ROBERT REICH: HOW TO HOLD CORPORATIONS ACCOUNTABLE

TUE, 12/18/2018 – BY ROBERT REICH (Occupy.com)

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON ROBERTREICH.ORG

Charles E. Wilson, the CEO of General Motors in the middle part of the last century, reputedly once said that “what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa.”

The idea was that large corporations had a duty not just to their shareholders, but also to their employees, customers, and community. What was good for all of these stakeholders was inseparable from what was good for large corporations like GM.

But in the 1980’s, this shifted. The only goal of large corporations goal became maximizing profits and returns for shareholders.

Corporate profits are now a higher share of the economy than they were for most of the past century, and workers’ share of the total economy is the lowest.

Corporations are now amassing huge control over our economy and fueling widening economic inequality.

Workers must have more power.

Elizabeth Warren’s proposal, the Accountable Capitalism Act, is a good start at remaking the economic system so it works for all of us.

It recognizes that large corporations, with revenues of $1 billion or more, are so big and powerful they should be held to a higher standard of conduct – chartered by the federal government to serve all their stakeholders, not just their shareholders.

Under Warren’s proposal, workers would elect at least 40 percent of big corporations’ boards of directors. These corporations wouldn’t be able to make political contributions without the approval of 75 percent of their directors and shareholders. And their legal right to exist could be revoked if they engaged in repeated and egregious lawbreaking.

Effective action to hold corporations accountable needs to be federal because the states, left to their own devices, have to compete with one another for businesses to locate in their states. This has led to a race to the bottom for corporate cash. Two-thirds of big corporations in America are now officially headquartered in Delaware, because Delaware’s corporate laws are weakest.

This would be a huge change, bringing into better balance the voices of American workers with the overwhelming dominance of big corporations and their major investors.

It’s time to demand that the economic system work for all of us.

Originally published by RobertReich.org

Nancy Pelosi Represents House Democrats, but San Francisco? Not So Much

Pelosi’s response to President Trump’s recently announced intention to withdraw American troops from Syria is just the latest instance of the House Democrats’ leader taking a foreign policy stance out of sync with the expressed views of her base

Ever since Pelosi entered the congressional leadership of her party, the nature of the representation she offers has been an ambiguous thing. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Ever since Pelosi entered the congressional leadership of her party, the nature of the representation she offers has been an ambiguous thing. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

 

Who does Nancy Pelosi represent? The Democratic members of the House of Representatives or the people of San Francisco? New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently voiced the opinion that Pelosi appeared to be the most progressive choice available to lead House Democrats in the upcoming congressional term when the party’s leader will presumably assume the position of Speaker of the House – or re-assume it, in the case of Pelosi. And since no challenger to Pelosi ever actually emerged, it’s hard to fault Ocasio-Cortez’s assessment. On the other hand, Pelosi’s response to President Trump’s recently announced intention to withdraw American troops from Syria is just the latest instance of the House Democrats’ leader taking a foreign policy stance out of sync with the expressed views of her base.

Taking issue with Trump’s claim that U.S. military goals had been achieved, Pelosi’s official statement argued that “It is premature for the President to declare a sweeping victory against ISIS when, just a few weeks ago, our military led more than 250 coalition-conducted airstrikes against targets in Iraq and Syria.” While time will tell whose military assessment is the more accurate, we should not miss the point that Pelosi apparently considers those “250 coalition-conducted airstrikes” to be something she stands behind, or at the least considers an acceptable activity. Apparently perceiving no problem concerning the legal basis for this intervention, she concludes by declaring that “The American people deserve a smart, strong and strategic Syria policy that keeps America safe, protects our interests and advances peace in the region.”

Pelosi has cast some good foreign policy votes and some bad ones, but has in no way adhered to the antiwar profile set by the groups she supposedly answers to.

It just so happens that the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee has weighed in with its take on what might constitute “a smart, strong and strategic Syria policy” in a April 26, 2017 resolution that called upon Pelosi and the city’s other congressional representative, Jackie Speier, to cosponsor Oakland Representative Barbara Lee’s HR 1473, “The Prohibit Expansion of Combat Troops Into Syria Act,” which aimed to limit any future Syrian deployment of troops or military contractors to “rescuing or protecting members of the United States Armed Forces from imminent danger.” At a point when there were approximately 900 American troops already in Syria, the Central Committee, which is the official voice of the city’s Democratic Party, declared that “the route to peace and national security does not lie in undertaking ‘just one more invasion.'”

No such co-sponsorship was forthcoming. Nor was this the first time that Pelosi would be unmoved by the expressed will of her base: In November, 2008, 60 percent of the city’s voters backed a ballot question specifically declaring it city policy that its “elected representatives in the United States Senate and House of Representatives should vote against any further funding for the deployment of United States Armed Forces in Iraq, with the exception of funds specifically earmarked to provide for their safe and orderly withdrawal.” Nor would it be the last: At their most recent convention, in February of this year, the California Democratic Party adopted a platform advocating “ending air strikes in Afghanistan, … a timetable for the withdrawal of all American military forces and military contractors” and opposing “further appropriations for such operations,” with the usual caveat of “those necessary for safe and orderly withdrawal of our troops.”

Over this period, Pelosi has cast some good foreign policy votes and some bad ones, but has in no way adhered to the antiwar profile set by the groups she supposedly answers to. Indeed in the most recent budget debate earlier this year, she declared that “In our negotiations, Congressional Democrats have been fighting for increases in funding for defense.” This despite the well known fact that this country’s military expenditures were already the size of the combined total of the next seven largest national military budgets – while the streets of her city were teeming with encampments of the homeless.

Ever since Pelosi entered the congressional leadership of her party, the nature of the representation she offers has been an ambiguous thing. Does she answer primarily to the House Democratic Caucus? If so, as noted above, she may be considered to be doing a reasonable job, there being many Democrats more progressive than her and many less. But at least as far as foreign policy matters go, although there may be many districts where a representative with her voting profile might be considered progressive in comparison to that of a likely Republican alternative – districts in, say, Nebraska or maybe even Orange County, California – the record would seem to show that her San Francisco district is not one of them. So far as military interventions go, we surely don’t appear to be the constituency that matters to her.

 

Youtube on France ~ Article ~ Time change on court hearing ~ Reminder of gathering for Alex Nieto (from Adrienne Fong)

A. WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING IN FRANCE NATIONWIDE PEACEFUL PROTEST WORKS ( 4MIN YOUTUBE)

https://www.brasscheck.com/video/whats-really-happening-in-france/

B. North Korea says US must ‘completely eliminate’ its nuclear arsenal first as peace talks reach new low – December 20, 2018

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-us-talks-nuclear-weapons-eliminate-disarmament-trump-kim-jong-un-a8692031.html?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2ZUTZ9bt7wk6kVozU2Ajt-TSz-i5hPqE1wYRi9m_zyPzoGLrWQlCdQ4LU#Echobox=1545376214

UPDATES for TODAY

TIME CHANGED!! The judge just changed the time of the hearing!

Friday, December 21

Friday, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Pack The Court for Raul!

450 Golden Gate Ave.
15th Floor, Courtroom C
SF

11:00am – Rally

The federal magistrate judge just set a hearing on Raul’s urgent request for release on December 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM at 450 Golden Gate Ave, Courtroom C, 15th Floor.

Please come and help us PACK THE COURT at Raul’s hearing, we need all hands on deck to ensure that we FREE RAUL!

Support Raul by signing the petition and continue to makes calls to the ICE field directors!!

PETITIONhttp://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51625/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25281

Hosts: Free Raul & California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/274095083301499/

This is still happening – Rain, Shine or Snow! Come by even if is only for a few minutes

Friday, December 21, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Stand with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – Monthly gathering at Alex Nieto’s altar

Bernal Hill

SF

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Decorate Alex’s altar site – (This is a surprise for the Nieto’s)  bring an ornament / Christmas greenery / plant or something that can be secured.

    – Most of all bring yourselves!

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Stand with the Nieto’s as we remember Alex.

Adriana C. suggested that we surprise the Nieto’s and decorate his altar site before the Nieto’s arrive.

Public transportation # 67 MUNI. Catch it on 24th St. at Mission across from McDonalds

         Photo by: Adriana Camarena

                 Early December

    Image may contain: 1 person, plant, flower and outdoor

On March 21, 2014, Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, 28 years old, was killed when he was struck by 14 to 15 bullets (of a total of 59 shots) fired by four San Francisco Police Department officers, on Bernal Hill Park, without justification. The officers who killed Alex Nieto are: Sgt. Jason Sawyer (then lieutenant. He is also the killer of John Smart in 1998!), Officer Roger Morse, Officer Richard Schiff, and Officer Nathan Chew.

On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder, the Nieto’s gather at the altar site on Bernal Hill.

All are welcomed

2nd update on Raul’s hearing – Rally at 12noon (from Adrienne Fong)

TIME CHANGED!! Organizers updated the time of Rally to 12Noon – not 11am. Sorry for all the change’s.

Friday, December 21

Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Pack The Court for Raul!

450 Golden Gate Ave.
15th Floor, Courtroom C
SF

12 Noon – Rally

The federal magistrate judge just set a hearing on Raul’s urgent request for release on December 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM at 450 Golden Gate Ave, Courtroom C, 15th Floor.

Please come and help us PACK THE COURT at Raul’s hearing, we need all hands on deck to ensure that we FREE RAUL!

Support Raul by signing the petition and continue to makes calls to the ICE field directors!!

PETITIONhttp://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51625/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25281

Hosts: Free Raul & California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/274095083301499/

Homeless Community Leader In Danger from Leaky Placement

Tuesday December 18, 2018 (berkeleydailyplanet.com)

Marcia Poole reports that Mike Zint, a leader in the homeless community who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is experiencing a rapid decline in health due to a persistent leak into the apartment where he has been placed by Berkeley agencies. COPD causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing.

She reports that “the HUB [Berkeley’s CENTRAL ENTRY POINT for Homeless Services]placed him at the edge of Oakland and San Leandro and neglected him for many months. His apartment has been inundated with water. He has severely restricted lung capacity and this is totally unacceptable. … Please act immediately. It is only merciful to stop this continued cruelty to those who are in difficult circumstances. I beg of you.”

From Mike Zint:

“My landlord doesnt care if my roof leaks. So far, I have dumped over 40 gallons of water. The kitchen is soaked. There are 7 leaks and they are growing. The ceiling is falling in in one spot.

“The HUB knows. Or they did before I lost my worker.

“I guess they don’t understand what it’s like to have serious COPD. There are days I pant when I cross the room. Now, I have to deal with buckets of water every two hours.

“For 5 years, my tent NEVER leaked!”

Marcia Poole says:

“He had to endure that episode for 5 days before it was fixed. I just got off the phone with Mike and the kitchen ceiling leaks in his apartment again. The ceiling has big bubbles where the water is pushing through and his floors, counters, stove, water heater, etc are all covered with the water. He again posted photos of it on Facebook.

“Mike emailed the Berkeley HUB and his landlord today between 10 AM – 11:30 AM, after bailing out water buckets since 2 AM, but no one contacted him back. Three weeks ago it was worse. It actually was raining inside his apartment. Now, the leaks that were “repaired” leaked for hours until the rains stopped.

“Mike Zint was originally placed in this apartment by Berkeley’s HUB [ when he was critically ill and homeless, and then Berkeley proceeded to strand and abandon him. When he had to bail water in late November, he became severely weakened from the effort. It took many days for Berkeley to step forward, pressure the landlord to repair the leaks and then they effectively abandoned Mike to the next big rain. He now is over 6 feet tall, weighs 93 pounds, is weakened, has been exposed to mold from the major leaks but still is managing to haul and bail, since that seems to be part of price Berkeley demands he pay for his lodging.

“Paul Buddenhagen [Interim Deputy City Manager] suggested, after the event in the November, that Berkeley HUB rehouse Mike in an apartment in Berkeley as soon as possible. Immediately, though, the ball was dropped and Mike finds himself in the same situation, with the holidays looming and Berkeley offices imminently shutting down and another big rain storm predicted for the 23rd. Can’t we do better than this? Can’t we rehouse Mike in an apartment where it doesn’t rain through the ceiling and require him to use his dwindling strength to bail the water? At least, if he were rehoused in a Berkeley apartment, his friends, most of whom who lack cars, could come to him and help.”

In an open letter to the Berkeley City Council and administration Marcia Poole made this plea: “I ask you once again to go to the aid of Mike Zint and see that he is dry and secure and near people who can assist him. To place a man in his condition in an apartment with so many serious habitability issues, and so isolate and abandon him, is inhumane. Inhumane.”

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First they came for the homeless

22 hrs

My newest leak. Started at 8 last night and is bigger than a basketball.

The press is taking an interest. Here is the first article. The Eastbay Express will be here in a few minutes. This particular reporter has knowledge of the slumlord that owns this place.

–Mike Zint

“Green New Deal” in US “Must Be Mirrored by a Global Green Deal”

“Right now, the economy is controlled by big corporations whose profits are dependent on the continuation of climate change. This arrangement benefits few, but comes at the detriment of our planet and all its inhabitants.”

(Photo: Waleed Shahid/Twitter)

In mid-November, some 200 young climate activists from the Sunrise movement joined Representative-elect, the New York Democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in a sit in at the office of the House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, demanding what is known as a Green New Deal. Over fifty kids were arrested in the protest.

The Green New Deal is a modification of the Roosevelt administration’s original New Deal, and asks Congress to authorise a radical plan to tackle climate change by ushering in a renewable revolution.

The plan includes producing 100 per cent of US energy by renewables within 10 years, tackling social and racial inequality, upgrading the nation’s energy grid and transportation infrastructure, increasing energy efficiency and providing a huge training programme for green jobs.

On her website, Ocasio-Cortez further outlines her thinking:

“It’s time to shift course and implement a Green New Deal – a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems in order to alter the trajectory of our environment.”

She adds: “Right now, the economy is controlled by big corporations whose profits are dependent on the continuation of climate change. This arrangement benefits few, but comes at the detriment of our planet and all its inhabitants. Its effects are life-threatening and are especially already felt by low-income communities, both in the U.S. and globally.”

She continues that: “Rather than continue a dependency on this system that posits climate change as inherent to economic life, the Green New Deal believes that radically addressing climate change is a potential path towards a more equitable economy with increased employment and widespread financial security for all.”

Ocasio-Cortez proposes that the House of Representatives establish a “Select Committee for a Green New Deal” comprised of both sides of the House, which reports back in March 2020. The idea is gaining political traction with some 40 members of Congress signed up.

There is obverwhelming public support too. Whereas Trump and the Republican party continue to deny climate change, the majority of the American public actually agree with Ocasio-Cortez and the other Green New Dealers.

The survey results show overwhelming support for the Green New Deal, with 81% of registered voters saying they either ‘strongly support’ (40%) or ‘somewhat support’ (41%) this plan.”

A new study published this month by the Climate Change Communication programme at Yale University concluded that “The Green New Deal has Strong Bipartisan Support among Registered Voters”.

According to Yale: “The survey results show overwhelming support for the Green New Deal, with 81% of registered voters saying they either ‘strongly support’ (40%) or ‘somewhat support’ (41%) this plan.”

“As expected, support is strongest among Democrats (92%). But a large majority of Republicans (64%) – including conservative Republicans (57%) – also support the policy goals in our description of the Green New Deal.”

This led Ocasio-Cortez to tweet:

“Our first policy proposal – a #GreenNewDeal to mobilize nat’l jobs + infrastructure investment to address environment, fix our communities, & save the planet, has support from a majority of **conservative Republican voters.**

Maybe THAT’S why GOP media is so scared of us.

As one commentator noted in Mother Jones: “The Green New Deal is the most popular policy hardly anyone has heard of yet.”

Well you will be hearing more about it in 2019, especially when Ocasio-Cortez finally takes office. It is an idea whose time has come.

To finish in the words of Katrina vanden Heuvel, writing in the Washington Post: “By championing environmental justice as a foundational principle of a Green New Deal — prioritizing employment for the communities that historically have borne the brunt of pollution — Ocasio-Cortez is counting on building the popular pressure needed to overcome Big Oil’s long-standing stranglehold over federal policy.”

Katrina concludes “To spur the necessary action globally, a Green New Deal in the United States must be mirrored, soon, by a Global Green Deal. The scientific fact is that humanity is facing a roaring climate emergency, one that grows more imposing with each day of denial and delay. A Green New Deal offers our best chance to choose a different future, while we still have a chance.”

I couldn’t agree more.

© 2018 Oil Change International

Articles ~ 4 Action Alerts ~ Announcements, Thursday, 12/20 – Thursday 1/3/2019 (from Arrienne Fong)

Wishing EVERYONE a safe and healthy holiday. Hoping that 2019 will be one of CHANGE and one of renewed energy and commitment.

Won’t be back till sometime next year. Few actions are listed. Hoping all the links will open  properly – Earthlink is acting out a bit, but everything opens up on my gmail account. 

Please encourage groups you are involved in to post events on Indybay: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

Thank you to those who are posting on Indybay! 

  Check Indybay for events not listed here that might interest you.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! This is a JUSTICE  ISSUE!  

KID FRIENDLY / CHILDCARE Please indicate for events. This is also a JUSTICE ISSUE! 

ARTICLES

A. ‘A moral disaster’: AP reveals scope of migrant kids program – December 19, 2018

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/AP-Investigation-Migrant-kids-held-in-mass-13477482.php 

B. Yemeni mother gets travel ban waiver to visit dying son in Oakland, lawyer says – December 18, 2018

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Yemeni-mother-gets-travel-ban-waiver-to-visit-13474736.php?fbclid=IwAR0z3_BzA0J5EZagoGVLsE966bFBUJkkdUtuLJpQavBUBy9cAyVKWPFEN9Q

   10:30pm UPDATE – Shaima Swilch has arrived safely in SF to visit her dying son, Abdullah, 2yrs old.

C. Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Trying to Make It a Federal Crime to Participate in Boycott of Israel – December 18, 2018

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/18/glenn_greenwald_congress_is_trying_to?fbclid=IwAR1LsB8xaYKrJPjFDoDosXmxNL0iqu-9IBGnYsIuev5cH4xmXgx3gL4r2DA

D. International Migrants Day: Activists replace 200 Tube adverts with instructions on how to stop deportations

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/international-migrants-day-deportations-tube-adverts-lgbt-piccadilly-victoria-central-lines-a8689296.html

E. 181 Nations Just Voted to Help Refugees. Only the Far-Right United States and Hungary Voted “No” – December 17, 2018

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/17/181-nations-just-voted-help-refugees-only-far-right-united-states-and-hungary-voted

F. SF’s top law enforcement officials square off over police shootings – December 14, 2018

https://missionlocal.org/2018/12/sfs-top-law-enforcement-officials-say-the-system-for-evaluating-controverial-police-shootings-needs-to-change/?fbclid=IwAR38rDQg87lUATxjvPgg1GBXHxATQttXuGotfXUY3JnQ_pqWJvxZuALol_U

G. ‘Complete Wiping Away of Clean Water Act’: Trump EPA Rule Would Free Corporations to Pollute Nation’s Water as Much as They Please

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/07/complete-wiping-away-clean-water-act-trump-epa-rule-would-free-corporations-pollute?fbclid=IwAR1c2jN7hu0GHv_K0-7pUIe1s6221xd9Y_jvjytSPQanNv-YdP90pQ2Wc6c

4 ACTION ALERTS: 

1. Keep the Redstone Labor Temple a Community Center!

SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/london-breed-keep-the-redstone-labor-temple-a-community-center-8b233c56-a172-4e99-9b19-01803a0056be

  The Redstone Labor Temple is being targeted by the same forces of speculative capital that threaten to displace poor and working class people from all of San Francisco. 

2. President Trump: Please STOP the landfill work in Okinawa until a democratic referendum can be held.

SIGN: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-landfill-henoko-oura-bay-until-referendum-can-be-held-okinawa

Earlier this year the Okinawan people overwhelmingly elected Gov. Denny Tamaki on the premise of STOPPING the construction at Henoko / Oura Bay. The Bay is a CRUCIAL part of the Okinawan ecosystem. However the Japanese government & U.S. military have so far IGNORED the democratic will of Gov. Tamaki & the Okinawan people. 

3. Tell Your Representative and Senators to Create a GAO Investigation Before Another Base Is Built in Okinawa

SIGN: https://bit.ly/2Eu5C22

4. Tell Amazon to back off and stop developing spy technology for local neighborhoods.

SIGN: http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/tell-amazon-stop-developing-dangerous-facial-recognition-services-immediately/?source=demandprogress&t=1&akid=20413%2E1526208%2EmxRNPl 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, 12/20 – Thursday, 1/3 

Thursday, December 20 

1. Thursday, 8:00am – 11:00am, Court support for Nia Wilson – 9:00 AM

1225 Fallon St., 7th Floor, Department 11
Oakland

9:00am – Court

The Death of Nia Wilson still haunts the Mother ALICIA GRAYSON, and NIAS FAMILY, AND US, THE FOLKS OF THE
COMMUNITY TO THIS DAY.

 AS WE ALL KNOW, AFTER THE CAMERAS LEAVE, AND THE RALLIES ARE OVER, SOME FAMILIES ARE LEFT ALONE WITH NO SUPPORT AT ALL. THIS HAS NOT BEEN EASY FOR THE FAMILY TO GO BACK AND FORTH TO COURT, AND HAVE TO ENDURE THIS ALONE. WE AS THE COMMUNITY AND CITY OF PEOPLE WHICH NIA LOVED SO MUCH, NEED TO PULL TOGETHER AND SHOW UP FOR THIS FAMILY TO SHOW THEM THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE, AND WE ARE WITH THEM IN THIS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE. PLEASE COME OUT THIS THURSDAY TO GATHER IN FRONT OF THE COURTHOUSE. THE FAMILY NEEDS SUPPORT.

BRING SIGNS AND BANNERS FOR SUPPORT OF NIA
BRING COFFEE AND DOUGHNUTS FOR THE FAMILY
PLEASE COME EARLY AT 8 AM

Nia Wilson is the young woman who was stabbed to death at the MacArthur BART Station in July 2018

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/263014427726360/?active_tab=about 

2. Thursday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance Press Conference 

Alameda County Administrative Building
1221 Oak St.
Oakland

San Francisco Bay Area houseless communities are declaring their partnership to form the Bay Area Landless People Alliance, which homeless and formerly homeless organizers are working together and mobilizing to end the attacks and sweeps on poor people. We will demand justice for unfair evictions and the wrongful confiscation of our possessions. We demand dignity, compensation, an end to homeless criminalization, and permanent housing.

Poor and homeless people are facing evictions in the midst of a nation wide housing crisis, further jeopardizing our livelihood, stability, and future. People on the streets are denied basic access to public space, bathroom facilities or shelter. We live in survival mode, constantly searching for these resources that should be considered a basic human necessity. The most recent UN report describes the Bay Area’s treatment of the homeless population as “cruel and inhuman.”

We believe Libby Schaaf, Jesse Arreguin, and London Breed should cease all evictions, compensate the people for their stolen property and instead provide housing. We believe California has more than enough wealth to share with everyone.

We are coming out together to make a call to our fellow homeless and non homeless brothers and sisters to stand together

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2218146435135685/

3. Thursday, 6:00pm, SF Food Not Bombs Food Share 

16th & Mission BART Plaza
SF

For information or to volunteer:  send email to sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net.

Cookhouse:  Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (between Mission and Julian).

Food Pickups: Help Needed!

Cooking:  3030B 16th Street–3:00 pm to 6:00 pm–Ring doorbell for entry–Help Needed!

Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza — 6:00 pm–Help Needed!

Webpage: https://sffnb.org/serving-schedule/

Friday, December 21 

4. Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Pack The Court for Raul!

450 Golden Gate Ave,
15th Floor, Courtroom C
SF

10:00am – Press Conf.

The federal magistrate judge just set a hearing on Raul’s urgent request for release on December 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM at 450 Golden Gate Ave, Courtroom C, 15th Floor.

Please come and help us PACK THE COURT at Raul’s hearing, we need all hands on deck to ensure that we FREE RAUL!

Support Raul by signing the petition and continue to makes calls to the ICE field directors!!

PETITIONhttp://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51625/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25281

Hosts: Free Raul & California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/274095083301499/

5.  Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – Week 115 

Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.
SF

All are invited to join us  to demand that District Attorney George Gascon charge police officers with murder. Stand with ALL families who have lost loved ones to police murders. Since Gascon has been the DA in San Francisco, he has not charged any police officers 

6. Friday, December 21, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Stand with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – Monthly gathering at Alex Nieto’s altar

Bernal Hill
SF

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Decorate Alex’s altar site – (This is a surprise for the Nieto’s)  bring an ornament / Christmas greenery / plant or something that can be secured.

    – Most of all bring yourselves!

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Stand with the Nieto’s as we remember Alex.

Adriana C. suggested that we surprise the Nieto’s and decorate his altar site before the Nieto’s arrive.

Public transportation # 67 MUNI. Catch it on 24th St. at Mission across from McDonalds

         Photo by: Adriana Camarena

                 Early December

    Image may contain: 1 person, plant, flower and outdoor

On March 21, 2014, Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, 28 years old, was killed when he was struck by 14 to 15 bullets (of a total of 59 shots) fired by four San Francisco Police Department officers, on Bernal Hill Park, without justification. The officers who killed Alex Nieto are: Sgt. Jason Sawyer (then lieutenant. He is also the killer of John Smart in 1998!), Officer Roger Morse, Officer Richard Schiff, and Officer Nathan Chew.

On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder, the Nieto’s gather at the altar site on Bernal Hill.

All are welcomed

7. Friday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Interfaith Homeless Persons Memorial

United Nations Plaza
Market St. & 8th St.
SF

an annual gathering to honor homeless persons who have died. Members of the interfaith community will offer prayers, sing, and read the names of homeless persons who have passed away in the last year.

Host: SF Interfaith Council

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/12/17/18819845.php 

8. Friday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Sensible Cinema: Fahrenheit 11/9 

UU Center
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Please join Sensible Cinema at our final screening of the year Fahrenheit 11/9 the latest offering by film director Michael Moore. It’s a provocative and comedic
look at the time in which we live in the Trump Era. The film will explore the two most important questions of the Trump era and How did we get there? and How do
we get out?

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/12/14/18819804.php

Saturday, December 22 

9. Saturday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Macron Out Now! & Trump Should Be Next: US Working People Support French People

French Consulate
88 Kearny
SF

Hundreds of thousands of French workers, students and farmers have been shutting down roads and protesting against massive tax increases on the working class and capitalist austerity with privatization and outsourcing of jobs. The “Yellow Jackets” movement is a spontaneous popular anti-capitalist protest that was organized through social media but is now getting increased from trade unionists and some unions.

The reactionary Macron government has met these protests with rubber bullets and grenades that have seriously injured the protesters. Macron has now ordered armored vehicles in the streets to shut down this protest. The French union leadership has refused to mobilize their members to support these protests despite the fact that their members face massive attacks including their working conditions and benefits. While the government is cutting social benefits and raising taxes on the working class they are increasing funding for the military and police to repress the people of France.

The capitalist class in France like the capitalist class in the US 1s seeking to solve their problems by making the poor and working class pay by allowing the corporations and billionaires to profiteer on the growing economic crisis.

American workers also face similar attacks on our jobs, housing costs, and health and education rights. The Republicans with the support of the Democrats have pushed privatization and deregulation and also more militarization of the police and the world.

While workers have trouble surviving, Trump with the support of the Democrats is spending more than $750 billion on wars around the world.

Bring Your Yellow Jackets, Instruments, and Voices Rally

Sponsored by United Public Workers For Action UPWA.info

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/12/16/18819838.php

January 1, 2019 

10. Tuesday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, 10th Annual Oscar Grant Vigil: Gone But Not Forgotten

Grant Station
(Fruitvale BART Station)
Oakland

“Keep Fighting Until Victory is Won!”

Come out and support

Youth Speakers | Poets | Artists | Community Leaders | Activists | Lawyers | Educators | Family & Friends

Commemorating the Life of Oscar Grant. We are ALL Oscar Grant.

Host: Oscar Grant Foundation

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/12/19/18819875.php

Thursday, January 3 

11. Thursday, 4:00pm, One Year Later…We Still Want Justice 4 Sahleem Tindle

West Oakland BART Station
Oakland

We don’t celebrate the death or the day Sahleem was murdered,but we want to let them know on the same day that he was tragically taking from us,Jan 3rd 2018,that we still want JUSTICE,We STILL WANT ACCOUNTABILITY,and REMEMBRANCE of the life that is no longer here with ourselves.We love Sahleem,we miss Sahleem and we want to remind them that we will never forget the day Joseph Mateu took him away!Join us for a protest in Sahleem’s Honor followed by a Candlelight Vigil…More Details to follow.(Please Wear All White)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2428459927232031/

Trouncing Biden and Beto, Bernie Sanders Emerges as Clear Frontrunner in 2020 Straw Poll

“I think people in Washington are (again) underestimating the potential strength of a Sanders campaign (which could actually be part of his strength again).”

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Santa Monica, California. (Photo: Marcus Yam/Getty Images)

 

While an outsized chunk of the corporate media’s early 2020 coverage has been centered on the speculation and big donor enthusiasm surrounding centrist Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s possible White House bid, a new straw poll released on Tuesday found that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is far and away the leading presidential choice among progressives eager to take down President Donald Trump and forge ahead with a bold agenda.

“If the senator runs (I hope he does), he will have the best organizing program of any 2020 candidate.”
—Winnie Wong, People for Bernie

Conducted by Democracy for America (DFA)—a political action committee with over a million members—the survey found that Sanders topped the ever-growing list of potential Democratic candidates  with 36 percent support, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 15 percent and O’Rourke at 12 percent.

All other possible candidates included in the straw poll, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), earned less than 10 percent support.

The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim argued that the DFA survey shows political elites may once again be underestimating Sanders, who consistently polls as the most popular politician in the country.

Though Sanders emerged from the early survey as the strong front-runner, DFA executive director and incoming chair Charles Chamberlain said in a statement, “Progressive support in the 2020 Democratic primary is up for grabs and so is Democracy for America’s endorsement.”

In the 2016 Democratic primary, the organization endorsed Sanders over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Unlike 2016, no candidate has support strong enough for the Democratic Party establishment to clear the field, which means progressives will have an excellent opportunity over the next year to kick the tires on a wide range of different candidates and find the best one to take on Trump,” Chamberlain concluded.

On social media, Sanders supporters touted the DFA poll as further fuel for the “Draft Bernie” 2020 campaign launched earlier this month by former staffers for the Vermont senator’s 2016 bid.

“If the senator runs (I hope he does), he will have the best organizing program of any 2020 candidate,” declared Winnie Wong, founder of People for Bernie.

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‘Time for a Jubilee!’: US Student Loan Debt Hits Record $1.46 Trillion. Funny, That’s More Than GOP’s Corporate-Friendly Tax Giveaway

Student debt has doubled since 2009, but economists argue that forgiving all of it—that’s right, all of it—is something the country needs and can clearly afford.

A new study explores the economic benefits of cancelling student debt. (Photo: Getty)

 

It’s been almost a year since the Republican Party and President Donald Trump delivered their behemoth giveaway to the nation’s corporations and wealthiest individuals by passing a $1.5 trillion controversial tax bill that will ultimately blow a $5 trillion hole—or larger—in the nation’s budget.

On Monday morning, Bloomberg reported that the amount of U.S. student loan debt has more than doubled since 2009 and now sits at a record $1.47 trillion.

That’s interesting. Those numbers are very similar in size.

Meanwhile, also on Monday morning, Forbes noted how—due to the fraudulent practices of for-profit colleges and under orders from a federal court—the U.S. Department of Education will cancel $150 million in student loans, proving the federal government does, indeed, have the power to leverage its authority to correct an economic wrong.

As good as it might be for those students who are having their debt cancelled, $150 million is just 0.01 percent of the nearly $1.5 trillion in overall student debt liability.

While a majority loans are held by private institutions, Paul Della Guardia, economist at the Institute of International Finance, explained to Bloomberg that “over 90% of student loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education.” When the next economic downturn hits or if “a recession causes a rise in youth unemployment and triggers mass defaults,” warned Della Guardia, “this contingent liability could prove burdensome for the U.S. government budget.”

So if it’s possible to forgive a small portion of the overall student debt—and if the country can afford to give away $1.5 trillion in tax revenue, mostly to the wealthy and companies that don’t need it—why not just forgive all of the outstanding U.S. student debt?

Some economists think it’s a brilliant—and practical—idea. Earlier this year, a team economists published a paper (pdf) detailing the macroeconomics benefits of mass student debt cancellation.

According to the paper, put out through the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, forgiving the more than $1.4 trillion in outstanding student loan debt held by approximately 44 million Americans would boost the nation’s gross national product anywhere from $86 billion to $108 billion annually for the first decade following the debt cancellation. “Getting rid of the debt,” reported MarketWatch at the time of the paper’s release, “would also lower the average unemployment rate by 0.22 to 0.36 percentage points over 10 years and could add between 1.2 million and 1.5 million jobs per year.”

In February of 2018, economist Stephanie Kelton, a fellow at the Sanders Institute and one of the authors of that study, sat down with Jane Sanders, co-founder of the institute, to discuss why the cancelling all U.S. student debt is not only possible, by a viable and smart financial prescription.

Watch:

Correction: An earlier version of this piece miscalculated the amount of student debt cancelled by the Department of Education as a percentage of total student debt.

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