WARNING: Too Big To Fail Banks Are Getting EVEN BIGGER Soon


Published on Aug 16, 2017

According to one expert there will soon be a rash of major bank mergers, buckle up. Aida Rodriguez, Joe Sanberg and Steve Oh discuss on Our America. Learn more about Aspiration Bank here:  https://www.aspiration.com/tyt?utm_source=tyt

Read more here: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/14/let-t…

“American banks are swimming in excess funds. They do not know what to do with this money so they are giving it away in the form of stock buybacks and dividends. At the same, time the irony is that the banks are just starting to report mediocre to disappointing second quarter earnings. So, on one hand, the resources necessary to support meaningful growth are being given away.

On the other hand, the need to use this money to stimulate growth has never been greater. Initial earnings reports for the second quarter suggest that the banks are not obtaining the hoped for margin increases and it is tougher to locate new loans.

The absurdity of this situation is not going to persist. The door to intra-industry acquisitions may be about to crack open. The first inkling of merger mania was seen recently when JPMorgan Chase was reported to be considering buying a payment systems company Worldpay Group in Great Britain.”*

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“Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments” by Jennifer Schuessler

George Washington, Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jefferson. Credit from left: Gilbert Charles Stuart; via Library of Congress; via Getty Images

August 15, 2017 (nytimes.com)

President Trump is not generally known as a student of history. But on Tuesday, during a combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York, he unwittingly waded into a complex debate about history and memory that has roiled college campuses and numerous cities over the past several years.

Asked about the white nationalist rally that ended in violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., Mr. Trump defended some who had gathered to protect a statue of Robert E. Lee, and criticized the “alt-left” counterprotesters who had confronted them.

“Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Mr. Trump said. “So this week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down.”

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the president noted, were also slave owners. “I wonder, is it George Washington next week?” Mr. Trump said. “And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?”

“You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” he added, comparing the removal of statues to “changing history.”

Mr. Trump’s comments drew strongly negative reactions on Twitter from many historians, who condemned his “false equivalence” between the white nationalists and the counterprotesters.

But “where does it stop?” — and what counts as erasing history — is a question scholars and others have asked, in much more nuanced ways, as calls have come to remove monuments not just to the Confederacy, but to erstwhile liberal heroes and pillars of the Democratic Party like Andrew Jackson (a slave owner who, as president, carried out Native American removal) and Woodrow Wilson (who as president oversaw the segregation of the federal bureaucracy).

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A pedestal in Durham, N.C., that held a statue of a Confederate soldier before demonstrators pulled it down.CreditMadeline Gray for The New York Times

“The debates that started two or three years ago have saturated the culture so much that even the president is now talking about them,” said John Fabian Witt, a professor of history at Yale, which earlier this year announced that it would remove John C. Calhoun’s name from a residential college.

Mr. Witt called Mr. Trump’s warning of a slippery slope a “red herring.” There have been, after all, no calls to tear down the Washington Monument.

Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of history and law at Harvard who is credited with breaking down the wall of resistance among historians to the idea that Jefferson had a sexual relationship with Sally Hemings, said that the answer to Mr. Trump’s hypothetical question about whether getting rid of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson also meant junking Washington and Jefferson was a simple “no.”

There is a crucial difference between leaders like Washington and Jefferson, imperfect men who helped create the United States, Ms. Gordon-Reed said, and Confederate generals like Jackson and Lee, whose main historical significance is that they took up arms against it. The comparison, she added, also “misapprehends the moral problem with the Confederacy.”

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A statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. CreditSteve Helber/Associated Press

“This is not about the personality of an individual and his or her flaws,” she said. “This is about men who organized a system of government to maintain a system of slavery and to destroy the American union.”

As for the idea of erasing history, it’s a possibility most scholars do not take lightly. But James Grossman, the executive director of the American Historical Association, said that Mr. Trump’s comments failed to recognize the difference between history and memory, which is always shifting.

When you alter monuments, “you’re not changing history,” he said. “You’re changing how we remember history.”

Some critics of Confederate monuments have called for them to be moved to museums, rather than destroyed, or even left in place and reinterpreted, to explain the context in which they were created. Mr. Grossman noted that most Confederate monuments were constructed in two periods: the 1890s, as Jim Crow was being established, and in the 1950s, during a period of mass Southern resistance to the civil rights movement.

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The statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va.CreditJulia Rendleman/Associated Press

“We would not want to whitewash our history by pretending that Jim Crow and disenfranchisement or massive resistance to the civil rights movement never happened,” he said. “That is the part of our history that these monuments testify to.”

How the events in Charlottesville, and Mr. Trump’s comments, will affect the continuing debate over Confederate monuments remains to be seen. Mr. Witt, for one, suggested that white nationalist support might backfire.

He noted that it was the 2015 murder of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., by a white supremacist that led to the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds.

“The amazing thing is that the president is doing more to endanger historical monuments than most of the protesters,” he said. “The alt-right is producing a world where there is more pressure to remove monuments, rather than less.”

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Solzhenitsyn on good and evil

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
― Aleksandr SolzhenitsynThe Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

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What Is Trump’s Relationship With White Nationalism? (theonion.com)

Since the weekend’s violent protests in Charlottesville, VA, many have criticized President Trump for his failure to outright condemn the white supremacists involved. The Onion breaks down Trump’s relationship to this powerful hate group.

  • Q: What evidence is there that Trump has ties to white supremacy groups?
  • A: The president maintains a 36 percent approval rating.
  • Q: Why has Trump’s response to these demonstrations angered the public?
  • A: Americans demand much subtler displays of racism from their elected officials.
  • Q: What has the president done to distance himself from white nationalism?
  • A: Married a Slovenian woman, thereby diluting his pure Anglo-Aryan lineage with the blood of a lesser Slav.
  • Q: Doesn’t Trump appointee Jeff Sessions have ties to right-wing extremist groups?
  • A: You’re probably thinking of Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, or Sebastian Gorka.
  • Q: What is his position on monuments memorializing Civil War veterans?
  • A: Trump has been consistently in favor of Confederate statues despite a historical antipathy toward losers.
  • Q: Were there any signs during his presidential campaign that Trump might embrace white nationalism?
  • A: None come to mind.
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Book review: “Translating Anarchy” by Mark Bray


Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street who strategically communicated their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both accessible and revolutionary. OWS organizer Mark Bray combines his direct experience in the movement with nearly 200 interviews with the most active, influential architects of Occupy Wall Street, to reveal the revolutionary anarchist core of Occupy. Although The New York Times and CNN thought that OWS simply wanted tighter financial regulations and a millionaire’s tax, Bray shows that the vast majority of organizers called for the abolition of capitalism altogether.

By “translating” their ideas into everyday concepts like community empowerment and collective needs, these anarchists sparked the most dynamic American social movement in decades.

(Amazon.com)

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“Medea Benjamin’s Hypocrisy!” by Bob of Occupy

This morning, on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, Medea Benjamin asserted  with righteous political correctness that hate speech and racist speech we’re prohibited in our national dialogue.

This is the same Medea Benjamin, who I have respected and admired for many years now for her outspoken criticism of this nation’s dishonest and deadly military ventures throughout the world.

There are many countries where she would have been imprisoned for such expression of dissent against a government, most notably Saudi Arabia, which in recent months she has chosen to highlight for their lack of human rights and their slaughter of the Yemeni People, and for which she published a book on the same subject.

I am in total agreement with what Medea purports to say on these accounts about whether it be Saudi Arabia, Syria, Donald Trump, or the condemnation of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But a very glaring double standard has reared its ugly head in her denunciation of what she refers to as “hate speech”.

There are many in this country who look upon the many forms of expression Medea has used in her opposition to US military imperialism who would define her behavior and words as “hate speech”, hatred for this country.

I am not one of the them who would see her viewpoint as hatred for this country, but rather “patriotic” in her attempts to correct a government of the People that has for some time now lost contact with its essential moral principles of democracy and freedom. I would agree with Theodore Roosevelt who stated that the highest form of patriotism is dissent.

But let’s face it. Many Americans become less than open minded and less protective of their adherence to the Constitution of the US when they perceive someone who in their mind attacks what they perceive to be inviolable_their interpretation of patriotism: unquestioning allegiance to their government.

What is happening in this nation as a consequence of the violence that erupted in Virginia is a backlash against others’ right to voice their opinion, a supposed Constitutionally guaranteed right.

If all one has to do then is for the politically correct proponents of what constitutes “hate speech” to define that which they find repugnant, unpatriotic, distasteful is to assert  their “interpretations” and label them “hate speech”. then Medea Benjamin BEWARE. Your neck may very well be the next on the guillotine block.

Have Americans not noticed that their civil liberties have been eroding exponentially since 9/11, orchestrated by a cabal of deep state actors who Medea has stood so powerfully against?

By Medea’s interpretation of “hate speech” has she joined the ranks of those furthering limitations of our Rights and will she herself end up the Victim of the politically correct voluntary fascists who would eliminate that which they disagree with?

–Bob of Occupy

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Update, Announcements Wed. 8/16 – Mon. 8/21 (compiled by Adrienne Fong)

For other events check Indybayhttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12   

Update:

A.  SF Officials Seek To Pull Welcome Mat For Planned Alt-Right Rally At Crissy Field (August 15, 2017)

      http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/08/15/san-francisco-alt-right-rally-patriot-prayer/#.WZO4Tt8Uark.facebook 

Occupy

~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday, August 16 – Monday, August 21

Wednesday, August 16

1.  Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Tri-National Action To Cancel NAFTA! Support San  Quintin Driscoll’s Workers

SF Federal Building
90 7th Street
SF

On July 16, 2017, President Trump started  re-negotiations of the anti-labor union busting NAFTA agreement. He has already announced that he wants to make it more like TPP which would in- crease profits for US multinationals, increase worker exploitation and destroy environmental conditions. Today 70,000 farmers and their families in San Quintin, Baja who work for Driscoll’s berries are living in slave like conditions and they continue to fight for union recognition.  

The passage of NAFTA for Mexican working people is a disaster and has led to privatized lands, oil, rail-roads, education and now social security. There are also 1500 maquiladora slave factories on the border in Mexico that fire and repress independent union organizers that are not controlled by the government. 

NAFTA has also allowed the US to militarize Mexico with the Merida agreement with massive re- pression and the disappearance of 46 students and many journalists who have be assassinated.  

NAFTA has also been used to outsource millions of industrial jobs in the mid-west

For more information and to endorse: LCLAA Sacramento (916) 712-4251, UPWA (415) 280-1908 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/28/18801099.php

2.  Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Tell Ed Lee: Sanctuary Housing Fund NOW!

SF City Hall (Polk St. steps side)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St.)
SF

Mayor Ed Lee presides over one of the richest cities in the world. That wealth could start TODAY to protect renters and homeowners against the forces of speculation, greed and displacement. 

Community members have been calling on the city to create a $35 million Sanctuary Housing Fund to keep seniors, people with disabilities, and African-American and immigrant families in the city. The fund would include assistance for hard-hit homeowners, buying back foreclosed homes off the speculative market, rental subsidies, and legal defense against evictions. But the mayor has remained mute, while refusing to meet with community members or allowing them any input. 

For more info call 415-335-7033 or email sfacce@calorganize.org

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/276449376092938/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22plan_user_invited%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D¬if_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1502567292249653

3.  Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Protest Sheriff’s racist tweet scandal! Show up for immigrants

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
1401 Lakeside Dr. Fl 12th’
Oakland

Are you outraged that the Alameda County Sheriff’s Dept. is retweeting white supremacists?

Are you angry that Sheriff Ahern and other sheriffs want to keep deporting our loved ones? (The CA State Sheriffs Association is trying to bully Gov Brown into further weakening SB 54, the “Sanctuary” bill that would push back on Trump’s deportation machine!)

Join us tomorrow to say NO to white supremacy and racism!

On Sunday night, the Alameda County Sheriff’s official twitter account retweeted infamous white supremacist Richard Spencer. 

The department’s claiming this is an “accident,” but in fact it’s part of a long pattern of racist attitudes and practices. 

This same deputy, Sergeant Kelly, made headlines defending the arrest of a fruit vendor a few months ago, saying: “If you don’t enforce this type of selling, it will begin to look like a Third World fruit market. 

We cannot remain silent.

Sponsors: ICE Out of California, and 5 other groups

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/339642916489594/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22sid_reminder%22%3A%226454724171203443691%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D

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

Montgomery & Market Street, below Senator Feinstein’s office; directly above Montgomery BART / MUNI Station
SF

Join us at the large PEACE or IMPEACH banner.

Topics vary each week and are centered on PEACE and JUSTICE issues

All are welcomed!

5.  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Coffee Break: Informal Discussion on Politics & the Left

Free Speech Movement Café
350 University Ave.
Berkeley

The Platypus Affiliated Society hosts a weekly informal discussion on Politics, The Left, the Platypus Review, and upcoming Leftist events & Platypus activities in the area. 

All are welcomed to attend regardless of whether or not you participate in the discussion. Sometimes certain articles or events are points of discussion, email PlatypusBCC [at] gmail.com to find out. 

This week we will be discussing “Organization, political action, history, and consciousness: on anarchism and Marxism” by Chris Cutrone  

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/08/13/18801478.php

6.  Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, APTP General Meeting: The Role of Police in the Alt-Right Movement

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, 94606

For this meeting, we will explore ….The Role of Police in the Alt-Right Movement

The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations, like Idriss Stelley Foundation, Community READY Corps and Workers World Party – Bay Area, is developing a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country.

We are led by the most impacted communities but are a multi-racial, mutil-generational coalition. 

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1740998229531956/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D

Thursday, August 17

7.  Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Community Picket + Rally Against Monster in the Mission

2929 19th Street
SF

Let’s show up, demand solidarity from our neighborhood businesses, and tell Maximus that the Monster is never going to be built in the Mission!

The Plaza 16 Coalition unequivocally rejects any proposal for 1979 Mission St that is not 100% affordable housing. We are asking small businesses planning to attend the meeting to discard the invitation by the developer Maximus, and join us on the picket line. Join with the community against unwanted, unneeded, and unwelcome gentrification-causing housing in the Mission 

Sponsor: The Plaza 16 Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/111183016254268/?active_tab=about 

8.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Fight the Right Build the Left! Join the Socialists

Dwinelle Hall
2100 Berkeley Way
Berkeley

The Trump administration’s war on working people has emboldened the far right, leading to a rise in violent attacks by extremists and open rallies by the alt-right and the KKK in Berkeley, Portland, and Charlottesville. Democratic politicians have failed to pose a real alternative to Trump and the right, instead saying we need to hold back on demands that would alleviate the immiseration facing working people, like taxing the rich, single payer healthcare, and a living wage.

At the same time, the opportunities to build the left and socialist organization are the best they’ve been in decades 

Sponsor: International Socialist Organization – Northern California

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/163683234200751/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22sid_reminder%22%3A%226454282445507956237%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D

9.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Occupation & Intervention: US Militarism in the Current Moment

First Congregational Church of Oakland (UCC)
2501 Harrison St.
Oakland 

With:
Rhonda Ramiro (vice-chair, BAYAN USA), 
Max Elbaum (long-time anti-war activist and author of Revolution in the Air) 

Yousef K. Baker (Prof of International Studies at Cal State Long Beach and member of the Iraqi Transnational Collective)  

While the news cycle is dominated by reality television-type depictions of national politics and large segments of the left are focused on the Trump regime’s domestic policies, military intervention and outright war is raging on most continents across the planet.  The US maintains the largest and most technologically advanced arsenal of conventional and nuclear weapons in the world, while it deploys hundreds of thousands of troops in at least 175 countries, and disperses tens of billions of dollars annually in military aid to more than 200 governments.

The US also trains approximately 200,000 soldiers, police, and other personnel internationally every year. As people struggle against economic,social, and ecological crisis, understanding the United States’ war footing is as urgent as ever. 

OCCUPATION & INTERVENTION is the first in CPE’s new WAR & LIBERATION series taking on critical issues of war, militarism, resistance and liberation from across the world.

Sponsor: The Center for Political Education

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/325627811212942/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D

Friday, August 18

10  Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, “Mother’s on the March Against Police Murders”

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Vigil every Friday on the steps of the Hall of Injustice. Demand DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder. 

11.  Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Eyewitness report & analysis from North Korea

PSL
2969 Mission St.
SF

Wheelchair accessible

 Donation $3 – $10 – no one turned away

As the world marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed hundreds of thousands, Trump threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

A new nuclear war aimed at annihilating the DPRK, with weapons immensely more powerful than those dropped on Japan, is now being openly promoted by elements of the U.S. ruling establishment. The mainstream media has served, as usual in times of crisis, as the source of disinformation and propaganda.What is really behind the latest crisis? What is the hidden history of the U.S. and Korea?Join us for a report from activists just back from the DPRK and analysis of the current situation.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/08/13/18801467.php   415-821-6171  

Saturday, August 19

12.  Saturday, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Mobilize! Millions for Prisoners

Meet at:

West Oakland BART
1451 7th Street
Oakland

Oakland! This is the caravan of the summer, mobilizing the East Bay to the South Bay for #A19 #Millions4Prisoners march and rally. Come listen, learn, network, share, reach out, march, BUILD!!!

DRIVERS and RIDERS: 
This will be a full day so SIGN UP EARLY!! Use the google form below to let us know your needs for transportation or comment on this event!!!

RSVP: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1oBh9KdkpHlJV-s2tto272QeFuUzxNwU6EYos5JtD9lo 

Schedule: 
March with California Prison Focus & RISE UP FOR JUSTICE
9:00 am – Meet at West Oakland Station, depart 9:30am 
11:00 am – Gather at Raymond Bernal Jr. Park
11:30 am – March to Santa Clara County Main Jail
12:30 pm – Rally at James P. McEntee Plaza (70 W. Hedding St.) 
~2:00 pm – Drive back to Oakland 

M4P A19 is about standing up with and for prisoners and fighting back against: 
* Private entities exploiting labor
* Companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services
* Private entities contracted by states and federal government to build and operate prisons, including immigration detention centers
* Racial disparities in America’s prison population and sentencing
* Disproportionate and unaccountable killings by police in black and brown communities
* Felony disenfranchisement laws
* Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) setting detention quotas
* Producing the world’s largest prison population
* State-sponsored murder via the death penalty
* Unjust bail bond system 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1598939163509858/?active_tab=about

13.  Saturday, 9:30am – 5:00pm, People First! Healthcare Emergency Prep, Decriminalization

East Bay Community Space
507 55th Street
Oakland, 94609

Free & Open to All Community

Schedule:

  9:30am – 10:00am Door & Coffee

10:00am – 10:15am, Welcome

10:15am – 12:30pm, Know your options workshops:

           -First Response to acute emergencies, opiate overdose and behavioral health

 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Emergency Preparedness, Skillshare block 1

 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Emergency Prepardness, Skillshare blick 2

 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Closing Panel:

          -Self Defense and Self Determination:

              -Fighting Policing, Fighting Imprisonment, and Building the Resources We Need

Questions: powerprojects@criticalresistance.org  or 510-444-0484 

Sponsor: Critical Resistance Oakland

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/327029504407273/330758604034363/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22admin_plan_mall_activity%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D¬if_t=admin_plan_mall_activity¬if_id=1502468134908577

14.  Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, NorCal Regional Conference – the Trump/Pence Regime Must GO!

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St.
SF

Register here: https://refusefascism.org/this-fascist-regime-must-be-driven-out-you-are-needed-ways-to-act/regional-meetings-august-19/ 

This Regional Conference, organized by RefuseFascism.org, will include representatives of organizations, religious leaders, students, youth and others. The purpose of the conference is to strategize and plan our path forward, building up to a massive nationwide action beginning on Saturday, November 4. 

ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017, we will take to the streets and public squares in cities and towns across the country, continuing day after day and night after night and not stopping until our demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/132383324038075/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D

15.  Saturday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, Two Year Rent Strike Anniversary BBQ

Save Midtown
1415 Scott St.
SF 

Self-organized Midtown tenants have been in the fight to stay in our homes for 2 whole years!

Midtown is fighting the City government’s plan to redevelop their apartment complex in San Francisco’s historic Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood. We cooperatively self-managed Midtown for almost 50 years until the Mayor’s Office of Housing suddenly terminated our lease in 2013 and brought in nonprofit developer Mercy Housing to squeeze us out. 

We’ve been on rent strike since August 2015 

Join us for an afternoon of food, fundraising, music, and community!

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/583726505349773/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D

16.  Saturday, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Standing Up For Racial Justice in Times of Fear and Hatred: A workshop

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Sliding scale admission. Join us for soup and bread at 5:30 PM. Workshop begins at 6:30. 

Ticket/ RSVP info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-justice-in-times-of-fear-hatred-a-lee-mun-wah-workshop-tickets-34553606768 

Workshop with Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renown Chinese American documentary filmmaker of such films as “The Color of Fear” and “If These Walls Could Talk”. Lee is a poet, a therapist and master diversity trainer. Lee is well known and highly regarded for his workshops on cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation and conflict mediation techniques that address issues of race, hatred and fear. This workshop will address these critical issues mindful of the times we live in. 

Sponsor: Human Rights Working Group

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/27/18801087.php

Sunday, August 20

17.  Sunday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, Street Medic Training

RSVP to oaklandmedic@gmail.com for exact address in Oakland near Lake Merritt

RN? MD? NP? PA? Paramedic? Student of one of the above?

Outraged about what’s happening in Charlottesville and the increasing Alt Right/fascist presence here in the Bay Area?

Want to put your skills to use but not sure about the specifics?

Come to a street/community medic training for folks with medical training to use their medical knowledge in the street and other emergency situations. In moments when we are so intensely under attack, the need to keep each other safe becomes even more heightened.

No street medic experience is necessary, just a desire to bring your medical knowledge outside of the 4 walls of the clinic/hospital.  

Training will be participatory: primarily hands on practice. We will cover scene safety, chemical weapons, penetrating wounds, blunt trauma and other timely scenarios.

Please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited. If you are not medically trained, please contact us anyway, you are welcome to attend as space permits. We have materials you can review prior to the training to feel better prepared.

18.  Sunday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, APTP First Responders Training

955 7th Street
Oakland

This training introduces APTP first responders model for conducting independent investigations of police terror and providing support to impacted families. The training will cover:

-Preparation and building investigation team
-Conducting investigations
-Trauma focused interviewing
-Cultural sensitivity
-Providing family support
-Lessons learned from past investigations
-Know your rights
– Collecting video evidence – by Dia Kayyali of Witness.org
-Security considerations

This training is organized together with SURJ – Oakland/Bay Area as a fundraiser for Anti Police-Terror Project. 

Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/232400527282299/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22sid_reminder%22%3A%226454748433060947718%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%7D 

19.  Sunday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Slingshot new volunteer meeting / article brainstorm for issue # 125

Long Haul Infoshop
3124 Shattuck Ave. (2 blocks from Ashby BART)
Berkeley

Slingshot is an independent radical newspaper published in Berkeley since 1988. 

*Brainstorm articles for next issue 
* Orientation on how you can submit articles, art, photographs 

* Help us discuss our audience and themes for the next issue 
* Discuss fundraising and distribution 
* Your chance to comment on Slingshot 

 Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/31/18801172.php

Monday, August 21

20. Monday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Amour for Alex – Monthly Remembrance

Bernal Heights
SF

Monthly gathering with Alex Nieto’s family and friends at Bernal Heights where he was killed by SFPD.

Official notification not posted yet. Check: https://www.facebook.com/groups/721427181211650/

21.  Monday, 7:00pm,  Planning Meeting for “Protest at the White Supremacist Rally”

UC Berkeley
170 Boalt Hall
Berkeley

This is a planning meeting for a counter-protest at the August 27th event in Berkeley titled “No to Marxism in America” 

The bigotry, racism and violence that the far-right organizers are bringing to Berkeley cannot be allowed to go unanswered.

 Their event will be a magnet for white supremacists, Nazi enthusiasts, anti- Muslims and anti-Semites, feminist bashers, homo/transphobes, anti-communists, and immigrant-haters, all gathered under the theme “No to Marxism in America’.

Let’s stand shoulder to shoulder with those targeted by bigotry in a unified, orderly, and strong counter-demo. History has shown that by taking a stand we can stop the far right when they are still small. Ignoring them only encourages them 

Sponsor: Communities Against Racism & Fascism (CARF)

Info or to Endorse: 415-864-1278  or bafsp@earthlink.net

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Upcoming Event

~ 2017 Soil Not Oil International Conference ~

September 6 – September 9

Richmond Memorial Convention Center

403 Civic Center Plaza

Richmond 

Ticket info:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-soil-not-oil-international-conference-tickets-33867803512?aff=efbeventtix

Facebook:

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“How Will the United States Regulate Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology?” by Shingai Thornton

July 5, 2016 (blog.coinfund.io)

Regulators with the Financial Stability Oversight Committee (FSOC) have called for increased oversight of “distributed ledger systems,” claiming the technology could pose systemic risks if usage keeps growing. The recommendation comes in the wake of “The DAO” heist which might cost investors millions of dollars due to the exploitation of a loophole in the smart contract of what was meant to be a decentralized, democratic, venture capital fund with rules determined by code.

The FSOC isn’t the only federal agency monitoring developments in this space. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has declared that Bitcoin is property, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commision (CFTC) regulates it as a commodity and Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has stated the central bank has no authority to regulate the cryptocurrency. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approaches classification of the technology on a case by case basis.

The SEC’s deputy director of trading and markets said of the DAO incident:

“This highlights a number of concerns that are really core to the SEC’s role, which is not only issues of disclosure, investor protection,” but also includes “the technology and the systems that underpin the markets”

Besides watching for risks to the financial system, which won’t be substantial until the technology is adopted by mainstream consumers; there are other issues regulators should keep in mind.

A group of CPAs recently wrote a letter to the IRS, noting that their unclear guidance poses tax problems for those trying to stay in compliance. Non-profit policy research group Coin Center argues that without clarity at the national level, the U.S. risks losing its global competitive edge in financial technology (Fintech). Digital currency startups in the U.S. face two major barriers in a murky regulatory environment.

  1. Banks are afraid, and often refuse to serve them.
  2. Firms that control customer funds must obtain separate money transmission licenses in each of the 50 states. It’s an expensive, cumbersome process that many startups can’t afford, and “control” of digital currency is not a well defined concept in our legal system.

This can be contrasted with the situation in places like SwitzerlandSingapore, and the U.K., where clear guidelines and light touch regulation have created safe homes for some of the most innovative companies and experiments in the space.

New York, Delaware, and North Carolina are enacting state-level legislation designed to provide clarity. Coin Center has called on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an independent branch of the U.S. Treasury, to issue a National Fintech Charter.

Here’s a brief overview of the state level approaches, Coin Center’s proposal, and the groups likely to play a key role in regulation of the technology.

New York

As a global financial capital, it’s no surprise that New York was the first state to enact digital currency regulations. The Bitlicense, crafted by the state’s former Superintendent of Financial Services, has been met with a lukewarm reception. Coin Center calls it a “mixed bag” that falls short and identifies some key flaws.

  • Vague Anti Money Laundering(AML) requirements.
  • Requirement for pre-approval of products by the Superintendent.
  • Custody/control of consumer funds definition doesn’t account for technology’s full capabilities.
  • Contains language that could prevent companies from lawfully protecting customers from publicly revealing their transaction histories.
  • Lack of a defined on ramp for startups.

Indeed, a number of startups stopped doing business in the state because of the license.

Meanwhile, MIT Digital Currency Initiative’s Brian Fordes praised regulators for listening to feedback on earlier drafts of the bill and making changes “that will protect consumers and spur more investment in entrepreneurs building companies in this space.”

For well-funded companies serving institutional clients and/or whose business models rely on having strict KYC/AML procedures, the license may get the job done. The companies that have received one (Circle) or are close to doing so (Ripple, Coinbase) fit into this category.

Delaware

Delaware is known for being corporation friendly and has the potential to become an attractive home for digital currency startups. The state’s governor announced in May that they are seeking legal classification for corporate blockchain-based shares, and have no plans for a New York style Bitlicense.

The effort is still in its initial phases, with key details such as whether or not Bitcoin’s blockchain will be used as part of the project yet to be determined. Hopefully the state will benefit from observing the experiences of NY and NC.

North Carolina

In late 2015, the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks codified exemptions for miners, non-financial blockchain based services, and multi-signature/non-custodial wallets from its Money Transmission Act.

Earlier this week, the North Carolina State Senate passed a bill which aims to cover digital currencies under state money transmission laws. The bill still needs to be signed by the Governor before becoming law. The Chamber of Digital Commerce’s Perianne Boring refers to North Carolina’s bill as “more diplomatic than in New York” and “how states should be regulating digital currency.”

Coin Center, again has some criticism, largely for the bill’s failure to define control of digital currency. It isn’t clear, for example, how lightning network nodes would be treated under the law. Together with the Uniform Law Commission, they crafted the following definition:

(3) “Control” means possession of sufficient virtual currency credentials or authority on a virtual currency network to execute unilaterally or prevent indefinitely virtual currency transactions[.]

They also criticize the bill’s lack of exceptions for software development/distribution and non-financial applications of digital currency. Still, the state’s efforts are acknowledged as a step in the right direction.

A Federal Fintech Charter?

Earlier this month, Coin Center proposed broad regulation in the form of a Federal Fintech Charter. It would be issued by the OCC which is responsible for chartering, regulating, and supervising national/cooperative banks.

The charter could give startups access to a passport granting them money transmission privileges across every state, eliminating the need to acquire 50 separate licenses.

It would also give them access to national banks, a necessity for most businesses. Risk would be limited by only granting them access to the ACH/Fedwire fund transfer systems for the purpose of exchanging between digital currencies and the dollar. Firms “would have the key benefits of federal regulation, preemption of state law, and access to the payments system, but would not engage in risk-generating activities like deposit taking or credit extension.”

On its surface, the proposal seems reasonable. One concern might be that the charter would create a slippery slope, leading to more and less reasonable rules down the line.

Other Federal Actors to Watch

These are some of groups that seem likely to take significant action in the coming years.

Conclusion

Cryptocurrency is increasingly being recognized as a legitimate asset class, and there is a lot of hype surrounding the potential for blockchains to transform the financial system. Industry participants recently held discussions with high level representatives at the White House (2) and Federal Reserve.

If the technology reaches mass adoption, additional regulations are inevitable. Without input from technical and legal experts in the community, laws will be written by people who do not understand the technology. Coin Center is one of a few groups leading educational efforts, and has proposed a framework for securities regulation of cryptocurrencies.

Overly burdensome regulation could discourage innovation and drive entrepreneurs out of the country, and laws passed in the U.S. will certainly influence the approach of other countries. How will the world’s largest economy act? Which regulatory agency will take the lead, and what distinctions will be made between cryptocurrency and other blockchain-based technologies? Is Congress capable of passing a cryptocurrency friendly bill?

As the DAO fiasco and gradually increasing adoption bring cryptocurrency and blockchain-based systems under the spotlight of regulators, questions like these should be on the mind of everyone in the space.

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Op-Ed by Bob of Occupy: Charlottesville, Virginia–Fire and Fury over a Symbol

Now apparently it’s up to three dead in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I fault the opposition for making this a confrontation, though fault can be placed on all sides. Let people express themselves. This is the nation of Free Speech, right? Whether they’re White Supremacists or Black Lives Matter or the idiot in the WH, let them sound off, but then have an open debate.

Why are the leaders of these groups not proposing a place and time to argue substantively among themselves? Why doesn’t the media set up something instead of salivating over a deadly confrontation for their cameras?

The removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee is what? The removal of history, the removal of a symbol of something? I think what happened in Charlottesville yesterday is the culmination of political correctness and the power of the Black Movement asserting itself unwisely in a manner that was asserted against them in the past. So what have they learned from their own experience? When one gains power force your will on your enemies?

I know you couldn’t get people to have a silent demonstration against the White Supremacists, but three people at least would be alive today.

We have become a nation of bullies, not just our country against the world, but our citizens against one another. Our culture of dominance in our sports, in our politics, in our electronic games, in our movies screams the endless shallow squeal of We’re Number One. And the Tangerine headed president personifies this.

So much needs to be placed on the table and discussed, but isn’t. We prefer the spectacle of our own savagery.

The Civil War happened. Slavery happened. World Wars One and Two happened. There are monuments all over this nation to symbolize those realities.

The Turks refuse to confront their genocide of the Armenians. The Japanese had a problem acknowledging what they did to the Chinese in Nanking. The Chinese have a problem accepting the truth about Mao. He was responsible for the deaths of 75 million Chinese, most of them during peace time. And the Israelis won’t confront their own genocidal occupation of the Palestinian People. And what about our nation? The genocide of the indigenous People, Slavery, suppression of Labor rights, the denial of the vote to Black Americans and Women.

But there are monuments to all of the above, aren’t there? They serve a purpose, hopefully, to raise consciousness. For one Robert E. Lee is a symbol of a misplaced superiority of one race over another. For another it’s the symbol of a bloody civil war that happened and can’t be denied.

In San Francisco in Union Square there is a monument to the US war against the Philippines. Some will take that as some kind of symbol of victory for the US. Others will see the stark hypocrisy of that war against the backdrop of this nation’s stated principles of democracy and freedom.

And of course the US is a walking, talking bullhorn of hypocrisy and self-delusion.

Why do we act aggressively and violently towards Symbols or symbolic events? Wouldn’t our energies be better served if we directed them towards some Self-Reflection? Maybe we would cease to be like adolescents and more like at least the ideal of adulthood_conscious awareness of our own failings and humility in the face of our self-illusions, putting aside ego self-aggrandizement.

In 1999 the Martin Luther King family brought a suit against the CIA, the FBI, the US Army, the Memphis Police Department, the Dixie Mafia, and one Lloyd Jowers. After a month’s trial and after only about an hour of deliberation, a jury of twelve Americans citizens_not a Congressional cover-up investigation, found all of the above defendants Guilty of Collusion in the Assassination of MLK.

How many Americans know about this? One percent, two percent? What?

Our mainstream media didn’t inform the People of this? Why the silence? But there they are when the blood starts flowing again and more die unnecessarily.

I have to wonder how many in the Black Lives Matter movement know this fact about the decision brought in the MLK’s familiy’s suit against basically our own government.. How many of those who represented White People yesterday in Virginia, who see their identities somehow threatened  by the removal of a statue, know their government colluded in the death of the Civil Rights Movement’s leader, Martin Luther King.

Both groups are blinded by their own ideologies of self-empowerment concerning a Symbol of something, a physical representation they identify with or against.

That got reported. The death of three so far got reported. The reactions of a president on his Twitter account got coverage.

But the 1999 decision in the Martin Luther King Family vs. Lloyd Jowers, the CIA, the FBI, the US Army, the Memphis Police Department, and the Dixie Mafia case goes unnoticed and forgotten in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Blood is shed for symbolic statuary, but concrete, legal decisions implicating the collusion of the US Government in the assassination of a man whose life’s work changed the course of this nation continues to dangle in the limbo of forgotten history.

Wake up, America.

–Bob of Occupy

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