General strike Monday May 9 (from Patricia Gray)

Don’t go to work… Don’t go to school… Don’t go shopping….

     all  day  starting at 8:00
     Wear  black and red to support the FRISCO 5
                                                      Hunger Strikers    
     and to honor our fallen  brothers
                Alex Niento, Amicar Perez, Mario Woods
                         and Luis Gongora Pat
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Voter Suppression Screwed Bernie, and Will Screw Dems in November if Left Unchecked

America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, appears on RT’s Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp to discuss the voter suppression tactics that have been at play in the past couple of months, and the impact it has had for both the Bernie Sanders campaign and democracy in general.

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SF Mission Hunger Strikers Fail to Meet Mayor, Heated Exchange with Supervisors Follows — by Joe Rivano Barros and Laura Waxmann (


The “Frisco Five” being pushed in wheelchairs to city hall on Tuesday. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

May 3, 2016

A group of five wheelchair-bound hunger strikers and hundreds of their supporters marched from the Mission District to city hall on Tuesday hoping to meet Mayor Ed Lee and call on him to fire Police Chief Greg Suhr. The mayor, however, was elsewhere.

With a crowd of some 800 people supporters at city hall, some 100 went inside with the hunger strikers and congregated outside the mayor’s office, where Diana Oliva-Aroche, a mayoral aide, said the mayor would be unable to meet the protesters because he was in the Bayview.

That prompted scorn from Maria Cristina Gutierrez, 66, who said the aide —  who is Latina — should be ashamed to “serve such an administration, the people that have been having our people murdered” because she is a person of color.

Christopher Muhammad, a minister with the Nation of Islam and an organizer with the Mario Woods Coalition, said the mayor should return to city hall and meet with the protesters.

“Why don’t you call the mayor, tell the mayor that the hunger strikers are at his door, since Bayview is only 10 minutes away, he can come here out of respect?” he said to loud applause.

Shortly before she left, Oliva-Aroche replied that she did not have the mayor’s phone number, which drew much criticism from the crowd as well as the strikers.

“How can you tell me that you don’t have your boss’ number?” Ike Pinkston, one of the five original hunger strikers camped out in front of Mission police station at 17th and Valencia streets since April 21, asked in disbelief.

Pinkston said that while he and the other four strikers did not think that Lee would get behind their demands of firing Chief Suhr on the spot, he did believe that the mayor would meet the strikers, who have been fasting for almost two weeks. “I thought that he at least would hear us out and that we could express to him how we feel. He’s a coward.”

The day before the protest, Lee attempted to meet with the protesters by coming to the Mission District police station unannounced, a move that drew scorn from strikers who said they would not meet him. Strikers said they would rather meet with Lee in city hall after their march.

“He’s got to do better than that slippery sliding act,” said Pinkston. “He wants to avoid the media and we know that this is why he pulled that stunt.”

As the doors to the mayor’s office remained shut, the hunger strikers then opted to address the Board of Supervisors, who were simultaneously in session. Flowing into the board’s meeting chambers, protesters shouted at supervisors and called them sellouts while the supervisors defended their record of police reform.

Supervisor David Campos at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meting addressing the protesters. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission District, and hunger striker Edwin Lindo, who is seeking to replace him, had a testy exchange.

“The idea that you fire Chief Suhr and that solves things, I’m sorry, that’s not what I believe,” said Campos to loud jeers from the crowd. “We need to change the entire system. It’s not just about who the chief of police is, it’s about how this department sees itself.”

“David, we’re not stupid, we understand how policy works,” retorted Lindo, a former intern for the supervisor who is running against Campos’s current chief of staff, Hillary Ronen. “David, you never came to us, you never asked us what we were doing—”

“I came to you, I have come twice, and the difference is this, that I’m fighting for police reform ever since I got to San Francisco,” responded Campos. “Where have you been?”

“He’s been on hunger strike! He hasn’t eaten in 13 days!” shouted Benjamin Bac Sierra, an organizer with the Justice for Alex Nieto Coalition, as the crowd booed Campos.

Hunger striker Sellassie Blackwell, standing up from his wheelchair and yelling at Campos, blamed him for not responding strongly enough to the police shootings in his district and said the strikers understood that firing the chief would not solve the police department’s systemic issues.

“We’re not idiots, we know that the police department needs reform,” he said. “But it’s a symbol for the people to get that racist piece of shit out of office.”

Sellassie Blackwell addressing the Board of Supervisors. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Maria Cristina Gutierrez addressing the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Speakers continued the back-and-forth with supervisors for some 30 minutes as the hunger strikers sat in their wheelchairs before the supervisors, sipping water and visibly exhausted. At 4:30 p.m., they were wheeled out as a few dozen protesters continued addressing the supervisors, calling for the firing of the police chief.

The Hunger Strikers

The five hunger strikers — known as the Frisco Five — have been going without solids for almost two weeks and say they’ll continue until the mayor fires Chief Suhr. The group drinks water, juices, chicken broth, and a daily dose of vitamins for sustenance and have had blood work and vitals monitored by different doctors.

The hunger strike was sparked by the fatal police shooting of 45-year-old homeless man Luis Gongora in the Mission District last month and a slew of other scandals, including the finding of racist text messages sent by police officers. They chose to stage the strike at Mission Station because three of the four most controversial recent police shootings have occurred in or near the neighborhood.

Maria Cristina Gutierrez speaking to Edwin Lindo during Tuesday's march. Photo by Laura Waxmann.

On Tuesday, Ilych Sato — a rapper and hunger striker better known by his stage name Equipto — said he was angry at the mayor for causing his mother to suffer. His mother — 66-year-old Maria Cristina Guiterrez — is also on hunger strike with him outside the police station.

“The more the mayor makes my mother upset, the angrier I get,” he said. “We are going there in wheelchairs to preserve our strength because we know that whether or not the meeting happens, the strike will continue.”

The March

The crowd gathered outside of the station at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Police Captain Daniel Perea said officers would clear the roadways to city hall, before hunger strikers and their supporters addressed the crowd.

“We still believe that it’s possible to meet with Mayor Lee,” said Gutierrez. “Your strength has made us be able to go without eating. We are cleaning ourselves of the dirt and hate they have put on our community to murder our children.”

“I feel like we are being terrorized by the biggest gang in California,” said Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Anti-Police Terror Project.

The five hunger strikers were then put in wheelchairs and pushed by medical students from the University of California at San Francisco, who were there to monitor the strikers’ health.

“Our role as physicians in training is to support the overall health of the community,” said medical student Joshua Connor, who is a representative of the organization White Coats for Black Lives. “San Francisco is hurting and we are here to support the strikers in their physical health and in their movement.”

Connor and others pushed the five strikers throughout the entirety of the march, ensuring that they remained “hydrated and in good spirits.” Their supervisor, Dr. Rupa Marya, later addressed the Board of Supervisors at city hall, calling the combination of “racism, police violence, and impunity” a public health hazard in need of immediate attention.

“We have vaccinations for the flu, but there is no reliable public health data on police killings,” said Marya. “I urge you to see every police shooting as a public health issue. Police, like doctors, have lives in their hands.”

The march started northbound on Valencia Street and veered onto Mission Street near 1:30 p.m., headed towards city hall.

Chants of “Fire Chief Suhr” and “No justice, no peace” accompanied the crowd as it moved down Mission Street with a police escort. A human chain formed around the wheelchair-bound hunger strikers as protesters began chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!”

“I’m holding hands with people I’ve never met out of solidarity and to protect the Frisco Five,” said Mike Evans, who, by linking hands with other marchers, shielded the strikers as they were escorted down one of the city’s busiest streets. “This is the best day of San Francisco history.”

At city hall, the hundreds-strong march meet other protesters amassed in front of the city hall steps and grew to more than 800. Long lines of protesters created a walkway for the hunger strikers leading up to the front steps, where banners were held and the crowd continued to chant for the firing of the police chief.

Outside city hall after the march, the five strikers addressed some 100 remaining supporters and pledged to continue without food until the chief loses his job. Gutierrez said the lack of action from the Board of Supervisors convinced her that the time for talking was over.

“They did not respond, so there will be no more negotiation, no more talking to these people, but only a constant struggle not only by those who are not going to eat, but all of those are who are going to follow the mayor…and tell him that he has to fire that chief of police,” she said.

Edwin Lindo outside city hall after Tuesday's march. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Photo by Lola M. Chavez

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OccupyForum presents . . . “You’re Under Arrest for Masterminding the Egyptian Revolution” with Ahmed Salah (on Monday, May 9)

Monday, May 9th 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!

OccupyForum presents…

“You’re Under Arrest for Masterminding

the Egyptian Revolution”

With Ahmed Salah

Ahmed Salah was imprisoned, tortured and nearly killed by the Egyptian authorities. After making it out of the country he was born in, by sheer luck, Salah’s memoir of co-designing and implementing the Egyptian revolution during the “Arab Spring” was published on April 4th, 2016. Salah will discuss his newly released book, and field questions and dialogue.

“An important inside account and analysis by one of the principal strategists of the Egyptian revolution; frank in regard to the movement’s failures, but ultimately hopeful in the eventual triumph in the struggle for democracy.”

— Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics & Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco

“At once tragic and inspiring, shrewdly insightful and intimately personal, this deeply moving book should be read widely and closely by everyone seeking to understand the successes and failures of political protest in Egypt since 2003 – or the broader reasons why activist movements surge and subside.”

— Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of these critically important issues.

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“25 arrested as police clash with ‘Frisco Five’ hunger strike supporters occupying SF city hall” by Tom Boggioni (


Police in San Francisco arrested at least 25 protesters Friday night as supporters of five jailed hunger strikers attempted to occupy city hall, KGO is reporting.

Five demonstrators — dubbed the “Frisco Five” — have been refusing to eat until San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns or is fired amid charges of police brutality. The five were moved to a hospital on Friday due to their deteriorating health.

The hunger strike began April 21 to protest two recent police shootings of men of color in the city’s Mission District. The strikers also cited recent revelations that San Francisco police officers have been exchanging racist and anti-LGBT text messages.

The hunger strikers are Ike Pinkston, 42, Sellassie Blackwell, 39, Edwin Lindo, 29, Maria Gutierrez, 66 and her son Ilyich Sato, 42.

Earlier in the evening protesters chanted outside the office of Mayor Ed Lee, calling on him to fire Suhr as well as turn in his own resignation.

When riot-gear clad police tried to force the protesters out of San Francisco City Hall when it closed at eight, skirmishes broke out with police pushing and shoving as protesters locked arms and refused to leave.

During the melee, a metal detector was knocked over and used to prop a door open so that more protesters could continue to enter the closed building.

According to the protesters, they will be out in force this weekend either at city hall or at the Mission District police station.


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Action Council — New Announcements for Fri., Sat., Sun., & Mon. (from Adrienne Fong)

Send announcements for posting to Pat:   


~ Action Council ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:


(Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Friday, May 6

M 6, Friday 12Noon – May 13, Friday, 12 Noon, Boycott for SF Justice: In Honor of Frisco Five

Mission Police Station
630 Valencia St. @ 17th St.

In honor of the Frisco Five Hunger Strikers, who are fighting against police killings and terror, we invite you to partake in a MASS BOYCOTT OF CORPORATE RESTAURANTS, especially in San Francisco. Until Mayor Ed Lee fires corrupt SFPD Chief Suhr, we promise to BOYCOTT ALL CORPORATE RESTAURANTS!

The restaurants include:
Carl’s Jr.
Taco Bell
And the many other corporate restaurants.

Info for boycott:

Info/Videos/Updates for Hunger For Justice:

M 6, Friday, 3:00pm, FRISCO5 VIGIL & RALLY

UN Plaza
Hyde St. & Market (nr. Civic Center BART)

As a showing of unity, let’s fittingly gather, connect and build as a community at the United Nations Plaza. As their health continues to decline, let’s gather in a peaceful loving show of support and solidarity for the FRISCO 5, those who have fallen in the struggle and victims of injustice

Sponsor: Hunger for Justice


M 6, Friday, 3:00pm, Demonstrate against: “White rights” group

UC Berkeley – Sproul Plz

People are needed to demonstrate against an Alt-Right rally on UC Berkeley Campus

The National Policy Institute is holding a rally. In a YouTube, Richard Spencer states the purpose of the rally is to preserve a “safe space” for Alternative Right – which is associated with far right politics including white supremacy.


M 6, Friday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, No Sanctuary for War Mongers – Protest Clinton’s Murderous Foreign Policy

The Masonic
1111 California St.

Come out in force and show Clinton that our city is no sanctuary for war mongers! Hillary Clinton has supported some of the worst foreign policy decisions of our time – the war in Iraq, regime change in Libya, regime change in Syria, the 2009 coup in Honduras and the list goes on and on.

Sponsor: Bay Area Movement4Bernie


Saturday, May 7

M 6, Saturday, 5:00pm,  Film Showing : “No Más Bebés”

ANSWER Coalition
2969 Mission St.

$5-$10 – no one turned away

This film tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized without consent while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Sponsor: WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend)



Sunday, May 8

M 8, Sunday, 9:30am, UU Breakfast Forum: “What It Means to be Muslim”

First Unitarian Universalist Church
Martin Luther King Room
1187 Franklin Street

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

Speaker: Rami Elkinawy of the Council of American Islamic Relations & Muslim Speakers Service

The greater Muslim Community is one of the most misunderstood communities in the U.S. States and the world.  Islamophobic comments made by presidential candidates have resulted in an unprecedented increase in hate crimes committed against the Muslim Community.  Mr. Elkinawy and other members of this community will speak to the election rhetoric and share with us what it really means to be a Muslim.

M 8, Sunday, 12 Noon,  CODEPINK Annual Mother’s Day Walk on Golden Gate Bridge

Gather at either south (SF) or north (Marin County) end and march to middle of bridge.

Bring small signs (2’ x 3’ max) for peace and for no drone strikes; your pink finery, your mothers, children and friends

Walk for PEACE which ends with a closing circle at the South Plaza.

Info: Renay:

M 8, Sunday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Planning Meeting for Beyond#Occupy

759 – 59th Street (0.7 mi. from Ashby BART)

Rides can be given fr. BART See info.

First planning meeting for Occupy’s 5th Anniversary.


Monday, May 9

M 9, Monday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Final Hearing of Blue Ribbon Panel

Burial Clay Theater

African American Art & Culture Complex
762 Fulton St.

Last year the SF D.A. established the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement to

investigate institutional bias within the SFPD. This is the preliminary findings & recommendations before the panel issues the final report.


M 9, Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum: “You’re Under Arrest  for Masterminding the Egyptian Revolution”

Global Exchange
2017 Mission St. (nr. 16th St. BART)

Speaker: Ahmed Salah

Ahmed Salah was imprisoned, tortured and nearly killed by the Egyptian authorities. He will be talking about his book  memoirs of co-designing and implementing the Egyptian revolution during the “Arab Spring”


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Mass Boycott of Corporate Restaurants (from JP Massar)

Endorsed by the Frisco Five Hunger Strikers:


If they are hungry for justice, we should be too!

In honor of the Frisco Five Hunger Strikers, who are fighting against police killings and terror, we invite you to partake in a MASS BOYCOTT OF CORPORATE RESTAURANTS, especially in San Francisco. Until Mayor Ed Lee fires corrupt SFPD Chief Suhr, we promise to BOYCOTT ALL CORPORATE RESTAURANTS!

The restaurants include:
Carl’s Jr.
Taco Bell
And the many other corporate restaurants.

Boycotting for a righteous cause is nothing new. Gandhi led the Swadeshi movement for Indian self-sufficiency. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks helped lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott against segregation. For farmworkers’ rights, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and the United Farm Workers boycotted grapes and Safeway stores. Boycotting is a successful strategy that all of us can contribute to for the sake of justice, for those who have been unlawfully killed by the SFPD, like Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez Lopez, Mario Woods, and Luis Gongora Pat, all killed in the last two years.

By boycotting ALL CORPORATE RESTAURANTS, we make an international statement against police terror and corruption. We also prove our economic clout. Since they do not care about our lives, we must hurt them in their pockets. In turn the corporations will put pressure on Mayor Lee, as he functions in a puppet role.

Instead of eating junk, we have an opportunity to build unity. Share a cooked meal with friends and family. Pack your lunch ahead of time so that you do not need to buy food while you are out. If you must dine, choose a local small business “mom and pop” restaurant. Get to know your neighbors.

By joining this group page, I VOW TO BOYCOTT ALL CORPORATE RESTAURANTS, ESPECIALLY IN SAN FRANCISCO until Mayor Ed Lee fires SFPD Chief Suhr.

On this group page, share your strategies and sacrifices about not eating at corporate restaurants and inspire others too.

Our numbers cannot be ignored. Our dollars will be sorely missed. Our amor is always proven.


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Hunger Strikers Speak With San Francisco Mayor Lee: “Blood Will Be on Your Hands.” — by JP Massar

May 5, 2016

The Mayor of San Francisco and the #Frisco5 hunger strikers finally had a conversation today, the fifteen day of their hunger strike demanding San Francisco’s Police Chief Greg Suhr resign and standing against police violence and racism.

It came after Tuesday’s protest march to City Hall where the Mayor magically disappeared instead of meeting with the strikers, to national attention and much criticism.

It did not go well.

The twitterverse has been alive today with all the things that have happened under Suhr’s command, providing every reason for him to exit, stage right.

Yesterday, one of the hunger strikers had to go to the hospital.

Is Ed Lee really willing to have martyrs on his hands? To potentially have the City erupt, all because of misplaced confidence in a Police Chief who was in charge when his officers performed the firing squad execution of Mario Woods; who talked about de-escalation, then watched as his officers escalated instead, killing Luis Gongora, and then did nothing?

We may be finding out.

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“Indiana: The After-Math” by John Laurits (

bernie math article

The After-MATH

May 3, 2016

Greetings, friends & foes!
I’ll be brief tonight but I felt that I had to update you all on what Indiana means for us — because lord-knows the media sure as hell isn’t gonna be straight with you! But first, I’d like to congratulate Senator Bernie Sanders as well as all of you Berners because…

**The Sand-Man Has Taken Indiana!**

Tonight we should rejoice! We should rejoice because the movement is obviously still building strength, as our victory in Indiana shows — while Clinton is losing steam and running out of corporate money.

I imagine that some of you may be disappointed that we didn’t hit our target of 64.4% in Indiana — that’s why I’m here to show you that our numbers are still looking good (no matter what the million-dollar trolls below may be blathering about).  It is, indeed, true that our target number has shifted slightly — in order to obtain the 2,026 pledged delegates that we’re after, instead of 64.4%, we will now be needing 65.5% of the remaining delegates that are up for grabs.

This is because (as of this moment, 9:00PM PDT) we’ve taken 44 delegates today and Clinton has taken 39, according to the green papers, leaving Sanders with 1,414and Clinton with 1,704 delegates. Now, remember that 2,026 is half +1 of the total delegate count and that’s what we’re aiming for, right? Now, subtract Sanders’ 1,414from 2,026:

1,414 – 2,026 = 612

So, now we need 612 out of the remaining 933 delegates, which means:

612 ÷ 933 = 0.655 or 65.5%

Thus, even though we fell a bit short of our 64.4% target, it has only shifted our overall goal by about 1%. Now, we must set our eyes upon the next contest in West Virginia, which occurs on May 10th and is an open primary — and, my friends, our prospects are looking very good there! Let’s see if we can drop that target of 65.5% down a notch or two, shall we?

A Few Quick Numbers from
West Virginia

I shall leave you now, my friends, with this last few numbers, which should embolden you all, fan the flames of hope in your hearts, and spur you to fight for Sanders even more valiantly than you already have! According to PPP’s recent poll in West Virginia, Sanders is leading Clinton with 45% to 37%! According to Public Policy Polling, Sanders and Clinton are neck and neck with registered democrats, with Sanders trailing by only 2 points (43% to 41%) — but, among independents who will be voting in the open primary, Sanders destroys Clintonwith 56% to her 19%!

Do not let these numbers lull you into complacency and laziness, however— now is the time for every single one of us who has the time to get on those phones! I want to hear West Virginia ring all the way over here in Oregon! Every single fraction of a percentage point that we can get will lower the targets that we have to hit in future states!

I, for one, have faith in you all — the numbers are with us!

In solidarity,
John Laurits


*All numbers pulled from the Green Papers (also, keep in mind that, at the time of writing, there was 97% reporting from the Indiana primary)

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