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A. The City of Hiroshima – Peace Declaration – August 6, 2018
B. D.C. Transit Scraps Idea For Separate Train For ‘Unite The Right’ Marchers – August 5, 2018
C. This will sicken you: Eyewitness describes hateful act of piracy by Israel against Norwegian boat on mercy mission – August 4, 2018
More info later this week
D. Why I Resigned From the Department of Homeland Security – August 3, 2018
E. Judge OKs Okinawa Base, Despite Endangered Dugong – August 2, 2018
F. U.S. Justice Dept. Files Brief Rejecting LGBQT Workplace Protections –August 2, 2018
TELL ICE: FREE RAUL!
Raul is a husband and father of four children who has been detained by ICE for over a year. He was separated from his family when he was detained in March 2017, and has recently been transferred far away from his family to an ICE facility in Colorado, despite the fact that he continues to fight his case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in San Francisco, California. Raul needs your help.
Raul has lived in the United States for over 28 years since leaving his home country of Guatemala. On March 22nd, 2017, he was taken from his family and placed in detention at the West County Detention Facility in Contra Costa. Shortly after the termination of ICE’s contract with a local detention center, ICE transferred Raul and many others to Colorado. He was transferred without his family or lawyer receiving advance notice and despite the fact that his case is ongoing in San Francisco, California.
Tuesday, August 7 – Thursday, August 9
Tuesday, August 7
1. Tuesday, 9:30am – 12:30 pm, Mobilization to Demand Sheriff Accountability
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
1970 Broadway, Suite 1125
Action and rally at 9:30 am
Head up to Board Chambers at 10:15am
Turn out to the Demand Sheriff Accountability to expose the sheriff’s wasteful spending as the County Board of Supervisors holds their last meeting before they go on recess.
The BOS have watered down our call for an independent audit and are only looking to review sheriff’s jail programs. A review of Sheriff’s jail programming is not an audit and will neither save money or save lives! In the last 5 years, there have been 33 in custody deaths, along with an egregious rising rate of human rights abuse incidents. The urgency for an independent strong audit is clear.
2. Tuesday, 10:00am – Wednesday, Aug. 8, 11:00am, Life Of Luis Celebration: Discovery Is A Quiet Stage ~ 24 Hour event
Luis Gόngora Pat’s Altar
Shotwell & 19th Street
José Gongora invites you to the altar of his brother to uphold his memory during this quiet time in the process. As the civil lawyers work towards discovery, the family waits. Please come keep them company and help us plan what to do for Día de Muertos this year.
Note of interest: the Mario Woods case moves a month to three months ahead of the Gongora Pat case in the civil process. The case management processes impact each other.
3. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Demand Justice for Jessica St. Louis
Alameda County Board of Supervisors Building
1221 Oak St.
On July 28, 2018, Jessica St. Louis was released from Santa Rita Jail at 1:25am. She was given a BART ticket and sent on her way to walk the 1.9 miles from Santa Rita Jail to Dublin/Pleasanton BART. By 5:25am she was found at the station unresponsive and declared dead. This should never have happened. The practice of late night and early morning releases must stop!
The practice of releasing women in the dead of night is an act of violence that happens throughout the state of California. It is a dangerous and deadly practice to release vulnerable women and girls, without access to support services or even public transportation. Jessica’s death was unnecessary and preventable.
In Jessica’s memory, we demand justice and an end to the practice of late-night releases.
Join family members, community groups, and women that have survived late night releases for a press conference and rally.
Sponsor: Young Women’s Freedom Center
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/306237436617555/ firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Lake Merritt Night Out for Safety and Liberation
12th Street & Lake Merritt Blvd
Come get to know your neighbors and build resilience with your community!
Neighbors from Eastlake United for Justice (EUJ) and our unhoused neighbors are partnering to host an alternative to National Night Out on August 7 at the East 12th parcel. In response to the acts of racist vigilantism at Lake Merritt that have been targeting people of color and homeless folks we will come together around food, music, and building community. We want to build a neighborhood where people have the right to stay, not be displaced, and where safety doesn’t require the police. Join us for the following:
– Potluck, please bring some food to share!
– Community safety resources
We believe in:
Mutual aid and community resilience
Honoring Ohlone land
Right to stay, not be displaced
People over profits
Community not cops
Housing not handcuffs
Sanctuary for birds and people
Sanctuary, not separation
#SafetyIs freedom from policing
#SafetyIs a world without profiling
Here, we take care of each other
Sponsor: Save the E.12th Street Parcel for The People
5. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Panel to Support Prof Rabab Abdulhadi and Justice for Palestine! (See item # 6)
Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave.
Join us to hear Professor Rabab Abdulhadi and her legal team, who will speak about the recent attacks against her at San Francisco State University. Don Tamaki will address the context for how current legal attacks intersect with the historic Korematsu case that upheld Japanese American internment. Help us strengthen community responses to the culture of fear and repression. This is a critical moment to stop repeating history and forge alliances for the continued struggle ahead.
– Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, Race & Resistance Studies, and Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED Studies at SFSU) at the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University.
– Don Tamaki, member of the legal teams filing an amicus brief in travel ban case and attorney for Fred Korematsu in the 1980s reopening of his Supreme Court case.
– Mark Kleiman and Behnam Gharagozli, legal council for Professor Abdulhadi.
Reverend Michael Yoshii, Senior Pastor at Buena Vista UMC
The WWII mass incarceration of Japanese Americans was rationalized by framing them as “enemy aliens.” McCarthyism went on to further criminalize “the enemy” by smearing the left, destroying the militant labor movement and depriving progressive academics and artists of their livelihood. It pitted colleagues and neighbors against one another, making them afraid lest they too would become targeted.
Today, attacks on asylum seekers and refugees and crackdowns on scholars, educators, and those who speak out for justice in Palestine echo this history of racist and xenophobic laws.
– The International Campaign to Defend Professor Rabab Abdulhadi
– Eastwind Books of Berkeley
– Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!), www.quitpalestine.org/
Wednesday, August 8
6. Wednesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, SF Rally to Support Academic Freedom & Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi
Philip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.
In June 2017, the right-wing and Israel-aligned Lawfare Project filed a frivolous lawsuit against SF State University and Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, attempting to use the courts to silence scholarship and activism for Palestine.
The court dismissed the lawsuit in March 2018 for failing to make a single legitimate claim. “Out of an abundance of caution,” the court gave Lawfare a chance to fix the complaint and provided very specific instructions. Lawfare ignored the court’s instructions and re-filed its lawsuit. Dr. Abdulhadi’s laywers have once again asked the judge to dismiss the case.
JOIN US IN COURT to stand up to Lawfare’s self-professed attempt to inflict “massive punishments” on scholars like Dr. Abdulhadi for daring to speak against Zionism and advocate for justice in/for Palestine and an indivisible sense of justice.
7. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL
One Post Street
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).
Look for the PEACE banner!
Proposed theme this week is on: YEMEN
Themes vary each week on topics for PEACE & JUSTICE
8. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Rights for Refugees
25 Van Ness Ave.
Another avenue of getting an anti-ICE Resolution through the Board of Supervisors is to approach the Equity Advisory Committee to the Human Rights Commission. They advise on immigration issues for the city and meet on the second Wednesday of each month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the main conference room of the HRC.
Sponsor: Resistance SF
9. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Beds 4 Bayview – Community Organizing Meeting
SF Public Library – Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch
5075 3rd St.
An ongoing community discussion addressing the needs of unhoused residents of District 10, Bayview-Hunter’s Point, San Francisco, Ca.
After the recent budget approval for a homeless shelter in Bayview and the recent approval for funding a stipend program for homesharing was approved for payment by the Dept of Aging, Mother Browns is gonna go forward with their own solutions with community support and oversight.
The funding for the shelter is not going to Mother Browns.
The stipend program has turned into stale bread crumbs.
After the last meeting with Director of Homelessness, Jeff Kositsky, it was clear there is no transparency on site selection and Mother Browns will not have equal access to the resources in the new budget. The stipend program started with 50 beds and now has dwindled down to 25. The more correspondence with the city, the more unstable the “solutions” become.
Mother Browns is going to fund their own facility that will HOUSE those that seek shelter and not turn them out in 90 days. The city has repeatedly failed to not only provide safety nets for its residents but also repeatedly waste taxpayers dollars.
Mother Browns will also use their own funds to start a homesharing counseling and connecting program that will connect local homeowners who would like to open their homes and share with an unhoused resident in need of a hand up. They are developing a hotline for this sole purpose with other support services for District 10.
Sponsors: Beds 4 Bayview and Coalition on Homelessness
Thursday, August 9
10. Thursday, 9:00am, BART Proposes Facial Recognition Surveillance Dragnet at BART Board of Directors Meeting
Kaiser Center (20th Street Mall)
2040 Webster St. 3rd Floor (enter at left of CVS)
BART police will propose a system-wide security dragnet for the Bay Area’s transit system. BART police are asking the board to approve the project in concept and authorize trials at Lake Merritt and Civic Center BART stations.
BART is planning to use the same platform that was proposed as the “brains” of the Domain Awareness Center (PSIM). The plan calls for 2000 CCTV cameras to be converted to IP-based for geospatial tagging and advanced real-time video analytics, likely facial recognition technologies already proven to be inaccurate and biased.
Agenda Item 5B on August 9 Meeting Agenda
BART Police are attempting to rush through an aggressive new surveillance network with only 72 hours notice.
There are plenty of common sense things BART could do with $15-25 million dollars to improve security on the transit system without treating every passenger like a criminal suspect.
The last thing Nia Wilson would want is her death used to increase the high-tech harassment of Black and Brown people.
11. Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Abolish ICE Teach-in: Free All Criminalized Survivors
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Law Caucus
55 Columbus Ave
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2v5VQML
Join Survived & Punished for a teach-in about surviving violence, ICE and the experiences of criminalized immigrant survivors! We will be sharing what we know about:
– Demystifying ICE, systems of criminalization/policing and deportation
– How gender and gender violence impact people’s experiences of being targeted by ICE
– What’s changed & what hasn’t for undocumented/immigrant survivors under this administration
– How we can support more immigrant survivors in our communities
We will also have Ny Nourn and Floricel Liborio Ramos, two survivors of domestic violence and immigration detention, share their thoughts, experiences and analyses with us.
Ny Nourn is an organizer with Survived and Punished, advocating for the freedom of incarcerated domestic violence survivors. At age twenty, Ny was sentenced to life in prison for actions of her abusive boyfriend. Governor Brown granted Ny parole in May 2017, but upon release from prison, she was immediately arrested by ICE to be deported to Cambodia. Through community support, Ny walked out of detention after 16 years of incarceration in November 2017.
FLORICEL LIBORIO RAMOS:
My name is Floricel Liborio Ramos and I am a Mexican woman who has lived in the U.S. for the last 20 years. I was in immigration detention in 2017. ICE arrested me in front of my children who are minors. For 11 months I was in various detention centers where I lived through bad and sad experiences, incarceration, the discomforts of living in detention everyday.
I had to clean the floor daily with water and sanitary napkins so that i could sleep; I lived through the heat and the enclosures of the cells; I had a great need for water and air; the humiliation and discrimination by the officials in detention centers with their rude comments towards me. My soul felt the psychological pain. It was too much.
I am raising my voice for the people who are still detained. Women who have been through the terrible experiences of domestic violence and are detained by ICE for many months. They need help and support in order to keep going with their lives. The injustice that immigrant people experience is wrong. We are criminalized and punished solely for being undocumented.
Sponsors: Survived & Punished, California Youth Immigrant Justice Alliance, ASPIRE
12. Thursday, 3:00pm, Food Not Bombs –San Francisco
For information or to volunteer: Contact email@example.com.
Cookhouse: Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (between Mission and Julian).
Food Pickups: Help Needed!
Cooking: 3030B 16th Street–3:00 pm to 6:00 pm–Ring doorbell for entry–Help Needed!
Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza — 6:00 pm–Help Needed!
Cleaning Up: 3030B 16th Street–after Cooking–6:00 pm – 8:00 pm–Help Needed!
13. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, United for Compassion 2: A Japantown Community Gathering
Japantown Peace Plaza
Post & Buchannan
All communities are invited to join the Japanese American community in a vigil and rally to stand in solidarity with those now being targeted nationwide by the rhetoric of hatred and racial and religious scapegoating.
As a community, Japanese Americans cannot be silent while groups are targeted and demonized in the same way that we once were. Now more than ever, our community must speak out for targeted communities.
Since before the 2016 elections, there had been a rise in incidences of hate throughout the country, which appear to be emboldened by the misogynistic, xenophobic and racist rhetoric of the Trump campaign. Now an anti-Muslim travel ban has been upheld by the Supreme Court using the same flawed logic which legalized the incarceration of Japanese Americans in 1944. Our worst fears have also been realized with the recent Executive Order that authorized the indefinite imprisonment of migrant families in detention One potential site for unaccompanied minors is adjacent to the former Rohwer concentration camp in southeast Arkansas, where the United States government incarcerated 8,000 Japanese Americans between 1942 and 1945. As of today, the U.S. can’t find the parents of 71 children it may have separated.
Program includes: Assembly member Phil Ting (invited); Donald Tamaki, Korematsu attorney; Karen Korematsu, Zahra Billoo, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Satsuki Ina, former Tule Lake incarceree, Amy Sueyoshi, S.F. State University interim dean of Ethnic Studies, Rev. Jeanelle Ablola, Pine United Methodist Church, Buffet Crew – Francis Wong (sax) & Yukiya Jerry Waki (spoken word).
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Monday, August 13
14. Monday, 6:15am – 3:15pm, Get on the Bus! Pass AB 931-Stop Police Use of Force!
California State Capitol
1315 10th St.
Reserve your seat now for the bus NOW:
-if you are getting on the bus to come up to the Capitol, PLEASE REGISTER HERE:https://goo.gl/forms/SU6AqJV6vn9qyuam1 – we need #s to figure out how many buses are needed, and are requesting zip codes so we can let representatives know how many of their constituents have mobilized!
Bus will leave promptly from the West Oakland BART at 6:15am and will leave Sacramento at 3:15pm. We should be back at West Oakland BART by 5pm.
Join us at the Capitol on 8/13 to DEMAND much needed changes to policing in California! All you need to do is GET ON THE BUS!
We are closer than we have ever been to passing landmark legislation on policing — to set new standards for when police use deadly force (AB 931). More info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o2saotOGC1VdfTpZ1VtxgyQYONjDxCJo/view?usp=sharing
This an incredible opportunity – but there’s huge resistance. These bills are historic – no effort to raise standards for police deadly force has ever been introduced. We have an incredible coalition supporting these bills, but police unions are fighting these with everything they’ve got. We need active support from our coalition and other allies fighting for justice to get these passed!
If you aren’t able to show up and show out on the 13th, please ask your members and supporters to call their legislators.
Call scripts and call info are linked here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1icHoHj08mJG5dG7G6XKhEuq51I3eC3rF/view?usp=sharing. Each call takes less than 2 minutes — do it now if you can!
Saturday, August 25
15. Saturday, 11:00am – 3:30pm, Bay Area National Prison Strike Call to Action / Mobilization
San Quentin State Prison
11:00am – Rally / Mobilization at West Oakland BART
Carpool & Bus to San Quentin
Support Bus to San Quentin: https://www.gofundme.com/prison-strike-bus-to-san-quentin?member=551444
The Bay Area National Prison Strike Solidarity Committee, stands in solidarity with the people who have declared a Nationwide Prison Strike beginning on August 21st (This date commemorates the assassination of Black Panther Party, Field Marshall, and prison activist, George Jackson, by San Quentin prison guards) and extending to September 9th, 2018.
The National Prison Strike is in response to the “riot” in the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina on April 15, 2018. . Seven prisoners lost their lives during an instigated melee that could have been avoided had the prison not been overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in this country’s penal ideology
The Bay Area National Prison Strike Solidarity Committee, is organizing a Mobilization and Call to Action, on August 25, 2018, at San Quentin State Prison, with the objective of raising awareness of the inhumane conditions, treatment and policies that afflict those held in these gulags throughout amerikkka.
See info for national demands: https://www.facebook.com/events/258431498319593/