Berkeley Post Office occupation update (March 4, 2016)

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First they came for the homeless

March 4, 2016

This is BPOD. The Post Office occupation in Berkeley. Today, we received a major food donation. The suprise is the source. This food was donated by City College, San Francisco. We hope these donations continue. We feed hundreds every week, 24 hours a day. There is no schedule. It’s on the food table. Grab what you need. Share what you can. This is how you make a difference. This is how you create positive energy.

–Mike Zint

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“Death claims 97-year-old Burlingame woman fighting eviction” by Kevin Fagan (sfgate.com)

MarieHatchMarie Hatch, the 97-year-old Burlingame woman whose fight against being evicted from her home of 66 years drew international attention, died Thursday evening.

Ms. Hatch apparently died of natural causes after suffering from a severe cold for more than a week, family friends said. She had been hospitalized and Thursday evening returned home, where she succumbed.

“It’s so sad — we will miss Marie,” said Cheryl Graczewski, who lived next door and had been advocating for Ms. Hatch since she first received word in December from her landlord that she had to vacate the house.

“She was a real sweetheart. There was a lot of spirit in that woman.”

Joe Cotchett, the powerhouse lawyer who — after The Chronicle broke the story last month — took up Ms. Hatch’s fight with a lawsuit, said her case was “the tip of the iceberg as to how senior citizens are being treated in the Bay Area in terms of being put out on the sidewalk.”

His law partner, Nanci Nishimura, was at the Hatch home comforting her relatives and her longtime roommate, 85-year-old Georgia Rothrock. “There is no doubt that her being served with a notice that she had to be out on the sidewalk brought about her death,” she said.

“From December 2015 when she first learned that (landlord) David Kantz intended to sell the house and believed he had a right to evict her in 60 days, Marie Hatch mentally and physically deteriorated because she was so scared, upset and distraught,” Nishimura said.

In response to Ms. Hatch’s plight, hundreds of people from as far away as New Zealand and all over the United States mailed in money and offers to either have the woman live with them or to buy the house and let her stay in it.

Cotchett’s firm filed suit in San Mateo County Superior Court on Feb. 26 arguing that Ms. Hatch had been promised lifetime tenancy in the home by three generations of women who owned the house. The suit contends elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Kantz and his lawyer did not return calls Thursday evening.

Cotchett said he will continue to wage a legal fight on behalf of the Hatch family, and on behalf of Rothrock so she can continue to live in the house.

Ms. Hatch, who was fighting cancer and had difficulty leaving her home because she was prone to agoraphobia, told The Chronicle that when she moved into the house in 1950 her landlord said she could live there for life. That landlord, Vivian Kroeze, died, and her daughter and granddaughter successively carried on the promise, Ms. Hatch and Cotchett contended in the lawsuit.

“This seems so unfair,” Ms. Hatch told The Chronicle. “Why should I have to leave my home because this young man wants to make all this money?”

It was only in 2006, when Kroeze’s granddaughter was killed by a boyfriend while she was getting a divorce, that the promise fell into doubt, Ms. Hatch contended. Kantz, the granddaughter’s widower, said his wife’s trust was expiring later this year and that he had to settle finances on the house for the sake of his two sons.

“I feel bad for the elderly lady, I feel bad for my sons, I feel bad for me,” Kantz told The Chronicle. The house, long paid off, was listed on the Zillow real estate site at $1.2 million.

Graczewski, who moved this past week from her home — Kantz, who owned that house, had also served her with a notice to vacate — said the big question now is what will happen with 85-year-old Rothrock. She set up an appointment with social workers Monday with the roommate in hopes of planning for her future.

Kevin Fagan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: kfagan@sfchronicle.com

Note from Mike Zint:

We failed. As a society, this never should happen. We are all getting older. Doesn’t it make sense to fix these problems before we become senior victims too?

 

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OccupyForum presents. . . What’s in the Water? From Flint Michigan to the Bayview: Environmental Injustice’s Cause and Genocidal Outcomes in Communities of Color With Steve Zeltzer and Dr. Raymond Tomkins (on Monday, March 7)

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, March 7th from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near the 16th Street BART station

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

What’s in the Water?

From Flint Michigan to the Bayview:

Environmental Injustice’s Cause and

Genocidal Outcomes in Communities of Color

With Steve Zeltzer and Dr. Raymond Tomkins

Lead poisoning is irreversible. Pediatricians such as Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (who discovered the Flint water crisis) fear the Flint children who tested with elevated levels will suffer lifelong consequences. “If you were to put something in a population to keep them down for generation and generations to come, it would be lead,” Hanna-Attisha said. “It’s a well-known, potent neurotoxin. There’s tons of evidence on what lead does to a child, and it is one of the most damning things that you can do to a population. It drops your IQ, it affects your behavior, it’s been linked to criminality, it has multigenerational impacts. There is no safe level of lead in a child.

The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination crisis began in April 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River, its drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination with extremely elevated levels of the heavy metal. In Flint, between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed. Nine lawsuits have been filed against government officials on the issue, and several investigations have been opened. The city was declared to be in a state of emergency by the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, before Obama declared it as a federal state of emergency. Four government officials—one from the City of Flint, two from theMichigan Department of Environmental Quality, and one from the Environmental Protection Agency—resigned over the mishandling of the crisis, and one additional MDEQ staff member was fired and another has a termination hearing pending. Governor Snyder issued an apology to citizens and promised to fix the problem.

While the local outcry about Flint water quality was growing in early 2015, Flint water officials filed papers with state regulators purporting to show that “tests at Flint’s water treatment plant had detected no lead and testing in homes had registered lead at acceptable levels.”The documents falsely claimed that the city had tested tap water from homes with lead service lines, and therefore the highest lead-poisoning risks; in reality; the city does not know the locations of lead service lines, which city officials acknowledged in November 2015 after the Flint Journal/MLive published an article revealing the practice after obtaining documents through the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

In 2003, Bayview Hunters Point residents and community environmental justice organizations filed complaints with the US Department of Energy, charging the California Independent System Operator and PG&E with violating Title VI of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964. By applying standards that subject Bayview Hunters Point residents, the majority of who are low-income people of color, to unnecessary levels of fossil fuels, PG&E and California Independent Systems Operator are violating civil rights, the residents and organizations said.

Two years later, residents continued to suffer a medical chart’s worth health problems through being exposed to pollution from two of the state’s oldest power plants. This is in addition to the constant bombardment they’ve received of fumes and gases from sewage treatment, cement factories, a radioactive shipyard, and two highways. According to a 2003 study by the nonprofit Greenaction, residents in Southeast San Francisco are hospitalized for cognitive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, emphysema, and asthma at three times the statewide average. “The city of San Francisco has never made a commitment to the people of Bayview Hunters Point or to their health,” said Dr. Raymond Tompkins, administrative lecturer at San Francisco City College.

The rate of breast cancer in African American women under the age of 50 is twice as high there as in the rest of the state, he said. “The same chemicals that cause breast cancer cause testicular cancer,” he cautioned, adding that the health department has not even been searching for the latter disease when collecting its statistics on Bayview Hunters Point residents. He also pointed out that while the life expectancy for a white male living in San Francisco is 78 years, for an African American male in Bayview Hunters Point, it is 58 years. “We’re talking about life and death here.”

Please join us at OccupyForum Monday night to hear from Steve Zeltzer and Dr. Ray Tomkins about environmental genocide in communities of color; to call out the perpetrators, and to take a stand with communities against the corrupt agencies and systemic racism in the United States that allows, and perhaps encourages this to happen.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

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

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Action Council Events — March 4 to March 10

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

March 4 – March 10

Friday, March 4

M 4, Friday, 9:00am. Today is Alex Nieto’s 30th Birthday – If you can please come to Court! (Alex Nieto vs. SFPD – 9:00am – 4:00pm)

Federal Court House
450 Golden Gate Ave., 15th Floor, Courtroom D
SF

Show your Amor Por Alex and his parents, Elvira and Refugio Nieto.

Get there early if you want a seat.

Updates on trial:

https://todobododown.wordpress.com/…/day-one-the-trial-ale…/

https://justice4alexnieto.org/the-trial/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/721427181211650/?fref=ts

M 4, Friday, 5:00pm, Emergency Rally to protest the assassination of Berta Cáceres

Senator Feinstein’s Office
1 Post St.(nr. Montgomery BART Station)
SF

Berta Cáceres, Indigenous leader of the Lenca people, renowned environmentalist and defender of human rights in Honduras, was assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras.

She had received several death threats most recently for her involvement in the just causes of the Honduran people. She was a recipient in 2015 of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Award.

Cáceres was an outspoken opponent of the military coup that overthrew the democratically-elected government of Mel Zelaya in June 2009, and denounced U.S. military bases in Honduras. The coup took place 6 months into the administration of President Obama, with the support of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

We will gather at Senator Feinstein’s office, and demand U.S. Out of Honduras, Stop funding death squads and terror in Honduras and we will express solidarity with the Honduras people in struggle.

Info: Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition | | email: balasc6@gmail.com   / 415 – 821-6545

Saturday, March 5

M 5, Saturday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Speak Out In Honor of International Women’s Day – Rally

24th Street BART
SF

Women’s rights are under severe attack. Access to healthcare—including contraception and abortion—childcare, housing, welfare and other benefits are being slashed.  We are tired of politicians playing political football with our lives.

Bring your pots & buckets to make noise!

Host: Women Organized to Resist & Defend (WORD)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1803891079838388/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/23/18783229.php

M 5, Saturday 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Codepink International Women’s Month Celebration, Honors, Spring Actions

    HONORING CODEPINK ORGANIZERS!

Tarea Hall Pittman** Library (South Berkeley Library)
MLK Jr. Way @ Russell St. one block North of Ashby BART Berkeley

Honoring Code pink organizers.

Presentations and Action Plans, with Discussion Leaders

YOUR agenda items. Please submit agenda items to Jane Miller: 510-549-6000

Info: cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com

M 5, Saturday, 3:00pm, ObamaCare: Promises vs. Reality and What Comes Next

518 Valencia St. (nr. 16th Street BART)
SF

A Panel Review of the book, “The Human Face of ObamaCare” by John Geyman, M.D. Featuring Single Payer Now members:

Mona Cereghino, Retired teacher
Ann Chen, Retired MediCal social worker & SEIU union member
Susan Cieutat, RN, J.D, small business owner
Fran Devilin, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Mukulla Godwin, RN, member Bay Area Black Nurses Assn.
Tara Keir, Sociology B.A. Mills College
Carolyn Long, Retired social worker, UCSF
Eileen Wampole, Retired librarian and SEIU  union member

Sponsored: Single Payer Now and the Fund for Social and Economic Initiatives

Info: (415) 695-7891 

M 5, Saturday, 6:30pm, Rasmea Fights Back: The Struggle of Women, Immigrants, and Political Prisoners

The Eric Quezada Center
518 Valencia St. (nr 16th Street BART)
SF

In honor of International Women’s Day

Featuring:
Nadine Naber, University of Illinois at Chicago & Rasmea Odeh Defense Committee

Rasmea Odeh is a 67 year old Palestinian American community leader who was tortured by the Israeli government in 1969. In 2014 Rasmea was unjustly convicted of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization and sentenced to 18 months in prison and deportation.

Learn about her struggle against systemic targeting of Arabs and Muslims, 

Host: AROC

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/964191720354093/

Sunday, March 6

M 6, Sunday, 9:00am – 10:45am, UU Breakfast Forum: “Public Hospitals & Health Care”

Unitarian Universalist Church,  Martin Luther King  Room
1187 Franklin St.
SF

  9:00:    Coffee/socializing.  Breakfast is available for nominal fee.
  9:30:    Program
10:30:    Questions, Comments, Discussion
10:45:    Adjourn

“Public Hospitals & Health Care”with Erica Buehrens Murray, MPA President/CEO for California Assn. of Hospitals & Health Systems (CAPH).

Ms. Murray will discuss CAPH’s mission to advance public policies to support the public health care safety net and to improve access to care for low-income and uninsured patients. 

M 6, Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, First Responders Training: Conducting People’s Investigations of Police Terror

Siegel & Yee
499 14th Street, Suite 300
Oakland

The purpose of this training is to share knowledge and skills with regards to conducting independent people’s investigations into cases of police terror

 The topics covered will be:

– Interviewing
and protecting witnesses
-Documenting interviews
-Trauma informed approach to interviewing witnesses
-First aid

This training is FREE of charge.

Sponsor: APTP

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640713019515480/

M 6, Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:30pm, Berkeley Progressive Alliance* forum:  “Housing for the Rest of Us”

South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St.@ Ashby
Berkeley

Introducing the Berkeley Progressive Alliance and our Affordable Housing Platform. Meet candidates for mayor and city Council who will work for more affordable housing in Berkeley

Info: cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com

M 6, Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Community Canvassing Against Islamophobia

Meet at Lighthouse Mosque
620 42nd Street (close to MacArthur BART)
Oakland

Join JVP-Bay Area, in partnership with the Kehilla Economic Justice Committee, to canvass against Islamophobia and to support refugees in Oakland.

There will be a brief training followed by small team canvassing (in groups of 2-3) to ask residents and merchants to display posters in support of Muslim neighbors and refugees. Debriefing and schmoozing to follow.

Please RSVP: 415-987-1401 or bayarea [at] jewishvoiceforpeace.org

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/19/18783122.php

M 6, Sunday,  4:30pm PT, STOP the TPP – Call & Webinar

Call Time: 4:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM MT, 6:30 PM CT, 7:30 PM ET

Conference Call Number: (605) 562-3140
Access Code: 951146#
Backup Dial-in Numbers: (951) 262-7373 or (805) 360-1075
Webinar Room: 
http://login.meetcheap.com/conference,87610294 

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“These 2 things will pop the housing bubbles in San Francisco and Silicon Valley” by Wolf Richter (businessinsider.com)

urban houses san franciscoShutterstockHomes in San Francisco.

In the city of San Francisco, the median condo price is $1.11 million and the median house price is $1.25 million, up 72% and 88% respectively from the first quarter 2012. Median means, 50% of the units cost more, and 50% cost less.

Which creates an absurd situation: only 11% of the households in San Francisco can afford to buy a median home, according to Paragon Real Estate’s report on “affordability.” In other Bay Area counties, it’s similar. In the Silicon Valley counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara, 14% and 20% of the households can afford a median home; in Marin (just north of the Golden Gate), 17%; in Napa 21%, Alameda (East Bay) 22%, Sonoma 26%. In the US overall, 58% can.

But the calculations assume that buyers are able to make a 20% down-payment, which on a median home in SF amounts to $240,000. And it also assumes the persistence of super-low interest rates and points for a 30-year mortgage.

Under these assumptions, households in SF wanting to buy that median home must have a minimum qualifying annual household income of $254,000, on top of the $240k in cash for the down-payment. And this is where the absurdity re-surfaces: the Census Bureau estimates that the median household income in San Francisco is $75,600 (it has gone up a little since that estimate).

The monthly costs – principal, interest, taxes, and insurance, but not including the benefits of income tax deductions – for this median home amount to $6,350. And this causes a little bit of a problem with “affordability”: If only 11% of the households can afford to buy a median home, who is going to buy the other homes?

Renting a median one-bedroom apartment will set you back $3,400 a month, parking not necessarily included. And a median two-bedroom will set you back $4,650 a month.

But kinks are already appearing. According to Zillow data, those rents are down 5.4% from the respective peaks in June and August last year. And just then, with impeccable timing, this housing market is now facing by two powerful forces.

Line of UnicornsAlan Levine / FlickrUnicorns.

1. The startup boom has run aground.

Startup valuations are plunging, sometimes by as much as 50% overnight when new money needs to be raised. And the exit doors for investors are closing or getting very awkward to wriggle through. It’s easy during the boom for a few people behind closed doors to decide that a company with no revenues has a $1 billion “valuation.” Turns out, it’s much harder – or impossible – to turn that “valuation” into money via an IPO or a sale to a big corporation.

Those startups that did make it through the IPO window over the past year or two are getting punished. While the S&P 500 is down only 5.6% so far this year, the Renaissance US IPO index is down 13.7% despite the rally over the past few days. It has plunged 29% from June last year. The 87 tech IPOs over the past two years have gotten hit hard: 80% are trading below their IPO price, and many of the stocks have essentially collapsed from their peaks.

Venture capital is getting nervous. And the flood of new money has become a trickle. As money dries up, startups have to tighten their belts and lower their burn rates in order to live another day. In the process, big hiring plans are shelved.

The formerly rosy scenario has turned grim. Companies like Twitter fell all over each other to lure tech gurus with blue-sky compensation packages that then allowed these folks to rent or buy whatever they wanted to, and drive up prices in the process. Now Twitter is laying off people.

Yahoo is laying off. Numerous other old and new companies in the area have started the same process. This makes laid-off tech workers available to companies that are still hiring. Those companies no longer have to bring as many new people into the area; they can hire more locally.

So the stream of new arrivals with big compensation packages slows down. As more companies are laying off, fewer of the tech workers can be absorbed locally. Down the road, given the expense of living in the area, some of these unemployed tech workers may well go back where they came from. That’s how it happened every time before.

San Francisco constructionReuters/Robert GalbraithA worker labors at a housing construction project in San Francisco, California.

2. Just then, a flood of new housing units hits the market.

San Francisco finds itself in one of its most phenomenal construction booms in history. High prices have lured the Big Money from all over the world. For example, Shenzhen-listed real estate company Oceanwide Holdings is planning to build a mega project with two million square feet of residential and commercial space in the center of the City. This project, its third in California, includes two towers, one of which will be the second tallest in the City.

The SF Planning Department’s new Pipeline Report lists 62,500 units at various stages in the pipeline, from “building permit filed” to “under construction.” Many will come on the market this year, on top of the thousands of units that hit the market in 2014 and 2015. Once they’re complete – if they ever get completed – they’ll increase the city’s existing housing stock of 382,000 units by over 16%.

Most of them are expensive units – because that’s where the money is. They need buyers and renters who can afford them. Homes in San Francisco are occupied on average by 2.2 people. At this ratio, the new supply would create expensive housing for 137,500 people, in a city with a population of 852,000!

Where are those people with big incomes going to come from? No one knows. Hence a vague sense of panic. Twitter and other companies better start re-hiring and offer big-fat compensation packages to lure tens of thousand of highly-paid workers to SF, and they better make sure their shares or “valuations” start re-skyrocketing for years to come, because that sort of miracle is required to make this math work. If not, that phenomenal boom, as it has always done before, will turn into a bust royale.

The US economy, at the worst possible time, is now facing a “significant risk” of “falling into contraction” with “worse to come.” Read…   Is This the Beginning of the Next Recession?

Read the original article on Wolf Street. Copyright 2016. Follow Wolf Street on Twitter.

Note from Mike Zint:

This was always going to happen. And it will happen again. Meanwhile, the cost remains too high for most in the bay area. And the numbers of homeless are skyrocketing with the cost of real estate.

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PlaceAVote.com: a new place for democracy on the internet

Finding A Backdoor to Democracy: PlaceAVote.com’s Luke Davis (Interview w/ Cenk Uygur)

Luke Davis is a co-founder of PlaceAVote.com, a crowdsourced voting system that allows constituents to vote on legislation in real-time so that elected representative can vote in accordance with the majority of their voters. The objective: to bring democracy back to the citizenry and out of the hands of elected officials who represent other special interests, and not the people who voted them into office.

In this interview with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, Davis explains how PlaceAVote.com works, how it directs elected officials to vote on legislation and why, with a groundswell of support, this one app could revolutionize our political system and restore democracy.

For more information, visit www.placeavote.com

Follow PlaceAVote on Twitter: @placeavote
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Action Council Events — March 3 and 4

OccupySF

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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Thursday & Friday)

Thursday, March 3

M 3, Thursday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, & Friday M 4, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Trial: Alex Nieto vs. SFPD

Federal Court House
450 Golden Gate Ave., 15th Floor, Courtroom D
SF

Thursday & Friday Trial this week

Come to the trial! Ride with the Nietos! Show your Amor Por Alex! 9am to 4pm every day until (more or less) March 11st.
Lunch break 1pmish.
Get there early if you want a seat.

Updates on trial:

https://todobododown.wordpress.com/…/day-one-the-trial-ale…/

https://justice4alexnieto.org/the-trial/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/721427181211650/?fref=ts

M 3, Thursday, 2:30pm – 5:00pm, Secure Choice Retirement Savings Hearing: The Retirement Crisis in California

Elihu Harris Building
1515 Clay St.
Oakland

Help pass a real statewide retirement security program forall working Californians. Homelessness and poverty is skyrocketing amongst California seniors. Most seniors are retiring with less than $10,000 total savings. Social Security is vital but doesn’t cover our growing cost of living and too many are left out of Social Security—farm workers, domestic workers, and undocumented immigrants.

Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board will have its only Northern California hearing on March 3rd to discuss possible models for a statewide retirement system

Info: Jobs With Justice

M 3, Thursday 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Mario Woods Coalition – Weekly Meeting

SEIU
350 Rhode Island (nr. 16th Street) – entrance on Kansas St.
SF

Weekly meeting.

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/justice4mariowoodscoalition/

Note Other FB site for Mario Woods: LOVE & JUSTICE 4 MARIO WOODS, 26, killed  by SF Bayview Police, 12-2-15

https://www.facebook.com/groups/418363851694303/

M 3, Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Screening of: Tiny: A story About Living Small

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita),

Berkeley

Donation: $5 – $20. No one turned away

Potluck snacks and meet and greet at 6:30pm; film at 7pm, followed by discussion

film of an interdisciplinary group of U.C. students building a tiny house from scratch and it show other families who made  homes in less space than a parking space.

Sponsors: Transition Berkeley, the Ecology Centerand BFUU’s Social Justice Cmte.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/17/18783041.php

M 3, Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Democracy Spring Bay Area Organizing Meeting

2017 Mission St. , 2nd Floor
SF

weekly  meetings from now until mid April to help ensure Democracy Spring becomes a force to create real political equality. Come learn of about Democracy Spring and how we are supporting this historic effort here on the west coast! We will help make history when over 2,000 people risk arrest on April 11-15 in the largest civil disobedince in a generation.

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/545275535634063/

Friday, March 4

M 4, Friday, 10:00am, Domestic Worker Bill of Rights 2016 

24th & Mission St.
SF

Legislative campaign launch for Domestic Workers Rights.

Introduced: SB 1015: The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into the legislature; in partnership with Senator Connie Leyva, we aim to remove the sunset provision of our current Bill of Rights (AB 241, which will expire on January 1, 2017)) and make the law permanent.

Host: CA Domestic Workers Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1684809808474809/

M 4, Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Forum: The fight for women’s liberation

PSL
2969 Mission St.
SF

Suggested donation: $3 – $10 Snacks served; no one turned away

International Women’s Day is a time for solidarity, reviewing our gains and looking at the struggles ahead. Join us for a presentation and slide show highlighting the contributions of revolutionary women, plus an update on the struggle for reproductive rights. 

From Madeline Albright to Donald Trump, this election cycle has once again opened a war on women. Attacks on women, women’s rights and reproductive freedom are fair game for both the Republicans and Democrats. Women cannot rely on the monied politicians, judges and bigots. We must act independently and in a unified way

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/03/01/18783512.php

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Berkeley Occupation (from Mike Zint)

First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless 

February 29, 2016

What started yesterday’s confrontation with police was “the blue tent was obstructing the sidewalk.” An accusation of spitting was next. A demand for ID, and a threatened arrest for having none. No ID is not a crime. No accuser, no proof, and you are not allowed to resist illegal police activity.

Welcome to Berkeley.

–Mike Zint

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Police sweeps on Division Street (from Adrienne Fong)

SWEEPS on Division Street
(From Amy Weiss)

Today (March 1) at 4PM at 101 Grove Street Room 300, the DPH will discuss “Public Health Concerns Along Division Street”.

If the concern is so great for the health and well-being of unhoused residents, then why wasn’t the DPH providing port-a-potties?

And does anyone from DPH truly believe that the current amount of interim shelter is sufficient to provide a place for the thousands of people living on our streets?

“The San Francisco Department of Public Health posted notices outlining public health concerns on Division Street on February 23, 2016. These notices provided 72 hours to vacate Division Street between South Van Ness Avenue and 11th Street on the east and west sides.

The Health Department’s Homeless Outreach Team has been working for months with people living in tents on Division Street. Though we have been able to match many people to resources, we remain extremely concerned about the health and well-being of this population. Unfortunately, conditions where multiple tents are congregated have become unsafe, and people have been living without access to running water, bathrooms, trash disposal or safe heating or cooking facilities.

The Homeless Outreach Team continued their efforts throughout the week to encourage people to relocate to other locations, including the new shelter at Pier 80. We will provide an update at
today’s meeting.”

Two different sources have stated that there might be  SWEEPS on Division St. on Tuesday, March 1st.

So me folks plan to be at Division and 11th Street at about 4:30 am.

Direct Action & Overnight Vigil on Division (The FB site was originally developed for an action last week)

(CHECK SITE FOR UPDATES RE: POSSIBLE SWEEPS EARLY TUESDAY, MARCH 1st MORNING.)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1688815978067283/permalink/1690685184547029/

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