February 17 — General Strike for Democracy!


Friday, February 17 from midnight (February 16) to 6 PM PST

Details:

Media Contact:  Eric Williams
strike4democracy@gmail.com
Follow us @F17strike
Join us at the F17 event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1756631744665376/
Join us at our F17 group page Strike4Democracy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1816330771961327/
#F17 #Strike4Democracy
Strike4Democracy: National Day of Strike Actions to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Strike4Democracy will coordinate over 100 strike actions across the United States, and beyond, that show support and encourage planning a series of even larger strikes to stand up for America’s democratic principles. As the nation suffers through ICE raids, travel bans, Trump’s mobilization on the border wall, as well as attacks on the rights of workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and our environment, February 17th provides a beacon to those who are searching for a way to protect and defend our shared humanity. People across the country have begun to realize that we must diversify tactics, as protests and marches are only the first step. Strike4Democracy amplifies a new chapter of nonviolent resistance ushered in over the last six weeks by calling for strikes that grow in number and power.
We call on participants in Strike4Democracy to rise up in their local communities on February 17th to hold events that build towards a series of mass strikes. February 17 is a day of strike actions that preview an even larger mass strike planned for March 8, organized by International Women’s Day and The Women’s March. We also anticipate strikes on May Day and a heightening resistance throughout the summer.

Strike4Democracy’s message to the Administration and Congressional leaders is clear:
§ STOP the authoritarian assault on our fundamental, constitutional rights, the very principles that have truly made America great;
§ STOP attacking and victimizing women, Muslims, immigrants, racial and ethnic groups, the LGBTQ+ community, working families, journalists, and all who offer criticisms of the Administration’s policies including the U.S. judicial branch;
§ REALIZE that America’s true strength lies in the values of inclusivity not exclusivity.
As citizens and supporters come together to register their deep dissatisfaction with the President and the current administration’s unconstitutional, inhumane policies and behavior, February 17th marks a heightened effort to provide a beacon for those who share our concerns and who search for a way to “do something.” Together we speak with one voice. We say:
▪ NO to attacks on our marginalized communities
▪ NO to attacks on the sovereignty of indigenous peoples
▪ NO to attacks on constructive critics within and outside government
▪ NO to attacks on our constitutionally guaranteed rights
▪ NO to attacks on our environment
▪ NO to attacks on working families
▪ NO to attacks on public education

Register your local events here at this crowdsourced doc: https://docs.google.com/…/1NZR6mqImkoOHWpbTHdkC…/mobilebasic

Who we are:
Strike4Democracy (www.strike4democracy.com) is a national day of action on Friday, February 17, 2017. We intend to build an unassailable force of Americans from all walks of life and all parts of this great country who will, if necessary, participate in a series of massive strikes to persuade the President, his administration, and his supporters in Congress, to heed our message: Stop the authoritarian assault on our fundamental, constitutional rights. Over 100 coordinated events will take place across the nation and beyond. Find an #F17 event near you at www.strike4democracy.com/events.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS – Thurs. Feb. 16 thru Wed. Feb. 22 (from Adrienne Fong)

Message from Pat: “My health is not good. I can no longer put out this weekly calendar.” Please keep Pat in your thoughts at this time.

Iris Canada – Action is on Wednesday, February 22nd. – See Below.

Send items for posting by Wednesday at 12 Noon to: afong@jps.net . Also contact if you are interesting in helping to compile announcements.

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 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, February 16

Thursday, 9:30am – 1:00pm, Action Alert: Stand Up for SF Immigrants

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

9:30am Rally at City Hall
10:30 am Board of Supervisors Budget Committee, Rm. 250

Rally and Press Conference, followed by the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting of the Board of Supervisors, where Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer will introduce legislation to provide attorneys to defend San Franciscans locked in immigration detention centers. Show up provide support and speak at public comment!

  • 70% of SF’s immigrant detainees are unrepresented by lawyers. More than half lived in San Francisco for more than a decade, many with citizen children
    • No other area of U.S. law allows us to lock people up and make them fight against trained government lawyers without assistance of an attorney.
    • Detained immigrants with attorneys are 7x more likely to win than those defending themselves

Sponsor: SF Public Defenders Office

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1140265029433007/

Thursday, 9:30am – 1:00pm, Shield San Francisco

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

9:30am Rally at City Hall
10:30 am Board of Supervisors Budget Committee, Rm. 250

Many people are at severe risk under this new President. Supervisor Fewer has found unspent salary savings that could be used to protect those at risk, providing housing subsidies to people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, and undocumented families, allowing them to stay in San Francisco.

This would cut money out of budget and fund a subsidy that would serve 155 homeless or at-risk households!

+ 30 undocumented families or families with children with disabilities
+ 125 LGBT and non-LGBT seniors and people with disabilities, at a cost of $1.5 million and $1 million respectively.

This funding would also include $400,000 for the public defenders office to defend against deportations of undocumented people.

Restore funding for new subsidies that Mayor Lee cut!

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/257553991352731/

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Speaker Alison Weir

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist
1924 Cedar St.
Berkeley

Drawing on her best-selling book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the US Was Used to Create Israel, former journalist Alison Weir will discuss this movement, its history and current reality, media coverage of Israel-Palestine, and the role of Israel partisans in promoting the Iraq War and in the continued demonization of Iran. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/733673453475427/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/25/18795795.php

Friday, February 17

Friday, 12:00 Noon – 1:00pm, SF Rally-No Border Walls-Cancel NAFTA For Unity Between US and Mexican Workers

SF U.S. Federal Building
90 – 7th Street
SF

The racist attack by Trump on the Mexican people, all immigrants and Mexican American is escalating.

The NAFTA agreement is part and parcel on the attack not only on Mexican working people and farmers but on US workers. It was pushed by the U.S. multi-nationals, the Democrats and Republicans and has harmed workers on both sides of the border.

Workers and people on both sides of the border are demanding NO Border Walls, NO NAFTA and UNITY between US and Mexican workers against the real crooks and criminals running these corporations like Driscolls.

Please read site for info and understanding of NAFTA

Sponsor: United Public Works for Action

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/06/18796217.php

Friday, 12 Noon – 1:00pm, General Strike – 555 California Street

555 California Street
SF

-Show your support for the NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE against the Trump Agenda.

-We will not got to work, go to school or spend any money (unless necessary).

-we’ll demonstrate at 555 California – a building in which Trump has a 30% stake.

Demands:

1. No Ban, No Wall. The Muslim ban is immoral, the wall is expensive and ineffectual. We will build bridges, not walls.

2. Healthcare For All. Healthcare is a human right. Do not repeal the ACA. Improve it or enact Medicare for All.

3. No Pipelines. Rescind approval for DAPL and Keystone XL and adopt meaningful policies to protect our environment. It’s the only one we’ve got.

4. End the Global Gag Rule. We cannot put the medical care of millions of women around the globe at risk.

5. Disclose and Divest. Show us your taxes. Sell your company. Ethics rules exist for a reason and presidents should focus on the country, not their company.

Sponsor: Resist SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/665788903621770/

Friday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, F17-Stop the Raids and Deportations! Stop Trump’s Program (Rally & March)

Meet at:

Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market St.
SF

(Rain or Shine)

No Ban! No Wall!
Stand up against racism, sexism, and bigotry!
Stop attacks on immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, LGBTQ people, workers and the poor!
No to U.S. war and intervention abroad!
No to environmental destruction!

Sponsor: ANSWER

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1415006365197074/  or  415-821-6545, answer@answersf.org,

Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Mission Nightwalks

Starts promptly at 6:00pm

St. John’s
110 Julian Ave. (@ 15th Street)
SF

Our neighborhood and City have seen an uptick in violent crime over the last several months.
Time once again for our simple, clear message: We care! Stop the violence!

Info: www.missionnightwalks.org    Sign up for our emails

Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, I-Hotel Speaks Celebrates Al Robles Birthday

Manilatown Heritage Foundation
868 Kearny St.
SF

February 16th is the birthday of the late Activist Poet AL ROBLES, who dedicated much of his life to the care and well-being of Manilatown’s Manongs. He was an I-Hotel Anti-Eviction Activist, the Resident Poet of the International Hotel Manilatown Center and still lives strongly at the I-Hotel as a beloved inspiration to us all.

To commemorate Uncle Al’s birthday we celebrate his memory with images, poetry and the self-help healing tools that we can use to take care of ourselves and our community.

Sponsor: Manilatown Heritage Foundation

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253314858412784/

Friday, 6:15pm – 7:30pm, From Mass Incarceration of Japanese Americans to the Muslim Ban (Venue changed)

UC Hastings
Louis B. Mayer Lounge
198 McAllister St..
SF

On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of approximately 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in the U.S. during WWII, we remember its enduring legacy, and fight back against its modern day parallels. Join us for a screening of the documentary 9066-9/11: America’s Concentration Camps Then… and Now? followed by a panel discussion.

Speakers:
Don Tamaki, Partner at Minami Tamaki LLP, Member of Fred Korematsu’s coram nobis legal team
Imam Zaid Shakir, Muslim American scholar, Co-founder of Zaytuna College

PLEASE RSVP HEREhttp://bit.ly/2kfe3AI

Co-sponsors: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, API Legal Outreach, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)AABA – Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay AreaCAIR – San Francisco Bay AreaFred T. Korematsu InstituteSan Francisco JACL, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, National Japanese American Historical Society, Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans, Tule Lake Committee

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1786078805047521/

Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sensible Cinema / Mumia Abu Jamal: Long-Distance Revolutionary

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.
SF

For month of February, Black History Month, Sensible Cinema will play tribute to Mumia Abu Jamal.

Screening of the film “Long-Distance Revolutionary”, directed by Stephen Vittoria

Film focuses on Mumia’s life as a writer, journalist and revolutionary from Pennsylvania’s Death Row. Through prison interviews, archival footage and dramatic readings aided by a chorus of voices, including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and others.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/15/18796516.php

Saturday, February 18

Saturday, 12 Noon – 1:00pm, Human Billboard: Black Lives Matter! No Trump Agenda in Oakland

Grand Lake Farmers Market
Grand Avenue
Oakland

Join us under the awning of the Grand Lake Theater at Lakeshore and MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland, rain or shine, to call attention to racial injustice and demonstrate solidarity.

Saturday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile (meeting)

Paris Baguette
14th & Jefferson
Oakland

Come get connected with SDBA’s projects!

  • organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now we have to keep the momentum going!
  • Tiny Homes for the homeless.
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts
  • money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitive ticketing and fining schemes
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • student debt resistance
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • advocating for Postal banking
  • Presenting debt-related topics at forums and workshops
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/30/18795994.php

Saturday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Bay Area Artists Benefit for Standing Rock & Water Protectors

North Beach Bauhaus. Gallery and Artists Studios
703 Columbus Ave.
SF

Two South Dakota women (Sara Ellis Conant and Romalyn Schmaltz) and many local artists bring you an early evening of community, positivity, poetry, politics, music, and a silent art auction.

Seakers include Supervisor Aaron Peksin and author, journalist, and activist David Talbot. 

All proceeds will immediately go directly to the ongoing struggle to protect the Missouri River area endangered by the Dakota Access Pipeline by supporting the urgent needs of the tribes and volunteers

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1369367043164409/

Saturday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Film: Dogtown Redemption – San Francisco Screening

Ally Cat Books
3036 – 24th St.
SF

Film  tells the story of homeless people in struggle for survival. We will also be joined by Amir Soltani, one of the filmmakers, who will talk about the film.

DOGTOWN REDEMPTION humanizes and celebrates this other America; the America that many of us do not see. That a small recycling center has allowed so many to survive on a daily basis—for years, even decades.

Dogged by addiction, mental health issues, homelessness and poverty, the recyclers’ grip on life remains tenuous. Recycling serves as the only constant in their life. Yet with commodity prices collapsing, the neighbors calling for a ban on shopping cart traffic, and the city launching a sting against Alliance Metals, their way of life is threatened from all sides.

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/876382132503379/  and https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/26/18795820.php

Sunday, February 19

Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Honduras & Colombia: Models of US Control; violence, poverty and displacement

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

Speakers:

Alice Loaiza: Lived in Colombia and works with Marcha Patriotica. Also wored with CONAP, and also in international accompaniment. In the Bay Area works with BALSC and the Task Force on the Americas.

Diana Bohn: Visited Honduras for the third time in December 2016 as a member of the Root Causes of Migration Pilgrimage, which visted groups affected by the policies of the Alliance for Prosperity, government corruption and violence. Diana is a Task Force on the Americas Board member and member of BALSC

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/13/18796477.php

Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Climate Disruption Under Trump

Richmond Progressive Alliance
2540 MacDonald Ave.
Richmond

This Sunflower Alliance General Assembly features a presentation by Dr. Janice Kirsch on learning how to be a “first responder” to the climate crisis, the greatest public health threat humankind has ever faced.

Kirsch is a physician who is also trained in public health, as well as occupational and environmental medicine. She is the SF Bay Area Chapter leader of The Climate Mobilization and serves on the Steering Committee of 350 Bay Area.

Sponsors: Sunflower Alliance & Richmond Progressive Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/623965084457253/

Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2017

AMC Theater 8
1881 Post St.
SF

Suggested donation: $10.00

FRAGILE FREEDOMS
75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

Program: 2 -4PM
Followed by a Candlelighting procession to the JCCCNC

Scheduled Keynote Speaker: Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra; Don Tamaki, coram nobis legal team, EO 9066 performance by Lenora Lee.

On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting into motion the wartime mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the west coast. Two-thirds of them, American citizens by birth, and most of them long-term residents of the US.

These civilians were rounded up and forcibly removed from their homes without due process and incarcerated in concentration camps for the duration of the war. There were no cases of espionage or sabotage committed by Japanese Americans on the continental US. It was found that there was no military necessity for their treatment, instead, there was falsification of evidence, suppression of such evidence and fraud upon the Supreme Court.

Sponsor: National Japanese American Historical Society

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/07/18796244.php

Sunday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm How to NOT call the KKKops or Sheriffs EVER Workshop

Oakland Peace Center
111 Fairmount Ave.
Oakland

The 2nd “How to NOT Call the kkkops /Sheriffs & the kkkorts EVER workshop – featuring the poor, unhoused, disabled, Black, Brown,Indigenous,elder and youth leaders, artists, cultural workers of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE,PoorNewsNetwork(PNN)/Homefulness who have practiced this concept for 20 years, even throughout their own collective traumas, colonization, gentriFUKation, family violence, eviction, incarceration, displacement, betrayal AND the attempted take-down of the landless peoples movement called Homefulness.
( and this workshop is dedicated to 100 year evicted elder Iris Canada)

Walking this walk among a poor and indigenous peoples-led movement means facing our demons ALL THE TIME.. because we all come out of collective trauma experiences of racism, white supremacy, ablism, family violence, false borders,eviction, houselessness, criminalization, elder/child abuse, sexual violence, rape, incarceration, poLICE violence genderism, hate crimes and so much more

This workshop will include and launch an ongoing teaching on poor peoples/traumatized peoples accountability, how to redefine a western white supremacist notion of security and hold each other through trauma and into a true definition of inter-dependent safety.

Sponsor: POOR Magazine

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720354701627962/

Sunday, 6:00pm, Vigil for Supreme Court Case to Re-Vote the 2016 Election

SF City Hall (Outside steps)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

Info: www.revote.info

Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Free Reading & Convo with Anti-Racist Organizer David Billings

The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia St.
SF

Join us for a reading and discussion with David Billings, author of “Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life”.

* * Registration Required * *
 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2847069

David has been an anti-racist trainer and organizer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond since 1983. Billings has worked with anti-racist organizing groups across the country, including AntiRacist Alliance and New York Education Equity Alliance. He currently consults with Citizens for Economic Equity in New Orleans.

Copies of “Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life” will be available for purchase.
For more on this book: http://deepdenialbook.com/

Sponsor: SURG-SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2181743665384896/

Tuesday, February 21

Tuesday, 11:30am – 2:00pm, Not my Sheriff! Not my President! No More Deportations!  – Rally & March 

Oakland Federal Courthouse
1201 Clay St.
Oakland

***This action is part of the Resistance Tuesdays for the first 100 days of resistance of Trump’s Authoritarian administration***

march from the Oakland Federal building to Sheriff Ahern’s office!

Bay Area organizations demand:

Alameda County Sheriff Ahern’s rescind his policy to participate in mass deportations! Sheriff Ahern is not align with the community and the rest of Alameda County elected officials who have already stand on the side of the community to reject ICE entanglement and affirm Due Process for all regardless of immigration status!

We call on Sherriff Ahern to cease and reject any further entanglement with ICE and mass deportations! Ahern most comply with community demand to not participate in Trumps Policing and Militarization state, his anti-immigrant and racist polices have no place in our County! #AhernNOTmySheriff#Trumpnotmypresident

We are also ralling in support of the California Values Act to protect all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used for mass deportations, separation of families. 

Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Dr. Ray Tomkins: What Lennar and The Navy Are Doing At Hunters Point Naval Shipyard

Unitarian Center – Fireside Room
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Dr. Ray Tompkins, is an historian and scientific expert on pollution in Bayview Hunters Poing and the environmental racism that has poisoned the Bayview  neighborhood with over 400 toxic waste sites plus a federal and state Superfund site.

Today’s talk is about what developer Lennar Corp and the Navy are doing to hide the radiological and toxic pollution that lies below the ground.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/08/18796310.php

Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Support SF Anti-Muslim Registry Ordinance: Make Sanctuary Real

SF City Hall, Room 263
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

 February 8th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee discussed an ordinance introduced against any potential Muslim registry based on religion or country of origin.

In response to the powerful community testimony and pressure demanding more than a symbolic ordinance, the SF Board of Supervisors are working on crafting the language so that this ordinance is actually enforceable. To make sanctuary city real.

Please come out to support the second meeting on the ordinance and give public comment to demand that our city do more than what has been done before

Sponsor: AROC – Arab Resource and Organizing Center

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1174186149364457/

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Return the Keys to Ms. Iris Canada (Change in location and date)

Eucalyptus & 19th Avenue
SF

Meet-up location: 201 Eucalyptus Dr. (front lot on corner of Eucalyptus Dr. and 19th Ave., San Francisco – Closest to the M train, one block walk from Ocean Ave. stop)

Unwelcome home party at Sheriff Hennessy’s house after her heartless day’s work evicting folks with nowhere else to go. Come out and demand she let 100-yr-old Iris Canada back in her home. 

Background:
On Friday, February 10th, the sheriff locked 100-year-old Iris Canada out of her long-time home in the Fillmore without notice to the benefit of three white landlords. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Judge James A. Robertson II, landlords Peter Owens, Stephen L. Owens and Carolyn Radisch, and the building’s TIC owners, especially Alexandre Apke & Ana Munoz (who pushed the landlords to oust Iris so they can condo convert to inflate the capital value of their unit) are all responsible for this eviction and elder abuse. 

The sheriff knew Ms. Iris’ lawyer was filing an appeal in a higher court and had more than two months to stall such abuse before facing legal repercussions. 

Iris’ whole building was Ellis Act evicted for profit during the first tech boom, however, she won a life estate due to her age. She also won her most recent court case to stay in her home after enduring years of harassment by her landlords, yet the white judge also ordered her to pay her evictors’ lawyer fees of over $180K. This egregious, underhanded ruling was granted to effectively evict her, an example of how our unjust legal system skirts the law to benefit wealthy property owners.
***Please join our Eviction Defense Emergency Response list to receive updates here: 
http://bit.ly/SFEvictionDefense

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1308862285802741/

Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, The Hidden Powers of Shareholders to Hold Corporations Accountable

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St.
SF

Author / Speaker: Andrew Behar, Book: “The Shareholder Action Guide”

He leads: As You Sow

 a nonprofit organization, based in Oakland, dedicated to corporate accountability and increased environmental and and social change through corporate engagement, shareholder advocacy and innovative legal strategies. They are focused on climate change, sustainability, human rights and environmental health.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/02/18796140.php

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February 26 – February 27 – Two years later, we remember Amilcar

 Sunday, February 26, will mark two years since SFPD killed 20-year-old Amilcar Perez Lopez–six shots to the back when he was running for his life.

Our remembrance will have two parts:
++ Part 1: Sunday, February 26 from 8-10pm: Candlelight Vigil at the site where Amilcar was killed (Folsom between 24th and 25th Streets). Holding space for community healing, prayer, spiritual observance, and celebration in honor of Amilcar. Culminating around the time of his death at 9:45pm.
++ Part 2: Monday, February 27, 12 noon, Press Conference and Rally at the Hall of Justice (850 Bryant), demanding SFPD be held accountable for his killing.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1318989158139259/

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This week’s calendar of events for political activists (from Patricia Gray)

My health is not good. I can no longer put out this weekly calendar. Maybe some of you could contact Adrienne Fong at afong@jps.net to help searching out activities and putting out the calendar.
–Patricia Gray

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Wednesday, February 15
4:00 – 6:00 pm     San Francisco Federal Bldg,  7th and Mission S.F.
                          NO BUILDING ON STOLEN LAND
                          There will be a meeting in the White House between
                           President Trump and Netenahu.  We must take this
                           opportunity to say loud and clear, “END THE
                           OCCUPATION OF PALESTINIAN LAND!”
                           Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, U.S.
                                                 Campaign for Palestinian Rights,
                                                 American Muslims for Palestine
6:00 pm.       670 Page St. S.F.
                    EVICTION IS ELDER ABUSE! KEEP 100 YEAR OLD
                    IRIS CANADA IN HER HOME!
                    Block the eviction of this 100 year old woman from her
                    long term home in the Filmore district.  This eviction
                    can lead to her death!
                    sponsor   SF Anti Displacement Coalition
6:00 – 7:00 pm    Mission Police Station,  Valencia and 17th street, SF
                         VIGIL FOR AMILCAR
                         We have held over 40 vigils and we want our day in
                         court!  Amilcar was murdered by the SFPD!
6:30 – 8:30   California Institute of Integral Studies 
                   1453 Mission St. SF
                    ART AND THE INTERSECTION OF DISABILITY
                    AND BLACKNESS
                    Leroy Moore will be discussing a range of subjects like
                    his South African Tour, and about hope for disabled
                    people.  Leroy is a black disabled activist, performer
                    and author.
                    sponsor   CIIS Office of Diversity and Inclusion
7:00 – 9:00 pm  City Lights Book Store,  261 Columbus Sr.  SF
                       speakers, David Hartsough and Norman Solomon
                       GLOBAL ADVENTURES OF A LIFE LONG ACTIVIST
                       The American people may be more motivated and
                        ready to get actively involved than any time since
                        the 60’s.  We do have the power if we mobilize to
                        completely change the course of our nation.
                        info    www.citylights.com
7:30 – 9:30    East Side Arts Alliance 
                   2277 International Blvd, Oakland
                   ANTI POLICE-TERROR PROJECT GENERAL MEETING
                   Monthly meeting to develop a  replicable and sustainable
                   model to end police terrorism in this country.
                   We are a multi-racial, multi generational coalition.
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Thursday Feb. 16
10:00 am – 1:00 pm    City Hall S.F.  Board of Supervisors 
                                room 244
                                SHIELD SAN FRANCISCO
                                        & DEFEND IMMIGRATION RIGHTS
                                There are unspent salary savings that could be
                                 used to protect those at risk–providing housing
                                 subsidies, to allow people in need of funds to
                                 stay in San Francisco.  This funding could be
                                 used to pay lawyers to defend people from
                                 deportation.  Please show up to provide support
                                 for Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer who will
                                 introduce legislation for this found cash.  Come
                                 and speak at the public comment period.
                                 hosted by S.F. Public Defender’s office
________________________________________________________
Friday Feb. 17
12: noon               S.F. Federal Bldg    90 7th St.  near Mission SF
                            CANCEL NAFTA, STOP THE BORDER WALL!
                            Unify people on both side of the border. Unify
                            against the real crooks adn criminals that are
                            running the corporations that are making millions
                            on the backs of the workers.
5:00 pm      Embarcadero,Justin Herman Plaza 
                  rally and march
                  BUILD THE MOVEMENT TO DEFEAT THE TRUMP
                  PROGRAM
                  * #NOBANNOWALL
                  * stand up against racism, sexism and bigotry
                  * stop attacks on immigrants, Muslims. people of color
                    women, LGBTQ people, workers and the poor.
                  sponsor   Answer Coalition
6:15  – 7:30 pm     55 Columbus Ave. SF   Asian Law Caucus
                           FROM THE INCARCERATION OF JAPANESE 
                           AMERICANS TO THE MUSLIM BAN
                           On the 75th anniversary of Executive order 90066,
                           under which 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry
                           were sent to camps.   Join us for a film of those
                           American concentration camps. followed by a
                           panel discussion.
                           sponsored by API Legal Outreach, Arab Resources
                                                and Organizing,  Asian American
                                                Bar Association
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Sunday Feb. 19
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm     Richmond Progressive Alliance 
                                2540 Mac Donald Ave Richmond
                                CLIMATE DISRUPTION UNDER TRUMP
                                Sunflower Alliance General Assembly
                                speaker   Dr. Janice Kirsch talking on how to
                                be a first responder to this crisis.  Dr. Kirsch
                                is leader of the Climate Steering Committee
                                of 350 Bay Area.
6;30 – 8:30 pm        The Eric Quezada Center 518 Valencia St. SF
                              DEEP DENIAL
                              The persistence of White Supremacy in the
                              United States
                              Reading and discussion wil David Billing, author
                              of Deep Denial  (copies of the book will be offered
                              for sale.  Collections will be acepted for the Anti
                              Police Terror Project.
                              registration is required.  go to brown paper tickets
                              event 2847069
                              A free event.   Snacks will be provided.
                              wheelchair accessible
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ANNOUNCEMENTS for Tue., Wed., & Thurs. (from Adrienne Fong)

Please keep Pat Gray and her family in your thoughts. Sending special appreciation to her for all that she has done to get announcements out and all she does to make this a better world for all.pat1936@gmail.com   

The following announcements are  for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. Send items for posting to afong@jps.net by Wednesday 12 Noon.

OccupySF

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

 Announcements

(Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday a.m.)

Tuesday, February 14

Tuesday, 10:30am. February 14: “Let’s Make A Date” Valentines Day Rally

SF Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi’s Office
90 – 7th Street,  Suite 2-800
SF

Many members of Congress haven’t yet scheduled town hall meetings with constituents for the February congressional recess Feb. 18 – 26.

In the last week we’ve seen Trump give handouts to Wall Street at the expense of consumers and rush forward the Dakota Access Pipeline, and push through more dangerous Cabinet picks. We deserve the chance to meet publicly with our representatives to discuss these vital issues for our democracy.

That’s why, this Valentine’s Day, February 14, we’ll visit our senators and representatives’ local offices with a clear demand: “Let’s Make a Date! Host a Town Hall!”

Host: Move-On

Info/RSVP: https://act.moveon.org/event/feb14/7018/signup/?t=1&akid=178017.675518.c5f7Z1

Tuesday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Black History Month Action

Coalition on Homelessness
468 Turk St.
SF

Free lunch at the Coalition, then march together to City Hall to protest the disparate effect homelessness has on the Black homeless community.

Black people are12.6 % of the nations population but account for 40% of its homeless population. HOMELESSNESS IS NOT JUST A POVERTY ISSUE – IT’S A RACE ISSUE! Time for sf to show some love and house poor San Franciscans.

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1387226604632880/

Tuesday, 11:30am – 12:30pm, Demand Disney Stand With Immigrants – Not Trump

39 Stockton St. (between Ellis & O’Farrell)
SF

In late January, President Trump signed a “Muslim ban” executive order barring immigrants and refugees from seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States.

People from across the country are protesting and demanding businesses that are collaborating with Donald Trump step down from his economic advisory council.

Last week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from the economic advisory council, and this week, we’re asking Disney CEO Bob Iger to do the same.

Sponsor: ACCE

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/247444308999804/?active_tab=about

Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Youth & Families Launch Love for Muslims, Migrants, & Mama Earth

San Francisco Federal Building
90 – 7th Street
San Francisco

Black, Brown, Immigrant, Unhoused, Disabled & Indigenous Youth & Families Launch Love in the Face of all this Hate for Valentines Day.

In the face of all this hate for for Muslims, Migrants/Immigrants, Our Water, Our Mama Earth- youth and families decided respond with love.

Youth Skolaz from Deecolonize Academy will be speaking love and respect for ourselves , our mama earth, our water and our communities in this face of all this hate and white supremacy.

“Water is life, we can’t live without it- we can’t live without Mama Earth, “said Queena 11years old

Call out to all youth and families, elders and communities to join us with their statements of love.

Sponsor: POOR Magazine Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1271768346243053/

Tuesday, 2:00pm, Proposal for sheriff’s $70 Million jail renovation funding will be voted on by BoS.

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

Despite community opposition, at the budget and finance committee meeting, the Sheriff’s $70 million state application for the jail renovation project was moved forward to the full Board of Supervisors.

Proposal includes an increase of 8 beds and the cell structure will be modified from open pods to locked cells. Additionally, the Sheriff proposes to move prisoners either to one of the jails that SF has already committed to closing or to other counties like Alameda County while the renovation takes place.

CALL the Supervisors

Let them Know that you are a SF resident and oppose jail construction in San Francisco.

Ask them to amend the resolution to apply for jail renovation funding to prohibit bed increases and ensure that the resolution is voted on again before expending the money, and that San Francisco stand against security increases that further harden isolation and restriction of movement inside the jail.

Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer – (415) 554-7410
Supervisor London Breed – (415) 554-7630
Supervisor Jane Kim – (415) 554-7970
Supervisor Jeff Sheehy – (415) 554-6968
Supervisor Hillary Ronen – (415) 554-5144
Supervisor Asha Safaí – (415) 554-6975
Supervisor Aaron Peskin – (415) 554-7450
Supervisor Malia Cohen – (415) 554-7670
Supervisor Norman Yee – (415) 554-6516
Supervisor Mark Farrell – (415)554-7752
Supervisor Katy Tang – (415) 554-7460

Wednesday, February 15

Wednesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Tell Trump and Netanyahu No Building on Stolen Land

SF Federal Building
7th Street & Mission
SF

NOTE: In lieu of  The Codepink, World Can’t Wait & Occupy Action Council PEACE VIGIL we will be participating in this action.

In the midst of beautiful, building resistance disrupting agendas of racism, bigotry, and Islamophobia, the White House announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be coming to DC to meet with Trump on February 15.

We  expect that this meeting will result in an even more open US support for Israeli policies that deny Palestinian rights and land, including the building of illegal settlements, and a further cementing of the “shared values” of racism and hate.

Trump says the wall he wants to build on the US-Mexico border is modeled on the walls Israel has built. Netanyahu himself made this point in recent tweets and Israeli companies are even bidding to construct it.

Sponsor: Jewish Voice for Peace

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1898533210392815/

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil for Amilcar Perez Lopez

Mission Police Station
Valencia & 17th St
SF

Over 40 vigils for Amilcar have been held.

February 26, will be the second anniversary of Amilcar’s murder by SFPD, we can’t let them forget. Come hear of the plans honor Amilcar and to mark this anniversary.

DA Gascon, let us have our day in court!

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Living Wage Coalition Meeting

Redstone Building, 2940 16th St, Room 301
(16th St. betw. Mission and South Van Ness)
SF

San Francisco Living Wage Coalition Meeting. The Living Wage Coalition is building a grassroots movement of low-wage workers and their allies to win economic justice. Anyone who works full time should be able to survive on what they earn and support themselves and their children. Come to be a part of discussing next steps in pursuing an economic justice agenda.

More information at http://www.livingwage-sf.org/

Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Art at the Intersections of Disability and Blackness

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St.
SF

365 Days of Blackness.

Image description : Captured is a flyer of an upcoming event. A smiling picture of black disabled activist, performer, and author Leroy Moore appears at the top. Across it is a title in big white letters that reads : 365 Days of Blackness – Leroy Moore

Part of ODI’s ‘Disability as Diversity’ Series, Leroy Moore will be discussing a range of subjects including : Krip-Hope Nation, his South Africa Tour, and ‘Where is Hope?’.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/260595531028000/

Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, David Hartsough with Norman Solomon

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave.
SF

Discussion and celebration of David Hartsough’s new book “Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist”

An evening to discuss the current political climate and how we can move forward constructively

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/24/18795750.php

Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Anti Police-Terror Project Monthly Meeting

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland

Monthly APTP meeting, held on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations like Idriss Stelley FoundationCommunity READY Corps and Workers World is working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country.

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1789166788002045/

Thursday, February 16

Thursday, 9:30am – 1:00pm, Action Alert: Stand Up for SF Immigrants

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

9:30am Rally at City Hall
10:30 am Board of Supervisors Budget Committee, Rm. 250

Rally and Press Conference, followed by the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting of the Board of Supervisors, where Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer will introduce legislation to provide attorneys to defend San Franciscans locked in immigration detention centers. Show up provide support and speak at public comment!

  • 70% of SF’s immigrant detainees are unrepresented by lawyers. More than half lived in San Francisco for more than a decade, many with citizen children
    • No other area of U.S. law allows us to lock people up and make them fight against trained government lawyers without assistance of an attorney.
    • Detained immigrants with attorneys are 7x more likely to win than those defending themselves

Sponsor: SF Public Defenders Office

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1140265029433007/

Thursday, 9:30am – 1:00pm, Shield San Francisco

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

9:30am Rally at City Hall
10:30 am Board of Supervisors Budget Committee, Rm. 250

Many people are at severe risk under this new President. Supervisor Fewer has found unspent salary savings that could be used to protect those at risk, providing housing subsidies to people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, and undocumented families, allowing them to stay in San Francisco.

This would cut money out of budget and fund a subsidy that would serve 155 homeless or at-risk households!

+ 30 undocumented families or families with children with disabilities
+ 125 LGBT and non-LGBT seniors and people with disabilities, at a cost of $1.5 million and $1 million respectively.

This funding would also include $400,000 for the public defenders office to defend against deportations of undocumented people.

Restore funding for new subsidies that Mayor Lee cut!

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/257553991352731/

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Street Medic Training  (Info from the  Do No Harm Coalition)

Reply at the site below with your availability for the month of March.

Due to popular demand, we are going to get the Street Medic training underway with our friends Oakland Street Medics. But first, we need you to weigh in with your availability and interest so we can reach as many people as possible. Thank you for taking the time to fill this out!

https://goo.gl/forms/g3RB8g0iSGSjfnb62

At the Street Medic training course you will learn basic medical care skills to assist in large direct action events and demonstrations. Gain the skills to help those that may experience harm, brutality, and other violent crowd-control methods. Utilize your skills to become an activist through healing!

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New Announcements for Mon. Tue. & Wed. (from Adrienne Fong)

Send Items for posting to Pat by Tuesday: pat1936@gmail.com 

New Announcements

Monday, February 13

Monday, 11:30am – 1:00pm, SF tech workers say: No Ban No Wall Sanctuary for All (time change)

~11:30 AM~ Walk out of work
~12 NOON~ Rally at 4th St & Howard
San Francisco

From programmers to janitors & food service workers: Workers in tech are immigrants!
Join us to rally & speak out against Trump’s attack against immigrants.

Celebrate court ruling on Trump’s travel ban, call on tech industry to provide sanctuary to all tech workers

We commend tech leaders for standing up to Trump and taking a stand for employees who could be impacted by Trump’s immigration policies.

We urge Silicon Valley companies to
1. declare themselves sanctuary campuses and companies, in the vein of sanctuary cities and school campuses. This means that they will not cooperate with federal efforts to deport residents.

Info: Tech Workers Coalition – https://www.facebook.com/events/285434571875801/

Monday, 12 Noon, #NotOurLaborSec Protest to STOP Puzder

Carl’s Jr.
3770 Telegraph
Oakland

Puzder is the nominee for Secretary of Labor

Bring signs, bring friends, and most of all BRING THE NOISE.

Sponsor: Fight for $15

Monday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, BART Police Citizen Review Board “Use of Force Policy”  

Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall
344 – 20th Street, 3rd Floor – BART Board Room
Oakland
(nr. 19th Street BART)

BART Police will be presenting their “use of force policy” and the “aggressive panhandling policy”. The community needs to come out and scrutinize this policy BART is trying to pass. 

BART Police is responsible for the deaths of James Nate Greer and Oscar Grant! The community of the Bay Area needs to SCRUTINIZE this!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438241769548927/   and  https://www.facebook.com/events/403669393326610/

Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum – “Climate Refugees” – film

The Black & Brown Social Club
474 Valencia St.
SF

Climate Refugees  is the first feature film to explore in-depth the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences.

Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, What Is Fascism? Presentation & Discussion

Revolution Books
2444 Durant Ave. (@ Telegraph)
Berkeley

Angry and agonizing over what is happening and why? Come, confront what America is becoming, join the discussion.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/12/18796456.php

Tuesday, February 14

Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Youth & Families Launch Love for Muslims, Migrants, & Mama Earth

San Francisco Federal Building
90 – 7th Street
San Francisco

Black, Brown, Immigrant, Unhoused, Disabled & Indigenous Youth & Families Launch Love in the Face of all this Hate for Valentines Day.

In the face of all this hate for for Muslims, Migrants/Immigrants, Our Water, Our Mama Earth- youth and families decided respond with love.

Youth Skolaz from Deecolonize Academy will be speaking love and respect for ourselves , our mama earth, our water and our communities in this face of all this hate and white supremacy.

“Water is life, we can’t live without it- we can’t live without Mama Earth, “said Queena 11years old.

Call out to all youth and families, elders and communities to join us with their statements of love.

Sponsor: POOR Magazine Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1271768346243053/

Wednesday, February 15

Wednesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Tell Trump and Netanyahu No Building on Stolen Land

SF Federal Building
7th Street & Mission
SF

In the midst of beautiful, building resistance disrupting agendas of racism, bigotry, and Islamophobia, the White House announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be coming to DC to meet with Trump on February 15

We  expect that this meeting will result in an even more open US support for Israeli policies that deny Palestinian rights and land, including the building of illegal settlements, and a further cementing of the “shared values” of racism and hate.

Trump says the wall he wants to build on the US-Mexico border is modeled on the walls Israel has built. Netanyahu himself made this point in recent tweets and Israeli companies are even bidding to construct it.

Sponsor: Jewish Voice for Peace

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1898533210392815/

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil for Amilcar Perez Lopez

Mission Police Station
Valencia & 17th St.
SF

Over 40 vigils for Amilcar have been held.

February 26, will be the second anniversary of Amilcar’s murder by SFPD, we can’t let them forget. Come hear of the plans honor Amilcar and to mark this anniversary.

DA Gascon, let us have our day in court!

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Living Wage Coalition Meeting

Redstone Building, 2940 16th St, Room 301
(16th St. betw. Mission and South Van Ness)
SF

San Francisco Living Wage Coalition Meeting. The Living Wage Coalition is building a grassroots movement of low-wage workers and their allies to win economic justice. Anyone who works full time should be able to survive on what they earn and support themselves and their children. Come to be a part of discussing next steps in pursuing an economic justice agenda.

More information at http://www.livingwage-sf.org/

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Reminder:

CALL:  415- 554 – 7225

  Demand Sheriff Hennessy LET IRIS CANADA BACK IN HER HOME!

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Pelosi’s home is site of robust People’s Town Hall (by Michael Petrelis)

 

Pelosi’s Home is Site of Robust People’s Town Hall

On a brisk and sunny San Francisco Saturday, February 11th, about 75 activists gathered outside of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s mansion in San Francisco for a lively 90-minute direct democracy action.

Speakers included ordinary citizens new to street activism and seasoned political organizers. Many folks were from the San Francisco Berniecrats, the No Dakota Access Pipeline network and the People’s Town Hall Project.

“Pelosi hasn’t held a town hall since 2006 so we took it upon ourselves to show her how to conduct a forum in her district. If she can stage a scripted town hall on CNN in Washington, she must also hold weekly listening sessions with we, the people and her constituents,” said Brandon Harami, one of the organizers of today’s action.

“When Pelosi finally hosts a town hall in San Francisco, I will be there to say she doesn’t represent her constituents when she accepts money from Wall Street financiers,” said Claire Lau, another of the organizers.

This is the third such town hall organized by the People’s Town Hall Project, and the first at Pelosi’s home.

Join us on “Not My President’s Day,” February 20th at 3:00 pm, as we revisit both Feinstein’s and Pelosi’s mansions in Pacific Heights and demand they hold formal town halls.

Please watch the video of the Pelosi home visit here:https://www.facebook.com/seejake/videos/10158434301175647/

More info: https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesTownHall/

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“Is Central Banking a Capitalist or Communist Concept?” by Valentin Schmid, Epoch Times

Central banks look capitalist on the surface, but have their roots in communist literature

The right doesn’t like central banks because of their centrality. The banks centralize power over interest rates, and the right doesn’t like central control over pretty much anything. The left doesn’t like central banks because they represent money, capitalism, and “too big to fail” banks.

However, despite the confusion and complicated hybrid setup of the Fed and other central banks, these institutions are more communist and socialist in nature than capitalist.

Contrast these two statements from two important historical documents.

One calls for the “Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.”

The other one gives Congress the power to “coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures.”

Karl Marx and Frederich Engels penned the former statement in 1848 in their infamous “Manifesto of the Communist Party.”

Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson were responsible for the inclusion of Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, the source of the latter statement.

So which camp is the Federal Reserve in—manifesto or Constitution?

National Monopoly

The Fed is a national banking system and has an exclusive monopoly on issuing the U.S. dollar credit instrument in paper and electronic form.

The Communist Manifesto furthermore calls for “gradually substituting paper money for gold and silver coin.” This objective was achieved, gradually, from the beginnings of the Fed in 1914 until the revocation of the Bretton Woods modified gold standard in 1971. Since then, the world has operated on a global paper dollar standard.

Furthermore, the manifesto wanted the “paper issues [to be] legal tender,” a principle dutifully incorporated into the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

Under the act, “the said notes shall be obligations of the United States and shall be receivable by all national and member banks and Federal Reserve banks and for all taxes, customs, and other public dues. They shall be redeemed in lawful money,” where “lawful money” means legal tender.

The U.S. Constitution, on the other hand, calls for Congress to “coin money,” referring to the issue of gold and silver coins and the standardization of their measurements. The Department of the Treasury still issues American Gold and Silver Eagles, but the Fed neither coins money nor concerns itself with the standardization of weights and measures.

Hybrid Ownership

What about ownership, capital, supervision, and credit? This is where the Fed does not meet the strict manifesto standard. Legally, the Federal Reserve System is a public/private hybrid, with private banks owning the shares or capital of the system and the government providing some, though not all, of the supervision.

So the Fed does not operate on state capital. However, it shares its profits with the Treasury and most of the important decisions are made by publicly appointed officials. The president appoints seven of the 12 members of the Fed body that decides monetary policy (the Federal Open Market Committee) and they are then confirmed by the Senate. So it does sound like the “centralization of credit in the hands of the state,” or at least the power to manipulate credit.

Credit is not centralized in one bank, but rather in the one Federal Reserve System, which includes thousands of privately owned banks that issue credit to their customers. This goes against the call for “suppression of all private banks and bankers,” because they still exist. However, the system has central control over credit due to regulation and tinkering with the interest rates.

The Fed can control how many reserves the system banks must hold and how much money (credit) they can lend. The open market operations that determine the interest rate on the reserves also incentivize banks to free up or contract credit.

In fact, setting short-term rates and manipulating long-term rates centrally through large-scale asset purchases, like the Quantitative Easing program, is akin to communist central planning.

In the free market, private banks compete for savings, and the interest rate is set in a competitive bidding process between different economic actors. Not so in a centrally controlled system.

Lastly, Marx and Engels got their wish written in 1848: “In most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable,” with “the following” including centrally controlled credit and other demands of the manifesto.

Today, the only countries without central banks are the micro states of Monaco, Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Communism is estimated to have killed around 100 million people, yet its crimes have not been compiled and its ideology still persists. Epoch Times seeks to expose the history and beliefs of this movement, which has been a source of tyranny and destruction since it emerged.

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“Post Tortoise”

While stitching a cut on the hand of a 75-year-old farmer, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Donald Trump and his role as President elect of the United States.

The old farmer said, ” Well, as I see it, Donald Trump is like a ‘Post Tortoise’.”

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘Post Tortoise’ was.

The old farmer said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a tortoise balanced on top, that’s a Post Tortoise.”

The old farmer saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain.

“You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, he’s elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb asses put him up there to begin with.”

(Courtesy of Dr. Sharon Forrest and William P. Chiles)

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OccupyForum presents . . . “Climate Refugees — The Enormous Worldwide Consequences of Climate Change and the Refugee Crisis”

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, February 13th, 2017 from 6 – 9 pm

at The Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia between 15th and 16th Streets, near 16th/Mission BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

“Climate Refugees”

The Enormous Worldwide Consequences

of Climate Change and the Refugee Crisis

During the shooting of his 2010 documentary “Climate Refugees,” the Irish-American filmmaker Michael Nash visited nearly 50 countries in about 18 months, interviewing politicians, scientists, health workers and victims of floods, cyclones, hurricanes and droughts. His conclusion was that short- and longer-term changes in climate are causing vast numbers of people to abandon their jobs, homes and countries to simply survive. (Jeffrey Gettleman’s recent coverage of the Somali refugee crisis in The Times has offered some vivid and disturbing examples, although Somalia’s troubles are also inextricably linked to political turmoil.)

Mr. Nash poses a basic question: what will become of the millions of people whose lack of access to food and clean water leads them to take increasingly desperate measures? What type of strains will huge migration put on resources in more developed countries? Will this dislocation eventually pose a threat to Americans’ national security? How much is America’s political agenda in other nations and our disproportionate use of resources causing a refugee crisis?

Climate Refugees is the first feature film to explore in-depth the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences.

Experts predict that by mid-century hundreds of millions of people will be uprooted as a result of sea level rise and an increase in extreme weather events, droughts and desertification. Little is being done to plan for the potential mass migration of millions of refugees who will be forced to cross national borders. The Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the phrase “climate wars” is being talked about in war-rooms. The film features a variety of leading scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and major political figures, including John Kerry and Newt Gingrich. All make a strong case that the changing climate is already creating humanitarian disasters and is leading inevitably lead to worldwide political instability.

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“The Western Model is Broken”, UK Guardian

So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted that the non-west could only achieve prosperity and stability through western prescriptions. It almost obscures the fact that the 20th century was blighted by the same pathologies that today make the western model seem unworkable, and render its fervent advocates a bit lost. The most violent century in human history, it was hardly the best advertisement for the “bland fanatics of western civilisation”, as the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr called them at the height of the cold war, “who regard the highly contingent achievements of our culture as the final form and norm of human existence”. Read more.

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