“Time to rename Justin Herman Plaza” … Chelsea Manning Plaza anyone?

By David Talbot May 2, 2017 (sfchronicle.com)

The Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle.  The Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza.

Lots going on these summery spring days. (Who turned up the heat?) So today’s column will have to do some multitasking.

Item No. 1: After watching “Citizen Jane” — the excellent new documentary about writer-activist Jane Jacobs and her titanic struggles with New York urban planning czar Robert Moses, who preferred high-rises and highways to human beings — I got to thinking about San Francisco’s own Moses, Justin Herman.

Back in the late 1950s and ’60s, when Herman ruled over the city as executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, he was responsible for razing much of the Fillmore district and disappearing thousands of its black residents in the name of urban renewal — or “Negro removal,” as James Baldwin mordantly put it.

Once known as the Harlem of the West, with its vibrant nightlife and street scene, the Fillmore became a bleak moonscape of vacant lots and dreary street corners after Herman’s wrecking balls began their destructive work. Herman became so loathed in San Francisco’s eviscerated African American community that one irate citizen lunged at him during a heated Redevelopment Agency meeting and nearly throttled him. The powerful bureaucrat died shortly after of a heart attack in summer 1971.

Tom Fleming, editor of the Sun-Reporter, an African American newspaper, summed up Herman’s sorry legacy this way: “Negroes and the other victims of a low income (fate) generally regard him as the arch villain in the black depopulation of the city.”

As cities across America re-evaluate their histories, taking down monuments and renaming streets that celebrate dishonorable men, it’s time for San Francisco to do the same. We need to rename Justin Herman Plaza.

There have been earlier efforts to do this, but they went nowhere. In 2001, Supervisor Chris Daly introduced a resolution to strip Herman’s name from the plaza, but it never even got a board hearing. In 2015, Brett Harris-Anderson, who grew up in the Western Addition, and his wife, Michelle, started a petition to rename the plaza after the late poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was San Francisco’s first black female streetcar operator and began her performing career here. Unfortunately, their campaign didn’t catch fire, but it’s time to reignite it.

“I would welcome a public conversation about changing the name of Justin Herman Plaza,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin told me. The plaza is located in his district, so he’s the right one to start that conversation. “Herman’s name evokes memories of a dark time in San Francisco history that we’re still grappling with today. It’s a legacy of displacement, of removing people of color and low-income people. That’s not something we should be honoring.”

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Announcements: Tuesday 5/2 thru Sunday 5/7 (from Adrienne Fong)

Please hold Pat Gray in your thoughts 

A. The Long, Dirty History Of U.S. Warmongering Against North Korea

http://kpolicy.org/the-long-dirty-history-of-u-s-warmongering-against-north-korea/

As the latest North Korea crisis unfolded, and Donald Trump swapped campaign plowshares for post-inauguration swords, Americans took to the streets demanding that the President release his tax returns and then marched for science. There were no mass protests for peace.”

B. What Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea (April 30) (From Bob. G)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46960.htm

This is the LAST ANNOUNCEMENT for the month of May and  part of June– unless there is an urgent matter!

Check Indybay for some listings:  https://www.indybay.org/ 

Occupy

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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, May 2 – Sunday, May  7th

& Additional Actions for May

Tuesday, May 2

1. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Mission Nightwalk

Starting at:

Grace Fellowship
3265 – 16th Street
SF

Our simple, clear message: We care! Stop the violence!

Whether it’s 14-year-old Rashawn Williams stabbed to death in our neighborhood, or our neighbors Amilcar Perez Lopez and City College student Alex Nieto, both killed by San Francisco Police, too many of our neighbors have been needlessly killed or injured, and others sent to prison. Too many parents have shed too many tears

Twice each month, faith communities in San Francisco’s Mission District walk the streets of our neighborhood where violence has occurred.

Along the way, we stop to listen to the stories of our neighbors, sometimes talk with family and friends of those killed. 

Info: http://mailchi.mp/d6dfb4d8ad19/nightwalk-this-tues-may-2nd-6-7pm-from-grace-fellowship?e=%5BUNIQID

2.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Oral History as Resistance

Gallery 2301
2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland

Presented at Anti-Lab

Suggested donation: $3-$15 no one turned away

Workshop with Terra Graziani of The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, participants will learn about using the radical tradition of oral history to counter the erasure that happens during evictions and displacements, situating the subject as storyteller. Three undergraduate student groups in a UC Berkeley Critical Studies in Education class will report back on their partnership with The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Terra Graziani is a researcher and tenants rights activist based in Oakland, CA.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/687068668161696/

3.  Tuesday, 6:15pm – 8:15pm, Screening and discussion of Open Bethlehem with director Leila Sansour

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
25 Lake St. (@ Arguello)
SF

Free admission and light supper provided.

Screening of the documentary Open Bethlehem. Director LeiLa Sansour will lead a discussion afterward. The movie follows Sansour’s campaign to stop occupying Israeli forces encircling her hometown with a concrete wall, as she attempts to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in their desire for free access to the Holy City.

Sponsor: Ecumenical Peace Partners of San Francisco

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/25/18798806.php  /   EcumenticalPeacePartners@gmail.com

4.  Tuesday, 7:00pm, Refuse Fascism Meeting – San Francisco

2940 – 16th Street (nr. 16th Street BART)
SF

to dig into the vision and concrete plans, including how to hit the street and campus on Wednesday morning. 

5.  Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Mass Disappearances in Mexico: The case of Ayotzinapa

Global Exchange
901 Mission St.
SF

Free

Mass Disappearances in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa
Journalist Anabel Hernández presents her new book, What Really Happened in Iguala.

Also presenting documentary: “Where the Guns Go.”

Sponsor: AFSC, Global Exchange, UCB Spanish Dept. + more

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/205478926620827/  / https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/17/18798502.php

Wednesday, May 3

6.  Wednesday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mass Disappearances in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa

UC Berkeley
5125 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley

Free

Mass Disappearances in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa
Journalist Anabel Hernández presents her new book, What Really Happened in Iguala.

Also presenting documentary: “Where the Guns Go.”

In What Really Happened in Iguala (La Verdadera Noche de Iguala), Hernandez traverses the labyrinth of the Ayotzinapa case, its traps, it darkness and light. The reader sees the streets where the events took place, the bullet casings, and sandals left on the ground; hears the voices of the Ayotzinapa students; visits the places where torture was applied to manufacture guilt, as well as the offices of high-level officials who carried out the cover-up. 

Anabel Hernandez is among the most important investigative journalists in Mexico and the winner of numerous national and international journalism awards. 

Sponsor: AFSC, Global Exchange, UCB Spanish Dept. + more

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/287789255007501/

7.  Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL (Weekly)

One Post St.
(On the steps facing Market St. – below Feinstein’s office)
Above Montgomery BART
SF

All are welcomed to join Codepink, World Can’t Wait, OccupySF and Others.

Look for the bright lettered pink PEACE banner.

Rain or Shine.

Theme various each week

Hold May 17th for Vigil regarding Chelsea Manning’s release from prison!!

8.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Mass Disappearances in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa (See item # 6)

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland

See Description above.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/17/18798506.php

9.  Wednesday , 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Fight The Hate: Protest in The Sunset

SF Public Library – Ortega Branch (outside)
3223 Ortega St. (@ 39th Ave.)
SF

There’s a anti-LGBT hate group that’s active right here in San Francisco. Please join us to protest The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) – which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for spreading lies and fear about the LGBT community. 

Now PJI is turning its sights on medical marijuana – spreading the false fear that dispensaries are a danger to children. Last month their activists intimidated and shut down a community meeting here in SF.  

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1148628265259484/

10.  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 48 Hills Fourth Anniversary Spring Gala!

The STUD
399 – 9th Street
SF

Join Tim Redmond and the 48 Hills team to celebrate four years of completely independent, progressive local journalism! In this dark political time, it’s essential to maintain free, fact-based media. Help us continue to speak truth to power, and have fun doing it.

On May 3, worker-owned cooperative nightclub The Stud Bar in SoMa will be transformed into an opulent pleasure palace for the evening, featuring food, drink, entertainment, and a fun and festive atmosphere. Surprises and special guests galore!

Special guest speaker Julia Carrie Wong, entertainment by singer Honey Mahogany, and food by Casa Sanchez! 

Supporter levels:
*** First Amendment Defender $1,000 
(You’ll be listed in the program)
*** 48hills Supporter $500
*** Friend of 48hills $100
*** Ticket to the party $50 
*** Low income/student $35

For tickets, donate via PayPal here: 
www.48hills.org/about/support-donate 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/986851298117001/

11.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance: Music, Poetry, and Resistance from Honduras to the Bay

Redstone Building
2940 16th Street
SF

Featuring popular Honduran protest singer Karla Lara in performance with Melissa Cardoza, author of “13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance. 

Host: CHELIS LOPEZ, with Pennie Opal Plant, MUA and others
 tickets for SF event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/honoring-berta-caceres-music-resistance-from-honduras-san-francisco-53-tickets-32937625324

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/26/18798876.php 

Thursday, May 4

12.  Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Tenant Rights Bootcamp

Unite Here! Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

Are you worried about:
• Outrageous rent hike?
• Eviction?
• Unfairly losing your deposit?
• Your apartment needing repairs?
• Your landlord charging you illegal fees?

Find out about your rights and how to defend yourself in this free workshop on tenant rights! 

Presented by the San Francisco Union of Tenants 
Co-sponsored by UNITE HERE Local 2 and SEIU Local 2015

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/311718172593715/

13.  Thursday, 6:00pm The Battle for Berkeley: Why it’s Right, and Righteous to Drive Fascists Off Campus,Out of Berkeley… and Out of Power

U.C. Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex
Building D, Room D 37
Berkeley

A Talk to Challenge the Debate by Sunsara Taylor

Fascists are targeting Berkeley!  A series of “intellectual” hitmen for the Trump/Pence regime—Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, David Horowitz—have zeroed in on UC Berkeley. Twice in April, hundreds of ready-to-brawl “alt right” white supremacists, neo-Nazis, bikers and militia descended on downtown Berkeley.

This is not about “free speech.”  Far from being persecuted or suppressed by the state for their ideas, the ideas of these fascists are being imposed on the world by the most powerful state in the history of humanity.  Every day, the fascist Trump/Pence Regime is slamming ahead to implement precisely the kind of genocidal racism, woman-hating cruelty, war-mongering ambitions, planet-destroying lies, and anti-immigrant ethnic-cleansing these “intellectual” hitmen promote.  Every day, the Trump/Pence Regime is working feverishly to consolidate a fascist America.

14.  Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Screening of: Normal Is Over

Berkeley Fellowship of UJ All
1924 Cedar (@Bonita)
Berkeley

6:30pm – meet & greet (bring healthy vegetarian snacks if you can)

7:00pm – program

“Normal Is Over” is a film directed by award winning investigative journalist Renee Scheltema. Her film chronicles the way humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet: species extinction, climate change, depletion of critical natural resources and industrial control of our food production

This documentary examines how our economic and financial system connects these issues and offers SOLUTIONS that could be implemented immediately, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/20/18798646.php

15.  Thursday, 6:45pm – 9:00pm, Displacement & Gentrification: How did we get here and how do we stop it?

Sierra Club
2101 Webster
Oakland

 $5-$20 donation, sliding scale, which will go to support CJJC’s work 

space for 66 people. To reserve spot in advance, please purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2935823

Gentrification comes up constantly in the Bay Area, but few of us feel equipped to take action against it. Is it inevitable? What can we do now to prevent displacement?

This SURJ workshop will put gentrification and displacement in a historical context so we understand the racialized political and economic drivers. You’ll hear about past and current struggles led by communities of color to preserve their homes and communities. 

The analysis that we are presenting is based on the work of Causa Justa :: Just Cause

Sponsor SURJ Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/209479876215080/  

16.  Thursday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Ibram X. Kendi: The Definitive Idea of Rascists Ideas in America

First Congregational Church Oakland
2501 Harrison
Oakland

KPFA program

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit kpfa.org/events, FREE PARKING & WHEELCHAIR ACCESS 

Host Kevin Cartwright

Kendi offers a deeply researched, provocative narrative that is a comprehensive history of anti-Black racist ideas-their origins in fifteenth century Portugal, their arrival in England in the mid-sixteenth century, their blossoming in the United States, where they became founding principles in our nation’s institutions and guarantors of its power. Contrary to popular conceptions, these ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era, including John Locke and Thomas Jefferson. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/09/18798166.php

Friday, May 5

17.  Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo

Redstone Labor Temple
2940 16th St.
SF

Complimentary Food & Drink

$5.0

Celebration of Cross-border Unity

Today, more than ever, we need unity in a renewed struggle for greater democracy, especially economic democracy.

Art by Rene Yanez, Calixto Robles, Carina Lomeli, Doug Minkler, Art Hazelwood, Michael Roman, Romeo Osorio, Txutxo Perez, Ana Colomo, Ramon Deanda, David Duckworth, Talleres Populares 28J, Sara Thustra, Rodger Scott, Nancy Reese, Debra Walker

Music and Poetry by Una Flor, Un Canto, Una Poesia – Mario, Elizabeth and Nancy Esteva; John Radogno, Diego Sardaneta; Tony Robles; Saul and Jean Bridges; reflections by Archbishop Franzo King of Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Chruch 

Host Living Wage Coalition

Info:  (415)863-1225, sflivingwage@riseup.net, www.livingwage-sf.orghttps://www.facebook.com/events/629826580545866/

18.  Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Resisting the Attacks on Immigrants

Party for Socialism and Liberation
2969 Mission St.
SF

Since taking office, the racist Trump regime has unleashed vicious, anti-immigrant attacks across the country. The aim is to deport millions of undocumented workers and create a reign of terror for those who remain. But as the May Day marches across the country have shown, working people—with and without papers—are fighting back. Join us for presentations and discussion on building the resistance to defend immigrant rights.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1917646978471340/

19.  Friday, 7:30pm – 10:00pm, Liberated Lens film screening: Awake, a Dream From Standing Rock

Oakland Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Suggested donation: $5.00 no one turned away

“I am not dreaming. I’m awake. I’ve been woken by the spirit inside. That demanded I opened my eyes and see the world around me. Seeing that my children’s future was in peril. See that my life couldn’t wait and slumber anymore. See that I was honored to be among those who are awake. To be alive at this point in time is to see the rising of the Oceti Sakowin. To see the gathering of nations and beyond that, the gathering of all races and all faiths. 

Will you wake up and dream with us? Will you join our dream. Will you join us?” 

– Floris White Bull 

Film by Josh Fox, Myron Dewey, James Spione 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/20/18798635.php

Saturday, May 6

20.  Saturday, 9:00pm – 12Noon, W.E.B. DuBois memorial walking tour

Meet at:

American Youth Hostel
312 Mason St.
SF

W.E.B. Du Bois had plenty to say about social justice, and caught at the essential materialist piece of social justice in his signal study of post-Civil War America “Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880.”

Come along on a walking tour surveying the land question as it has shaped San Francisco history. This week particular attention will be given to Du Bois’ 1948 San Francisco visit in relation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/05/01/18799046.php 

21.  Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, SF Cinco de Mayo Festival 2017

On Valencia St. from 21st – 24th Streets
SF

Mission Neighborhood Centers’ 13th annual San Francisco Cinco de Mayo, a family friendly cultural celebration

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1940953479472566/

22.  Saturday, 12 Noon – 1:30pm, Rally for Inclusion: 135th Anniversary of Chinese Exclusion

Portsmouth Square
733 Kearny St.
SF

On the 135th Anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, we stand together in solidarity to resist the Muslim travel ban and anti-immigrant and refugee policies. Excluding immigrants on the basis of race and religion was wrong then and it’s wrong now!

See site for speakers & performers

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/787004511464967/

23.  Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Building Toward Crisis Alternatives in Berkeley: Potluck/Meetin 

2022 Blake St.
Berkeley

Join us May 6th to gather over food as we plan next steps towards building respectful, non-police crisis supports in Berkeley. 

This event is a follow up to Berkeley Copwatch/Justice 4 Kayla Moore’s 4/8 forum on Responding to Mental Health Crises without BPD:A Community Forum, but all are welcome whether or not you were at the forum.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/201428943690000/

24.  Saturday, 2:00pm, How to Make Sanctuary Real

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

Doors open at 1:00pm

$3 – $5

Many cities have declared themselves sanctuaries in response to Trump’s brutal attacks on immigrants, refugees and Muslims. Communities are looking to bolster their defiance against travel bans, deportations, and ICE raids. How can unions, religious groups, schools, the left and immigrants effectively unite in defense of those targeted?

Speakers 
Essie Garcia: Daughter of a Mexican immigrant, USF graduate who volunteers at El/La Para TransLatinas (ELLA) which provides education, counseling, and advocacy for transgender refugees 

Norma Gallegos: Public high school worker and unionist with United Educators of SF, second generation Chicana, with the Comrades of Color Caucus of the Freedom Socialist Party 

Porfirio Quintano & John Avalos, National Union of Hospital Workers (NUHW): Porfirio is a board member of the NUWH, a hospital environmental services aide and immigration activist. John is a former SF Supervisor of District 11 and the Education/Training Coordinator for NUHW. NUWH recently voted to declare itself a Sanctuary, promising to protect all members 

Terry Valen: Organizational Director of the Filipino Community Center in SF who contributes to local and international fights for migrants rights, serving on the coordinating body of the International Migrants Alliance 

Spoken Word by Nellie Wong: Poet, first U.S-born daughter of Chinese workers, feminist and decades-long anti-racist agitator 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/22/18798701.php

25.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, SURJ Bystander Intervention Workshop

103 International Blvd.
Oakland

Ticket info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2944289%20

Annie Danger, Mike Esmailzadeh, and Heather will lead a two-hour workshop on the basics of intervening in public as a bystander. They will cover the basics of stance, assertiveness, and situational awareness as well as go into depth about different potential scenarios, legality of bystander intervention, physical and social skills and tactics for successful intervention, de-escalation, police involvement, knowing your place, and aftercare.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1887461764874683/

26.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:30pm, Building Working Class Resistance: Report-back on May Day 2017

Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave. (@ Prince)
Berkeley

Peace & Freedom Party.

After workers take to the streets on May Day 2017, our resistance to the Republi-cratic/Trump agenda deepens. Come join our speakers in discussing various aspects of our struggle in light of the expected mass turnout this May Day. 

This is part of an on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/28/18798927.php

27.  Saturday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Celebrating the Life of Lynne Stewart; Renewing the Fight to Free Mumia

518 Valencia St.
SF

Fundraiser: Donation $10 – $20, no one turned away

Honoring our Heroes and Martyrs 

Ralph Poynter: Black community activist , lifelong companion of Lynne Stewart; 
co-founder New Abolitionist Movement 

Mumia Abu-Jamal: via Skype 

Judy Ritter,Professor of law: Co-counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal 
with NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund 

Cat Brooks, SF Bay Area National Lawyers Guild Interim Director; 
founder, Anti-police Terror Project and Bay Area Black Lives Matter 

Special remarks from… 

Steve Bingham, Former President, SF Bay Area National Lawyers Guild, 
recipient of the NLG’s Champion of Justice Award 

Cindy Sheehan, Activist/Author/Host of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox 

Jeff Mackler, Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal; founder, 
West Coast Lynne Stewart Defense Committee 

Ralph Schoenman: Former Secretary to Bertrand Russell, 
Executive Director, Vietnam War Crimes Tribunal, 
Lynne Stewart defense organizer 

Dennis Bernstein,Host, KPFA’s Flashpoints  

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/19/18798598.php

Sunday, May 7

28.  Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, All the Feels: The Politics of Emotion and Social Change

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

Speaker Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, Founder, Health Justice Commons. 

From liberal snowflakes and white fragility, to proto-fascist tyrants melting down like toddlers and fabulous femmes with all the feels, are we witnessing the undoing of the supremacy of Cartesian reason and its suppression and derision of emotion? Or, are we instead entering an era of new emotional scrutiny and social control? Can honoring emotions, and the material bodies in which they are born support us to connect, achieve deeper solidarity and build movements that really move, or will increased emotionality simply be more terrain to be plundered for coercion? 

Using Marxism, critical race and post-colonial theory as points of departure and integrating recent findings in neuroscience – with a critical lens to the both the liberatory and oppressive potential of science – this talk will address these questions and core themes.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1096042967168436/   

29.  Sunday, 12:30pm, Affordable Housing and homelessness in SF – Ex-mayor Art Agnos

Unitarian Universalist, Starr King Room
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Art Agnos is the 39th mayor of SF, the Regional head of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 – 2001. Recent projects in clued advising on Open House –first senior housing in SF for gay, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people

Lunch 

30.  Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Is This Fascism?

University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall, Berman Room
Enter campus from Parker St. (almost McAllister)
SF

We’re seeing  many disturbing developments : passengers dragged off commercial planes, racist mobs battling in Berkeley, the US Attorney General halting Justice Department actions against racist police brutality, ICE officials taking children from immigrant women in detention, Muslims and immigrants attacked on the streets.  Many of us wonder if we are slipping into fascism or perhaps already there. 

Is This Fascism?  What is fascism?  What brings it on

panel

Stephen Zunes: University of SF Professor of Politics and International Studies and

Global Peace and Conflict Studies

Gerald Smith: Former Black Panther, Organizer for Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and the Labor Committee to Free Mumia

Reiko Redmonde: Manager of Revolution Books in Berkeley, and an activist with Refuse Fascism.

Drea Nieto: SF State Student, veteran of ant-right actions at DAPL and California (invited)

Steve Martinot: Author, human rights activist, has taught several courses on fascism

James Dahlgren: Toxicologist and internist, Unitarian-Universalist Church San Jose.

There will be an extensive  Question/Answer/Comment period

Info: Contact  Michael Lyon, 415-215-7575, mlyon01@comcast.net

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/30/18798997.php

31.  Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, SF United Against Trump General Assembly

Redstone Building
2940 16th Street, (nr 16th St. BART)
SF

**Decide What’s Next**

Bring your ideas to decide what’s next for the SF United Against Trump (SFUAT) Coalition. 
At this upcoming General Assembly we’ll review what we’ve accomplished and discuss where to focus our work now.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/237568053391250/

32.  Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Borders in Central America: The Impact of U.S. policy

Corazon del Pueblo
4814 International Blvd. (between 49th & 50th Avenue)
Oakland

The U.S. prescription for the root causes of migration are the same things that are causing it – continued U.S. economic intervention and militarism. The model of U.S. border militarization is being exported to Central America with deadly results. CISPES sent a national delegation to El Salvador from April 23- May 4th to explore these issues. 

We invite you to come hear a report back from 
Our Bay Area participants 
Including Allan and Ana Fisher, and Win-Mon Kyi 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/16/18798460.php

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Other Upcoming Actions 

Monday, May 8

Monday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, 3230-3236 24th Street Pre-Application Meeting

Buena Vista/Horace Mann Community School
3351 23rd Street (Bartlett/Valencia)
SF

The property is a parking lot on the north side of 24th Street next to Capp towards South Van Ness.  I think it is the old railroad right of way.  The proposed development is a new 5 story building with 17 residential units above commercial space.  The Galu family that own the realty company across 24th Street are the property owners/developers. 

Mission Local coverage of the proposed development:  missionlocal.org/2016/11/five-story-housing-coming-to-24th-street-parking-lot/

Info from Eddie

Wednesday, May 10 

Wednesday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, Support Reappointing Petra Dejesus to the Police Commission

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

Come out to the Rules Committee on May 10 to voice your support of reappointing Petra Dejesus to the Police Commission.

Commissioner Dejesus needs two votes out of the Rules Committee to go before the full board. The Rules Committee members are Supervisors Asha Safai, Sandra Fewer and Norman Yee. 

Send letters of support to the Rules Committee Clerk and be sure to copy all the supervisors. The addresses are:

derek.evans@sfgov.org  (Clerk’s Office)
sandra.fewer@sfgov.org
mark.farrell@sfgov.org
katy.tang@sfgov.org
breedstaff@sfgov.org
jane.kim@sfgov.org
norman.yee@sfgov.org
jeff.sheehy@sfgov.org
hillary.ronen@sfgov.org
malia.cohen@sfgov.org
ahsha.safai@sfgov.org

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/181866919001989/

Friday, May 12 

Friday, 12 Noon, Free The Jailed Korean Trade Unionists NOW! Democratic Rights For All Workers

Korean Consulate
3500 Clay St. (@ Laurel)
SF

Rally & Speak Out

Free The Jailed Korean Trade Unionists NOW! 
Democratic Rights For All Working People In Korea 
Stop Privatization, Deregulation and Union Busting 

Free All Political Prisoners of Former Corrupt President Park Geun-hye 

The former President Park Geun-hye and her government have been impeached for corruption and violating the democratic, human and labor rights of the Korean people. She and her cronies were paid off by union busting corporations like Samsung, Hanjin and others to allow company unions, to deregulate health and safety and to harass and intimidate democratic trade unionists

Sponsor: United Public  Workers for Action

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/27/18798915.php

Monday, May 15

Monday, 11:30am, Berkeley C.O. and War Resisters Day

Peace Flag Raising Ceremony – 2 sites

  1. Civic Center Flag Pole

2180 Milvia St (corner of Allston Way)
Berkeley

  1. MLK Jr. Civic Center Park

2151 MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley

With Conscientious Objectors and War Resisters from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Bob Meola, Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, War Resisters League, Courage to Resist

Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist, Chelsea Manning Support Network

Sing along “Ain’t Fest” [“I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” “Down By the Riverside (Ain’t Gonna Study War No More)”] with Max Ventura, Hali Hammer, and Nancy Schimmel

Sponsored by City of Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission

Endorsed by War Resisters League-West and Courage to Resist

Info: Contact: Bob Meola (510) 644-1102

Sunday, May 2 

Sunday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, 3rd Annual Malcolm X Day Community Celebration

Kenneth Harding Plaza
3rd and Palou
SF

Join us for our 3rd annual Malcolm X Day Community Celebration in the Bayview / Hunters Point Comm-Unity!

See site for performers

Co-Sponcors: Idriss Stelley Foundation & The People’s Commission for Justice.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1465841760102710/?active_tab=discussion 

Wednesday, May 31

Wednesday, 5:30pm- 7:00pm,  Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera, to the Bay Area – Puerto Rican freedom fighter and former political prisoner

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave.
Berkeley

Event to welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera to the Bay Area. This courageous freedom fighter, whose sentence was recently commuted by President Obama, spent 36 years in US prisons because he struggled for the independence and sovereignty of Puerto Rico. 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/29/18798955.php

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A Call to Action – Help Us Stop Unconstitutional and Unwarranted Surveillance in Oakland Before It Gets Started! (from Mike Zint)

It’s been a little over three years since we came together to stop the DAC – the surveillance octopus Orwellingly named the Domain Awareness Center.

Out of that effort came the establishment of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission by the Oakland City Council. One of its mandates was to propose an ordinance to regulate all uses of surveillance equipment by the City of Oakland, including and especially by OPD.

The ordinance the Commission has crafted, approved unanimously in January, is now up for consideration by the Oakland City Council. It will first be taken up by the Council’s Public Safety Committee on May 9th, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Oakland City Hall – THIS IS A CRUCIAL HEARING.

We need and would very much like you to send a simple letter of support for the ordinance to City Council members. You can do that easily by using this web tool to send a note:

tinyurl.com/kdjq6qh

Calling is an excellent idea as well. Here are the phone numbers for the four City Council members who sit on the Public Safety Committee:

Noel Gallo, District 5, (510) 238-7005

Abel Guillen, District 2, (510) 238-7002

Larry Reid, District 7, (510) 238-7007

Desley Brooks, District 8, (510) 238-7006

A suggested message:

“I strongly support the Privacy’s Commission’s Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance, coming before you on May 9th at Public Safety. Please vote to approve it!”

Here’s a brief summary of what the ordinance will require:
· Public hearings on every new gadget and computer program that can be used for surveillance or monitoring
· Approval or denial by vote of the Council on such equipment and software acquisition.
· Approval or denial by vote of the Council on any proposed information sharing with Federal agencies (e.g. ICE).
· Evaluation of civil rights concerns, and a cost/benefit analysis, BEFORE approval.
· Putting in place a privacy and use policy before any equipment or software can be deployed, specifying what it may – and may not – be used for, and how long any data it may gather may be kept.
· A public report every year on how and when the equipment or software has been used.
· Penalties for violations of the ordinance or a use policy.

This is a strong regulatory framework that will make sure that no unconstitutional or unwarranted surveillance is taking place in Oakland. We need your help to make sure it becomes law.

Please act now! tinyurl.com/kdjq6qh

This note was sent to you by the folks at Oakland Privacy.

You may also be interested in checking out the Oakland Privacy website,http://oaklandprivacy.org , which has information about our other projects fighting against the surveillance state.

Also here:  http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1734/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21683

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MAY DAY ACTIONS for San Francisco & Oakland (from Adrienne Fong)

May Day Actions for San Francisco & Oakland – South Bay, Central Valley & Santa Cruz events can be found on Indybay:

https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

There are many participating groups that are not listed below, am sure all would be welcomed in any group. Hope to see you all tomorrow! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

 May Day Actions

“A Day Without Immigrants”    

For

 San Francisco & Oakland

1.   Monday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, A Day With Out Immigrants – SF May 1st, 2017 (Main San Francisco event)

Chelsea Manning Plaza. (Justin Herman Plaza)
Embarcadero
SF

– 11:00 AM Rally at Justin Herman Plaza (Mitin en la Plaza Justin Herman)

– 12:00 Noon March on Market Street to Civic Center Plaza (Marcha por la Calle Market hacia la Plaza del Centro Civico)

– 2:00 PM Rally at Civic Center Plaza (Mitin en la Plaza del Centro Civico)

May Day…

 It is a day where the working class show who has the power in society. In 2006, it was the immigrants, largely Latinos, who gave the tradition new life in the US.

On May 1st, we will not go to work, school, shop, bank, or purchase online! We will show the power of our labor and our dollar in order to reject discrimination and hate laws.

We will RISE UP, STAND UP, RESIST, PROTEST, and DEFEAT Trump’s program to build a wall and deport over 3 million immigrants & refugees!

– No ban, no wall
– Stop the ICE raids and deportations
– Defend ALL immigrants regardless of status 
– Stand up against racism, sexism, xenophobia, and bigotry
– Stop the attacks on Mexico
– Stop the attacks on Muslims, people of color, women, LGBTQ, workers, and the poor
– Defend our unions
– NO to U.S war and intervention abroad
– NO to environmental destruction
– Defend public education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885901481694528/

Other San Francisco May Day Events:

2.  Monday, 7:00am – 6:00pm, La Meridien Hotel, Picket line SF

333 Battery St.
SF

All Races. All Religions. All Immigrants. UNITE HERE! 

This year’s May Day holds particular significance given the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim climate and policies that have emerged under Trump. And UNITE HERE members all around the nation will take part in actions in their communities, and will button-up in solidarity at their workplaces. 

*Unite Here! Local 2 is the hotel and restaurant workers’ union of San Francisco and San Mateo counties

Sponsor: UNITE HERE Local 2

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/350990235297836/

 3.  Monday, 8:00am – 10:00am, May Day San Francisco! SF Strike!

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
630 Sansome St.
SF

11am: March from Justin Herman Plaza to Civic Center 

Stop ICE Raids Now! End Deportations!
No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary for All!
Fight for Worker’s Rights! 

On International Worker’s Day, join the fierce resistance of immigrants and workers who protesting the attacks on poor and working people. As Trump consolidates a nationalistic economy for the 1% and furthers the U.S. imperialist legacy of war and destruction of our homeland economies—the root of forced migration throughout the world- RISE in defense of all communities being scapegoated and targeted by ICE, Homeland Security, and Trump’s FASCIST agenda.

Sponsors: Jobs with Justice SF, Young Workers United, Chinese Progressive Association

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810139889248547/

4.   Monday, 9:00am – 11:00am, International Longshore Workers Union’s May Day 2017 Rally & Port Shutdown

ILWU Hall
400 North Point
SF

10:00am march to Justin Herman Plz. for Rally & March to Civic Center

Dock Workers to Shut the Waterfront Down! 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/25/18798831.php

5.  Monday, 10:30am, Living Wage Contingent

Meet at: “Injury to One is an Injury to All” sculpture on NE corner of Mission & Steuart Streets
SF

Help carry banners demanding:

         Stop Deportations

         Fight for $15 and a Union on Both Sides of the Border

Info: 415-863-1225

6.  Monday, 10:30am, Refuse Fascism Contingent: Stand with Immigrants Under Attack 

Meet at:

Foot of Market Street
SF

Look for the big NO sign and join the contingent to Justin Herman Plaza for:

11:00am Rally

12 Noon March to Civic Center

7.  Monday, 11:00am, Monday, May 1st: March for Amilcar and Luis

Meet:

Justin Herman Plaza (nr. main stage0
SF

Look for signs: Justice For Amilcar Perez-Lopez and Justice For Luis Góngora Pat

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353672264838421/?multi_permalinks=661872960685015¬if_t=group_activity¬if_id=1493589967711394

Oakland  May Day Events

8.  Monday, 3:00pm – 8:00pm, Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights (Main Oakland event)

Fruitvale Plaza (Fruitvale BART Station)
3526 San Leandro St.
Oakland

4:00pm – March is to San Antonio Park

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

March Route – Find us along the way!
From the Fruitvale Plaza
– Go West on International Ave to 22nd ave
– Right on 22nd Ave
– Left on foothill Blvd.
– Arrive at San Antonio Park

Sponsor: Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1239048449465541/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/06/18798064.php

9.  Monday, 8:30am – 11:30am, Hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to Make Sanctuary Real

1401 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland

On May Day we are holding a Community rally to hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to make Sanctuary real! 
What Does Sanctuary Look Like?
Tell Sherriff Ahern what Sanctuary Looks Like:
NO collaboration with ICE! 
NO jail expansion! 
NO militarization of our communities!

Sponsor: Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1833043397016674/

10.  Monday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Hotel Workers on Strike: Feed-in March to May Day

Mandela Parkway & Yerba Buena
(Between Target & Extended Stay)
Oakland

JOIN US as East Bay hotel workers walk off the job to join the national May Day strike against Donald Trump and his administration’s attacks on immigrant workers.

We will gather at 1:30 at the site of a proposed hotel on Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena Ave, where a developer is proposing to build a new hotel and has refused to make a commitment not to retaliate against workers who organize for rights on the job.

The site is less than a mile from the former Woodfin Suites hotel, where ten years ago the owner called in ICE in the midst of a worker organizing campaign for a living wage, causing many of those workers to lose their jobs.

Sponsor: Unite Here! Local 2850

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/200982020411041/

11.  Monday, 2:00pm, Invisible Labor bloc & cacerolazo! Bring pots & pans

Meet at:

Fruitvale BART
Oakland

We will march to make visible the caring work that is integral to reproducing society every day. Caregiving, cleaning, cooking, emotional labor, sex work. These and other forms of caring work are often made invisible, because they are not valued.

We will form ourselves as a group of “invisible laborers”. We will take pots and pans, the implements of domestic labor, and make noise with them. We will march through residential areas of Fruitvale, to bring the protest to domestic workers, children, disabled people, and others in their homes and to invite anyone who is able to join us.

Please bring your pots and pans, and look for us! We will get back in time for the march, and likely do a second “cacerolazo” (pots and pans banging march) during the rally at the park.

Sponsor: Women’s Strike Organizing Collective

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/131642380693996/

12.  Monday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Climate Justice Contingent in the May Day March

2pm Gather at Citibank
3301 East 12th St #185, Oakland
(in the Fruitvale Village across East 12th St from the Public Market)

3pm Join the main May Day rally in the Plaza in front of 
Fruitvale BART Station 

contingent for the liberation of our land, air, water, and labor. We fight against the same extractive economy that not only harms our planet, but also exploits migrants and workers.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2103428036550153/

13.  Monday,  2:30pm, May 1st, March with the Global Women’s Strike Bay Area and US PROStitutes Collective (See # 11)

Gather at:

12th Street and 38th Ave.
Oakland

 marching in an Invisible Labor Bloc called by the Oakland Women’s Strike Organizing Collective under two banners, Resources for Caregivers not for Walls and Feminism of the 99%.

We are striking on May Day to demand recognition and resources for all our work, in particular but not only, the unwaged work of immigrant women whose workload increases as a result of the terror of ICE, and Black women whose families and communities are devastated as a result of mass incarceration and police violence

Immigrant families are being torn apart by raids, detention and deportation. We support the courageous protests, led by people inside, including recent hunger strikes, against this brutality led by people inside.

We want all our work counted and valued and we want resources for domestic work, emotional labor, justice work, subsistence work, sex work, vocational training and other school work and more.

Info: Call 415 626-4114 or email sf@allwomencount.net ,

14.  Monday, 3:00pm, Refuse Fascism Contingent:  A Day Without Immigrants

Meet at:

Fruitvale Plaza (nr. Fruitvale BART)
Oakland

Look for big NO banner.

Gathering together where the march starts and then marching to end up for rally from5:30-7:00 p.m. at San Antonio Park on Foothill between 17th and 18th Ave.

~Prepared by AF~

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“The student debt crisis is exploding — nothing less than a student debt jubilee will do” by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

April 27, 2017 (Occupy.com)

The level of student loan debt in the United States has risen to $1.5 trillion, and defaults are at more than 40% of debtors and rising. Student loan debt has grown to overwhelm all other categories of non-housing consumer debt in this nation.

Underneath this crisis are rising tuition costs, a predatory student loan industry and an absence of consumer protections for students. Student debt is the only debt that can’t be removed through bankruptcy.

Governor Cuomo recently signed a new law that is supposed to help with the cost of higher education, and Senator Sanders introduced similar legislation at the federal level, but these are not real solutions to the crisis.

Alan Collinge, the founder of Student Loan Justice, says that these efforts will not relieve current students of debt, nor will they protect future students from acquiring debt. He anticipates that this crisis will explode within the next 12 to 18 months. Nothing short of a student debt jubilee will work.

At present, these massive debts are crippling the lives of more than 40 million people. They are trapped in debt until death because in 2005 Congress, led by Joe Biden, a senator at the time, changed the bankruptcy laws so the debt would continue even after bankruptcy. In fact, student debt collectors can garnish wages, seize social security and take assets from estates to repay the debt. More than $1 billion has already been taken from Social Security to pay student debt.

Collinge writes about the human and economic impacts:

“The human cost of this phenomenon cannot be understated. Families and individuals are being financially destabilized and wrecked. Family formation, home and other purchases are being delayed or cancelled, people are actually fleeing the country and even committing suicide as a result of this predatory debt.”

Student loan debt was created by the rapidly rising costs of college and predatory lenders. As schools have lost public sources of funding over the past 50 years, they’ve turned to other methods of acquiring funds such as high tuition, room and board prices and assorted fees. This has been fed by rising amounts of money that students are permitted to borrow. Student loan officers are incentivized to encourage students to borrow large amounts without informing them of the disastrous risks they are taking.

Finance predators have been given a lot of power to collect student debts. In Texas, people who defaulted on student loans have had swat teams break down their doors and have been arrested for not paying. For-profit colleges have a history of targeting people living in desperately poor neighborhoods with student loans, even though they know the students will be unlikely to pay them back or even to graduate with a degree.

The result is that at present 27 million people are unable to pay back their loans and are in default or in arrears in some way. That is nearly 10 percent of the country unable to pay back their student loan debt and unable to declare bankruptcy. And, if a parent or grandparent co-signs the loan, they are in the same situation – with a loan that will follow them to the grave.

HOW STUDENT LOAN DEBT BECOME THE ONLY KIND OF DEBT THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED IN BANKRUPTCY

Over the past forty years, student loans have become increasingly unprotected and predatory. If you follow former vice president Joe Biden’s senate career, you can map virtually every step of the process. Initially, legislators made it more difficult for students to be relieved of the debt in increments by requiring delays before a graduate could declare bankruptcy and stripping protections from particular types of student loans. By 2005, student loan debtors found themselves without any rights. Biden was the Democrat with a middle-class image who provided cover and political weight to these efforts on behalf of his largest contributor, MBNA, and the finance industry generally.

The Obama administration made the crisis worse. They moved student debt into the Department of Education so that now the government is profiting from it immensely. While Obama promised to reverse the Biden law that eliminated bankruptcy protection from student debt, his administration did nothing. DOE’s program is now run by people brought in from the loan industry and they fight to make sure protection of debtors does not occur because they make more money from defaults.

Despite its impact on tens of millions of people and the anchor it creates on the economy, the DOE makes sure that the various loan forgiveness programs put in place over the last decade, such as debt forgiveness for working for non-profits and income-related provisions, fail. Hundreds of thousands have already failed in these programs. The Obama administration became an enemy of those suffering from student debt.

During the presidential campaign candidate Donald Trump criticized the federal government from profiting from student debt. Trump said in his campaign speeches, “That’s probably one of the only things the government shouldn’t make money off — I think it’s terrible that one of the only profit centers we have is student loans.” He was right, the average student loan debt is $34,000. Interest alone on this amount is about $90 billion per year. Unfortunately, President Trump has been silent on the issue and has done nothing despite the growing crisis. The DOE is making $50 billion in annual profits from student loan debt.

The other big profiteers are colleges and universities. As Collinge writes:

“Not only have administrative salaries and capital improvements exploded at college campuses across the nation, their cash reserves (separate from their endowments) have ballooned over the past decade. Since the financial crisis of ‘08, the colleges have managed to build up reserves — aka slush funds — that could possibly be greater than the combined value of all college endowments.”

What is the student debt movement to do? Of course the Biden bankruptcy protections should be repealed but that is not enough. We need a complete student loan debt forgiveness program. These debts are ill gotten gains and should be forgiven. If the government refuses to forgive these debts, people must rise up together and refuse to pay any student loan debt.

The people have the power to end this injustice and must mobilize to do so. A student loan debt jubilee, whether mandated by law or put in place by the people, will bring economic freedom to tens of millions, end their debt servitude and allow them to participate in the economy. It will be a significant economic stimulus, but more importantly it will end an injustice.

Visit StudentLoanJustice.org and join one of the fifty state chapters. It is critical that we are ready when the crisis implodes to demand nothing less than a student debt jubilee.

Originally published by Popular Resistance

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“How the March for Science seized San Francisco, fueling a growing movement” by Ryan Elwood (occupy.com)

April 25, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Former Chief of Data Science Dr. Patil hands a fistful of markers to his daughter and motions to a blank poster board, asking her what she’d like to write on her sign. A man to his left dressed as Albert Einstein holds one reading, “Understanding global warming doesn’t require an Einstein – just an open mind.” Flying Spaghetti Monster flags flutter over two men dressed as Smokey the Bear, and as demonstrators stream into Justin Herman Plaza to kick off the March for Science in San Francisco, it is already clear this is not your usual demonstration.

Responding to the Trump administration’s recent budget cuts and the muzzling of entities ranging from the EPA to the National Park Service, the March for Science inspired hundreds of thousands worldwide to take to the streets on Saturday to defend scientific research and its use in informing public policy. The March was hatched by Bay Area-based science educator Kishore Hari immediately following the Women’s March on Washington in January; less than 24 hours after Hari announced the planned march, it had more than 1 million followers.

“The tone of the conversation is that [scientists] fundamentally felt like their work, who they were, was being questioned. You could hear the hurt and frustration in that,” Hari told Occupy.com. On Earth Day, April 22, more than 20,000 people filled the downtown streets of San Francisco while some 600 March for Science satellite events spanned the globe – from New Zealand to India to the event’s epicenter, Washington, DC – as science supporters demanded the administration take a new tack. As Hari said, the international demonstration amounted to “[the] largest science event in the history of humankind.”

Creative protests signs featured prominently here and in marches nationally. So did the roster of high level scientists who were invited to speak. While Bill Nye was perhaps the most prominent figure to address the crowd in DC, San Francisco featured numerous leaders in the field, including Kathy Seitan, former project manager of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“EPA is the eye of the storm,” Seitan told Occupy.com. “We are the number one agency that they want to dismantle. Of course, they want to dismantle anything that has any relevancy to people’s actual lives. The EPA is the center of that because we’re the ones who produce the facts and the solutions to the problems that they deny even exist, so that’s why we’re bearing the brunt of the attack.”

Prior to the march, controversy circulated among scientists about the potentially negative outcomes of politicizing science – making it a partisan issue by attacking primarily Republicans’ position on science issues, ranging from climate change to vaccines to reproductive health. But “everything is political, what isn’t?” said Seitan. “The scientific method itself is not political, it remains objective and it strives to be objective – it means we strive to be unbiased to the facts. However, what is political are the attacks on science and the refusal to apply science to our most pressing policy issues. Scientists [are] standing up for themselves and the work we produce to use it to affect policy.”

Dr. D.J. Patil, former U.S. chief data scientist, spoke to the power of science in helping steer more enlightened, practical policy measures. “When we were in the White House, and you saw whatever crisis came through – Zika, Ebola, or even the question of how do we find the next tailored genomic treatments for somebody who has a rare disease or cancer – that requires scientists,” Patil told Occupy.com. “Not just investment in science but active, aggressive figuring out how science goes into every single type of policy, every single thing we do as a nation. When that comes together, that’s really one of those super powers for us as a country.”

Adam Savage, scientist and co-host of the popular show Mythbusters, also spoke at Saturday’s rally prior to the march. He said he doesn’t see politicization as an issue worth focusing on. “I’m excited about this demonstration,” Savage said. “One of the key ways we exercise democracy is by voting, but even more importantly by gathering together and unifying our voice – voting is one way to do it, this is another. And I think that the last few months have shown that this is a really powerful way for the left to organize and let their voices be heard.”

When the speeches came to an end just after noon, the mass of thousands began walking, singing, chanting and cheering as they made their way down Market Street. Some protesters carried bird puppets, while others rode bicycles with speakers blaring protest songs. Every so often, “science, not silence” shouts emanated from the crowd. The march emptied out into a science fair in front of City Hall, where dozens of educational booths were set up, including the Cal Academy of Science and the 49ers STEAM team.

Now, in the aftermath of Saturday’s success, the inevitable question arises: Where does the March for Science go from here? “I’m hoping that [after this], people will better understand what the attacks on science are, and how critical they are to the life of the entire planet” Seitan added, “and [that people] will continue to put pressure on the whole political spectrum for making sure that science informs our decisions and that we act on these very pressing problems.”

Bryan Dang, a marketing and tech professional who helped organize the March for Science in San Francisco, said he hopes this “becomes a real paradigm shift in terms of mentalities that people have towards scientists and how scientists engage with the public, and how we’re able to come together to promote evidence-based policy and stand for the scientific consensus that we may have at the time. In San Francisco, I hope that this turns into a group that really focuses on outreach in the Bay Area.”

Speaking to the political nature of debates over science, Savage said, “[Even] if there are people who are going to hear me that will disagree with me politically, I hope we can agree that we all have the same first principles: a better world for ourselves, our kids, our loved ones, our community. If we can start a conversation from that, we are in great shape.”

The March for Science is following Saturday’s event with a national and global “week of action”, including tools to reach out to elected officials and other ways to champion science for the common good. The organization is looking to grow its network of chapters and partner organizations, sharing resources as it encourages science and grows other civic outreach efforts.

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March for Science, climate march, climate protests, science demonstrations, science activism, Trump policies
March for Science, climate march, climate protests, science demonstrations, science activism, Trump policies
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“Nancy Pelosi just got a challenger and he’s a ‘pretty hard-core’ Bernie Sanders supporter” by Christine Mai-Duc

 (Stephen R. Jaffe for Congress campaign)
(Stephen R. Jaffe for Congress campaign)

 

April 26, 2017 (latimes.com)

San Francisco attorney Stephen R. Jaffe is a lifelong Democrat and he intends to do what no Democrat has been able to do so far: make it to a runoff election against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Jaffe, 71, is an employment attorney who became a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign last year.

“I was a pretty hard-core Bernie supporter,” said Jaffe, who gave money to the campaign and volunteered during the Nevada caucuses. He was one of two attorneys who filed for an injunction on behalf of Sanders supporters in the California primary, requesting “re-votes” and an extension of the voter registration deadline. (The request was denied.)

Jaffe said he was “devastated” by Sanders’ loss to Hillary Clinton in the primary season and that Sanders, in part, inspired him to run. He says he supports single-payer healthcare and criticized Pelosi for raising money from corporations and special interests.

Pelosi, the highest-ranking Democrat in the House, has never faced a serious challenger on the left in her liberal San Francisco district. Preston Picus, another Sanders supporter who ran as a no-party-preference candidate, came the closest when he received 19% of the vote in November, according to the California Target Book.

“I know that Ms. Pelosi’s strategy has been to essentially ignore anyone who has challenged her, but I anticipate she’ll have a more difficult time doing that with my candidacy,” Jaffe said in an interview. He thinks if local, progressive activists can propel him to a runoff with Pelosi, he’ll have a “quite realistic chance” of winning.

“There’s a rumbling, a wave of activism here by people who have really never stepped forward before.”

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100,000 and counting for People’s Climate March on Washington on April 29

By Carolyn Fortuna (occupy.com)

On April 29, 2017, advocates for solutions to the climate crisis will gather together in Washington, D.C., and other sites around the nation. The goal is to show national leaders and the world that attacks on U.S. citizens, communities, and the planet cannot continue.

This date will coincide with the 100th day of the Trump administration. The People’s Climate March on Washington will be a full-scale mobilization to defeat Trump’s fossil fueled agenda, push forward a progressive vision of a clean energy economy, and build real political power.

WHY A PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH?

The People’s Climate March is an opportunity for individuals who are concerned with the significant and harmful effects of global warming on our communities, our health, and our climate to come together. Informed citizens know that we cannot wait to take action to address global warming, as, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “the consequences will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly, and increasingly affect the entire planet — including you, your community, and your family.”

By joining the People’s Climate March on April 29, you will help to strengthen the climate change resistance movement. You will have the chance to demonstrate your power and share your voice as the White House looms before you, both literally and metaphorically. You will make visible the problems that affect our nation’s communities, and you will become part of a group that seeks solutions to global threats to peace.

You will speak out and demand action from the leaders in Congress, joining together with thousands of like-minded individuals.

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR REASONS FOR THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH?

The People’s Climate Movement is a project of over 50 organizations that are working together to solve the climate crisis and address the growing pollution of our air and water. It is also part of an initiative to assure the creation of good jobs in our communities. These people and organizations invite you to join the People’s Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th. Together, a climate action community will march to:

  • Advance solutions to the climate crisis rooted in racial, social and economic justice, and commit to protecting front-line communities and workers;
  • Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace;
  • Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers;
  • Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize;
  • Fund investments in our communities, people, and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all, not an economy that feeds the machinery of war; and,
  • Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest, and free speech.

WHO WILL BE COMING TOGETHER?

One hundred thousand people have already signed up to march, and 250 sister marches are being planned across the country. (If you can’t make it to Washington, click here to find the closest Sister March to you.) Students, workers, faith communities, Indigenous nations, environmental groups, and even a delegation of career fishers who will arrive in Washington, DC, by boat are all joining together to make this day historic.

You can join in, building the resistance to Trump’s climate-denying agenda. Together – and only together – can we chart another path for our country: away from Trump’s agenda for a cruel, polluted, and divided country and towards a clean energy economy that works for everyone. At the end of the first 100 days of Trump’s administration, April 29 is a crucial moment to make it evident that the people who stand for climate action, justice, and jobs are a force too great to ignore.

HOW CAN I GET THERE?

On the 100th day of Trump’s Presidency, tens of thousands of people are surrounding the White House to make it clear that resistance to Trump’s fossil-fueled agenda isn’t going anywhere. 300 buses are already booked, coming from across the country.

You can travel safely and efficiently while saving fuel by taking mass transportation. Find a bus near you: http://www.peoplesclimate.org/find-a-bus

If you’d like to arrive early, there are many other events taking place. Visit the Week of Action page on the People’s Climate Movement website for more details.

HOW CAN I HELP PUBLICIZE THE EVENT?

Click here to RSVP and say you’ll march on April 29th.

The hashtag for the event is #climatemarch. You can follow the movement on Twitter at @peoples_climate.

The organization’s website is www.peoplesclimate.org. And you can share or follow the People’s Climate March through its Facebook page.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AS I SPREAD THE WORD?

The Union of Concerned Scientists sums it up best: “The good news is that we have the practical solutions at hand to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions, slow the pace of global warming, and pass on a healthier, safer world to future generations. With your help, we can accomplish it. Even in these difficult times for climate action, we can make a difference. Together, we can tackle global warming.”

Check out their Climate Accountability Scorecard for an in-depth analysis of 8 leading fossil fuel companies and the findings that none of them has made a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy.

Originally published by Clean Technica

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Announcements from Wed 4/26 thru Mon 5/1 (from Adrienne Fong)

URGENT  CALL NOW!

President Trump will be meeting with all U.S. Senators today (April 26) at 12 Noon PDT (3:00pm EDT)

Please call with a strong message for DIPLOMACY NOT WAR on the Korean Peninsula

Today the Senators will be briefed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and  Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.

Also today, in a  display of double standards, the U.S. Air Force plans to conduct a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. “These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.” In other words, this test is intended to signal a credible U.S. nuclear threat. (Info from UFPJ)

Recall the MOAB launched in Afghanistan and Trump implying that this was to also serve as a warning to N. Korea

Photo & most of above info from UFPJ

SENATE NORTH KOREA

A.  Fearing Korean Nuclear War, Women of 40 Nations Urge Trump to Seek Peace

By CHOE SANG-HUNAPRIL 26, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/world/asia/north-korea-trump-nuclear-war.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-0&action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

Calling attention to items #1 & #3 on Korea.  Please come out to support the Korean Community.

 There will be NO ANNOUNCEMENTS after next week for the month of May – unless there is an urgent matter! Will do one last posting next Tuesday or Wednesday – Have  info in before by next Tuesday 5/2 by 8:00am

Indybay also has listings: https://www.indybay.org/

 Occupy

~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday, 4/26 – Monday, 5/1

 Wednesday, April 26

  1. Wednesday, 5:00-pm – 7:00pm, Today! KoreanPeace / EndAllWars Art Build & Story/Drum Circle (See item # 3)

Fruitvale Plaza (Fruitvale BART Plaza)
3526 San Leandro St.
Oakland

Emergency Community Gathering – Art Build & Story/Drum Circle
We’ve been watching closely as tensions continue to escalate between the US and North Korea. Wednesday, Trump is calling all senators, without their staff, to the White House for a briefing on North Korea. Whatever the outcome, we believe that this meeting is part of a plan to build support for a military strike against North Korea.

Many of you have also experienced the legacy of war and militarism, and felt how it tears our communities apart. We know that you too are working toward a world without wars, where people can live in peace, self determination and dignity.

HOBAK is asking people to build with them by sharing what the legacy of war has been in your life, and what peace looks like for you. They will be doing an art build for “EndAllWars” for May Day.

If you or someone in your group would like to share a story  Email ellenvchoy@gmail.com

Demo is being called by HOBAK for Thursday in front of Senator Feinstein’s office

 Sponsor: HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532726010111086/

Thursday, April 27

  1. Thursday, 12 Noon – 1:30pm, No Trump or City Cuts to Affordable Housing – Rally & March!

Phillip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

Affordable housing programs that serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community are under attack!

The Trump Administration is proposing a $6.2 billion cut to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which will eliminate or deeply cut programs that provide rental assistance to low income families and seniors, repairs to public housing, and basic community services. At the same time, the Administration is proposing billions in tax breaks to corporations and the most wealthy.

City Hall is considering a proposal by Supervisors Safai, Breed, and Tang that will raise rents and cut the percentage of affordable housing units that developers are required to build. Last June voters approved Prop C requiring developers build 25% affordable. The Safai-Breed-Tang proposal would reduce the affordable share to 18%

Let’s unite to fight all cuts to affordable housing and make our programs stronger!

● No federal or City cuts to affordable housing
● Stop giveaways to developers and tax breaks to corporations
● Reject policies that pit the middle class against the most vulnerable
● Strengthen tenant protections for all San Franciscans

Sponsor: San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1278617525568144/

  1. Thursday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, The People’s Briefing for #KoreanPeace

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Office
1 Post St. (@ Market St.) – nr. Montgomery BART
SF

This week, senators are being called into a unique White House briefing on North Korea – signaling a real threat that the Trump administration is positioning itself towards potential US military aggression. In response, Korean activists in the Bay Area are hosting The People’s Briefing for #KoreanPeace

HOBAK is  calling on all of their allies to join us! Come hear The People’s briefing on the current situation between the US and North Korea, and stand with us to demand peace on the Korean peninsula, and an end to all wars everywhere. From Oakland to Syria to Korea: #EndAllWars!

Sponsor: Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/295535060867373/

  1. Thursday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Fight The Right! Rally and Press Conference at Sproul

Bancroft & Telegraph
Berkeley

As the narrative around when, where, and if Ann Coulter will speak at UC Berkeley changes day by day, we know one thing for certain: we stand against xenophobic, bigoted language, and we are in solidarity with undocumented students, community members, and all marginalized populations.

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) invites all solidarity-minded students and other members of the campus community to the launch of the “Alt Right Delete” conference.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666591266969345/?notif_t=plan_edited&notif_id=1493089927253001

  1. Thursday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Fascism in America: What Is the Danger That the Trump/Pence Government Poses

Revolution Books
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

Nationwide livestreamed teach-in.

Speakers:

George Prochnik, New Yorker contributor

Andy Zee, Fascism – co-initiator, Revolutionary Books, NYC Spokesperson

Humanity faces an extreme emergency with Trump’s rise to power—the danger of war, even nuclear war, draconian attacks on immigrants, women, Black and Latino peoples, and the LGBT community. The environment is being savaged, the rule of law assaulted, science denigrated, anti-Semitism promoted, and more.

Yet far too many don’t understand, or are in denial about, what we’re facing, where we’re heading, and how rapidly and horrifically things can change.

The question of fascism weighs on the minds of millions, and many have offered important insights, yet it has not been joined in the fullest, most substantive and public way the situation urgently demands.

Teach-in will delve deeply, from different perspectives, into the essential nature of the Trump/Pence government, the relevance of the history of fascism, the threat it poses to humanity and the planet itself, and the dangers of normalization.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/23/18798722.php

  1. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Commemorate 2017 Workers Memorial Day – Fight For Health And Safety-Defend Injured Workers

LWU Local 34
801 -2nd Street, Next to AT&T (parking in union parking lot)
SF

Health and safety for workers in California and the US is under a frontal attack. OSHA health and safety rules are being overturned every day by the Trump government and workers are under increasing dangers on all jobs as an epidemic of bullying takes place.

In the US, there are only 2,000 OSHA inspectors and there are only 200 OSHA inspectors from California to protect the health and safety of 18.5 million workers in California. Workers are also being fired for exposing health and safety problems even though that is illegal.

Immigrants are also under increasing health and safety dangers and the threatened use of ICE to intimidate workers to remain silent about safety issues is a common practice.

At the same time the insurance industry has captured the California Workers Compensation Division and many seriously injured workers have to go through hoops to get healthcare approved from anonymous doctors and outsourcing companies like Maximus which received a $40 million non-bid contract by the California Department of Industrial Relations DIR.

Initial Speakers:
Brenda Barros, SEIU 1021 SF General Hospital Chapter Chair
Matthew Zugsberger, UBC Pile Drivers Local 34 member 

Yesenia Guitron, Wells Fargo bank worker and whistleblower
Dorian Maxwell, Former TWU 250A bus driver who was an OSHA whistleblower 
Johnnie Burris, J.P. Morgan OSHA whistleblower 
Darrell Whitman, OSHA Whistlblower Protection Program Whistleblower and AFGE 2391 SF Labor Council Delegate by skype 

Sponsor: Injured Workers National Network

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/27/18797756.php

  1. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Refinery Town: How the Richmond Progressive Alliance took over the City Chevron use to own

Unitarian Universalist Center, Chapel
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Speakers:

Steve Early. Steve Early’s new book, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, tells the story of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.

Melvin Willis, a 26-year old a rent control campaign organizer who finished first in a field of nine candidates for Richmond Council last November

Co-sponsored: SF Progressive Democrats of America, Democratic Socialist of America – SF and UU for Peace and Justice –SF

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/08/18798135.php

  1. Thursday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Ericka Huggins: Movement – We Meant to Move

Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
Oakland

Tickets: $10 – $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/o/matatu-4681260033

Ericka Huggins, activist, former political prisoner, and poet.

Join her as she reaches into her own history, reading the words of sheroes and heroes that span the last 50 years of her life. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, she made a commitment to the Human Rights Movement and is a witness to movements across formations today.

Ericka is introduced by writers Chinaka Hodge and Zoé Samudzi, both sharing their thoughts and works in criticism of the moment.

Host: Matatu Festival

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/381105985578102/

Friday, April 28

  1. Friday, 10:00am – Noon, Walk Around the Block for Early Childhood Education (ECE)

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl. (Polk St. side)
SF

Support our children!

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child by advocating for resources early care educators need to provide young children the care and education they deserve. Join us for a Walk Around the Block!

Let’s make loud and clear the need for state and San Francisco funding to address the ECE wage crisis. It’s time to walk for an additional $10M SF funds to ECE!

Info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee03zhy59611becb&llr=x6ix5flab

10  Friday, 12 Noon, Mothers On The March Against Police Murders

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Weekly protest. All invited. Demand DA Gascon charge the officers with murder!

Sponsor: Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/justice4mariowoodscoalition/

  1. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, System Change, Not Climate Change

2969 Mission St.
SF

Presentation & Discussion

The Trump regime wants to cut funding to programs and institutions that deal with environmental protection or climate change. Why? They say that environmental regulations hurt profits and job growth. They say climate change is not real. But these are lies.

Sponsor: PSL

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/396740097372865/

  1. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Resistance in Times of Dictatorship: LGBTQ Activism in Russia

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Jonny Dzhibladze is a transgender activist visiting Oakland from St. Petersburg, Russia. Jonny works with LGBTQ nonprofit group “Coming Out” as coordinator of Monitoring of discrimination program and Trans*Mission program, and organizes multiple actions around LGBTQI rights. Jonny will do a presentation about the violation of human rights that happens in Russia daily and the ways Russian trans and queer communities stand up to it.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1243942625702385/

Saturday, April 29

  1. Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Women, Money, Spirit Conference

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St.
SF

daylong conference brings together leaders in psychology, social justice, religion and finance to explore money from the perspective of spirit. Examine your relationship with money, and the multiple roles money plays in our lives, culture, and communities. Gender, race, class, and our personal and societal values all directly impact this relationship.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/20/18798626.php

  1. Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Uhuru Health Fair – Get Fit For the Revolution

Akwaaba Hall
7911 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland

The African People’s Education and Defense Fund will host the Uhuru Health Fair. It’s Our Only Solution!” is the rallying cry of this community solutions-oriented fair.

The Black Nurses Association will offer free blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and hepatitis C screenings. The Malaya Acupuncture and Wellness Center will provide free ear seeds and Chinese pulse analysis. The AIDS Project of the East Bay will provide education and screenings. The American Heart and Stroke Association will present and other health and fitness workers will offer workshops, interactive presentations and CPR classes. The Suitcase Clinic will provide grooming services including foot washing, nail clipping and painting, in addition to haircuts.

*A person of African descent born in West Oakland can expect to die almost 15 years earlier than a white person born in the Oakland hills.

*The median household income for Africans in Alameda County is $42,124, for whites it is $74,401 to around $81,000 per year.

*The rates of Asthma for African children is 2.5 times higher than the overall rate in the county.
*Diabetes in Alameda County is at 13% for Africans compared to 5% for Caucasians.
*High blood pressure is 48% for Africans, 28% for Caucasians.

The Alameda County Health Department, in recent years, has condemned the deliberate public policies imposed on African communities that have resulted in economic, social and health inequities.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/12/18798260.php

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Announcements for Earth Day 4/29 thru May Day 5/1 (from Adrienne Fong)

ALERT  ALERT!!!

Tell Your Senators: No Military Attack Against North Korea

President Trump has summoned all 100 U.S. Senators to meet at the White House tomorrow, April 26, regarding the situation in North Korea. This sounds ominous. President Trump and members of his cabinet have stated that “all options are on the table.” Preemptive military action, not sanctioned by the UN Security Council, would be illegal, immoral and unwise. It could lead to a prolonged war in the Korean peninsula, and could lead to the use of nuclear weapons.

In addition, the U.S. has scheduled a test of its nuclear-capable Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile for the early morning hours of April 26, just before Trump’s meeting with Senators. Continually escalating the nuclear threat level with North Korea endangers us all.

Click to send prepared letter: Write your Senators today insisting upon a diplomatic – rather than a military – solution to the conflict with North Korea.

Info from the Nuclear Peace Age Foundation

2 Articles that might be of interest:

A.  Noam Chomsky: US Is the “Most Dangerous Country in the World”

Monday, April 24, 2017By Dan Falcone, Truthout | Interview

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/40319-noam-chomsky-us-is-the-most-dangerous-country-in-the-world

B.  Cornel West to Activists, Immigrants: Let’s Dump The Democratic Party

http://www.colorlines.com/articles/cornel-west-activists-immigrants-lets-dump-democratic-party

Listed update on  Urban Shield meeting at Berkeley City Council

Listings are for Saturday, 4/29 Earth Day and for Monday 5/1, May Day events only

There will be NO ANNOUNCEMENTS after next Tuesday for the month of May – unless something urgent happens! Will do one last posting next Tuesday or Wednesday – Have your info in before by next Tuesday 5/2 by 8:00am

Send items for posting by 12 Noon on Wednesdays to: afong@jps.net

Occupy

~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

Update: POSTPONED until May 16th!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1845764385688714/

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Stop Urban Shield at Berkeley City Council

City Council Berkeley
2134 MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley

Berkeley City Council will be voting on whether on not to participate in Urban Shield activities or other collaborations with federal law enforcement that involve militarized policing. Stay tuned for more info and save the date to come out and testify!

Sponsor: Stop Urban Shield

Saturday, April 29

Saturday, April 29, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Peoples Climate Movement – Bay Area

Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Oakland

REJECT THE TRUMP AGENDA – DEFEND THE ENVIRONMENT – ADVOCATE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES – BUILD A JUST, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR US ALL

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1326828250716124/

Saturday, 12Noon – 5:00pm – People’s Climate March in Oakland – War Is Not Green!

Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Oakland

Join the People’s Climate March to:

Stop the $54 billion increase to the military budget.
Advance solutions to the climate crisis that are rooted in racial, social, political, and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.

Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous, tribal people, and other countries and lands and workers.

Sponsor: Codepink Women for Peace

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/237178010022403/

Monday, May 1

May Day

Monday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, A Day With Out Immigrants – SF May 1st, 2017

Chelsea Manning Plz. (Justin Herman Plz)
Embarcadero
SF

May Day…

It is a day where the working class show who has the power in society. In 2006, it was the immigrants, largely Latinos, who gave the tradition new life in the US. 

On May 1st, we will not go to work, school, shop, bank, or purchase online! We will show the power of our labor and our dollar in order to reject discrimination and hate laws.

We will RISE UP, STAND UP, RESIST, PROTEST, and DEFEAT Trump’s program to build a wall and deport over 3 million immigrants & refugees!

– No ban, no wall
– Stop the ICE raids and deportations
– Defend ALL immigrants regardless of status 
– Stand up against racism, sexism, xenophobia, and bigotry
– Stop the attacks on Mexico
– Stop the attacks on Muslims, people of color, women, LGBTQ, workers, and the poor
– Defend our unions
– NO to U.S war and intervention abroad
– NO to environmental destruction
– Defend public education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885901481694528/

Other San Francisco May Day Events:

Monday, 7:00am – 6:00pm, La Meridien Hotel, Picket line SF

333 Battery St.
SF

All Races. All Religions. All Immigrants. UNITE HERE! 

This year’s May Day holds particular significance given the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim climate and policies that have emerged under Trump. And UNITE HERE members all around the nation will take part in actions in their communities, and will button-up in solidarity at their workplaces. 

*Unite Here! Local 2 is the hotel and restaurant workers’ union of San Francisco and San Mateo counties

Sponsor: UNITE HERE Local 2

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/350990235297836/

Monday, 8:00am – 10:00am, May Day San Francisco! SF Strike!

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
630 Sansome St.
SF

11am: March from Justin Herman Plaza to Civic Center 

Stop ICE Raids Now! End Deportations!
No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary for All!
Fight for Worker’s Rights! 

On International Worker’s Day, join the fierce resistance of immigrants and workers who protesting the attacks on poor and working people. As Trump consolidates a nationalistic economy for the 1% and furthers the U.S. imperialist legacy of war and destruction of our homeland economies—the root of forced migration throughout the world- RISE in defense of all communities being scapegoated and targeted by ICE, Homeland Security, and Trump’s FASCIST agenda.

Sponsors: Jobs with Justice SF, Young Workers United, Chinese Progressive Association

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810139889248547/

Monday, 9:00am, Rally ILWU Hall

ILWU Hall
400 North Point
SF

10:00am march to Justin Herman Plz. for Rally & March

East Bay May Day Events

Monday, 3:00pm – 8:00pm, Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights (main Oakland event)

Fruitvale Plaza (Fruitvale BART Station)
3526 San Leandro St.
Oakland

4:00pm – March is to San Antonio Park

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

March Route – Find us along the way!
From the Fruitvale Plaza
– Go West on International Ave to 22nd ave
– Right on 22nd Ave
– Left on foothill Blvd.
– Arrive at San Antonio Park

Sponsor: Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1239048449465541/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/06/18798064.php

Monday, 8:30am – 11:30am, Hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to Make Sanctuary Real

1401 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland

On May Day we are holding a Community rally to hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to make Sanctuary real! 
What Does Sanctuary Look Like?
Tell Sherriff Ahern what Sanctuary Looks Like:
NO collaboration with ICE! 
NO jail expansion! 
NO militarization of our communities!

Sponsor: Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1833043397016674/

Monday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Climate Justice Contingent in the May Day March

2pm Gather at Citibank
3301 East 12th St #185, Oakland
(in the Fruitvale Village across East 12th St from the Public Market)

3pm Join the main May Day rally in the Plaza in front of 
Fruitvale BART Station 

contingent for the liberation of our land, air, water, and labor. We fight against the same extractive economy that not only harms our planet, but also exploits migrants and workers.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2103428036550153/

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