Articles ~ Actions ~ Announcements for Sat. June 1 – Tue. June 4 (from Adrienne Fong)

Limited post of upcoming events. Not posting on a regular basis!!

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

Thank you to all who are posting there!

     Check Indybay for other events that might interest you. There are some important events coming up that are listed there

ARTICLES:

A.  UN Torture Report: ‘Demonized’ Assange Has Faced ‘Psychological Torture’ – May 31, 2019

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/05/31/un-torture-report-demonized-assange-has-faced-psychological-torture/?print=print

   See item # 12

B. Berkeley loves its sanctuary label, but a housing crisis is testing its liberal values

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/berkeley-loves-its-sanctuary-label-but-a-housing-crisis-is-testing-its-liberal-values/2019/05/23/805b2b48-7721-11e9-b3f5-5673edf2d127_story.html?utm_term=.9639583bb0ea

C. Black women political prisoners of the police state – May 25, 2019

D. Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement  – May 20, 2019

https://theintercept.com/2019/05/21/ice-solitary-confinement-whistleblower/

E. Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World – May 6, 2019

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/6/ex_blackwater_ceo_erik_prince_makes

F. These 28 companies are building nuclear weapons – May 2, 2019

  www.icanw.org/action/these-28-companies-are-building-nuclear-weapons/?mc_cid=435c8bc6ec&mc_eid=9dcb7e90b9

4 ACTIONS:

1. Tell Congress: Don’t Rubber-Stamp a Bad NAFTA Deal

   SIGN: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1034/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=23660

     See item # 5

2.  Sign Our Petition to Stop Oil Drilling on Mt. Diablo and Everywhere

   SIGN: www.sunflower-alliance.org/sign-o ur-petition-to-stop-oil-drilling-on-mt-diablo-and-everywhere/?fbclid=IwAR07hMwqIgDFxLGOk33bLPMHVb3nfliy1Nth7SYTeoLzdxhoWpu-6UrTHYo

3. Tell Congress: Ban Saudi and Emirati Arms Sales Now!

   SIGN: https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/tell-congress-ban-saudi-and-emirati-arms-sales-now?source=MO20190530

Trump’s trying to ram through arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. And he’s doing it by claiming rarely-used emergency powers — justified by the fake emergency his administration is currently manufacturing: war with Iran.

In order to make Congress ban the $8 billion arms sales, we’ve got to act fast

4. Tell the Senate: Shut down Section 215! Stop Spying on Americans

   SIGN: https://act.demandprogress.org/sign/tell-senate-shut-down-section-215/&source=demandprogress?t=2&referring_akid=25539.1526208.ss4de5

For 18 years, the NSA has been spying on the phone records of millions of Americans, and not once have they uncovered anything useful to prevent a terrorist attack.Now the NSA is ready end their phone record spying program for good. But Republicans in the Senate, led by Sen. Richard Burr, refuse to let it go.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, June 1 – Tuesday, June 4

Saturday, June 1

California Democratic Convention in SF May 31 – June 2

ACTIONS centering on the CA Democratic Convention in SF:

1. Saturday, 7:00am – 9:00am, Ask Congress Member Pelosi To Support HR 1384 Medicare for All

Meet at:

Moscone Convention Center

Howard and 4th St.  (3 short blocks from the Powell St BART and MUNI stop.

SF

 Pelosi will be speaking at the Democratic Convention at 7:45am at the Moscone Convention Center in SF. 

We want to have our banners at the convention at 7am so the 4000 delegates can see them.  We will also have leaflets that ask delegates to ask Pelosi to cosponsor HR 1384.

80% of Democrats and over 50% of Republicans support Medicare for All.  Pelosi has decided to not join with the 106 Democratic Congress Members who have cosponsored HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act.

Please let Don know if you can help hold a banner and/or distribute leaflets

Contact: Don Bechler, Chair Single Payer Now at  415-695-7891

2. Saturday, 7:00am – 9:00am, Stand up to Pelosi with Single Payer NOW!

747 Howard St.

SF

Feeling fired up about Medicare for All?! Nancy Pelosi will be speaking at the Women’s Caucus of the CA Democratic Convention. Single Payer NOW and others will be out front holding banners and chanting! We need to send a strong message to Pelosi that the people want single payer healthcare!

Sponsor: Democratic Socialist of America: San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1250728688423439/

3. Saturday, 10:30am – 1:00pm, ‘Trump Must Go’ joins ‘Impeach on the Beach!’

Meet at:

Ocean Beach

Great Highway & Balboa St.

SF

Call out for ‘Handmaids’

Saturday June 1, 10:30am,  Refuse Fascism will join thousands gathered for “Impeach on the Beach” to make the case that we cannot passively wait for an impeachment process that, without massive and sustained protest from below, cannot and will not happen!  We are calling for handmaids to come out to tell the world that we refuse to accept the regime.

Help flyer “5 Points on the Demand for Impeachment,” https://refusefascism.org/2019/04/28/5-points-on-the-demand-for-impeachment/ and line up with others on the sand at Ocean Beach (Great Highway and Balboa Street, San Francisco) to spell out a giant IMPEACH! message, which will be caught on camera by a helicopter/– the image will reach millions who hate the regime and yearn for the day that the nightmare is over.

Too much is at stake to wait: Women’s lives, immigrants’ lives, the lives of trans folks and the life of the planet itself are at risk. Trump and Pence must go!

NOTE: – People will be standing upright on the beach for this event

To reserve your “Handmaid” costume in advance, or for info call (510) 926-8144 or email NorCal@refusefascism.org

Please see item # 4 (below)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2301017366645934/ 

4. Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Impeach on the Beach

Ocean Beach

Great Highway & Balboa St.

SF

Please bring Impeachment signs

A peaceful, no-cost, family-friendly event, hosted by IndivisibleSF.org and organizer Brad Newsham.

We have now been issued a permit for upwards of 5,000 people to attend this upcoming June 1 event, at which we will be standing upright to spell out “IMPEACH” in 150-foot-tall letters on Ocean Beach.

PLEASE sign up, so the hosts know how to plan either on facebook or for non facebook users at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/impeach-on-the-beach-tickets-62277183733

— EXACT LOCATION: The banner will stretch between Stairwell 5 and Stairwell 10 of the seawall along Ocean Beach — approximately halfway between the Cliff House and the Beach Chalet Restaurant. The site is just a couple minutes walk from either the intersection of Balboa Street/Great Highway or the intersection of Fulton St/Great Highway.  

— PLEASE arrive by 11 a.m., take an information sheet from one of the volunteers, and follow the directions.

— HELICOPTER: At noon, at least one helicopter and one photographer will be overhead to capture imagery that is sure to go viral.

— PLEASE DON’T BE LATE. Official completion time is 12:30, but these events usually finish early. If you arrive at 12:15, you will most likely have missed the whole event.

Size of event will stretch the size of two football fields across the sand.

if you still have energy after Impeach on the Beach, head with us over to the Moscone Center, where we’ll rally outside CADem from around 1:30-3:00. Then between 3:00 & 5:00 look out for a plane flying our IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY NOW banner around the Bay!!!]

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/480297136237064/?active_tab=about

5. Saturday, 12:30pm, Flier attendees of Moveon.org attending a forum of 2020 presidential candidates RE: NAFTA

Meet at:

Warfield Theater (in front)

 982 Market Street

SF

Call or text David at 415-503-7066 if you have trouble finding us.

help to demand that the “renegotiated” NAFTA in Congress should not be brought to a vote until it contains swift and certain enforcement of labor rights and protections for the environment at the very least.

Join us in flyering and passing out wearable stickers to people attending a forum of 2020 presidential candidates sponsored by Moveon.org

Sponsor: SF Living Wage Coalition

6. Saturday, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, CODEPINK at the California Democratic Party State Convention

Yerba Buena Gardens (nr. the stage)

750 Howard St.

SF

RSVP: https://www.codepink.org/sf_presidents_for_peace_at_the_california_democratic_party_convention_june_1st

CODEPINK models social justice (with a splash of pink) by making beautiful trouble at 2020 Presidential candidate appearances. Armed with our 10-point peace platform, we remind candidates that U.S. foreign policies should be based on respect, cooperation, diplomacy, and demilitarization. We know that change will not occur unless citizens demand it!

Volunteers needed to help hand out our 10-point peace platform, pink beads, and stickers to delegates and participants

Bring snacks.

7. MoveonOn Big Ideas Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates

RSVP: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/moveon-big-ideas-forum/register?utm_source=email

Check times below.

Big Ideas Forum online watch party on Saturday, June 1 at 3:45p.m. ET/2:45p.m. CT/1:45p.m. MT/12:45p.m. PT. to hear Senator Cory Booker, Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren share their big ideas to create an America where everyone can thrive, and answer questions submitted by MoveOn members around the country in a conversation with Karine Jean-Pierre and Stephanie Valencia.

OTHER events:

8. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:30pm, U.S. Imperialism and the Struggle for Venezuela’s Future

Starry Plough Pub

3101 Shattuck Ave. (nr. Ashby BART)

Berkeley

Free

Please purchase food at the pub.

Roger Harris and Mehmet Bayram, both recently returned from Venezuela, will discuss this key battleground in the U.S. ruling class’s ongoing war to overthrow independent and left-wing governments world wide. The will be joined by the National President of Veterans for Peace, Gerry Condon, who was beaten by police when he was delivering food to the activists defending the Venezuelan Embassy in Washinton, DC.  All speakers have recently visited Venezuela.

co-sponsored by the Oakland Greens,  the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Bay Area System Change Not Climate Change

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/27/18823642.php

Sunday, June 2

9. Sunday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, and the Threat to Free Press

Pauley Ballroom

UC Berkeley

2475 Bancroft

Berkeley

As the founder, anchor, and executive director of Democracy Now! since 1996, Amy Goodman has been one of the leading voices in independent media. In this keynote address, she will discuss her decades spent covering the movements changing the world.

Then, she’ll be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, Direct Action Everywhere co-founder Wayne Hsiung, and other guests for a panel on the repression faced by both journalists and activists and how we can collectively harness this backlash and bring animal rights into the mainstream. Greenwald is an expert on global surveillance and one of the most influential opinion columnists in the country.

Lecture is part of a week-long grassroots animal activism conference taking place in Berkeley.

Sponsors: Direct Action Everywhere + 3 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/418638635619699/

10. Sunday, 10:45am – 12:45pm,  Monthly Codepink Golden Gate Bridge Walk

 10:45 am:  Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Parking available on all 4 “corners”,  just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge

Noon:  Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle.  Short, silent vigil in the middle.

12:00 pm:  Rally on SF side after the bridge walk.

This month’s focus: PEACE WITH IRAN 
NO BLOOD for OIL! 
RESPECT Sovereignty! 
DIPLOMACY not BOMBS! 
Bring appropriate signs or hold the ones provided

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/30/18823667.php

11. Sunday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Film: Lobby (2nd West Coast Screening)

Redwood Gardens Community Meeting Room

2951 Derby St.

Berkeley

Free

The suppressed Al Jazeera documentary on the Israel lobby in the U.S. 

Al Jazeera produced a documentary on the Israel Lobby in Britain that had an explosive impact. Then they produced a documentary on the Israel Lobby in the United States. But powerful Israel partisans from the U.S. traveled to Qatar and succeeded in pressuring Al Jazeera not to release it. However, the attempt to censor this information failed when the film was leaked and posted on the Internet.

In the film, the head of Israel’s Strategic Affairs Department was filmed by an undercover reporter discussing Israel’s secret coordination with American pro-Israel groups:

” … the Israeli government decided to be a key player, it means a lot. We can bring things that usually 
don’t exist in NGOs and civilian entities …. We are a different government working on foreign soil and 
we have to be very, very cautious. We have three different sub-campaigns which are very, very 
sensitive.Regarding data gathering, information analysis, working on activist organization, money 
trail. This is something that only a country, with its resources, can do the best…”

If U can’t attend go to: Live stream ticket  https://NoLiesRadio.org/lobby

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/18823331.php

Monday, June 3

12. Monday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Emergency Action: Protest Sweden’s Attack on Julian Assange

Swedish Consulate

505 Sansome St.

SF

Please join us to protest Sweden’s attack on Julian Assange! Fabricated “re-opening” of a bogus, charge-less, expired, old case is being used in illegal attempt to extradite Assange to Sweden. He is targeted for the “crime” of publishing U.S. war crimes. His life & our Constitutional Press & Speech freedoms are in immediate jeopardy. 

Please bring signs and any bull horns you have.

Background: Please see Wikileaks dot org website  
The attack and arrest by the British government and police on Julian Assange with the direct support of the US controlled Ecuadoran government and the US government is an attack on all journalists, whistleblowers, and democracy. It is aimed at closing down all alternative media. While there is no prosecution of the war criminals exposed by WikiLeaks, Assange, Chelsea Manning, Ola Bini, and other journalists and whistleblowers are under attack and imprisoned.

Sponsor: Bay Area Action Committee To Free Julian Assange

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/28/18823650.php

13. Monday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Free School: Anti-Oppression Training

Coalition on Homelessness

468 Turk St.

SF

The broader movement for social justice is struggling to end the ways oppression dictates survival, access, resource distribution, and quality of life. 

Anti-oppression organizing means creating and maintaining organizing spaces in which the barriers to participation that face oppressed people are minimized if not eliminated. This approach impacts everything from creating space for difficult conversations to the identity of the group and individuals within it. 

Participants will build and deepen their own embodiment of and thinking around anti-oppression frames as well as leave with questions and answers to continue discussion.

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2290206447912113/?active_tab=about

14. Monday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Racial Justice & Worker Power with Bill Fletcher Jr.

Jobs with Justice – SF

209 Golden Gate Ave.

SF

Join us for a discussion with noted labor activist and scholar Bill Fletcher Jr. about the upsurge of worker radicalism and opportunities for building racial justice and worker power. Fletcher will be in conversation with Jennifer Alejo of MUA​ and Luster Howard, member leader of AFSCME 3299’s racial justice committee. 

Bill Fletcher Jr. is a longtime labor, racial justice and international activist who is an editor for BlackCommentator.com and former president of the TransAfrica Forum. He is the author of “Solidarity Divided: The Crisis of Organized Labor and the New Path to Social Justice” and will be available to sign his latest book, “The Man Who Fell From the Sky”.

Sponsors: Jobs with Justice-SF, Democratic Socialist of America –SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/297953601144841/

Tuesday, May 4

15. Tuesday, 6:45pm, Tell Hayward City Council to Vote YES on an independent investigation

Hayward City Hall

777 B St. (across from Hayward BART)

Hayward

The Alameda County DA released a report clearing the officers involved in the deadly shooting of Augie Gonsalez.

At this meeting the council members will vote on whether an independent investigation is needed.

Please come support the family and tell the City Council to VOTE YES for an independent investigation.

“Our family watched the police videos of Agustin’s murder from November 15, 2018. This was shocking because not only did we sit as a family to watch this video with the Chief of HPD, Mark Koller, and listened to him speak, but the Chief of HPD shared with us that he was unsure if Augie had the safety razor in his hand when he was shot and killed by the two officers. They found the razor blade under Agustin after he was already on the ground. 

Augie was killed within 7 seconds of the cops arriving to the scene. It was devastating for us to watch. In the bodycam footage worn by Philip Wooley, you see him driving with his gun. At one point it is on the steering wheel, and he even opens the door with the same hand he is holding his gun with. This tells us that Philip Wooley came ready to shoot without assessing the situation…”

Watch the 20 min video here : https://www.haywardca.gov/discover/news/2

This is shocking because the video has contradicted some statements that the Hayward Police Department have made. Augie never charged at the officers. Augie did not die the next day in the afternoon like Hayward PD Facebook stated. He died that same night. However, the family was notified 13 hours after the incident occurred

Sponsor: Family of ‘Augie’

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/820880974965109/

The Public Banking Act “AB 857” passes the California Assembly!

Public Banking Inst

posted by PUBLIC BANKING INST | 8
May 30, 2019

AB857 passes CA Assembly

AB857 passes CA Assembly. Photo courtesy Assemblymember Miguel Santiago.

The Public Banking Act, “AB 857.” has taken public banking a historic step forward in passing the California Assembly today 41 Aye’s to 26 No’s. The bill now proceeds to the CA Senate.

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, the bill’s co-author, tweeted “The CA Assembly just sent a historic message to Wall Street banks that we’re going to put people over profits – not the other way around.”

California Public Banking Alliance co-founder Trinity Tran tweeted, “This is California’s moment to take the lead in creating a banking option that will strengthen rather than extract profit & resources from our communities.”

Advocates and elected officials alike shared their excitement:

Assemblymember Buffy Wicks tweeted: “Proud to join this great group of colleagues to get this done! It’s time we allow our local governments new ways to invest public dollars for the public good, and in ways that stay true to our CA values.”

Advocate Kurtis Wu of Public Bank SF and California Public Banking Alliance tweeted: “The 5th largest economy just fired a warning shot to Wall Street!”

New Louisiana Abortion Law Requires Fetuses Be Given Jazz Funeral March Through The French Quarter

May 29, 2019 (theonion.com)

Illustration for article titled New Louisiana Abortion Law Requires Fetuses Be Given Jazz Funeral March Through The French Quarter

BATON ROUGE, LA—Following on the heels of controversial abortion laws enacted by state legislatures across the South, Louisiana lawmakers passed a resolution this week that requires aborted fetuses to be given a full jazz funeral procession through the French Quarter. “While we recognize that women have the right to terminate a pregnancy, this law helps protect the sanctity of life by mandating that a horse-drawn hearse carry the fetal remains to the cemetery while a brass band plays funeral dirges with a swinging, up-tempo beat,” said House Majority Leader Lance Harris, telling reporters that the law would give women an opportunity to reflect on the seriousness of their decision during the week-long celebration honoring the aborted fetus in grand New Orleans style. “Unfortunately, there are too many women who treat abortions as a form of birth control, and we hope that being ordered to witness dozens of brightly dressed mourners marching and dancing down Bourbon Street while drums and trumpets belt out ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ will serve as an effective deterrent, especially as the mother will be expected to foot the bill for parade services as well as the beignets and Café du Monde coffee enjoyed by the funeral procession along the route.” Harris added that the law did make certain exceptions, noting that in cases where the mother’s life was at risk, she would only be required to bake the fetus into a king cake and feed it to the father. 

Extinction Rebellion

International Highlights (rebellion.earth)

XR Australia

16 May | Melbourne

Five rebels glued on outside coal lobbyist group Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) demanding government tell the truth about the climate emergency. The activists caused disruptions during the lunch hour protesting the negligence of the current Australian government in protecting its people, environment, and depleting natural resources in the face of the global climate emergency.

Sydney

Ahoy, rebels! Last Friday, Extinction Rebellion and Vote For The Planet pirates took over the iconic Sydney Harbour to tell Australians to vote for their future in the federal election. 

Here’s some quick videos of the action for your pirate viewing pleasure.

XR Belgium

19 May – Brussels

Nine rebels peacefully disrupted a live broadcast of De Zevende Dag TV-program at the VRT News HQ in Brussels. They wore T-shirts representing the 9 planetary boundaries and silently stepped in to bring these to the discussion table in an effort to demand the truth from media and politicians.

XR Germany

21 May | Munich

Rebels and FFF Munich came together to occupy an open space in the city, planning to camp out for a week.

22 May |Heidelberg

Rebels blockaded a bridge in Heidelberg.

XR MULTIPLE CITIES

More than 1.5 million young people in over 2000 cities of 125 countries across world in a Global Climate Strike for the Future on May 24. Below are some photos from international XR groups’ participation:

XR Melbourne

More than a thousand people have marched through Melbourne’s CBD and staged a mock “die-in” for climate change. The protest disrupted tram services across the CBD including Swanston, Collins and Bourke streets as well as City Circle trams. About a thousand people gathered outside the Victorian Parliament at the start of the protest

XR Gambia

XR Gambia preparing for the strike.

XR India

XR Delhi preparing for the strike.

Rebels in Delhi took to the streets to demand action from those in power.

XR Australia

26 May | Brisbane

Around 250 environmental activists have laid down among the dinosaurs at the Queensland Museum.

XR Canada

27 May | Montreal

Rebels glued their hands onto the doors at the Quebec Oil and Gas Association.

XR Taiwan and China

XR China and XR Taiwan have just launched official websites! You can find them at http://extinctionrebellion.tw/and http://thebaide.org/extinctionrebellion.cn/.

Americans Should Be Very Concerned About Bernie Sanders’ Record of Opposing Mass Murder

May 30, 2019 by The Week

Is the U.S. supposed to obey international law like some kind of peasant country? The very idea shocks the conscience.

by Ryan Cooper

As mayor of Burlington back in the 1980s, he attacked the foreign policy of the Reagan administration in Latin America, and even briefly toured Nicaragua in support of its Sandinista government. (Photo: Illustrated | AP Photo/Donna Light, AP Photo/Pat Hamilton, Wikimedia Commons)

As mayor of Burlington back in the 1980s, he attacked the foreign policy of the Reagan administration in Latin America, and even briefly toured Nicaragua in support of its Sandinista government. (Photo: Illustrated | AP Photo/Donna Light, AP Photo/Pat Hamilton, Wikimedia Commons)

Bernie Sanders has a problem. As mayor of Burlington back in the 1980s, he attacked the foreign policy of the Reagan administration in Latin America, and even briefly toured Nicaragua in support of its Sandinista government. He was reportedly present at a rally in Managua where protesters chanted anti-American slogans — which is deeply concerning, writes New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait.

Quite right. Americans of all political stripes should be very concerned about Sanders’ anti-mass murder record.

Historical context is important here, as it reveals beyond question the saintly motives of Reagan’s foreign policy team. From 1936-1979, Nicaragua was benevolently ruled by the Somoza family, who were friendly to the U.S. and the Nicaraguan working class alike. Their government was not at all corrupt, and in no way did the Somozas accumulate a vast dragon hoard of wealth looted out of the country.

But leftist forces, motivated by nothing more than spite, mounted a guerrilla insurgency in the mid-70s. They took up the mantle of Augusto Sandino, who unfortunately died after slipping on a banana peel during earnest peace talks with Anastasio Somoza García in 1934, who had offered free puppies and ice cream to all leftist factions. After years of hard fighting, these Sandinistas finally overthrew the government of Anastasio Somoza Debayle (son of the first Somoza) in 1979.

Conservative forces launched a counter-revolution (thus Contras, for Contrarrevolución), and Reagan naturally supported them with money and weapons, as all right-thinking people would have done. Democrats in Congress were inexplicably wary of foreign intervention, and so after they discovered that the CIA was putting Freedom Mines in Nicaraguan harbors in 1984, they banned military aid to the Contras. The administration was forced to turn to selling arms to Iran to finance them.

Read full article here.© 2019 The Week

Articles ~ Actions ~ Announcements for Thursday & Friday (from Adrienne Fong)

Will post a few more actions for the weekend later. Am NOT posting on a regular basis.

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

Thank you to all who are posting there!

     Check Indybay for other events that might interest you. There are some important events coming up that are listed there

ARTICLES:

A. ‘Grave concerns’: Assange can barely talk, moved to prison hospital, says WikiLeaks  – May 29, 2019

https://www.rt.com/news/460594-wikileaks-assange-prison-hospital/?fbclid=IwAR06DvKoHCCZoN28tPKnZccKqSj_Tz42M6uN3jiIMSLveh5UkMVUPmylbAg

B. Tide of Public Opinion is Turning in Assange’s Favor – May 27, 2019

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/05/27/tide-of-public-opinion-is-turning-in-assanges-favor/

C. After changes, will California bill restricting cops’ use of deadly force make a difference?  – May 25, 2019

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article230815044.html?fbclid=IwAR2F5rL4H5yHCZxd78AF-t5wtoAe9uyEa8z1vQ3jaeGT2-kc8TCEV9GBJC0

D. U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East, blames Iran for tanker attacks

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-military/u-s-deploys-1500-troops-to-middle-east-blames-iran-for-tanker-attacks-idUSKCN1SU1VQ

E. ‘This Is Big’: 76 Retired US Generals and Diplomats Warn Trump Against War With Iran – May 24, 2019

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/24/big-76-retired-us-generals-and-diplomats-warn-trump-against-war-iran

ACTIONS:

1. Ban Saudi and Emirati Arms Sales Now!

   SIGN: https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/tell-congress-ban-saudi-and-emirati-arms-sales-now?source=em20190530&t=4&referring_akid=3656.294094.mwdmlj

  Trump’s trying to ram through arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. And he’s doing it by claiming rarely-used emergency powers — justified by the fake emergency his administration is currently manufacturing: war with Iran.

2. UC Berkeley: Cut your ties to Palantir!

   SIGN: https://action.mijente.net/petitions/uc-berkeley-cut-your-ties-to-palantir

  Berkeley Law School is whitewashing Palantir’s support of ICE’s deportation machine.

Palantir is one of three sponsors of the 2019 Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference at U.C. Berkeley, a conference of privacy scholars from across the world that brings together computer scientists, economists, philosophers, political scientists, advocates, lawyers, and many others.

Palantir has a contract with ICE that has aided in family separation by helping ICE arrest the parents and other relatives of children who crossed the border alone. Hundreds of parents and other sponsors were arrested by ICE when they tried to come forward and claim their children, arrests that were aided by Palantir’s software.

3. Increase Puerto Ricans’ access to lifesaving hurricane recovery funds

   SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-increase-puerto-ricans-access-to-lifesaving-hurricane-recovery-funds?referrer=group-350org-joint&source=20190509_SupportPR_350&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, May 30, & Friday, May 31

Thursday, May 30

1. Thursday, 11:30am – 12:30pm, Every Bee Needs a Hive – Rally to End Homelessness

Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park

2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Berkeley

The Berkeley School’s 7th Annual Walkathon upholds our tradition of student advocacy through civic engagement with Every Bee Needs A Hive: Rally to End Homelessness

We invite you to join voices with TBS students — together with community partners — at MLK Jr. Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley for a rally to bring visibility to the humanity of those currently living in homelessness.

Sponsors: The Berkeley School, Youth Spirit Artworks, Consider the Homeless

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/705413569914717/?active_tab=about

2. Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, People Planned Plaza // Plaza Planeada por el Pueblo

The Women’s Building

2543 18th St.

SF

We are continuing our community planning process for the Plaza and the Marvel! Come join us as we design the next phase of making the Marvel real.

Sponsors: The Plaza 16 Coalition, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, PODER, The Women’s Building

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/455843488522407/

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

16th & Mission BART Plaza

SF

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

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

Food Pickups: Help Needed!

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

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

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

4. Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Why Upzoning and Density will not get us Affordable Housing

San Francisco LGBQT Center

1800 Market St. (nr. Laguna)

SF

Why SB50 et al will not get us Affordable Housing. The new trickle-down housing economics: Build for the richest 30% and cross your fingers for everyone else. 

Presenter: Michael Storper, UCLA professor of economic geography, will discuss his new study on the issue, and the future of the Wiener/Yimby agenda.

Storper is one of the most important academics challenging the notion – which oddly has become accepted dogma in the mainstream media and even places like The Nation– that more private-sector development will solve the urban housing crisis. 

He suggests that: Policies such as blanket upzoning, which will principally unleash market forces that serve high income earners, are therefore likely to reinforce the effects of income inequality rather than tempering them … There is virtually no evidence that substantially lower costs would trickle down to the lower two-thirds of households or provide quality upgrading of their neighbourhoods, but it undoubtedly would enhance displacement in neighbourhoods currently at the boundary of higher-income inner metropolitan areas.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/27/18823643.php

5. Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Know Your Rights: Workshop + Iftar

Oakland LGBQT Community Center

3207 Lakeshore Ave. (Rand Ave. entrance)

Oakland

Join Queer Crescent Healing, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus for a Know Your Rights presentation at the Oakland LGBTQ Center, on your rights at the airport while traveling as QT Black, Arab, Muslim, South West Asian and African communities who are targeted at the border.

Iftar catered by Fa Fa Dumplings

Sponsors: Queer Crescent Healing, Asian American Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/447098476040816/

6. Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Press Conference for Missing Teen

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

2465 34th Ave.

Oakland

FAMILY WANTS ANSWERS IN CASE OF MISSING TEEN 

The family of Jonathan Bandabaila turns to community for help after feeling failed by the city.

On May 3rd, 2019, Jonathan Bandabaila, 19, went missing. He was last seen leaving his home in the Fruitvale District where he lives with his parents. The family filed police reports and contacted members of the Oakland City Council – as well as mainstream media – only to be met with silence and confusing/conflicting responses from law enforcement. In desperation to find Jonathan, the Bandabaila family has turned to community for support.

“To date, my family doesn’t feel as though we have received the level of attention and urgency this case deserves,” said Harrison Bandabaila, Jonathan’s older brother. “We are glad that following a meeting last week – that only came about because we went with community support to City Council – that things appear to be moving now – but it’s three weeks late. Three weeks is a long time for a missing person. That is time we can never recover.”

Jonathan’s 1998 Honda Accord was found on the San Mateo Bridge on May 4th but this fact has not gotten the family any closer to knowing what happened to him. Police speculated suicide but found no evidence of that in early investigations and it seems as if there was a rush to judgment just to close the case.

See site for details about Jonathan

Sponsor: Anti Police – Terror Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/385799322029630/

Friday, May 31

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

Hall of Injustice

850 Bryant St.

SF

DEMAND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

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.

Calling for Justice for:

Joshua Smith, Kenneth Harding Jr., Peter Yin Woo, Steven Michael Young, Dennis Hughes , Pralith Prolouring, Dale Stuart Wilkerson, Alex Nieto, Giovany Contreras Sandoval, O’Shaine Evans, Matthew Hoffman, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Alice Brown, Herbert Omar Benitez, Javier Lopez Garcia, Mario Woods, Luis Gόngora Pat, Jessica Nelson, Nicolas McWherter, Nicholas Flusche, Damian Murray, Keita O’Neil, Jesus Adolfo Delgado, Jehad Eid, and Derrick Gaines (killed by a police officer hired by SFPD)

The above named  all were killed by SFPD during DA Gascon’s reign – NOT ONE police officer has been charged! 

8. Friday, 12:45pm, PACK THE COURT for SERGIO!

ICE

630 Sansome St.

SF

Sergio came to the U.S. over 15 years ago from El Salvador. He settled in the Bay Area and worked tirelessly to financially support his parents and younger siblings who he left behind.

On December 3rd, 2018, Sergio was arrested for a misdemeanor charge and posted a $1,500 bail in order to maintain his employment and continue to support, care, and provide for his family. However, Sergio was turned over to ICE by the San Mateo County Sheriff due to his previous record and has been detained in Mesa Verde Immigration Detention Facility in Bakersfield since December 4th, 2018.

Sergio is far away from his fiancée and three young children. It has been five months since he last saw his family. Sergio, his fiancee and attorney have been working diligently in gathering evidence and documentation to prevent his deportation to El Salvador.

RSVP to Lourdes at lbarraza@im4humanintegrity.org if you can support on the 31st.

Sponsor: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/662352884213910/

9. Friday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Vigilia Para Roxsana / Vigil for Roxsana

16th Street BART Station

16th & Mission St.

SF

Please join El/La staff and participants as we honor and celebrate the life of Roxsana Hernández during the National Week of Action. Roxsana lost her life while in ICE custody, but it will not be in vein. We must continue to fight for the rights of all trans people and immigrants who are threatened by ongoing injustices and mistreatment at the hands of ICE. We demand justice for Roxsana!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/315242062486632/

With Democrats Clamoring for Trump Impeachment After Mueller Statement, Pelosi’s Response Denounced as ‘Embarrassingly Weak’

May 29, 2019 by Common Dreams

“The ball is in Speaker Pelosi’s court now, and continuing to delay and make excuses isn’t an option.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol April 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday made public remarks that numerous Democratic members of Congress interpreted as a clear “impeachment referral,” but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sparked anger from progressives by responding with a statement that did not even hint at impeachment.

“Nancy Pelosi and House leadership are out of touch with their own party.” 
—Zach Carter, HuffPost

“The special counsel’s report revealed that the president’s campaign welcomed Russian interference in the election, and laid out eleven instances of the president’s obstruction of the investigation,” Pelosi said. “The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy.”

Critics were quick to slam Pelosi’s statement as “tone deaf” and “embarrassingly weak” compared to the responses of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Pelosi leadership team member Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and other Democrats who demanded impeachment hearings against the president as soon as possible.

“Nancy Pelosi and House leadership are out of touch with their own party,” tweetedHuffPost reporter Zach Carter.

This criticism of Pelosi was expressed across social media following Mueller’s statement on his two-year investigation into President Donald Trump:

As Common Dreams reported last week, Pelosi has been facing pressure from members of the House Judiciary Committee and her leadership team to sign off on impeachment hearings.

But Pelosi has thus far resisted the growing internal revolt, even while agreeing that Trump’s lawlessness and corrupt behavior has sparked a “constitutional crisis.”

Richard Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California–Irvine School of Law, wrote in a column for Slate Wednesday that Mueller’s statement—which explicitly did not exonerate the president of criminal behavior—”clearly appeared aimed at one person: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

“Mueller’s simple message to Pelosi is that it is the constitutional duty of Congress—and her sworn duty as speaker of the House—to begin an investigation of the president and seriously consider impeaching him,” Hasen wrote. “Sure that’s a political risk for Democrats, but so is doing nothing. More importantly, it’s the right thing to do as a matter of constitutional responsibility.”

Pelosi either didn’t get the special counsel’s message or is refusing to act on it. In an appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California hours after Mueller’s statement, Pelosi continued to indicate that she is not willing to back impeachment proceedings:

In a statement, CREDO Action co-director Heidi Hess said Pelosi cannot continue to drag her feet as support for impeachment surges within her own party and at the grassroots.

“Mueller has done his job; now, it’s up to Congress to take his findings and use them to hold the president and those around him accountable,” Hess said. “The ball is in Speaker Pelosi’s court now, and continuing to delay and make excuses isn’t an option.”

Indivisible echoed this call in an email to supporters on Wednesday.

“Democrats in Congress may talk a big game about cover-ups and obstruction, but none of that makes any difference if they don’t take action,” said Indivisible. “There is no excuse for any member of Congress to stay silent any longer.”

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Why run against Nancy Pelosi?

Tom Gallagher and friend

The first reason is that any Representative not promoting her district’s best interests should be challenged. The issue here is not Nancy Pelosi’s capability, integrity, or hard work — none of which are disputed. The question is the political direction she advocates, or fails to advocate.

The second reason for running is that if next year’s California “top-two” primary finally results in her being challenged by a Democrat running to her left — an outcome that has yet to happen — the race will be a matter of national interest.  I hope to be the candidate to argue and articulate the programs and ideas of the new “Bernie Sanders wing” of the Democratic Party and contrast them to those of the party’s corporate-oriented establishment that have held sway for so long.  

  • Upon arriving in San Francisco in 1994, I first worked on the staff of Proposition 186, an initiative to create a California single payer health care system. Ahead of its time, it carried only one county — San Francisco. Yet twenty-five years later, Nancy Pelosi has still not co-sponsored federal Medicare for All legislation, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Democratic voters now favor it nationally.
  • In 2008, I organized a successful ballot question declaring it city policy that our representatives should oppose further Iraq War funding. Nine years later, I offered a successful amendment to the California Democratic Party platform calling for an end to funding the war in Afghanistan. In the interim I brought several resolutions before the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee regarding US military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. All those resolutions passed. But Pelosi has remained largely unmoved by any of what the antiwar movement has said or done. Most recently she echoed the Trump Administration’s call to overthrow the Venezuelan government–a position the Central Committee unanimously rejected, passing a resolution I wrote.
  • She has lately dismissed the Green New Deal as “the green dream, or whatever they call it.” (If you’d like to change her position on that, please join the 9,400 others who have signed my petition calling upon her to co-sponsor it.)  

Paid for by Tom Gallagher/Congress/2020 | FEC #C007005745 | Treasurer: Geoffrey Bauman

See “A progressive primary for San Francisco?” Link at: http://occupysf.net/index.php/2019/05/04/a-progressive-primary-for-san-francisco/

Transition town

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Formation2006; 13 years ago
FounderRob Hopkins, Peter Lipman and Ben Brangwyn
PurposeSupporting Transition initiatives
LocationTotnes, England
WebsiteTransition Network,
Transition United States,
REconomy Project

The terms transition towntransition initiative and transition model refer to grassroot community projects that aim to increase self-sufficiency to reduce the potential effects of peak oil,[1] climate destruction, and economic instability.[2] The “Transition Network”, founded in 2006, inspired the creation of many of the projects. A number of the groups are officially registered with the Transition Network.[3] The first initiative to use the name was Transition Town Totnes, located in the United Kingdom. Transition initiatives have been started in locations around the world, with many located in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Australia.[2][4]

More at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transition_town