California net neutrality bill passes state senate committee

April 17, 2018 

A protester holds a sign that advocating for resistance to the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules. State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, is hoping to pass legislation that would in effect restore the net neutrality rules in California. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press
Photo: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

A protester holds a sign that advocating for resistance to the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules. State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, is hoping to pass legislation that would in effect restore the net neutrality rules in California.

A bill to create California’s version of expiring national net neutrality regulation passed its first major test Tuesday by getting through the state Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.

The committee voted 8-3 to send the bill authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill, however, still has a long road ahead before gaining approval by both houses of the Legislature.

“Californians want to protect net neutrality, and this is not a partisan issue,” Wiener said during the hearing.

Still, the bill is highly political, and the Democrat-dominated committee voted along party lines. Under the Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission voted in December to rescind rules that forced Internet service providers to adhere to the principles of net neutrality. The rules were meant to ensure companies that provide Internet service to treat all Web traffic fairly and evenly. The net neutrality repeal is scheduled to go into effect April 23.

Wiener called the FCC’s action “outrageous” and said it reversed “more than 15 years of careful bipartisan work.”

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, the energy committee chairman, went a step further, opening his comments about the bill by saying “totalitarian dictatorships and monarchies are not very popular” and “at the very core of what we do not support in America.”

“In this case in particular, the president overstepped his bounds,” Heuso said. The state needed to take action “in absence of our federal government that refuses to do its job.”

Under the Obama administration, the FCC adopted net neutrality rules in 2015 to prevent the biggest Internet providers from favoring certain websites over others by blocking or slowing down service for some customers or charging not to do so.

But under Trump, the Republican-dominated commission voted in December to return to a “light touch” set of regulations that Chairman Ajit Pai said had allowed the Internet industry to prosper.

The FCC’s December decision was supported by the largest telecommunications companies, including AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, which strongly oppose Wiener’s bill.

“We do not block websites, we do not censor Internet content, we do not degrade Internet access,” Bill Devine, an AT&T vice president, told the state Senate committee. “This bill is built upon speculation that somebody, somewhere, sometime in the future might violate net neutrality rules.”

Wiener’s bill goes far beyond the FCC’s 2015 order and contains confusing language that could stifle investment in Internet infrastructure, Devine said.

Wiener hopes to use California’s sheer market size to force the biggest Internet providers to adhere to net neutrality policies throughout the country. Proponents and opponents nationwide had their eyes fixed on this bill because it was the most comprehensive bill introduced in any state so far.

“It’s the only state level bill that fully restores all of the 2015 net neutrality protections,” Weiner said.

Carolyn McIntyre, California Cable & Telecommunications Association president, said the bill “would shift increased costs to consumers” and subject Internet companies to “a patchwork of potentially conflicting requirements both within and outside of California.”

Faith Bautista, president of the nonprofit home counseling agency National Asian American Coalition, said the real problem was solving the digital divide and providing cheap online access for seniors and immigrants.

With the bill, “We’re trying to solve a problem that’s not a problem,” Bautista said. “Who will be the winners? The lawyers. We all want an open Internet, but we are all opposed to SB822.”

Proponents of the bill feared the committee would gut it of consumer protection measures, but Wiener said in a statement that amendments to the bill approved in the committee “maintain all the key provisions of the bill intact.”

The committee removed a proposal to make the state Public Utilities Commission in charge of net neutrality rules. It also clarified how the state attorney general’s office would enforce issues such as whether an Internet service company was improperly connecting companies to the Internet or not offering equal access to services competing for consumers.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted a letter supporting the bill on Tuesday.

Benny Evangelista is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @ChronicleBenny

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How Much Do Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Cost? (A Receipt for Trump’s Syria Attack)

April 17, 2018 (

How much do tomahawk missiles cost? The price of the US-UK-French attack on Damascus, Syria

Last Saturday, as most are surely aware, the prime ministers of France and the UK assisted failed meatpacking-entrepreneur Donald Trump in violating all the most important international laws by attacking Syria in Damascus and Homs. For whatever reason, the US-led coalition thought it was a good idea to get revenge against Syria for an alleged gas-attack by blowing up any hypothetical evidence that might have proven the Syrian government was behind said gas-attack. The truth, it seems, was part of the price we pay for — well, no one can really be sure (since the evidence blew up) but dammit our freedom is safe and that’s what counts. The other part of the price is mostly really expensive bombs.

What Is the Price of Attacking Syria?

For the price of the US-led attack on Syria, everyone in this stadium could have 5000 dollars​Altogether, the Brits chipped in 8 stormshadow missiles, the French (not to be outdone) threw down 9 stormshadows plus 3 Missiles de Croisière Navals, and the US furnished 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 19 JASSM-ER (joint air to surface standoff missiles – extended range). The total price for all 105 bombs was a measly $177 million. And to get an idea of how staggeringly large $177 million is, think of it this way – if you filled every seat in the Fenway Park stadium, $177 million would be enough to hand out about $5000 cash to every person.

$1,048,030 X 8 Stormshadow missiles = $8,384,240
$1,048,030 X 9 Stormshadow missiles = $9,432,270
$3,300,000  X 3 Missiles de Croisière Navals = $9,900,000
$1,869,000 X 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles = $123,354,000
$1,359,000 X 19 JASSM-ER = $25,821,000
$8,384,240 + $9,432,270 + $9,900,000 + $123,354,000 + $25,821,000 =
$176,891,510 or about $177 million

How Much Does a Tomahawk Cruise Missile Cost?

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A look at the US Department of Defense’s 2017 budget request shows that each Tomahawk cruise missile costs a mere $1.869 million. According to its maker Raytheon, this hellish metal vulture “can circle for hours, shift course instantly on command and beam a picture of its target to controllers halfway around the world before striking with pinpoint accuracy.” Each time the US fires off one of these bad boys, imagine 60 full-time, living-wage jobs ripping through the air above a group of frightened Arab children…

2,087 hours per-year × $15 wage = $31,305
$1,869,000 ÷ $31,305 = 59.7029 or about 60 full-time jobs per tomahawk cruise missile

Or, as an alternative, one might imagine a building in Damascus being leveled by a year’s worth of food for 1,242 of the poorest US-Americans.

Avg. Yearly SNAP Benefits (food-stamps) received: $1,504.8
$1,869,000 ÷ $1,504.8 = 1,242.0255 or about 1,242 hungry US-Americans

How Much Does a Tomahawk Cruise Missile Cost?

How Much Does the JASSM-ER Cost?

While Lockheed-Martin’s joint air to surface standoff missile or JASSM may lack the Tomahawk’s added cultural-appropriation, they still get the job done (if that job is killing people) at a bargain price of $1.359 million. As Lockheed-Martin’s website says — “with superior performance and affordable price, JASSM offers the best value of any weapon in its class.” Using the same units of measurement above, each JASSM-ER is about enough to create 43 US-American jobs or to provide food for a year for 903 hungry people.

Total Cost of Trump’s Illegal Attack on Damascus

Adding the total cost for 19 JASSM-ER (“extended range”) to the 66 Tomahawk missiles Trump launched during his little terror-attack on Syria last weekend brings the total cost for US missiles to….

$25,821,000 + $123,354,000 = $149,175,000

…about $149.2 million! Yay. For perspective, $149.2 million is equal to the yearly incomes of about 2,640 US-American households at the median. In a world that made sense, this $149.2 million might have funded coverage for 45,647 people as part of a universal healthcare program or employed 4,765 workers as part of a self-managed federal job guarantee.

Median Household Income: $56,516
$149,175,000 ÷ $56,516 = 2639.5180 or about 2,640 US household-incomes

Avg. Per-Person Healthcare Spending in OECD Countries: $3,268
$149,175,000 ÷ $3,268 = 4,5647.1848 or about 45,647 people with healthcare

2,087 hours × $15 wage = $31,305
$149,175,000 ÷ $31,305 = 4,765.21322 or about 4,765 full-time, living wage jobs created

But all of this math is just a fun thought experiment. Public spending could — in theory, of course — create more jobs or ensure that people have access to healthcare or food but then Raytheon’s stock prices would never have increased by 3.2% over the weekend. And besides, using public funds to promote the general welfare or public safety and happiness would be socialism. Where would that leave the shareholders? Think about it.

In solidarity,
John Laurits

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UPDATES ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS: Tuesday, April 17 – Thursday, April 19 (from Adrienne Fong)

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! This is a JUSTICE  ISSUE!

Check Indybay for other events:


A. Caught in a lie, US & allies bomb Syria the night before international inspectors arrive – Op-Ed by Eva Bartlett(April 15, 2018)

B. Stephon Clark’s killing raises tough question: Should cops always charge in? (April 15, 2017)

C. East Bay Cities Consider Banning Companies That Help ICE Track Down Immigrants From Bidding on City Contracts (April 16, 2018)

  See item # 7

D. Israel targets reporters, medics in Gaza protests (4/13/18)


1. Tell border state governors: Don’t help Trump terrorize border communities 

 Petition to the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas reads: “Don’t help Donald Trump terrorize border communities.

 Call back your National Guard members and refuse to deploy any more of them.”

2. Tell DHS: Stop separating families at the border 

 Petition to Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen:

“Separating families at the border is inhumane and unnecessary. Stop this cruel practice immediately.”


Tuesday, April 17 – Thursday, April 19 

Tuesday, April 17

1. Tuesday, 8:30am – 9:30am, Countdown 9 Days To DeadlineGascón: Charge the Killers of Luis Góngora Pat or Resign!

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.

Tuesday – Thursday 8:30am – 9:30am – Join the family of Luis and supporters of Justice 4 Luis Gongora Pat!

In 2016, the SF Board of Supervisors approved a $1.5 million dollar budget for D.A. Gascon to investigate police criminal misconduct. What changed? NADA! This bureau has dismissed the back log of @SFPD killing cases since 2011, without charges!

Pending from 2016 only are Luis’s and Mario Wood’s cases plus the new ones of 2017-2018. Every other fatal officer involved shooting since 2011, Gascon has dismissed without charges. He either starts charging killer cops or steps aside and let’s someone else do it! Gascon: Charge or Resign!

Your presence will make a huge difference! 

Mayan War Room in Honor of Luís Góngora Pat at the Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St., 2nd Floor.

  Come by to visit on Tuesday-Saturday. The exquisite embroidered protest artwork from Luis’s widow Doña Carmen, daughter Rosana and other women family members will be available for a donation.. T-Shirts; buttons are also available

  Closing reception is on Friday, April 20th


2. Tuesday, 9:30am – 6:00pm, Impasse Resolution Proceedings  between  City and County of S.F.  and  S.F .Police Officers’ Association 

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St., Room 551

Open to the public.

From the agenda Tuesday appears to be the ONLY day that the public can comment on the contract negotiations: “…The Arbitration Board will take public comment on the single item for this meeting at the conclusion of the proceeding on the second day, April 17, 2018, before recess…”

Schedule of Meetings / Agenda +More info:

Brief summary of today’s hearings from Anand of The No Justice No Deal Coalition

  • The City put our demand related to DOJ recommendations forward! This is a major victory. The City’s proposal calls for a meet-and-confer within 14 days of any policies/orders intended to implement the DOJ recommendations (as opposed to the normal 30 days). If no agreement is reached, the POA would waive its rights to factfinding and arbitration, and the City would move forward with its plan.
  • Public comment will take place tomorrow, likely from around 4-6 p.m., in Room 551 at the Hall of Justice (850 Bryant St.). A major turnout from our coalition would be great. Comments will likely be up to 3 minutes each (maybe 2 if we have a huge turnout). I think we need to focus on supporting the City’s proposal encompassing our demand in two ways:
    1. Commenting on how the POA has a history of blocking common-sense reforms.
    2. Commenting on the impact of the POA blocking reforms.
  • The arbitration board is comprised of three people: Board Chair David Weinberg (we should be focused on him), a POA representative (Gary Delagnes), and a City representative (Carol Isen)
  • See this Google album for pics I took of selected documents made available to the public. The pics represent a list of all disputed terms, a close-up of City Proposal (CP) #22 (representing the DOJ recommendations demand), a close-up of CP #52 (related to paying the POA president’s salary—a demand in our first letter to the Mayor), and a progress report from the SFPD on implementation of the reforms.

Other takeaways:

  • Today consisted of opening remarks and testimony from two witnesses: an “expert” called by the POA to testify about wage considerations and a City employee who pulled together the survey of comparable cities.
  • Chief Scott will be testifying tomorrow about the DOJ recommendations, along with Micki Callahan, Gary Delagnes, and others—I’ll try to send a pic of the schedule in the morning (hearing starts at 9:30 a.m.)
  • The City has two major goals: implementation of the DOJ recs and allowing the Chief/Command Staff more control over shift assignments
  • For my (sporadic and limited) notes, see this link. I’ll try to update it every day (unfortunately, there’s not a good phone or wireless signal in the room, so it’ll be tough to do real-time notes in Google Docs). 

Next week’s schedule hearings are Monday 4/23, Tuesday 4/24 and Wednesday 4/25. 

3. Tuesday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, TAX Rally 

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Ave – Intersection

Note from organizer: We will be part of over 100 Tax March events happening throughout the country, uniting to call for a fair tax code and an economy that works for everyone.

As the local organizer, I wanted to introduce myself to you and encourage you to invite friends and family to join you at this important event.

The organizers sent some T-shirts and posters and also a giant TRUMP CHICKEN which I hope to assemble!

I will make some signs or you can bring your own.

4. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kayla’s Birthday Celebration at Provo Park! 

Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Accessibility: We will be setting up in a paved area, so the event will be wheelchair accessible. We will also provide chairs for those who wish to sit.

Five years have passed since the death of disabled Black trans loved one Kayla Moore at the hands of Berkeley Police, so we are throwing a great big party to keep her memory alive! Expect food, music, art and updates from the family about the court case.

Sponsor: Justice 4 Kayla Moore


5. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Israel: A Democracy Or A Colonial Project? 

UC Berkeley
110 Boalt Hall

A discussion with Knesset Member, Haneen Zoabi facilitated by Dr. Hatem Bazian.

Zoabi was elected to the 20th Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on behalf of the Joint List (Hadash, Raam, Balad, Taal), and is member of the Education, Culture and Sports Committee, and the Lobby for the Strengthening and Development of the Arab Economy.

Sponsors: Center for Race & Gender’s Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at UC Berkeley.


6. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, “Colombia: the struggle for lasting peace: w/union leader Nidia Quintero 

2969 Mission St.

A tour featuring Nidia Quintero, General Secretary of FENSUAGRO, Colombia’s largest federation of agricultural workers unions.

Over a year ago, peace accords were signed in Colombia that officially ended 52 years of civil war. But there are powerful enemies of the peace who want to undermine the accords any way they can.

The transnational corporations and big landowners are trying to stop reforms that benefit rural communities. They are terrorizing rural, indigenous, and Afro Colombian families and forcing them to leave their land.

Nidia Quintero, General Secretary of FENSUAGRO, comes from a farming family that was displaced because of the armed conflict from the department of Cauca. She relocated to Putumayo, where she and her family became community and labor organizers. Fifteen of her fellow organizers were assassinated for their activities between 2000 and 2004, including her husband, a union leader, and her 19-year-old son.


7. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Deport ICE: Alameda 

Alameda City Council
2263 Santa Clara Ave., Rm. 320

Making Sanctuary Real continues in the Bay Area. On April 17, we have a Deport ICE doubleheader with the cities of Richmond and Alameda both considering a Sanctuary City Contracting and Investment Ordinance which wil cut the data pipes to ICE by prohibiting municipal contracts and investments with data brokers that sell information to ICE to track and profile immigrants. This gets public money out of subsidizing the Trump deportation machine.

In Alameda, the bill sponsor is Vice Mayor Malia Vella.

We need Alamedans to turn out, but all of us in the Bay Area are in the sanctuary city battle with the Trump Administration. We need to support our elected officials all over the Bay Area in standing up with our immigrant communities.

Sponsor: The Day We Fight Back & 3 Other groups


Wednesday, April 18 

8. Wednesday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Solidarity Demonstration with LaZAD

Civic Center BART Station

As the ZAD fights for its preservation against ongoing state repression, we’ll take up the spirit of our comrades in France here in SF.

Last week the French state began evicting the ZAD (Zone to defend) – an occupation by more than 80 collectives which forced the abandonment of an airport project. The state sent 2,500 police accompanied by armored vehicles and demolition machinery to attack everything the occupied territory stands for and all that it has achieved. The ZAD is one of the longest-running projects of autonomous politics in our time, and serves as a coordinating node for radical organizing across France and Europe.

In 2011 police raided and destroyed the Occupy encampments across this country, then in 2017 a militarized force dismantled the Standing Rock camp. Now the forces of order, with constant gas and thousands of stun grenades, wish to write the ZAD into history as another thwarted possibility.

For more info. on the ZAD:


9. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL  

One Post Street
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinsteins office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).

If it rains we will meet below the stairs to BART/MUNI

Focus varies each week on Peace & Justice issues

Signage & fliers provided
All are welcomed 

10. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Defend Mission Protections at community meeting 

The Women’s Building
3543 18th St.

MISSION – WE NEED YOU HERE! We expect gentrifying neighbors to show up to oppose our proposed Mission and Mission St protections that will be presented at this meeting.

Come get some food, share your thoughts about the legislation we have been working on with city officials, and defend our right to these Mission protections!

Sponsors: United to Save the Mission, Our Mission No Eviction, Cultural Action Network, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District


11. Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Meeting – Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.


12. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Bay Area Writers and Artists of Color Endure Gentrification – A Collection of Stories

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St.


Endangered Species, Enduring Values is a new anthology of prose, poetry and four-color artwork by over sixty San Francisco area writers and artists of color. It presents a compelling snapshot by and of the city’s majority minority, who now comprise 58% of the residents in the nation’s most diverse and progressive metropolis.​

According to editor Shizue Seigel, the book’s title, Endangered Species, Enduring Values, refers to people all over the world, of every race and culture, who are losing their connection to the places, histories, values, and traditions that shaped societies over millennia. San Francisco’s residents of color, a significant but largely silent majority, draw strength from their heritage not only to survive but to thrive—through compassion and collaboration rather than competition.” Seigel gathered over 70 people of all ages and walks of life to respond artistically to these questions:

​• In challenging times, how do heritage, history, or spirituality inspire you as a person of color?

• What sustains you and keeps you working for a just and inclusive society?

• What do you want the world to understand about your heritage or community?


13. Wednesday7:30pm – 9:30pmAnti Police-Terror Project General Meeting 

East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.

Monthly meeting 


Thursday, April 18 

14. Thursday, 9:30am – 11:00am, Rally & Petition Delivery for Stephon Clark!

Meet at:

1300 I Street

We will be meeting at the Attorney General’s office (1300 I Street), and marching to the District Attorney’s office (901 G Street) to hand deliver these signatures.

Color of Change’s petition met its signature goal and now it’s time to deliver. 

District Attorney Ann Marie Schubert, we need you to press charges on these two officers now! We are tired of police in Sacramento murdering us in the street with no consequences.

Sponsors: Black Lives Matter Sacramento and Color of Change


15. Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, Budget Hearing on Homelessness! 

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

Join the Coalition on Homelessness and the Homeless Service Providers Association (HESPA) as we fight for more funding to serve homeless San Franciscans! Advocate with us at Budget Committee so that we can get the budget justice we need and deserve!

We will be requesting for $13.8 million to be added to the budget to serve homeless families, youth, seniors, and adults, including:
** 257 new housing subsidies
** replacement family emergency shelter
** new adult shelter in the Bayview
** housing navigators
** emergency housing assistance for youth
** right to counsel in evictions
** critical mental health services

This budget proposal was created with homeless people and homeless service providers.


16. Thursday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Food Not Bombs – Food prep 

Station 40
3030B 16th Street (between Mission & Julian –across from 16th Street BART)
Ring door bell
(Up a flight of stairs)

   Thursday, 6:00pm, Food Not Bombs – Food Share

   16th Street BART Plaza

For information or to volunteer: call Micah at 415-738-9249 or send email to

Food Pickups: Help Needed!

Cooking:  3:00 pm to 6:00 pm–Ring doorbell for entry–Help Needed!

Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza — 6:00 pm–Help Needed!

Cleaning Up:  3030B 16th Street–after Cooking–6:00 pm – 8:00 pm–Help Needed!

17. Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Jacobin Launch Party: Health of Nations 

California Nurses Association
155 Grand Ave.

Wheelchair accessible

For those fighting for Medicare for All, and health justice everywhere, Jacobin Magazine’s latest issue, The Health of Nations is an indispensable tool. Join us in coming together to discuss its relevance and celebrate its release!

Program will feature the latest left perspectives on our broken healthcare system and where the fight for health justice is heading, with talks by contributors to the issue, including Michael Lighty (Public Policy Director of National Nurses United) and Meagan Day (Staff Writer at Jacobin).

Sponsors: East Bay Democratic Socialist of America and Jacobin Magazine


18. Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, CARF April Community Meeting 

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

Be a part of building the Communities Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) Coalition and Rapid Response Network!

Communities Against Racism & Fascism (CARF) is seeking to build a direct-action Rapid Response Network with broad based coalitions to assemble the community to protest far-right, fascist, and neo-Nazi appearances with mass, direct counter-demonstrations. The Rapid Response Network is a text and email communication system that alerts members of upcoming actions so they can turn out for the protest and organize others to do the same.

Come to this community meeting if you are interested in doing something about the fascist threats against our communities by joining the CARF Coalition and/or the Rapid Response Network, or if you would like to learn more.


19. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Land & Freedom: Sovereignty, Right to Return, Anti-Displacement 

2289 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA

Wheelchair accessible

Corrina Gould(Ohlone), Sogorea Te Land Trust
Morningstar Gali (Pit River Nation), International Indian Treaty Council
Max Rameau, formerly with Take Back the Land Movement and currently with Pan-African Community Action
Bilal Mafundi AliPOOR Magazine Homefulness Project
Leila Sayed-TahaAROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Ziad AbbasPalestine Action Network 

What do organizers and activists need learn and think about in how the state seeks to repress the right to land, movement, and sovereignty from the streets of Oakland, to Indigenous Territories, to Palestine? 

Sponsors: The Center for Political Education and National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter


20. Thursday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Mara Ahmed: The Muslims I Know 

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St., Suite #290

Doors Open: 7:15pm / Event: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Free & open to public

The Muslims I Know , A documentary written and produced by Mara Ahmed

The events of 9/11 have created much interest in Islam and Muslims. Mainstream media have responded to this demand for information with generalizations and stereotypes.

 America’s community of Muslims longs to be a part of the discourse.
THE MUSLIMS I KNOW is a documentary that gives them a chance to be heard and understood through dialogue with non-Muslim Americans.

Q&A after film


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OccupyForum at new location on April 16, 2018

TONIGHT! Meet at Muddy Waters Cafe
to discuss future of OccupyForum

Hey Everyone!
We’ll  meet in the back room of Muddy Waters Cafe on the corner of 16th and Valencia at 6:45 this evening
to continue our discussion of the future of OccupyForum. Let’s include report-backs from recent actions
around SF and Oakland, and insights into recent war development.
See you there!
xoxo Ruthie
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Find the root of the rot: ‘Follow the Money: Flashpoints Radio Voices for Peace and Justice’ released on Tax Day

April 15, 2018 (

San Francisco – On April 15, tax day, we think about money. If we follow the money, we find the root of the rot. That is the unifying theme of 66 incisive interviews with Dennis J. Bernstein on his Pacifica Radio Network KPFA Flashpoints program, in a just-released book, “Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice,” selected, transcribed and edited by Riva Enteen.

The interviews, all during the Obama administration, are the writing on the wall that foreshadowed a Trump presidency. Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. As Oliver Stone says in his interview, “[History] allows you to think and put together events and make sense of them. Often we only react to the tyranny of now.”

If we follow the money, we find the root of the rot.

The book features a foreword by best-selling author and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and is dedicated to the late great Robert Parry of Consortium News. The interviews are grouped by theme: “The New and Not so New Police State”; “The Class War”; “Domestic Dissent”; “Black Lives”; “Church, State, Women, and the Criminalization of Sexuality”; “Migration, Deportation, and US-Latino Culture”; “Global Militarization and Empire”; “Ongoing Bloodshed in the Holy Land”; and “There is No Plan(et) B.”

“Follow the Money” has been described as an “encyclopedia of resistance,” a “book of hope,” which illustrates how “the nation is bursting with movements.” It is an invaluable resource for research as well as finding allies in the struggle.

Luminaries such as Alice Walker, Phil Donahue, Ramsey Clark, Laura Flanders, Danny Glover, Marjorie Cohn, Christopher Simpson, Dolores Huerta, John Pilger, Antonia Juhasz, Greg Palast and Martin Espada grace the pages with their clear, convincing facts, analysis and vision of a world more attuned to peace and justice.

“Follow the Money” has been described as an “encyclopedia of resistance,” a “book of hope,” which illustrates how “the nation is bursting with movements.” It is an invaluable resource for research as well as finding allies in the struggle.

Alice Walker says in her interview, “I believe it is our responsibility to do something when the world is out of whack, as it is almost everywhere you look. What do you do and where do you place yourself?” The book inspires action by ending with Marge Piercy’s poem “To be of use.”

“Follow the Money” is currently available at an introductory 20 percent discount price of $15.97 plus postage through Lulu, at In June it will be available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Contact Riva Enteen at

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Emergency Protest – No US War on Syria ~ Updates ~ Announcements for Sat., 4/14 – Mon., 4/16 (from Adrienne Fong)

Emergency Protest


U.S. War on Syria


Saturday, April 14


Powell & Market Sts.

San Francisco

On Friday,  Donald Trump announced that the United States, Great Britain, and France started military strikes on Syria.

CBS news:

According to Secretary of Defense Mattis “Specifying that more than twice as many weapons were fired as in April 2017, Mattis said that the aerial assault sought to “destroy the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons research development and production capabilities.”

According to journalist Eva Bartlett “…Wondering what  …OPCW will have to say about this, given that Trump attacking night before they would otherwise have begun investigations into West’s false flag chemical allegations in Ghouta.,,”

OPCW is the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Sponsor: ANSWER for info call  (415) 821-6545

See also Action # 2

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A. Syria will allow inspectors at site of suspected chemical attack, complicating U.S. retaliation (April 10, 2018) 

B. Investigation upholds complaints against SFPD officer caught threatening deportation on camera (April 11, 2018)  

C. Muslim San Francisco cop alleges ‘blatant racism’ on job (April 10, 2018)

D. Israel using ‘strange gases’ against protesters in Gaza (April 9, 2018)

E. Mission District school plans to open gym to homeless students, families overnight (April 11, 2018)


1. Petition to Governors: Reject Trump’s militarization of U.S.-Mexico border 

2. STOP All U.S. Military Strikes on Syria 

a) Petition Demand Congress immediately convene to debate and vote on our policy on Syria (From Win Without War)

b) CALL your Representatives & Senators:  Tell them to speak out against the War on Syria   

 Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224 – 3121   

 Local #’s

   Pelosi: (415) 556 – 4862
Feinstein: (415) 393 – 0707
Harris:  (415) 981 – 9369

 c) CALL the White House:  Speak-Out Against Trump’s U.S. Military operations in Syria

 White House Comment Line: (202) 456 -1414 

 ALERT  for possible Emergency Action 

1) If Special Council Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are fired. 

 Rapid Response Rallies will begin hours after national events are triggered:

·       If actions are triggered BEFORE 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin @ 5 p.m. local time.

·       If actions are triggered AFTER 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin 10am local time the following day.

Gather at:

San Francisco Civic Center
Steps of City Hall , Polk St. side



Saturday, April 14 – Monday, April 16

Saturday, April 14

1. Saturday, 10:00am, Cesar E. Chavez Day Festival & Parade – Keepin’ Amilcar’s story alive!

Parade begins at:

Dolores & 19th Streets

Help carry Amilcar’s banner in Saturday’s Cesar Chavez Parade!

This year we’re once again honored to march in the annual Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade here in the Mission. Once again, we’ll link Amilcar’s story with that of this great leader.

It makes sense: It was to uphold the dignity of young people like Amilcar that Cesar dedicated his life.

This parade is powerful, colorful, and fun, and followed by music and dance, entertainment, arts and crafts, and a classic car show.
Wear your Amilcar tee shirts, bring your friends, and join us in carrying Amilcar’s banner! 

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Join the celebration honoring the life and work of labor and civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez. 25 years ago our beloved leader Cesar Chavez Passed passed on to the spirit world. 50 years ago Cesar Chavez went on a Hunger Strike-25 day Fast for non-violence. This year for the CESAR CHAVEZ DAY Parade & Festival we will honor his passing, dedication and love for our people!

Sponsor: Cesar Chavez Day San Francisco


2. Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Shellmound Saturdays: Art making at the West Berkeley Shellmound! 

1900 Hearst Ave.

We will be gathering to co create art at the West Berkeley Shellmound. The West Berkeley Shellmound is the oldest Ohlone Shellmound, that dates back to before the Egyptian Pyramids. Currently this sacred site is under threat of development.

All are welcomed – kids friendly


3.  Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, March for Science Bay Area – Rally

Lake Merritt Amphitheater
South side of Lake Merritt

We are back for an anniversary event, to #MarchOn! We are partnering with March For Our Health( & OakSci – Oakland Coalition for Science. This year, the Bay Area science community will come together to celebrate science

This kid-friendly event will feature noted speakers, great music, a wide array of partner booths and hands-on demonstrations,

Info:  &

4. Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Black Liberation Across Geographies 

1721 Broadway

Wheelchair accessible

Sliding scale donation of $0-$15 suggested.
Childcare available (please RSVP to by Tuesday April 10th)

Second Open Session of the 2018 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program!

Black Liberation Across Geographies

Appalachia. Haiti. The Bay Area. The Black freedom struggle takes many forms and many strategies. Join us as three community leaders share about their work and offer ideas about how we can actively support these projects building Black Liberation in our lifetimes.

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Co-Executive Director of Highlander Center, is a long-time activist working around issues of mountaintop removal mining, and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia.

Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of Haiti Action Committee, is one of the most respected voices on the Haitian grassroots struggle for liberation and self-determination.

Kamau Walton, Communications Associate at the Transgender, Gender-variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), has worked for many years in prison abolition and Black organizing in the Bay Area 

Sponsor: Catalyst Project


5. Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Transnational Great Return March – Bay Area 

899 Market St.
(Meet @ intersection of Powell & Market Sts.)

International call to action in support of The Great Return March!

We are calling our community and allies to take action and launch demonstrations in support of the Great Return March on April 14th, just as the righteous resisters in Gaza have declared. The time has come for our youth wherever they may be to raise their voices in support of the rightful struggle of our people in Gaza, and for our youth in diaspora to proclaim we will never surrender the right of return.

Now more than ever when we seem the most divided, we must come together in collectively asserting our right to return and our dream of the total liberation of our people and homeland. There will be no solution without the total end of the Zionist colonization of Palestine–return is our right, and demand: we will return! Palestine will be free! 

SponsorsGeneral Union of Palestine Students -GUPS SFSU and ‎Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)-


6.Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Poetry for Peace & Justice  – Benefit for Haiti Relief Fund 

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave. (3 blocks from Ashby BART)

Wheelchair accessible

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund gives concrete aid to Haiti’s democratic movement and grassroots community groups organizing to meet Haitians’ needs directly.

Suggested donation $10 – $30

No one turned away for lack of funds.

Readings by


Rafael Jesús González, Poet Laureate of the City of Berkeley

Carolyn Scarr

followed by open mic

Sponsors: Haiti Action Committee, EcumenicalPeace Institute & St. John’s Presbyterian Church – Mission& Justice Commission


7. Saturday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, MK Haneen Zoabi in San Francisco 

Ramallah Club
1951 Ocean Ave

Free / Register: 

Palestinian American Coalition is honored to host Ms. Haneen Zoabi in San Francisco to speak about the current situation in Palestine.

Haneen is a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) and is an outspoken critic of the Israeli political/military establishment and its policies towards Palestinians. In 2009 she was the first woman to be elected on an Arab party list. In 2009 she took part in the flotilla attempting to lift the siege of Gaza and witnessed first hand the bloody intervention by the Israelis on the ship Mavi Marmara.

Sponsors: Arab Cultural & Community Center, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Middle East Children Alliance,Palestinian American Center – Hayward
International Solidarity Movement, Jewish Voice for Peace


Sunday, April 15 

8. Sunday, 9:30am, UU Sunday Forum: Noemi Tungui: California’s Oil Wastewater Practice

Unitarian Universalist Church, MLK Room
1187 Franklin St.

Noemi Tungui is the Northern California Organizer for Food & Water Watch specializing in oil projects that affect our water. An indigenous woman with roots from Mexico grew up in Ventura County and recently graduated from California State University, Northridge, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science. She now works as their Northern California Organizer in Oakland, CA working on various environmental issues.

9. Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm, Art Build for Kayla’s Birthday 

Grassroots House
2022 Blake St.

Please join us for an art build in celebration of Kayla! The art build on 4/15 will be in preparation for Kayla’s birthday celebration at Provo Park on 4/17. There will be materials to make posters and other decorations, but feel free to bring your own materials to add your own flare! This year marks the five year anniversary of Kayla’s death

Sponsor: Justice 4 Kayla Moore


10. Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, End the Wars at Home & Abroad Spring 2018 Action 

Meet at:

Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Between 12th Street & 1st Avenue
Lake Merritt Blvd.

Join us to rally and march to end wars at home and abroad

11:00am Gather at  the Lake Merritt Amphitheater

11:30am Rally

12:30pm March to Oscar Grant Plaza

1:30pm Rally at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, 14th and Broadway

– End U.S. overt and covert wars, drone wars, sanction/embargo wars, and death squad assassination wars.

— Close all U.S. bases on foreign soil. Dismantle all nuclear weapons.

— Bring all U.S. troops home now. Self-determination not military intervention. U.S. hands off the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. End U.S. aid to apartheid Israel. Self-determination for Palestine. The U.S. cannot be the cop of the world.

– $Trillions for human needs. For jobs and social services, quality debt-free education and single payer health care. No to anti-union legislation. For $15 and a Union Now.

– Defend the environment against life-threatening fossil fuel-induced global warming. For a rapid transition to a 100 percent clean, sustainable energy system and retraining and jobs at union wages for all displaced energy workers. 

— No to white supremacy and racist policies and actions against Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and indigenous peoples. No to police brutality/murder. End racist mass incarceration. Black Lives Matter!

— No human being is illegal. No to deportations. Yes to DACA and TPS (Temporary Protective Status) and a just and early path to citizenship. No ban, no wall!

– No to sexism, sexual violence, and harassment and targeting of LGBTQI communities. Yes to equal work and pay. Support women’s reproductive rights.

The U.S. government and its leading Pentagon generals openly and repeatedly threaten nuclear war or massive military intervention against sovereign nations. Such is the case today with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. Simultaneously, U.S. military forces are at war in several nations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Haiti and Honduras also face covert and ongoing U.S. intervention.

More than 800 U.S. military bases circle the globe in more than 170 countries at the cost of $trillions, while these same $trillions are subtracted from critical social programs at home. $Trillions in tax cuts and corporate bailouts are granted to the super rich while the war at home takes on virulent racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and homophobic forms.

Info & List of signers:

11. Sunday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, LC: Immigration, Labor Power, and Working Class Solidarity 

Unite Here Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave.

Recently, a Washington DC-based astroturf group, with the dubious name “Progressives for Immigration Reform,” plastered posters around the Bay Area concerning foreign workers receiving H-1B visas. Their message addressed tech workers and mimicked the xenophobic, anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration, calling for a nationalist response

Historically, these racist ideas predate even the creation of the U.S. Working class historian Ted Allen dated them to Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676-1677; the backlash to that multi-racial class-based uprising resulted in the “invention” of the white race and creation of chattel slavery. Ever since this racist ideology has been codified in state laws and is often expressed in xenophobic limitations and outright bans on immigrants.

This session of the Learning Club will survey the history of these state-level anti-immigrant policies of exclusion, up to the present and the falsehoods around labor markets and H-1B visas. But more importantly, we will look at examples of working class solidarity, when in the process of struggle workers were able to transcend these divisions.

Sponsor: Tech Workers Coaliton


12. Sunday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Discuss and debate: Can voting for the Democrats stop fascism? 

Revolution Books – Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.

Watch and discuss clips from Bob Avakian’s talk,The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go: In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America. A better world IS possible, and his dialogue with Cornel West on Revolution and Religion: the fight for emancipation and the role of religion.


13. Sunday, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, Liberated Lens & Mandela Foods Co-op Present: Food for Change 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

Doors open at 7pm; film at 7:30pm

$5 – no one turned away

82-minute documentary focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in the US culture. The film examines the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems.

Film will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Adrionna Fike, Worker Owner of Mandela Foods Cooperative
Dennis Terry, Director of Seeds of Struggle
& more TBA


Monday, April 16 

14. Monday, 8:30am – 9:30am, Countdown 10 Days To Deadline: Gascon, Charge Killer Cops Or Resign!

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.

On Monday we’ll pick up our Countdown again. 10 Days to the Deadline. We are demanding that DA George Gascon charge the killers of Luis Gongora Pat or resign!

In 2016, the SF Board of Supervisors approved a $1.5 million dollar budget for D.A. Gascon to investigate police criminal misconduct. What changed? NADA! This bureau has dismissed the back log of @SFPD killing cases since 2011, without charges!

Pending from 2016 only are Luis’s and Mario Wood’s cases plus the new ones of 2017-2018. Every other fatal officer involved shooting since 2011, Gascon has dismissed without charges.

From Monday – Thursday at 8:30am – 9:30am there will be a presence outside of the Hall of Justice

HELP! Call, email, tag, retweet, share, join us! “@GeorgeGascon : Charge Killer @SFPD Cops or Resign!”

Make sure to tag George Gascon so that he knows you are in support of our campaign! He promised a decision to Luis’s family on that date and we are keeping him to his own deadline. It’s been two unbearable and cruel years without justice!

You can also e-mail  or call (415) 553-1751. Try calling his super special bureau of investigations also at (415) 553-1030 and tell him and his investigators that you expect the D.A. to charge the officers who killed Luis Góngora Pat or resign.

He either starts charging killer cops or steps aside and let’s someone else do it! Gascon: Charge or Resign!

All are welcomed and can make a difference!

Sponsor: Justice 4 Luis Gongora Pat


15. Monday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Press Conference Calling for Criminal Investigation & Prosecution of Pelosi / Feinstein $1B Fraud 

Federal Court Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.

This press conference will present evidence that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Diane Feinstein have been engaged in obstruction of justice and fraud on the American people by refusing to investigate the $1 billion dollar fraud at the clean-up at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island 

Whistleblowers including Test America Quality Assurance Manager Michael Madry discovered falsified testing at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and the Treasure Island sites and reported this to Congresswoman Pelosi. He was bullied and fired by Test America and the Federal Investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman at the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigated his case and found merit that he had been retaliated against for reporting health and safety violations. OSHA Investigator and Lawyer Darrell Whitman was then bullied and illegally terminated by OSHA and the Department of Labor for refusing to change his report on Michael Madry.

He sent the information of the corruption to Senator Feinstein and she responded but refused to investigate and defend him against the illegal harassment and termination.

Both Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Pelosi also have numerous financial conflicts of interests in the development project and have ignored and suppressed investigations of the termination of 7 whistleblowers by the Tetra Tech company which as received hundreds of millions of dollars from the US Navy for remediation of both sites. The Navy hired an independent consultant that found that 50% of the tests were fraudulent on the $1 billion dollar project.

Speakers will provide documents about this corruption and obstruction of justice by these US government officials. We also are calling for a complete moratorium on any further development and remediation and a halt to all Federal contracts with Tetra Tech and Test America.

Sponsor: United Public Workers For Action


16. Monday, 12Noon – 6:00pm Impasse Resolution Proceeding  between  City and County of S.F.  and  S.F.Police Officers’ Association 

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St., Room 551

Open to the public –

Negotiations will go into arbitration on Monday and they will be open to the public – Please attend if you can – Schedule for meetings and agenda is below.

Schedule & Agenda:

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MiVote aims to shake up democratic process with a click and a tap

It’s about more choices, says start-up, which wants to harness the internet and mobile devices to let voters set Australia’s direction

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 MiVote says it offers a ‘redesign of the democratic model’ rather than being just another technology solution applied to politics. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo


Disruption of the democratic process is within arm’s reach, according to MiVote, the democracy start-up that plans to use the internet and mobile devices for voters to set the direction of their country.

Its founder, Adam Jacoby, believes that offering a platform to educate voters and help them choose from a range of policy options will help break undemocratic binary options and deadlocks on issues as broad as refugee policy and the energy mix.

MiVote, which already claims several thousand members in Australia and plans to expand into the United States and Canada, also aims to shake up some of the least popular elements of the democratic system. These include refusing donations, setting a two-term limit on its elected representatives, and binding any parliamentarians it gets elected to the will of the people.

Jacoby said he believed MiVote could succeed where others, such as the Flux party, had failed, because it offered a “redesign of the democratic model” rather than being just another technology solution applied to politics.

The MiVote website and application runs regular fortnightly votes on policy questions. Before participants can vote, they must read about the policy problem and are presented with four possible solutions.

Votes have already determined that 89% of the participants support direct democracy and 69% would prefer politicians’ pay to be increased but want their entitlements to end when they leave office. The start-up is now conducting a vote on the energy mix.

“All the other technology systems offer yes-no, black-white binaries. We’re different – we say, here are four options, we want a tolerance check of which you could live with … and you can vote for more than one,” Jacoby said.

That reflects policy-making as it should be, he said, citing the example of asylum seekers. “The way the issue is put to us that you either care about protecting the borders or a humanitarian solution and can’t want both things, is a nonsense.

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Pinterest The MiVote start-up is in the process of conducting a vote on the energy mix. Photograph: Tim Phillips Photos/Getty Images

“They aren’t binary – want to protect borders but in a humane way. But our current system doesn’t allow to make those choices.”

MiVote aims to get senators elected on a platform of following the direction set by voters. If elected, they would be prohibited from offering personal views, and then bound to follow the voters’ will.

Jacoby said the votes would determine the “destination”, or long-term priorities, rather than having “granular legislative conversations” about how the party should vote bill by bill.

For example, voters would be asked if they were more concerned about electricity prices, climate change, helping industry and jobs, or meeting international commitments, and parliamentarians would vote on energy policy according to their judgement of how to enact that direction.

“We’re not saying that MiVote is going make decisions on an app and that will replace representative government,” Jacoby said.

“It’s an incremental shift … we recognise the need for representative government, but the role of the representative needs to be different.

“They need to be more responsive to the will of the people and they will be held more accountable and deliver a less ideological approach.”

Jacoby accuses minor parties, including the Nick Xenophon Team and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, of being “brokers for their world view” that they enact through horse-trading and modification of government legislation.

“Whether you agree with those parties or not, it’s undemocratic,” he said, citing One Nation’s threat not to support government savings bills unless it cuts funding to the ABC.

“Nobody ever asked the people whether they want those things to be tied, or whether they want ABC to be cut.

“You won’t see bartering at the table [with the MiVote platform] – you either come to us with a proposal that we can support based on votes of members or we will never support it.”

Blockchain technology to secure votes

Jacoby believed the platform could defeat concerns raised by cybersecurity experts about electronic voting by using a two-step authentication and use of blockchain technology.

Vanessa Teague, a computing academic with expertise in electronic voting, raised three security issues with the MiVote platform: eligibility, or how it would determine its users were who they said they were and could vote; verifying that their votes were recorded and tallied correctly without interference; and ensuring their privacy.

Teague said the system required “an opportunity to challenge the vote that you’ve made … [including] a secondary computer to double check the encryption, that it’s the one you asked for”.

Jacoby responded by saying that Australians aged 16 and over would be eligible, and the fact that telecommunications companies had to check 100 points of identification would ensure that users were who they say they were.

Two-step authentication, sending an SMS code to the phone for every vote, would secure the vote process. The answers would be recorded in the Ethereum blockchain, which would form a decentralised voting ledger across thousands of computers, and the information about the voter would be kept separate from where their votes were stored.

“They all have an auditable record of the vote, so that if you hacked one and tried to change the vote, the others would reject that outcome,” Jacoby said.

“We can always see your vote and we can audit it in the backend if challenged.”

Teague said the threat model of the system was “a different order of magnitude” to the risk of hacking of electronic voting in an election.

“The resources that someone might devote to hacking it are probably less – it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t happen, but the implications are probably less than if we used the internet to elect our representatives.”

Teague also supported the “admirable” aim of the project, saying “the existing methods of choosing how MPs vote on conscience votes are totally undemocratic, so I can totally understand why people might think involving constituents more is a good thing”.

The director of threat intelligence for cybersecurity firm Mandiant at FireEye, Tim Wellsmore, said the use of blockchain technology for electronic voting was “a step forward” but two-step authentication was not foolproof.

“MiVote’s use of blockchain is quite a novel approach, it would benefit some of the problems with electronic voting like the integrity of data in a central database.

“And it’s also public, which means if there is a change made to it, it can be seen.”

But Wellsmore said mobile apps and internet-connected devices were never invulnerable, because malicious software could bypass even two-factor authentication on mobiles.

“Criminals are accessing people’s bank accounts, and infecting their mobiles so they can acknowledge receipt of an SMS and take a code off people’s phones, so two-factor authentication is not foolproof.”

Jacoby said that while MiVote and Ethereum had not been successfully hacked, “like everything” they could not guarantee it was the perfect model – only that it would evolve if difficulties arose.

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Jimmy Dore, Direct Democracy & Michael Allman / The World According to Jesse

RT America
Published on Apr 13, 2018

Jimmy Dore fills in while Jesse Ventura is off the grid. Jimmy and Brigida Santos discuss blockchain technologies and how they are disrupting power structures around the world by delivering direct democracy to the people. California congressional candidate Michael Allman talks about why he’s running on a platform of direct democracy in his district.

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Divest from gun profiteering, Wells Fargo

April 10, 2018 (

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks to members of the media as crowds of people participate in the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in San Francisco. In a historic groundswell of youth activism, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied across the U.S. against gun violence Saturday, vowing to transform fear and grief into a "vote-them-out" movement and tougher laws against weapons and ammunition. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson) Photo: Josh Edelson / Associated Press
Photo: Josh Edelson / Associated Press.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks to members of the media as crowds of people participate in the “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in San Francisco. In a historic groundswell of youth activism, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied across the U.S. against gun violence Saturday, vowing to transform fear and grief into a “vote-them-out” movement and tougher laws against weapons and ammunition. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)


At the San Francisco “March for Our Lives” rally on March 24, speakers urged everyone to divest of any investments they might have in the gun and ammunition industries. They detailed how such investments often are buried in many retirement and pension accounts, mutual funds, and more.

“Are you unknowingly supporting the gun industry?” one young woman pointedly asked.

Why might this matter? We now know all too much of our nation’s tragic and bloody gun violence problem. Beyond being reminded by recurrent mass shootings, the ongoing slaughter includes close to 100 people per day, including suicides. Gun lobbyists argue these are unavoidable, or only “mental health” problems, but the undeniable truth — now known despite efforts to suppress gun-related research — is that where there are more guns, there is more carnage.

And that sane restrictions on gun sales, ownership, storage and use can save lives, are constitutional even under the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Second Amendment, and are supported by very strong majorities of Americans, including most gun owners.

So why the lack of progress? One of the biggest factors in maintaining the tragic status quo is the gun lobby — infamously the National Rifle Association — which kills almost any effort to further regulate guns.

The NRA’s work is about money — for the gun and ammo industries, and for themselves. Thus it seems decreasing their profiteering might be an effective tactic to decrease the slaughter. Responsible companies refusing to sell weapons or to advertise or accept advertising of them are good steps. Divestment could be another. Movements to remove organizational and individual investments from unhealthy and objectionable industries and practices, such as the tobacco industry and apartheid in South Africa, have gained medical and public health professional support and had positive impact.

So it’s time to practice what we preach. I am a 35-year customer of San Francisco’s Wells Fargo bank. I’ve liked that my bank is based here in my home city. However, I was dismayed to read in the New York Times last month that “Wells Fargo is the largest financier in the nation of the gun industry and is the main bank for the National Rifle Association.” Further research reveals that Wells Fargo has lent more than $400 million to the gun industry in the past five years — since the slaughter of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary School — and has remained unapologetic about such practices.

I have attempted to remain a loyal customer despite Wells Fargo’s scandals of recent years, pending the new leadership’s efforts to confront those. But as a public health professional and medical ethicist, I cannot overlook this link to an industry partly responsible for the ongoing gun violence in our nation.

Gun violence is a public health and medical epidemic that cannot be supported, and “thoughts and prayers” aren’t nearly enough. Thus I wish to announce publicly my intent to divest all my resources from Wells Fargo, and to urge others to do likewise. Beyond talking to your own adviser and banker, there are resources online to help do this; is just one.

Of course, should Wells Fargo choose to publicly remedy this shameful problem soon, I will gladly reconsider. But I sincerely hope my hometown bank will do the right thing.

Steve Heilig is public health director for the San Francisco Marin Medical Society, co-editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, and was certified as an NRA Junior Marksman as an adolescent.

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Berkeley Occupation Update

XII. Settlement and ADR
The parties have scheduled a further settlement conference with Magistrate Judge Ryu
for May 7, 2018.
XIII. Narrowing of Issues
The parties will endeavor to narrow issues as demonstrated to be appropriate through
XIV. Trial
Trial is set for May 20, 2019.

Amended Complaint, filed 3-30-18…/04/Amended-Complaint-3-30-18.pdf

… The land that the FTCftH encampment currently occupies is
City of Berkeley land, and plaintiffs live in constant fear of eviction…

… The City often cites complaints by neighbors as justification for
moving a particular camping person or encampment. However, homeless
residents are not given a copy of the complaint or provided an opportunity
to defend themselves against the accusation of offending conduct or fix the
offending conduct…

…During the winter 2016 evictions, some FTCftH residents and allies were
arrested. One former resident, Mike Zint, was arrested on November 17, 2016, for not
packing his belongings fast enough. He has chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease, a chronic inflammation of the lungs, and emphysema and suffered a
respiratory attack at 5 a.m. when he was awoken by the police. He was given 10 minutes
to pack his belongings, and when he demanded more time because of his respiratory
attack, he was arrested…

… There is a substantial risk of irreparable harm including risk of injury,
illness, and permanent loss of property whenever homeless people are evicted. It
is clear that the City of Berkeley intends to continue evictions under threat
of arrest…

–Mike Zint

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