VAP vs VEP Voter Turnout Calculation & the Dark Side of Statistical Figures

How Voter Turnout Is Calculated, Difference Between Voting-Age Population / VAP and Voting-Eligible Population / VEP

Democracy, by definition, is a popular concept and, in the theater of politics, a popular concept is an important one. States usually take care to maintain democratic appearances with their populations and the international perception of democracy is often what determines whether the press refers to a nation’s leaders as a government, a regime, or a dictatorship. Since it is impossible to ask a whole population whether it feels enfranchised or not, the integrity of democracy must be inferred with statistics by looking at voter participation, exit polls, public-surveys, and other data. Of these, one of the more important is voter-turnout and — with mass media being such a minefield of dishonest statistical figures and the 2018 midterms being just around the corner — it can be handy to know how turnout is calculated…

How to Calculate Voter-Turnout & Fight the Dark Side of Statistics

Without voter-turnout, it would be hard to judge whether an election is meaningfully democratic because turnout is what tells us how much of a population actually participated in the collective decision-making process otherwise known as democracy. If just 10% of a country’s people votes to elect their leaders, for instance, only a cynic would call it democracy — but if 90% participates in the elections, it would be hard to characterize it as anything else. Turnout isn’t everything, of course —  in a situation where a state only allowed one candidate to run, for example, or where systematic violence was used to bully people into voting a particular way, such elections could not be democratic no matter how many ‘voted.’

But so long as no disqualifying anti-democratic shenanigans occur, turnout is pretty useful for evaluating the quality of elections and there are two basic ways to measure it — one uses the VAP or voting-age population and the other uses the VEP or voting-eligible population.

Voting-Age vs Voting-Eligible Population: a Critical Comparison

Calculating voter-turnout using a nation’s VAP is pretty straightforward — the number who voted is simply divided by the number who are old enough to vote. It is a simple fraction, like so:

\mathtt{\large\frac{\text{Number of Votes}}{\text{VAP}} = \text{ \% Turnout}}When turnout is calculated using the voting-eligible population or VEP, the number of people who voted is divided by the result of subtracting the people designated by the state’s authorities as non-eligible to vote from the total of the voting-age population.​ Some algebra, along with some research into the state’s electoral laws, is needed to figure out the VEP-based turnout:

\mathtt{\large\frac{\text{Number of Votes}}{\text{VAP} – \text{ Non-Eligible Population }} = \text{ \% Turnout}}Without getting too entangled in the gazillions of non-essential details, these are the two major approaches to turnout — only one of them is useful, however.

How Measuring Voter-Turnout w/ VEP Is Misleading

To illustrate why VEP should never be used to calculate turnout, consider the fact that Saudi Arabia kept women from voting until just 3 years ago in 2015. Turnout figures calculated with VAP would clearly show that half the people were disenfranchised by the Saudi monarchs — a VEP-based turnout figure, on the other hand, would suggest Saudi Arabia was a functional democracy. And in the technical terminology used in the field of statistics, this type of thing is known as horseshit. Using VEP to measure turnout basically lets a nation’s political-authorities customize the equation that is meant to determine whether its elections are “free and fair” — a flaw so spectacularly fatal that it defeats the whole purpose of turnout before the measuring even begins.

Case in Point: VEP vs VAP Turnout, 1989 South African Elections

As a more concrete example, consider the turnout rate for the 1989 elections held in apartheid-era South Africa. At the time, only whites were eligible to voteand, with this nation being located in Africa and everything, this policy tended to exclude quite a lot of people, by which the author means almost everyone. If the South African voting-eligible population is used, then it appears that there was an impressive turnout for 1989 because a total of 2.2 million or about 87% of 2.5 million suspiciously-pale voting-eligible South Africans turned out to vote. See:

\mathtt{\large\frac{2,157,593}{2,478,930} = 0.87037 \text{ or } \approx 87\%}In reality, of course, the 1989 elections were a reprehensibly illegitimate farce — the actual turnout rate, calculated honestly by using South Africa’s voting-age population¹ as the denominator, was really just 12.7% —

\mathtt{\large\frac{2,157,593}{17,047,560} = 0.1265 \text{ or } \approx 12.7\%}

The Distortion of US Voter-Turnout Today

Though apartheid South Africa and the Saudi regime in Arabia are some of recent history’s more dramatic cases, the erasure of whomever election-authorities label ‘ineligible’ from voter-turnout figures is so widely accepted among the mass media commentariat that the legitimacy and usefulness of such calculations is rarely questioned. This enables countries like the US to erase a few percentage-points from its population — mostly People of Color — with the flick of a pen by denying voting-rights to incarcerated citizens, along with a few million more felons disenfranchised by state-level laws (most of whom are also People of Color).

\mathtt{ 6.1 \text{m disenfranchised } \div 245.5 \text{m VAP } = 0.0248 \text{ or } \approx 2.5\%}And 2.5% of the US-American adult population is erased — just like that7.7% of Black US adults, erased — just like that. The disenfranchisement of these unlucky, mostly non-violent, mostly Black and Brown people is not accounted for in the VEP-based figures that US news-media seems to favor. Among many others excluded from these statistics are about 22 million lawful residents and other human-beings whose citizenship-related fees and paperworks have yet to find their way through the bureaucratic labyrinth of the US immigration process.

\large\mathtt{ 22 \text{m } \div 245.5 \text{m } = 0.0896 \text{ or } \approx 9\%}And another 9% of the US adult population — along with the 2.5% erased by incarceration or past conviction — disappears into the statistical void of ineligibility and, at the same time, US voter-turnout grows by as much as 11.4%.

VAP Is Ethically & Empirically Superior to VEP

Graphic: "77% of disenfranchised voters are people living in the community, not behind bars"In addition to providing a way for despotic states to edit their own turnout statistics by restricting eligibility to whomever they please, the use of VEP also sabotages the scientific usefulness of turnout data. Since demographic traits like age exist in populations of all nationalities, VAP-based turnout in different countries can be compared, allowing scientists to study how different forms of democracy and election-systems may affect levels of voter-participation. Since ‘eligibility’ is a legal construction that differs depending on the political-leadership of various nation-states at any historical moment, turnout measured using VEP cannot be compared with data from other countries or even to the same country’s past and future turnout because eligibility requirements (like most laws) tend to change over time.

Real Voter Turnout Is Always VAP, VEP Only Distorts It

At the time of writing, the 2018 US midterm elections are only weeks away and that means we are all about to hear a ton of analysis and hot takes from the news-media commentariat, much of which will inevitably deal with the impact of voter turnout. Many of these numbers will ignore the tens of millions of disenfranchised people living in the land of the free because ignoring them is what allows everyone else to continue believing they live in some kind of democracy or, at the very least, an acceptably-democratic republic. But this is a fantasy that cannot withstand an honest look at the numbers. For the sake of those whose voices are silenced to prop up the fantasy, it would be good if those whose voices are still audible would use them to call out the collaborators whose bad statistical analysis helps to make such a farcical democracy possible.​

In solidarity,
John Laurits

P.S. Anyone wanting to help fight to abolish US felon-disenfranchisement please take note that one of my favorite comment-area denizens has just informed me that Florida is voting on Amendment 4 during November’s elections, which would abolish the lifetime disenfranchisement of most felons in the state. I hereby encourage Floridian readers to vote “yes” on Amendment 4 and, for non-Floridians wanting to get involved, I encourage you to either make a donation to Floridians for a Fair Democracy’s Second Chances campaign or to visit their site to see if you can help out some other way.

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Updates ~2 Action Alerts ~ Marriot Hotel Strlike ~ Announcements fr. Tuesday, Oct 16 – Friday, Oct. 19 (from Adrienne Fong)

There will be one more announcement coming out within the couple of days with a scattering of events, reminders of monthly and weekly events will be included.

Please suggest that groups you are involved with list their events on Indybay.

Please consider posting your events on Indybay

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A. Saudi Arabia to Admit That Missing Journalist Was Killed in Botched Interrogation and Abduction Operation, CNN Reports – October 16, 2018 

B. ‘They’re Doing Us Like They Did New Orleans’: Anger at Trump Inaction as Hurricane Michael Leaves Millions Without Power and Basic Needs

C. U.S. Border Agency Says Hundreds of Employees Have Been Arrested Over 2 Years – October 12, 2018


1. Don’t let Trump start a war with Iran


2. Tell Greyhound: No more warrantless searches – Keep immigration agents off your buses


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Save Saturday, October 20th Support Rally of hotel workers!

Unite / Here Local 2 is on STRIKE at 7 SF Hotels!! Please support the picket lines, even if it’s for an hour! This is a 24/7 picket!

ONE JOB SHOULD BE ENOUGH! Nationwide there are nearly 8,000 people on strike in eight U.S. cities!

If you haven’t heard already, today Local 2 is struck the 7 Marriott properties in San Francisco:

Marriott Marquis at Mission and 4th
Marriott Union Square at 480 Sutter St.
Courtyard Marriott Downtown at 299 2nd St.
St. Francis at Powell & Geary
Palace at Market & New Montgomery
St. Regis at 125 3rd St.
W at 181 3rd St.

This is an open-ended strike, so we’ll be out until we win!  Except for the Courtyard Downtown, all picket lines are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There is a Courtyard picket everyday, but just no overnight shift (10p-5a).

PLEASE JOIN US!  The workers love to know that our labor and community allies have their back, and it lifts their spirits to see people besides their co-workers walk the line.  We know that we never win alone!

It may go without saying, but the way Local 2 wins strikes is with loud, militant, non-stop, disciplined picket lines.  We don’t get into physical fights with scabs or others crossing the line, as tempting as that may be, because it doesn’t help us win (and in fact can lead to picket lines being shut down).  All shifts should have picket captains, most of whom are rank-and-file leaders from the hotel they’re picketing.

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Tuesday, October 16 – Friday, October 19 

Tuesday, October 16

1. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Deport ICE – Berkeley Sanctuary City Contracting Law

City Council Berkeley
2134 MLK Jr. Way

In May of 2018, Richmond became the first city in the country to prevent municipal contracts with companies that sell data to ICE.

Now it is Berkeley’s turn as we try to build a region-wide resistance that will change the business decisions of companies. Using public money to subsidize the high-tech hunting of immigrants is a choice and we can make another, better choice here in Northern California. Sanctuary is not just a slogan.

The good news is that the contracting restriction is, currently, on the consent calender and we hope that means no opposition and a quick vote of approval.

Hosts: The Day We Fight Back & 4 Other groups


2. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Letter-Writing for Cambodian Refugees Facing Deportation 

416 8th Street

Join Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus to write letters of support for detained Cambodian refugees currently facing the threat of deportation. All letters collected will be sent to these community members to provide support and encouragement during their time in detention.

Recent ICE raids on Cambodian communities across the country have left 60+ valued community members detained as they await deportation to Cambodia. Most are refugees who fled the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime and the devastation of sustained US bombing in Southeast Asia; many were born in refugee camps and have never set foot in the country they now face removal to.

Governor Brown has the opportunity to prevent this injustice by pardoning our Cambodian community members. With a pardon, these parents, siblings, friends, children, and community leaders can reopen their cases in immigration court


3. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, A Wider Protest – Can’t Pinkwash Israeli Apartheid 

1025 Columbus Ave.

A Wider Bridge, which promotes queer support for the state of Israel, is having its annual benefit, “A Wider Benefit” on Tuesday, October 16 in North Beach. One of the two honorees is a trans Israeli soldier. A Wider Bridge calls this the “quirky, edgy … largest annual gathering of LGBTQ and pro-Israel people.” Let’s give them a quirky and edgy look at what they don’t mention: Israeli war crimes which escalate every day.

Wear black if you can; pink and sparkly accoutrements encouraged (we’ll have some).

Host: Outside the Frame Film Festival 2015 San Francisco


4. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Vigil for Chinedu Okobi 

El Camino Real between Millwood & Santa Helena

On October 3, Chinedu, a 36-year old Nigerian-American, was walking in broad daylight on a busy avenue in Millbrae, CA when he was accosted by San Mateo sheriff deputies. He had committed no crime. Five sheriff deputies escalated the interaction, ultimately leading to Chinedu’s death.
They tried to rush him but failed, so they killed him with their TASERS.

Join us to life up Chinedu’s name and to demand that the deputies who killed him are charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Please feel free to bring candles and small items to leave in Chinedu’s memory.

For more information, contact Nana Gyamfi of Black Alliance for Just Immigration at (323) 947-9772 or


5. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Winning Richmond: How a progressive alliance won City Hall 

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St.

Gayle McLaughlin just ran as a corporate-free candidate for Lt. Governor.

She has now released her new memoir, Winning Richmond: How a Progressive Alliance Won City Hall.

In this inspirational recounting of Gayle’s 14 years as a co-founder of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, a city council member and two term mayor, we can all learn many valuable lessons about activism, electoral electoral politics, and against all odds,

A California Bay area city long ruled by its huge Chevron oil refinery become an award winning “Green & Clean” community. How did they do it? They won City Hall thanks to the power of the people, who organized a progressive alliance on the grassroots level to seize political power and to fight entrenched corporate interests, inspired by the wisdom of the original Americans who first settled in the Bay area.


Wednesday, October 17

6. Wednesday, 9:00am – 8:00pm, Volunteers needed to monitor the Sweeps happening down around the Civic Center area

Meet at 9:00am

Behind the Main Library

Contact Kelly

Human Rights Organizer
SF Coalition On Homelessness
468 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 346-3740- office
(415) 756-0692- cell

The City has had their command center located down at the UN Plaza for a few weeks now. SF Weekly wrote a good article about it where she found out that “…since the beginning of the year, a total of 588 incidents within 500 feet of UN Plaza resulted in 637 police bookings and citations.” And folks wonder why our jail population has been increasing! 

the City’s plan to escalate their enforcement in this area on Wednesday.

The Hoodline article I linked stated “…the SFPD is working with the city’s Healthy Streets Operations Center to provide services to those in need that are being displaced by the clean-up efforts.” Of course they are. What a load of shit.

If the City/Mayor’s concern was to help folks struggling with addiction, they would be leading the way with medical and outreach workers… with actual real resources to offer. SFPD are leading this effort… law enforcement. They’ve been using this program called “Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion San Francisco” (LEAD SF). LEAD SF is meant to be used as a diversion program, not a tool to justify SFPD doing Sweeps. 

7. Wednesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Medical Professionals for Prop C! – Rally & Press Conference 

San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center
1001 Potrero (nr. steps of bronze statue of mother & child)

Members of the medical community and medical professionals are gathering for a rally and press conference in front of the Zuckerberg SF General Hospital to speak out in support of Our City, Our Home! We stand in solidarity with a broad-based coalition of supporters, including the San Francisco Democratic Party, Sierra Club, SPUR, the Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods, United Educators of San Francisco, San Francisco Labor Council, Faith in Action.

Host: Yes on C –  Our City Our Home SF


8. Wednesday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, A Rebel’s Guide to the History of the Russian Revolution (sec 2)

747 Polk St.

Freedom Socialist Party – Bay Area

The first socialist revolt that established a workers’ state in Russia in 1917 was a roadmap for anyone determined to end corporate rule and income inequality today.

Leon Trotsky, a co-leader with Lenin, wrote a definitive account as participant and leader: The History of the Russian Revolution.
Explore this inspiring story where the 99% rose up and won! Be part of a small group discussion and reading circle led by socialist feminists.


9. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Peace Vigil 

One Post Street  @ Market & Montgomery St.
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).

Look for the PEACE banner! 

Themes vary each week on topics for PEACE & JUSTICE

All are welcomed.

10. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Intro to Immigration Panel 

The Eric Quesada Center for Culture & Politics

518 Valencia St.

The Latino Democratic Club will be hosting a panel on Immigration.

The panel is comprised of panelists with a strong background in immigration policy; they will focus on present immigration issues such as public charge, TPS, and due process. Also, panelists will provide an update on potential actions and advocacy opportunities to addressing immigration issues in the current political climate.

Speakers :

Lucia Obregon (Mission Economic Development Agency)
Nancy Esteva (SF Living Wage Coalition)
Ryan Knutson (Immigration Attorney)


11. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Defend an Abortion Clinic!

Meet at Walnut Creek BART station at 5:50pm, the clinic is a 10 min walk from BART

Planned Parenthood
1357 Oakland Court
Walnut Creek

Confront the sexist “40 days for Life” bigots when they come to the Planned Parenthood clinic in Walnut Creek.

Stand together outside the clinic to defend abortion rights and say NO to sexism. Given Kavanaugh’s confirmation, it’s up to us to protect a person’s right to choose!

Endorsed by:
International Socialist Organization, Democratic Socialists of America – SF SocFem Working Group
Democratic Socialists of America – East Bay Socialist Feminist Caucus


12. Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, APTP Monthly Meeting – Featuring Family Victory & Defund OPD 

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.

Wheelchair accessible

Join us to hear about:
– A family’s legal victory in their quest for justice.
– How our Defund OPD committee plans to launch a campaign to challenge the upcoming Oakland Police Officers’ Association contract negotiations.
– Updates from other families on their struggles for justice.

APTP meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.​


Thursday, October 18 

13. Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, To End War, We Need a Peace Majority

Global Exchange
901 Mission St., Suite 306

join our live streamed webinar discussion: To End War, We Need a Peace Majority!

Our country is engaged in wars and conflict around the world. The Afghanistan war – now the longest in our history – grinds on while our current president is replacing diplomacy with threats and policy decisions that are moving us closer to conflict — withdrawing from the Iran nuclear accord, backing Saudi Arabia’s ugly war in Yemen, and continuing the revolting drone warfare initiated by his predecessors.

Join Peace Movement leaders Stephen Miles of Win Without War and renowned dissident Medea Benjamin, author of Drone-Warfare-Killing-Remote-Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection for a potent discussion on how we can build an effective peace majority to turn the tide toward peace.


14. Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Land & Power in South Africa ft. Mazibuko Jara & Solome Lemma 

First Congregational Church of Oakland – Angel Room
2501 Harrison Street



Priority Africa Network & Africans in the Diaspora, a program of Thousand Currents, invite you to a community discussion with Mazibuko Jara, Executive Director of Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda, moderated by Solomé Lemma, the new Executive Director of Thousand Currents.

What are some of the social changes and economic contentions in South Africa nearly 25 years after Mandela became the first Black president of the nation? Discussing the current political realities in South Africa beyond news headlines Mazibuko Jara and Solomé Lemma will delve into how issues of expropriation of land without compensation, land rights, unemployment, migration, gender based violence, xenophobia, and self-determination have historically been contested from varying angles and sectors and the ways in which they continue to be central debates in the country.


15. Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, SFFNB Thursday Food Share 

16th & Mission (BART Station)

We will share free hot food in the 16th & Mission BART plaza at 6pm until the food runs out. We welcome help! Talk to us at the sharing if you’d like to help us cook, serve, or clean up. We cook from 3pm to 6pm. Contact this page with any questions.


16. Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Marxism 101 

Greenlining Institute
360 14th St.

Join CPE this fall for Marxism 101. Thursdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 1. Apply Now:

Do you think work, health, education, and land are vital issues? Do you hate war, exploitation, and displacement? Do you fight to win political power, social change, and freedom? Over 150 years ago philosopher, economist, and activist Karl Marx’s work and thought on these same issues went on to change the course of human history, with his ideas driving some of the most momentous political struggles in the past century.

The Center for Political Education invites you to participate in a six-part introduction to Marxist thinking and action


17. Thursday, 7:30pm – 10:15pm,  Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series 

La Peña Cultural Center
3106 Shattuck Ave.

La Peña Cultural Center and UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative present: THE EMPOWERING WOMXN OF COLOR OPEN MIC FALL SERIES!


Back by popular demand, this open mic series provides a space for performances celebrating the voices of women of color and will include one featured artist per month!


Friday, October 20 

18. Friday, 12am – 11:59pm  Be 1 of 500 to Post Online About Premiere of Speech by Avakian

Online everywhere

On October 19, join the social media virtual flash mob!

Be 1 of 500+ posting a message about the online premiere of the new speech by Bob Avakian: “Why We Need An Actual Revolution and How We Can Really Make Revolution,” which will be released at

Click on FB site for instructions

Host Newspaper


19. Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm, The Homeless Epidemic: Impact on African American Family & Comm 

The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities Oakland
2000 Franklin St.

Tickets: Free – $23.16

The California Association of Black Social Workers (CABSW) is having their 2018 symposium here in Oakland!

Keynote Speaker: Candice Elder, M.S., founder and executive director of The East Oakland Collective.

In California, the homeless population is disproportionately African-American. In Los Angeles, over 39% of the homeless population is African-American, and in Oakland that number is a staggering 70% of the homeless population. This symposium will work to identify the implications (historical & current) of how this crisis impacts African Americans, as well as identifying the appropriate skills to put into practice to address it.


20. Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Empower 1300 SF Homeless Youth 

134 Golden Gate Ave.

Support Love Against The World, in partnership with Larkin Street Youth Services of San Francisco, in hosting the “Love for San Francisco Youth” day at the Larkin Street Youth Services building on October 19th 2018. We will provide the struggling youth of San Francisco with clothing, hygiene products, food, employment mentoring, and more. 

Over 1,300 San Francisco youth are on the streets every night through no fault of their own. The most common themes of displacement for these youth are trauma, life tragedy and family violence. Their condition is not self-inflicted.

We call on you to elevate our collective compassion and help us offer these struggling young lives support in the form of food, clothing, grooming, education and mentoring that encourages the youngest to finish school and the oldest to find employment.

Be a part of the change to break the cycle of homelessness for these youth.

Donate Directly To The Campaign Here: (


21. Friday, 10:00am –  Sat. Oct. 20, 10:00pm, 7th Annual Ohlone Big Time 

Rob Hill Campground

The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe will host the 7th Annual Big Time Gathering in the Presidio of San Francisco at Rob Hill Camp ground. This year’s theme is “7 Generations”

We will highlighting our youth, the future.
Join us Friday October 19th @ 2pm-5pm for the “Tule Boat Project: Ohlone Youth Summit”
Presentation; Art installation; and Panel Discussion.

Saturday October 20th 12noon Prayer Circle and Welcoming. Full day of cultural presentations and prayers by our California Native Communities, our relatives to the south, and our relatives across the ocean, all celebrating the seventh generation.

Host: Ohlone Sisters


22. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, , Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – 107th Week 

Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.

All are invited to join us  to demand that District Attorney George Gascon charge police officers with murder. Stand with ALL families who have lost loved ones to police murders. Since Gascon has been the DA in San Francisco, he has not charged any police officers!

23. Friday 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Redistribution Tour in Huchuin 

Meet at:

Corner of Trestle Glen & Lakeshore Avenue

Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Redistribution, Decolonization & Community Reparations Tour: is back in Huchuin- (This tour dedicated to POOR Magazine poverty skola sisSTAR Laure McElroy– who was on every tour since they started in 2016)

Black, Brown, Houseless & 1st Nations Peoples Tour Stolen, Settler Colonized, Po’Lice Protected & Devil-oper Destroyed-Mama Earth with an offer to wealth hoarders and land stealers to heal through redistribution, decolonizaiton and Community Reparations from the disease of capitalist resource hoarding.

Walking in humiility and prayer with guidance from ancestors from all four corners of Mama Earth, UnHoused, working -class, Black, Brown and indigenous peoples who were stolen, enslaved , bordered and/or indentured for profit so that Turtle Island could become the colonial project known as “the United Snakes of Ameriica, as well as displaced, houseless, working poor people who are currently under attack from high-speed gentrification, environmental racism, hyper -apartheid-like incarceration, police terror, extreme displacement and anti-immigrant policies to name a few, are hereby embarking on a stolen land redistribution, Decolonization and reparations tour across the US.

“Its important for Ohlone People to be part of this movement as we are unrecognized in our own land, and suffered the first form of gentrification aka colonization, had our languages and cultures stolen and are now displaced in our own ancestral lands,” said Corrina Gould, Ohlone land warrior and co-founder of the Sogorea Te Land Trust,the only Native woman owned land trust in the US

Host: POOR Magazine

More info:

24. Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Closing Party & Panel Discussion  “Photojournalists in the Line of Fire” by Kim Komenich & Lou Dematteis 

City College of San Francisco
Ocean Campus, Bungalow 615
50 Phelan Ave.

Panel Discussion “Photojournalists in the Line of Fire” runs from 6-7:30 p.m. in Bungalow 610 at CCSF Ocean Campus

Moderator: Mary Jo McConahay, an award-winning reporter who covered the wars in Central America and economics in the Middle East.

Exhibition dates: April 13 – Oct. 19, 2018                                                                                                          

Front Page Gallery is cordially invited you to join us for a closing reception of “In the Line of Fire,” a photo exhibition featuring rare war zone photographs by two top photojournalists; Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Kim Komenich, and former Reuters Photo Bureau Chief Lou Dematteis & a panel discussion “Photojournalists in the Line of Fire” on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 (6-9 p.m.)

Host: CCSF Department of Journalism


25. Friday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Watch: Why We Need & How We Can Really Make an Actual Revolution 

Revolution Books – Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.

Why We Need An Actual Revolution And
How We Can Really Make Revolution
A speech by Bob Avakian

If you feel you cannot stand to look at another picture of families torn apart, children crying out from cages at the border, or hear another story of someone ripped away from their family in the middle of the night or at work or wherever… but you know you can’t turn away either…

If you don’t know how to bear another day with news of yet another Black or Latino youth gunned down by police, or women being assaulted and degraded at every turn… but don’t know just what to do to STOP it, really stop it…

If it hurts your heart to even think about the endless and unjust wars and the threat of even worse, or the environment quickly sliding beyond a state of repair… and the solutions on offer seem to fall so short of what is needed…

Then there’s a film for you.


26. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Social Analysis of 2018 Elections: Can the “Blue Wave” Turn the Reactionary Tide? 

2969 Mission St.

Wheelchair accessible

$3 – $10 donation. No one turned away

Many are putting their hopes on the Democrats winning control of Congress in Nov. as a way to stem the reactionary tide that the Republicans have held for the last 2 years. Will a Democratic-led Congress truly shift the rightward trajectory of the U.S. establishment? When Obama and the Democrats were in control, the U.S. bombed seven countries, and carried out more drone strikes and deportations than even the despicable Trump. And now, the Democratic Party hawks continue to aggressively push a hostile policy toward Russia and North Korea.

Join us for a socialist analysis and discussion of the mid-term elections, including a report on organizing for Prop 10 for rent control, and get involved in the grassroots resistance movement.


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First They Came for the Homeless update

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First they came for the homeless

BART put in this fence to prevent us from having our camp there. $120,000 for the fence. The tips are sharpened to hurt anyone who climbs it.

The camp found use for it. I encourage others to come and decorate with messages. The intersection there is the busiest I have seen in Berkeley. A lot of exposure with time to read during rush hour.

The people’s billboard. Paid for by us, installed by our mass transit system.

–Mike Zint

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Colin Kaepernick Somehow Left Off 49ers Gallery Celebrating Past Highlights Against Packers

Photo: Jonathan Daniel (Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers released a photo gallery on Friday commemorating the franchise’s 68-year history of games against the Green Bay Packers in the lead up to their matchup on Monday Night Football. The gallery included photos of nearly every notable player to put on a San Francisco jersey from Hall of Famers like Joe Montana and Terrell Owens, to guys like Jeff Garcia. Not included in that list was current NFL outcast Colin Kaepernick.

The current free agent quarterback was nowhere to be seen among the initial 48 photos that the team released on its website. Kaepernick had some pretty notable games against the Packers during his time with the 49ers. In the NFC Divisional round in 2013, he set an NFL quarterback record when he rushed for 181 yards in a 45-31 win over Green Bay. In 2014, he led a game-winning drive against the Packers in the NFC Wild Card game and famously went sleeveless despite temperatures dropping to minus 14.

Of course, there was another pretty famous game that involved Kaepernick and Green Bay, but it’s not like the 49ers would go out of their way to celebrate that.

This would be the latest major omission that Kaepernick’s name has been a part of from this year alone. Early releases of Madden 19 had his name censored in a song lyric that made a direct reference to the quarterback.

The Niners have since apologized for leaving Kaepernick out of the gallery, updated the gallery to include him, and released this statement.

“Unfortunately there were a handful of obvious misses in this gallery posted by our website team and we appreciate them being brought to our attention. The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and gratitude for the contributions Colin made to our team over the years.”

General manager John Lynch even went out of his way to express his embarrassment about the situation in an interview with San Francisco station KNBR.

“Obviously, from our part, a glaring omission. From ownership on down, we’ve got so much respect for his contributions to this franchise, and against the Packers. Anyone who is a fan of football, particularly, let alone 49er fans, knows that he has a great part of history against the Packers.”

It is worth noting that the 49ers did support their former quarterback’s choice to kneel during the national anthem. But even with the lip service to his prime years with the team, and the past support of his cause, it’s a real head-scratcher as to how a photo captioned “Alex Smith completes a pass in Dec. 2006″ got thrown into a gallery celebrating a matchup between two teams with decades of Hall of Fame rosters, while one of Kaepernick setting NFL records somehow wasn’t worth including.

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FRI, 10/12/2018 – BY JOHN ABRAHAM (


An American flag battered by Hurricane Michael continues to fly in the in the purple colored light of sunset at Shell Point Beach on October 10, 2018 in Crawfordville, Florida. Photograph: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Floridians are staring down a very powerful Category 4 typhoon that is causing extensive damage. The high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge will cost billions of dollars.

We know that climate change is making these storms stronger. The storms feed off of warm ocean waters, and those waters are much warmer now because of climate change. I have written about the science in more detail here and here. But basically, Michael strengthened because it passed over really warm waters. Waters that were hotter because of human-caused warming.

Predictably, the hurricane strengthened as it hit shore. As I write this, Michael is coming ashore and the pressure is still falling (low pressures in a hurricane signify a stronger storm). It appears that Michael may have the third-lowest pressure for a hurricane hitting the USA.

It is a wonder that a state like Florida, which will get pummeled by Michael, could vote for someone that denies climate change. Think of how backwards the situation is – the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has reportedly been banned from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming”. This policy reportedly went into effect when Florida elected a science denier, Rick Scott, to governor.

Rick Scott has been condemned by people in Florida for his backward stance. It is climate denial like his that has contributed to the suffering of residents in the state.

It’s not that my colleagues haven’t tried to help Governor Scott understand how his policies hurt his state. A few years ago, scientists met with him and urged him to take climate change seriously. He remained silent.

It isn’t that the local media hasn’t tried. Major newspapers have called upon Rick Scott to take action on climate change. But to little avail. Maybe it’s because Rick Scott invests in companies that oppose climate change regulations?

It isn’t that his political opponents haven’t tried. Recently, Florida Democrats petitioned Rick Scott to acknowledge climate change.

Fortunately, while Rick Scott is now running for Senate, he’s being challenged by Democrat Bill Nelson. He understands science and believes in facts. Nelson writes, “Climate change is real, and we must take action to protect ourselves. Denial of this scientific reality is simply not an option, especially in Florida.”

Rick Scott isn’t the only politician from the state of Florida to reject science and diminish climate change. Senator Marco Rubio has as well.

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Florida voters could put an end to this nonsense. In the current race for state Governor to succeed Scott, Republican candidate Ron DeSantis is ignoring science. He recently claimed that climate change is not an issue for states to mitigate. Say what?

Let’s hope Ron DeSantis loses. His opponent is Andrew Gillum, who is clear as day when he says, “Climate change is real, it is impacting Floridians directly, and we will not be silenced on the matter. When I’m Governor, we will not just talk about climate change — we will put Floridians to work to make our state more energy independent and resilient and transform our state into the Solar Capital of the United States!”

But it’s not just Florida; there are other states getting hit by Hurricane Michael that are also led by climate deniers. For instance, Georgia will be hit by Hurricane Michael. One of the senators there, David Perdue, congratulated President Trump when he pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. Georgia’s other Senator, Johnny Isakson also denies the science. He too supported President Trump’s reckless actions.

At the congressional district level, the denial continues. Republican Representative Barry Loudermilk was pleased when President Trump walked away from the Paris Agreement. His opponent, Flynn Broady trusts and understands science, however. His position could not be any clearer as he writes,

“We have the technology and knowledge to develop and place into practice renewable energy sources, reduce carbon emissions, and move our energy needs away from carbon fuels. We owe it to the world to participate in the Paris Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol. As the leading industrial nation we must lead the effort.”

Climate deniers will try to say this article is gleeful about a hurricane. It is not. First of all, this hurricane and all hurricanes that hit land can cause death and destruction. I pray that people heed warnings and get out of the way. I hope people stay safe, regardless of their understanding of climate change and its effect on storms.

Second, elections have consequences and if we as a society want to create a better world and reduce climate change, we have to vote for people who understand science, who believe in facts. Climate deniers are making these storms worse by stopping action on climate change. What the hell do we expect to happen when the deniers are writing the laws?

Third, for those who say “taking action on climate is too expensive”, how about you add up the worldwide costs of climate inaction over the past decade. My response to you is, it’s too costly to do nothing.

Fourth, what the hell happened to the Republican Party? The GOP formerly thought of itself as the party of intellectuals. How did you become a party where denying science is a litmus test? Where are the Republicans who actually understand climate change and care about it? If you can find one, tell me. Maybe I’ll even write about them on this site.

Finally, climate change is only starting. It will continue to get worse and worse. And that means storms will get worse, droughts will get deeper, flooding more severe, and the costs will go up. What we are seeing now and what we’ve seen over the past decade is just a small taste to come of what the future will bring if we don’t take this problem seriously.

Good luck Florida and Georgia. My thoughts are with you. See you on the other side.

Water ocean temperatures around Florida as Hurricane Michael evolved. Illustration: NASA EOSDIS/LANCE
Infrared image of Hurricane Michael Photograph: NASA/NOAA/UW-SSEC-CIMSS, William Straka III

Originally published by The Guardian

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THU, 10/11/2018 – BY JONATHAN WATTS (


A firefighter battles a fire in California. The world is currently 1C warmer than preindustrial levels. Photo: Ringo HW Chiu/AP

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

The authors of the landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on Monday say urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to reach the target, which they say is affordable and feasible although it lies at the most ambitious end of the Paris agreement pledge to keep temperatures between 1.5°C and 2°C.

The half-degree difference could also prevent corals from being completely eradicated and ease pressure on the Arctic, according to the 1.5°C study, which was launched after approval at a final plenary of all 195 countries in Incheon in South Korea that saw delegates hugging one another, with some in tears.

“It’s a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now,” said Debra Roberts, a co-chair of the working group on impacts. “This is the largest clarion bell from the science community and I hope it mobilizes people and dents the mood of complacency.”

Policymakers commissioned the report at the Paris climate talks in 2016, but since then the gap between science and politics has widened. Donald Trump has promised to withdraw the U.S. – the world’s biggest source of historical emissions – from the accord. The first round of Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday put Jair Bolsonaro into a strong position to carry out his threat to do the same and also open the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness.

The world is currently 1°C warmer than preindustrial levels. Following devastating hurricanes in the U.S., record droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic, the IPCC makes clear that climate change is already happening, upgraded its risk warning from previous reports, and warned that every fraction of additional warming would worsen the impact.

Scientists who reviewed the 6,000 works referenced in the report, said the change caused by just half a degree came as a revelation. “We can see there is a difference and it’s substantial,” Roberts said.

At 1.5°C, the proportion of the global population exposed to water stress could be 50% lower than at 2°C, it notes. Food scarcity would be less of a problem and hundreds of millions fewer people, particularly in poor countries, would be at risk of climate-related poverty.

At 2°C, extremely hot days, such as those experienced in the northern hemisphere this summer, would become more severe and common, increasing heat-related deaths and causing more forest fires.

But the greatest difference would be to nature. Insects, which are vital for pollination of crops, and plants are almost twice as likely to lose half their habitat at 2°C compared with 1.5°C. Corals would be 99% lost at the higher of the two temperatures, but more than 10% have a chance of surviving if the lower target is reached.

Rising temperatures, rising risks

Sea-level rise would affect 10 million more people by 2100 if the half-degree extra warming brought a forecast 10 centimeters of additional pressure on coastlines. The number affected would increase substantially in the following centuries due to locked-in ice melt.

Oceans are already suffering from elevated acidity and lower levels of oxygen as a result of climate change. One model shows marine fisheries would lose 3 million tons at 2°C, twice the decline at 1.5°C.

Sea ice-free summers in the Arctic, which is warming two to three times fast than the world average, would come once every 100 years at 1.5°C, but every 10 years with half a degree more of global warming.

Time and carbon budgets are running out. By mid-century, a shift to the lower goal would require a supercharged roll-back of emissions sources that have built up over the past 250 years.

The IPCC maps out four pathways to achieve 1.5°C, with different combinations of land use and technological change. Reforestation is essential to all of them as are shifts to electric transport systems and greater adoption of carbon capture technology.

Carbon pollution would have to be cut by 45% by 2030 – compared with a 20% cut under the 2°C pathway – and come down to zero by 2050, compared with 2075 for 2°C. This would require carbon prices that are three to four times higher than for a 2°C target. But the costs of doing nothing would be far higher.

“We have presented governments with pretty hard choices. We have pointed out the enormous benefits of keeping to 1.5°C, and also the unprecedented shift in energy systems and transport that would be needed to achieve that,” said Jim Skea, a co-chair of the working group on mitigation. “We show it can be done within laws of physics and chemistry. Then the final tick box is political will. We cannot answer that. Only our audience can – and that is the governments that receive it.”

He said the main finding of his group was the need for urgency. Although unexpectedly good progress has been made in the adoption of renewable energy, deforestation for agriculture was turning a natural carbon sink into a source of emissions. Carbon capture and storage projects, which are essential for reducing emissions in the concrete and waste disposal industries, have also ground to a halt.

Reversing these trends is essential if the world has any chance of reaching 1.5°C without relying on the untried technology of solar radiation modification and other forms of geo-engineering, which could have negative consequences.

A nearly ice-free Northwest Passage in the Arctic in August 2016. Photograph: VIIRS/Suomi NPP/Nasa

In the run-up to the final week of negotiations, there were fears the text of the report would be watered down by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich countries that are reluctant to consider more ambitious cuts. The authors said nothing of substance was cut from the text.

Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said the final document was “incredibly conservative” because it did not mention the likely rise in climate-driven refugees or the danger of tipping points that could push the world on to an irreversible path of extreme warming.

The report will be presented to governments at the UN climate conference in Poland at the end of this year. But analysts say there is much work to be done, with even pro-Paris deal nations involved in fossil fuel extraction that runs against the spirit of their commitments. Britain is pushing ahead with gas fracking, Norway with oil exploration in the Arctic, and the German government wants to tear down Hambach forest to dig for coal.

At the current level of commitments, the world is on course for a disastrous 3°C of warming. The report authors are refusing to accept defeat, believing the increasingly visible damage caused by climate change will shift opinion their way.

“I hope this can change the world,” said Jiang Kejun of China’s semi-governmental Energy Research Institute, who is one of the authors. “Two years ago, even I didn’t believe 1.5°C was possible but when I look at the options I have confidence it can be done. I want to use this report to do something big in China.”

The timing was good, he said, because the Chinese government was drawing up a long-term plan for 2050 and there was more awareness among the population about the problem of rising temperatures. “People in Beijing have never experienced so many hot days as this summer. It’s made them talk more about climate change.”

Regardless of the U.S. and Brazil, he said, China, Europe and major cities could push ahead. “We can set an example and show what can be done. This is more about technology than politics.”

James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who helped raised the alarm about climate change, said both 1.5°C and 2°C would take humanity into uncharted and dangerous territory because they were both well above the Holocene-era range in which human civilization developed. But he said there was a huge difference between the two: “1.5°C gives young people and the next generation a fighting chance of getting back to the Holocene or close to it. That is probably necessary if we want to keep shorelines where they are and preserve our coastal cities.”

Johan Rockström, a co-author of the recent Hothouse Earth report, said scientists never previously discussed 1.5°C, which was initially seen as a political concession to small island states. But he said opinion had shifted in the past few years along with growing evidence of climate instability and the approach of tipping points that might push the world off a course that could be controlled by emissions reductions.

“Climate change is occurring earlier and more rapidly than expected. Even at the current level of 1°C warming, it is painful,” he told the Guardian. “This report is really important. It has a scientific robustness that shows 1.5°C is not just a political concession. There is a growing recognition that 2°C is dangerous.”

Originally published by The Guardian

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WED, 10/10/2018 – BY JESSICA CORBETT (


As the United States Postal Service (USPS) closed on Monday for a national holiday celebrated by many municipalities as Indigenous Peoples Day, workers across the country held a day of action to protest President Donald Trump’s proposal to privatize the postal service.

Under the proposal – unveiled in June as part of a 32-point plan to significantly reorganize the federal government – USPS would “transition to a model of private management and private or shared ownership.”

The White House argued that “freeing USPS to more fully negotiate pay and benefits rather than prescribing participation in costly federal personnel benefit programs, and allowing it to follow private sector practices in compensation and labor relations, could further reduce costs.”

Critics warn that such a transition would not only negatively impact service but also bring awful consequences for postal workers, who demonstrated on their day off in cities across the United States on Monday to tell the president that USPS is #NotForSale.

“Postal workers are rallying to urge lawmakers to stop the selling off of the public postal service for private profit—and to remind everyone the Postal Service is yours,” Julie Bates, a 22-year postal worker, wrote last week.

Pointing to similar moves by other countries—including the United Kingdom—as cautionary tales, Bates warned that if USPS is sold off to private interests, the public should anticipate “higher prices, slower delivery, and an end to universal, uniform, and affordable service to every corner of the country.”

While recognizing that the national mail service has faced problems in recent years, as Bates explained:

The truth is that the USPS’s problems were largely created by Congress.

A bipartisan 2006 law, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, mandated that the USPS pre-fund future retiree health benefits 75 years into the future. That means we have to fund retirement benefits for postal employees who haven’t even been born yet.

It’s a crushing burden that no other agency or company—public or private—is required to meet, or could even survive.

Some Democratic members of Congress—including Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) as well as Reps. Grace Meng (N.Y.) and Dwight Evans (Penn.)—joined demonstrations in their states.

“Our postal system is older than the country itself. It was a vital component of our country’s public good then. It still is today,” Bates concluded. “And along the way, one fundamental fact has always been true: Our postal system has never belonged to any president, any political party, or any company. It’s belonged to the people of this country.”

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Originally published on Common Dreams

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TUE, 10/9/2018 – BY MATT STANNARD (

When Rahm Emanuel announced last month that he would not seek a third term as mayor of Chicago, he broke no hearts among people opposed to neoliberal privatization and the power of finance capital. In Chicago under Emanuel, as the editors of the 2016 anthology Neoliberal Chicago write, “neoliberalism led officials to privatize everything from parking meters to schools, gut regulations and social services, and promote gentrification wherever possible.”

To take just one lurid example, Emanuel’s Chicago “privatized janitorial services for our schools,” organizer Amara Enyia told me, only to end up with rodent-infested schools, literally “rats and mice running around in classrooms. Those schools had to be closed and cleaned. This is what happens when you privatize services.”

The proliferation of private schools under a theory of market and corporate dominance, which Enyia doesn’t see as valid, has been terrible for public education in Chicago, creating a school system where “whoever has the better marketing budget” rather than better academic outcomes determines education policy.

Enyia should know. A longtime community organizer and policy expert from the city’s Austin neighborhood, she is again running for mayor of Chicago (she made a brief run in 2015) where she promises to not only facilitate cooperative economics citywide but also to begin the process of creating a public bank for the city “on day one” of her administration.

Enyia says a public bank will save on infrastructure, provide loans to small businesses and save the city millions – maybe billions over the long term – in interest rates and fees. It will also protect the city’s revenue from toxic deals like interest rate swaps and derivatives – deals Rahm Emanuel seemed to love like a kid loves cake.

“I want Chicago to be the number one city in the country” for cooperative business models, says Enyia. “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be. Traditional business models have reached a plateau in my view.” Collective ownership, she argues, will make everyone feel invested in the community.

Enyia is not alone in her enthusiasm. In August, Chicago held a cooperative economies summit where “lots of different people doing lots of different things in silos” were able to come together and do “cross-sector cooperative work” developing plans to forge policies and cooperative cultures across the city, according to Mike Strode, exchange coordinator at Chicago’s Kola Nut Collaborative.

The collaborative’s mission is “to make social infrastructure more visible within our communities.” Cooperativism is emergent in Chicago, Strode says. Chicagoans have already accomplished a lot in food and housing cooperation, and the summit’s purpose was to get people thinking and working together on a cooperative economy as a whole.

Also in August, the Illinois Worker Co-operative Alliance, in partnership with the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at the John Marshall Law School, released “Cooperation Chicago,” a report detailing “the challenges and opportunities of worker cooperatives in the Chicagoland region.”

The report recommended that the city, and Cook County, ought to invest in and contract with cooperatives “through public contracting and procurement of goods and services.” The report also calls for the State of Illinois to pass a law recognizing Limited Cooperative Associations to “better accommodate access to worker-ownership for low-moderate income entrepreneurs and immigrant communities in Illinois.”

Such changes, along with creating a more robust legal definition for worker cooperatives in the state, would make government partnerships and assistance available to cooperative entities as it currently is to traditional businesses, says Strode.

Economic democratization through cooperatives is also a material antidote to the city’s long-term effects of racism, patriarchy and capitalism. The “Cooperation Chicago” report notes that two-thirds of all worker-owners nationally are women. Since 2010, 60 percent of incoming worker-owners are people of color. Those statistics are reflected in Chicago, where over half of new worker-owners are also nonwhite.

No other business model can even come close to making that kind of claim, and cooperatives may be the only instance where entrepreneurialism in America has actually fulfilled the promise of diversity.

For Enyia, Chicagoans need to begin “to believe in public space” again. After years of work in public administration and community organizing, she concluded that the interests of privatization and those of public service are simply incompatible. Under Emanuel, a Democrat, more than 50 public schools closed along with half of the city’s mental health clinics. It’s hard to examine Chicago’s much-lamented violence problem without first understanding the closure of social services, public spaces and the transfer of wealth from the public treasury to the private financial sector.

Enyia supports a public bank “because it strikes at the very heart of where that mass transfer is taking place.” She believes that, combined with worker, housing and agricultural cooperatives, and community land trusts, Chicago could lead the nation in cooperative economics. “These should not just be niche ideas,” she says. “To me they are the core of a new economy that is inclusive.”

For now, activists in Chicago are following the examples of other cities. “The grass is always greener on the other side,” Strode says, speaking about organizations like Solidarity Economy St. Louis and Cooperation Jackson, in the hope that his city realizes its potential.

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Matt Stannard is the Director of Solidarity House, a policy research and media cooperative. He has worked with Commonomics USA, the Public Banking Institute, and Farm Commons. He writes and produces podcasts on cooperative economics, law and farming.


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Updates ~ 3 Action Alerts ~ Local 2 Picket info ~ Announcements, Sat. Oct. 13 – Mon. Oct.15 (from Adrienne Fong)

Next week will be the last set of announcements for awhile. Please encourage groups you are involved with to post on Indybay. Only emergent events will be posted.

Please hold PAT GRAY and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Her son Rob, just died

Please consider posting your events on Indybay

Check Indybay for events not listed here that might interest you.

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

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A. Chief Justice Roberts Requests Tenth Circuit To Investigate Kavanaugh Ethics Questions – October 11, 2018

B. Court strikes down Native American adoption law, saying it discriminates against non-Native Americans – October 10, 2018

C. Judge Cites Newly Unsealed Video, Allows Mario Woods Suit to Go to Trial – October 10, 2018 

D. AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption

E.  Presidio 27: “Mutiny” at the Stockade (See items # 11 & 19)



1. Stop a New Low-Yield Nuclear Weapon


2. Stop Trump’s Plan to Crush Protests in the Nation’s Capital


3. One Job Should Be Enough


   Marriot workers in eight U.S. cities are on strike. Add your name and publicly pledge to support Marriott hotel workers by not eating, sleeping or meeting at any Marriott in the event of a boycott and / or strike, and to respect women and not sexually harass hotel workers.

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Unite / Here Local 2 is on STRIKE at 7 SF Hotels! Please support the picket lines, even if it’s for an hour! This is a 24/7 picket!

ONE JOB SHOULD BE ENOUGH! Nationwide there are more than 7,000 people on strike in eight U.S. cities!

From Local 2 :

If you haven’t heard already, today Local 2 is struck the 7 Marriott properties in San Francisco:

-Marriott Marquis at Mission and 4th
-Marriott Union Square at 480 Sutter St.
-Courtyard Marriott Downtown at 299 2nd St.
-St. Francis at Powell & Geary
-Palace at Market & New Montgomery
-St. Regis at 125 3rd St.
-W at 181 3rd St.

This is an open-ended strike, so we’ll be out until we win!  Except for the Courtyard Downtown, all picket lines are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There is a Courtyard picket everyday, but just no overnight shift (10p-5a).

PLEASE JOIN US!  The workers love to know that our labor and community allies have their back, and it lifts their spirits to see people besides their co-workers walk the line.  We know that we never win alone!

It may go without saying, but the way Local 2 wins strikes is with loud, militant, non-stop, disciplined picket lines.  We don’t get into physical fights with scabs or others crossing the line, as tempting as that may be, because it doesn’t help us win (and in fact can lead to picket lines being shut down).  All shifts should have picket captains, most of whom are rank-and-file leaders from the hotel they’re picketing.

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Saturday, October 13 – Monday, October 15

Saturday, October 13 

1. Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, BAY AREA: Disability Intersectionality Summit

Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline St.


  $ 0 – 25.00

Light breakfast and boxed lunches will be available and included in the ticket. Please register by Oct 1 so we can plan your lunch. If you require any accommodations, including access to interpreters, food allergies, etc. please email your access needs and any concerns/questions to​ Please attend fragrance-free.

Join us for the first-ever sister affiliate event of the national Disability Intersectionality Summit (DIS), DIS 2018: Bay Area.​ It is a ticketed event, largely so we know how many will be present for lunch, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. ​

DIS national is a biennial one-day conference, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that focuses on the experiences and knowledge of disabled people who have multiple diverse identities. DIS redirects the currents of power and conversation to marginalized disabled people living in our communities, particularly Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous and People of Color with disabilities.

DIS 2018: Bay Area will video stream into the national DIS keynotes from Mia Mingus and Anita Cameron, and respond together through dialogue. We will have a maker’s faire featuring disabled artists, entrepreneurs, collectives, organizations, artists, and writers, specifically those who are multiply marginalized as well as a celebration of the release of Resistance and Hope, an anthology edited and published by Alice Wong of Disability Visibility Project.

Event is​ organized by a small team of disabled advocates and organizers, primarily queer BIPOC.


2. Saturday, 10:30am – 7:30pm, Revolutionary University 2018 (Tools for Changing Society) 

South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St.

Three days of presentations and discussions to help us understand our current conditions and the problems we face under capitalism. Most importantly, we will talk about the kind of organizing necessary in order to change these conditions and create the kind of society that we need.

Friday 10/12
Attica – a documentary film by Cinda Firestone

Saturday 10/13

Capitalism and Climate Change: The Social and Planetary Crisis

   Kamran Nayeri is the publisher and editor of Our Place in the World: A Journal of Ecosocialism and a former professor at University of California, Berkeley.

The Middle East in the Era of Trump
Prof. As’ad AbuKhalil, Professor of Political Science at CSU Stanislaus and author of Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

The “Gig Economy”: A New Form of Servitude for the Working Class?
Keally McBride is a Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco

France: In The Streets, Workplaces, Universities, Schools & Hospitals
Gilles Kobry, an activist in the French Trotskyist group, Fraction L’Etincelle

Sunday 10/14

Sports And Capitalism – How Sports are Used to Squeeze Public Money for Private Profit
Jules Boykoff, former professional soccer player, currently teaches political science at Pacific University in Oregon

The Challenges We Face Today – Short-Term Mobilizing or Organizing for Real Social Change
A presentation by Speak Out Now (Revolutionary Workers Group)


3. Saturday, 11:00am – 7:00pm, Paseo Artistico “Women and Indigenous Resilience” 

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
24th St. between Mission & Potrero


To Feature Live Music, Indigenous Performers, Photography Exhibit, Mural Unveiling Party, Women’s Workshops, Art Classes, Performance Art & More

The October 13th Paseo Artistico will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with local indigenous artists showcasing in different mediums and genres, as well highlight the creative power and leadership of women in the Mission District community. Paseo Artistico is partnering with Precita Eyes and Balmy Alley Block Party to feature the unveiling of local muralist Lucia Ippolito’s new “Women of the Resistance” mural. Another highlight is a double bill featuring Ballet Folklórico Cuicacalli indigenous themed dance, paired with a sneak preview of The Medea Project’s newest performance “When Did Your Hands Become a Weapon?” directed by Rhodessa Jones. Paseo is also partnering with Plaza 16 Coalition to help ensure more affordable housing opportunities in the Mission.


4. Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Protest the War on Women and LGBTQ People 

Meet at:

“Hibernia Beach”
Castro & 18th Street

We don’t need permission from elected officials or the media. We don’t need permission from lawyers, or the United Nations. Children are being terrorized, locked in cages, put in concentration camps, used as hostages in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Host: Refuse Fascism 

5. Saturday, 2:00pm – 8:00pm, BALMY ALLEY BLOCK PARTY 

3029 24th St.

Come celebrate the unveiling of the newest mural in Balmy, Women of the Resistance mural! This is also a community block party to come together for a chance to neighbors to showcase their own art, display projects, sell belongings, and open up garages to the public.

Host: Mission Make Over Mural


6. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Lift Every Voice – a Benefit Concert for The Gubbio Project 

Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
1661 15th St.



A Benefit Concert for The Gubbio Project at St. John.

he combined voices of the Singers of the Street, St. John’s Choir and friends will tickle your ears with inspiring songs. Join us for lovely music and an opportunity to hear about and support the Gubbio Project’s sacred sleep initiative supporting the unhoused of the Bay Area.

The Gubbio Project is housed at St. John the Evangelist Church in the Mission neighborhood and St. Boniface Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, which combined, hold over half of the City’s homeless population. The Project currently provides critical services to an average of 320 individuals per day through a highly unique and successful model that combines social justice, peer support, and harm reduction. At the center of Gubbio’s programming is Sacred Sleep, where our guests are provided with a safe, clean place to sleep on the pews and mats of the churches from 6 am – 2 pm, Monday through Friday.


7. Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Drop the MIC Show and Tell 

Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave.

BAY-Peace and About Face: Veterans Against the War welcomes educators and community members to learn about our campaign, Drop the MIC (military industrial complex). This is an empowerment campaign that incorporates educational workshops, research, and artistic performances to raise awareness about the impacts of militarization.

Celebrate our accomplishments from the first year of the campaign and share honest feedback about how we can strengthen our efforts to Drop the MIC!

Host: BAY Peace


8. Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, David Swanson: “Making the World Great For the First Time 

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
1924 Cedar (@ Bonita)

 Wheelchair accessible.

Suggested donation: $5-$20

David Swanson, antiwar author, blogger, director of World Beyond War and Roots Action.

With Joanna Macy. Music by Jen Myzel

Updates from CODEPINK, Public Bank of Oakland, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Sunflower Alliance, Canticle Farm, Planting Justice. Book sales, information tables, organic homemade pie sold to benefit CODEPINK.


9. Saturday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Black Panther Party History Walk w/ Local Residents 

915 54th Street / Market

Tour will be based on walking tour available through
PS – we do not work for Detour or receive compensation
from them. 🙂

We encourage people to download app and check into the tour for the Black Panthers. One of the hosts will have portable speaker that could provide some audio and share the app. For those who want to download content, there is a fee through Detour.

Host: Friends of Upper Telegraph


10. Saturday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, 38th Anniversary Dinner – CISPES

SEIU Local 1021
350 Rhode Island St. (Enter on Kansas St. between 16th & 17th Streets)

$10 per ticket, which includes admission and dinner!

Come and celebrate the 38th Anniversary of the Faribundo Martí Front for National Liberation (FMLN) and the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)! There will be music, poetry, drinks, and more!

For more information, contact: 415-503-0789 or


11. Saturday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Presidio 27: Panel Discussion – “Mutiny” at the Stockade

Presidio Officer’s Club
50 Moraga Ave. (inside the Presidio)


Registration encouraged:

On October 14, 1968, 50 years ago,

 27 inmates in the Presidio Stockade staged a peaceful sit-down protest to call attention to the treatment of fellow prisoners and the conditions inside, and for that action were tried for MUTINY. 

A panel discussion followed by audience Q&A, will dive deeper into the history of the Presidio 27 and their contemporary relevance.

Presidio Trust Historian, Barbara Berglund Sokolov, will moderate a conversation with panelists David Cortright (Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and author of Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War); Jeff Patterson (of Courage to Resist, first service member to refuse to fight in Iraq); Randy Rowland (one of the Presidio 27); Susan Schnall (Navy nurse court-martialed for her actions against the Vietnam War); Brendan Sullivan (Army defense attorney for the Presidio 27).


Saturday, October 13, 7 to 9 pm
Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue 


Sunday, October 14th

Click here to register: Sunday, October 14, 1 to 3 pm >> 

   Country Joe is scheduled to provide music


12. Saturday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Building the Movement for Mutual Aid 

Station 40
3030B 16th St.

Free admission – all are welcome! Come to any or all events, continuity is not necessary.

Sunday program, 12Noon – 5:00pm.

2-part workshop! The first part is an accessible & entertaining introductory presentation, “Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism.”

The second part is a deeper, participatory workshop for affinity groups and individuals who are ready to get involved, “Giving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness.”

The Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRelief) Training Team is visiting our community. Currently MADRelief is on a national capacity-building and educational tour. They will explain how natural storms turn into unnatural disasters through dangerous new forms of “disaster capitalism” and “extreme resource extraction,” and train diverse affinity groups on principles of grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response, covering a wide range of topics such as “Principles of ‘Solidarity, Not Charity,’” “Using Privilege to Break Down Barriers,” “Building Power in Collaboration,” and “Overcoming Trauma Together.”

Host: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief


Sunday, October 14 

13. Sunday,9:00am, Unitarian Universalist Breakfast Forum: UN Sunday

Unitarian Universalist Church – MLK Room
1187 Franklin St.

9:00:     Coffee/socializing.  Breakfast (for nominal fee)

9:30:     Program (see below)

10:30:   Questions, Comments, Discussion

10:45:   Adjourn

As part of UN Sunday Dalit Baum will speak on the Israeli/Palestinian situation and how things have changed under Trump.

Dalit Baum is director of AFSC’s Economic Activism Program. She has worked with AFSC since 2013 in the San Francisco office. Dalit is the co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. She is a feminist scholar and teacher who has taught about militarism and the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli and U.S. universities.

14. Sunday, 9:30am – 10:30am, The Forum with Jeff Chang: Notes on Race and Resegregation 

Grace Cathedral
1100 California St.

Jeff Chang, with moderator Malcolm Young, will talk about cultural equity and justice in the arts sector, the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the unexamined condition of our time — resegregation.

Jeff Chang is the Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture for the leading racial justice organization Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, and most recently served as Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. Chang is a critically acclaimed, award-winning journalist and author and has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts and music. His latest book, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation was named Northern California Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the Washington Post declared it “the smartest book of the year.


15. Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm  From SF Living Wage Coalition – gather petition cards for “Minimum Compensation Ordinace

Meet at:

Sunday Streets fair in the Excelsior
Mission St. & Avalon Ave.

 Look for the “It’s Time for a Living Wage” signs.

Supervisors Sandra Fewer, Hillary Ronen, Jane Kim, and now joining them

– Norman Yee – are prepared to vote on October 23 for amendments to the Minimum Compensation Ordinance that will raise wages to $17 per hour for 25,000 low-wage workers including IHSS home care workers, workers at city-funded non-profit agencies such as homeless shelters, and CalWORKs parents.

we will be at the Sunday Streets fair in the Excelsior to collect petition cards to Supervisor Asha Safai to deliver to him. He could be a swing votes.

Text 415-509-9712 if do not find us. 

16. Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, YouthVGov Art Build: Our Children’s Trust Oct 29 Action Day 

Bridge Storage & Art Space
South 1st Street & Maine Ave.

Help make flags and art for the Sun Oct 29 Bay Area Rally for the #TrialoftheCentury! We will be cutting fabric screenprinting, painting and rigging flags. We will also make art to share with other cities. Come when you can for as long as you can.
Post in comments if you need a ride from Richmond BART (too far to walk, but 10 min bike ride).


17. Sunday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, GG Bridge Peace Walk for Afghanistan: 17 Years of Bombing ENOUGH! 

11:45 am: Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Parking available on all 4 “corners”, just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for parking!

12:00 pm: Walk on the eastern walkway from the north (Marin) or south (SF) ends, to converge in the middle of bridge for Peace vigil for Afghanistan.

1:00pm (Approximately): Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. 5 min. DIE-IN on the plaza to memorialize hundreds of thousands of lost lives from 17 years of US war on Afghanistan.

Oct. 7 marks the 17th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history.

“Mission Accomplished” in Afghanistan had been declared by both president Bush and president Obama…yet the US bombing continues, and over 40,000 military, mercenary and allied troops remain in that devastated nation, “the most droned place on earth.”

Wear pink or come as you are, but come in the spirit of unity for nonviolence.
Bring signs ( 2×3 ft. or smaller allowed on bridge)……wooden sticks/poles permitted.
Suggested messages:
Stop Droning Afghanistan; Afghanistan: 17 Years ENOUGH!; PEACE with Afghanistan, NOW!

Host: Codepink


18. Sunday, 12Noon – 5:00pm, San Francisco, CA: Building the Movement for Mutual Aid

Station 40
3930B 16th St.

Part 2 of workshop

See item # 12 

19. Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Presidio 27: “Mutiny” at the Stockade 50th Anniversary 

Fort Scott Stockade
1213 Ralston Ave. (nr. Storey)



On October 14, 1968, 27 prisoners in the Presidio Stockade staged a peaceful sit-down protest to call attention to the treatment of fellow prisoners and the conditions inside. Just days before, a guard had shot and killed a prisoner, and GIs had taken to the streets of San Francisco in massive demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. For staging this peaceful protest, the Army tried the 27 for mutiny, the most serious military offense


20. Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Handmaids Rally:  Say “NO, NO, NO” to Patriarchy 

Meet at:

Dolores Park
18th St. & Dolores

If you would like to be a ‘Handmaid” contact: 

We are a movement of people coming from diverse perspectives, united in our recognition that the Trump/Pence fascist regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity and the planet, and that it is our responsibility to drive it out through non-violent protests that grow every day until our demand is met.

This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! 

Host: Refuse Fascism

21. Sunday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Power To The People 

Frank Ogawa Plaza
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plz. Suite 299

Celebrate 52 years of the Black Panther Party with a concert & rally featuring X Clan and more! Hosted by Saturu Ned & GINA MADRID. FREE EVENT, call for unity and solutions!

X Clan | | Suga-T | MOPHONO | WolfHawkJaguar | The Watershed | Davey D Cook | Gina Madrid | Jennifer Johns | Kev Choice | DJ TABU | DAWNARI | Khafre Jay | Ras Ceylon | Squaropolis Ouma | Alia Sharrief | DLabrie | Sawa | Sistah IMiNAH| Ajai Kasim | Aebl Dee

Cat Brooks | Ashara Ekundayo | Kin Folkz | Kenzie Mouton | Eric Arnold | Needa B with The Village Homeless Encampment


22. Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Dedication of 3 Murals – International Solidarity w/ Palestine

Clarion Mural Project
Between 17th & 18th Sts. / Mission & Valencia


1. The Will to Live – Arab Liberation Mural
2. Bangkit Palestina (Arise Palestine)
3. End Apartheid B.D.S.

The Will to Live – Arab Liberation Mural
Celebrates tenacious Bay Area organizing against oppression. The mural features the portraits of five courageous Arab leaders who spent their lives speaking truth to power: Rasmea Odeh, Mehdi Ben Barka, Naji Daifullah, Leila Khaled, Basel Al Araj and Yasser Murtaja.

Bangkit Palestina (Arise Palestine) Mural
As part of Bangkit/Arise, an international arts exchange and residency between artists from the San Francisco/Bay Area and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The participating Indonesian artists and two of the SF/Bay Area artists completed a memorial mural in honor of the 166 (to date) Palestinians killed by the State of Israel since The Great March of Return protests began on March 30, 2018, in the Gaza Strip.

End Apartheid B.D.S. Mural
Bangkit/Arise artist and CAMP co-director Megan Wilson will replace her current mural on Clarion Alley with one also in solidarity with this effort as part of Bangkit/Arise, titled: End Apartheid B.D.S.       

Dabka by Al-Juthoor of the Arab Shatat
Poetry and Spoken Word
Genny Lim – Jazz Poet Laureate
Voulette Mansour Hattar – Winner of PYM’s Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship
Sharif Zakout- AROC
Zeiad Shamrouch- MECA
Lara Kiswani- AROC
Others TBA
San Francisco Poster Syndicate – Live Printing & Free Posters

Hosts:  the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) and Art Forces. Endorsed by the Palestine Action Network (PAN), MECA, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies at SF State University.


Monday, October 15 

23. Monday, 4:45am – 3:00pm, Monsanto Shutdown

Pin 37437 California 16

We will be holding a large engaging event at the toxic chemical giant turned food tyrant, now known as Monsanto-Bayer. We will arrive at their Woodland, CA facility to shut it down!! This is the largest biotech seed breeding facility in the world!

Prepare for a festive, fun, yet serious event.
Costumes (Bee, Tomatoes, Corn, etc.) , large puppets, Haz Mat suits, gas masks, protest signs, etc., are encouraged!

Hosts: Native Protectors for Environmental Justice, The Anti-Monsanto Project, Mentes Diferentes


24. Monday, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Award-winning Palestinian Filmmaker in Person at Free Screening! 

City College of San Francisco – Cinema Dept.
Rosenberg Library, Rm. 304
50 Phelan Ave.

screening his 1st feature film, “Love, theft and other entanglements”

Muayad is in San Francisco with the 22nd Arab Film Festival with his new film, ‘The Reports on Sarah and Saleem’, and offers this screening of his 1st feature to celebrate his time at CCSF’s Cinema Department.


25. Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Abolish ICE SF Movie Night 

Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St.

We’ll be screening’s Trouble #3: “Refugees Welcome” and having a discussion around supporting and sustaining migrant justice


26.  Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pmA Rebel’s Guide to the History of the Russian Revolution (sec 1)

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St.

The first socialist revolt that established a workers’ state in Russia in 1917 was a roadmap for anyone determined to end corporate rule and income inequality today.

Leon Trotsky, a co-leader with Lenin, wrote a definitive account as participant and leader: The History of the Russian Revolution.

Explore this inspiring story where the 99% rose up and won! Be part of a small group discussion and reading circle led by socialist feminists.

Host: Freedom Socialist Party


27. Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, An Evening with Kevin Powell: A Conversation on America Today 

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St.

Activist and writer Kevin Powell has emerged as one of the most acclaimed voices in America today

His most recent work has been focused on a deep examination of the last 10 years in American history, a time of great change in this country. Both the presidencies of Obama and Trump have produced some of the ugliest divides in history: horrific racial murders, non-stop mass shootings, the explosion of attacks on immigrants and on the LGBTQ community, the rise of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, a massive gap between the haves and the have-nots, and legions of women stepping forth to challenge sexual violence—and men—in all forms.


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