Articles ~ Actions ~ Announcements, Fri, 1/25 – Tues. 1/29 (from Adrienne Fong)

Periodic Announcements

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 there!

  Check Indybay for other events that might interest you.

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ARTICLES:

A. Over 70 Experts Call for US to Stop Interfering in Venezuela

https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14249?fbclid=IwAR0H3osr0I2FZjfbydbIdMY4WObMlt-PH9KfPq9wSGuIMoq8fgpOO4nSG0U

     See announcement # 3

B. Commentary: Resist: Checking out the Manny’s boycott – January 23, 2019

https://www.ebar.com/news/news/271286?fbclid=IwAR1-AGRIh3a44UIK8ZfQ2ibiBCA841yQ2QWSJW8CnIpbJZjwbWP-UTFQQfs

C. “Federal workers are people, not pawns”: hundreds protest shutdown in Senate building

https://www.vox.com/2019/1/24/18194863/government-shutdown-worker-protest

D. Shipyard activists take aim at Newsom over Camp Fire cleanup contract – January 21, 2019

www.sfexaminer.com/shipyard-activists-take-aim-newsom-camp-fire-cleanup-contract/?fbclid=IwAR236hzZCd-tB3l466Akh5W80afFcvvdOj13lUozHZILk5f5oeMGyutI1HI

E. Israeli Companies Sell Spy Tech They Perfected for Occupying Palestine – January 20, 2019

F. Harris to Hold First Presidential Campaign Rally in Oakland

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Harris-to-Hold-First-Presidential-Campaign-Rally-in-Oakland_Bay-Area-504674602.html?fbclid=IwAR3kiUwchA34iHcjBT56uS33VoL4yCMbJM-U60vwzcgXW8jyTYXd3LTnxcQ

   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 

  SIGN: https://go.electdemocraticwomen.org/page/s/end-trumps-shutdown-now?source=MS_EM_PET_2019.01.24_B2_End-Trumps-Shutdown-Save-WIC-SNAP_X__F1_S1_C1__all

2.  Justice For Marzieh – The federal government must compensate Marzieh Hashemi for jailing her

  SIGN: https://iak.salsalabs.org/justice-for-marzieh/index.html?eType=EmailConfirmation&eId=69aea279-eae7-490f-850c-de0ddd4cdc5f

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!

  SIGN: https://www.southernborder.org/add_your_name_tell_trump_no_wall_no_exceptions_open_the_government_now?fbclid=IwAR3NT8STqn1J2y5xjAmWQNoE_A-fGeObc6Xj_MlCFTtOyoDzIhPYQMi2KU8

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Oakland

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/231016181137474/

2. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – Week 120

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

3. Friday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, EMERGENCY RALLY: Respect Venezuelan Sovereignty!

24th & Mission St.

SF

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/294371711429468/

4. Friday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, 1948: Creation & Catastrophe Community Screening & Filmmaker Chat

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 – 9th St., Suite 290

Oakland

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.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/10/18820255.php

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.

Berkeley

$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

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/23/18820661.php

6. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Workshop: Socialist Analysis of LA Teachers’ Strike

PSL

2969 Mission St. (between 25th & 26th Sts.)

SF

$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.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/23/18820631.php

7. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, The Young Karl Marx – screening & discussion

Revolution Books – Berkeley

2444 Durant Ave.

Berkley

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.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2479425232129716/

Saturday, January 26

8. Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Paradise Fire Rummage Sale

Bethany United Methodist Church

1270 Sanchez St.

SF

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 sadie.e.stone@gmail.com  to arrange drop off on or before January 25.

Sponsors: SURJ – SF and Bethany UMC

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/217454542539852/

9. Saturday, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Oppose the: “Walk for Life” – Stand Up for Women

Meet at:

Powell & Market St.

SF

March to: Montgomery & Market St.

SF

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 afong@jps.net or contact Refuse Fascism via Facebook Messenger.

We refuse to accept a fascist America! Trump/Pence Must Go!

Sponsor: Refuse Fascism

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/22/18820622.php  or  https://www.facebook.com/events/532072447304608/

10. Saturday, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, XR: SF Bay Organizing Meeting

Intertribal Friendship House

523 International Blvd.

Oakland

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: 

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/xr-bay-area-sign-up?source=facebook&

For more information about XR, please visit the XR webpage:

https://xrebellion.org/

Sponsors: Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area & Intertribal Friendship House

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/230924951020236/

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)

SF

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.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/21/18820596.php

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)

Oakland

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.


Learn more: 

A thread on Kamala Harris’s terrible record on criminal justice 
https://twitter.com/Copmala/status/1085688776381419520 

Kamala Harris: can a ‘top cop’ win over progressives in 2020? 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/19/kamala-harris-2020-election-top-cop-prosecutor

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/22/18820624.php

14. Sunday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, RiseUp4Rojava San Francisco Demonstration

Union Square (corner of Post & Powell St.)

San Francisco

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/985373891662314/

15. Sunday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Another Form of Life Is Possible: films on resistance

Omni Commons

4799 Shattuck Ave.

Oakland

$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 
2018, 15:56
by Caitlin Manning and Joe Bender

*Angelina Gomez Lopez 
2017, 11:06
by Caitlin Manning and Joe Bender

*Ik’ti Jme ‘tike (Dark Moon)
2013, 50:25
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.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/372069996892386/

Monday, January, 28

16. Monday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Rally to Free Raul!! 1/28

450 Golden Gate Ave

SF

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/380567919169585/

17. Monday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Forum on the Feminist Resistance to the Radical Right in Brazil

Berkeley Law

Room 175 Booth Auditorium

215 Bancroft Ave.

Berkeley

Free

RSVP: If you’d like to reserve a seat, please register on Eventbrite by Jan. 15th so we get a sense of numbers. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-feminist-resistance-to-the-radical-right-in-brazil-a-forum-of-four-brazilian-feminist-political-tickets-53785316329?utm_term=eventurl_text

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/276572216383865/

18. Monday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Connecting the Dots: History of Policing with Andrea Ritchie

**REGISTER NOW! This webinar is free.**
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nxwZ9ooiTsaXdWxGoQZPFw

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.

Sponsor: SURJ

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/213014186307618/

Tuesday, January 29

19. Tuesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Day of Action: Shut Down the Wall, Open the Government

McKesson Plaza

1 Post St. (Montgomery @ Market St.)

Above the Montgomery BART/MUNI station

SF

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1861713767291378/

20. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Defend Public Education Rally

SF City Hall

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place

SF

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2008726509244990/?active_tab=about

21. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, School’s Out! Information & Action Session

East Side Arts Alliance

2277 International Blvd.

Oakland

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/390628675078203/

22. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sunrise January General Meeting

Sierra Club

2101 Webster

Oakland

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-

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1149916398506985/

Police: Driver runs over bicycle, homeless man during Telegraph Avenue march

By Emilie Raguso Jan. 24, 2019, 4:58 p.m. (Berkeleyside.com)

A march to save People’s Park turned violent Tuesday when a driver ran over a bicycle and a homeless man. Photo: James Cartmill

A march by activists in Berkeley who hope to stop development at People’s Park turned violent Tuesday when a driver ran over a bicycle and a homeless man, according to police and community reports.

Activists who were part of the march told Berkeleyside a group of perhaps 15-30 people was walking on Telegraph Avenue at Durant Avenue when a driver trying to force his way through the crowd ran over a bicycle — its rider jumped off — then turned the wrong way onto a one-way street and ran over a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk, breaking his leg.

“He went to drive through the protest, pushing his way through and being very aggressive with his driving,” said James Cartmill, who was part of the march. (Cartmill’s video of the incident, which contains explicit language, is posted on Facebook.) “It’s discouraging that people don’t understand that our First Amendment right trumps their traveling.”

Some who heard about the incident said it reminded them of the demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a driver killed Heather Heyer as she protested a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalist and right-wing groups.

Berkeley Police spokesman Officer Byron White said the driver had been determined to be at fault for the collisions, but that there was “no evidence to suggest that the driver was aware of the collision with the bicycle or the pedestrian at the time of the incident.” Police continue to investigate, said White, who said he had not seen footage of the incident.

Cartmill’s video captures much of the fracas, though not the driver’s approach in relation to the march on Telegraph. In the footage, there’s the sound of a thump, then someone yells, “Stop, you’re running over a bike,” as Cartmill pans left to the vehicle. Members of the crowd begin to strike the vehicle, as others shout at the driver: “What … is your problem?” and “The hell you doing, man?”

The driver then abruptly turns left and heads west along the northern sidewalk of Durant as people chase and hit his vehicle, according to the footage.

“He just ran over that guy,” one person then shouts, according to the footage. Community members later identified the injured man as “Blind Tony,” a fixture on the corner who was sitting in his usual spot when he was hit. Cartmill said, as of Thursday, Tony had been released from the hospital with a fracture.

Tony on the sidewalk after he was hit. Photo: Sarah Menefee

According to police, officers responded to Telegraph and Durant just before 12:10 p.m. Tuesday “for a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that was related to a march on Telegraph Avenue.”

Police said in a prepared statement that they talked with witnesses and “learned that a vehicle travelling northbound on Telegraph Avenue was stopped or impeded by the persons in the roadway for the march. While stopped, a crowd formed around the vehicle and reportedly began pushing/banging on the vehicle. The vehicle then drove west on northern sidewalk of Durant Avenue away from the crowd. At some point while driving away, the vehicle struck a bicycle in the road as well as a person who was lying on the sidewalk.”

BPD identified the driver as a 21-year-old Berkeley man and the person on the sidewalk as a 55-year-old homeless man. The man was taken to the hospital for cuts and bruising to the leg, said BPD, which could not confirm as of publication time whether the man’s leg was broken in the crash.

White said police found the driver, who is cooperating with investigators.

Louis Cuneo, a longtime Telegraph Avenue vendor-photographer, and founder of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, said he was near Yogurt Park, on Durant Avenue, when he “heard a lot of noise” and saw a car driving on the sidewalk being chased by people “calling him [the driver] rotten names.” Cuneo said he was taken aback by the sight.

“I said, ‘What? I never have seen this,’” he thought to himself. “I’ve seen snow here. I’ve seen riots here. But not this.”

Berkeley resident Moni Law wrote to city officials Thursday to implore them to take the matter seriously.

“Are the police gathering security camera footage from the nearby bank and other businesses on Telegraph?” she wrote. “This is very troubling and the offender cannot be left to think it’s ok to mow down people with their car.”

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Open Letter to Berkeley Officials Regarding Hit and Run on Telegraph Yesterday

By Marcia Poole

Wednesday January 23, 2019 – (BerkeleyDailyPlanet.com)

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Greetings Mayor, City Council members and Berkeley community, 

I don’t know if you were aware of the felony hit and run at corner of Telegraph and Durant yesterday afternoon, January 22nd. A car pushed into a protest march that was moving along Telegraph Avenue from Peoples’ Park to the UC campus. The march was in protest of the arrests made of 6 protesters in Peoples’ Park days before and the cutting of the trees there that precipitated the protest. 

The car drove down Telegraph into the peacefully assembled marching group as they walked down the street, veered off onto the sidewalk on Durant (adjacent to Noah’s) and continued down the sidewalk for half a block before getting back onto the street. A man was sleeping adjacent to Noah’s with his legs extended towards the street. He was a blind, African-American man who went by the street name of “Blind Tony.” The car ran over his legs. Several protestors tried to run after the car to get the license number, but were restrained by a tall young man who told them to “Stop fighting. Let UC have the park.” They broke away from him and tried to continue to chase the car, but it had accelerated out of their sight. An ambulance was called and the victim of the hit and run was taken to the hospital. The young man (around 6’2″), who had tried to restrain the protesters from getting the license # of the car, got knocked down when he had tried to grab a protesting woman. He cried on the pavement and had an ambulance come for him too. 

There was obviously a 911 call about the incident for the ambulance to have been summoned. It happened on the City of Berkeley sidewalk and street. The Mayor and Councilman from the district had not heard about it as of this afternoon, when they were informed. They said there was no police report that they knew of. 

Several things are very wrong with this. First, the car drove down Telegraph into the peacefully assembled group that was walking down the street. They were protesting Civil Rights violations and the cutting of many healthy trees. The driving into the demonstrators who were peacefully moving down the street was an obvious hate crime. The car’s moving onto the sidewalk, running over a sleeping man’s legs and proceeding on the sidewalk for half a block and then going the wrong way down the street, heading towards Shattuck, was a felony hit and run. Since the ambulance was summoned to the site and took the injured man away, the police were obligated to respond. We can’t find the police record of it yet and city officials were not told about it. I think this warrants an investigation and, certainly, reporting in the press on it. Shades of Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Marcia Poole

Berkeley

U.S. Homeless Resources

Helpful Homelessness Resources

There are many agencies and nonprofits committed to ending homelessness and offering support to those in need. These are the best places to start.

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  • If you are in need of meals, find your local food bank. Feeding America has a wonderful tool to find the nearest one in your area through this zip code search tool.
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  • Veterans can access a large number of VA resources that are organized on the VA.gov website through this link.
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Updated January 23, 2019

Most shelters in the United States expect residents to leave the shelter in the morning. They can then return in the evening for a meal and to sleep. When looking at shelters, pay careful attention to curfew hours. There are also daytime-only shelters in many cities for people that may not be able to stay at their shelter.

In addition to the shelters below, there are many programs in place that could help. Be sure to go to your local library to find resources and programs that they may offer to assist you. Many libraries offer temporary library cards. There are also many government assistance programs offered. Some of the primary programs include Social Security Supplemental Income and Social Security Disability Insurance.

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Kamala Harris Assembles Campaign Staff Of Unpaid California Prison Laborers

January 22, 2019 (theonion.com)

WASHINGTON—On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that she would be running for president, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reportedly began staffing her campaign Tuesday with unpaid inmates from California correctional facilities. “I’m so grateful to have such an incredible and devoted team headed up by my new campaign manager, Spider, as we work together to fight for American values,” said Harris of the two dozen non-violent criminal offenders who would reportedly work shifts of up to 72 hours out of her campaign office in exchange for three square meals a day and all the “Kamala Harris 2020” merchandise they could carry. “Whether it’s knocking on doors, leading focus groups, making phone calls, or helping prep me for upcoming media appearances, my entire staff will be comprised of unpaid prison laborers. Not only will this cut campaign-related expenses by up to $20 million, it will also allow inmates to spend time in the community and provide them with valuable work-related opportunities.” Harris added that due to a quirk in California state law, most inmates would be ineligible to work for other political campaigns once they’d been released from prison.

James Earl Ray did not shoot MLK (Op-ed by Bob of Occupy)

Probably 95% of Americans think that James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King.

Those are 95% of Americans who get their news from the mainstream and who don’t know that the MLK Family thought that Ray was an innocent patsy so they hired Bill Pepper to defend him.

In December 1999, in a civil case brought by the MLK Family in a Memphis court with James Swearingen presiding as judge, the Defendants, five in all _ The FBI, the US Army, the Memphis Police Department, the Dixie Mafia, and one Lloyd Jowers were found guilty of collusion in the death of MLK.

How many heard of that decision? Not a insignificant case, don’t you think? And yet it was only announced on the mainstream asset of the US Government on Nightline that night and never again presented to the People.

A one month trial, four thousand pages of documents, over seventy eye witnesses, and a jury of twelve, after only less than an hour of deliberation, found all of the above GUILTY of collusion in the death of Martin Luther King.

And James Earl Ray was exonerated by three eye witnesses who placed him away from the scene of the crime at the time of the assassination.

A one month trial, four thousand pages of documents, over seventy eye witnesses, and a jury of twelve, after only less than an hour of deliberation, found all of the above GUILTY of collusion in the death of Martin Luther King.

And James Earl Ray was exonerated by three eye witnesses who placed him away from the scene of the crime at the time of the assassination.

The MLK Family asked only for punitive damages of $100 which was split five ways. The did not do it for the money but rather to expose the truth and exonerate James Earl Ray who had since died of liver cancer while in jail a year before.

This is the nature of Justice in America.

This is the state of journalism, or said better, the lack of it.
It’s very easy to verify this through your search engines. But when confirmed, tell people around you the Truth, in that way you will honor Martin who certainly would not have wanted an innocent man to have his reputation besmirched even after his death.

Articles ~ Actions ~ Announcements, Mon. 1/21 – Thurs. 1/24 + Call for ‘Handmaids’ for Sat. 1/26 (from Adrienne Fong)

Periodic Announcements

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 there!

  Check Indybay for other events 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 a JUSTICE ISSUE!

ARTICLES: 

A. MLK, JFK, RFK, MALCOLM X Celebs and Fams of Kennedy, MLK Demand New Probes … ASSASSINATIONS WERE CONSPIRACIES  

https://www.tmz.com/2019/01/19/jfk-rfk-mlk-malcolm-x-murders-assassinations-conspiracies-reopen-trc/?fbclid=IwAR0pNVCxC9PlqQLat6nFx451tTC7_UmQOnIa-fSf5024MCHc838cmt90DFk

B. Trump’s Space Force: A Dangerous Lunacy – January 18, 2019

C. House Democrats Add $1 Billion in Border-Related Spending to Measures to Reopen Government

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-democrats-add-dollar1-billion-in-border-related-spending-to-measures-to-reopen-government/ar-BBSqldl?ocid=spartandhp

3 – ACTIONS:

1. Tell the House: Don’t Rubber-Stamp Laser Drones

  SIGN: https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/tell-house-dont-rubber-stamp-laser-drones?source=em20190119&t=4&akid=3108%2E294094%2EyCEp8i

  Trump just announced a ludicrous and dangerous plan to build laser drones to fire at North Korean missiles.

2. FELONY charges, 7 yrs in prison, for a SILENT PROTEST in support of immigrants! #FreeMaya

  SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/maya-faces-7-years-in-prison-for-a-silent-protest-in-support-of-immigrants-meanwhile-the-attacks-on-immigrants-escalated-children-tear-gassed-at-the-mexico-us-border-this-is-an-outrage-freemaya

3. Take action now: Tell Congress to speak out against the destruction of the Oura Bay! – From military destruction

  SIGN: https://action.foe.org/page/8824/action/1?ea.tracking.id=Email&ea.url.id=184491

The U.S. military is attempting to build a new base in Okinawa, Japan. This base threatens precious ecosystems, endangered species, the democracy of the Okinawan people, and the livelihoods of its Indigenous community

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, January 21 – Thursday, January 24

Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

1. Monday, 7:30am – 8:00am, Press Conf: Demanding Racial Justice on MLK Jr Day – Fire HR Dir

Marriott Marquis

780 Mission St.

SF

On MLK Jr. Day, SF City Workers Demand Board of Supervisors and Mayor Breed Fire HR Director Micki Callahan Involved in Racial Discrimination

How do local politicians of San Francisco observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? As they do every year, the who’s who of San Francisco politics will gather at the SF Labor Council Breakfast. They will make speeches on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; they will network; and they will swear they believe in racial justice. Then the event will conclude and they will go on their merry way, proceeding to do nothing to make a difference pertaining to racial injustices experienced by Black people in San Francisco. They will use this day not as a day to address racial injustices, but as a photo opp..

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods demands that Mayor Breed and the Board of Supervisors take real action, and fire Department of Human Resources Director Micki Callahan due to her documented involvement in systemic racial discrimination of Black city workers. WDBCJ4MW leader and SEIU 1021 steward Phelicia Jones said, “After this Press Conference, politicians of SF will have breakfast in this hotel with the Labor Council and pay lip service to Martin Luther King, Jr., as they do every year. Then they will walk away and do nothing for Black folks in San Francisco

We call on the Board of Supervisors to recommend that Callahan be fired and we call on Mayor Breed to fire her. According to United Workers for Public Action, Callahan has cost San Francisco taxpayers over $70 million from payments for settlements to workers and lawyers, many of those settlements related to race.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/596673777429386/

2. Monday, 8:30am – 10:30am, #Reclaim MLK Youth Teach-In & March-  Updated

Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (nr. 12th St. BART)

Oakland

ASL interpreters provided

Teach-In with the Young Activists for Black Lives Coalition*!

This year’s Young Activists 4 Black Lives theme is We got the Power! 

We got the power to end houselessness.
We got the power to abolish ICE.
We got the power to provide sanctuary for all.
We got the power to end police terror.

Programming tentatively includes music, movement, books and interactive activities on empowering youth of color leaders, self defense, labor strikes, talking about whiteness, and more.

Teach-In programming will be led by Abundant Beginnings, BoomShake, Sanctuary For All, Sama Sama, Oakland teachers, Showing up for Racial Justice.
Check back for more information on the day!!

Sponsors: Abundant Beginnings & APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/304886996673683/

3. Monday, 11:00am –(See details below),  The Peoples March – 5th Annual Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy – Updated

Oscar Grant Plaza

14th & Broadway St. (12th St. BART)

Oakland

Accessibility:

 Plenty of seating at Amphitheater

Plan is to have vehicles to follow march

We try to pace the march for children, elders, etc. to be able to keep up. The march will be generally in the greater downtown area, so no difficult terrain.

ASL interpretation will be available for some parts of the day’s programming.
A free Healer Village will be operating from about 10am-5pm

Gather at 11:00 am
March at noon

Here’s more detail (still subject to change)
We are sorry, but there will not be a Sunrise Ceremony after all. 
8:00 am – 9:00 am Morning meditation and sound healing – Free Breakfast Program until the March
9:00 am – 10:30 am – youth teach-in and march around the plaza 
11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Program & March!
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – March ends in celebration, music and dance
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – People’s Assemblies & Lunch:
4:30pm-5pm – Last torch is lit, chanting Oscar Grant’s name as well as the names of all of the other victims of police brutality over the last ten years, gong is hit, we move into sunset ceremony 
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Sunset ceremony by Lead to Life

For the 5th consecutive year, the Anti Police-Terror Project calls the Bay Area into the streets for the People’s March to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy. 

MLK’s legacy has been whitewashed for many decades. The state would have us believe he was a passive figure. The truth is he was a radical leader, unshakable in his demands for rational change: an end to capitalism, to war, to empire, to poverty, and to white supremacy. We take this opportunity every year to celebrate the true spirit of this revolutionary

On Jan. 21, we march for justice for all victims of police terror and their families. We march for housing as a human right. We march for a just economy that meets everyone’s human needs. We march for real community safety, which means defunding the police to invest in our communities. We march for quality education for all our kids. We march for real sanctuary in the Bay. We march for a sustainable climate and healthy environment for all families.


Demands:
– Justice for ALL victims of police terror and their families
– Housing as a human right: truly affordable housing for all in need, immediate shelter for our unhoused neighbors, and public land for public good.
– A just economy that works for everyone, puts people over profits, provides living wage jobs with dignity for all, requires corporations to pay their fair share to do business in our cities, and ensures that any development benefits the community.
– Community-based public safety: Invest in prevention, not criminalization; make all police use of force transparent and accountable.
– Quality education for all: Fair pay for teachers. No cuts, no closures, no more charters.
– Real sanctuary for all: Abolish ICE, end criminalization of our most marginalized, and guarantee the safety of all queer, Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.
– Environmental justice: clean, air, water, and safe food supplies for all.
Indigenous sovereignty and respect for sacred sites. 

Sponsor: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/306880009918687/?active_tab=discussion

4. Monday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, On MLK Day: SF Press Conference to demand that Gov. Newsom Fire Criminal Tetra Tech

California State Building

350 McAllister

SF

On MLK Day In SF Rally/Press Conference To Demand that Gov Newsom Fire Criminally Corrupt Clean-up Company Tetra Tech

OUTRAGED HUNTERS POINT RESIDENTS DEMAND 
GAVIN NEWSOM FIRE TETRA TECH 

Environmentalists Join Hunters Point Residents’ Demand That Newsom Rescind State Contract with Tetra Tech to Clean Up Butte County Camp Fire Debris

Residents will be joined at the press conference by community leader Christopher Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown and Attorney Charles Bonner, who represents over 3,000 Hunters Point Plaintiffs in their $27 Billion lawsuit filed against Tetra Tech last year for its fraudulent reports that it had cleaned up a portion of the Shipyard. The residents’ demand is supported by renowned environmental and medical leaders, including Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai, Environmental Scientist Wilma Subra, Dr. Rupa Marya, Epidemiologist Mark Alexander, Green Action leaders Bradley Angel and Marie Harrison, Dr. Ray Tompkins.

Newsom, who had barely been sworn in as Governor when he appointed Jared Blumenfeld to head the Cal-EPA Agency, was a pivotal player in the deal the City of San Francisco made when he was Mayor with mega-housing developer Lennar to construct more than 10,000 housing units on the Shipyard. The Navy then engaged Tetra Tech to clean up the Superfund site for the Lennar development. Late last year, the Shipyard’s first homeowners sued Lennar, and now the Navy itself and the Department of Justice have sued Tetra Tech for its dangerously fraudulent practices. More, Congressional House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently echoed residents’ outrage, stating, “We are concerned that Tetra Tech continues to receive contracts amidst ongoing Department of Justice whistleblower lawsuits into their fraudulent work at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.” The Cal-EPA/CalRecycle contract with Tetra Tech was flagrantly entered into even as the U.S. Department of Justice filed its lawsuit against Tetra Tech

Corrupt CA Gov Newsom Who Covered Up $1 Billion Eco Fraud Scandal At Hunters Point Shipyard Gives Criminal Tetra Tech Another Huge State Contract To Clean-up Camp Fire After Committing Fraud At Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Clean-up

For details see: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/19/18820470.php

5. Monday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Stand with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – Monthly gathering at Alex Nieto’s altar – Updated

Bernal Hill

SF

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

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

All are welcomed

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.

UPDATES:

  – January 2nd, Alex’s altar was removed by Park & Recs. From what I understand the Nieto’s don’t intend to rebuild the altar but will continue to meet each month at the site –

    rain or shine

  – January 17th, From Ben Bac Sierra: “Share good news:

    Unanimous approval by the SF Arts Commission of the Alex Nieto Memorial!

    Against the violence and injustice of 59 bullets, family and grassroots community rose to promote the positive spirit of a beloved young man, Alex Nieto, whose tragic death

    sparked the biggest movement of diverse gente in the United States ever to defend the honor of a Latino victim of a police killing.

His blood was the roots; we are the flowers.

Amor for Alex Nieto.”

Next step is with Park & Recs. Notice will be given before this happens

  FB site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/721427181211650/

Tuesday, January 22

6. Tuesday, 11:30am, Hands Off Our Park: Defend People’s Park From Cops And Chainsaws – Rally & March

People’s Park

2556 Haste St.

Berkeley

Last week, over 150 heavily armed police officers came with guns and chainsaws to cut down our trees and trash our homes. Six people – community members and students – were violently awoken and handcuffed at 5 am, on charges of “illegal camping” – because they had put up tents and tarps as shelter from the rain. All of their belongings were seized or trashed.

We reject the UC’s claim that this is about sick trees. This is about razing one of Berkeley’s few public spaces to turn it into privatized, luxury dorms. Some trees were supposedly removed because they were “too close to other trees”. Others were completely removed over health issues that are normally solved by removing a branch. The only thing “wrong” with those trees was that they stood in the way of the construction equipment the UC intends to bring in.

Sponsor: People’s Park Committee and Berkeley People’s Park

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/613591639063640/

7. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Liberate The Caged Voices

The Octopus Literary Salon

2101 Webster St.

Oakland

Join us for this interactive event centered on the letters, commentary and poetry of our caged community members. Your active participation is encouraged as we fulfill the wish to bring forth the voices of those most impacted by the Prison Industrial Slave Complex and heed their call to awareness and action.
A guest speaker TBD

Sponsor: California Prison Focus

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/220510795530944/

Wednesday, January 23

8. Wednesday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Sit-In: DA Wagstaffe’s Office to Demand Release of Videos of Okobi’s Death by Sheriffs

400 County Centerm 3rd Floor DA’s Office

Redwood City

Allow time to go through security – please be in the office by 10am

It has been over four months since the murder of Chinedu Valentine Okobi at the hands of San Mateo County Sheriff’s officers. 
Currently, there has been: 

No response by the DA to the calls and requests by the SMC community to release the videos, and the 911 calls on Oct 3, 2018. 

No corrections of the lies in the first report released by the Sheriff’s Office about Mr. Okobi’s death. 

No public statement by the Sheriff or the DA. 

No action on, or commitment to, any legislation regarding a moratorium on Tasers by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. 

No requests by any San Mateo County Supervisors to the DA or Sheriff to release the video, the call logs or correct the lies of the first report by the Sheriff’s office on this death, as we the community have repeatedly requested of them since October 2018. 

In addition to this complete disregard for interests of justice, all five (5) deputies are back on duty. 

We demand the release of the videos of Okobi’s murder and the release of the 911 Call logs, immediately. 

It is time to disrupt business as usual at the DA’s office!

Sponsor: Justice4Chinedu/Regina Islas

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/14/18820380.php

9. Wednesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Stop Privatization At SFGH! Press Conf To Stop Privatization of SF General Hosp Pharmacy

SF General Hospital

In Plaza between Building 5 & 25

Near 23rd & Utah

SF

1/23 SF General Speak-out Press Conference To Stop Privatization of SF General Hospital Pharmacy And Other Departments, Workplace Bullying and Systemic Racism 
Stop Privatization, Workplace Bullying , Racism, Retaliation and Union Busting!

The City and County Of San Francisco is moving to privatize thousands of jobs through the EPIC program and the LEAN plan while outsourcing city jobs to non-union low paid workers. 
Part of this outsourcing drive is taking place at the San Francisco General Hospital renamed Zuckerberg pharmacy where the DPH management and San Francisco Human Resource DHR Director Micki Callahan are intent on more privatization and outsourcing the pharmacy for more profits. The City has pushed for privatization of the entire hospital and renamed it the Zuckerberg Hospital despite opposition by CCSF workers and the community. SF City top officials and executives want to turn it into a privatized revenue producing operation instead of a public hospitaly and communit healthcare centers for the poor and working people.

Speakers will report on who is doing this privatization and what the cost of the city and health system will be. This outsourcing is escalating and is also taking place in other hospitals including Highland Hospital in Oakland and the threat to outsource pharmacy jobs at Kaiser. This is combined with attacks on whistleblowers and a racist workplace bullying attack on African American and other minority workers as well as senior workers. African American workers many of whom testified at CCSF Board Of Supervisors hearing who are being illegally harassed and terminated out of their jobs for more profiteering by the privatizers while millions more are being spent on consultants.

The San Francisco Labor Council has also called for an end to privatization and the bullying of CCSF DPH workers and other workers. 

Speakers will include 
Brenda Barros, SEIU 1021 SF General Hospital Chapter Chair and COPE co-chair 
John Wadsworth, SEIU 1021 General Hospital VP 
Cheryl Thornton, SEIU 1021 Steward and SF Potrero Hill Community Healthcare Worker 
Lisa Milos, CWA UPTE UCSF rank and file member 
Theresa Harris, SFGH SEIU 1021 Nurse 

Sponsored by 
United Public Workers For Action

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/18/18820450.php

10. Wednesday, 5:00pm – 5:30pm, Invasion of the Tent Snatchers II (WeSearch Release)

SF City Hall

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place, Front steps

SF

As a follow-up to our October 2018 WeSearch Release- Poor, Unhoused (unbedded) San Francisco residents will release our 2nd WeSearch (Poor People-led research) data on the ongoing theft of 410 tents belonging to houseless residents by the new Mayoral administration of San Francisco 

POOR Magazine is a poor and indigenous people-led movement dedicated to providing media, education, art and solutions for and by Poor folks ourselves- Pnn-Kexu 96.1fm-Po Peoples Revolutionary radio/TV launched ROOFless radio and the WeSearch project 3 years ago to ensure that poor peoples voices and data were collected, reported and speaking for ourselves about things that impact us 1st and worst.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2292240137467065/

11. Wednesday, 6:30pm,  Community BOYCOTT of Manny’s! Stop the Woke-Washing of the Mission!Weekly protest

3092 16th St. (nr. Valencia & near 16th St. BART)

SF

We call for a community boycott of “Manny’s” at 3092 16th St in the Mission District of San Francisco. “Manny’s” as a gentrifying wine-bar, cafe and fake “social justice” space in the Mission District, will only accelerate the raising of rents and the displacement of Black, Latinx, disabled and trans/queer people in the Mission. Additionally, the proprietor of Manny’s, Emmanuel Yekutiel, has unequivocally espoused racist, Zionist, pro-Israel ideals that we will not tolerate or accept in our community.

Further, “Manny’s: 

· Claims to be a “community” space, yet no one in the Mission, long a poor and working-class, Latinx and black community, asked him to open this gentrifier wine bar. In fact, Emmanuel Yekutiel previously attempted to open Manny’s in the Bayview and the Tenderloin but was told to leave by community members and organizations. 

· Even with no community support and no connection to the Mission, Manny’s was given a “reduced rate rent” by Sam Moss, executive director of Mission Housing, the landlord of the space. 

· Claims to be a “cultural space” specifically for the local community of San Francisco and the Mission District. However, so far, the space has almost exclusively hosted Washington DC politicos TED-talks catering to the ruling-class Tech-elite. As longstanding Mission District cultural spaces like Galería de la Raza are forced out of their spaces due to the eviction crisis, the owner of Manny’s, a well-connected, Washington DC corporate and political consultant for companies like Facebook and the Hilary Clinton campaign are helping turn the Mission into a rich-only zone fueled by tech-gentrification.

We will not tolerate gentrifiers and Zionists attempts at invading and destroying our community through “woke-washing”!! The Lucy Parsons Project from this moment forth is calling for a boycott of Manny’s, at 3092 16th St., until the space is shut down!!

This site will NOT be posting programs that groups/ people are holding inside Manny’s to honor the Boycott and to support the  Palestinian People,  and against the continued Gentrification of the Mission!

Please DO NOT attend programs that are scheduled there and tell Manny why!! Let groups / people that U know who have scheduled events there to also CANCEL.

This is a Justice issue!

12. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, From Women’s Rights to Trans Liberation

The Women’s Building

3543 18th St.

SF

The fight for reproductive rights is a fight for bodily autonomy, which also underpins demands for trans liberation and sexual freedom. The possibilities for our bodies and our lives are limited under capitalism. The socialist impulse is to fundamentally change this condition. Socialist emancipation involves an emancipation from the way capitalism organizes gender and alienates our bodily life. For that reason, the defense of trans rights must be a principle for the movement that we want to build today.

Sponsor: ISO

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/348058092591875/

Thursday, January 24

13. Thursday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Rally Against The Attack On The Poor

SF City Hall

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl

SF

As DPW continually confiscates property at the behest of the city govt, the BOS appears poised to enact SB-1045, a dangerous bill meant to conserve homeless folks with a prior history of 5150 holds in mental institutions without their consent. The city puts these efforts into attacking the poor while the Bayview is still without even a full service shelter after decades of broken promises. The people of SF demand housing and appropriate services.
Join the Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance in exposing these actions of the city of SF, Oakland and Berkeley. Let’s come together and fight back!

This Rally will create an opportunity for folks to speak on their experiences being harrassed by the Department of Public Works, The police and their local city Government. The scheduled speakers will include Gwendolyn Westbrook (CEO of the United Council of Human services), representatives of the United Front Against Displacement, Berkeley Friends on Wheels, Neither Here nor There. 
However, this event is open to all to participate!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2338216829793842/

14.  Thursday, 6:00pm, SF Food Not Bombs Food Share  – Weekly

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/

15. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The Yemen Tragedy: America’s Role

SF Public Library – Park Branch

1833 Page St.

SF

A talk by Stephen Zunes

Co-sponsored by Education Committee, SF Democratic Socialist of America

How U.S. policy helped undermine a nonviolent pro-democracy struggle, empower extremists, provoke a civil war, and support a bombing campaign resulting in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Saudi Arabia has come in for worldwide condemnation for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but far less has been said about its much broader war crimes — and about the U.S. role in facilitating them — in the four-year war in Yemen that has killed an estimated 50,000 people and threatens as many as 12 million with starvation. 
Is there now light at the end of the tunnel? On the one hand, the Senate has invoked the War Powers Act of 1973, which requires the president to consult with Congress “in every possible instance” before sending troops into conflict. But on the other, the US Air Force has subsequently issued a request for suppliers to provide airplane parts to keep Saudi F-15 jet fighters flying.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2218046491777152/

16. Thursday, 7:30pm – 10:15pm, Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series

La Peña Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Ave.

Berkeley

Tickets by Eventbrite

DOORS OPEN AT 7:30PM / PERFORMANCES AT 8PM

Suggested Donation: $5-$10 sliding scale (No one turned away for lack of funds!) All proceeds go towards covering the costs of presenting this event.

La Peña Cultural Center and UC Berkeley Womxn of Color Initiative present: The Empowering Womxn of Color Open Mic Series! 

Back by popular demand, this open mic series provides a space for performances celebrating the voices of women of color and will include one featured artist per month!

Come support local Bay Area talent or sign up to perform!

Sign up for the January 24th open mic here: https://bit.ly/2COMhqj

Performers, come dazzle the crowd with your talent and get in touch with the local artist community each month.

This series leads up to the Empowering Womxn of Color Conference at UC Berkeley on March 16, 2019!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2336320789924134/

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SAVE the DATE

Calling For

‘Handmaids’

To oppose the so called

“Walk for Life”

Saturday, January 26th

12:30pm  

Meet at Powell & Market St.

&

March together to

One Post Plaza

SF

Costumes will be loaned out

If you are interested or have questions contact: afong@jps.net

The “Walk for Life” happens each year in San Francisco

Anti-abortionist march must be met with counter-protest. 

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 The so-called “March for Life”, attacking the right of women to be people, to chose, will organize tens of thousands to march down Market St. as they do every year.  We must mount a powerful counter-protest. Please join us!

This is being organized by: Refuse Fascism

UNITING FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL

WED, 1/16/2019 – BY MARGARET FLOWERS AND KEVIN ZEESE (Occupy.com)

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON POPULAR RESISTANCE

Support is growing in the United States for a Green New Deal. Though there are competing visions for what that looks like, essentially, a Green New Deal includes a rapid transition to a clean energy economy, a jobs program and a stronger social safety net.

We need a Green New Deal for many reasons, most obviously the climate crisis and growing economic insecurity. Each new climate report describes the severe consequences of climate change with increasing alarm and the window of opportunity for action is closing. At the same time, wealth inequality is also growing. Paul Bucheit writes that more than half of the population in the United States is suffering from poverty.

The Green New Deal provides an opportunity for transformational changes, not just reform, but changes that fundamentally solve the crises we face. This is the time to be pushing for a Green New Deal at all levels, in our towns and cities, states and nationally.
 

GROWING SUPPORT FOR THE GREEN NEW DEAL

The idea of a Green New Deal seems to have arisen in early 2007 when the Green New Deal Group started meeting to discuss it, specifically as a plan for the United Kingdom. They published their report in July 2008. In April 2009, the United Nations Environmental Program also issued a plan for a global Green New Deal.

In the United States, Barack Obama included a Green New Deal in his 2008 presidential campaign and conservative Thomas Friedman started talking about it in 2007. Howie Hawkins, a Green Party gubernatorial candidate in New York, campaigned on a Green New Deal starting in 2010. Listen to our interview with Hawkins about how we win the Green New Deal on Clearing the FOG. Jill Stein campaigned on it during her presidential runs in 2012 and 2016, as have many Green Party candidates.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), who ran for Congress as a Democrat and won in 2018, has made the Green New Deal a major priority. With the backing of the Sunrise Movement, AOC pushed for a congressional committee tasked with developing a Green New Deal and convinced dozens of members of Congress to support it. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sidelined that idea by creating a climate committee headed by Kathy Castor, which has no mandate to do anything and lacks the power to write legislation and issue subpoenas. Now the Sunrise Movement is planning a tour to build support for the Green New Deal. At each stop they will provide organizing tools to make the Green New Deal a major issue in the 2020 election season.

This week, more than 600 organizations, mostly environmental groups, sent a letter to Congress calling on it to take climate change seriously and design a plan to end dependence on fossil fuels, a transition to 100% clean energy by 2035, create jobs and more. Indigenous leaders are also organizing to urge Congress to pass a Green New Deal that is “Indigenized,” meaning it prioritizes input from and the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples.
 

DEFINING A TRANSFORMATIVE GREEN NEW DEAL

The Green New Deal, as a tool to address climate change and economic insecurity, could be transformative in many ways or it could reinforce current systems. Our political system is inclined towards programs that do the latter, so it is critical that the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice and peace is clear about what we mean by a Green New Deal.

At the heart of the issue is capitalism, a root cause of many of the crises we face today. Capitalism drives growth at all costs including exploitation of people and the planet. It drives competition and individualism instead cooperation and community. It requires militarism as the strong arm for corporations to pillage other countries for their resources and militarized police to suppress dissent at home.

Capitalism was in crisis in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when, like today, there was great inequality and a political system that catered to the wealthy. Progressive, populist, labor and socialist movements were pressing for significant changes. This came to a head in the depression when tens of thousands of Bonus Marchers occupied Washington DC during the summer of the 1932 presidential election demanding their bonus pay from World War I. The newly-elected President Roosevelt was forced to act, so he put reforms in place called the New Deal.

While the New Deal brought relief to many people through banking reform, Social Security, jobs programs and greater rights for workers, it was not transformative. Some argue that the New Deal was essential to save capitalism. It relieved suffering enough that dissent quieted but left the capitalist economic system intact. In the decades since the New Deal, monopolization, inequality, and exploitation have again increased with the added crises of climate change and environmental destruction.

This time around, we need a broad Green New Deal that changes the system so there is greater public ownership and democratization of the economy. It can also be used to address theft of wealth from Indigenous, black and brown communities. And it can set us on a path to end US imperialism in the least harmful manner.

Wayne Price discusses this in “A Green New Deal vs Revolutionary Eco-socialism.” He writes,

“…the capitalists’ wealth and power should be taken away from them (expropriated) by the self-organization of the working class and its allies. Capitalism should be replaced by a society which is decentralized and cooperative, producing for use rather than profit, democratically self-managed in the workplace and the community, and federated together from the local level to national and international levels.”

It is interesting that the Yellow Vest movement in France is also seeking transformative change from a representative government to one that uses greater participation through direct democracy. System change is needed to confront these economic and environmental crises. One alternative system gaining traction is ecosocialism which combines the insights of ecology with the necessity for worker’s rights and public control over the economy. We discussed ecosocialism with Victor Wallis, author of “Red Green Revolution: The politics and technology of ecosocialism,” on Clearing the FOG.

The Green Party divides the Green New Deal into four pillars: An economic bill of rights, a green transition, financial reform, and a functioning democracy. The economic bill of rights includes not only a job at a living wage for all who want it but also single payer healthcare, free college education, and affordable housing and utilities. The green transition to renewable energy sources includes building mass transit, “complete streets” that promote walking and biking, local food systems and clean manufacturing.

Financial reform includes debt relief, public banks and breaking up the big banks. And the democracy section includes getting money out of politics, guaranteeing the right to vote, strengthening local democracy, democratizing the media and significant changes to the military. We would add to this prioritizing the involvement of Indigenous, black and brown communities. As Jon Olsen writes, ecosocialism is now part of the platform of the Green Party of the United States and has entered the political dialogue.
 

UNITING TO WIN THE GREEN NEW DEAL

Conditions are ripe for a Green New Deal. Wealth inequality continues to accelerate. As Lawrence Wittner describes, we have a new era of Robber Barons like the Waltons and Jeff Bezos who pay low wages and rake in millions in public subsidies for their new facilities. They use their economic power to influence lawmakers so laws are passed that increase rather than threaten their riches.

A new report shows that 40% of people in the United States have negative wealth; they are in debt. And another 20% have minimal wealth, meaning 60% of people in the US have virtually no assets. The report was focused on millennials finding they are less well off than previous generations.

Anthony DiMaggio, who wrote about the report, also found that the affluent are oblivious to the high degree of inequality in the United States and that without this understanding, they are unlikely to support policies that reduce inequality.

The Democratic Party is starting to get the message. With student loan debt at a record $1.465 trillion, twice the amount in 2009, candidates are starting to talk about this issue. Members of Congress in the House are planning to hold hearings on National Improved Medicare for All and increasing Social Security. Democratic voters strongly support these changes, so the Democrats are feeling compelled to appear to be taking action on them, though this could mostly be for show to keep people from leaving the party in the lead up to the 2020 elections.

To win a Green New Deal, which could include a stronger social safety net, we will need to unite as a movement of movements and make the demand impossible to ignore. Uniting across issues makes sense because the Green New Deal is broad, addressing multiple crises at once. And we will need to push issues that Democrats will not want to discuss, such as nationalization of industries, more democracy, and cuts to the military. Bruce Dixon of Black Agenda Report urges us to organize not just nationally but at the state level too by introducing plans for state Green New Deals.

We can work at many levels to build the demand for a Green New Deal. Talk to people in your community about it. Start local initiatives for clean energy, local food networks, protecting public schools and water systems, promoting cooperatives and more. Push your state and federal legislators too. This is an opportunity to unite in support of a bold new vision for our society.

Originally published by Popular Resistance

Green New Deal, climate crisis, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez