Occupy Action Council calendar (from Patricia Gray)

Please read down this list of activities and plan to attend one or more of them.  If you can attend one, please greet some of the other people there and talk to them.  We need to form connections of concerned people.  We need to be peaceful at all times and know that it is possible that great force may be used to ‘clear the streets’.

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Wednesday  December 28
11:00 am            555 California St. SF   (a Trump building )
                         DIE IN AND PROTEST AT A TRUMP
                         BUILDING IN S.F.
                         Join us at Trump’s building for a die in and
                         protest.  If you say HELL NO to Trump and
                         Pence and his white supremacists in the White
                         House we can stop his attacks on immigrants,
                         Black folks and Queer folks,  If you care about
                         the planet, the air, water and climate –
                         join us!  You are the resistance!
                         sponsor  Hareim McKnight
7:00 – 10:00 pm     Redstone Building, 2940 16th St. S.F. 
                            between Mission and South Van Ness Ave.
                            a open conference
                            NO! TO FASCIST AMERICA.  STOP THE 
                            TRUMP / PENCE REGIME BEFORE IT 
                            STARTS
                            The  President elect is assembling a regime of
                            grave danger.  Our anguish is right and just. Our
                            anger must become massive resistance.
                            sponsor  stopmassincarceration.org
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Friday December 30
7:00 pm     2969 Mission St. S.F.
                 P.S.L. study group
                 THE TRUMP AGENDA; WHAT IT IS, HOW TO 
                 FIGHT IT
                 Trump campaigned as a populist, but his goals are to
                 break labor unions, and smash worker’s protections.
                 He wants to cut taxes on the rich and get rid of
                 environmental regulations, destroy  public education
                 and deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
                 Join us for a study group and discussion on how we
                 can defeat the Trump Agenda and struggle for true
                 socialism.
                 $3.00 to $10.00 donation – no one turned away
                 refreshments will be served
                 info   415-821-6171
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Saturday December 31
9:00 am – 1:00 pm      Justin Herman Plaza
                                 Embarcadero  and Market
                                 protest!
                                 NO!  THE FASCIST REGIME MUST BE 
                                 STOPPED BEFORE IT BEGINS!
                                 New Year’s Eve must be marked by outdoor
                                 protests, candle light vigils and gatherings
                                 of resistance!
                                 sponsor   Huffpost Politics
4:00 pm       31st and East 14th — the vacant lot fifty yards from
                   the Ghost House fire.
                   TEACH IN FOR MUWEKAMA FARMS
                   The farm has been restarted where the Ohlone people
                   reclaim their land.  The Ohlone people are not
                   recognized by the Federal Government but there are
                   392 treaties signed with the indigenous people of
                   this land.
                   more info  www.stopdriving.org
8:00 pm  – 9:00 pm    555 California St. S.F.  rally
                                then march to Justin Herman Plaza
                            BRING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH RESISTANCE
                            The fascist regime must be stopped before it
                            begins.
                            sponsor  refusefascism.org
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Sunday January 1, 2017
12:00 – 4:00 pm            Grant Station, Fruitvale Bart 
                                   OSCAR GRANT VIGIL 2017
                                   Gone but not forgotten.  A gathering of
                                   friends and family and the beloved
                                   community will gather to remember him.
                                   sponsor  oscargrantfoundation.org
7:00 – 9:00 pm         Long Haul Infoshop
                              3121 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
                              2 blocks from Ashby Bart
                              screening
                              ZERO PATIENCE
                              Free movie to ring in the New Year.  A radical
                              musical about AIDS featuring sexy heroes –
                              like we are going to need in 2017.  Highly
                              recommended cult classic.
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Monday January 2
5:30 – 9:00 pm   Omni Commons  4799 Shattuck Ave. Oakland
                        #EARTH 2 TRUMP ROADSHOW OF RESISTANCE                                  There is a cross country tour headed to D.C. for
                        the inauguration building a network of resistance
                        along the way.  Come and sign the national
                        Pledge of Resitance.  Write a personal #Earth to
                        Trump message.
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99 Reasons 2016 Was a Good Year (medium.com)

Our media feeds are echo chambers. And those echo chambers don’t just reflect our political beliefs; they reflect our feelings about human progress. Bad news is a bubble too.


If it bleeds, it leads” isn’t a phrase coined by some cut-throat tabloid editor. It’s a potent truth that lies at the heart of the modern day media machine. It’s time for some balance. That’s why our team at Future Crunch spent the year gathering good news stories you probably didn’t hear about, and sent them out in our fortnightly newsletter.

Here’s our full list for 2016…

Some of the biggest conservation successes in a generation:

1. British Columbia protected 85% of one of the world’s largest temperate rainforests, home to the wonderfully named ‘Spirit Bear.’ Reuters

2. In February, Peru and Bolivia signed a $500 million deal to preserve Lake Titicaca. HNGN

3. In March, the US government abandoned its plan for oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters, reversing its decision from a year ago. Guardian

4. After nearly 13 years of difficult negotiations, Malaysia established a 1 million hectare marine park that pioneers a mixed-use approach to marine conservation. Guardian

5. In 2016, more than 20 countries pledged more than $5.3 billion for ocean conservation and created 40 new marine sanctuaries covering an area of 3.4 million square km. Reuters

6. That included a new record holder for the world’s biggest marine reserve, off the coast of Antarctica. National Geographic

PENGUINS: 1 | HUMANS: 0

7. New research showed that acid pollution in the atmosphere is now almost back to the level that it was before it started with industrialisation in the 1930s. Science Bulletin

8. In 2012, the US and Mexico embarked on an unprecedented binational project to revive the Colorado River. By 2016, the results had astonished everyone. Audubon

9. In November, the Obama administration followed up its March announcements by banning offshore exploration and drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic until 2022. Politico

Huge strides forward for global health

10. The World Health Organisation released a report showing that, since the year 2000, global malaria deaths have declined by 60%. WHO

11. In 2016, some of the world’s biggest diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, started declining in wealthy countries. New York Times

12. A new study from the world’s leading health journal reported that the number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has almost halved since 1990. Guardian

13. Fresh evidence showed that public smoking bans have improved health in 21 nations. Wiley Blackwell

14. Uruguay won a major case against Philip Morris in a World Bank ruling, setting a precedent for other small countries that want to deter tobacco use. CS Monitor

15. Malawi achieved a 67% reduction in the number of children acquiring HIV, the biggest success story across all sub-Saharan nations. Since 2006, they’ve saved 260,000 lives. Al Jazeera

16. Child mortality rates came down by 12% in Russia. Article

17. Life expectancy in Africa has increased by 9.4 years since 2000, thanks to improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to ARVs. Quartz

18. Mobile phones made significant inroads in the fight against rabies, a disease which kills more people annually than all terrorists combined. Ars Technica

19. Thailand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. World Health Organisation

20. Harvard scientists created a new platform for antibiotic discovery that may help solve the crisis of antibiotic resistance. GEN

21. Liberia was officially cleared of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West Africa. Vanguard

Image credit: Bloomberg

So yeah. That didn’t happen.

22. The WHO announced that measles have been eradicated in all of the Americas, from Canada to Chile. It’s the first time the disease has been eliminated from an entire world region. NBC

23. The proportion of older US adults with dementia, including Alzheimer’s declined from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012, a decrease of about a million people. Scientific American

24. The number of cigarette smokers in the US dropped by 8.6 million since 2005. That fall will be accelerated by a tobacco tax just passed in California. NPR

Political and economic progress in many parts of the world

Image credit: Global Citizen

25. 93% of kids around the world learned to read and write this year. That’s the highest proportion in human history. And the gender gap between girls and boys in school narrowed in 2016 too. Medium

26. In 2016, for the first time ever, the amount of money it would take to end poverty dropped below the amount of money spent on foreign aid. Vox

27. World hunger reached its lowest point in 25 years. New York Times

28. In February, Ontario announced a $100 million initiative to curb violence against indigenous women. The Star

29. Myanmar swore in its first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years. BBC

30. Black incarceration rates fell in the United States. Not fast enough, but certainly something worth celebrating. Washington Post

31. In 1990, more than 60% of people in East Asia lived in extreme poverty. As of 2016, that proportion has dropped to 3.5%. Vox

32. Homelessness in the United States declined by 35% since 2007, and Los Angeles committed to $1.2 billion to help get more people off the street. CS Monitor

33. Taiwan is on the verge of becoming the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage. New York Times

Image credit: NY Post

34. The Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage, following sustained lobbying by civil society groups. Independent

35. In June, after years of wrangling, the drive to end female genital mutilation in Africa made a major breakthrough, when the Pan African Parliament endorsed a continent-wide ban. The Wire

36. Germany took on rape culture, introducing a law to broaden the definition of sex crimes by zoning in on the issue of consent. Catalogue

37. Two weeks before #Brexit, the African Union announced a new single African passport that permits holders to enter any of the 54 AU member states without a visa. Washington Post

38. The United States now feeds healthy lunches to more than 30 million children, is about to ban trans fats, and has enacted one of the biggest overhauls of nutrition labels in decades. Vox

39. Italy became the last large Western country to recognise same-sex unions in 2016, following a long-running battle by campaigners. Independent

40. Denmark became the first country to no longer define being transgender as a mental illness, and Canada announced a ban on transgender discrimination. Telegraph.

41. 2016 marked the 24th year in a row that teenage pregnancy rates declined in the United Kingdom and the United States.

We finally started responding seriously to the climate change emergency

Image credit: Global Daily

42. The Paris Agreement became the fastest (and largest) United Nations treaty to go from agreement to international law in modern history. CBS

43. Global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels did not grow at all in 2016. It’s the third year in a row emissions have flatlined. Scientific American

44. Thanks to rapid technological innovation and political support from around the world, renewables now account for more newly installed capacity than any other form of electricity in the world, including coal.. Gizmodo

45. The Chinese government placed a ban on new coal mines, created new rules for grid access and doubled its renewables targets for 2020. WRI

46. India announced it won’t need any new coal plants for the next three years because it’s flush with generation capacity. Times of India

47. In April, the UK’s Chatham House released a report saying “Big Oil is screwed.” Chatham House

48. In the same month, 25% of European countries announced that they had quit coal. EcoWatch

49. The BRICS New Development Bank approved $1 billion in renewables investments in China, Brazil, South Africa and India. RT

50. In 2016 Costa Rica ran solely on renewable energy for over 100 days. Now it’s aiming for an entire year with no fossil fuels. The Independent

51. In July, the USA, Mexico and Canada committed to getting 50 per cent of their electricity from renewables by 2025. Their leaders also nailed the awkward handshake thing. Time

52. A new report showed that China reached peak coal in 2014. A landmark moment in the fight against climate change that was reported by every media outlet on the planet. Right? Guardian

53. China installed 20GW of solar in the first half of 2016, three times as much as during the same period a year ago. Reuters

54. In October, the International Energy Agency reported that half a million solar panels were installed each day around the world in 2015. It also drastically increased its five year growth forecast for renewables. IEA

55. In the same month, 197 countries agreed to drastically reduce their use of HFCs, and the International Civil Aviation Organisation agreed to measures to combat the impact of flying on greenhouse gas emissions. Scientific American

56. The world’s biggest offshore wind farm received the go ahead for its second phase. Guardian

57. Mexico announced $6 billion in renewables investments, Argentina $2.7 billion, Scotland connected underwater turbines to its grid for the first time, and solar energy generated more power than coal in the United Kingdom. Independent UK

58. In November, India unveiled the world’s largest solar power plant, and revealed that it is now on track to be the world’s third biggest solar market in 2017. Al Jazeera

59. And in the same month, the United Kingdom agreed to phase out coal by 2025, France said it would get there by 2023, and Germany promised to reduce emissions by 95% by 2050. Guardian

The world got less violent

Image credit: Medium

60. Following the end of conflict in Colombia in 2016, all of the war in the world is now limited to an arc that contains less than a sixth of the world’s population. Associated Press

61. ISIS quietly started preparing its followers for the eventual collapse of the caliphate it proclaimed with great fanfare two years ago. New Yorker

62. In April, a new report revealed that for the first time ever, the death penalty has become illegal in more than half of the world’s countries. Article

63. Juarez, in Mexico, used to be the world’s most dangerous city. In 2016, crime came down and residents started losing their fear. National Geographic

64. Crime rates in Holland plummeted, with total recorded crime shrinking by 25% in the last eight years. One third of the country’s prison cells are now empty. Dutch News

65. Three years ago Honduras was the most dangerous place on earth. Since then community crime programs have achieved a remarkable reduction in violence. New York Times

66. Hellholes? Not according to US mayors, who in 2016 celebrated years of positive gains in US cities. Politico

Signs of hope for a life-sustaining economy

Image credit: Vox

67. Good science and simple economics have started a reversal in overfishing in the United States. New York Times

68. Norway became the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation. The Independent

69. In June, a new survey showed that the ozone hole has shrunk by more than 3.9 million square kilometres since 2006. Scientists now think it will now be fully healed by 2050. Sydney Morning Herald

70. In July, more than 800,000 volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in one day. The country is planning on reforesting 12% of its land. National Geographic

71. Later that month, Israel revealed that it now makes 55% of its freshwater. That means that one of the driest countries on earth now has more water than it needs. Ensia

72. McDonalds announced it would be removing corn syrup from its hamburger buns and removed antibiotics from its chicken months ahead of schedule. CNBC

73. By August, every major grocery and fast-food chain in the US had pledged to use only cage-free eggs by 2025. Washington Post

74. The average number of large oil spills around the world has been drastically reduced, from an average of 24.5 per year in the 1970s, to just 1.8 a year in 2015. ITOPF

75. The citizens of Mumbai conducted the largest beach clean-up in human history, removing more than 4000 tonnes of rubbish. Washington Post

76. Plastic bag use plummeted in England thanks to the introduction of a 5p charge in 2015. BBC

77. The Italian government overwhelmingly backed a new set of laws aimed at cutting down the vast amounts of food wasted in the country each year. Independent

78. In December, four of the world’s biggest cities, Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City, agreed to ban diesel cars from their centres. Guardian

Endangered animals got a some well-deserved breaks

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79. At this year’s CITES conference, 183 countries agreed to the strongest protections ever for endangered animals, with big wins for parrots, rhinos, porpoises, rays and elephants. Washington Post

80. In February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the global manatee population is no longer endangered. Scientific American

81. Wild wolves started coming back to Europe, and for the first time since the American Revolution, wild salmon began spawning in the Connecticut River. Al Jazeera

82. In March, Yellowstone’s grizzly bears passed a major milestone, completing one of the greatest wildlife comeback stories in history. National Geographic

Image credit: NY Post

83. Fifty years ago, the Columbian white-tailed deer population was 450 animals. This year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service took it off the endangered list. CS Monitor

84. Green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico were taken off the endangered list. Huffington Post

85. Sea World agreed to stop breeding captive killer whales. NPR

86. Humpback whales were removed from the endangered species list, having fully recovered in the last 46 years. Science Mag

Image credit: Huffington Post

87. The US finalized new regulations to shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders and stop wildlife crime overseas. WWF

88. Mongolia created one of the world’s largest protected areas for snow leopards. Snow Leopard Trust

89. In September, giant pandas became the latest species to be taken off the endangered list. Guardian

90. And in 2016, for the first time, we heard that the number of tigers in the wild rose for the first time in 100 years. National Geographic

The world got more generous

Image credit: Open Society Foundations

91. At the beginning of the year, we heard that global spending on aid and development increased by 7%, and spending on refugees has doubled. OECD

92. In April, Pony Ma Huateng, the chief executive of the Chinese internet giant Tencent, donated $2 billion to charity. South China Morning Post

93. 2015 was America’s most generous year ever, with charitable donations from individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reaching record highs. 2016 is on track to be even bigger. Associated Press

94. In 2016, charitable giving in China rose to $15 billion, a 10 fold increase from just a decade ago Bloomberg

95. Online crowdfunding raised almost $1 million for the kids of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile to go to college.

96. Warren Buffett gave $2.9 billion to charity, again. And his son, a farmer and environmentalist, quietly continued to spend his billion dollar inheritance on sustainable agriculture and hunger eradication. The Atlantic

97. The Gates Foundation announced another $5 billion in charity for Africa. They also tweeted this video about progress on malaria.

Image credit: Gates Foundation

98. Germany took in an additional 300,000 refugees in 2016, despite growing concerns about integration and a backlash from populists. Guardian

99. In Canada, hockey moms, poker buddies and neighbors took in Syrian refugees, one family at a time. New York Times

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EMERGENCY Demo for Sunday, Dec. 25th & Announcements for Tuesday (from Adrienne Fong)

Send items for posting by Tuesday to: pat1936@gmail.com  

OccupySF

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, EMERGENCY XMAS DAY ANTI TRUMP’S  NUCLEAR  ARMS RACE: Christmas Day

Union Square
San Francisco

“Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” — Donald Trump 

Anti Nuclear Arms Race DIE-IN!!!! 

NO Christmas as USUAL!!

We cannot do Christmas Day like usual. Bring your families – kids, friends, Grandpa and grandma too! This is call to fight them at every step. We won’t normalize a fascist America!

We will gather in at the Christmas Tree in Union Square. At 3pm the nuclear bomb alarm will sound. We will do a mass die in to show the future under Trump/Pence.

Bring chalk and paint to outline your bodies. We need to mark the end of 2016 with action, art and a call to humanity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/587360481456165/?active_tab=about  &https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/12/24/18794940.php

RefuseFascism.bayarea@gmail.com   / 510-253-5551

Tuesday, December 27

Tuesday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Hearing: POA vs. City of San Francisco

San Francisco Superior Court
400 McAllister St.
SF

On December 21, 2016, the SF Police Commission unanimously adopted the Use of Force policy it had unanimously passed on June 22, 2016 including the ban on carotid restraint and shooting at moving vehicles recommended by the US DOJ.

The SF Police Officers Association (SFPOA) is now suing the City claiming that the Police Commission does not have authority to ban these practices in the Use of Force policy.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/358237657881138/

Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm,  SFPOA  IS BULLYING  CITY WORKERS – POA BULLYING CITY WORKERS TO SEIZE PENSIONS  – PRESS CONFERENCE / PROTEST

San Francisco Police Officers Association
800 Bryant St.
SF

The SF POA wants the City worker pension fund to invest in hedge funds.

The racist San Francisco Police Officers Association SFPOA has a history of bullying the members of the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Labor Council, African American trade unionists in the ILWU and other unions. Now they are bullying San Francisco City Employees and retirees to remove the only non-police fire member on the pension board. Herb Meiberger is the only representative of the of the vast majority of SF City workers Now the POA along with Bob Muscat of IFPTE Local 21 and the MEA which represents city bosses wants to pack the SFERS board with police and firemen who want more hedge fund purchases

Sponsor: United Public Workers for Action

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/12/18/18794780.php

Tuesday, 6:30pm, SPOKESCOUNCIL MEETING FOR MLK WEEK OF ACTION

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Tuesday Dec 27th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting,

This year, Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project is calling on our Bay Area community to up the resistance level, as we reclaim the radical legacy of Martin Luther King and resist the fascist Trump agenda. This year the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March on Monday (1/16) will launch 120 hours of direct action, culminating on #HellNawGuration Day (1/20). This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.

Schedule of upcoming meetings & locations below:

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/249876528763451/

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WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD RALLIES

12/20/2016 – BY ROBERT REICH (Occupy.com)

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON ROBERTREICH.ORG

Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president?

One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to have voted for him—overwhelmingly white, and many wearing Trump hats and T-shirts. When warm-up speakers asked how many had previously attended a Trump rally, most hands went up.

A second clue is that rather than urge followers to bury the hatchet, Trump wound them up.

“It’s a movement,” he said in Mobile, playfully telling the crowd that in the run-up to the election, “You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall?’ ‘We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison!’ ‘Prison!’ ‘Lock her up!’ I mean, you were going crazy. You were nasty and mean and vicious.” He called his followers “wild beasts.”

A third clue: Rather than shift from campaigning to governing, Trump’s post-election rallies were almost identical to the rallies he held when he was a candidate—the same format, identical pledges (“We will build a great wall!”) and the same condemnations of the “dishonest” media. They also elicited many of the same audience responses, such as, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

And rather than use the rallies to forgive those who criticized him during the campaign, he employed them to settle scores—criticizing politicians who opposed his candidacy, like Ohio Governor John Kasich; blasting media personalities who predicted he would lose, such as CNN’s John King; and mocking opponents, such as Evan McMullin, the Republican who campaigned against him as an independent in Utah.

Trump vows to continue these rallies after he becomes president. As he told the crowd in Mobile, “They’re saying, ‘As president, he shouldn’t be doing rallies.’ But I think we should, right? We’ve done everything else the opposite. This is the way you get an honest word out.”

“Get an honest word out?” There’s the real tip-off.

Like his nonstop tweets, Trump’s purpose in holding these rallies is to connect directly with a large and enthusiastic base of followers who will believe what he says—and thereby reject facts from mainstream media, policy analysts, government agencies that collect data and the scientific community.

During his just-completed “thank-you tour,” Trump repeatedly claimed, for example, that the murder rate in the United States is the highest it’s been in 45 years. In fact, it’s near a 50-year low, according to the FBI.

He also repeatedly said he won the election by a “landslide,” when in fact he lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes—more than five times Al Gore’s margin over George W. Bush in 2000.

And he repeatedly asserted that the election was marred by “massive voting fraud,” when in fact there has been no evidence of voting fraudat all (unless you consider the possibility that Russia hacked into our voting systems—which Trump dismisses).

A democracy depends on truth. Trump’s claims that the murder rate is soaring may elicit support for policies such as harsher policing and sentencing—the opposite of what we need.

His assertions that he won by a landslide may give him a mandate he doesn’t deserve. His claims of “massive voter fraud” could legitimize further efforts to suppress votes through rigid ID and other requirements.

If repeatedly told Muslims are the enemy, the public may support efforts to monitor them and their places of worship inside America, or even to confine them. If told that the tide of undocumented immigrants is rising (in fact, it’s been falling), the public could get behind draconian policies to keep them out.

If told to ignore scientific evidence of climate change, the public may reject efforts to reverse it. If told to disregard CIA reports of Russian tampering with our elections, the public could become less vigilant about future tampering.

In short, the rallies and tweets give Trump an unprecedented platform for telling Big Lies without fear of contradiction—and therefore for advancing whatever agenda he wishes.

It’s no coincidence that Trump continues to denigrate the media, and hasn’t held a news conference since July.

A president intent on developing a base of enthusiastic supporters who believe boldface lies poses a clear threat to American democracy. This is how tyranny begins.

Robert Reich is the chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

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Update from Mike Zint

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December 23, 2016

A few day ago, I was released from the hospital into a “care facility” through BACS. Last night was my third night here. This is supposed to be respite care. It is not medical at all. I still have not seen a nurse.

Last night, my drug abusing roommate spent the entire night puking. The tiny room has about a half gallon of vomit on the floor and smells horrible. My roommate has been going through my gear, taking what he wants. The food is not enough for a child’s meal. No working cooking facilities, no toilet seat, and it took a special phone call and an attorney to get me a mattress.

When the city of Berkeley chooses to ignore homeless, we die. This place is making me weaker, not stronger. Alta Bates hung up on me when I contacted them and tried to resolve this situation.

So, Mr. Mayor, Kris Worthington, and the rest of city council, is this what you mean by helping the poor? These reasons are why we demanding tents. You lie about what is offered, and spin stories to make yourself look good. Look at the photos, and put yourself in my situation. This is the lie you are covering up. And to say everything is good shows you are out of touch or full of shit.

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How Berkeley Struck Out – With Apologies to Pretty Much Everyone (by JP Massar)

Background: Yesterday (December 19, 2016), at 5:00 PM, the First They Came for the Homeless encampment at Oregon & Adeline (across from Berkeley Bowl) in Berkeley was given notice of cause for eviction (for the 12th time, all from different locations they have taken up).  They have been at this location a couple of weeks now.  As of this morning, no raid had taken place.

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How Berkeley Struck Out  – With Apologies to Pretty Much Everyone.
An Apocalyptic Tale That Doesn’t Have to Be.

The Berks all through Berkville liked Zintville a lot
But the powers-that-be north of Zintville did not!

It could be, perhaps, that their Nikes were too tight.
It could be their heads weren’t screwed on just right.

But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that their hearts were two sizes too small.

But, whatever the reason, their hearts or their Nikes,
They stood there ‘ere Christmas a-hating the Mikes.

Staring down from their tower with a sour, admin frown
At the warm lighted tents below in the town,

For they knew every Zhoo in Zintville abed
Was visioning sugerplums deep in their heads.

“And they’re lighting a tree” they snarled with a sneer.
“It soon will be Christmas! It’s practically here!”

They filled their cop vans, and they took trusty Hans,
And down to the camp they went with their bans.

On Crusher, on Masher, on Tramper, on Nix-em,
On Vomit, on Lipid, on Gonner and Blitz-em!

All the camp tents were dark, No one knew they had come.
All the Zhoos where all dreaming sweet dreams without glum.

They loaded their vans with what they called trash,
They arrested a few and cited a rash.

Then they slunk to the food tent. They took the Zhoos’ feast!
They took the damned pudding! They took the roast beast!

They stole the pc’s, and all the cell phones.
They even deleted the Zhoos ringy tones.

Then they came face to face with the wonderful tree.
As the Zhoos made a circle, knelt down in a plea.

No mercy was shown tho, the axe did come out.
The Zhoos were dispersed, the tree down with a shout.

“We’ll not have this nonsense. We’ll not have this here.
Bah and Humbug to you, and to all your good cheer.”

“There are poor houses, jails, sidewalks and rats;
That’s where you belong, your dogs and your cats!”

And what happened then? Well, in Berkville they say
That the powers’ small hearts shrunk three sizes that day!

Oh, somewhere in this Trumped up land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,

And somewhere peeps are laughing and little children shout;
But (for the nonce) no Zintville – mighty Berkeley has struck out.

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First They Came for the Homeless expecting police raid

First they came for the homeless

December 20, 2016
REMEMBER: WE CAN STOP RAIDS IF ENOUGH PEOPLE SHOW UP WHEN THEY HAPPEN
Please set your alarm for 5:00AM tomorrow (Wednesday) and check this page to see if there’s notice of a raid going on, then hurry over to Adeline and Oregon in Berkeley, if you’re in the area, of course. Even if you take a bus, there’s a good chance that – as cops see the numbers of defenders growing – they’ll start talking frantically into their lapels.

I was at the camp from 4:15 – 6:00AM today. There was no raid during that time, which – given the warning issued by the Dee Williams-Ridley yesterday – makes each succeeding day more likely.

I’ve created a draft of a raid alert, ready to be sent out tomorrow or whenever it occurs.

There’s more property in camp than ever that can be confiscated, and – as you all know – it’s difficult to recover some of it and impossible to recover all of it; so we’ll need as much help as we can get to prevent it from being officially stolen. Those of you with vehicles can take stuff away. Others can help pack. Also, sufficient numbers of supporters arriving on the scene during the raid can compel the police to back off.

Timeline Photos · 9 hours ago
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Occupy Action Council calendar (from Patricia Gray)

Most of us are very concerned about the upcoming administration.

We expect our government will become even less concerned with
the 1% and more willing to serve the greedy desires of the 1%.
We need to be more active in an attempt to get some real
democracy in our nation so the the government will heed the
voice of the people over the ‘donations’ of the top 1%.  Please
forward this calendar to people you know that share this concern.
Anyone who sends an email to
                           pat1936@gmail.com
will be added to this list of concerned citizens and hopefully
they will join this effort.  We have a fight ahead!

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Wednesday December 
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm   Bernal Heights Park, Bernal Heights Blvd.  S.F.
                              SHARE A CELEBRATION!
                              Press conference at the memorial for Alex
                              Niento and a community event. ?We demand
                              the SFPD officer Morse be fired after the
                              office of Citizen’s complaints sustained a
                              review that demands this action of the
                              Chief of Police. United we will support each
                              other to transform the system.  Food and
                              beverages and entertainment will be provided.
                             The people who meet monthly in a vigil for
                              Amilcar will join the memorial for Alex.
4:00 – 5:30 pm    Union Square, Geary and Powell S.F.
                         KINDLE JUSTICE: STAND AGAINST
                         ISLAMOPHOBIA AND  RACISM 
                         Chanukah, the festival of lights, is a holiday
                         of hope in the dark of winter.  We refuse to be
                         silent about the racist hate speech, the Israeli
                         repressive policies against the Palestinians.  We
                         want racist policing to end. We stand up to
                         antisemitism, misogyny and LGPTQ oppression.
5:30 pm    Civic Center Plaza   Polk St. side   
                ANNUAL INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE
                FOR HOMELESS DEAD
                All are welcome, bring a friend
                sponsored by S.F. Interfaith Council and the S.F.
                night ministry.
                I don’t know how many people died on our streets
                this year but it is terrible that we together with our
                government don’t provide housing as a basic human
                right.
_____________________________________________________
Thursday Dec. 22
11:00 am    S.F. Federal Building  90 7th St. San Francisco
                 PROTEST DEPORTATION OF MOM OF U.S 
                 CITIZEN RENEE SAUCEDO
                 Betty Flores is being deported due to an expired
                 visa.  She is 81 years old and has dementia.  She
                 is being cared for by her daughter who is a US
                 citizen.  It is dangerous for her to be separated
                 from her daughter.  She has no criminal record. A
                 group of her family, immigrant rights people will
                 protest the inhumanity of Home Land Security
                 forces.  An application has has been made for a
                 humanitarian parole.
                 Sponsored by Karl Kramer of S.F. Living Wage
                 Coalition.
___________________________________________________
Friday December 23
6:00  – 9:00 pm     Beginning of Market St. S.F.
                           MONTHLY CRITICAL MASS EVENT
                           Indigenous Elder Running Wolf will lead the
                           moving event by burning an American flag.
                           Trump is the last straw of the dying empire
                           and the indigenous people say enough is
                           enough — from Standing Rock to the Bay.
                           info   www.stopdriving.org
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Saturday, December 24
8:30 am – 9:00 pm   American Youth Hostel 
                              312 Mason St. S.F.
                              speaker Dub Nation reading from his latest
                              manuscript Congenital Depravity on Christmas
                              For those in search for an antidote to liberal
                              progressive intellectual vacuity in the face
                              of Trumpism, this reading may serve as
                              an elixir.
9:00 – 11:00 pm        HITTING TRUMP IN THE POCKET BOOK 
                              A walking tour that is a deep look at the chronic
                              issues   facing us today–such as wages,
                              housing rights, racial, religious and class
                              divisions.
                              free event – except for your time and current
                              patterns of thought.
———————————————————————————————
Tuesday December 27
4:00 – 5:00 pm     SFPOA Headquarters, 800 Bryant St. S.F.
                          press conference and protest!
                          NO MORE PENSION FUNDS IN HEDGE FUNDS
                          The Police Officers Association is bullying the
                          San Francisco  City Employees and retired workers
                          to remove the members who are not police or
                          fire reps.  They want to continue to invest money
                          in Hedge funds.  We need to stop this corruption
                          take back the pension funds from these hustlers
                          on the pension board. that get kick backs from
                          the hedge fund management.
                          sponsored  United Pubic Workers for Action
                          UPWA.
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OMNI COMMONS PURCHASED!

We have some exciting news to share it with you. Our wildest dreams have come true! We have obtained a loan to buy the enchanting building known as the “€œOmni,”€ successfully securing 22,000 square feet of space for community organizing in Oakland!  Owning the building will make us much more able to support the amazing community of radical groups that use this space, but we’ll still need your support.

Hi, I’€™m Brian, volunteer with Omni Commons for the past 8 months and new Treasurer. Until the recent presidential election I don’€™t think any of us expected the need for the Omni to become so incredibly urgent. Having a physical space dedicated to activism is already an extremely valuable resource. In the next few years, it’s likely to become essential.

The Omni Commons provides space where all sorts of innovative projects can come together and accomplish things. In the current real estate bubble, these are organizations and events that wouldn’™t otherwise have an affordable place to happen. Some of the projects using the Omni Commons include: community gardens and a youth food business; a community-owned-and-operated wireless network; an accessible community science lab, home to the Open Insulin and Real Vegan Cheese projects; a free school where anyone can attend or even teach a class; a video collective telling stories that might otherwise remain untold; a participatory budgeting campaign for Oakland; an annual free coding boot camp; free theater performances; tutoring and mentoring for immigrant youth and families; the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project; Open Circle’s monthly meet-ups in support of families affected by police brutality; and many, many more meetings, rehearsals, fundraisers and events.

Omni Commons is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we need your tax-deductable support to keep the doors open, the lights on, and the Wifi fast. Although this might be the hundredth end-of-year fundraising email you’ve received this week, it’€™s the only one you’€™ll get from an organization like us. We all need what the Omni has to offer: a non-hierarchical space for social justice organizing!

Now that we own the building, we can focus on improving it and on deepening our commitment to organizing for social justice. 2017 will be a year of looking forward. We a€™re going to need a lot of help and support from the community to make our space as useful as possible to the community, so we a€™re asking that you make that same commitment and support the Omni Commons by making a contribution to our work.

If you can’€™t donate now, see if you can find a friend who can. Get your friends excited about the Omni. Next time you hear that someone is looking for an event space, think of the Omni Commons and put them in touch with us. It’€™s easy to request event space. Just go to omnicommons.org/occupy. Get them excited about the Omni collectives that wouldn’™t otherwise have a space to do their work. Get them excited about the potential for resistance that we represent, and how important that is about to become. While you’re excited, come visit us, volunteer and work together with us to steward this community-building space for Oakland.  And if you can, contribute to keep the Omni Commons strong, and able to meet the needs of the community. No donation is too small or too large!

Donate through Paypal here , or if you want to donate using Stripe click here .  You may also donate by sending a physical check to:

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Avenue,
Oakland CA 94609

Our warmest wishes for the Holiday Season to all our friends and supporters from all of us at the Omni Commons.

In solidarity,

Brian Feraru

P.S.  Join us for our celebration dinner at the Omni Commons on January 27th.  This will be a great place to get connected if you want to volunteer.

Our mailing address is:
Omni Oakland Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

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