Articles ~ Actions ~ Annoncements, Thursday 5/16 – Tuesday 5/21 + Save the Date (from Adrienne Fong)

Limited post of upcoming events. Not back 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. 10,000 Gazans March on Nakba Day, 65 Injured in Clashes With Israeli Forces – May 15, 2019

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-israeli-troops-fire-at-gazans-protesting-nakba-day-palestinians-report-1.7244050

B. Showdown At the Venezuelan Embassy: Federal Authorities Back Down After Threatening to Evict Peace Activists Inside  – May 15, 2019

   See announcement # 9

C. No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US  – May 14, 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/14/no-iran-threat-in-syria-or-iraq-says-top-british-officer-in-defiance-of-us

D. Bolton Is Spinning Israeli ‘Intelligence’ to Push for War Against Iran  – May 12, 2019

https://portside.org/2019-05-12/bolton-spinning-israeli-intelligence-push-war-against-iran?fbclid=IwAR2oPGD-z3ZiwOR8nsDDiKvlEAVdU6Vm8sSQ_2p9qnjky43rfo0JZ1-w5W8 Pentagon diverts another

E. Pentagon diverts another$1.5 billion for Trump’s border wall – May 10, 2019

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/10/politics/pentagon-trump-border-wall/index.html

F. More US Pressure on North Korea Is Not the Path to Denuclearization  – May 9, 2019

3 – ACTIONS:

1. Tell your representative to cosponsor Rep. Lee’s “Repeal of the Authorization of Military Force” bill to end endless war this week. 

https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/cosponsor-AUMF-repeal-now_copy?source=em20190515_1&t=4&akid=3563%2E294094%2EjksLVW

2. Cut Funding For W76-2 warheads

https://www.congressweb.com/WAND/151/

   The Trump administration is currently pushing for the deployment of W76-2 warheads, otherwise known as a “gateway nuke”, on our submarines.

These nukes are especially dangerous because of the Trump administration’s insistence that these nuclear weapons are “safer” to use in a non-nuclear conflict because of their “smaller” size.

This simply isn’t true and is extremely misleading.

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

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-increase-puerto-ricans-access-to-lifesaving-hurricane-recovery-funds?source=direct_link&referrer=group-credo-action

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, May 16 – Tuesday, May 21

Thursday, May 16

1. Thursday, 7:00am – 7:00pm. Solidarity with UC Berkeley Strikers

UC Berkeley Campus

2495 Bancroft

LBNL: intersection of Hearst Ave. & Gayley Rd.

Berkeley

Local residents can show solidarity with the system wide University of California workers strike on May 16. In Berkeley, there are 2 locations where UC workers will be picketing: on main campus and at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The picket line is all day, from morning to night.

In their struggle against outsourcing of their union jobs, the strikers are fighting against the increased privatization and corporation of the University of California.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/13/18823404.php

2. Thursday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Hearing to Shut Down Juvenile Hall by 2021

Government Audit and Oversight Committee

SF City Hall, Room 244

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.

SF

Remember, individuals with backpacks will be asked to enter City Hall through the Grove Street entrance and signs will not be allowed into the building.

Come out to the Government Audit and Oversight Committee and let Supervisors Gordon Mar, Vallie Brown, and Aaron Peskin know that you support the shut down of juvenile hall by 2021 because reimagining how to support youth in their communities is the most morally and fiscally responsible thing to do for San Francisco youth and their families. 
Please come share your testimony at public comment.

Sponsor: Young Women’s Freedom Center

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/520987575101160/

3. Thursday, 6:00pm (PDT); 9:00pm (EDT), Alabama: “All the Way” Assault on Roe

On Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/events/2153745944712111/

Or

Click to email questions: email 

Join Lina Thorne Thursday night to get into what is truly at stake and how we can stop this nightmare for women and all of humanity.
Her newest piece was just posted to RefuseFascism.org:

“Under Trump, the anti-abortion movement is not attacking clinics (for the most part) or murdering doctors – that’s because they see the regime carrying out their agenda for them. But if we lose sight of what that movement is all about, we are lost. There is no middle ground with those who want to strip half of humanity of our fundamental right to control our own bodies. Abandoning the women in fascist-controlled states to the dominion of their oppressors is not an option, either….” 

Read her entire article at https://refusefascism.org/2019/05/15/alabama-bill-

4. 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/

5. Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, The Affordable Housing Crisis: Problems, Policies & Prospects

St. James Episcopal Church

4620 California St.

SF

This is a free, public event featuring a panel of housing policy-makers and activists discussing the forces driving the housing crisis in San Francisco and how we might address it.

Panelists include San Francisco District One Supervisor Sandra Fewer, Dr. Jennifer Martinez from PICO California, Amy Chan from the Mayor’s Office of Housing, Kristy Wang from SPUR, and Cynthia Fong from the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. The panel will be moderated by Stephanie Martin Taylor, Communications Director for the Episcopal Diocese of California and a former KQED-FM news anchor and reporter.

Sponsor: Faith in Action Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2324772080918912/

Friday, May 17

6. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm,  Mothers on the March Against Police Murders – Week 139

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! 

7. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, “Legal Opening For Mumia” Film Night

Omni Commons

4799 Shattuck Ave.

Oakland

Film showing of “Manufacturing Guilt” (2013) 
with a discussion, and Q & A 
Facilitated by Gerald Sanders of the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal 

“Manufacturing Guilt” is the single best film explaining the police frameup of Mumia. It is available as an extra from the DVD “Long Distance Revolutionary” (produced by First Run Features and available from the LAC). 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0GbNwKmHaE]

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/09/18823368.php

8. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Film: Mumia Abu-Jamal “Long Distance Revolutionary”

PSL

2969 Mission St. (nr. 24th St. BART)

SF

$3 – $10 Donation; no one turned away

Wheelchair Accessible; Refreshments

film focuses on Mumia’s career as a prolific writer and journalist from the depths of prison. It chronicles his life and work as a journalist, writer, and philosopher – a public intellectual who has spent thirty years in a Penn. prison, twenty-­‐nine of them in solitary confinement on death row. The film tracks Mumia’s early work in journalism as a writer for the Black Panther newspaper (at age 15) through his promising and emerging career as a reporter for National Public Radio. After Mumia is convicted for the murder of Philadelphia patrolman Daniel Faulkner, the story then exposes Mumia’s battles with the American judicial system (prisons and courts) to continue his journalism and radio broadcasts from behind bars – a battle he continues to wage to this very day

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/08/18823321.php

Saturday, May 18

9. Saturday, May 18, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Stop U.S. War on Venezuela! Solidarity w/ DC Embassy Protectors! SF Rally & March

Meet at:

Powell & Market St.

SF

Rally and march in solidarity with the National Mobilization in D.C. 

The Embassy Protection Collective is calling on all peace and social justice organizations and people from all over the United States to join together next Saturday, May 18, for a massive mobilization in Washington D.C. at the Venezuelan Embassy. 

Right-wing and fascist thugs have laid siege to the Venezuelan Embassy. The electricity has been cut off. The water has been cut off and people attempting to bring food were violently attacked and arrested. The Secret Service and the D.C. Police Department, under orders of the Trump Administration, have created a humanitarian crisis in the heart of Washington D.C. at a diplomatic compound that is protected by the Vienna Convention.

Peace activists have been residing inside the Venezuelan Embassy, since mid-April to protect it from takeover by the Trump Administration as part of the U.S. orchestrated coup, they are there as the invited guests of the owner of the building, the Venezuelan government. Organized by CODEPINK, Popular Resistance and ANSWER Coalition, they formed the Embassy Protection Collective. They are demanding that the electricity and water be turned back on, and that food and medicines be allowed inside.

NOTE: On 5/15 Jesse Jackson & others were able to deliver supplies to those inside the Embassy

The San Francisco march and rally endorsers include: ANSWER Coalition – Act Now to Stop War & End Racism, Code Pink-Women for Peace, Task Force on the Americas, Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee, Party for Socialism & Liberation, Campaign to End US and Canada Sanctions against Venezuela, Bay Area CISPES, QUIT, San Francisco Peace & Freedom Party. (List in formation – to endorse send to answer [at] answersf.org)

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/14/18823418.php

Sunday, May 19

Reminder – It is Bay to Breakers in SF

10. Sunday, 9:30am – 11:00am, UU Forum: Why criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic

Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, MLK Room

1187 Franklin St.

SF

David Spero will discuss anti-Semitism and Zionism and some history of their development. How Zionism was both a reaction to historic European anti-Semitism, and a conscious alliance with British imperialism and later with the U.S. empire. Why some older Jews react negatively to criticism of Israel, and why that attitude is changing rapidly among younger Jews 

He will discuss the different strands of Zionism, and the one that won out. He will explain why defending the Israeli state is not opposing anti-Semitism; it is supporting it. And he will explain why you are not helping your Jewish friends by remaining silent on Palestine.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/03/18823133.php

11. Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Understanding the Collapse of the ISO

New Valencia Hall

747 Polk St.,nr. Ellis St.

SF

Wheelchair accessible

Homecooked lunch served at 12:15pm for $8-10 donation

In April, members of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) voted to disband after problems of sexual abuse, racism, and lack of democracy undermined confidence in the group’s leadership. ISO’s dissolution underscores the necessity for socialist feminist practice on the Left. Share your views and experiences in a public discussion at this FSP Bay Area monthly branch meeting.

For information: 
415-864-1278 • bafsp@earthlink.net • tinyurl.com/FB-BAFSP

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/15/18823434.php

12. Sunday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Alternatives to Policing 3: Who Keeps Us Safe?

First Congregational Church of Oakland

2501 Harrison St.

Oakland

Wheelchair accessible, and there are ADA restrooms on site. Please come scent-free

We can provide childcare if needed. Please email us at alternatives-to-policing@googlegroups.com  to let us know the number and ages of children for which you will need care.

In this third in our series of workshops to create alternatives to relying on policing, we’ll work together to identify elements of white supremacy culture, which otherwise we tend to replicate in whatever “alternatives” we create.

Patricia St. Onge from Seven Generations Consulting, who was going to lead us in deep culture work, has been called away for a family emergency, but we will gather together to look at how white supremacy culture sabotages community, honor our griefs and mothers, and build community. 

The only real alternative to the police we have is each other, is building genuine community together. How does living in white supremacy culture sabotage our efforts to do that? And what can we do to to combat that sabotage?

The Coalition includes First Congregational Church of Oakland, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Agape Fellowship, Qal’bu Maryam, Jewish Voice for Peace, Skyline Community Church, Oakland Peace Center, Oakland LBGTQ Community Center, the Omni Collective, and Black Organizing Project. We are eager to partner with additional organizations so please contact us if you are interested!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/476551872884719/

Tuesday, May 21

13. Tuesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Anti-Chevron Day: Confronting Corporate Bullies

Chevron Refinary

Castro St. & Chevron Way

Richmond

May 21 has been declared Global Anti-Chevron Day by the many communities around the world affected by Chevron’s human rights and environmental crimes. Join us to protest in global solidarity at its Richmond refinery.

Chevron is a corrupt company that has not only done unthinkable damage to our planet but has engaged in a strategic, relentless campaign of legal harassment and intimidation towards those who has chosen to speak out against their wrongdoings.

Sponsors: Amazon Watch & 7 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/657367301371166/

14. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Gray Panther’s May Meeting: Insurgence in Education The Oakland Teacher’s Strike

Unitarian Center, Kincaid Room

1187 Franklin St.

SF

Education is in turmoil, inadequate funding, teachers salary too low to live on, and growing privatization and charter schools. The Oakland school strike exemplified both these threats and fight back.

Speakers:

  Craig Gordon, taught in Oakland schools since 1990, OEA union member.

  Sylvia Williams, has taught ESL in the Adult Sivision of Oakland public schools for 10 years.

15. Tuesday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, 40 Years,No Apologies: White Night March Against Police Violence

Meet at:

Castro & Market Sts.

SF

March to SF City Hall

On May 21, 1979, San Francisco waited for justice following the murders of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at the hands of their colleague, former cop Dan White. When the verdict was handed down, members of the San Francisco Police Department had already begun celebrating White’s minimal manslaughter sentence. However, others demanded answers, protesting in front of City Hall.

The police predictably responded with terror and violence. Fueled by vindication and immunity, they picked up innocent bystanders on Castro Street and crushed them into the sidewalk, believing that bashing some queers was still their prerogative, and they would not be held accountable.

Police violence is a common denominator within our communities: queers, incarcerated people, immigrants, the homeless, and people of color, with our black brothers and sisters being the most imperiled.

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Democratic Club won’t mark this anniversary with moments of silence, staid civic memorials, or social media tributes, but with a call to action among our communities to demand that police violence end.

The loss of our lives at the hands of law enforcement will not be tolerated, and perpetrators will be brought to justice. So, we will march on San Francisco City Hall just as San Franciscans did that night in 1979 and speak this truth.

The Club is asking all interested groups and organizations to reach out and let us know if you would like to join us in this action. And if you have representatives who would like to address the crowd at the City Hall terminus. Email us atcorrespondent@milkclub.org .

Sponsors: Harvey Milk LGBQT Club & 3 Others

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/457531358349012/

16. Tuesday , 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Stand with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – Monthly gathering at Alex Nieto’s altar

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.

From Ben Bac Sierra

“The officially submitted language, approved by the Nietos, for the Amor for Alex Nieto plaque, which will be on the memorial at Bernal Heights Park, San Fran Frisco:

March 4, 1986 to March 21, 2014.

Against the violence and injustice of 59 bullets, family and grassroots community arose as a movement to promote the positive spirit and to defend the honor of a beloved young man, Alex Nieto, who was killed by the police.

Amor for Alex Nieto.”

17. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Angry about Alabama’s Abortion Ban? Join Us & Take Action

Naral Pro Choice California

335 S Van Ness Ave.

SF

Office is NOT ADA accessible.

Tickets / Sign-up: https://www.mobilize.us/naral/event/93039/?fbclid=IwAR1a235EXmgeeQAIOxSRgp7F_gnntdLR1ACmYhDr3YS47mycXggouhZAMwI

Are you outraged about Alabama, Georgia, and other state abortion bans? Afraid of Roe v. Wade being overturned? There’s good news: We can organize and mobilize to ensure that California has abortion access today, and for a potential future where we are a safe haven for reproductive health. 

Join us at our San Francisco office to learn about what’s happening across the country and what NARAL is doing to fight back.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/15/18823437.php  or https://www.facebook.com/events/683852602035364/

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To purchase advance tickets see info below…

SAVE the DATE

Sunday, June 9, 2019

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Soar, Torian, Soar

with

Filmmaker Q&A!

Roxie Theater

3117 16th Street

SF

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/429793221147446/?active_tab=about

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/304771123?fbclid=IwAR1RLitkJMGz2FeoIa2qQEU9syJKWL7WgP2Xawzto6oiYbZO6IXJ7Ftvy2s

Ticketshttps://bit.ly/2WCrayU

Audrey Candy Corn is a West Oakland native, “Sister LoveOlutionary,” and organizer for justice. When her son Torian is murdered, she uses her phone to document her own darkest moments. While laying bare her struggles with grief, poverty, and raising her remaining two children, the film reveals the enduring spirit of a woman who went on to request leniency for her child’s killer.

Q&A  with Audry Candy Corn, Ziair Cornish Hughes, Amir Hughes Cornish and Peter Menchini,

Many of you know Peter Menchini’s work by his photographs and videos in the Occupy movement as well as in many actions around the Bay Area.

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