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A. Over 70 Experts Call for US to Stop Interfering in Venezuela
See announcement # 3
B. Commentary: Resist: Checking out the Manny’s boycott – January 23, 2019
C. “Federal workers are people, not pawns”: hundreds protest shutdown in Senate building
D. Shipyard activists take aim at Newsom over Camp Fire cleanup contract – January 21, 2019
E. Israeli Companies Sell Spy Tech They Perfected for Occupying Palestine – January 20, 2019
F. Harris to Hold First Presidential Campaign Rally in Oakland
See YouTube below & announcement # 13
F. Why Did Kamala Harris FAIL To Prosecute Steve Mnuchin & OneWest Bank?
3 – ACTIONS:
1. END Trump’s Shutdown and DEMAND funding for WIC and SNAP programs
2. Justice For Marzieh – The federal government must compensate Marzieh Hashemi for jailing her
Federal authorities abducted 59-year-old Marzieh Hashemi from the St. Louis airport, took her away in shackles, held her incommunicado for 48 hours, treated her with disrespect, and imprisoned her for 10 days – even though she was never even charged with a crime.
3. NO WALL, NO EXCEPTIONS–OPEN THE GOVERNMENT NOW!
TELL TRUMP TO STOP HOLDING THE GOVERNMENT HOSTAGE FOR HIS DEADLY WALL!
Friday, 1/25 – Tuesday, 1/29
Friday, January 25
1. Friday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Stop The Shutdown! Stop the Wall! Oakland
Oakland International Airport (Terminal 1)
Muir Woods Conference Room
1 Airport Dr.
Join the Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa Labor Councils and Oakland Federal Employees to rally against the Government Shutdown — and the border wall
Local workers are among 800,000 nationwide not getting paid during the shutdown. Trump is holding their paychecks and vital government services hostage unless Congress funds his racist wall.
Forty percent of the federal workforce – 800,000 employees nationwide – are not getting paid during the partial government shutdown that began at midnight Dec. 28.
Bay Area members of the American Federation of Government Employees will rally and hold a press conference at Oakland International Airport on Friday to highlight the impact the shutdown is having on workers, their families, and the nation.
Join us as we tell Congress to end the shutdown without one dime for Trump’s racist wall or other unnecessary border militarization programs
Who: AFGE members affected by the shutdown who work at TSA, in other agencies and their allies. Participation is not in any official agency capacity.!
Sponsors: Faith Alliance For A Moral Economy & East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
2. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – Week 120
Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.
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
3. Friday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, EMERGENCY RALLY: Respect Venezuelan Sovereignty!
24th & Mission St.
Today, the Trump administration is actively supporting an attempted right-wing coup against democratically-elected President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. He declared recognition of an opposition right-wing, Juan Guaidó, the opening shot at “regime change.” This is extremely dangerous and we urge all peace-loving people to come out to protest U.S. coup plots and in defense of President Maduro’s government and Venezuela’s sovereignty.
The right-wing coup plotters inside Venezuela are being directed from the White House, with Pres. Donald Trump, Vice-Pres. Mike Pence, Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser John Bolton calling for Maduro’s overthrow. If the U.S. succeeds in its illegal plans, there would be a major destabilization and possible war in the region, with devastating effects for tens of millions of people in Venezuela and Latin America For years, the U.S. government has imposed crushing economic sanctions on the country, robbing the Venezuelan people of billions in revenues, denying them food, medicine and other needs, and then cynically blaming Venezuela as being solely responsible for its economic crisis.
WHY IS THE U.S. PLOTTING AGAINST PRESIDENT MADURO AND HIS GOVERNMENT?
Ever since President Hugo Chávez took office in 1999, and with Maduro’s succession, the Bolivarian government of Venezuela has worked hard to provide for the people, creating a free healthcare system for the Venezuelan people, has built 2.5 MILLION homes that have benefited 10 million people, and built tens of new universities for free higher education. These benefits are financed by Venezuela’s oil, because the revolutionary government has guaranteed that the oil resources belong to the people, not to U.S. oil companies. Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world.
THE DANGER OF A COUP IS REAL —
IT IS TIME TO SAY NO TO U.S. INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA AND ALL LATIN AMERICA!
Sponsor: Answer Coalition Bay Area
4. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe Community Screening & Filmmaker Chat
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 – 9th St., Suite 290
Free – limited space
Reception featuring food from Lotus Falafel & Shawerma, 6:00 to 6:30 pm
The Arab Cultural and Community Center and the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Cal State San Bernardino Present:
A Special Community Screening of 1948: Creation & Catastrophe
FEATURING A POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION WITH:
Filmmakers Andy Trimlett and Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb of Cal State San Bernardino, moderated by Dr. Hatem Bazian of Zaytuna College
About the Film:
Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. It is simply not possible to make sense of what is happening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today without an understanding of 1948. This documentary was the last chance for many of its Israeli and Palestinian characters to narrate their first-hand accounts of the creation of a state and the expulsion of a nation.
5. Friday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, The Yellow Vest Movement: A Report Back From France
Berkeley City College (Rm 55 – Basement level)
2050 Center St.
$5. Donation suggested – no one turned away
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets all over France in what began as a protest against a fuel-tax increase but has spread into a movement against the overall worsening economic conditions in the country. Join us for a presentation and discussion with French activists about this current movement and where it could lead.
Sponsor: Speak Out Now
6. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Workshop: Socialist Analysis of LA Teachers’ Strike
2969 Mission St. (between 25th & 26th Sts.)
$3-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.
The ideas of an age are the ideas of its ruling class. Every day the media spins a story, a story shaped by the profit motive and capitalist politics. Sit down with activists, students and workers and read between the headlines to apply working class and socialist analysis about the events happening right here and right now that are affecting our lives. Collectively, we will investigate and discuss the biggest media topics of the day, but from a revolutionary perspective, not the one handed to us by the corporate media.
7. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, The Young Karl Marx – screening & discussion
Revolution Books – Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
This 2017 film by Raoul Peck gives a vivid picture of the birth of communism. Young, brilliant, and fiercely uncompromising, Karl Marx & Frederick Engels fought through polemics, debates, arrests and exile, in the midst of revolutionary upheaval throughout Europe. Marx and Engels forged a new scientific method and understanding that targeted the system of capitalism. They were the founders of revolutionary communism, a movement to end all oppression.
Saturday, January 26
8. Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Paradise Fire Rummage Sale
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez St.
Please join our rummage and bake sale to support immigrant communities impacted by the Paradise Fires.
If you have baked goods or gently used quality items to donate, please contact email@example.com to arrange drop off on or before January 25.
Sponsors: SURJ – SF and Bethany UMC
9. Saturday, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Oppose the: “Walk for Life” – Stand Up for Women
Powell & Market St.
March to: Montgomery & Market St.
Saturday, the so-called “Walk for Life” – which should be called the March for Female Enslavement & Forced Motherhood – will organize tens of thousands to march down Market Street to demand the end of the right to abortion for women.
We call for everyone to join with Refuse Fascism to oppose the “Walk for Life,”:
– to stand up to the anti-abortionists;
– to stand for safe healthcare for women;
– to stand for women’s right to chose;
– and to raise the demand that the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
These people march every year – this year, the stakes are very high. We are two years into the Trump/Pence regime, which has packed the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, with anti-abortion judges, along with everything else it has done to attack women, enforce white supremacy, attack immigrants and refugees, assault the environment, and more.
We call for all Handmaids to come forward and join us in opposing the “walk for life” – to make the visual statement that if we do not stand up, the nightmare world of brutal and extreme subjugation of women so powerfully captured in the novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the recent TV show will become reality.
To join the ranks of ‘Handmaids,’ contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Refuse Fascism via Facebook Messenger.
We refuse to accept a fascist America! Trump/Pence Must Go!
Sponsor: Refuse Fascism
10. Saturday, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, XR: SF Bay Organizing Meeting
Intertribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd.
come one & all to our first major organizing meeting for Extinction Rebellion: San Francisco Bay Area!
As advertised, XR: US has set January 26th as the first day of coordinated action for the national rebellion. Chapters across the US will be holding events on the 26th, and some of these will be direct actions. As we are a brand new chapter, we will be gathering to begin planning an action.
We’re not starting from scratch. This meeting and subsequent action are being planned with the generous and altogether outstanding help of local bay area activists.
To stay in the loop and receive updates to this event, please register your email with XR: SF Bay Area:
For more information about XR, please visit the XR webpage:
Sponsors: Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area & Intertribal Friendship House
11. Saturday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm, 48 Hours on CBS TV to air Kevin Cooper’s Innocence case
Was Kevin Cooper framed?
In May of last year, Nicholas Kristof published an explosive column in the New York Times, reviewing the evidence and concluding that it points to people other than Kevin. You can still read it here if you missed it.
The 48 Hours episode will include interviews with Kristof, Kevin’s attorney Norman Hile, and DPF Board Director Thomas R. Parker, a retired FBI agent who reinvestigated the case.
You can watch a preview of the episode here:
If you miss the episode, 48 Hours will post it on this page shortly after it airs.
Before he left office, former Gov. Jerry Brown ordered new, albeit limited, DNA testing for evidence gathered in Kevin’s case. It was a step in the right direction, but it stopped short of a true innocence investigation that we were all hoping for. You can read more about this important distinction in our most recent issue of The Focus by clicking here.
From Death Penalty Focus
Sunday, January 27
12. Sunday, 9:30am – 11:00am, Report Back From the Border, Refugees, ICE and the ‘Wall’
First Unitarian Universalist Society
1187 Franklin St. (@ Geary)
Report back from the Mexico – U.S. border
Liduina Vannes and Bruce Neuburger will discuss their work with the Annunciation House refugee center at El Paso in December. Norma Gallegos will discuss her experience and views in the San Ysidro/Tijuana area.
The discussion will cover conditions for refugees at the border, the work of the refugee center, things learned from the refugee families from Honduras, Guatemala and elsewhere, including their treatment by ICE. Also discussed will be the historical background of today’s migration and the shutdown over the wall.
For those interested in looking for some way to help there will be information on volunteering and supporting refugee work.
13. Sunday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Oakland: Protest Against Kamala Harris for President Campaign Launch Rally
Oscar Grant Plaza
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (nr 12th Street BART)
This is not a listing for an organized protest at the campaign kick-off rally, but a call for concerned citizens and organizations to make plans to resist her campaign, starting at the very first event. Bare minimum, show up on January 27 with signs and literature to let Kamala stans know how unacceptable this cop is as a presidential candidate. Let her followers on social media know the truth when she spews lies.
Kamala Harris for President has chosen Oakland for her initial Campaign Launch Rally on January 27, 12:00pm.
What are you going to do, Oakland, when Kamala Harris sets up shop in our town to push her phony “progressive prosecutor” schtick? Her campaign slogan at this point is “Kamala Harris for the People,” but we know she is anything but a candidate for the people, all of the people, those who lost their homes to predatory banks, for instance. She claims to be “tough, principled, fearless,” but we know none of that is true. She’s certainly not tough on the wealthy and powerful. She’s just another ambitious corpocrat trying to pretend she’s further to the left than she’s ever actually been.
She’s pitching herself as “a lifelong public safety and civil rights leader” and it’s time we stand up to say, “hell no.” Jailing people of color does not equal public safety and prosecutors violating defendants’ rights is not civil rights. Among the early staff members she has chosen include her sister Maya Harris, who was a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. We don’t need any more establishment democrats, and definitely not in prosecutor’s clothing.
Her main campaign headquarters will be in Baltimore, but her West Coast operations will be run out of Oakland. Let’s literally run her out of Oakland by not letting her peddle her lies here unchallenged. She doesn’t get to claim her record has been “taking on the Wall Street Banks for middle-class homeowners” without being mocked in public.
A thread on Kamala Harris’s terrible record on criminal justice
Kamala Harris: can a ‘top cop’ win over progressives in 2020?
14. Sunday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, RiseUp4Rojava San Francisco Demonstration
Union Square (corner of Post & Powell St.)
We invite you to a demonstration in support of Rojava and against US complicity with Turkey’s war on the Kurds.
On January 27th, exactly four years ago, the city of Kobane in northern Syria was freed from the hands of the gangs of the so-called Islamic State after months of fierce fighting by the courageous fighters of the YPJ and YPG. At that time, we poured onto the streets in our millions, day after day, week after week, to express our solidarity with the Kobane resistance and to compel the world to act. Nonstop, powerful actions outside the Middle East gave the comrades fighting in the city courage to continue and forced the international powers to act.
The weeks of resistance in Kobane became a symbol of the will, power and hope brought into the world by the young Rojava revolution. Through this resistance, Rojava’s principles of direct democracy, an ecological and collective economy, and the liberation of women became known around the world. Kobane has become a symbol of international solidarity and common struggle – our solidarity across borders and ideological differences, as democrats, socialists, feminists and eco-activists
See FB site for more info & history of this struggle.
Together we will make 27 and 28 January two days of global resistance against Turkish fascism. Together we will intervene in the numbing routine of war and oppression, expressing our solidarity with various forms of action. Together we will show that this revolution is not alone!
Sponsors: California Kurdish Community Center, Bay Area Mesopotamia Solidarity, Emergency Committee for Rojava, Bay Area Light Brigade
15. Sunday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Another Form of Life Is Possible: films on resistance
4799 Shattuck Ave.
$5 suggested donation- no one turned away for lack of funds— free popcorn.
Doors open at 4:30, films start at 5pm.
Liberated Lens Film Collective and Chiapas Support Committee presents a program of documentary shorts on the anti-capitalist Resistance in southern Mexico.
The Resistance shares many of the principles and goals of the Zapatistas movement: autonomy from the capitalist economy, communalist self-government rooted in indigenous traditions, an end to the subordination of women, respect for the natural world. Indigenous women are at the forefront of many of these ongoing struggles.
The films we will show:
*All of This, We Are Going to Defend
by Caitlin Manning and Joe Bender
*Angelina Gomez Lopez
by Caitlin Manning and Joe Bender
*Ik’ti Jme ‘tike (Dark Moon)
Experimental documentary by Ronyk and Thomas John
The screening will be followed by Q and A with the filmmakers and a discussion on the current situation in Chiapas with members of the Chiapas Support Committee.
Chiapas Support Committee will be selling crafts by Zapatista artisans. Profits from the sales, and half of the donations at the door, will go towards a fund to build schools in Zapatista territory.
Monday, January, 28
16. Monday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Rally to Free Raul!! 1/28
450 Golden Gate Ave
We are inviting everyone to come rally for Raul’s liberation!
This comes after the Immigration Judge denied AGAIN a new bond hearing for Raul, so we are going BACK to federal court with Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim to demand that she uses her power to set Raul Free! Raul should be reunited with his family and fight his immigration case outside of detention.
This is a rally to push her to take action (no hearing is yet set in his case) Let’s show Judge Kim that community is here for Raul!
Sponsors: California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance and Free Raul
17. Monday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Forum on the Feminist Resistance to the Radical Right in Brazil
Room 175 Booth Auditorium
215 Bancroft Ave.
RSVP: If you’d like to reserve a seat, please register on Eventbrite by Jan. 15th so we get a sense of numbers.
The event will be held largely in Portuguese. If you need simultaneous interpretation (PT to EN), please sign up via thislink .
On the eve of entering office, four female politicians are an emboldened, new generation of feminist officials at the forefront of defending and redefining democracy in Brazil. Building their trajectories out of local grassroots struggles, each has developed distinct approaches in their respective states. Ten months following the assassination of city councilwoman Marielle Franco, their collective work demonstrates that Marielle is still present. They will discuss feminism, formal politics, and innovative modes of resistance to the radical right turn in government. We will consider ways we can take action in solidarity.
Join us in this unprecedented opportunity to hear from and dialogue with 4 newly elected Brazilian politicians as they begin historic terms in office:
(1) Talíria Petrone (RJ), is one of the few Black women ever elected to Brazil’s Federal Congress. She is a history teacher who sees education as the basis for resistance and for the construction of a new world: her struggle has always begun in the classroom and on the streets. A long-time ally of Marielle Franco, Petrone considers herself a Black socialist feminist and has steadily fought for women’s rights, universal public health and education, and against anti-Black genocide.
(2) Sâmia Bomfim (SP), was elected recently to Brazil’s Federal Congress at the age of 27. In 2016, she became the youngest councilwoman in the capital of São Paulo, and rose to political prominence as she battled the proto-fascist youth movement MBL. Her activism has propelled her to lead one of the largest student movements in Brazil
(3) Jô Cavalcanti (PE), is a mother, Black woman, feminist and resident of Recife’s peripheries. Cavalcanti works in Recife’s informal economy and was recently elected as a co-state representative in a movement called “Juntas” (Together) Cavalcanti is also a national leader of the “workers without homes movement” (MTST), Brazil’s largest urban social movement.
(4) Fernanda Melchionna (RS), was recently elected to the Brazilian Federal Congress, garnering the largest amount of votes of any elected official in Rio Grande do Sul. She began her activism at the age of 14 in the nation-wide struggles against the privatization of public services. First elected to public office at the age of 24,
Host: The Feminist Resistance to the Radical Right in Brazil
18. Monday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Connecting the Dots: History of Policing with Andrea Ritchie
**REGISTER NOW! This webinar is free.**
Join us for the first webinar in our 2019 series, “Connecting the Dots: Border Militarism, US Domestic and Foreign Policy, and the Myriad of Connections to Racial Capitalism.”
Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades.
Tuesday, January 29
19. Tuesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Day of Action: Shut Down the Wall, Open the Government
1 Post St. (Montgomery @ Market St.)
Above the Montgomery BART/MUNI station
The SOTU was scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th. There has been a call for a nationwide day of action to include sick outs, pickets, strikes, Congressional office sit-ins, and rallies.
On Tuesday, January 29, we will stand together with federal workers, immigrant communities, and all of those who are impacted by this shutdown.
We reject the hateful rhetoric of the wall and the humanitarian crisis Trump has created at the border. Congress must immediately open the government, pay workers and contractors what they are owed, and the United States must immediately let those seeking asylum in!
Sponsor: Resistance SF
20. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Defend Public Education Rally
SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
A coalition of educators, students, and parents across the state and country are standing up and fighting back against the endless attacks on public education. In California, the richest state in the nation, we are seeing a historic swell of support demanding a reinvestment back into our schools and communities at the state and local level.
Join us for a rally as we stand in solidarity with educators across the state and call on our elected officials in San Francisco to uphold the commitment made by SF voters who overwhelmingly passed Prop G. The time is now to invest in our students, educators, and schools.
Sponsor: United Educators of SF
21. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, School’s Out! Information & Action Session
East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Childcare and Snacks will be provided.
An information session and action brainstorm for community organizations and allies of Oakland teachers about the potential Oakland teachers’ strike!
Support the potential strike! Come learn more about the struggle of Oakland teachers for smaller class sizes, manageable special education case loads, and higher pay!
We are calling on allies to study up on this fight and bring inspiration back to your organizations for ACTIONS supporting the potential Oakland teachers’ strike!
Sponsor: Oakland Education Association
22. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sunrise January General Meeting
Sunrise is building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.
We are redefining the conversation on climate change nationally, and if we are going to succeed in creating the changes that are needed and securing a Green New Deal, we will need everyone involved. Including you.
Join us for the January monthly meeting to plan for our next steps in the new year.
Everyone is invited-