Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation
“Two dozen ex-U.S. intelligence officials urge President Trump to rethink his claims blaming the Syrian government for the chemical deaths in Idlib and to pull back from his dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia.”
Russia seeks ‘productive talks’ with US amid Tillerson visit
From the family of Luis Góngora Pat in Teabo, Yucatán on the One Year Anniversary of his killing by SFPD:
Video: The Life and Death of Luis Góngora Pat
by Peter Menchini
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~ San Francisco ~
Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board
Tuesday, April 11 – Thursday, April 13
(two early Friday morning actions also included)
Tuesday, April 11
1. Tuesday, 2:00pm, SF Board of Supervisors Meeting – to Advocate for SB 562
SF City Hall. Room 250
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
Message from California Nurses Association & Single Payer.
“We need you Tuesday at the SF Board of Supervisors. The resolution submitted by Supervisors Kim and Ronen in support of SB562 is facing difficulty and could be sent to committee.
London Breed, Asha Safai, Katy Tang and Mark Farrell need to know you support SB562 “ The item is early on the agenda. Led Don Bechler know if you can attend: 415-810-5826
2. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, March & Rally for Public Education & to Keep Educators in SF!
450 Golden Gate Ave.
4:00 p.m. Rally at SF Federal Building (450 Golden Ave.)
4:30 p.m. March to SFUSD HQ (555 Franklin St.)
4:45 p.m. Rally & Speak Out before the Board of Ed meeting
The demonstration will begin at the San Francisco Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Ave. (between Polk and Larkin), where we will rally against the DeVos/Trump agenda to dismantle our public education system. We will then march to 555 Franklin to take part in a rally to keep educators in San Francisco where they belong!
Sponsor: United Educators of San Francisco
Wednesday, April 12
3. Wednesday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, SFERS – Divest Pensions from DAPL, KXL, and All Fossil Fuels!
1145 Market St.
San Francisco may have stated it would divest from banks tied to DAPL, but the City’s pension fund still has tens of millions of dollars invested in coal, tar sands and other extreme oil projects like DAPL and KXL. Four years ago, the Board of Supervisors urged the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) to divest from fossil fuels. Although Retirement Board staff recommended shedding coal holdings in September, the committee that reviews divestment hasn’t met in six months, and no meetings are scheduled.
We will not stand for this apathy to the poor Black, Brown, and indigenous people and future generations of all races who will pay the price for these short-sighted investments. We’re showing up to demand some answers.
San Francisco’s pension fund was valued at $15 billion with $565 million in fossil fuel investments. Today, the pension fund is valued at $21 billion and fossil investments have dipped below $480 million.
4. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL
One Post St.
(On the steps facing Market St. – below Feinstein’s office)
Above Montgomery BART
All are welcomed to join Codepink, World Can’t Wait, OccupySF and Others.
Look for the bright lettered pink PEACE banner
Subject this week: War in Syria / Famine in Yemen
5. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, No to War in Syria!
247 Dwinelle Hall
The Causes and Consequences of the Unending US War Drive
With the launching of military strikes on Syria, the US is opening a new chapter in its bloody wars in the Middle East, which have left more than one million dead. The consequences of the direct targeting of the Syrian government are incalculable. How will Russia respond? The world could wake up some morning in the near future to the news that the two largest nuclear-armed powers in the world are at war.
There is no opposition to war from within the media and political establishment. The Trump administration’s actions against Syria are in line with the demands of the Democratic Party, backed by the most powerful factions of the Pentagon and CIA.
6. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, A year of vigils for Amilcar: Still waiting and watching (53rd Vigil)
Mission Police Station
Valencia and 17th Streets
After 53 weeks of vigils for Amilcar, our demand remains:
DA Gascon: Let us have our day in court! Charge the officers who killed Amilcar with murder!
Amilcar Perez-Lopez was a 21 year-old Guatemala immigrant shot in the back six times by San Francisco police on February 26, 2015 as he was running for his life.
Amilcar came to the U.S. when he was 17 to earn money for his family in Guatemala. He provided for his family, sending remittances back home. He is survived by his parents and five younger siblings in Guatemala
7. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Bay Area Socialists April Meeting
4799 Shattuck Ave.
8. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Reece Jones in conversation with Ingrid Rojas Contreras
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave.
Discussing his new book, Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move, from Verso Books.
A major new exploration of the refugee crisis, focusing on how borders are formed and policed.
Forty thousand people died trying to cross international borders in the past decade, with the high-profile deaths along the shores of Europe only accounting for half of the grisly total.
Reece Jones argues that these deaths are not exceptional, but rather the result of state attempts to contain populations and control access to resources and opportunities. “We may live in an era of globalization,” he writes, “but much of the world is increasingly focused on limiting the free movement of people.”
In Violent Borders, Jones crosses the migrant trails of the world, documenting the billions of dollars spent on border security projects and their dire consequences for countless millions. While the poor are restricted by the lottery of birth to slum dwellings in the aftershocks of decolonization, the wealthy travel without constraint, exploiting pools of cheap labor and lax environmental regulations. With the growth of borders and resource enclosures, the deaths of migrants in search of a better life are intimately connected to climate change, environmental degradation, and the growth of global wealth inequality.
9. Wednesday, 7:00pm, Free screening: “National Bird” + PANELIST : Ines Hoffman Kanna Producer
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
2966 College Ave. @ Ashby
Documentary on the covert U.S. Drone assassination program.
Co-sponsored by Codepink and Rialto Theater
10. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Nationalism and Racism in Nazi Germany and the US
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave.
St. John’s Presbyterian Church of Berkeley presents a series on the American crisis in civil liberties and the role of religion. Series begins with the history of Nazism in Germany and the current danger signs in the United States.
Speakers two UC professors:
His focus has been on European Political and Social History, Nationalism and Racism.
David A Hollinger
His focus has been on American Religious and Intellectual History, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
11. Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in America
2286 Cedar St.
advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Marcus Books, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s $15 door, KPFA benefit, kpfa.org/events, wheelchair access
Author: Andres Reséndez
The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in America Is an eye-opening, landmark history of the enslavement of tens of thousands of Native Americans across America, from the time of the conquistadores to the early 20th century. This is a key missing chapter of American history.
Unlike African slavery, Native American slavery was technically illegal on most of the American continent since the time of Columbus. Practiced as an open secret for centuries, there was no abolitionist movement to protect the indigenous people who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadores throughout the 18th Century, or made to serve Mormon settlers and other Anglos as servants.
Thursday, April 13
12. Thursday, 10:00am, San Francisco- Housing Now Week of Action – Vivienda Ahora Semana de Acción
Meet at corner of Turk and Gough St –
Action on corporate landlord association,
Info: contact email@example.com
13. Thursday, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, How to event organize even better.
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Tickets – $17.50 – $20.00 Ticket URL: https://e.sparxo.com/
You throw events. You love it and you make it work, but the answers to these questions are left to be desired (workshop lineup below and ever expanding).
–How can I be a better organizer?
–How do I become a better host and speaker? What is “rocking the mic”?
–How do I better manage bookings at my space?
–How do I create a better experience for my guest?
–How do I get sponsors?
–Where do I find others to network with in the industry?
14. Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Fascism: What it is and how to fight it Study
New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (@ Ellis)
Trump’s election has given rise to an epidemic of Islamophobia and neo-Nazi activity. Some call Trump a fascist, but is he? Partake in an interactive study based on the writings of Leon Trotsky and his analysis of the rise of Hitler and Mussolini in the 1930s. Second of six sessions (all are welcome). Readings available.
$2-5/session. To benefit the $100,000 Freedom Socialist Newspaper Fund Drive
Sponsor: Freedom Socialist Party
15. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, What Is “Rule of Law”and Why is Trump out to Shred it?
2444 Durant Ave. (@ Telegraph)
What Is “Rule of Law” and Why is Trump out to shred It? Why does this matter? And what do we do now?
Discussion based on the revcom.us article Fascist Attack on the Rule of Law and drawing from Some Points on Strategic Orientation for the Next Period by the Central Committee, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
Trump and his cabal are packing high-level courts with fascists and fascist-enablers, all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Trump’s attacks on the judiciary are of a piece with a multifaceted attack on rule of law—that is, an attack on the concept that nobody is above the law. He has called for protesters at his events to be “carried out on stretchers.” His attorney general Jeff Sessions is a lifelong enemy of civil liberties. In a country where police terror and murder in oppressed communities is virtually unchecked as it is, Trump told leaders of the Fraternal Order of Police, “We will always support … the incredible men and women of law enforcement. I will always have your back—100 percent.”
For more event information: http://www.revolutionbooks.org/2017/04/dis… / https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/08/18798127.php
Friday, April 14
16. Friday, 6:45am – 9:45am, Good Friday Witness at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab
South Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads
Speakers: Francisco and Christina Herrera.
On Friday, April 14, at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, Ecumenical Peace Institute and the Livermore Conversion Project will offer a service of worship and nonviolent witness against nuclear weapons.
Martin Luther King gave his “Beyond Vietnam” speech 50 years ago this spring. We ask, “Where would Dr. King be today?” We believe Dr. King’s spirit is with us at the Livermore Lab where new nuclear weapons continue to be designed.
The service contains elements from Christian and other traditions
Following the witness at the gate, there will be a community gathering at nearby Asbury United Methodist Church to share our work and vision. Light refreshments will be served
Sponsor: Ecumenical Peace Institute
17. Friday, 8:30am – 10:30am, This System Kills Jesus: Good Friday Action
Superior Court of California
County of Alameda
1225 Fallon St.
Accessibility: The action will take place on a sidewalk with cutouts at the curb. There will be no marching, but we will be standing for approximately an hour. A few chairs will be provided.
The criminal justice system failed Jesus on the original “Good Friday,” and it continues to fail Jesus today.
Police terror, unjust sentencing, mass incarceration, capital punishment, degradation, deportation, and denial of opportunity are all used to crucify Black lives and Black life in America, and despite all our efforts to claim innocence and blame someone else, we all* have blood on our hands.
To ensure that you can participate as fully as you feel moved to do, please wear an outer layer of clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and/or stained. Light colors will work best.
All are welcomed
Sponsors: Second Acts and Seminary of the Streets