Single-payer plan is within reach of California

April 3, 2018 

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UPDATES ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~ Saturday, April 7 – Tuesday, April 10 (from Adrienne Fong)

To People with “Earthlink” as an internet provider:  The last several announcements format has been altered by earthlink – They have combined words, changed the color and font size of things and added various accent marks – just to let U know it is not me that is doing this 

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. Inside an Immigrant Caravan: Women and Children, Fleeing Violence (April 4, 2018)

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/04/04/world/americas/mexico-trump-caravan.html 

B. Family and community mourn couple killed in Kern County crash while fleeing ICE (April 2, 2018)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-delano-ice-funeral-20180402-story.html

2  ACTIONS 

1. Viral video raises worry over Sinclair’s political messaging inside local news

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwA4k0E51Oo&feature=youtu.be

  Stop the dangerous Sinclair Broadcast Group merger – Petition 

  https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/deny-merger-of-sinclair?akid=203057.675518.03ikvb&rd=1&source=mo&t=13

   If approved, the purchase of Tribune Media’s 42 stations would enable Sinclair to reach 72 percent of U.S. households — significantly more than the nationwide audience cap of 39 percent as determined by Congress. 

2. Hold Israel accountable for killing Palestinian Protesters in Gaza – Petition 

https://www.afsc.org/action/hold-israel-accountable-killing-palestinian-protesters-gaza (If my info pops up just erase it and put your info in) 

  Last Friday, tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza took part in the Great Return March. Israel responded to this nonviolent protest through a brutal show of force, opening fire on protesters and deploying tear gas by drones, killing at least 23 Palestinians and injuring approximately 2,000.

Today, a second Friday in a row, Palestinians are protesting in Gaza as part of a nonviolent protest known as the Great Return March. At least three Palestinian have already been killed and over 250 others have been wounded today. Palestinians in Gaza have said they will remain on the border and will continue Friday protests through May 15, demanding action to address Israel’s occupation and denial of their rights. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, April 7th; Sunday, April 8th– Tuesday, April 10th 

Saturday, April 7

1. Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Joining Forces Against Policing and Jails in SF (UPDATE)

City College of San Francisco – Mission Campus
1125 Valencia St.
SF

Please register here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqwWTpfytZ8b9C113MEXham65A8rHl8ZOoGWui_YMGda1xNQ/viewform

This info wasn’t clear earlier. 

Accessibility: Venue is wheelchair accessible. Childcare and language interpretation provided upon request, please contact us regarding this and other accessibility needs.
Contact: nosfjail@curbprisonspending.org – 510.444.0484 – https://nonewsfjail.wordpress.com/

Lunch provided. Donations accepted.

A Half Day Summit Against the Prison Industrial Complex

The Summit will bring together organizational partners and community activists working to stop the violence of the prison industrial complex in San Francisco. Summit presenters and participants will discuss interrelated topics such as jail construction, gang injunctions, justice for community members murdered by police, tasers, bail reform, increased policing on our streets, and more. Interactive workshops, trainings, and panel discussions will allow for participants to share information and strategize between campaigns. Our goal is to strengthen connections between our organizations and efforts in order to better address the interlocking impacts of imprisonment, policing, surveillance, courts, and prosecution in San Francisco. Join us. 

Before the Summit: SAT. April 7th is the TWO YEAR anniversary of the killing of Luis Góngora Pat by SFPD. We will start the day as always on the 7th with a special ceremony at 10am at the altar at Shotwell and 19th. At it’s conclusion, we will walk to City College to join the summit against policing and jails in SF.

Hosts: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, No New SF Jail Coalition, Critical Resistance Oakland, CUAV, TGI Justice Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/374153742995243/

Accessibility: Venue is wheelchair accessible. Childcare and language interpretation provided upon request, please contact us regarding this and other accessibility needs.
Contact: nosfjail@curbprisonspending.org – 510.444.0484 – https://nonewsfjail.wordpress.com/

Lunch provided. Donations accepted.

A Half Day Summit Against the Prison Industrial Complex

The Summit will bring together organizational partners and community activists working to stop the violence of the prison industrial complex in San Francisco. Summit presenters and participants will discuss interrelated topics such as jail construction, gang injunctions, justice for community members murdered by police, tasers, bail reform, increased policing on our streets, and more. Interactive workshops, trainings, and panel discussions will allow for participants to share information and strategize between campaigns. Our goal is to strengthen connections between our organizations and efforts in order to better address the interlocking impacts of imprisonment, policing, surveillance, courts, and prosecution in San Francisco. Join us. 

Before the Summit: SAT. April 7th is the TWO YEAR anniversary of the killing of Luis Góngora Pat by SFPD. We will start the day as always on the 7th with a special ceremony at 10am at the altar at Shotwell and 19th. At it’s conclusion, we will walk to City College to join the summit against policing and jails in SF.

Hosts: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, No New SF Jail Coalition, Critical Resistance Oakland, CUAV, TGI Justice Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/374153742995243/

Sunday, April 8

2. Sunday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Apr Protest at Richmond Jail / Immigrant Detention Center

West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway
Richmond

In the wake of Bay Area ICE raids, the feds suing California, and a shutdown of CIVIC’s weekly visits to detainees, join the community circle to protest at Richmond’s West County Detention Center (WCDF)! Those detained right in our midst are our loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates. The impact of these racist, cruel separations has enormous economic and social impact on our communities. And the same is true for the general population in jail, who are also unfairly criminalized and detained for lengthy periods before trial.

• HEAR samba band Sistah Boom
• GET UPDATES from families of detained folks
• SHOUT with the Let Our People Go community circle
• AND MORE TO BE ADDED SOON

LET OUR PEOPLE GO 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. Accessible site with parking, plus bathrooms right inside in the visitors waiting room. 

Sponsors: Bend the Arc Jewish Action + 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/215298485690539/ 

3. Sunday, 12:30pm, Rev. Dr. Dorsey Ordell Blake: “Reflection on Martin Luther King Jr.” 

Unitarian Universalist Church, TSK Room
1187 Franklin St.
SF

There will be lunch provided and a musical interlude before the program. – For a nominal fee

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Ordell Blake, minister of SF’s Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples since 1994, has has extensive field ministry experience, including The California People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, The Interfaith Alliance for Prison Reform, Genesis, and The San Francisco Interfaith Council. At Starr King until 2015, he served as dean of faculty, a member of the core faculty, and a visiting professor of spirituality and prophetic justice. He currently chairs IDA, a social network empowering women and communities of color affected by today’s economic crisis.

Monday, April 9 

4. Monday, 8:30am – 12 Noon, Apr 9th: No Tar Sands in SF Bay

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale St.
SF

Protect the Water – Join Idle No More SF Bay to say NO TAR SANDS IN OUR BAY!

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a permit to the Phillips 66 Refinery for the Refinery Expansion Project. This is the first part of a project leading toward the refinery processing more Alberta tar sands and allowing an additional 93+ oil tankers a year filled with tar sands into the Bay (also called oil sands or dilbit). These developments are directly related to the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline in Canada.

Come early to ensure that you get a seat inside the chambers – sometimes the fossil industry tries to pack the room. There is also an overflow room where people who want to make public comments can go to the chambers when their names are called. Be prepared to stay until 1:00 – we don’t know where this items is on the agenda. Bring something to keep you occupied and snacks to eat (there is a cafe on site and you can go in and out). Make sure you get a copy of the talking points and Indigenous protocols from Idle No More members. 

Sponsors: Idle No More + 2  Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1809067212728489/ 

5. Monday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Immigrant Rights Commission District 11 Special Hearing 

Muslim Community Center
4760 Mission St.
SF

Wheelchair accessible

Language services available

All are welcome to attend, listen, and make public comment at:

The San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission
District 11 Neighborhood Meeting and Special Hearing with Supervisor Safaí

Supervisor Ahsha Safaí & the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission invite you to a Special Neighborhood Meeting on the Impact of Immigration Policies on SF Families. Discussion will focus on how immigration policies are impacting local families and businesses — and what San Francisco residents can do.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/201730097091994/

Tuesday, April 10 

6. Tuesday, 10:00am – 11:00am, People’s Summons to the #ICEonTrial Tribunal

To: ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations SF Field Office Director David Jennings
630 Sansome St.
SF

See FB site for Alameda & Contra Costa info for April 10th.

On Tuesday, April 10, Freedom for Immigrants (formerly known as CIVIC), allied organizations, and community members will issue simultaneous People’s Summons at multiple sites in the Bay Area and Washington DC to officials who are complicit in the mass incarceration and deportation machine. We are demanding their presence at the People’s Tribunals at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on Thursday, April 12, and at West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA, on Saturday, May 5:

   Bay Area Tribunal: https://www.facebook.com/events/954269591416078.

As ICE continues to target and terrorize immigration rights’ activists and other community members by serving them with Notices to Appear (which signal the start of deportation proceedings), these People’s Summons will serve both as a public call for accountability and a learning moment for authority figures who have never had to experience the anxiety of receiving a slip of paper designed to instill fears over being forcibly separated from their loved ones and exiled from their homes.

At the People’s Tribunal, survivors of ICE detention will share their testimonies about the physical and psychological consequences of being caged for a civil violation. Our People’s Summons demand that the individuals in power who profit off the suffering of our neighbors and comrades listen to these stories of harm and abuse that they choose to so heartlessly and cowardly inflict, and accept the judgment that we, the people, issue in turn.

Action Organizers: California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA); Pueblo Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1088161231341751/

7, Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, District 4 and District 7 Crime and Public Safety Forum (Info primarily from Police Officers Assoc.) 

San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Blvd. & The Great Highway
SF

Join the SF Police Officers Association and local law enforcement leaders for a community conversation around crime in the neighborhood. This gathering will focus on an update for D4 and D7 residents.

This is the 3rd forum in the series of crime and public safety forums that will be held throughout the city – one will be coming to your neighborhood soon! All of these forums are open to the public.

Participants: Supervisor Katy Tang, Inner Sunset Park Neighbors, Outer Sunset Residents Association, and Stop Crime SF.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1581029828662815/

8. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Oakland Surveillance Ordinance Hearing 

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 1st Floor
SF

Tell Oakland we need a Surveillance Ordinance!

The Oakland Public Safety Committee will be voting to support a Surveillance Ordinance that would work to protect our right to privacy.

The proposed ordinance would require essential transparency, accountability, and oversight for all surveillance technology proposals, and ensures the public has the opportunity to learn about the civil rights and civil liberties impact of surveillance technologies before local officials acquire them. If acquired, technologies must be reexamined to ensure any benefits outweigh the civil liberties and civil rights costs.

Sponsor: CAIR San Francisco Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1832184887086100/

9. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pmVictories from the Inside Out: Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex 

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.
Oakland

Tickets sliding scale $5 – $25. No one turned away for lack of funds. 100% of proceeds go to Initiate Justice and LSPC/AOUON. 

Taina Vargas-Edmond, Executive Director of Initiate Justice, and Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children/All of Us or None, will be in conversation with Tim Wise at this live taping of his national podcast. These two leaders in the forefront of policy and advocacy work on behalf of incarcerated Californians, the formally-incarcerated, and their families will look at recent victories and efforts currently underway.

Host: SURJ Bay Area

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/04/01/18808109.php

10. Tuesday7:00pm – 10:00pm, Walls and Bridges: Extremism 

Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco
750 Kearny St
SF

Free

Reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walls-and-bridges-extremism-tickets-43994960110

How should we talk about hate?
From Charlottesville to Silicon Valley, hate speech and extremism have become a regular part of the national conversation over the past couple years. As part of a special series of live events, we’ll talk with a panel of experts about polarized politics, emboldened white nationalists, and how we can move forward in a time of intense division.

In this special conversation presented by KQED, a panel of experts will dig into the roots of this cultural and political shift and tackle those uncomfortable questions of racism, polarization and hateful speech. We’ll explore what’s led to the rise of extremism in the U.S., whether we’ve seen anything like it before, and how the country can move forward from a period of such intense division.

Panelists: 
Ijeoma Oluo
, author, “So You Want To Talk About Race,” editor-at-large, The Establishment

Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, chair & lead researcher, UC Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies

Brittan Heller, director of technology & society, Anti-Defamation League National

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Marx + MMT: Socialism Through a Self-Managed Federal Job Guarantee (Modern Money Systems, Part 2)

Is Marxism Compatible w/ MMT? What is a Federal Job Guarantee

The following post is part two of an open-ended series exploring how modern money works and why it may change how social activists and revolutionaries organize the struggle for a better society. Part one, Modern Money Systems: Understanding the Monetary Mechanics of Value,” looked at the historical evolution of money and introduced the basics of modern monetary theory (MMT), as well as some radical implications of the economic reality it describes. Part two aims to further explore these ideas, first by looking at how MMT might fit into the socialist framework of class-struggle described by Karl Marx and then by exploring the revolutionary potential of a federal job guarantee.

Here’s part one, for those who missed it:
“Modern Money Systems: The Monetary Mechanics of Value”

Practical Steps to Socialism:
What Is to Be Done?

Socialism is the notion that society can be run by the ordinary people who produce the goods, services, and knowledge that make up society and that this working class is fully able to decide how to best use its resources and the wealth they create with them. But this idea is rooted in a deeper movement of history. Just as people can only exist in the movement that develops from infancy to youth, maturity, and old-age, societies only exist in movements of social development through history. But this development isn’t automatic — just as a person must be nurtured to adulthood, a society’s historical development is driven by the force of social struggle between opposing classes. Capitalism cannot become socialism by wishful thinking — socialism must be built from existing conditions through class-struggle against the power of capital.

But what is the “power of capital”?

Basis of Power in Capitalist Society

Base & Superstructure Info-Graphic, Dialectical Materialism, Karl MarxCapitalism arises from relations of private-ownership that allow a wealthy minority to control all the resources, tools, and other things used by a working majority to create wealth. Creating the wealth of nations is a big ordeal and — since it takes the better part of nearly everyone’s days to do that — the relations people form to organize this endless group-project become a basis for social power. This structural power crystallizes into formal power through institutions, such as the political and legal systems, that turn back to reinforce and stabilize the pattern of social organization that created them in the first place.

These self-reproducing patterns of social relations determine the form a society takes (feudal, capitalist, socialist, etc.). Capitalist relations are relations of private-ownership that enable a dominant social class control over the means of production, i.e. the land, machines, networks, space, and resources used to produce all the wealth.

The Dictatorship of Capital

By default, private property denies access to everyone but the owner and others whom they permit. To make — i.e. to produce — a living, the non-owners of capital must enter contracts with the owners, often to sell their labor-time for wages or a salary. This is how power becomes concrete under capitalism. Owners control people’s wages and benefits, promotions, careers, how workplaces are organized, when and how long working-hours are, what good or service will be produced, and the product itself plus all the profit from sale. Less directly, the owners often decide stuff like what workers wear, who they spent time with, whether they can fly home for a parent’s funeral, what food or medicines they ingest, how much their kids see them, or whether a worker can honor her tribal heritage by wearing a traditional tattoo, etc.

What is exploitation under capitalism? Info-graphic illustration; Marx, Marxism, Socialism

This is the power capital has over people’s day-to-day lives and this actual power over the working majority is what has to be smashed through class-struggle, then reconstructed by social revolution. The wealthy few have power to rule the many directly because the working majority lacks the power to create wealth of its own without access to means. To fix this, the working class must seize the means of production and transform private control of production into public, social control. This would mean an equal right for all people to earn a living by accessing a means to produce the wealth of necessary and useful goods, services, and knowledge for themselves, their communities, and the greater society.

Or, more simply — everyone who wants a job, gets a job.

The Revolutionary Importance of Jobs:
Marxism & Armies of Labor

​Among Marx’s thoughts on how the masses might kick-start a social revolution, is the idea to establish armies of labor to undertake large-scale development of farmland and other resources. Apart from ending unwanted joblessness, fully employing the workforce would add economic wealth to society through programs to restore public infrastructure, increase industrial and agricultural outputs, make technical improvements, and develop idle resources. The primary goal, however, was to create a framework for the transition from private to social control of wealth-production (aka socialism) by putting the ordinary people of the working masses directly behind the wheel of the economy.

Who Pays for the Revolution?

​To fund the total employment of the workforce (as well as the large-scale programs for social transformation), Marx rightly judged that a future revolutionary state would need to get control of the money necessary to do it. To pay for it, Marx suggested replacing private rent-collection by landlords with a system that applied all rents to public purposes, levying a progressive income tax, and concentrating all credit in a publicly-run central bank.

In that era, people used commodity-money — government-issued notes backed by a gold standard — and this context shaped the ideas in the Communist Manifesto about how programs of social transformation might be funded. All of today’s most widely-used currencies, however, are not commodity-money backed by gold or silver but paper fiat-money and, as one might think, this changes things quite a bit (to say the least).

Toward a Marxist Modern Monetary Theory

& a Worker Self-Managed Job Guarantee

In an area where commodity-money still prevails, the usual Marxist ideas on funding a program for mass-employment might still be relevant but it would be absurd to apply the same logic in a monetarily sovereign, currency-issuing nation, such as the United States. Most leftists, however, have yet to understand the implications of the model developed by modern monetary theorists to describe how modern money — fiat-currency issued at a flexible exchange-rate — actually works.

By integrating the model of macroeconomic reality offered by modern monetary theory with a correct theory of social revolution, the strategies available for struggle against capital would expand considerably. Marx’s proposal to raise armies of labor, for example, could potentially be realized in the framework of a federal job guarantee program with worker self-management.

Modern Monetary Theory: Money Circuit, Spending and Taxation Flow, MMT
Note: the + end also includes positive trade balance and private debt, while the – end also includes gov’t debt securities

How a Federal Job Guarantee Works

A federal job guarantee is one of those rare ideas that is exactly what it sounds like. Differing proposals have been made, each with its own take on implementing the details, but the core concept is that the government guarantees a job to anyone who wants one. As professor of economics Matthew Forstater explains:

“[a job guarantee] offers a public service job to anyone ready and willing to work, no means tests or time limits. The federal government pays the basic JG wage-benefits package, but community groups, NGOs, nonprofit enterprises, and local governments administer and manage the program.”

The unconditional and open-ended nature of a job guarantee sets it apart from the garden-variety reforms peddled by pidgeonhearted liberals. By guaranteeing a public-sector job to all who want to work, the federal wage-benefit package would become the de facto standard for compensation. Since it would be offered to workers in the private sector also, a job guarantee gives working people considerable leverage against private capital and acts as a basis for wresting further concessions from their grip.

Radical Potential of A Worker Self-Managed Job Guarantee

Fight for Workers Self-Management & a Federal Job GuaranteeIf a provision for worker self-management were included, a job guarantee program could also act as a forum for workers to freely associate, a means to democratize workplaces, and organize an array of counter-institutions. Allowing local governments, community-service organizations, and even neighborhood committees to manage the program would minimize bureaucracy and empower communities to identify and address their unmet needs. The possibilities for how such a program might be applied are only limited by material resource and labor constraints and the social imagination — as Forstater describes:

“Musicians and artists might be free to follow their calling. Oral histories can be documented and preserved through interviews with the elderly. Community gardens can thrive, with JG chefs preparing meals. Addressing the historical legacy of patriarchy and gender exploitation, care for one’s own children and one’s own home can be considered valid JG work. Even education and training may be considered public services.”

Macroeconomic Reality Check

Since nobody worth listening to is against good well-paying jobs, most objections to a job guarantee are some variation of the idea that the government is unable to afford such a costly program. Luckily, this notion is totally divorced from the operational reality of modern money. Politicians on both sides of the aisle in congress decry any big increase in government spending because [insert something about inflation or how scary the deficit is]. Naturally, this logic quietly vanishes each time they raise their own pay, increase military spending, or cut taxes for their wealthy pals. The fact, however, is that it never applied in the first place.

If congress passed a spending bill for a job guarantee program today, then tomorrow the government could pay to create as many jobs as it likes the same way it pays for as many tanks, hellfire missiles, soldiers, and drones as it likes — by altering numbers in a spreadsheet.Spending Deficits & Surpluses, MMT Modern Money

The State Theory of Money, From a Marxist Perspective

One of the key points where MMT diverges from the liberal notions of the Keynesian economists, is its basis in the state theory of money (also known as chartalism). Rejecting metalism and quantity theory (as Marx did), MMT argues that money’s value arises from the state’s power to impose taxes in its currency, which makes it a use-value (regardless of what the money is made of) since no other commodity can be used to settle a tax-debt. This explains fiat paper’s acceptance in exchange and, since it takes definite amounts of labor equal to a minimum- or subsistence-wage to “produce” units of fiat, modern money has value for the same reason gold has value (in Marx’s sense of the word).

Marxists understand the state as the constellation of institutions used by the ruling-class to organize and direct power. It is a concrete expression of class-struggle and, whether it calls itself a republic or monarchy, the state is always, at the end, the dictatorship of one class over another. Its characteristics reflect the class-characteristics of the ruling-class and it serves as an organizing committee to protect their interests. The state is both an expression of the outcome of class-war and a weapon used by the ruling class to wage it — thus, the state, almost by definition, is one of the primary arenas for the conflict of social classes.

Re-Thinking What It Looks Like
To Seize the Means of Production

The traditional prescriptions for socialism all hinge on the idea that the masses should seize the means of production and use the state’s power to abolish the ownership-relations of capitalism. This simple outline is well-grounded in revolutionary theory but too many on the Left have a tendency to take this formula as an invitation to replay the romanticized tactics of a preferred mid-1900s historical revolution. The Bolsheviks did their thing in 1917, followed by revolutionary experiments in Cuba, China, and elsewhere that are still unfolding — but all that has little to do with the real conditions and issues faced by revolutionaries all over the world in 2018.

Marx, MMT, & a Worker Self-Managed Federal Job GuaranteeKnowing how class-struggle drives social change is great but, to paraphrase Marx, simply understanding the world misses the point, which is to change it. Capitalism’s inability to address issues like climate-change and increasing inequality is growing more obvious to more people everyday and, while socialism as an idea appeals to many, the left needs to come up with viable ways to get there. And quick. In sovereign currency-issuing nations — like the US — the radical spending-framework offered by MMT’ers might offer a practical road to an updated version of the revolutionary policy of full-employment envisioned by Marx nearly 200 years ago. The individual and social benefits of a worker self-managed federal job guarantee are immense and wide-reaching, making it an ideal rallying point not only for workers but for the precariat, the unemployed, and the houseless, too.

​Modern money is a mechanism of state-power and MMT provides us with the user-manual. Whether the Left cares to use it or not, the spending-power of sovereign currency-issuers as described by MMT is already being used to advance the causes of capital and imperialism. But if the people wrested control of this power away from the bastards, it might just as easily be used to build a better world…

In solidarity,
John Laurits

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Repeal the Second Amendment — It’s Not a Crazy Idea

Do we honestly think that the 39 men that signed the U.S. Constitution 230 years ago, are some sort of deified superheroes who cannot be questioned by mere mortals in 2018?

"African-American children have the highest rates of firearm mortality overall; they are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns in a country where African-Americans make up 14 percent of the population." (Photo: Katesheets/flickr/cc)

“African-American children have the highest rates of firearm mortality overall; they are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns in a country where African-Americans make up 14 percent of the population.” (Photo: Katesheets/flickr/cc)

 

About two weeks after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I appeared on AtlanticLive’s “Schools Across America: a Miami Town Hall,” produced by Atlantic Magazine. It was planned well before a troubled teen with a legally purchased weapon of war killed a football coach, athletic director, a geography teacher and 14 students at his former high school.

When asked about Parkland, I responded that, “The gun laws we have in our state and country are deplorable. We are one of two countries that constitutionally have a right to bear arms, it’s prehistoric. Personally, it motivates me to think more about what it takes to do a constitutional amendment, and maybe we need to think about that because that’s what needs to be done.”

Gun control will never get around the Second Amendment. We can dance around it like Muhammad Ali, perhaps jab at it with policy like Sugar Ray. But we will never Tyson TKO gun control without amending — or completely repealing the Second Amendment so that individual states can determine for themselves how to regulate personal gun use.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens agrees. He recently challenged young activists to take it a step further and, “Seek more effective and more lasting reform … demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”

In 1789, the population of America was approximately 4 million, half of which were women, and 800,000 were African slaves — two groups to whom the Constitution did not apply equally.

To even discuss in public the idea of a constitutional convention or congressional approval for three-quarters of the states’ legislatures (38) to ratify a constitutional amendment, draws the ire of Democrats and Republicans alike. Do we honestly think that the 39 men that signed the U.S. Constitution 230 years ago, are some sort of deified superheroes who cannot be questioned by mere mortals in 2018? In 1789, the population of America was approximately 4 million, half of which were women, and 800,000 were African slaves — two groups to whom the Constitution did not apply equally.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said during a speech to lawyers and jurists that he would not accept offers to speak at constitutional bicentennial celebrations in 1987 — “For I do not believe,” he said, “that the meaning of the Constitution was forever ‘fixed’ at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.”

Imagine a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice saying that to a crowd of legal minds. Let that sink in.

Florida should be leading the charge, we have more ways to amend our Florida Constitution than any other state. Florida today is in the midst of a mandatory revision process as the Constitutional Revision Commission meets every 20 years by law. The revision-commission process is entirely unique to Florida. I usually don’t agree with many of the amendments proposed, but appreciate living in a state that seriously considers amendments through a customary practice that acknowledges change in our country.

Of all firearm homicides in the world, 82 percent occur in the United States.

We have regular constitutional change in Florida. What are we afraid of at the federal level? America has not witnessed a constitutional amendment since 1971 (26th Amendment) when the right to vote was lowered to the age of 18. (I’m intentionally omitting the 27th Amendment regarding compensation for congressional lawmakers. It was introduced in 1789 and passed 203 years later). I wasn’t on this Earth in 1971 and neither were 63 percent of Americans today. Only 6 percent of Americans were adults in the 1960s when three constitutional amendments were passed. American seniors might view a constitutional convention a little differently, and that is a key voter constituency along with the youth leading a new movement in America for gun gontrol.

We’ve never held an Article V Constitution Convention. Why not a Constitutional Convention to discuss gun control among other proposed changes? I think individual states in today’s world should decide this issues. Shootings kill more than 36,000 Americans each year; every day, there is a average of 96 deaths and 222 injuries by gun violence. Of all firearm homicides in the world, 82 percent occur in the United States. African-American children have the highest rates of firearm mortality overall; they are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns in a country where African-Americans make up 14 percent of the population.

Florida should be leading an effort for a U.S. Constitutional Convention. The country is under assault because Democrats and reasonable Republicans will not address racially charged appeals with big ideas that bring people together. But big ideas win elections.

 

Christopher M. Norwood, J.D. Is spokesman for the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida and a Democratic executive committee member for Miami-Dade County.

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SF internet company among those competing to build citywide fiber broadband network

San Francisco internet company Monkeybrains is among the firms competing to build and operate a citywide fiber broadband network. (S.F. Examiner file art/Mike Koozmin)

By  on April 2, 2018 (sfexaminer.com)

San Francisco officials may be tight-lipped about what companies are vying to build a citywide fiber network, but one company has disclosed that they submitted a proposal — local internet service provider Monkeybrains.

Rudy Rucker, who founded Monkeybrains in 1998 with Alex Menendez, confirmed to the San Francisco Examiner Monday that they are part of one team of companies that submitted by last week’s deadline a proposal to build a citywide fiber-to-the-premises network.

“Monkeybrains has teamed up with Black and Veatch, Zayo and Nokia,” Rucker said in an email. “I don’t know all the other teams … but I think we have a very strong team.”

Combined, Monkeybrains and their partners go by the name of Bay City Broadband Partners.

“We recognize that if we win, Monkeybrains customers in San Francisco will be fully consumed by the municipal fiber project and Monkeybrains as you know it will cease to exist,” Rucker wrote. “Alex and I are thrilled to evolve our operations into a city wide project.”

According to Monkeybrains’ website, the company operates “a hybrid network of fiber optic and high capacity wireless links servicing over 5,000 locations with 25 new locations coming online every week.”

The City posted a request for qualifications in January for companies to submit a proposal to compete to build a fiber network connecting all homes and businesses as well as operate wireless services in public spaces.

The effort is being led by Mayor Mark Farrell, who pushed for the initiative when he was a member of the Board of Supervisors with the late Mayor Ed Lee.

Those who submitted a proposal were told “respondent Teams must receive a minimum score of at least 70 percent (56 out of 80 points) on the written proposal evaluation. If this condition is not met, the Respondent Team will no longer be invited to move on to the oral interview phase.”

Oral interviews are expected the week of April 16, with a decision before April 30.

“The City received several bids and we are impressed by the seriousness of the bid teams and their submissions,” Farrell told the Examiner last week. “We look forward to reviewing the bids in detail and moving full-steam ahead with our procurement process.”

The Mayor’s Office is not disclosing any of the submissions, including specific number of submissions and name of companies, but have said “several” submitted proposals. They said city code allows them to withhold that information until a contract has been awarded.

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UPDATES~2 ACTION ALERTS~ANNOUNCEMENTS fr. Wed. 4/4 – Sat. 4/7 (from Adrienne Fong)

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UPDATES

A. Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Forces Open Fire on Palestinians, Killing 18, Wounding As Many As 1,700 (April 2, 2018)

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/4/2/massacre_in_gaza_israeli_forces_open

B. Supreme Court Rules for Police Officer in Excessive Force Case (April 2, 2018)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/us/politics/supreme-court-rules-for-police-officer-in-excessive-force-case.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur 

 ACTION ALERTS

1. Isaias Mosqueda Cisneros is a dad and husband from Auburn who was detained by ICE today while on his way to work with 2 coworkers. The 3 men were on their way to their landscaping job when ICE followed them to an AM/PM and detained them.

  EMAIL and Call David Jennings, ICE Regional Field Office Director,

David.Jennings@ice.dhs.gov  and (415) 844-5503

Sample text:

“I am writing [or calling] to express support for Isaias Mosqueda Cisneros, who was picked up by ICE on April 3, 2018. Mr. Cisneros is a hardworking member of the Auburn community, a father to three, and is an asset to our community. Please release him and use your prosecutorial discretion to halt deportation actions in his case.”

Info from NorCal Resist

2. Keep the water on in Brightmoor – Petition

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/keep-the-water-on-in-brightmoor?akid=10264.797581.tW_IyG&rd=1&source=2018327_meej_email&t=8

Black people in Brightmoor are suffering as a result of the city’s decision to deny them water. Brightmoor is a Black community here in Detroit that has seen the pressure of gentrification and lack of economic support lead to longtime Black residents without secure housing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday, April 4 – Saturday, April 7 

Wednesday, April 4

50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination

1. Wednesday, 12Noon – 3:00pm Public Participatory Reading of MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

Plaza in front of Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building
1301 Clay Street
Oakland

Wednesday April 4, 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It will also mark the 51st anniversary of his visionary speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered at the Riverside Church in New York City. Dr. King’s words were precautionary and prophetic, providing both a diagnosis and a cure – “a true revolution of values” â€“ for our society’s gravest illnesses, “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism.” Today his words remain as timely and relevant as ever.

Join diverse members of our community for a public participatory reading of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech

We will do three readings of the complete speech, at 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. We have divided the speech into 16 sections, so we can accommodate a total of 48 readers. You can read the speech at https://tinyurl.com/https-tinyurl-com-MLK

Initial co-sponsors : Western States Legal Foundation, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), East Bay and San Francisco branches; Asian-Americans for Peace & Justice; Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC; Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice; Nafsi ya Jamii.

For planning purposes, please let Jackie know which hour(s) you are available to read. PLEASE RSVP TO:

Jackie Cabasso; wslf@earthlink.net ; (510) 839-5877

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/510318479363298/

2. Wednesday, 12:30pm – 8:00pm, Caravan to Sacramento! Day of Action for Stephon Clark

Meet at:

Oscar Grant Plaza (Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland

On March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark was gunned down in his backyard by the Sacramento Police Department. The Sacramento Community has been organizing and mobilizing to get #justice4stephon.

BLM Sacramento has called for a national day of action!

Oakland is responding to that call with a show of solidarity. We’ve rented vans to support them in Sacramento.

If you want to ride with APTP, email us to reserve a seataptpinfo@gmail.com

Sponsor: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1827314840658257/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/04/03/18808185.php

3. Wednesday, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, National Day of Action for Stephon Clark 

901 G Street
Sacramento

please join #BrownLivesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter for this National Day of Action in support of Stephon Clark and his family.

Host: Brown Lives Matter

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599726333479817/ 

4. Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Rally & Press Conference for Jesus Adolfo Delgado

Hall of Justice (Front steps)
850 Bryant St.
SF

4:00pm – 4:50pm Rally with chants

5:00pm – Press Conference

Please join with the family of Jesus Adolfo Delgado. The family is meeting with District Attorney George Gascon to discuss the case.

We ask that you stand outside and rally to show your support to the family and so DA Gascon knows that he needs to hold these killer cops accountable and put them in jail.

On March 6th, Adolfo was murdered by SFPD – shot at 99 times, by 10 SFPD officers, while he was in a car trunk. There was also a female passenger in the car while they were shooting!

Family is demanding: FIRE, ARREST, CHARGE and PROSECUTE ALL 10 of the officers!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/532321077150195/

5. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL  See item # 12

One Post Street
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinsteins office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).
SF

If it rains we will meet below the stairs to BART/MUNI

Theme this week: Restore Habeas Corpus
Signage & fliers provided
All are welcomed

6. Wednesday, 6:15pm – 8:00pm, Save Mission Street Meeting

Mission Neighborhood Center Inc.
362 Capp St.
SF

We need your participation in PLANNING NEW MISSION ST ACTIONS, SOCIAL MEDIA, OUTREACH IN THE COMMUNITY, and more! We will not let Mission Street become a playground for the wealthy and a new Valencia Street! Protect our working-class family corridor and keep Mission Street para la Misión!

Sponsor: United to Save the Mission
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/222774495126214/

7. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Justice for Stephon Clark: The Fight Against Police Brutality 

Women’s Building
3543 18th St.
SF

A grim list: Jesus Adolfo Delgado-Duarte. Shaleem Tindle. Mario Woods. Luis Gongora Pat. Jessica Williams. Alejandro Nieto. Oscar Grant. These are the names of just a few of the black and brown people who have been killed by the police in and around the Bay Area. On March 18, killer cops in Sacramento took another life: Stephon Clark, who was shot 20 times in his grandmother’s backyard.

Join us for a discussion of police brutality, and what it will take to put an end to police terror and racist gun violence.

Sponsor: International Socialist Org.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/03/30/18808023.php

8. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Vijay Prashad on Resisting Militarism and Building Freedom 

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison St.
Oakland

Long, Bitter and Beautiful Struggle for Freedom
A conversation with Vijay Prashad

with:
Sabiha Basrai of ASATA – Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Roberta Ryan of Anakbayan East Bay
Lara Kiswani of AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
and Steve Williams of LeftRoots

What does it mean to live in a democracy where guns are more important than ending poverty? On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a powerful argument that the mass movement for racial and economic justice needed to break its silence on the US wars raging abroad. King’s words echoed those of other radicals who argued that understanding the relationship between war, imperialism, and exploitation abroad and violence, racism, and impoverishment at home would imbue people’s struggles with stronger connections and broader horizons, toward deeper social and economic transformations. Our own times call for a reinvigoration of such connections and commitments.

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, join CPE for a conversation with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, on resisting war and building freedom.

Host: The Center for Political Education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2501139686778133/

Thursday, April 5

9. Thursday, 11:00am– 4/5; Friday 4/6; & Saturday 4/7, The 16th University of San Francisco Human Rights Film Festival

Presentation Theater
2330 Turk Blvd. (@ Masonic)
SF

Free & open to the public

See FB site for films / schedule

Info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/usfhrff/events/

10. Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, CCSF AB540 Family Dinner 

City College of SF – Mission Campus
1125 Valencia St.
SF

The AB540 Family Dinner is hosted by VIDA at CCSF

It has been 17 years since the California Assembly passed Assembly Bill 540 (AB540), a policy that empowers undocumented youth graduating from CA High Schools to afford a college education. Still, many families miss out on this information and this event is for those who need to know.

We’re providing dinner and a night full of information for Dreamers and their families. We encourage all Juniors and Seniors to come learn about your opportunities at City College, all ages/grade levels are welcomed.

Host: Voices of Immigrants Demonstrating Achievement.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1616302628407398/

11. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, “A Leap of Faith and a Leap to Rational Knowledge” 

Revolution Books – Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

Discuss and debate: “A Leap of Faith and a Leap to Rational Knowledge-Two Very Different Kinds of Leaps, Two Radically Different Worldviews and Methods.” Pick up the essay from Bob Avakian’s book, BAsics at Revolution Books.

revolutionbooks [at] sbcglobal.net

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/03/25/18807858.php

Friday, April 6

12. Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm,  “Symposium on Habeas Corpus in Wartime”  

UC Berkeley Law School
Booth Auditorius
Berkley

Reception to follow

Habeas corpus, or the Great Writ, is the legal procedure that keeps the government from holding you indefinitely without showing cause.  A California Law Review debate about the rights of detainees during wartime will likely include discussion of the torture at Guantanamo Bay Prison, where 800 years of Habeas Corpus law — the right to know why you are being held captive by the State — came undone.

Should constitutional law be applied to U.S. wars of aggression? What happens when you don’t deal with the crime of unlawful incarceration? University of Texas panelist Stephen Vladeck advocates closing Guantanamo (good) but he, and others, are prepared to subject “Forever Prisoners” to Obamaera Periodic Review Boards. True “closure” of the detention camp can only be accomplished with a determination to charge or release all inmates

bit.ly/habeaswartime #HabeasWartime

13. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pmFirst Friday Forum: How Can We End Global Warming? 

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (nr. Ellis St.)
SF

Climate change threatens the very existence of humans and other species. Among those most affected globally are indigenous people. They are some of the fiercest fighters against drilling, mining, and the use of fossil fuels that warm the atmosphere and flood coastal lands. But, environmentalists, radicals and unionists all play a role in the fight against multinational energy corporations. How can we build a mass movement to shut down, not only the multinationals, but the profit system which drives their destructive greed?

Host: Freedom Socialist Party – Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/123137838525029/

14. Friday, 6:00pm – 2:00am, Mission House Party para Alex Nieto 

Mission Hill Saloon
491 Potrero Ave.
SF

An old school style party celebrating the life of Alex Nieto and fundraiser to build the memorial on Bernal Heights! Velez and Kiko of The Scratchy B-Siders will be spinning all your favorite oldies and jams, words of encouragement by Ben Benjamin Bac Sierra, raffle, silent auction, art by Oscar AguilarJosue Rojas , Daniel Boza, Maloner, Joker, Crayone, and Jaime Crespo! All proceeds go to the Alex Nieto Memorial! Sponsored by Mission Hill Saloon, bartending by Raeann. Come and enjoy some great music and people from the neighborhood while we get a step closer to building the memorial!

Let’s make it our goal to get the actual memorial completed by September. Donate now:https://www.gofundme.com/amor4alexnieto

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/519891671744413/

15. Friday7:00pm – 9:00pm, Forum: Is the U.S. Preparing for Another New War? 

PSL
2969 Mission St.
SF

Wheelchair accessible.

$3-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Refreshments provided. 

The appointment of the notorious warmonger John Bolton as National Security Advisor is the latest move in reorganizing the Trump inner circle as a war cabinet. The Bolton announcement came just days after the naming of CIA director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State replacing Rex Tillerson, and Pompeo’s replacement at the CIA by Gina Haspel. Both Pompeo and Haspel are advocates of torture. The elevation of Bolton, Pompeo and Haspel can only be seen as a turn in the direction of new wars against North Korea, Iran and elsewhere, and intensification of the seven wars that the U.S. is already engaged. Now is the time to intensify the resistance!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/412133325880851/   

Saturday, April 7 

16. Saturday, 9:00am – 2:00pm, 13th Annual Walk Against Rape 

Meet at:

The Women’s Building
3543 18th St.
SF

Registration / Donate

https://www.firstgiving.com/event/SFWAR/san-franciscos-13th-annual-walk-against-rape

Held every year in San Francisco’s Mission District, Walk Against Rape is an opportunity for the communities of San Francisco’s Bay Area to come together and raise awareness around sexual assault.

Now, more than ever, we need to come together to strengthen our communities and take a united stand against Sexual Violence. In this current climate, we need your fierce support and allyship to continue providing our free services to survivors and our communities.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 11 men will be raped in their lifetimes, yet an estimated less than 20% of rapes are reported to the police. The silence and taboo around rape causes survivors to feel isolated and unsupported.

The goal of Walk Against Rape is to empower survivors, their friends, families and supporters, to break that silence by walking together on the streets against rape, and to declare that San Francisco will not tolerate sexual violence.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/166447124120753/

17. Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am – 3:30pm, Philippine Society & Revolution Weekend 

500 E. 8th Street
Oakland

With the increasing political repression in the Philippines under the leadership of fascist US-Duterte regime, we encourage you all to join us in a collective study of the history of the Philippines and the ongoing resistance of the Filipino people against Bureaucrat Capitalism, Feudalism, and Imperialism. Learn how international solidarity has been and always will be a crucial part of our liberation struggle!

WHAT IS PSR?

Amado Guerrero’s “Philippine Society and Revolution” is the primary historical document that tells the story of the Philippines from the perspective of the Filipino masses. It provides great insight on the evolution of Philippine society from the pre-colonial period to the present, and the Filipino people’s duty to fight for genuine freedom and democracy.

Host: Anakbayan East Bay

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/179530416006828/?active_tab=about

18. Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Joining Forces Against Policing and Jails in SF 

City College of San Francisco – Mission Campus
1125 Valencia St.
SF

Accessibility: Venue is wheelchair accessible. Childcare and language interpretation provided upon request, please contact us regarding this and other accessibility needs.
Contact: nosfjail@curbprisonspending.org – 510.444.0484 – https://nonewsfjail.wordpress.com/

Lunch provided. Donations accepted.

A Half Day Summit Against the Prison Industrial Complex

The Summit will bring together organizational partners and community activists working to stop the violence of the prison industrial complex in San Francisco. Summit presenters and participants will discuss interrelated topics such as jail construction, gang injunctions, justice for community members murdered by police, tasers, bail reform, increased policing on our streets, and more. Interactive workshops, trainings, and panel discussions will allow for participants to share information and strategize between campaigns. Our goal is to strengthen connections between our organizations and efforts in order to better address the interlocking impacts of imprisonment, policing, surveillance, courts, and prosecution in San Francisco. Join us. 

Before the Summit: SAT. April 7th is the TWO YEAR anniversary of the killing of Luis Góngora Pat by SFPD. We will start the day as always on the 7th with a special ceremony at 10am at the altar at Shotwell and 19th. At it’s conclusion, we will walk to City College to join the summit against policing and jails in SF

Hosts: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, No New SF Jail Coalition, Critical Resistance Oakland, CUAV, TGI Justice Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/374153742995243/

19. Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Commemorating 50 Years Since MLK: Building Beloved Community 

Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church
1188 12th St.
Oakland

The United Methodist Church California-Nevada Advocacy and Justice Committee presents

Commemorating 50 Years Since Rev. Dr. King’s Assassination
Building Beloved Community In the Face of the 3 Evils of Militarism, Racism, and Materialism

In Rev. Dr. King’s last speech he spoke on the connections of the Civil Rights movement in the US with the Vietnam War. Join us as we come together in that spirit of connection to speak and strategize on the importance of bringing our struggles together – both nationally and internationally. We will have worship, lunch, panelists of leaders of our Social Justice ministries in our Annual Conference, plenary discussions, and interest groups.

Register online at https://calnev-reg.brtapp.com/BuildingBelovedCommunity
No one turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships will be arranged for those needing financial assistance. For more info contact Rev. Michael Yoshii at michaelyoshii1*at*gmail.com.

Preacher – Rev. Staci Current, Bay District Superintendent
Keynote Speakers – Rev. Phil Lawson, National Council of Elders.

David Wildman, Executive Secretary Middle East, Human Rights, and Racial Justice for the General Board of Global Ministries.

Interest Groups: Comfort Women and Korean Unification, Disability, Immigration, Israel-Palestine, Philippine Solidarity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/140769590083061/

20. Saturday, 10:00am – 9:00pm, SAT. April 7th is Luis’s 2nd Year Commemoration. Join Us!

10:00am – 11:30am CEREMONY @ Luis’s Altar

    Shotwell & 19th Streets
SF

   Join us in celebrating the life of Luis Góngora Pat! We will start the day with a Mayan ceremony and commemoration of his life led by his family.

   2018 will be the most important year for the family of Luis Góngora Pat. Within weeks they will learn whether D.A. Gascón will charge the officers who killed Luis.

   By October 22,   2018, the civil rights trial filed by Luis’s widow, Carmen, and his children Rossana, Luis and Angel, will begin.

*Summit Against Policing and Jails in San Francisco 10:00am-3pm @ City College Mission Campus. We will join by or before NOON!*

    We will MARCH to the Summit against Policing and Jails organized by #NoNewJailSF at City College Mission Campus. Our commemoration of the Life of Luis overlaps with the start of the Summit, but we will walk over to City College, Mission Campus as soon as we conclude. 

    Jose Góngora Pat and Luis Poot Pat, as well as members from Justice for Luis, will participate in a panel, and join us in discussing next steps to end police impunity in San Francisco.

*OPENING AND FUNDRAISER OF MAYAN WAR ROOM, 6:30-9:00pm*
To end the day, we will open our pop-up Mayan War Room at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (near 25th and Mission) with a FUNDRAISER for Luis’s family.

  We will showcase actions past and present of their 2 year quest for justice! Our Mayan War Room will be open for the month of April, and we will be using it as a temporary office space from where we will be organizing a new campaign.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1637320019697845/

21. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:30pm, We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us! 

Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Avenue at Prince Street
Berkeley

The Peace and Freedom Platform states: “We call for open borders. Full rights for all immigrant workers. No human is illegal. Stop ICE raids. Stop jailing and deporting immigrants.”

Speakers to discuss immigration issues: Bree Bernwanger, Staff Attorney, Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights; Yvette Felarca, Middle School Teacher, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN); Eugene Ruyle, former PFP Congressional Candidate, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, CSULB; Antonio Trossero, political refugee arrested by the Peronist government in 1976, exiled to the United States after spending five years in jail during the military dictatorship.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/04/02/18808150.php

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UPDATE ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS for Monday 4/2 & Tuesday 4/3 (from Adrienne Fong)

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

Check Indybay for other events https://www.indybay.org/calendar/ 

UPDATE: 

SFPD – Notes Used During Presentation at the March 29, 2018 Town Hall to Address the March 21, 2018 Killing of Jehad Eid

http://sanfranciscopolice.org/article/notes-used-during-presentation-march-29-2018-town-hall-address-march-21-2018-officer 

ACTION:

Tell Gov. Brown to put chlorpyrifos on hold

The science is clear. Chlorpyrifos can harm children’s health and development, even at the low levels found as residue in food. It also puts farmworkers and rural communities at risk. Click box below.

Click below to sign: 

http://www.panna.org/take-action/tell-gov-brown-put-chlorpyrifos-hold?utm_source=action&utm_medium=alert&utm_campaign=farmworker&link_id=0&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_325719&email_subject=help-protect-farmworkers-tell-gov-brown-to-suspend-chlorpyrifos  ; 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, April 2

Monday, 9:00am – 11:00am, Celebrate Fernando’s Freedom!

ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

**Celebrate Fernando’s Freedom this Monday morning!!**

Judge Park ordered Fernando’s release this week, and after no appeal, Fernando will reunite with his family at 630 Sansome Street, SF this Monday 4/2 morning.

Fernando has been unjustly detained since Oct 2017. Lourdes’ leadership over 5 months, along with the advocacy and solidarity of her family and larger community, has led to Fernando’s freedom. We are so honored to celebrate this victory with the Carrillo family!

Details of the exact time of Fernando’s arrival this Monday morning have not been confirmed, but we expect it to be sometime between 9 AM – 11 AM at 630 Sansome St. We will give an exact time as soon as we hear. Follow this facebook event for updates.

Lourdes invites you all to bring signs to welcome Fernando home. For those of you who cannot make it we will share a facebook live video from this event page.

Sponsors: Free Fernando and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/334158617106385/

Monday, 3:30pm, Demand DA O’Malley Charge Mateu with Murder of Sahleem Tindle 

1225 Fallon St.
Oakland

We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? Join us to demand that Nancy O’Malley do her job and charge and prosecute Mateu for murder. O’Malley has yet to prosecute a single killer cop. It’s time to break that unjust record!

Sponsors: Love Not Blood Campaign, Mothers Fight Back #Justice4Sahleem, Anti Police – Terror Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/154857441849845/

Monday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Toward Real Sanctuary Cities/Hacia Una Verdadera CiudadSantuario 

The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia St. (nr. 16th Street)
SF

In English with Spanish Translation / Free
Open to the Public / ADA Accessible

A Conversation With: 

Corrina Gould, Spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone and Co-founder of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust

Gerald Lenoir, Identity and Politics Strategy Analyst with the Haas Institute’s Network for Transformative Change and founding Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Bilal Mafundi Ali, Organizer with Poor Magazine and Coalition on Homelessness’ Homeless People’s Popular Assemblies

Maria Ixchel Zamudio, Immigrant Rights, Anti-displacement & Housing Rights Organizer currently working with Plaza 16 Coalition/Coalición (formerly with Causa Justa/Just Cause)

Leslie Dreyer, Organizer with Housing Rights Committee of SF and Artist in Residence with UC Berkeley’s American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program

*Artwork by Melanie Cervantes

The same colonizing ideologies used to force indigenous folks from their land, institutionalize slavery and impede many POCs from accessing economic stability are still in effect today as speculators capitalize on racialized displacement and commodification of our homes in these so-called ‘sanctuary cities’. Bay Area politicians are catering to tech wealth and luxury development, while our most vulnerable residents are being evicted from their homes and communities – their first line of support and defense. Many of these elected representatives voted for sanctuary city status, some even stating they’d get arrested to stop deportations, yet their policies help facilitate the hemorrhaging of low-income black and brown populations.

This event uses such hypocrisies as a jumping off point to guide us through imagining real sanctuary, a right to the city and demands for reparations not resegregation.

Sponsors: 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics & The Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/157803248365057/

Tuesday, April 3 

Tuesday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, No upzoning 94% of SF – Oppose Wiener’s Senate Bill 827 – Press Conf.

San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

12-1pm – Press conference, front steps City Hall
2pm – Board of Supervisors meeting with SB 827 vote

Join a broad coalition of residents and organizations from across the city at a noon press conference demanding the Board of Supervisors pass a resolution at their 2pm meeting that day OPPOSING Sen Scott Wiener’s senate bill 827!

– No Upzoning 94% of San Francisco to build up to 8-10 stories of luxury housing anywhere near our transit lines.

– No state mandated upzoning with devastating impacts on our low-income communities throughout SF and California.

– No State legislators silencing of our City departments and Community Voices, demanding we build in ways that don’t meet our needs.

– No large-scale cash giveaway to landowners and developers at the expense of our vulnerable communities.

Sponsor: United to Save the Mission

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742317712501083/

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SAVE the DATE

April 7th is Luis’s 2nd Year Commemoration.

10:00am – 11:30am

Luis’s Altar

Shotwell & 19th Streets

SF

Infohttps://www.facebook.com/events/1637320019697845/

Join us in celebrating the life of Luis Góngora Pat! We will start the day with a Mayan ceremony and commemoration of his life led by his family, at his altar @ Shotwell and 19th Streets in the Mission District.

2018 will be the most important year for the family of Luis Góngora Pat. Within weeks they will learn whether D.A. Gascón will charge the officers who killed Luis. By October 22, 2018, the civil rights trial filed by Luis’s widow, Carmen, and his children Rossana, Luis and Angel, will begin.

Summit Against Policing and Jails in San Francisco

10:00am-3pm

 City College Mission Campus.

We will join by NOON! 

We will then join the Summit against Policing and Jails organized by #NoNewJailSF at City College Mission Campus. Our commemoration of the Life of Luis overlaps with the start of the Summit, but we will walk over to City College, Mission Campus as soon as we conclude.

Jose Góngora Pat and Luis Poot Pat, as well as members from Justice for Luis, will participate in a panel, and join us in discussing next steps to end police impunity in San Francisco.

Mayan War Room in Honor of Luís Góngora Pat

6:30pm – 9:00pm 

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2868 Mission St.

SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/356091888211382/ 

A Fundraiser and Art & Revolution exhibit of his family’s struggle for justice, including original embroidered protest artwork by Luis’s widow and daughter from Yucatan. The Mayan War Room will operate as a pop-up office space of www.justice4luis.orgduring the month of April.

Saturday, April 7th marks the 2nd year anniversary of the killing of Luis Góngora Pat by two officers of the San Francisco Police Department. Luis was a Mayan man from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and a migrant worker in San Francisco for fourteen years. Since his homicide, his family has been on a journey to make Luis’s killers and their abettors accountable. To honor his life and family’s struggle, a pop-up Mayan War Room has been set up for this year’s anniversary.

The Mayan War Room will keep office hours during the month of April to showcase the wide array of strategies, tactics and actions carried out by the family to demand justice in the past two years. Here we will hold a fundraiser for Luis’s family in Teabo on the 7th, and launch a new campaign, in coalition with other supporters and groups, to pressure D.A. Gascón to “Charge Killer Cops or Resign!”

The war room will also display hand-sewn images of Luis by Doña Carmen May Can and Rossana Góngora May, widow and daughter, respectively, and other female relatives of the deceased. The hand embroidered images are intended to speak to the protest posters made by San Francisco artists that also bear Luis’s image. The women of Teabo join the protest from afar with their own artwork rooted in their own artistry and “hilo contado” style for which . . .

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Why China Is Running Circles Around America

A highway interchange in Yanan, China. (David Leo Veksler / CC BY-SA 2.0)

By Ellen Brown (truthdig.com)

“One Belt, One Road,” China’s $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, is a massive undertaking involving highways, pipelines, transmission lines, ports, power stations, fiber optics and railroads connecting China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa. According to Dan Slane, a former adviser in President Trump’s transition team, “It is the largest infrastructure project initiated by one nation in the history of the world and is designed to enable China to become the dominant economic power in the world.” In a Jan. 29 article titled “Trump’s Plan a Recipe for Failure, Former Infrastructure Advisor Says,” he added, “If we don’t get our act together very soon, we should all be brushing up on our Mandarin.”

On Feb. 12, Trump’s own infrastructure initiative was finally unveiled. Perhaps intending to trump China’s $1 trillion megaproject, the administration has now upped the ante from $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion, or at least that’s how the initiative is billed. But as Donald Cohen observes in The American Prospect, it’s really only $200 billion, the sole sum that is to come from federal funding. And it’s not even that after factoring in the billions in tax cuts in infrastructure-related projects. The rest of the $1.5 trillion is to come from cities, states and private investors, and because city and state coffers are depleted, that chiefly means private investors. The focus of the administration’s plan is on public-private partnerships, which, as Slane notes, are not suitable for many of the most critical infrastructure projects, because they lack the sort of ongoing funding stream—such as a toll or fee—that would attract private investors. Public-private partnerships also drive up costs, compared with financing through municipal bonds.

In any case, as Naked Capitalism blogger Yves Smith observes, private equity firms are not much interested in public assets, and to the extent that they are, they are more interested in privatizing existing infrastructure than in funding the new development that is at the heart of the president’s plan. Moreover, local officials and businessmen are now leery of privatization deals. They know that the price of quick cash is to be bled dry with user charges and profit guarantees.

The White House says its initiative is not a take-it-or-leave-it proposal, but the start of a negotiation, and that the president is “open to new sources of funding.” But no one in Congress seems to have a viable proposal. Perhaps it is time to look more closely at how China does it.

China’s Secret Funding Source

While American politicians argue endlessly about where to find the money, China has been forging full steam ahead with its megaprojects. A case in point is its 12,000 miles of high-speed rail, built in a mere decade, as American politicians were still trying to fund much more modest rail projects. The money largely came from loans from China’s state-owned banks. The country’s five largest banks are majority-owned by the central government, and they lend principally to large, state-owned enterprises.

Where do the banks get the money? Basically, they print it. Not directly. Not obviously. But as the Bank of England has acknowledged, banks do not merely recycle existing deposits but actually create the money they lend by writing it into their borrowers’ deposit accounts. Incoming deposits are needed to balance the books, but at some point these deposits originated in the deposit accounts of other banks. Because the Chinese government owns most of the country’s banks, it can aim this funding fire hose at its most pressing national needs.

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, issues money for infrastructure in an even more direct way. It has turned to an innovative form of quantitative easing, in which liquidity is directed not at propping up the biggest banks but at surgical strikes into the most productive sectors of the economy. Citigroup chief economist Willem Buiter calls this “qualitative easing” to distinguish it from the quantitative easing engaged in by Western central banks. According to a 2014 Wall Street Journal article:

In China’s context, such so-called qualitative easing happens when the People’s Bank of China adds riskier assets to its balance sheet—such as by relending to the agriculture sector and small businesses and offering cheap loans for low-return infrastructure projects—while maintaining a normal pace of balance-sheet expansion [loan creation]. …

The purpose of China’s qualitative easing is to provide affordable financing to select sectors, and it reflects Beijing’s intention to dictate interest rates for some sectors, Citigroup’s economists said. They added that while such a policy would also put inflationary pressure on the economy, the impact is less pronounced than the U.S.-style quantitative easing.

Among the targets of these surgical strikes with central bank financing is the One Belt, One Road initiative. According to a 2015 Bloomberg article:

Instead of turning the liquidity sprinkler on full-throttle for the whole garden, the PBOC is aiming its hose at specific parts. The latest innovations include plans to bolster the market for local government bonds and the recapitalisation of policy banks so they can boost lending to government-favoured projects. …

Policymakers have sought to bolster credit for small and medium-sized enterprises, and borrowers supporting the goals of the communist leadership, such as the One Belt, One Road initiative developing infrastructure along China’s old Silk Road trade routes.

‘Nonperforming Loans’ or ‘Helicopter Money’?

Critics say China has a dangerously high debt-to-gross domestic product ratio and a “bad debt” problem, meaning its banks have too many “nonperforming” loans. But according to financial research strategist Chen Zhao in a Harvard University study titled “China: A Bullish Case,” these factors are being misinterpreted and need not be cause for alarm. China has a high debt-to-GDP ratio because most Chinese businesses are funded through loans rather than through the stock market, as in the U.S., and China’s banks are able to engage in massive lending because the Chinese chiefly save their money in banks rather than investing it in the stock market, providing the deposit base to back this extensive lending. As for China’s public “debt,” most of it is money created on bank balance sheets for economic stimulus. Zhao writes:

During the 2008-09 financial crisis, the U.S. government deficit shot up to about 10 percent of GDP due to bail-out programs like the TARP. In contrast, the Chinese government deficit during that period didn’t change much. However, Chinese bank loan growth shot up to 40 percent while loan growth in the U.S. collapsed. These contrasting pictures suggest that most of China’s four trillion RMB [RMB refers to renminbi, the official currency of the People’s Republic of China] stimulus package was carried out by its state-owned banks. … The so-called “bad debt problem” is effectively a consequence of Beijing’s fiscal projects and thus should be treated as such.

China calls this government bank financing “lending,” rather than “money printing,” but the effect is very similar to what European central bankers are calling “helicopter money” for infrastructure—central bank-generated money that does not need to be repaid. If the Chinese loans get repaid, great; but if they don’t, it’s not considered a problem. Like helicopter money, the nonperforming loans merely leave extra money circulating in the marketplace, creating the extra “demand” needed to fill the gap between GDP and consumer purchasing power, something that is particularly necessary in an economy that is contracting due to shrinking global markets following the 2008-09 crisis.

In an article last December in the Financial Times, titled “Stop Worrying about Chinese Debt, a Crisis Is Not Brewing,” Zhao expanded on these concepts, writing:

[S]o-called credit risk in China is, in fact, sovereign risk. The Chinese government often relies on bank credit to finance government stimulus programmes. … China’s sovereign risk is extremely low. Importantly, the balance sheets of the Chinese state-owned banks, the government and the People’s Bank of China are all interconnected. Under these circumstances, a debt crisis in China is almost impossible.

Chinese state-owned banks are not going to need a Wall Street-style bailout from the government. They are the government, and the Chinese government has a massive global account surplus. It is not going bankrupt any time soon.

What about the risk of inflation? As noted by the Citigroup economists, Chinese-style qualitative easing is actually less inflationary than the bank-focused quantitative easing engaged in by Western central banks. And Western-style quantitative easing has barely succeeded in reaching the Fed’s 2 percent inflation target. For 2017, the Chinese inflation rate was a modest 1.8 percent.

What to Do When Congress Won’t Act

Rather than regarding China as a national security threat and putting our resources into rebuilding our military defenses, we might get further ahead by studying its successful economic policies and adapting them to rebuild our own crumbling roads and bridges before it is too late. The U.S. government could set up a national infrastructure bank that lends just as China’s big public banks do, or the Federal Reserve could do qualitative easing for infrastructure as the People’s Bank of China does. The main roadblock to those solutions seems to be political. They would kill the privatization cash cow of the vested interests calling the shots behind the scenes.

What alternatives are left for cash-strapped state and local governments? Unlike the Fed, they cannot issue money directly, but they can establish their own banks. Fifty percent of the cost of infrastructure is financing, so having their own banks would allow them to cut the cost of infrastructure nearly in half. The savings on infrastructure projects with an income stream could then be used to fund those critically necessary projects that lack an income stream.

For a model, they can look to the century-old Bank of North Dakota (BND), currently the nation’s only publicly owned depository bank. The BND makes 2 percent loans to local communities for infrastructure, far below the 12 percent average sought by private equity firms. Yet, as noted in a 2014 Wall Street Journal article, the BND is more profitable than Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. Before submitting to exploitation by public-private partnerships, state and local governments would do well to give the BND model further study.

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Thomas Piketty says Bernie Sanders’ electoral strategy is the way to beat back the right

New paper explores how both parties were captured by the “elite,” leaving a politically rudderless underclass

KEITH A. SPENCER 03.27.2018 (salon.com)

In a new paper, French political economist Thomas Piketty, author of the bestselling 2013 book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” argues that Western political parties on the right and left have both become parties of the “elites.”

Yet the 65-page paper from the notoriously punctilious economist — titled “Brahmin Left vs. Merchant Right: Rising Inequality & the Changing Structure of Political Conflict” — is more surprising for the lessons it has for the political left in the Western world. Indeed, the left-populist wing of Western political parties, including the American progressive movement restarted by Bernie Sanders, has reason to celebrate: Piketty’s paper aligns with their somewhat counterintuitive strategy that shifting the Democratic Party platform more to the left is actually a winning electoral strategy that can help bring back disenfranchised working-class voters and less educated voters who currently may not vote at all or identify with right-wing populism.

“Using post-electoral surveys from France, Britain and the US, this paper documents a striking long-run evolution in the structure of political cleavages,” Piketty writes in the abstract. He goes on to explain the political changes that have happened since the 1950s and 1960s, when “the vote for left-wing (socialist-labour-democratic) parties was associated with lower education and lower income voters” — in other words, the Labour Party of the United Kingdom, the Socialist Party of France and the Democratic Party of the United States were considered parties that supported and helped destitute and less-well-educated voters.

Yet over time, those parties, Piketty explains, “gradually become associated with higher education voters,” which he describes as creating a system of “multiple-elite” parties where “high-education elites now vote for the ‘left,’ while high-income/high-wealth elites still vote for the ‘right’ (though less and less so).” In other words, both sides of the spectrum became parties of the elite, with no party for less educated folks or the working class.

Piketty argues that this situation “contributes to rising inequality and lack of democratic response to it,” as well as the rise of populists like Trump, Marine Le Pen in France and Nigel Farage in Britain. “Without a strong egalitarian-internationalist platform, it is difficult to unite low- education, low-income voters from all origins within the same party,” he writes.

If the Democratic Party was wise, it might see Piketty’s paper as a chance to improve its electoral strategy. Indeed, the Democratic Party seems to be locked in a battle for its own soul, a fight long-presaged that erupted during the 2016 presidential primary. In one corner sits the Clintonite corporate wing of the party, who believe that the key to Democratic Party strategy is to move to the center in order to pick up moderate conservatives voters who feel left behind by the Republican Party’s far-right shift.

This was Clinton’s strategy to a T: in her election campaign, she bragged about her connections to Henry Kissinger and her support from billionaire Republicans like former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, while being famously dismissive of social democratic policies like single-payer health care.

In the other corner there are those who argue that the Democratic Party will win more voters if it appeals explicitly to class interests and concerns. As Steve Phillips wrote in a Times op-ed last year:

If Democrats had stemmed the defections of white voters to the Libertarian or Green Parties, they would have won Michigan and Wisconsin, and had they also inspired African-Americans in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Clinton would be president.

If progressive whites are defecting because they are uninspired by Democrats, moving further to the right will only deepen their disillusionment.

This “go left” strategy hints at what Piketty calls the “class-based party system” that dominated Western democracies in the 1950s and 1960s. In those decades, “lower class voters from the different dimensions (lower education voters, lower income voters, etc.) tend[ed] to vote for the same party or coalition, while upper and middle class voters from the different dimensions tend[ed] to vote for the other party or coalition.”

Similar as the Democratic factions may seem to the right, which seem unable to distinguish a liberal billionaire like Warren Buffett from a “communist,” they represent radically different positions and have different constituencies. The Clintonite coalition tended to rely on pandering to identity groups and a sort of vague multiculturalism that posited that billionaires, corporations and the poor could live in some kind of perfect harmony, even though the former rely on the exploitation of the latter to exist.

Critics like Phillips argue that Clinton and her DNC lackeys failed to grasp that her milquetoast liberalism lacked a comprehensible ideology: There were no scapegoats, and “America was already great,” in Clinton’s words. Those words appeared tone-deaf to the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet, who sought a scapegoat and heard a more sensible explanation for their woes from Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, the strategy of Bernie Sanders — mirrored in other left organizing groups in the United States that seek to push the Democratic Party to the left, including Our Revolution and Democratic Socialists of America — is to offer a more serious material analysis of the underpinnings of oppression and suffering in the United States and to scapegoat income inequality caused by an unjust economic system propped up by the elite. Sanders and his counterparts overseas, particularly U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, offer that aforementioned “strong egalitarian-internationalist platform” that has the potential to “unite low-education, low-income voters from all origins,” as Piketty describes.

Though Sanders came up short in the primaries, he was vindicated in the aftermath of the general election in several ways: First, many of the Rust Belt states that Trump carried — states Hillary Clinton had banked on winning — were won by Sanders in the primary, including Michigan and Wisconsin. Second, post-election studies suggested that had Sanders been the Democratic nominee, he would have defeated Trump by a wide margin. Third, Sanders remains the most popular politician in the United States, despite an ongoing bile-spitting campaign orchestrated by Democratic insiders like Sally Albright (who called Sanders “racist” for proposing free college) or Peter Daou (who blames Sanders for Clinton’s loss). Finally, Clinton’s victory was aided considerably by a corrupt party apparatus that was already in the bag for Clinton, as former interim DNC chair Donna Brazile has described.

For Berniecrats, democratic socialists and those even further left, there’s much to love in Piketty’s paper. His conclusion, one echoed by the Sanders wing of the Democratic party, is essentially that ostensibly “left” parties — e.g. the Democrats in the United States, Labour in the U.K. or the Socialist Party in France — have lost the constituencies they once supported and now appeal to the elite, leaving a vast underclass politically unrepresented and rudderless. Piketty is giving them a rudder, if the parties can seize it.

KEITH A. SPENCER

Keith A. Spencer is a cover editor at Salon who writes about the politics of science, technology and culture. Follow him on Twitter at @_kaspencer.

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