages developers as they displace thousands of Oaklanders, especially black and brown community members.

We are also demonstrating to express our outrage over Trump’s agenda and its open threats towards communities of color. We call on Schaaf to reject this agenda, not just in words but in bold actions. We refuse to allow the lofty promises espoused by Libby Schaaf and other Oakland elected officials to amount to mere empty rhetoric.

Sponsor: SURJ

Tuesday, 12Noon – 2:30pm, RECLAIM MLK DAY!  CITYWIDE HOMELESS PEOPLE’S POPULAR ASSEMBLY

Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco

We will be honoring the 48th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign. The PPC was the last campaign that MLK jr. organized before his untimely assassination. The PPC culminated in a Tent City, known as Resurrection City being erected in Washington DC in 1968,

Policies or decisions are being made on behalf of the homeless community and homeless voices are being left out of the process. In 2016, The Coalition on Homelessness launched a series of Homeless People’s Popular Assemblies (HPPA) in encampments around the City. HPPA’s were led solely by homeless or formerly homeless people.

This MLK Day, we want to reclaim the Radical Legacy of Dr. King as an advocate for Economic Justice and the Rights of Poor People everywhere!

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/361018567605221/

Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, SF YOUNG ACTIVISTS 4 BLACK LIVES MINI TEACH-IN – #ReclaimMLK

Mission Branch Library
300 Bartlett St.
SF

In coalition with Anti Police-Terror Project’s call for 120 hours of action, this SF Young Activists 4 Black Lives #ReclaimMLK Mini Teach-In will explore how we keep our communities safe without police.

In this teach-in, children ages 3-13 and their adult allies will use stories and collaborative art to learn about housing as a human right and creating community. It will be led by the social justice educators of Abundant Activism. http://abundantbeginnings.org/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705103356467134/

Wednesday, January 18

Wednesday, 9:15am – 10:15am, Leader Nancy Pelosi should skip the inauguration

Federal Building
90 – 7th Street
SF

Meet in front of the building – Look for orange CREDO sign.

Tell Democrats Skip the Inauguration!

Politicians who attend Donald Trump’s inauguration will be legitimizing and normalizing his platform of misogyny, racism and xenophobia.

Join CREDO team members on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to deliver more than 125,000 petitions to Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district office in San Francisco urging her and all Democrats in Congress to send a powerful message of resistance by skipping Trump’s inauguration.

Sponsor CREDO

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1658857081080079

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Interfaith Candlelight Vigil and Walk

First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway (@ 27th Street)
Oakland

Walk is to Oscar Grant Plaza.

Join us for this family-friendly event in remembrance of the work of Dr. King and in recognition of the work we need to do to make the Beloved Community a reality. Bring a candle, glowstick or other source of light. After a brief gathering ceremony, we will begin our candlelight walk to Frank Ogawa Plaza. Clergy and faith leaders are invited to wear vestments or other garments relevant to their ministry.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596477177035106/

Thursday, January 19

Thursday, 7:00am – 8:30am, Trump Agenda in Oakland – HUMAN BILLBOARD & FLYERING ACTION

Rockridge BART
5660 College Ave.
Oakland

Reach out to morning commuters about the role of Oakland city government in police terror, pro-development policies that shut out longtime Oakland residents, especially the Black community, and the demand for Oakland to denounce the Trump agenda.

Sponsor: SURJ

Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, NOISE DEMO! Stop Santa Rita Jail Expansion

Santa Rita Jail
5325 Broder Blvd
Dublin, CA

In honor of Martin Luther King and everyone who’s struggling against the prison industrial complex, the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition will be holding a noise demo at Santa Rita Jail. This action is organized as part ofAnti Police-Terror Project’s call for 120 hours of direct action. #120Hours,#HellNawguration#ReclaimMLK.

Our specific demand is for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to reject the $61.6 million construction project upcoming at the Santa Rita Jail. We want the BOS to reject Alameda County’s SB 863 $54 million grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and instead INVEST $7.3 million (Alameda County’s 10% county match) in ALTERNATIVES to incarceration that keep our families together and our communities safe.

Noise demos break the isolation and alienation of cages and is a way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned and remembering those held captive by the state. This will be a family friendly event. We are holding the event during the Thursday evening jail visiting hours to connect with people who are visiting their loved ones inside.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1619182118389498/

Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Resist Gender – Based Violence

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th Street & Broadway
Oakland

Join us for a creative intervention, solidarity rally and call to action for all who have experienced gender-based violence, organized as part of Anti Police-Terror Project‘s call for 120 hours of direct action.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1808692219384897/

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Know Your Rights: A Training in Support of 120 Hours of Protest

Berkeley Copwatch
2022 Blake (wheelchair accessible)
Berkeley

In support of the call by Anti Police Terror Project for 120 Hours of Protest (from the Martin Luther King holiday through Inauguration Day), Berkeley Copwatch is sponsoring a special KNOW YOUR RIGHTS training to help people get ready to deal with massive police presence in the streets. We will also practice techniques for gathering evidence, challenging racist practices and dealing with police intimidation even after the protests are over.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1750792688572549/

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Greg Palast: Cross Check- Motherlode of Vote Purge Scams

October 27, 2016

When Donald Trump says, “This election is rigged”—he should know. His buddies are rigging it.

Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, designed to steal a million votes by November.

Crosscheck is controlled by a Trump henchman, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State who claims his computer program has identified 7.2 million people in 29 states who may have voted twice in the same election–a felony crime. The catch? Most of these “suspects” are minorities—in other words, mainly Democratic voters. Yet the lists and the evidence remain “confidential.”

Palast and his investigative side-kick Badpenny do what it takes to get their hands on the data, analyze it and go find some of these 7.2 million Americans tagged “suspects” and “potential duplicate voters” whose votes are threatened this November.

They hunt down and confront Kobach with the evidence of his “lynching by laptop.” Then they are off to find the billionaires behind this voting scam.

In this interview, Greg talks about his new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”. Called “The most important investigative journalist of our time”, Palast has been working for the BBC for 20 years and writes for the Guardian and the Rolling Stone.

See also: GregPalast.com

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“Politicians Don’t See the Light Until They Feel the Heat” by Jacob Wheeler

October 17, 2011 (theuptake.org)

“Sometimes politicians don’t see the light until they feel the heat,” Congressman and Chair of the Progressive Caucus Keith Ellison told The UpTake yesterday during an interview about the growing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

(Watch OWS protests from around the world here)

Ellison fully supports the spontaneous demonstrations, doesn’t believe they are leaderless, and doesn’t think politicians should get in their way or try to co-opt the movement.

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OccupyForum presents . . . Standing Rock with the Reverend Meg Whitaker-Greene, LMFT

OccupyForum re-scheduled so you can go

to Reclaim MLK/Stop Trump events:

SF March starts at 5 pm Monday evening at SF City Hall… plan to stay late!

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, January 16th 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!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Standing Rock:

“Every Footfall is a Prayer”
with The Reverend Meg Whitaker-Greene, LMFT

The Reverend Meg Whitaker-Greene, LMFT will reflect on her trips in November and December to Oceti Sakawin where the  “Black Snake” has been stopped. The Bismarck Mandan Unitarian Universalist Church and Fellowship plays an essential part in supporting this movement led by First Persons of the North American Continent to save our water and earth.

The Reverend Meg Whitaker-Greene, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry where she formerly served as Adjunct Faculty. She has served as Minister to four UU Congregations. Her psychotherapy experience includes successful facilitation to heal post traumatic stress, historic trauma, and issues being experienced by couples, families, and individuals.

She has been Clinical Supervisor of the Native American Counseling Center in San Francisco. She is a graduate of The Reverend Dr. Jeremy TayIor’s Dreamworker Institute. She presently leads Dream Groups and does short term counseling in her private practice.

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IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?

Haru is an 89 year old American woman of Japanese heritage who grew up in Riverside, California. She recalls how her family was put on a registry and incarcerated in an internment camp where they were forced to remain for four years. Then Haru stops talking and does something unexpected…

Executive Produced by Katy Perry

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Photo Credits:
Haru as Young Girl – Haru Kuromiya

Evacuees of Japanese ancestry entraining for Manzanar, California – National Archives and Records Administration

Manzanar Internment Camp, California – National Archives and Records Administration

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“SF’s Democrats keep up the internal warfare” by David Talbot (sfchronicle.com)

Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle.  Former Supervisor David Campos, seen in this 2016 file photo, said: “We’re obviously not anti-immigrant or anti-Chinese. … But this is one of the worst displays of manipulating the process I’ve seen in years.”

January 9, 2017

‘On soggy, windy Sunday, I witnessed American democracy — in its raw and primal form — in action at a San Francisco labor hall. It was beautiful, and it was ugly.

The occasion was the Assembly District 17 delegates election, a generally obscure exercise in democracy that took place throughout the state this weekend. The 14 delegates selected at the District 17 level, which covers the eastern half of San Francisco, get to attend the California Democratic Party convention in May, where they will swill beverages and rub elbows with minor and major political personalities, as well as vote on resolutions that might or might not influence policy. Normally, these district elections excite interest among only party hacks and political wonks. But in case you hadn’t noticed, things are anything but normal these days.

On Sunday morning, while the rest of the city was still enjoying its coffee, a shockingly long line of San Francisco Democrats braved the rain and wind to cast their votes in the District 17 delegate race at the Laborers International Union hall in the Mission. The line snaked out of the building on 18th Street, rounded the corner on Shotwell, and turned right on 19th, where it finally ended in the wet and gloomy distance. Many people waited for as long as two hours under the leaky skies to vote.

The Trump effect has clearly hit San Francisco. No fewer than 1,500 Democrats turned out for this vote, according to artist Debra Walker, convener for the District 17 election — far more than for the last election, in 2015, when about 900 showed up, she said.

So that’s the good news for all those still in shock after November.

“The message today is that we’re alive and well, and we’re fighting back,” said Brian Salkin, one of the dozens of San Franciscans who threw his hat into the delegates race.

But any hope that the Democratic Party in San Francisco would blissfully unite against Trump was dashed by bitter divisions on full display Sunday morning. The friction that tore apart the national party during the primary season, and has pitted local progressives against centrists, grew red hot as the Democrats’ warring factions converged on the labor building.

“This is Bernie versus Hillary all over again,” said one young voter standing in line, who preferred not to give his name. He supported the so-called Rebuild slate, whose campaign was spearheaded by Assemblyman David Chiu, a pillar of the centrist coalition. The opposing Reform slate included a progressive chorus line of Sanders supporters, tenant organizers, LGBTQ activists and police-reform advocates.

As I entered the building, Reform slate members were fuming about what they alleged was “election-rigging” by their centrist opponents. A line of Bauer rental buses parked in front — observers counted at least five vehicles — was disgorging a steady stream of Chinese-speaking men and women. No one stopped them as they went directly inside the building, cutting in front of the long line of people who were patiently standing in the rain.

I spotted one middle-aged Chinese American woman, who declined to give her name, filling out multiple ballots. When challenged by an independent election observer, she became upset and said she was voting on behalf of relatives who could not read English. Meanwhile, at the table where the woman was filling out ballots, Rebuild slate organizers handed out doughnuts, tangerines, granola bars and bottled beverages to those who had just performed their civic duty.

“This is just more of the same corrupt stuff we saw in the Democratic primaries,” said Reform candidate Ben Becker, as he tried to physically block people from crashing the voter line. The young, ponytailed Becker and his wife, Claire Lau, had co-founded San Francisco Berniecrats, an organization that grew out of the Sanders campaign and became the main engine behind the Reform slate. “Hundreds of people are being bused in from Chinatown today — they don’t know who they’re voting for,” said Becker. “They’re just being told how to vote by David Chiu and his people.”

“We’re obviously not anti-immigrant or anti-Chinese,” said former Supervisor David Campos, a Reform slate organizer. “But this is one of the worst displays of manipulating the process I’ve seen in years.”

I found Chiu in front of the building, directing people as they exited the rental buses. He agreed the delegate election was “a chaotic process,” but he strongly denied that his centrist faction was “stacking the vote,” as Campos charged. “There are multiple slates, and everyone is asking people to vote for their candidates,” Chiu said. “I see this as a positive thing — our entire city and state is engaged in the process.”

“We paid for bus rental costs out of my campaign account,” Chiu acknowledged, adding that these expenditures will be reflected in his treasurer’s next report. As for some Chinese-only speakers having their ballots filled out by others, he said: “There were no bilingual ballots, so people needed help.”

But Walker, the election convener, disputed this. “There’s no language problem with the voting,” she said. “The ballot is just a list of names. And if they can’t read the names in English, there are Chinese-language translations.”

Like Chiu, newly elected state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, who also backed the Rebuild slate, put the best possible spin on the tension-filled morning. “This is the ultimate expression of democracy, whatever side you’re on. At the end of the day, we’re all on the same side. We’re all going to unite against the existential threat to our democracy.”

But that unity seemed a distant mirage as I left the building, where I bumped into Kimberly Alvarenga, who lost a hard-fought battle for District 11 supervisor in November by only a few hundred votes. A soaked Alvarenga had been working the line outside the building for three hours on behalf of the Reform slate.

“There were elders, differently abled people, mothers with young kids, all standing in the rain, waiting their turn to vote,” she said. “And then all those people came pouring off the buses and cut in front of them, so they had to wait longer. That’s disingenuous; that’s disrespectful. Democracy needs to be a fair process.”

In the end, the progressive slate prevailed, by a slight margin, taking eight of the 14 seats. Becker was among the winning candidates. Despite winning a majority, progressives were still fuming. “If not for the questionable tactics by the other side, it would have been a progressive sweep,” said Campos. “It’s sad and embarrassing that there was such a horrible process.”

Sunday’s top vote-generator was a member of the centrist slate, Theo Ellington, a 27-year-old public affairs executive for the Warriors. In the midst of Sunday’s mad political circus, the politically ambitious Ellington, whom my family has called “Mr. Mayor” ever since he went to high school with my son, told me, “My job is to bring people together.”

He will have his hands full.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist David Talbot appears Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email: dtalbot@sfchronicle.com

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