Weekly calendar of events for Occupy activists (from Patricia Gray)

Please read down this list of activities and plan to attend at least ONE of them.  We are living in ‘interesting’ times and our future is at stake.

Sitting out the election period may allow more awful actions by our corrupt government.  We have to get together OUT ON THE STREETS so that the 1% get scared by the 99%.

This is really our only hope for change, especially when our election process is not free and open to all.  You know that Bernie won in California, don’t you?  The majority of the votes were not counted.

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Wednesday, August 17
5:00 to 8:00 pm      Alex Pitcher Recreation Area
                            1800 Oakdale Ave S.F.
                             ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND THE 
                             CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION
                             Attend an open house to discuss the Candlestick
                             Point State Park and the planned improvements.
                             details: call 415-262-4400
5:30 – 6:30 pm        Market St. and Montgomery St. S.F. (near the 
                             office of Diane not so Feinstein)
                             PEACE VIGIL
                             Gather under the peace banner to stand for peace
                             and give passers by some political information.
                             Sponsored by  Code Pink, The World Can’t Wait
                             and the Occupy SF Action Council
6:00 – 9:00 pm        Gordon Lau School
                             950 Clay St. San Francisco
                             SEARCH FOR S.F. CHIEF OF POLICE
                             Public hearing to discuss what is wanted for a
                             new Police Chief—(like heeding the voice of
                             the people for real reform in that department)
6:00 – 9:00 pm    Mission Police Station,  17th St and Valencia St. 
                         THE WAITING AND WATCHING CONTINUE
                         District Attorney Gascon—Do the right thing and
                         charge officers with MURDER!
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Thursday Aug. 18
9:00 am – 3:00 pm    California Governor’s Mansion
                              16th and H Street, Sacramento
                              EQUAL JUSTICE RALLY AND PROTEST
                              Come and demand that the Police Bill of
                              Rights be repealed.  Come and support
                              families whose loved ones have been killed
                              by police.  In an ACLU research program they
                              found that in a six year period ending in 2014,
                              there were 610 instances of law enforcement
                              committing homicide “in the process of arrest”.
                              Come and DEMAND that the racist Peace
                              Officers Bill of Rights be repealed.
                              sponsored by Families United Against Police
                              Brutality.
6:00 – 9 pm     Mission High School Cafeteria 3750 18th St. S.F.
                      SEARCH FOR A NEW S.F. POLICE CHIEF
                      A public meeting to discuss what is needed by
                      a new Chief Of Police in San Francisco.
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Friday August 19
5:00 pm      Grace Fellowship Community Church
                  3265 16th St. (near Dolores St)
                  FRIDAY’S MISSION NIGHT WALK
                  Gather at the Church and we will remember all those
                  killed and injured in our neighborhood.  We will stop at
                  Mission Police Station to remember Amilcar Perez Lopez,
                  and Luis Gongora Pat–both killed by the SFPD.
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Saturday August 20
1:00 – 4:00 pm       944 Central Blvd.  Hayward
                            HAYWARD COMMUNITY MEETING
                            On May 23, 2014 James Nate Greer was detained
                            and tased repeatedly while he was on his stomach.
                            He was then placed in a full body WRAP .  He
                            stopped breathing and died.
                            This is a free event and we invite all to join us
                            in ending police brutality in our community.
                            There will be food, friendship and entertainment.
1:30 – 4:00 pm     UU Church 1187 Franklin St. S.F.
                          REELS OF INJUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL
                          On the anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising
                          we will show these films:
                          Policing the Police, Broken on all sides,
                          Solitary Nation and 3 and 1/2 minutes–ten bullets
                          Sponsored; SFUU Human Rights Working group             _________________________________________________________
Sunday August 21  
11:00 – 2:00       Corner of Valencia and 24th St. San Francisco
                        2 blocks from 24th St and Mission BART
                        SUNDAY STREETS IN SAN FRANCISCO 
                        Join Medicare For All people to help collect
                         post cards in support of Medicare for All.
                         Call Don Bechler, chairperson for Single Payer
                         Now at 415-810-5826 if you can help so he will
                         bring enough materials for all.
11:00 – 5:00      759 59th St. Oakland
                       BEYOND # OCCUPY ART BUILD
                       Come and build some secret art for the gathering.
                       Come for a short time or a long time.  We will have
                       snacks and laughs.
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Monday August 22
10:00 pm     Department of Homeland Security
                   650 Sansome St   S.F.
                   DIGNITY NOT DETENTION BAY AREA VIGIL
                   Join us outside the ICE building as we demand
                   just and humane treatment of people detained.  We
                   also call for an end to profiting off the detention of
                   our community.
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“Hemingway and Mussolini” by Tory Cooney (vmcooney.com)

Mussolini

I recently read Ernest Hemingway’s article “Mussolini: Biggest Bluff in Europe,” published in The Toronto Daily Star on January 27, 1923.  The writer’s observations are not only interesting in light of the role Mussolini would play over the next few decades, but also just a fabulous character sketch.

“If Mussolini would have me taken out and shot tomorrow morning I would still regard him as a bluff.  The shooting would be a bluff.  Get hold of a good photo of Signor Mussolini some time and study it.  You will see the weakness in his mouth which forces him to scowl the famous Mussolini scowl that is imitated by ever 19 year old Fachisto in Italy.  Study his past record.  Study the coalition that Faschismo is between capital and labor and consider the history of past coalitions.  Study his genius for clothing small ideas in big words.  Study his propensity for dueling.  Really brave men do not have to fight duels, and many cowards duel constantly to make themselves believe they are brave.  And then look at his black shirt and his white spats.  There is something wrong, even histrionically, with a man who wears white spats with a black shirt.

There is not space here to go into the question of Mussolini as a bluff or as a great and lasting force . . . But let me give you two pictures of Mussolini at Lusanne.”

The first is my personal favorite.

“The fascist dictator had announced he would receive the press.  Everybody came.  We all crowded into the room.  Mussolini sat at his desk reading a book.  His face was contorted into the famous frown.  He was registering dictator.  Being an ex-newspaper man himself he knew how many readers would be reached by the accounts the men in the room would write of the interview he was about to have.  And he remained absorbed in his book.  Mentally he was already reading the lines of the two thousand papers served by the two hundred correspondents “as we entered the room the Black Shirt Dictator did not look up form the book he was reading, so intense was his concentration, etc.

I tip-toed over behind him to see what the book was he was reading with such avid interest.  It was a French-English dictionary—help upside down.”

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SF Police Commission to hold meetings regarding search for next “Chief of Police” (from Adrienne Fong)

Please share and come to one or all the community meetings! 

Search for San Francisco Chief of Police

Community Meetings with Commissioners

The San Francisco Police Commission is seeking community input on the recruitment process for the next San Francisco Chief of Police.

Members of the public are welcome to provide public comment at the scheduled community meetings and / or take the on-line community input survey available at: http://www.ralphandersen.com/sfpc-survey/ . The deadline is August 31, 2016

Community meetings:

▪ Monday, August 15, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Alex L. Pitcher, Jr. Community Room, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco

▪ Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay Street, San Francisco

▪ Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Mission High School Cafeteria, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco

▪ Wednesday, August 24, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2850 19th Avenue, San Francisco

           ▪ Monday, August 29, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco

 For questions, contact the Police Commission Office at 415-837-7070, or email at sfpd.commission@sfgov.org.

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Dr. Helen Caldicott at the San Francisco Public Library

August 14, 2016

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott, known as the world’s foremost anti-nuclear activist, speaks about whether nuclear disarmament is achievable. Dr. Caldicott is author of The New Nuclear Danger, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, and Crisis Without End, among others. She has devoted the last forty-five years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.

Co-sponsors: Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament, which includes the War and Law League (WALL); Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC; Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Peace & Justice; American Friends Service Committee; Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence; Western States Legal Foundation; East Bay Peace Action; Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69; Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice; Code Pink; World Beyond War; Tri-Valley CAREs; Physicians for Social Responsibility, SF Bay Area Chapter; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), East Bay and SF Chapters.

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OccupyForum presents . . . Forum on Forum Potluck (Monday, August 15)

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, August 15th 2016  from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street 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!

Forum on Forum Potluck

Bring your recent activism concerns

and Report-backs!

Welcome back from the summer break! OccupyForum will meet this Monday to report back on our recent activism, and bring our concerns up for discussion with the group. Additionally, some of us are beginning work on developing an Activism 101 Course and we need your ideas.

There has been much talk over the past years about how to bring the Youth into the Movement. A new idea is to bring the Movement to the Youth through developing a program to be taught at community colleges, and other venues. This is in the inception phase, and we are very interested to hear your ideas about what such a course absolutely must include. Some ideas, as of now, relate to process, the movements we must cover and their meetings, the roles within each movement, race and class inside the movement/how to work together or not, etc., various strategies, tactics and their benefits and when to apply them, supporting or mentoring a student.

We will also review upcoming OccupyForum plans and commitments from members to take on a Forum meeting.

Please bring vegetarian potluck if you can, otherwise, just come and enjoy!

Q&A and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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“Democracy Is Getting A Reboot On The Blockchain” by Adele Peters (fastcoexist.com)

A startup from Latin America, Democracy Earth, is fighting corruption through Internet voting technology.

In 2013, a group of activists in Buenos Aires attempted an experiment in what they called hacking democracy. Representatives from their new political party would promise to always vote on issues according to the will of citizens online. Using a digital platform, people could tell the legislator what to support, in a hybrid of a direct democracy and representation.

With 1.2% of the vote, the candidate they ran for a seat on the city council didn’t win. But the open-source platform they created for letting citizens vote, called Democracy OS, started getting attention around the world. In Buenos Aires, the government tried using it to get citizen feedback on local issues. Then, when the party attempted to run a candidate a second time, something happened that made them shift course. They were told they’d have to bribe a federal judge to participate.

“When you see that kind of corruption that you think happens in House of Cards—and you suddenly realize that House of Cards is happening all around you—it’s a very shocking thing,” says Santiago Siri, a programmer and one of the founders of the party, called Partido de la Red, or the Net Party. Siri started thinking about how technology could solve the fundamental problem of corruption—and about how democracy should work in the digital age.

The idea morphed into a Y Combinator-backed nonprofit called Democracy Earth Foundation. As the website explains:

The Internet transformed how we share culture, work together—and even fall in love—but governance has remained unchanged for over 200 years. With the rise of open-source software and peer-to-peer networks, political intermediation is no longer necessary. We are building a protocol with smart contracts that allows decentralized governance for any kind of organization.

Their new platform, which the team is working on now as part of the Fast Forward accelerator for tech nonprofits, starts by granting incorruptible identities to each citizen, and then records votes in a similarly incorruptible way.

“If you know anything about democracy, one of the simplest ways of subverting democracy is by faking identity,” says Siri. “This is about opening up the black box that can corrupt the system. In a democracy, that black box is who gets to count the votes, who gets to validate the identities that have the right to vote.”

While some experts argue that Internet voting isn’t secure enough to use yet, Democracy Earth’s new platform uses the blockchain—a decentralized, public ledger that uses encryption. Rather than recording votes in one place, everyone’s votes are recorded across a network of thousands of computers. The system can also validate identities in the same decentralized way.

The platform could be used in a variety of ways. A smaller organization, such the board of directors of a company, might use it for secure voting; the platform can also securely store organizational funds via bitcoin and track a budget. A government might use it for elections or referendums. This fall, Democracy Earth plans to run a pilot when Colombia holds a referendum to approve a historic peace deal between the government and the FARC guerrillas, after 50 years of fighting.

The pilot will record votes from some of the 7 million Colombians who fled the country and can’t easily vote in the referendum, along with those under 18 who can’t yet legally vote. As a pilot, the results won’t be binding for the government, but the platform will give expats and youth a way to share their opinions.

“These two communities are a relevant voice, and we want them to be heard in a process that will be historic to the nation and Latin America as a whole,” says Siri.

After the platform is proven, it can be used officially in elections. It could also enable the kind of direct democracy that new political parties like the Pirate Party, in Iceland, are calling for: letting citizens easily vote directly on issues rather than relying only on politicians.

Democracy Earth is especially interested in helping foster a new kind of governance it calls “liquid democracy,” where people can delegate their votes on particular issues to people they personally know and trust.

“We’re aiming to make the election of representatives a bottom-up process. Rather than electing from a few reality-show candidates that come from top political authorities, we want to engage society to elect among their peers,” says Siri. “Anyone—your friends, colleagues, or a politician, if you want that. This model of liquid democracy is appealing to us because it bridges the best of representative and direct democracy.”

Governments could use the platform now to help fight corruption. But because the platform is a borderless technology, Democracy Earth also imagines that it could eventually lead to a completely different form of governance. If the nation-state is becoming less relevant in a time when we live much of our lives online, perhaps someday we’ll be making decisions together globally as well.

Of course, that will mean that everyone has to have Internet access to participate, but that’s something Siri thinks will soon happen. “Especially in Latin America where we work, you have this digital gap of those who are connected and who are not connected,” he says. “What we know from the statistics is that this digital gap is not socio-economical, but it’s actually generational.” One hundred percent of adults under 30 in Argentina, he says, have Internet access—even in neighborhoods where there isn’t running water.

“In the long term, 10 years from now, 20 years from now—understanding that politics moves at glacial speeds while technology moves at exponential speeds—we see some point in the future where technology is going to be a fundamental right,” he says. “We want to provide the right kind of technology for making decisions online available for everyone.”

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OccupySF Action Council – Announcements (from Adrienne Fong)

 If you know of events or have comments, send items for posting by Tuesday Noon to: pat1936@gmail.com  

OccupySF

~ Action Council ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

 http://www.occupysf.net

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, August 11

A 11, Thursday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Rally, Speak Out Defend the Children and People of Fukushima

San Francisco Japan Consulate
275 Battery St.
SF

Community members and defenders of the people of Fukushima  will speak out at the San Francisco Japanese consulate to demand the evacuation of all children and families from Fukushima, full compensation and the closure of all nuclear plants in Japan/  The Abe government is seeking to reopen the remaining more than 35  nuclear plants despite the great dangers of another Fukushima disaster. Japan is located on the ring of fire and the danger of another major earthquake that could cause a similar disaster is very real.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/08/09/18789955.php

A 11, Thursday, 6:00pm, Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition: To Live or Die?

SEIU 1021
350 Rhode Island St. (enter on Kansas St.)
SF

Hear about the findings of the Blue Panel Report Investigating SFPD. Anand the Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Panel will be presenting.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/185796195170090/

Friday, August 12

A 12, Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Advocates for 100 year old Black San Franciscan Charges Landlord with Elder Abuse

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

In the name of 100 year old, lifelong Fillmore resident Iris Canada, who has suffered financial, emotional and physical abuse under California elder abuse law from her landlord, who has been continually harassing her with eviction attempts since early March 2016, a group of advocates will be demanding that the District Attorney, George Gascon press charges of elder abuse under penal code 368.

This demand to the DA follows yet another attempt by the landlord to evict in court, BlackAugust 10th when the attorney for landlords Peter Owens, Carolyn Radische and Stephen Owens brought yet another filing,

Friday’s visit to the DA follows a 2014 series of cases brought by disabled, evicted and displaced elders, family and youth leaders.

Sponsor: POOR Magazine, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Bayview Newspaper, Manilatown Heritage Foundation and Others

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/604116713081627/

Saturday, August 13

A 13, Saturday, 2:00pm- 4:00pm  Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Abolished? Dr. Helen Caldicott

SF Public Library – Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St. (at Grove St)
SF

FREE EVENT

Dr. Caldicott has spent 45 years educating the world on nuclear perils and organizing against atomic warfare and power. Her mobilizing of doctors in many lands led to the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Though obligated to disarm under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the U.S. is devising net nuclear weapons for a trillion dollars while the Pentagon plans ways to use them

Cosponsors: San Francisco Public Library (BST Dept.) and the new Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament, consisting of various peace groups organized by the War and law League. For details, visit http://warandlaw.org

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/06/19/18787752.php

Monday, August 15

A 15, Monday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, US Militarization in Asia: Questioning “The Rise of China”

Veterans War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness Ave., Room 210
SF

Speakers include:

Ann Wright (peace activist & former US Army Colonel)

  1. J. Noh (journalist & policy analyst for KPFA’s Flashpoints) & others.

The “rise of China” is being used to justify the Pacific Pivot and the TPP. How real is this danger? How can we be economically interdependent and also enemies? What does this mean for countries like Vietnam & the Philippines and for Asian American communities?

Flier: file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/My%20Documents/Downloads/PastedGraphic-1.pdf

Free of charge, donations welcome.

Light refreshments.

Hosted by Vets for Peace-SF with Women for Genuine Security, Bay Area Stop the Pacific Pivot Coalition, Comfort Women Justice Coalition, and Ecumenical Peace Institute.

For more info: call 415 312-5583 or e-mail info@genuinesecurity.org

Below are Pat’s message & announcements:

When Occupy started we said we will get out on the street to force change in our government and more specifically, our rotten banking system. We said that we are not political—and that, I think, was an error.

We must push back against capitalist power in every way we can imagine.  The anniversary of our movement is coming up. I think we need to talk about the election coming up and what we can do.

Having just suffered the fraudulent California primary that Bernie won but Hillarywas proclaimed the winner the day before the election, we need to reassess our goals.

There is a gathering planned for Saturday September 17th to celebrate our anniversary and, I hope, to discuss our future.  Talk to your friends and plan to speak on your ideas on changing our political system.  We need ideas on how to get some real democracy in our nation and ending capitalism.  We the people need to take power away from the corporations and their phony legal ‘personhood’.

Friday August 12

7:00 – 11:00 pm     3165 16th St.  San Francisco

DIABLO RISING TIDE HOUSE PARTY

Join us to celebrate the direct action and corporate
shame of Flood Wall St. last September–and
celebrate the blockade at the California Republican
convention in Burlingame that forced Trump to
crawl over a wall to speak at the event.   Hear of
past month’s tour of California talking about direct
action and climate change.

Come and help plan the next round of trouble
making and organizing at Scott’s house.
RSVP sparki@riseup.net
There will be food and beverages but also BYOB.

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Monday August 15

1:00 – 2:00 pm     S.F. Mission Police Station

17th St and Valencia, SF

CALL FOR A STATE OF EMERGENCY ON ALL POLICE USE OF FORCE

Press Conference

We are calling for a ninety day moratorium on
the use of any firearms, weaponry, tasers,
AR 15 rifles, UZI’s of our police officers while on
duty. We need to change the focus from what
the police need to what the people need.  We
need a transition from putting funds to police to
neighborhood solutions.

In this 90 day period it is our goal to explore the
option of completely disarming the police force
as well as  considering how this has been done
in other countries whose police force do not
use weaponry at all.

Co-signers of this proposal are Idriss Stelly
Foundation, Poor Magazine, Krip Hop Nation,
Justice for Josiah Foundation, the Anti Police
Terror Project, People’s Commission for Justice,
California Coalition for Women Prisoners, the
Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/652192521606336/

6:00 – 8:00 pm      Alex L. Pitcher Jr. Community room
1800 Oakdale Ave S.F.

SEARCH FOR S.F. CHIEF OF POLICE

The police Commission is seeking public input
on the recruitment of a new police Chief.
There will be a public survey for people to
give their opinions.

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Calendar of planned activities for the week (from Patricia Gray)

When Occupy started we said we will get out on the street to force change in our government and more specifically, our rotten banking system. We said that we are not political—and that, I think, was an error.

We must push back against capitalist power in every way we can imagine.  The anniversary of our movement is coming up. I think we need to talk about the election coming up and what we can do. Having just suffered the fraudulent California primary that Bernie won but Hillary was proclaimed the winner the  day before the election, we need to reassess our goals.

There is a gathering planned for Saturday September 17th (at noon at Sue Bierman Park — see http://occupysf.net/index.php/event/occupy-5th-anniversary/?instance_id=5719) to celebrate our 5th anniversary and, I hope, to discuss our future.  Talk to your friends and plan to speak on your ideas on changing our political system.  We need ideas on how to get some real democracy in our nation and ending capitalism.  We the people need to take power away from the corporations and their phony legal ‘personhood’.

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Wednesday August 10
9:00 – 3:00 pm           The Governor’s  Mansion in Sacramento.
                                 1526 H St. Sacramento
                                 REPEAL THE POLICE OFFICER’S
                                 BILL OF RIGHTS
                                 This will be a equal justice rally and protest.
                                 Most of the people now being affected by
                                 Police brutality are low income people of color.
                                 You know that all of us are in danger of the
                                 militarized police forces.  We need to have
                                 a police force under the control of the people.
                                 People of all kinds must unite to have a
                                 police that really serve and protect us.  We
                                 all know now of the actions of the police and
                                 we must unite to make change.
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Thursday August 11
Noon               San Francisco City Hall, room 400
                       Planning Commission
                       GENTRIFICATION  AT 2600 HARRISON ST.
                       A hearing on the demolition of a warehouse to build a
                       four story apartment house of 19 units and luxury
                       pent houses on top.
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Friday August 12
7:00 – 11:00 pm     3165 16th St.  San Francisco
                           DIABLO RISING TIDE HOUSE PARTY
                           Join us to celebrate the direct action and corporate
                           shame of Flood Wall St. last September–and
                           celebrate the blockade at the California Republican
                           convention in Burlingame that forced Trump to
                           crawl over a wall to speak at the event.   Hear of
                           past month’s tour of California talking about direct
                           action and climate change.
                           Come and help plan the next round of trouble
                           making and organizing at Scott’s house.
                           RSVP sparki@riseup.net
                           There will be food and beverages but also BYOB.
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Monday August 15
1:00 – 2:00 pm     S.F. Mission Police Station
                          17th St and Valencia
                           CALL FOR A STATE OF EMERGENCY ON 
                           ALL POLICE USE OF FORCE
                           Press Conference
                           We are calling for a ninety day moratorium on
                           the use of any firearms, weaponry, tasers,
                           AR 15 rifles, UZI’s of our police officers while on
                           duty. We need to change the focus from what
                           the police need to what the people need.  We
                           need a transition from putting funds to police to
                           neighborhood solutions.
                           In this 90 day period it is our goal to explore the
                           option of completely disarming the police force
                           as well as  considering how this has been done
                           in other countries whose police force do not
                           use weaponry at all.
                           co signers of this proposal are Idriss Stelly
                           Foundation, Poor Magazine, Krip Hop Nation,
                           Justice for Josiah Foundation, the Anti Police
                           Terror Project, People’s Commission for Justice,
                           California Coalition for Women Prisoners, the
                           Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy.
6:00 – 8:00 pm      Alex L. Pitcher Jr. Community room 
                           1800 Oakdale Ave S.F.
                           SEARCH FOR S.F. CHIEF OF POLICE
                           The police Commission is seeking public input
                            on the recruitment of a new police Chief.
                            There will be a public survey for people to
                            give their opinions.
6:00 – 8:30 pm      Veteran’s War Memorial Building 
                           400 Van Ness Ave. room 210
                           U.S. MILITARISM IN ASIA; QUESTIONING
                           THE “RISE OF CHINA”
                           Speakers – Ann Wright Peace Activist and U.S.
                           retired General and K.J.Noh Journalist and
                           political analyst for KPFA Flash Points program.
                           event is free of charge.
                           Host – S.F. Veterans for Peace
                           info:  415-312-5583
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“There’s a remedy for homelessness” by Mike Zint

The homeless-led group, First They Came For The Homeless, protests San Francisco’s notorious “sit/lie”law outside of Macy’s, a big supporter of the law.  PHOTO/PETER MENCHINI

The homeless-led group, First They Came For The Homeless, protests San Francisco’s notorious “sit/lie”law outside of Macy’s, a big supporter of the law.
PHOTO/PETER MENCHINI

PeoplesTribune.org – April 2016

BERKELEY, CA — Throughout history, there have been those that have plenty, and those that have nothing. When those with nothing have suffered enough, they rise up, and take what they need. We are in a time of great need right now. We need a system that puts the people before profit. We need a system based on community. We need a system that represents all people equally. We need a minimum quality of life guarantee.

But these things are not possible. Take just one issue. Homelessness. This is simple to solve. Giving them housing is the obvious solution. Unfortunately “giving” something is bad. There is no profit in that. So, that is not an option. Allowing them tents for shelter will alleviate suffering, and provide storage, security, privacy, personal space, and most importantly, stability to improve their situation. Instead of allowing this, cities attack homeless looking to take care of themselves. They steal the people’s gear, destroy personal possessions, medicines, identification, and tragically, memories. Pictures, family heirlooms, and such. This is done without regard for the law. And the cities get away with it because the homeless cannot fight back in the legal system. To make matters worse, the media uses drugs and mental disabilities to define homeless people. They are “lazy and want everything for free.” If that were true, the torture homeless endure would surely motivate them, right? But there is nothing but more abuses. Torture leads to drug abuse and insanity.  Communities notice what the press says, and miss the homeless grandmother with the backpack blending in. How about the college student doing homework, while wondering whose couch is available. How many abandoned veterans are there?

We are getting poorer. Everyone feels it. Americans are a broken ankle away from homelessness. Next year, there will be more of us out here. And where are city councils on this? Politicians pretend to care, while fence sitting on critical issues that developers or businesses districts don’t like. Not one politician will ever represent the poor. The proof is everywhere, sleeping on cardboard, in front of abandoned buildings.

So, our numbers grow. It’s at 2.5 million now. They are in great need of compassion. They are in great need of respect. And the greatest need of all, the need to survive. And that need will always be filled, or the people will die trying. When a few million more have suffered enough in this country, we will repeat history.

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“Homeless protest for the right to sleep and survive” by Mike Zint

Two young homeless men are arrested for sleeping (“lodging”) at the Liberty City2 homeless rights protest at Berkeley City Hall. PHOTO/SARAH MENEFEE

Two young homeless men are arrested for sleeping (“lodging”) at the Liberty City2 homeless rights protest at Berkeley City Hall.
PHOTO/SARAH MENEFEE

PeoplesTribune.org – August 2016

BERKELEY CA — They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I can only come up with one. And that word is torture. When a life sustaining activity like sleep is not permitted, torture is the result. Suffering is increased. Hopelessness overwhelms. And when we stand against it?

Enter Liberty City 2, weekend vigil for equal rights and protections for the homeless. Starting July 2, ‘First They Came for the Homeless’ called a vigil to seek justice for the participants of Liberty City last November, when the city of Berkeley illegally destroyed four truckloads of gear confiscated from our protest. Instead of allowing this latest vigil, the city spent thousands trying to prevent it.

We show up to a completely fenced-off City Hall. The city’s raid on July 2 confiscated our pop up tent and info table, saying City Hall was private property. We are not allowed to protest. The assistant city manager was on hand supervising this unconstitutional act.

We were informed by police that if we slept we would be arrested. Sleep deprivation is torture. Two of our homeless protesters were arrested at midnight and taken to jail for sleeping [‘lodging’], others given citations.

We continued, sitting on cardboard for the entire time. We still had music and art. We chalked the sidewalks. We had community. We had sharing. And we had fun.

We never had a large group.  Our numbers dwindled after the arrests and citations. But we were not going to quit. By Sunday, we had a small group of homeless coming to talk. They came for food and they came for hope. We had plenty of food. But we could not offer them hope. There is none.

There will be no hope until the people in charge recognize that people in need will not disappear because we are inconvenient. The problem is only getting worse. Cities are doing nothing but giving money to groups who rely on homelessness to stay in business. They will not solve homelessness if they are profiting from it. This is the same as all encampments. Shelter, stability, and storage are the attraction. These are what the homeless are looking for. Some of them use drugs. And drug use and crime are used by the city as an excuse to torture ALL homeless. These encampments form out of desperation. And they will continue to develop in nooks everywhere. The city is wasting money and effort fighting a losing battle. The truth is the homeless in this country are people who can’t go away. They have no place to go.

But it is not over. It will never be over until there are equal rights, justice, and compassion for those in need. By cooperating and taking care of each other, the homeless show the housed what humanity is all about.

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