“I’m Willing to Fight for Someone I Don’t Know”: Sanders Speech Becomes Viral Rallying Cry

October 21, 2019 by Common Dreams

“There is an America that most people believe in,” said Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. “It is an ideal. It’s not a reality yet.”

by Eoin Higgins, staff writer

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Bernie's Back rally at Queensbridge Park.

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Bernie’s Back rally at Queensbridge Park. (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ closing remarks during his event with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Queens on Saturday became a viral rallying cry for supporters of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful over the weekend as thousands of social media users promised to be “willing to fight for someone I don’t know.”

“Are you willing to fight for that person who you don’t even know as much as you’re willing to fight for yourself?” Sanders asked the crowd of over 26,000 who gathered at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City to hear the senator, Ocasio-Cortez, and others speak. An overflow crowd of an additional 5,000 people were reportedly listening to the event from outside of the park. 

Twitter users thoughout the weekend tweeted affirmations that they were willing to do just that, a continuation of sorts from the senator’s “Not Me, Us” campaign tagline. 

The request from the Vermont senator was reminiscent of the message sent at Saturday’s rally from Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, and in an endorsement video by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Omar emphasized Sanders’ multiracial, diverse coalition of support.

“Senator Bernie Sanders is the only candidate that has built a movement, and continues to build a movement, that transcends gender, ethnicity, religion,” said Omar. “And we know that in order to take on Trump, we’re going to need a unifier, someone who understands what the fight looks like and someone who is ready to defeat him.”

The future with a Sanders presidency, Omar added, is one where the U.S. could potentially live up to its promise.

“There was an America that I dreamed about,” Omar said. “There is an America that most people believe in. It is an ideal. It’s not a reality yet.”

In her remarks Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez sounded similar notes, telling the Queens crowd that the Sanders movement is about more than simply changing the White House.

“Our priority is not only defeating Donald Trump,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “It’s defeating the system of which he is a symptom.”

Rally attendee Tasfiya Kashem, 16, told Gothamist on Saturday that she finds the senator’s message and advocacy to be an ageless message that transcends identity.

“He uplifts working class people, people of color and women, minorities in general,” said Kashem. “I think a lot of people believe that since he’s a white man, it’s important to endorse other candidates like women candidates and candidates of color, but I think he’s still the only candidate who works for those people.”

Washington Post opinion editor James Downie wrote Sunday that Ocasio-Cortez and Omar’s endorsements are part of a generational shift in progressive politics.

“Whatever happens to Sanders’ 2020 campaign, the movement behind it likely will continue to be a force to be reckoned with,” wrote Downie. 

At Jacobin, Kalewold H. Kalewold opined that the Sanders campaign’s lasting effect will be the invigoration of a true working class, left movement.

“Something new is taking shape for the American left, a unique opportunity presented by his candidacy to build social democracy in America, rein in the long and destructive arm of American military policy, and unite a durable coalition that can build pro-worker policies for decades to come,” wrote Kalewold.

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Articles ~ Action ~Upcoming Upcoming Events for October (from Adrienne Fong)

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ARTICLES:

A. Ex-Oakland Councilmember says he was forcibly arrested while complaining to planning dept. – October 20, 2019

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Former-Councilmember-Says-He-Was-Forcibly-14548187.php

B. The “Ceasefire” Is a Deadly Fraud – October 19, 2019

https://crimethinc.com/2019/10/19/the-ceasefire-is-a-deadly-fraud-a-message-from-a-comrade-in-rojava?fbclid=IwAR2FMDgseS4DUnrrYO-4W3cOQhEAs-BAU481SX9gW1Fk-hSNfz__3nPqM5c

C. Hundreds of Doctors to March to White House to Demand End to Trump Administrations ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Migrants – October 18, 2019

https://www.newsweek.com/hundreds-doctors-march-white-house-demand-end-trump-administrations-inhumane-treatment-1466322

D. Advocates fear mass suicide at ICE facility in Southern NM – October 17, 2019

E. UN Envoy: Assange Subjected to Torture, Violations of Due Process Rights  – October 16, 2019

https://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980724000466

F. Failures in Fukushima nuclear plant management exposed as thousands of contaminated bags go missing – October 14, 2019

ACTION:

1. Tell Chairman Neal to invest in clean renewable technology, not dirty nuclear energy!

https://action.foe.org/page/14068/action/1?ea.tracking.id=Email&ea.url.id=315020&forwarded=true

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, October 21

1. Monday, 8:00am – 9:30am, Protest Suzy Loftus’s first day as interim SF District Attorney! (New)

Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Stand with ‘Mothers on the March Against Police Murders’ in protest of Suzy Loftus! Monday will be Suzy’s first day as interim SF District Attorney.

On October 4th, Suzy was appointed by SF Mayor Breed as SF interm District Attorney, after George Gascon resigned the position effective on October 18th.

Suzy is one of four candidates running for San Francisco District Attorney in the November election. This action by Mayor Breed is undemocratic and also raises issues of Loftus’s integrity.

While she was president of the SF Police Commission, Suzy Loftus,  turned a blind eye to racist murders by SFPD. To name a few victims, Mario Woods, Jessica Nelson-Williams, Alex Nieto, Luis Gongora Pat, Amilcar Perez-Lopez. To this day none of the cops have been charged with murder.

When SFPD was exposed for sharing racist, sexist, and homophobic texts, Loftus once again did nothing to hold SFPD accountable.

All are welcomed to stand up for JUSTICE in San Francisco!

2. Monday, 1:45pm – 5:15pm, Rally: Housing for SF Workers! (New)

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF

1:45pm – Rally on City Hall Steps
After the rally: Land Use Committee meeting – please come to give public comment in support of the legislation! City Hall, Room 250 (the hearing starts at 1:30pm, but this item is further down the agenda)

The proposed law would increase fees on office developments to pay for more affordable housing in the city and help fix the imbalance between housing affordability and the jobs and wage levels created in our current development boom.

Hosts: Jobs with Justice –SF + 4 Others

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/515664915677477/

3. Monday, 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, gather with the Nieto’s at Alex’s 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.

4. Monday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Do No Harm Coalition – Debate with candidates for DA (Protest @ 5pm – of Suzy Loftus)

Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall
250 Campus Way (Mission Bay)
San Francisco, CA 94158

5:00pm Protest of Suzy Loftus as interim DA – Meet in front of the venue– all are welcomed to stand with Mothers on the March Against Police Murders

Register / Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-district-attorney-debate-tickets-72348019875?aff=DNHC

   RSVP – dinner included  – Open to public

Questions will be community/audience-submitted!

Submit your question HERE.   

5. Monday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Center for Social Economic Justice discussion forum

Redstone Labor Temple
2940 16th Street, Rm. 217
SF

Join us for presentations by –

Rachel West (Crossroads Women’s Center)

Racial Equality, Human Rights, Immigrant Rights, Women’s Rights, and LGBT Rights

Brigitte Davila (City College Board of Trustees) Quality Public Education through College

Francisco Herrera (Trabajo Cultural Caminante) Cultural Resistance and Public Funding for the Arts

Ted Lewis (Global Exchange)

Fair Trade

Host:  Alliance for Social and Economic Justice, 415-863-1927, asej@riseup.net

Tuesday, October 22

6. Tuesday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Boycott Manny’s – Weekly protest

16th & Valencia St. (outside)
SF

From Black & Brown For Justice Peace and Equality / Mothers On The March Against Police Murders.

Why Are We Boycotting Manny’s?

The owner of Manny’s is occupying a place that the Latino community fought for! Residents of the Mission community have fought for many years to make sure that community organizations create venues/space that would benefit the black and brown community. We believe that this should be a cultural center for the youth of this area, especially at a time when so many are being displaced.

The owner of Manny’s also supports the occupation of Palestine by a so-called Zionist state of Israel that is committing genocide of the Palestinian People. Zionist also are involved with training police in the US and in other countries – like the Philippines

Support the BDS movement!

All are welcome to join us, Stop the Displacement of Black and Brown People from the Mission, help us denounce Zionism and help raise awareness of the GENOCIDE of the Palestinian People by the state of Israel.

7. Tuesday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Hearing on Status of SFPD Reform Implementation (See NOTE)

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl, Room 250
SF

3:00pm – Hearing begins followed by public comment

Join the SF Board of Supervisors at 3pm on October 22nd to hear presentations from SFPD Chief William Scott and the California Department of Justice on the implementation status for the 272 recommendations for the SF Police Department, in the areas of use of force, bias, community policing, accountability, and recruitment, hiring, and personnel practices. It has been over 2 years since there was an update at the Board of Supervisors on the status of these critical reforms, and it’s long past due that the community hears from the department.

NOTE: 12Noon – 3:00pm Press Conference  DOJ COPS Hearing 

   Press Conf. will be held on the steps of City Hall (outside)

   Host of press conference: Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods

   Info for Press Conf: https://www.facebook.com/events/2558784324229443/

Info for hearing from Legislative Aide to BoS

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/589505618470533/

8. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neoliberals Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation

The Green Arcade
1689 Market St.
SF

Free

Seth Donnelly’s new book The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neolilberals Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation deconstructs the assumption that global poverty has fallen dramatically, and lays bare the spurious methods of poverty measurement and data on which the dominant prosperity narrative depends. Donnelly analyzes just how global poverty, rather than being reduced, is reproduced by the imperatives of capital accumulation on a global scale.

Seth Donnelly is a public school teacher and long-time radical activist. He will be speaking about The Lie of Global Prosperity and discussing the current situation in Haiti (a primary focus of his book) with Pierre Labossiere of the Bay Area-based Haiti Action.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/10/18827194.php

9. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Reclaiming Hong Kong

Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia St.
SF

ADA Accessible; will attempt to provide low scent environment.

Earlier this year, Hong Kong’s people rose in mass resistance to the proposed China Extradition Bill. Protests continue to escalate despite increasingly brutal crackdowns by the government. While the city edges toward martial law, the protests have gained attention and support around the world. Join CPE, CPA, and Bauhinia Project for a discussion featuring organizers involved in the uprisings and Bay Area-based organizers. The speakers will discuss what caused and continues to fuel the uprisings, as well as what the future of this organizing may be from Hong Kong to the Bay.

Featuring: Kai Yui Samuel Chan, Wawa, Jose Ng, Adrian Leong

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/767377847022233/

Wednesday, October 23

10. Wednesday, 6:00am – 7:30am, Kaiser mental health vigil: Candlelight gathering

1 Kaiser Plaza
Oakland

We’ll honor patients who have had mental health care denied by Kaiser.

Host: National Union of Healthcare Workers

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2601515166762711/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1571546242483684

 11. Wednesday, 6:30pm, Food Not Bombs Food Sharing – Every Wednesday

16th & Mission
BART Plaza
SF

We are resuming weekly sharings on Wednesdays at the 16th/Mission BART Plaza

We will prepare and cook at St. John The Evangelist Church, 1661 15th Street (at Julian) beginning at

   4:00 PM every Wednesday, except for the 4th Wednesday of the month                               

We will continue preparing and cooking at Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (between Mission and Julian) beginning at

   3:00 PM on the 4th Wednesday of the month

We always need volunteers.  

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

Friday, October 25

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

Hall of Injustice
850 Bryant St.
SF

DEMAND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

All are invited to join us (Even if it’s for a few minutes) to demand that interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus charge police officers with murder. Stand with ALL families who have lost loved ones to police murders. This is a movement towards police accountability. If we keep accepting the way things are, we’ll, never make any true progress that benefits the people. 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! Demand that Suzy Loftus charge police officers that have committed murder! Some of those named were killed while Suzy was president of the SF Police Commission!

Host: Mother’s on the March Against Police Murders!

13. Friday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Tell Greyhound: ICE Off of Our Buses! No Cooperation with ICE!

Greyhound Bus Station
2103 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland

We will gather in front of the Oakland Greyhound Terminal for a picket and rally. Please bring signs.

Buses are for transportation not deportation!
Protest to End Greyhound’s Collaboration with ICE. Greyhound allows ICE, DHS, and border patrol to board buses and detain migrants everyday. People continue to resist! Join us in sending a strong message to the Greyhound bus company.

To bus passengers & drivers:
ICE, DHS and Border Patrol agents have NO RIGHT to board buses & ask about immigration status. If agents board your bus, It’s OK to speak up for yourself and others, if you feel safe.
You can say: “ICE has no right to do this! ICE has no warrants! You don’t have to show your ID.”

Call Greyhound (214)849-8966) and tell them: ICE, DHS and Border Patrol off our buses. Buses are for transportation, not deportation!

Hosts: Workers World Party + 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/396727074594372/?active_tab=about

14. Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm, San Francisco District Attorney Youth-Led Forum

Bayview Opera House
4705 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-district-attorney-youth-led-forum-registration-72170835913?fbclid=IwAR0CqYT2Nyxrako0opVEclUVOAdQZVA7fEl7GVDHx8P6Zrry3VTtnUjEOnc

  RSVP – dinner included

Submit any questions you would like to be asked, here!

15. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Special Forum: Today’s challenges to the Cuban economy

PSL
2969 Mission St.
SF

Featuring Cuban Economist Dr. Jourdy James Heredia

Join this unique opportunity to hear eminent Cuban economist Dr. Jourdy James Heredia talk about Cuba’s current economic situation and the U.S. blockade. Dr. James Heredia is Sub-Director and lead researcher of the Global Economy Research Center in Havana, and Associate Professor at the University of Havana. Among her many credentials: Two PhDs, one in Economic Sciences, U. of Havana and at U. of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; an editor at Cuba’s World Economic Issues Journal; member, Foreign Policy Experts group of Cuba’s Higher Institute for Foreign Relations. She has won many awards, is a published author and has lectured in many countries.

Event is co-sponsored by Task Force on the Americas, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Richmond Regla Friendship Committee, ANSWER Coalition, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, and Witness for Peace.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/399726084295470/

Saturday, October 26

16. Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Trump/Pence OUT NOW! – Rally & March

Meet at:

24th & Mission
BART Plaza
San Francisco

Schedule:

1:00 PM – Speakers & Music, 24th & Mission

2:00 PM -March to Dolores Park

3:30 PM – Closing Rally, Castro & Market

Bay Area Protests Start October 26, Continue Every Saturday Until the Fascist Trump/Pence Regime is Driven OUT

We must seize on the impeachment crisis now erupting, taking history into our own hands and turning dread for the future into a force for hope!

This is a moment when we – people of many different views and experience – must act together in mass, sustained, non-violent nationwide protests that continue until the Trump/Pence regime is removed from power. We begin with protests in NYC and LA on October 19 that announce four more consecutive Saturdays of protests in cities and towns across the country that gather more people and momentum so that in the weeks and months that follow, the movement grows.

For 3 years the Democratic Party leadership facilitated the Trump/Pence regime, even voting funds for border security when children were being separated from parents. Now, they want to restrict impeachment only to national security and
Trump’s violation of democratic norms to try to enlist the Ukraine to undermine U.S. elections. They have said they will not impeach on the whole array of fascist outrages. Thus far, they are not going after the whole fascist regime. Their approach would legitimate the whole Trump/Pence fascist program, leaving the cancer in place to grow more dangerously

In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America. Join Us

Check site for updates.

Sponsors: Refuse Fascism Bay Area and Vigil for Democracy

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/707282656404580/  or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/06/18827108.php

17. Saturday, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Block the Boat 5 Year Anniversary Celebration!

Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia St.
SF

Five years ago, the Bay Area achieved one of the most successful BDS victories against apartheid Israel in US history! In 2014 we stopped the Israeli-owned ZIM shipping line from docking at the Port of Oakland for 3 consecutive months, and it hasn’t returned since!

Join us to celebrate the historic and decisive Block the Boat victory as a major contribution to all movements for social and economic justice!

Block the Boat was part of a sustained organizing effort to protest Israel’s ongoing occupation, war on Gaza, and settler-violence against Palestinians. The campaign was organized by Block the Boat (BTB), an AROC-led coalition made up of a diverse range of Bay Area community organizations and activists working in close partnership with members of ILWU Local 10, the union which represents dock workers at the Port of Oakland. The coalition built on the worldwide Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to isolate Israel politically, culturally, and economically.


Music, food, drinks and speakers from the Block the Boat coalition.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1550202411823051/

18. Saturday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Chulita Vinyl Club & Poesía: Justice4Amilcar Mural Fundraiser

Accion Latina
2958 24th St.
SF

$5-$30 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Join us for a night of poetry and grooves to support the final stages of painting for a new monumental mural, the largest mural to be painted along the 24th Street corridor in over 10 years.

The mural honors Amilcar Perez Lopez, shot and killed by SF police on February 26th, 2015. Despite the failure of our legal system to hold the officers accountable, the Justice4Amilcar Coalition asked for a mural to honor this young Guatemalan immigrant, his grieving family in Guatemala, and our community that refuses to forget him. The mural also honors the lives of others lost due to police violence and impunity and the crisis at the border.

Host: Muralist-Against-Walls

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/538974213594872/

Sunday, October 27

19. Sunday, 9:30am – 11:00am, Haiti in Crisis and Rebellion

Unitarian Universalist Society – SF
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Pierre Labossierre, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee will speak about the powerful uprising shaking Haiti today. Massive marches and rallies are happening now raising the demand that Haitian president Jovenel Moise resign. Why is this happening and where is it heading? Presentation followed by Q and A.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/08/18827145.php

20. Sunday, 12:30pm -3:30pm, Basic Income March San Francisco

Gather at:

Civic Center Plaza
SF

12:30 PM – Gather – Civic Center Plaza

1:30 PM- Kick-Off – March Begins

2:30 PM- Speakers

Our economy is leaving millions behind. Join the people powered movement to send the message that our society and economy needs to evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/393424634670898/

Monday, October 28

21. Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Reclaiming Judaism From Zionism With Several Contributors

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St.
SF

In this powerful collection of personal narratives, forty Jews of diverse backgrounds tell a wide range of stories about the roads they have traveled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence.

Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism will be controversial. Its contributors welcome the long overdue public debate. They want to demolish stereotypes of dissenting Jews as ‘self-hating,’ traitorous, and anti-Semitic. They want to introduce readers to the large and growing community of Jewish activists who have created organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace, If Not Now, and Open Hillel. They want to strengthen alliances with progressives of all faiths. Above all, they want to nurture models of Jewish identity that replace ethnic exclusiveness with solidarity, Zionism with a Judaism once again nourished by a transcendent ethical vision.

Linda Hess is senior lecturer emerita in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University

Sydney Levy, a queer Latinx, is a co-coordinator of the caucus of Jews of Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in solidarity with Palestine, and a steering committee member of both the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the Global Jewish Network in Solidarity with Palestine.

Hilton Obenzinger is a recipient of the American Book Award. His books include This Passover and the Next I Will Never Be in Jerusalem (1980), American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania (1999), and Treyf Pesach (2017). He is currently Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.

Henri Picciotto served on the JVP Board of Directors from 2002 to 2009 and chaired it for much of that period. He has authored or co-authored many books and articles on math education.

Cecilie Surasky has worked as a professional communicator in a variety of social justice movements, and her film work and political analysis has been featured in film festivals and news outlets all over the world.

Jordan Wilson-Dalzell is a queer poet writing about intersections of disability, feminism, Judaism, survivorhood and social justice; her next poetry book, Baptism by Flame, will be about finding a home in Judaism that reflects her values.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/07/18827122.php

22. Wednesday, October 30th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, San Francisco District Attorney Candidates Q&A

Impact Hub San Francisco
1885 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-district-attorney-candidates-qa-tickets-75773613919?ref=eios

Bay Area Black Journalist Association

The San Francisco District Attorney Candidates will be participating in a one on one Q&A forum moderated by Davey “D” Cook. Confirmed candidates to attend are Suzy Loftus, Chesa Boudin and Nancy Tung.

Thursday, October 31

23. Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tour thru SFTech for the Ancestors

Meet-up:

1st & Mission Streets

SF

The 2019 Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Decolonization & Community Reparations Tourtour will go through SF tech – one of the largest industries fueling the violent gentriFUKation /removal and displacement of working class/ very low-income Black, Brown, Indigenous communities out of the whole Bay Area , which often leads to the death and dismantlement of elders and families in SF, Berkeley, Oakland /San Jose/Bay Area- as well as silently complicit in the criminalization , removal, theft and death of unhoused residents of San Francisco…

On this Tour ,which is in honor of the ancestors of these removal efforts like Luis Demetrio Gongora Pat, Papa Bear, Amilcar Perez Lopez and Jessica Williams to name a few.. POOR Magazine poverty/indigenous/disability skolaz will be sharing the medicine of #RadicalRedistribution and the #BankofComeUnityReparations‘ – “Tech Reparations Fund” a liberation fund which was formerly launched on Sept 7th 2019 and humbly asks that the Tech industry give back 10-15% of their outrageous hoarded wealth and resources to establish/build equity of unhoused, housing insecure, indigenous/disabled/elder and families facing eviction, removal, the violence of “sweeps” and/or to help folks stay in their homes, neighborhoods and/or encampments where they face ongoing removal attempts, thefts, poltricksterism, scamlord evictions, predation and poLice terror.

Additionally, Marc Benioff – CEO of Salesforce, announced a 30 million dollar “study” of unhoused peoples when we as unhoused peoples have already been studied, examined, surveyed and swept, so one of the Tour’s asks/tour stops will be the Salesforce Transit center, site of one of the most violent removal/evictions of unhoused, neuro-divergent peoples out of a safe, warm place to sit and dwell- So this tour follows a direct ask to Marc Benioff to radically redistribute to the Tech Reparations Fund so we homeless folks can build a Homefulness #2 to provide safe, land for unhoused peoples to live- here is the open letter to Marc –https://48hills.org/2019/09/an-open-letter-to-the-marc-benioff-about-homelessness/ which we will be distributing on this tour. We will also visit “Square” which met with POOR Magazine poverty skolaz Aunti Frances MooreMuteado Silencio Lisa Tiny Gray-Garcia and homeless & formerly homeless Youth poverty skolaz from #DeecolonizeAcademy earlier this year, promising to consider The Tech Reparations Fund and ended up doing absolutely nothing for any unhoused people.

Because this is the time when the veil is thin between us living in the present and the ancestors on the other side of the spirit journey, otherwise known as “Halloween” we invite you to join us youth and family poverty skolaz from Deecolonize Academy in “dressing” , wearing a “costume” of a “Zombie Tech GentriFUKer” – Scamlord, Devil-oper, Poltrickster, Kkkolonizer, Hipster, or other icons representing 21st century missionaries and/ or removers, ( or however you would like to dress)

Hosts: POOR Magazine and 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2570535159672691/?active_tab=about

‘It Is Really Sad’: Sanders Rips Biden for Deploying Insurance Industry Talking Points Against Medicare for All

October 17, 2019 by Common Dreams

“Joe must know that we currently spend twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of almost any other major country and that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden gestures during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday issued a statement condemning former Vice President Joe Biden for parroting insurance industry talking points in an effort to convince voters that Sanders is “trying to con the American people” with Medicare for All.

“It is really sad that Joe Biden is using the talking points of the insurance industry to attack Medicare for All,” said Sanders. “Joe must know that we currently spend twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of almost any other major country and that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.”

“Under Medicare for All, funded in a progressive manner, all Americans will have comprehensive healthcare coverage as a guaranteed human right and, with no premiums, co-payments, or out-of-pocket expenses, ordinary Americans will be spending far less for that care than they currently pay,” the Vermont senator added.

The statement comes a day after Biden attacked Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for “playing Trump’s game” by supporting Medicare for All.

“The idea that someone is going to be able to go out and spend what turns out to be, if you add on everything that’s going to be free beyond Obamacare, excuse me beyond Medicare for All, which is going to come out to about $3.4 trillion a year,” Biden told reporters during a campaign event Wednesday.

As Common Dreams reported Wednesday, Biden failed to mention that the United States spent $3.65 trillion on healthcare in 2018.

During Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Ohio, Sanders said he is “tired… of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel.”

“I will tell you what the issue is here,” Sanders added. “The issue is whether the Democratic Party has the guts to stand up to the healthcare industry which made a $100 billion in profits; whether we have the guts to stand up to the corrupt, price-fixing pharmaceutical industry which is charging us the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. If we don’t have the guts to do that—if all we can do is take their money—we should be ashamed of ourselves.”

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How a Public Bank Could Free S.F.’s Money From Wall Street

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a first-of-its-kind law to help establish public banks — and San Francisco wants to be first in line.

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Of all the vivid characters in Hustlers, from Jennifer Lopez’s magnetic Ramona to Cardi B portraying her own lived experience, the 2008 financial crash is the one that will be familiar to most contemporary Americans.

In the movie, the Great Recession spurs a crew of New York strippers into making a living by drugging rich-looking men to spend lavishly at clubs as their own twisted way of surviving in a system that doesn’t protect people like them.

“We got to start thinking like these Wall Street guys. You see what they did to this country? They stole from everybody,” Ramona says to convince Constance Wu’s character of the scheme. “Hard-working people lost everything. And not one of these douchebags went to jail, not one. Is that fair?” 

Though the economy recovered — depending on whom you ask — the reverberations from the financial crisis continue. Anger at a rigged system persists, as seen in today’s society through films like Hustlers and the popularity of politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Along the way, a potential antidote to this uneven financial system gained a coterie of believers: a public bank.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 857 earlier this month, which, while not establishing a public bank, clears the way legally for California cities to set up public banks if they want to. This makes California the second state in 100 years to allow government-run banks that directly manage taxpayer money rather than leaving it to big banks.  Public banks can invest where preferred without relying on out-of-state bondholders — affordable housing instead of private prisons, green energy instead of oil pipelines, small business loans instead of subprime mortgages, and so on.

Following through would be nothing short of the systemic changes called to end dependence on Wall Street, 11 years after the financial crisis. While several cities in the U.S. are on the same path, San Francisco is primed to take the first leap in California with its $12 billion budget.

The benefit of a public bank is that the priority is the wellbeing of the bank’s consumers, both individuals and local businesses, instead of profits for shareholders of Wall Street banks, advocates say.

“[Wall Street banks] have not proven themselves to be good players in this,” says Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who’s taken activist calls for a public banking venture to City Hall. “They are investing our money into things that don’t represent us. It is time.”

An Old Idea

A public bank — that is, owned by a state, city, or county — is not a new concept, but it is rare. The Bank of North Dakota serves as the main example, established in 1919 out of the need to protect the agricultural industry from the whims of large, out-of-state banks. (America Samoa turned around a banking desert by opening its own bank in 2018.) 

“[The thinking at the time was] ‘We can’t have our own functioning economy because we can’t have credit go where it needs to go,’” says David Flynn, the University of North Dakota’s economics and finance department chair. “The nature of North Dakota history suggests that there was concern about being overlooked and the concern about lack of self-determination in many aspects of life — still, in many ways, something that runs through today.”

The state was, to an extent, insulated from the depressed economy with one of the lowest unemployment rates and a rare budget surplus in 2008, thanks in part to a well-timed oil boom and more responsible banking practices. But even when it turned to an oil bust, the Bank of North Dakota remained profitable.

As the Occupy Movement took off in response to the financial upheaval, public banking received renewed interest but had support in San Francisco government only from then-Supervisor John Avalos. He requested a city report, published in 2011, to determine options while the California Legislature considered studying the establishment of a state bank. Neither Avalos’ efforts nor the legislature’s got anywhere.

Then came Standing Rock.

With the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline threatening water sources of the Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas, massive protests against the project gained nationwide attention in 2016. It crystalised the need to divest from fossil fuels, both to protect resources and to combat fast-approaching climate change.

Cities like San Francisco looked at ways to separate taxpayer money from fossil fuels but realized there was a limit. In two big ways, North Dakota both shined a light on a problem and offered a solution — one that eventually brought Jackie Fielder, an indigenous Defund DAPL organizer, to help form the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition and take it to the state with similar-minded folks in Los Angeles.

“The narrative shifted,” says Trinity Tran, co-founder of Public Bank LA, of battling Wells Fargo lobbyists while pushing for divestment. “It was pretty apparent that this is literally the people versus Wall Street. This is a permanent form of divestment.”

In 2017, then-Supervisor Malia Cohen was intrigued by the idea and established a public bank task force. Cohen’s status as a San Francisco moderate showed it wasn’t a pie-in-the-sky idea but something for governments to seriously consider.

“I know it’s sort of a culture shift to think about a public bank and what does that mean,” Fewer says. “I never thought San Francisco would be moving toward buying or acquiring PG&E assets. This is very similar to the path toward public banking.”

How It Could Look

A 16-member Municipal Banking Feasibility Task Force spent nearly a year talking about the possibilities of a public bank. They explored models, insurance, whether to allow regular people to hold an account, receiving a banking charter, access to the Federal Reserve, and start-up costs.

Some members and followers like Fielder, however, were frustrated at the slow-moving process and felt the office was dragging its feet as Treasurer Jose Cisneros remained cozy with a partly Wall Street-funded nonprofit he co-founded. His office’s draft report was released in September 2018 but was merely a six-page document that didn’t include critical components of a full-fledged bank.

It offered four models that the task force discussed: a wholesale bank that issues loans for real estate, small businesses, and students; one that expands to small-dollar consumer loans; one that sticks to being a commercial lender without accepting deposits; and a hybrid that transitions from commercial lending to a bank six years later.

At a hearing on the task force that December, Cohen and Fewer criticized the Treasurer’s Office for not going far enough.

“I’m just not buying that we can’t do it because it’s too expensive,” Cohen said at the hearing. “Good things happen to those who are patient but I just want to make sure that we’re not wasting time spinning wheels.”

By the time the final report was released this March, the Treasurer’s Office presented refined options.

One would be to focus on lending and reinvesting without managing the city’s money. With $1 billion in bank capital, the city could boost its annual affordable housing investment from about $400 million to $600 million and triple small business loans compared to about $150 million a year. Model One, as it’s known, would need to have $165 million held in bank capital for financial stability.

Model Two would divest from Bank of America and U.S. Bank, diverting $600,000 in fees paid alone, while managing the $100 million the city has in short-term accounts. The bank would need to be $3.1 billion in size with $460 million in bank capital, taking about 31 years to break even. Start-up costs for staffing, infrastructure, and real estate would take $119 million, the Treasurer’s Office estimated.

The third and final option offered a combination of the two, requiring a size of $10.4 billion and $1.6 billion in capital while taking 56 years to break even. Start-up costs would be the same as the second model.

Sushil Jacobs, a senior economic justice attorney for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and task force member, thinks the cost will be much lower. For one, technology costs could be reduced, especially given the hub of financial tech in the area. The bank could also be placed in the old San Francisco Mint, which once turned goods from the California Gold Rush into coins, saving money on real estate.

The Old Mint stands at 5th and Mission, awaiting renovation that could be well-timed for the establishment of a public bank. It’s also where Assemblymember David Chiu, who represents San Francisco, announced a state bill in March to make any of this possible.

Assembly Bill 857 had support from the Board of Supervisors, the Public Bank Coalition, the California Public Banking Alliance, PODER, the California Nurses Association, and San Francisco Berniecrats. Allies in Los Angeles threw themselves into the unfunded, grassroots push at the state level after a measure to open a public bank failed.   

“It’s one of the hardest bills I’ve ever worked on,” Chiu said. “This was a big and new idea for a lot of colleagues so it required a lot of deep education. Every single vote was a slog and guns were blazing throughout.”

In announcing the bill in March, Chiu hinted at a fight with Wall Street lobbyists and wasn’t wrong. The California Bankers Association called it a “misguided” venture that puts taxpayer money at risk. But activists statewide, from Public Bank LA to PODER, kept making the case for a public bank. In the end, the bill passed with just enough votes and an enthusiastic signature from Newsom in October, who called it “progress.”

“It was an uphill battle,” Tran says. “One of the biggest accomplishments was moving this idea from the obscure into the mainstream. With Gavin Newsom’s signature on this bill, it really legitimized this idea.”

Public banking in California got the breakthrough it needed but the work continues.

AB 857 allows for two licenses for such a bank to be issued per year, but it would first need a feasibility study and business plan. San Francisco already spent a year on the feasibility study and is on the cusp of initiating legislation to work on a business plan for about another year while they await an impact report from the Budget and Legislative Analyst.

For Fielder and Jacobs, that means reserving seats for core community stakeholders, including credit unions, affordable housing experts, and immigration and environmental justice groups. They would meet at least monthly to set up the governing structure complete with transparency and plan to obtain FDIC insurance, as required by AB 857. (The Bank of North Dakota and many credit unions don’t require the same insurance.) They hope it can start lending as soon as 2021, followed by deposits a couple of years after that. As a city and county, San Francisco doesn’t have to put the plan to voters.

“We want to get it right,” Fielder says. “We’re looking to find that balance to make sure that the bank sticks to the original vision for this, which is to make sure the city addresses its most pressing issues but also make sure that it stays afloat for decades and generations to come.”

That cautious proceeding is a good sign to Flynn, especially since California is carving a different path than North Dakota’s statewide bank. The latter walks a fine line, functioning more like a state-level federal reserve and staying away from commercial banking while being smaller in scale by serving a population of just 760,000.

“The Bank of North Dakota is a different creature,” Flynn says, adding that California’s economy is much larger. “If you allowed it to be too quick, you could really create some problems really fast. That’s the upside to this slow, deliberate approach. There are a lot of moving parts.”

Washington is due to have a business plan by July while Oakland, Santa Rosa, and others move forward with their own plans. Days after the bill was signed, the Los Angeles City Council already proposed hiring a consultant to develop the plan, placing San Francisco in a healthy competition to be the first to establish a public bank.

“We are setting ourselves up for that,” Fewer says. “We are beginning to realize the power of our dollars. This is not something that’s going to happen overnight.”