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Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland


Chelsea Manning arrives for a forum last year in Nantucket, Mass. The appearance at the forum is part of The Nantucket Project’s annual gathering on the island. Manning is a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who spent time in prison for sharing classified documents. (Steven Senne/AP)

By Justin Jouvenal and Jenna Portnoy on January 13, 2018 (WashingtonPost.com)

Chelsea E. Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings.Manning would be challenging Democrat Ben Cardin, who has served two terms in the Senate and is up for re-election in November. Cardin is Maryland’s senior senator and is considered an overwhelming favorite to win a third term.

Manning declined to speak about her filing or why she is running, when reached at her apartment on the top floor of a North Bethesda luxury high rise Saturday. She said she might release a statement next week.

“Our only statement on the record is, ‘No statement’,” Manning said.

Manning, 30, who is formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 of the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Last year, then-President Obama commuted Manning’s sentence to time served and she was released from a military prison in Kansas.

The news of Manning’s filing caught Maryland’s political class by surprise on Saturday afternoon. It was first reported in a tweet by conservative media outlet Red Maryland.

Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has an extensive fundraising base within Maryland and is not considered particularly vulnerable to a challenge from within the state. However, an outside candidate with national name recognition, such as Manning, could tap a network of donors interested in elevating a progressive agenda.

Cardin’s spokeswoman and the Democratic Party of Maryland declined to comment on Manning’s filing.

Manning moved to Maryland after her release from prison. Since then, she has written for The Guardian and Medium on issues of transparency, free speech and civil liberties, transgender rights and computer security, according to her web site.

Manning’s statement of candidacy was filed with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday. She is running as a Democrat and refers to Maryland as her “home state” on her web site. The Democratic primary is scheduled for the end of June.

Manning’s first column for The Guardian said Obama’s election in 2008 was a political awakening for her. Manning wrote Obama left behind “hints of a progressive legacy,” but very few permanent accomplishments.

“This vulnerable legacy should remind us that what we really need is a strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us,” Manning wrote. “What we need as well is a relentless grassroots movement to hold that leadership accountable.”

Evan Greer, campaign director of the non-profit organization Fight for the Future and a close supporter of Manning while she was imprisoned, said the news is exciting.

“Chelsea Manning has fought for freedom and sacrificed for it in ways that few others have,” Greer wrote in an e-mail. “The world is a better place with her as a free woman, and this latest news makes it clear she is only beginning to make her mark on it.”

Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary’s College, said Trump’s unexpected rise to chief executive opened the door for political neophytes, such as Manning.

“My initial thought quite literally was, ‘Donald Trump is president, Oprah Winfrey is the leading contender for Democrats in 2020, why the hell not Chelsea Manning in the U.S. Senate?’” he said.

In today’s polarized landscape, Manning could expand her following simply with a virulent anti-Trump message.

“We live in a world now where the old rules of politics don’t seem to matter anymore,” Eberly said. “We don’t care about experience and qualifications. We seem to care about how a candidate makes us feel.”

Judging from her past statements, Manning’s brand could be one of “unapologetic progressivism, no compromise, take no prisoners,” he said.

Manning enlisted in the military in 2007 and was deployed to Iraq two years later as an intelligence analyst, according to her web site.

In 2010, Manning was arrested after she provided a trove of nearly 750,000 documents to Wikileaks that included documents about the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, State Department cables, and information about prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

Manning’s high-profile leak drew media coverage around the world. U.S. officials said the material placed the lives of U.S. soldiers and Afghan informants at risk, but Manning said she had a duty to inform the public about how the U.S. was conducting its wars.

Three years later, Manning was convicted of multiple counts, including violating the Espionage Act, and received a lengthy sentence. While serving time at Ft. Leavenworth, Manning attempted suicide and went on a hunger strike, before the Army approved her for gender reassignment surgery.

Her case remains politically divisive. She has been lauded as a hero by some on the left, but also decried as a traitor by many, including President Trump.

Manning was born in Oklahoma City in 1987 and lived in the United Kingdom for four years, before eventually deciding to enlist in the Army.

Manning’s felony convictions do not appear to bar her from running for Senate. The Constitution simply requires Senators to be 30 years of age, citizens of the United States and residents of the state in which they are seeking office.

Katherine Shaver contributed to this report. 

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Updates ~ Announcements – Saturday, Jan. 13 – Tuesday, Jan. 16 (from Adrienne Fong)

Announcements do NOT include MLK events that were sent out Jan. 11th.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on Events! This is a JUSTICE issue

Check Indybay for other events: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

UPDATES:

A. Planning Commission rejects condo application after 100-year-old was evicted (Jan. 11, 2018)

https://48hills.org/2018/01/planners-reject-eviction-condo/

B. California lawmakers kill rent control bill. The battle could be headed to voters. (January 11, 2018)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article194245939.html 

C. Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa (January 11, 2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/us/politics/trump-shithole-countries.html

D. SFPD aims to fix body-worn camera policy issue that threatens integrity of police shooting probes (January 12, 2018)

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sfpd-aims-fix-body-worn-camera-policy-issue-threatens-integrity-police-shooting-probes/

E. Missle threat for Hawaii a false alarm (January 13, 2018)

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/13/politics/hawaii-missile-threat-false-alarm/index.html

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, Jan. 13 – Tuesday, Jan.16

Saturday, January 13

1. Saturday, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday Brunch with AROC (Every Sat. in Jan.)

Reem’s
3301 E. 12th Street, Ste. 133
Oakland

In January, 5% of all Saturday brunch proceeds at Reem’s will be donated to the Arab Resource & Organizing Center!

Join AROC at Reem’s on Saturdays and support local Arab organizing!

AROC is a local grasssroots organization that builds power in the Arab and Muslim community through immigration services, organizing and mobilizing against racism, war, repression and Zionism.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/382973175459378/?event_time_id=382973188792710 

2. Saturday, 11:00am – 3:30pm, 4th Annual Voices for the Voiceless – Rally & March 

Fruitvale Public Market
Area/Avenida is between 3340 E. 12th street/International
Oakland

Please join US as we publicly stand against Human Trafficking, sexual exploitation and address this horrific violation that is affecting our communities locally and nationally.

As Survivors-Thrivers and Allies, we stand together in this fight; we rise up for those who are still trapped and fighting for freedom. Human Trafficking is everybody’s problem, it affects US ALL on some level and we must end this.

Host: Shade Movement Inc.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744055929237589/?active_tab=about 

Sunday, January 14

3. Sunday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Indigenous Oakland Solidarity: Sign Making Party for Sogorea Te Land Trust

3479 Davis St.
Oakland

Sogorea Te Land Trust is repatriating a piece of land in East Oakland for ceremony and indigenous teachings.

Your invited to a sign making party in preparation for their inaugural march!
There will be poster board and paints, stencils, snacks, etc. but please feel free to bring more supplies.

For more info on the march: https://www.facebook.com/events/1975830039296565/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2122913591270242/

4. Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Bystander Intervention Training ISEB 

Islamic Society of East Bay Jamia Masjid
33330 Peace Terrace
Fremont

What would you do if you witnessed a hate crime or incident?

Please join Islamic Society Of East Bay – Jamia Masjid and CAIR – San Francisco Bay Area Bystander Intervention Training. In this training, you will learn how to step in when you see a hate incident and deescalate the situation. You will be given the tools and strategies to safely intervene and report biased attacks.

Hosts: Islamic Society Of East Bay and CAIR

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/203843843506140/

5. Sunday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Defend TPS! Rally for Salvadorans & Central Americans! 

Oscar Grant Plaza (Frank Ogawa Plz)
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, #299
Oakland

Join AF3IRM SF Bay Area to #defendTPS and stand in solidarity with all Salvadoran and Central American survivors of U.S. imperialism. We are outraged by the repeal of Temporary Protective Status for 200,000+ Salvadorans and condemn this administration for continuing to perpetuate violence against transnational people of color. We have not forgotten that the U.S. funded, armed, and trained the death squads that massacred thousands of Salvadoran people during the 12-year civil war. We will not allow the government to deny the blood on their hands in creating the gang violence and femicide that our Central American hermanxs flee. We will protect our Central American communities by any means necessary!

Bring your signs, bull horns, and voices to show our Central American community and the world that we will not be silenced! #enddeportations #defendTPS #niunamas

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/845911142255441/ 

Monday, January 15

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day! 

6. Monday, 6:45pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum, Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees (film)

Local 2
215 Golden Gate Ave. (nr. Civic Center BART)
S.F.

Visionary scientist, conservationist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger takes us on a journey to the ancient forests of the northern hemisphere, revealing the profound connection that exists between trees and human life and the vital ways that trees sustain all life on the planet. From the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan, the ancient Raheen Wood of Ireland, the walnut and redwood trees of America, to the great boreal forest of Canada, Beresford-Kroeger takes us behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests and explains the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.

Interviewed are some of the world’s foremost experts in reforestation: Dr. Akira Miyawaki, a worldwide specialist in the restoration of natural forest systems on degraded land; Dr. Bill Libby, a pioneer in the field of forest tree genetics; Andrew St. Ledger, founder of The Woodland League in Ireland. We are introduced to the Anishinaabe people of Pimachiowin Aki (Canada) who are saving 33,400 square kilometers of boreal forest.

Tuesday, January 16 

7. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Transportation GentriFukaton of Oakland – Press Conference / Rally

Frank Ogawa Plaza (nr. 12th Street BART)
Oakland

Transportation Gentrification
The Release of the youth and family “WeSearch” Study on the impact of the BRT project on working class/poor people of color neighborhoods by transportation agencies and legislators.

Background:
While AC transit and other transportation agencies receive and squander HUGE payments from State and Federal Transportation Agencies to build new transportation projects they launch yet another form of displacement and removal which has the impact of displacing working class and unhoused Oakland residents out of Oakland.

At this press conference poor, unhoused and working class Youth and families residents of East Oakland will release their extensive “WeSearch” (Poor people-led research coined by POOR Magazine) on the funding sources, cover-up and gentriFUkation plans of this new Transportation Gentrification hitting Deep East Oakland.

In addition to covering up the backroom deals made with AC Transit – the City and County denied access to documents requested by youth skolaz at Deecolonize Academy who filed over 14 Freedom of Information Act Requests from the city.

At this press conference and rally which will also visit AC Transit offices, working class and homeless residents will be making a formal demand to the legislators, the Mayor and AC transit to pay into a Community Reparations Fund to keep Oakland residents in Oakland while they try to build transportation lines about us without us. 

Hosts: Co-sponsored by POOR Magazine/ Kiss My Black Arts/ Krip Hop Nation World-Wide- – (community members pls contact us if you would like to co-sponsor this action)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/900195253471997/ 

8. Tuesday, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Deport ICE: The Resolution To End All Cooperation – Final Vote! 

Oakland City Hall
Oakland

Five months after the Oakland Police Department provided traffic assistance to Homeland Security Investigations/ICE in a West Oakland raid,. Oakland’sCity Council will debate a resolution sent unanimously from the Public Safety committee to end all Oakland Police Department cooperation with ICE and clarify the city’s sanctuary policy.

Host: The Day We Fight Back & 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1057367627736511/?active_tab=about

9. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, January Mail Night 

Movement Strategy Center
436 14th Street, Ste. 500
Oakland

Initiate Justice continues to get mail from our incarcerated members and organizers! Help us read and respond to their letters, so everyone on the inside can stay updated on policies that affect their lives!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2049374481959314/

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A Few Events around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend (from Adrienne Fong)

Events for Friday – Sunday are grouped together for Oakland & SF.

For Monday, East Bay and San Francisco Events are listed separately.

Check Indybay for other listings: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

Events Around

Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Oakland & San Francisco

Calendar of APTP Events :

 https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=spokescalendar2018@gmail.com 

Listing of San Francisco Events:

http://www.sfmlkday.org/

Video for 96 Hours of NonCompliance:

https://www.facebook.com/APTPaction/videos/1089263361213449/

Friday, January 12

Friday, 7:00am – 10:00am, MLK Morning Wake Up Call – Human Billboard (Part of 96Hours to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy)

Rockridge BART
Oakland

For the 4th year in a row, the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) is calling on folks to come out in solidarity over the MLK Day weekend and say no to white supremacy, no to state-sponsored terror, no to development over people, no to misogyny, no to homophobia and transphobia, no to the targeting of immigrants and Muslims. #WeWillNotComply #96Hours

SURJ Bay Area will be kicking off its participation in the #96Hours to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy with a morning rally and human billboard at Rockridge BART.

We’ll be holding up signs and passing out flyers to morning commuters that focus on the theme of the day – state-sponsored violence – by highlighting alternatives to calling police, including BART police, as well as looking at their role in upholding white supremacy.

We’ll be inviting people to come out for the 4th Annual March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy on Monday, January 15th.

Host: SURJ Oakland Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1966937196899458/ 

Friday, 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Rally to End State-Sanctioned Sexual Violence (Part of 96Hours to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy)

Latham Square Plaza
1615 Broadway
Oakland

**QTPOC & WOMXN MOST HONORED!**

With a racist, misogynist, transmisist, rapist as potus; with sexual misconduct scandals rocking our civic institutions; and with Tarana Burke’s #MeToo hashtag gone viral, as movie stars wear black to symbolize that #TimesUp on sexual assault, the scourges of rape culture and abuse of power are at the forefront.

And inseparable from the sexual violence in our culture are the racial, social, economic, and spiritual injustices that intersect and make such abuses even more challenging for those who suffer them…

What this **Rally to End State-Sanctioned Sexual Violence!** is about is that most awful and egregious intersection of all: sexual abuse of our most vulnerable communities at the hands of the state.

Please come out and take a stand to #EndStateSanctionedSexualViolence!

In Affiliation with #96Hours of #Noncompliance to #ReclaimML

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/307477996429256/

Friday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, DefendDurham Projection and Noise Demo  96Hours / Reclaim MLK (Part of 96Hours to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy) 

SF Federal Building
7th Street & Mission
SF

#DefendDurham #96Hours #NonCompliance #ReclaimMLK

Join in solidarity with the 8 Durham comrades, whose trial starts 1/11 on multiple felony charges and their call for national days of action. Also join in solidarity with the Anti Police-Terror Project and their call for 96 Hours of action to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy.

Resistance SF is going to do projections on the SF Federal Building. Join us and bring your signs, voices, instruments and other noise making stuff.

On Aug. 14, Takiyah Thompson climbed a confederate monument and invited Durham to choose what side we’d be on: the side of freedom and liberation or the side of white supremacy and oppression. Durham chose freedom and liberation and pulled down the racist confederate monument that has been terrorizing Black and Brown people

Since then, Takiyah and several others have been fighting felony and misdemeanor charges connected to the statue toppling.

Host: Workers World Party & Resistance SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/201624807053286/ 

Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Film Screening “A Case for Reasonable Doubt” 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

This is a John Edginton documentary film about the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the United States’ foremost political prisoners who is recognized internationally as
a voice for the oppressed.

Over the years labor unions have protested and held work stoppages to free Mumia. This case embodies the issues against which National Football League players, athletes from a number of other sports and Black Lives Matter are protesting.

Although Mumia has been wrongfully imprisoned for 36 years, much too long for an innocent man, a recent Supreme Court ruling, Williams v Pennsylvania, has opened a possible path to his freedom. We cannot depend on the capitalist courts to do the right thing. Mass mobilizations are required.

On two different occasions, mass pressure, both national and international, saved Mumia’s life after the Pennsylvania governor had signed his death warrant. Mass pressure eventually caused an appeals court to set aside Mumia’s death sentence and change it to life without parole. Most recently mass pressure helped to force prison officials to provide life-saving Hepatitis-C medication to Mumia and potentially all other prisoners who need the medication.

After the showing of the film there will be full discussion and sharing of ideas

Host: Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Info: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=spokescalendar2018@gmail.com 

Saturday, January 13

Saturday, 9:30am – 5:00pm, MLK Day of Revelations

De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
SF

Free – Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-day-of-revelations-tickets-41551282003?aff=efbevent

Pick up your free ticket from the Admissions desk on the day of the event (one per person).

The NorcalMLK Foundation and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are proud to present Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Revelations. Enjoy free admission to the exhibition ‘Revelations: Art from the African American South’ and the de Young permanent collection galleries, along with programming and activities that celebrate the themes in the exhibition and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Though not required, we encourage everyone to RSVP. )

See schedule for, lectures, music, film. art / info: https://www.facebook.com/events/317600475401633/ 

Sunday, January 14 

Sunday, 11:00am – 12Noon, MLK WKnd Protest at Richmond County Jail / ICE Detention (Part of 96Hours to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy)

West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway
Richmond

Accessibility: site with parking, plus bathrooms right inside in the visitors waiting room.

Sunday 1/14 is the day before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—join the Let Our People Go community circle as we make noise in solidarity with those locked inside West County Detention, which doubles as Contra Costa’s jail and the Bay Area’s ICE detention center. As MLK wrote from the Birmingham Jail in 1963, “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Join us in demonstrating against how cash bail, racist policing, and cruel and unusual detention are devastating families in our community.

PLEASE JOIN:
• Sandra Johnson, member of All of Us or None and policy fellow at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
• Robert Paige, Californians for Justice
• The Choral Majority
• and members of Kehilla Community Synagogue
Bring your noisemakers, signs, friends, family, and neighbors!

This is a youth-and-elder-friendly action that opposes the immorality of detentions/deportations and mass incarceration with activist debriefs, music, art, stories, poetry, interactive small groups, and representation from various faith communities and faithless humanists. 

Host: Choral Majority & 3 Others

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/322879488195375/ 

Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Reclaiming MLK’s Legacy of Militant Internationalism (Part of 96Hours to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy) 

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison
Oakland

Join Third World Resistance for a teach-in on Martin Luther King’s resistance to racism, war, and capitalism. This will also be an art build to prepare for the 4th Annual March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy on Monday, January 15th. This event will be held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, in the Cafe space.

APTP’s 4th Annual March to Reclaim King’s Legacy: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753494438292045/

Third World Resistance: http://thirdworldresistance.org/

Host: AROC (Arab Resource & Organizing Center

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2046579868691008/    

Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer at the West Berkeley Shellmound (Part of 96Hours to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy) 

1900 4th Street
Berkeley

Join us to show that the sacred is not for sale.

Ohlone leaders alongside thousands of others have been fighting to save the West Berkeley Shellmound, a burial ground older than the pyramids. Developers want to develop this plot of land into more condos, but three Ohlone leaders have consulted with their families, representing hundreds of family members, and all unanimously oppose the development.

It’s time to ramp up this campaign to demand that the developers to drop their development plans and start the process for the land to be returned to Ohlone stewardship.

This event is part of the 96 hours call to action for Martin Luther King Jr Birthday. Join us for music, prayer, and an art installation showing the entire area of the shellmound.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/269512836912172/

Monday, January 15

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

East Bay

Monday, 9:00am – 11:00am, 4th Annual Reclaim MLK Teach-in

Lincoln Square Park
261 11th Street
Oakland

Join us for the 4th annual #ReclaimMLK Teach-In with the Young Activists for Black Lives Coalition!

This Year’s Theme:

“YES TO WHAT WE WANT
NO TO WHAT MUST GO!”
-From “A is for Activist” (2012) by innosanto Nagara

This Teach-In will be led by Youth and Youth workers for young activist 2-12+ yeas old and their adult allies. This will be a wonderful opportunity for families to honor the histories of Black and Indigenous resistance and #NonCompliance against state-sponsored violence.

The morning will include activity stations, music featuring the Alphabet Rockers & BoomShake, movement and art making for the march. We will explore the #96HoursofAction themes of:

1) Resistance against state-sponsored violence
2) Housing for All 
3) Indigenous and International Solidarity
4) Oakland’s history of resistance 

Following the Teach-In, we encourage everyone to join our young activist march to Oscar Grant Plaza, where we will join the rally and larger APTP March #ReclaimKingsRadicalLegacy through Oakland

Host: Abundant Beginnings and Alphabet Rockers

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1934509126876409/

Monday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, 4th Annual March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy 

Meet at:

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway (nr. 12th Street BART)J
Oakland

Family friendly

Join us for the Fourth Annual March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy….A mass mobilization. We ask everyone to come together for the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March through the streets of Oakland. It’s the culmination of our #96Hoursof Direct Action.

This year’s theme is #NonCompliance with the Trump/Schaaf regimes’ corporate agenda 

Host: Anti Police-Terror Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753494438292045/

San Francisco

Site for other listings: http://www.sfmlkday.org/

Most events are free unless stated 

Monday, 8:30am – 11:30am, Caltrain NorCalMLK  Celebration Train

Stops in San Jose, Palo Alto, & San Mateo

Take the Caltrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train to the MLK2018 celebration events in San Francisco

FREE – must register to get ticket! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-caltrain-norcalmlk-celebration-train-registration-39633205986

Reserve your complimentary commemorative tickets for departure from one of the above stations today, and pick up your tickets at your point of departure on Monday, January 15, one hour before travel.

This free commemorative service is a program of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation, in partnership with Caltrain, and it signals the region’s dedication to continue the service begun by the late Coretta Scott King.

The Caltrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train will depart from San Jose’s Diridon Station at 9:45am (65 Cahill St., San Jose 95110), making stops at Palo Alto Station at 10:05am (95 University Ave., Palo Alto 94301) and the San Mateo Station at 10:22am (385 First Ave., San Mateo 94401) before heading in to San Francisco. Once there, celebrants will be able to immediately take part in the MLK2018 March/Parade or head directly to Yerba Buena Gardens to take part in a full day of festivities. For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, visit sfmlkday.org. All of the day’s events are free and open to the public. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/988500021288412/ 

Monday, 11:00am, March / Parade  “The Urgency of Now”

Meet at: 

Caltrain Station
4th Street & King St.
SF

1.5 mile march

Arrive early.

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. join thousands in honoring the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama marches at the MLK2018 commemorative march/parade from San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens.

The 1.5 mile journey crosses the Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park to commemorate the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a symbol of violence and victory in the civil rights movement. On arriving at Yerba Buena Gardens an interfaith commemoration will commemorate Dr. King.

For SF listing of events from the faith community, arts, music see: http://www.sfmlkday.org/

Monday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Yemanga screening-San Fran Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St.
SF

Film will screen in San Francisco during special events for Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations on January 15, 2018. Dr. Rachel Elizabeth Harding will speak in a post-screening conversation. Organized and sponsored by Northern California MKLJr Foundation.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/158262438139158/     

Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 21st Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. King 

Nourse Theater
275 Hayes St.
SF

$5 Youth (24 and Under) | $10 Adult
Buy Tickets: www.youthspeaks.org/mlk

“This year’s Bringing the Noise is like no Bringing the Noise before. It is a poetic response to this moment. Now. In this world and in this body. We bring the noise for black women and women of color, who lead movements for justice but whose contributions are rarely acknowledged. When white nationalists would rather our stories erased, we draw wisdom from Dr. King and affirm we are tied in a single garment of destiny. This noise is a praise song. This noise a clap back.” Youth Speaks alumna, Tassiana Willis

Host: Youth Speaks

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/120680312054450/

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UN to visit encampment at Berkeley old city hall

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

The UN has confirmed they will be visiting our encampment at old city hall in Berkeley on Sunday, January 21st, at 12:30. Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right To Housing, will be coming to speak with us on several issues. Court, housing, shelter from the elements, systemic abuses of the poor will all be covered.

If you are in Oakland, they will be touring there on the 20th. I suggested a visit to the village, and they said yes. Spread the word.

–Mike Zint

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Howard Zinn Interview – 12/11/09


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Pamphlet: “Occupy: Reflections on Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity”

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“Occupy: Reflections on Class War, ReBellion and Solidarity”

by Noam Chomsky

In this updated and expanded edition of “Occupy,” Chomsky speaks to and with supporters of the Occupy movement about the structural injustices of the current economic and political system and the prospects for real change. The new edition includes all the material of the first edition plus four new in-depth interviews. Throughout, Chomsky encourages people to continue organizing, to continue struggling, and to continue defending citizenship and community-driven democracy from predation from the relentless encroachments of corporate power and wealthiest few. What counts most, says Chomsky, is solidarity.

“Occupy” is another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, and a red-hot rallying call to forge a better, more egalitarian future.”
–Alternet

“For decades, Chomsky has been marginalized for his insightful, levelheaded, and accurate observations about how our society functions. In “Occupy,” Chomsky… sets the record straight. And he’s got an answer for everything. “It’s necessary,” Chomsky warns, “to get out into the country and get people to understand what this is about, and what they can do about it, and what the consequences are of not doing anything about it.” “Occupy” begins with a powerful editor’s note from Greg Ruggiero, who comments on ‘the heartlessness and inhumanity of the system, ‘ where ‘people’s stolen homes are sold off to the highest bidder.’ And if it isn’t obvious to those who are still asking what the demands of Occupy Wall Street are, Ruggiero puts it plainly: ‘Occupy embodies a vision of democracy that is fundamentally antagonistic to the management of society as a corporate-controlled space that funds a political system to serve the wealthy, ignore the poor.’ One can only cringe at the thought of what will happen if we continue to ignore the wisdom of Noam Chomsky. He gives a clue in “Occupy.”…”
–The Coffin Factory, The Magazine for People who Love Books

“Chomsky advocates intelligent activism by those who see the divorce between public policy and public opinion. He is both optimistic and realistic towards this “first major public response to 30 years of class war.”
–IRISH TIMES, PICK REVIEW

“Occupy,” is at once a vivid portrait of the now-global movement and a practical guide to intelligent activism, infused with Chomsky’s signature meditations on everything from how the wealthiest 1% came to steer society to what a healthy democracy would look like to how we can separate money from politics. Alongside Chomsky’s words are some of the most moving and provocative photographs from the Occupy movement.”
–Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“Having spent so much time thinking about and engaging with social movements, Chomsky is both optimistic about the energy of Occupy and realistic about the challenges it faces. He appreciates the “just do it” ethos and embraces its radical approach to participatory democracy…What makes Chomsky’s perspective so interesting, aside from the wealth of his political experience, is the range of his interests. He draws from examples around the world to demonstrate his points. …It’s a big agenda that Occupy has identified, nothing less than a complete renewal of U.S. society and the U.S. role in the world. Chomsky sees not only the radical agenda but also the radical practice of the Occupiers. “Part of what functioning, free communities like the Occupy communities can be working for and spreading to others is just a different way of living, which is not based on maximizing consumer goods, but on maximizing values that are important for life,” he concludes in this valuable set of remarks and interviews.”
–John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, Pick Review

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Book: “How Democracies Die”

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky
How Democracies Die
by Steven LevitskyDaniel Ziblatt

Release date: Jan 19, 2018
A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world—and a road map for rescuing our ownDonald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.

Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved

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