Updated & New Announcements (from Adrienne Fong)

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UPDATED & NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, January 9

Monday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm  DO NO HARM COALITION IN DIALOGUE WITH RED WARRIOR CAMP (Update – location)

UCSF Parnassus Campus
Nursing Building,  N -225
 SF

We will be hosting a dialogue between our members and several indigenous direct action frontline members of the Red Warrior Camp from Standing Rock.

The Red Warrior Camp was deeply responsible for significantly delaying the Dakota Access Pipeline, and their nonviolent direct action tactics and perspectives can help inform our own work in standing creatively against racism and state-sanctioned violence.

 We will be discussing their perspectives on the future of the climate movement, health and indigenous place in that movement, brainstorming around creating resilient models to stand up to state violence  and other issues you might find interesting in our evolving political climate

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1676352975990149/permalink/1680988332193280/

Tuesday, January 10

Tuesday, 10:00am – 3:00pm STOP URBAN SHIELD – PRESS CONFERENCE & RALLY at Board of Supervisors Meeting (Update)

1221 Oak Street
Oakland

Please come out to show your support for both Stop Urban Shield and the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition.

– #1.The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will VOTE regarding funding for Urban Shield on Tuesday. Please show out to pressure them to vote against funding for racist militarized policing programs such as Urban Shield!

– #2: At the same meeting, the Board will ALSO be voting on a contract for expanding Santa Rita Jail with a “mental health unit.” This process only further entrenches and institutionalizes jails, and does nothing to further the community-based solutions to mental health that are needed to truly address these issues

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/242292982842866/?active_tab=discussion

Tuesday, 12 Noon, OPPOSE TRUMP’S  RACIST NOMINEE, KKK – SYMPATHIZER JEFF SESSIONS, as Attorney General!! (New)

SF Federal Building (old one)
450 Golden Gate Ave
SF

Rally & Protest Action!  

On January 10th and 11th the Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting to consider Trump’s pick for Attorney General. Inside the Federal Building are the offices of the US Department of Justice, which Trump has picked Sessions to head.

Alabama Republican Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is a neo-Confederate, racist, KKK-sympathizer with a long history career of racist words and deeds.

The Attorney General is the head of the Department of Justice and the top law enforcement officer in the country.

We have to REFUSE to accept Sessions and the whole Trump/Pence regime!

Sponsor & Info: RefuseFascism – Bay Area

Wednesday, January 11

Wednesday, 1:00pm, 15th ANNIVERSARY of GUANTANAMO BAY PRISON CAMP (New)

Meet up – 1pm

Homeland Security
450 Golden Gate Ave. (Plaza Entrance)
SF

Join Codepink, World Can’t Wait, Occupy SF and Others on the 15th Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp.

DEMONSTRATE YOUR OPPOSITION TO PROMISED EXPANSION OF U.S. TORTURE PRACTICES!

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‘First They Came for the Homeless’ GoFundMe site

OK, after much confusion, we have again set up a GoFundMe. We are raising money for our continued action in Berkeley. We have been raided 15 times, costing the homeless protesters thousands of dollars in needed gear. The poor tour has created change, and continues to do so. We need your help to keep it going. There is tremendous community support for what we are doing. Thank you for that.

Please share. We expect another raid within the week. We are back on Adeline, near Ashby Bart.

FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE HOMELESS is a homeless advocacy group currently engaged in an on-going protest against the lack of homeless services in Berkeley, .CA. Your contributions are what make this protest, The Poor Tour, possible.

Link:  https://www.gofundme.com/first-they-came-for-the-homeless

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UPDATED & NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS (from Adrienne Fong)

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UPDATED & NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, January 7

Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm  9M: ROSCA de REYES COMMUNITY FEED & OUTREACH – JUSTICE 4 LUIS (Update)

Shotwell & 19th Sts.
SF

Be prepared for rain!

MEET 8:00am at MISSION NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER, 165 Capp St., to assemble “care kits” . Items need to be there by 8am! – List of suggested items listed on FB page.

MEET 10AM FOR ROSCA AND COMMUNITY FEED at Shotwell/19th with Rosca de Reyes and Chocolate, honor Luis and arrange his altar, and then go out on outreach teams to deliver goods, possibly including food, not only care kits.

Luis Gongora Pat was killed by SFPD on April 7, 2016…

On Luis’s 9th month commemoration, SAT. JANUARY 7th 10am-1pm, we will celebrate the Mexican tradition of sharing Rosca de Reyes by breaking bread and drinking hot chocolate, and expressing generosity towards our homeless encampment neighbors by bringing a few basic material gifts for them (e.g. socks & care kits- list of suggested items on FB site)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/351336975237562/

Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm APTP SPOKESCOUNCIL MEETING FOR MLK WEEK OF ACTION (New)

First African Methodist Church – North Oakland
3701 Telegraph
Oakland

2:00pm – orientation for newcomers
2:30pm – meeting begins

  • Facebook Event pages

o        January Spokescouncil Meetings !(coordinating meetings)

o        3rd Annual March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy (march only event)

o        Resist Fascism & Reclaim MLK (event for the week of action)

Saturday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, EGYPT, the MIDDLE EAST and DONALD TRUMP (New)

SF Library – Ingleside Branch
1298 Ocean Ave.
SF

Ahmed Salah will be speaking about his new book

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1879300772346023/?active_tab=discussion

Monday, January 9

Monday, 6:00pm-9:00pm, OccupyForum: THE TRUMP PRESIDENTCY and the CRISIS of UNITED STATES IMPERALISM (New)

SEIU (Local 2)
209 Golden Gate. Ave
SF

Speaker: Professor George Wright

He will first outline the current geo-political situation in relationship to the United States and Russia.

Second, contrast Trump’s proposed foreign police to Obama and Clinton’s approach with emphasis on Russia’s policy

Third, Analyze the intra-ruling class struggle for control of United States foreign policy currently in play.

Fourth, speculate on the political implications of the intra-ruling class struggle as it relates to the crisis of United States Imperialism

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/03/18795106.php

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The Money Masters Full Documentary- The rise of the bankers

A Bill Still documentary. The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole…Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world’s money…” THE MONEY MASTERS is a 3 1/2 hour non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned “central” bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers. Segments: The Problem; The Money Changers; Roman Empire; The Goldsmiths of Medieval England; Tally Sticks; The Bank of England; The Rise of the Rothschilds and Rokafellas; The American Revolution; The Bank of North America; The Constitutional Convention; First Bank of the U.S.; Napoleon’s Rise to Power; Death of the First Bank of the U.S. / War of 1812
Un projet de loi documentaire Still. Les pouvoirs du capitalisme financier avaient un plan de grande envergure , rien de moins que de créer un système mondial de contrôle financier dans des mains privées capables de dominer le système politique de chaque pays et l’économie du monde dans son ensemble … Leur secret est qu’ils ont annexé des gouvernements, des monarchies , républiques et le pouvoir de créer l’argent du monde … «L’argent MASTERS est un non-fiction 3 1/2 heures , documentaire historique qui retrace les origines de la structure du pouvoir politique qui gouverne notre nation et le monde d’aujourd’hui . la structure du pouvoir politique moderne a ses racines dans la manipulation cachée et l’accumulation de l’or et d’autres formes de l’argent . le développement de pratiques réserves bancaires fractionnaires dans le 17ème siècle a apporté à une sophistication ruse les techniques secrètes utilisées initialement par orfèvres frauduleusement à accumuler des richesses . Avec la formation de la Banque privée de l’Angleterre en 1694 , le joug de l’esclavage économique à une banque privée “central” a été forcé sur le dos de toute une nation , pas supprimé mais seulement fait plus lourd au fil des trois siècles jusqu’à nos jours . Nation après nation , y compris l’Amérique , a été la proie de cette cabale des banquiers centraux internationaux . Segments: Le problème ; Changeurs d’argent ; Empire romain ; Les orfèvres de l’Angleterre médiévale ; Bâtons de pointage ; La Banque d’Angleterre ; La montée des Rothschild et Rokafellas ; La Révolution américaine ; La Banque de l’Amérique du Nord ; La Convention constitutionnelle ; First Bank du U.S .; Rise to Power de Napoléon ; Mort de la Première Banque des États-Unis / guerre de 1812

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Sanders will lead Democratic drive to organize rallies in every state against Medicare/Medicaid cuts

Bernie Sanders doing the Democratic Party job of persuading congressional colleagues to help organize nationwide pre-inaugural protest rallies over potential cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other health matters Republicans are likely to take up in Congress come January.

By Meteor Blades (dailykos.com)

In what Tim Fernholz at Quartz calls the Democrats’ “first major gesture of opposition” to the incoming Trump regime, Senator Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Bernie Sanders have put their signatures on a letter to congressional colleagues Wednesday that might have come as a surprise to many of them. It encourages them to join with Sanders to help organize pre-inaugural rallies in their states to rouse opposition to a Republican-driven budget bill “that will severely undermine the health needs of the American people.” Leftover money from the Sanders campaign will fund the organizing effort.

The expected budget bill provisions, as you see in the full letter below, are a direct attack on Medicare and Medicaid, the three say, and will likely include hikes in prescription drug prices and a threat to nursing home care for millions of Americans.

Called “Our First Stand: Save Health Care,” the resistance rallies are slated for Sunday, Jan. 15. Here’s Fernholz:

Sanders, whose run for the Democratic presidential nomination this year emboldened the left wing of the Democratic party, has seen his cachet rise in a party looking for leadership following Hillary Clinton’s defeat in November. Amidst the recriminations and a messy race to head up the party’s national committee, it hasn’t been clear who would be the face of Democratic opposition to Trump. Now, we have an answer.

While Sanders’ harsh critique of the millionaire and billionaire class turned off professional Democrats who benefit from the global economy during his primary run, the election results have convinced party leaders that they need to better articulate how their economic policies will lead to broadly shared prosperity.

These rallies can perform several purposes, the obvious ones being to stir up resistance before the regime takes office and a chance for elected Democrats to unify people around a crucial common objective—fighting against further destruction of the New Deal/Great Society legacy of social welfare programs. But the rallies can also give citizens a chance to let their representatives know that they had better show some spine against the Republican agenda. There should be no pretending that, just because all the ceremonial trappings of democracy are present, we should normalize what’s going on. We shouldn’t. And our representatives shouldn’t.

In that light, a Sanders’ spokesman repeated what’s been heard before from the senator and others about being willing to cooperate with Trump and Republicans “where they can find agreement.” In normal times, this would sound like plain old common sense. It would be encouraging to live in such times, when bipartisanship thrives. But we haven’t been there for quite some while. And the line-up of cabinet appointments indicates it’s soon going to be far worse. Too many Democrats have harmed the interests of their constituents by behaving as if most Republicans believe that cooperation is a two-way street. They obviously do not. And they need to be treated like they don’t.

Here’s the two-page letter:

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“INDIVISIBLE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA” (Indivisibleguide.com)

NOTE FROM THE INDIVISIBLE TEAM

January 4, 2017

Since this guide went live as a Google Doc, we’ve received an overwhelming flood of messages from people all over the country working to resist the Trump agenda. We’re thrilled and humbled by the energy and passion of this growing movement. We’ll be updating the guide based on your feedback and making it interactive ASAP. You can sign up for updates at www.IndivisibleGuide.com.

Every single person who worked on this guide and website is a volunteer. We’re doing this in our free time without coordination or support from our employers. Our only goal is help the real leaders on the ground who are resisting Trump’s agenda on their home turf. We hope you will take this document and use it however you see fit.

We want to hear your stories, questions, comments, edits, etc., so please feel free to ping some of us on Twitter: @IndivisibleTeam, @ezralevin, @angelrafpadilla, @texpat, @Leahgreenb. Or email IndivisibleAgainstTrump@gmail.com. And please please please spread the word! Only folks who know this exists will use it.

Good luck — we will win.

INTRODUCTION

Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history to ever call himself President-Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If progressives are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the members of Congress (MoCs) who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist — and we have the power to win.

We know this because we’ve seen it before. The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own MoCs to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism — and they won.

We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda — but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. Trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional majorities. If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.

To this end, the following chapters offer a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve.

We believe that the next four years depend on Americans across the country standing indivisible against the Trump agenda. We believe that buying into false promises or accepting partial concessions will only further empower Trump to victimize us and our neighbors. We hope that this guide will provide those who share that belief useful tools to make Congress listen.

HERE’S THE QUICK AND DIRTY SUMMARY OF THIS DOCUMENT. WHILE THIS PAGE SUMMARIZES TOP-LEVEL TAKEAWAYS, THE FULL DOCUMENT DESCRIBES HOW TO ACTUALLY CARRY OUT THESE ACTIVITIES.

CHAPTER 1

HOW GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY WORKED TO STOP PRESIDENT OBAMA.

We examine lessons from the Tea Party’s rise and recommend two key strategic components:

  1. A local strategy targeting individual Members of Congress (MoCs).
  2. A defensive approach purely focused on stopping Trump from implementing an agenda built on racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.

CHAPTER 2

HOW YOUR MOC THINKS — REELECTION, REELECTION, REELECTION — AND HOW TO USE THAT TO SAVE DEMOCRACY.

MoCs want their constituents to think well of them and they want good, local press. They hate surprises, wasted time, and most of all, bad press that makes them look weak, unlikable, and vulnerable. You will use these interests to make them listen and act.

CHAPTER 3

IDENTIFY OR ORGANIZE YOUR LOCAL GROUP.

Is there an existing local group or network you can join? Or do you need to start your own? We suggest steps to help mobilize your fellow constituents locally and start organizing for action.

CHAPTER 4

FOUR LOCAL ADVOCACY TACTICS THAT ACTUALLY WORK.

Most of you have three MoCs — two Senators and one Representative. Whether you like it or not, they are your voices in Washington. Your job is to make sure they are, in fact, speaking for you. We’ve identified four key opportunity areas that just a handful of local constituents can use to great effect. Always record encounters on video, prepare questions ahead of time, coordinate with your group, and report back to local media:

TOWN HALLS.

  1. MoCs regularly hold public in-district events to show that they are listening to constituents. Make them listen to you, and report out when they don’t.

NON-TOWN HALL EVENTS.

MoCs love cutting ribbons and kissing babies back home. Don’t let them get photo-ops without questions about racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.

DISTRICT OFFICE SIT-INS/MEETINGS.

  1. Every MoC has one or several district offices. Go there. Demand a meeting with the MoC. Report to the world if they refuse to listen.

COORDINATED CALLS.

Calls are a light lift but can have an impact. Organize your local group to barrage your MoCs at an opportune moment about and on a specific issue.

WHO IS THIS DOCUMENT BY AND FOR?

WE:

Are former progressive congressional staffers who saw the Tea Party beat back President Obama’s agenda.

WE:

See the enthusiasm to fight the Trump agenda and want to share insider info on how best to influence Congress to do that.

YOU:

Want to do your part to beat back the Trump agenda and understand that will require more than calls and petitions.

YOU:

Should use this guide, share it, amend it, make it your own, and get to work.

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Weekly calendar for people who are politically active (from Patricia Gray)

There are many activities leading up to the inauguration.  Read down the list and find one that you can attend. If you can attend an event, take the time to talk to someone you don’t know.  We need to build a community to stand up to the hard right turn of our government.

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Wednesday January 4
all day                    From your phone to Washington D.C.
                             Call 866-828-4162 (toll free number)
        PROTECT MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY
          This number is for calling Congress members in their
          Washington offices.  Look up your representatives number
          locally and call BOTH offices.
          Call 866-220-0044 to contact Feinstein and Harris
          With our new administration there are plans to reduce these
          very important programs.  We must watch constantly how
          they vote. If we don’t watch how they vote: we will be
          sorry.  Their job is to vote as directed by their constituents
          — not their major donors.  Democracy needs you to instruct
          them how to vote IN YOUR NAME.
5:00 – 8:00 pm         0akland City Hall 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
                              GHOST SHIP FORUM
                              Rebecca Kaplan, Council Member is holding
                              a forum on housing, homelessness, and jobs
                              with a focus on solutions.
                              Please arrive at 4:45 so we can start in order
                              by 5:00 pm    speakers meed to fill in cards to
                              speak before 5:00.
5:30 – 6:30 pm      One Post St. on the steps of Feinstien’s office.
                           PEACE VIGIL – REFUSE FASCISM!
                           Sponsors   Code Pink, World Can’t Wait,
                           Occupy Action Council
6:30 – 8:30 pm    Omni Commons  4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
                         Public meeting
                         FIGHTING AGAINST THE SURVEILLANCE
                         STATE IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
                         sponsored by Oakland Privacy
7:00 – 9:00    S.F. Public Library, Park Branch 
                   1833 Page St.  San Francisco
                    S.F. BERNIECRATS MEETING
                    Get organized for the Jan 8 Dem elections and plan
                    a nation wide protest to the Trump Administration.
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Thursday January 5
12:00 noon      Front stairs of the Hall of Justice
                      850 Bryant St.
                      MURDER?
                      * We demand the D.A. charge the officers with
                         murder.
                       * We will join Public Defender Jeff Adachi in calling
                         out the standard of consistency exonerating the
                         officers who kill civilians and relentlessly
                         prosecuting civilians who allegedly harm an
                         officer.
                        * Bring the cases over the death of Amilcar, Luis
                          Gongora Pat, Mario Woods, Jessica Williams and
                          all the other victims of police violence.
                          The vigil for Amicar will be at this gathering.
6:30 pm       UU Fellowship   1924 Cedar St. Berkeley
                   screening
                   THE ROOT CAUSE
                   A film about the impact humans have had upon the
                   earth and its creatures.  In the film scholars present
                   their research about the changes that are already
                   taking place and those which we can expect in the
                   future.
                   Discussion follows the film with the film makers Julia
                   Buss and David Millet. U.C. Berkeley geography dept,
                   and Stanford Anthropocene expert Michael Osborn will
                   join the film makers is a panel discussion.
                   Come at 6:30 for a meet and greet
                   The film at 7:00
                   suggested donation $5.00 – $20.00 no one turned away
                   info  transitionberkeley.com
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Saturday January 7
10:00 – 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday
            workshops
            NO MORE PRESIDENTS
            Street tactics, Political education, anti Oppression.
            A week end conversation of skill shares and discussion
            for the inauguration and more.
            host  No more Presidents
12:00 – 4:00 pm    2969  Mission St. S.F.  
                           CAPITALISM IS THE PROBLEM
                           The time is now to fight for a real solution,
                           socialism!  Working people have ot build a
                           movement for real change. Come and join the
                           discussion for a better life for working people.
                           $3.00 – $10.00 donation  no one turned away
                           refreshments will be served
                           info  415-821-6171
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm    Women’s Building   3543 18th St.  S.F.
                         between Valencia and Guerrero
                         S.F. UNITED AGAINST TRUMP
                         panel discussion, speak out and making plans
                         to fight back.  We need to launch a broad and
                         open activist front dedicated to resisting
                         Trumps agenda in San Francisco.
                         organized by Michael Lyon
                         info   facebook.com/events/1317695454
4:00 – 6:00 pm    Women’s Building  3543 18th St. S.F.
                         THE WOMEN WARRIOR IN ALL OF US
                         Maxine Hong Kingston in conversation with
                         Vanessa Hua.  Book women speak to the
                         Women’s National Book Association Centennial
                         Visionaries Series.
                         Members $15.00   non members  $20.00
                         admission includes wine and refreshments.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Twitter headquarters on Market ST.
                         There is a planned die in from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
                          at Twitter H.Q. at 1355 Market St. near 9th St.
                        TWEETS CAN KILL!
                         Giving voice to Trump must stop!
                         His tweets are
                         *abusive and harmful
                          *targeted harassment
                          *directing hate against a race, religion, gender, and orientation.
                          *threatening  violence or physical harm
                          *pretending to be someone else (a responsible President)
 After Donald’s nuclear tweets we decided to hold Twitter accountable. The headquarters are in our own backyard, and we need to show them the danger the put us all in by not banning Donald. They must honor the terms of service and ban Donald, or we’ll point their unethical behavior to their advertisers: https://www.facebook.com/events/129841534177316/ The die-in protest is 4-6 PM this Saturday in front of the Twitter headquarters on Market ST.
5:00 pm     S.F. Civic Center Plaza
                 NO DAPL SOLIDARITY STAND
                 There are many ways to support the water defenders.
                 Go to this rally and then call Governor Jack Dalrymple
                 at 701-328-2200 and request the he respect the
                 Constitutional right to peacefully protest.
                 Also call the Morton County Sheriff at 701-667-3330
                 and request that he ends the mass arrests.
                 And call the White House 202-456-1111 and ask
                 President Obama to not allow the Army Corps to give
                 permits to continue the pipe line.
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Sunday January 8

This Sunday January 8, Democrats all over California will elect state convention delegates.  In the Bay Area as well, reform slates are running to be state Assembly Districts* delegates (a.k.a. “ADEMs”), as part of a national effort to free the Democratic Party from corporate dominance

10:00am – 12:00 NoonVOTE REFORM DEMOCRATS ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 17

Local 261
3271 – 18th St.
SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/226720194434712/

12:45-3:00pm VOTE REFORM DEMOCRATS ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 19

Café Doelger
101 Lake Merced Blvd
Daly City

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631456407157820/

12:00 – 2:00 pm    Omni Commons    4799 Shattuck Ave. Oakland
                           HARD QUESTIONS; PRISONER ORGANIZING
                           AND LESSONS ON SOLIDARITY
                           We invite you to the “No More Presidents”
                           conference where the Incarcerated Workers
                           Organizing Committee will be speaking on the
                           recent wave of prisoner’s rebellion.
                           sponsor Oakland IWOC
12:00 – 3:00 pm     Omni Commons  4799 Shattuck Ave. Oakland
                           OAKLAND GENERAL STRIKE ORGAINIZING
                           ASSEMBLY
                           Organize this historical moment as we gather to
                           discus and coordinate the General Strike in
                           Oakland (Ohlone land) We will have a general
                           discussion and then break into several
                           committees to organize media, outreach, logistics
                           etc.  This event is endorsed by the Alemeda
                           Labor Council.
                           hosted by  Oakland Solidarity Assembly
5:00 – 7:30 pm    Long Haul Infoshop  3114 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
                         free movie
                         DOGTOWN REDEMPTION
                         Film by Amir Sollani and Chiruo Wimpish
                         94 minutes – the story of recyclers in West Oakland.
                         A journey through a landscape of love and loss,
                         prejudice and poverty shot over seven years.
                         info   dogtownredemtion.com
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Tuesday Jan. 10
10:00     Alemeda Board of Supervisors
             1221 Oak St.  Oakland
              press conference and rally
              STOP URBAN SHIELD
              Urban Shield is a training program teaching local police
              how to be more effective in controlling crowds of
              demonstrators, and labeling protest groups as
              terrorist organizations.  The training is done by the Israeli
              Secret police who do such a fine job on crowd control on
              the Palestinians.  We don’t want this is our nation.
              sponsor  Stop Urban Shield
              info  www.stopurbanshield.org
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“Local activists are eager to make a New Year’s revolution” by David Talbot

FILE - In this March 1, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives to a primary night rally in Essex Junction, Vt. Sanders' strength in the primaries was chosen 2016's top state story in a poll of journalists at Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters in Vermont. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press  FILE – In this March 1, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives to a primary night rally in Essex Junction, Vt. Sanders’ strength in the primaries was chosen 2016’s top state story in a poll of journalists at Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters in Vermont. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

January 1, 2017 (sfchronicle.com)

A great cloud of melancholy has settled over Facebook land, or at least over those regions I inhabit. The coming ascension of Donald Trump has deeply darkened the usual year-end winter blues. But you can also feel a kind of strange euphoria in progressive enclaves like the Bay Area — the growing fierceness of soldiers eager for battle.

Of course if this rising passion is to have any real political impact, it has to be directed and disciplined. So I’ve been eagerly reading two new books that are loaded with useful advice about how to build a mass movement and make major change. The first, “Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything,” is co-written by Becky Bond, an experienced 46-year-old San Francisco activist, who, with co-author Zack Exley, helped mobilize the sprawling volunteer army that came amazingly close to winning the Democratic nomination for a 75-year-old Jewish socialist from Vermont.

The first important lesson that Bond and Exley learned from the Bernie Sanders campaign: demand big changes. In recent years, note the authors, politics has become professionalized, with a “technocratic elite” focusing on small issues and running campaigns according to computer models. But Bernie thought big: He demanded a “revolution” to counter the “corporate oligarchy” that has taken over the country. And he wasn’t afraid to use the word “socialism.”

“You won’t get a revolution if you don’t ask for one,” Bond and Exley write. Too often, Democrats run business-as-usual campaigns that fail to ignite volunteers and voters because “the changes promised are too small to be worth anyone’s time.” Though their book was sent to the publisher before the November election, they could have been writing about Hillary Clinton’s uninspired campaign.

Another key lesson from the Sanders campaign: “The revolution will not be staffed.” Because Bernie worried about being stuck with a big campaign debt, his relatively small staff was forced to rely on a growing multitude of volunteers, which proved to be one of the campaign’s great strengths. By leveraging teams of trained volunteers across the country, the Sanders campaign was able to tap into a torrent of human energy and ideas.

To do this, the political professionals in Sanders’ inner circle had to overcome their fear of losing control of the campaign. “We had to give away the keys,” Bond told me over lunch last week at the Precita Park Cafe, near where she lives.

Usually, it paid off, as it did with two early Bernie supporters, Winnie Wong and Charles Lenchner, the “professional digital troublemakers” behind one of the first volunteer groups, the People for Bernie. “They were running out ahead of us and outflanking us” with their social media brainstorms, write the authors.

Of course, there was the occasional disaster, like the guy who offered to host a phone bank in his New York apartment. When campaign volunteers showed up at his place, “there was porn on the TV and the guy was smoking weed,” recalled Bond and Exley. “But that’s not the worst thing. He tried to charge people for attending his volunteer phone bank!”

Successful campaigns can’t be run by consensus, caution the authors. You need to have a strategic central plan. But the responsibility for making it work has to be widely distributed, and the campaign must be flexible enough to allow ideas to bubble up from the ground.

The year 2017 is off the election cycle so the political action is likely to move into the streets. That’s why, like Bond herself, I’m also reading “This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the 21st Century,” by writer Mark Engler and his activist brother Paul. The book is a deeply informative history of direct action, from Martin Luther King Jr.’s groundbreaking Birmingham, Ala., campaign in 1963 to Occupy, the Arab Spring and Black Lives Matter. While his nonviolent heroism enshrined King as a “saint,” observe the authors, he was actually more calculating and confrontational than is generally recognized. It takes bold military-like planning and tactics to overcome entrenched power. When King made the difficult decision to send high school students into the streets of Birmingham against the clubs, dogs and fire hoses of Bull Connor’s police, the risk paid off. But, they note, at least one observer “was astounded by King’s emphasis on pragmatic rather than spiritual considerations” in mobilizing what came to be known as the Children’s Crusade.

Stephen Zunes, a University of San Francisco politics professor whose study of nonviolent resistance is cited by the Englers, believes that we’re about to see a tidal wave of such popular action. “I think there’s going to be more street protests and mass arrests than in the 1960s,” he says. “There’s a growing movement on the left, just as the most right-wing president in history takes power. And there are limits to what people can do within the system, since the Republicans control every branch of government.” Zunes predicts that Trump will be a lightning rod for tumultuous activism. “He’s different from someone like Reagan, who enjoyed a fair amount of popularity.”

“My main concern,” he adds, “is that there will be a lot of new people involved in these protests — lots of inexperienced, young people who are angry and scared and prone to action that is cathartic instead of politically strategic.” Fortunately, says Zunes, there are many nonviolent action experts and veterans, including local activists like Kazu Haga and David Solnit, who can help train people.

Bond and Zunes agree that the Bay Area could become a central battleground in the protests to come. “Even I might not make it through the coming year without being arrested,” says Zunes, with a wry laugh. “And I haven’t been in jail since 1986, when I was arrested as a Cornell student at an antiapartheid sit-in.”

Zunes points out that San Francisco has become a national symbol of the wealth gap crisis. “I have students who are homeless, and I’ve never encountered that before. One student, who is very bright, broke down in my office. He has two jobs but can’t afford anywhere to live. He’s been couch surfing and sneaking into lounges on campus to sleep.”

There’s a growing disconnect between the social crisis in San Francisco and the political machine’s inability to deal with it, says Bond. “Where’s Mayor Ed Lee? Where’s the bold vision?” This is the kind of failed leadership that sparks a revolution. “We will see more direct action, more antieviction protests, more occupations, more efforts to build homeless shelters. If the politicians don’t act, the people will.”

San Francisco Chronicle columnist David Talbot appears on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email: dtalbot@sfchronicle.com

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OccupyForum presents . . . “The Trump Presidency and the Crisis of United States Imperialism” on Monday, January 9

NOTE: This Forum is on January 9th at Local 2: note address (NOT Global Exchange!)

January 2nd’s OccupyForum will meet in Oakland at Omni Commons (see separate announcement).

Please spread widely!

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, January 9th 2017 from 6 – 9 pm at Local 2 SEIU

209 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

The Trump Presidency and the Crisis of United States Imperialism

Almost daily since the 2016 election, the Obama administration and the Democratic Party Establishment has intensified its anti-Russia propaganda ­­– while President-elect Trump claims that he plans to normalize relations with Russia.

To explain the significance of that policy divergence,

Professor George Wright will, first, outline the current geo-political situation in relationship to the United States and Russia; second, contrast Trump’s proposed foreign policy to Obama and Clinton’s approach, with emphasis on Russia policy; third, analyze the (transparent) intra-ruling class struggle for control of United States foreign policy currently in play exhibited by the differences over how to relate to Russia; and, fourth, speculate on the political implications of that intra-ruling class struggle as it relates to the crisis of United States Imperialism.

George Wright’s professional experience includes teaching Political Science at California State University, Chico between 1969 and 2003. He also taught History at Skyline Community College between 2004 and 2013. His major research interests include: United States Politics, International Political Economy, and the Politics of International Sport. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at the University of Leeds (UK).

Time will be allotted for announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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