Book: “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

by Chris HedgesJoe Sacco (Illustrator) 

Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is the searing account of their travels.
The book starts in the western plains, where Native Americans were sacrificed in the giddy race for land and empire. It moves to the old manufacturing centers and coal fields that fueled the industrial revolution, but now lie depleted and in decay. It follows the steady downward spiral of American labor into the nation’s produce fields and ends in Zuccotti Park where a new generation revolts against a corporate state that has handed to the young an economic, political, cultural and environmental catastrophe.

(Goodreads.com)

Exclusive: Canada police prepared to shoot Indigenous activists, documents show

Canada (theguardian.com)

Notes from strategy session for raid on Wet’suwet’en nation’s ancestral lands show commanders argued for ‘lethal overwatch’

Jaskiran Dhillon in Wet’suwet’en territory and Will Parrish

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Sabina Dennis stands her ground as police dismantle the barricade to enforce the injunction filed by Coastal Gaslink Pipeline at the Gidimt’en checkpoint near Houston, British Columbia on Monday, January 7, 2019. The pipeline company were given a permit but the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, who have jurisdiction over the territory in question, have never given consent.
 Sabina Dennis stands her ground as police dismantle the barricade to enforce the injunction filed by Coastal Gaslink pipeline at the Gidimt’en checkpoint near Houston, British Columbia, on 7 January. Photograph: Amber Bracken

Canadian police were prepared to shoot Indigenous land defenders blockading construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

Notes from a strategy session for a militarized raid on ancestral lands of the Wet’suwet’en nation show that commanders of Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), argued that “lethal overwatch is req’d” – a term for deploying snipers.

The RCMP commanders also instructed officers to “use as much violence toward the gate as you want” ahead of the operation to remove a roadblock which had been erected by Wet’suwet’en people to control access to their territories and stop construction of the proposed 670km (416-mile) Coastal GasLink pipeline (CGL).

In a separate document, an RCMP officer states that arrests would be necessary for “sterilizing the site”.

Wet’suwet’en people and their supporters set up the Gidimt’en checkpoint in December 2018 to block construction of the pipeline through this region of mountains and pine forests 750 miles north of Vancouver.

On 7 January, RCMP officers – dressed in military-green fatigues and armed with assault rifles – descended on the checkpoint, dismantling the gate and arresting 14 people.

The checkpoint lies 22km east of a camp operated by a house group of the Wet’suwet’en called the Unist’ot’en, which has been at the center of the struggle against the pipeline.

The camp is one of several instances where Indigenous people in British Columbia have reinhabited ancestral territory that falls outside of demarcated reservations, in what they refer to as “reoccupation”.

Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson (Howilhkat) said that the RCMP’s militarized posture during the raid was consistent with a long history of colonial violence.

“In our experience, since first contact, RCMP have been created by the federal government to dispossess Indigenous peoples of their lands,” Huson said. “They have proven [that] through their harassment of my people to support Coastal GasLink in invading our territories.”

Police records seen by the Guardian include transcripts from police strategy sessions, reports filed after the raid and audio and video files.

One document noted that the Wet’suwet’en possessed “firearms for hunting/sustenance” but police intelligence indicated that there was “no single threat indicating that [land defenders] will use firearms”.

An RCMP spokesperson declined to comment on the specific content of the documents, saying they were merely carrying out a December 2018 injunction against people who interfere with the CGL pipeline.

“During the planning for the enforcement of the court-ordered injunction, the RCMP took the remote location of the Morice River Bridge into account and ensured that enough police officers were present in the area to keep the peace,” the spokesperson said. “We also took into consideration the unpredictable nature of what we could face in the remote area, and so we moved additional police resources including members of the tactical and emergency response teams to provide support.”

Camp supporters wait for police at the Gidimt’en blockade near Houston, British Columbia.
 Camp supporters wait for police at the Gidimt’en blockade near Houston, British Columbia. Photograph: Amber Bracken

The revelations come as the Wet’suwet’en camps brace for a provincial supreme court ruling on an injunction applied for by the pipeline builder TC Energy (formerly TransCanada), which seeks to permanently restrict the Wet’suwet’en from blocking access to pipeline work sites.

The pipeline would run from the Dawson Creek area of northern British Columbia to a facility near Kitimat on the Pacific coast. CGL has begun road-building and clear-cutting on the right-of-way, and the company intends to start construction in early-2020.

Founded in 2009, Unist’ot’en camp was the first among a constellation of Indigenous-led uprisings against fossil fuel pipelines in North America – including Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, Enbridge Line 3, Dakota Access and Bayou Bridge.

Like most Indigenous people in British Columbia, the Wet’suwet’en have never relinquished their land to the Canadian government by treaty, land sale or surrender.

In a 1997 ruling, the supreme court of Canada determined that aboriginal land ownership had never been given up across the Wet’suwet’en’s 22,000 km sq of territory.

Wet’suwet’en leaders say they are defending their right to protect themselves and future generations from irreparable harm. The pipeline would run directly beneath the Morice River, a river system several municipalities rely on.

The documents show that ahead of the raid, the RCMP deployed an array of surveillance, including heavily armed police patrols, a jet boat, helicopter, drone technology, heat-sensing cameras and close monitoring of key land defenders’ movements and social media postings.Advertisement

Police established a “media exclusion zone”, blocking reporters from accessing the area. They took care to hide their carbine rifles on the approach to the roadblock because the “optics” of the weapons were “not good”, according to one of the documents.

The documents also show close collaboration between the RCMP and TC Energy: police officers attended company planning sessions and daily “tailgate” meetings, and were privy to CGL’s legal strategy.

The RCMP were prepared to arrest children and grandparents: “No exception, everyone will be arrested in the injunction area,” a document reads. Another makes reference to possible child apprehension by social services – a troubling disclosure given the violent history of residential schooling in Canada and the disproportionate number of Indigenous children currently in the child welfare system.

“The police are here to support the invasion of Indigenous territories,” said Tlingit land defender Anne Spice. “It is what they’ve always done. Now, they watch us when we travel to pick berries. They ‘patrol’ the roads where we hunt. They harass us and profile us under the guise of ‘public safety’.”

Since the January raid, an RCMP detachment known as the Community Industry Safety Office has maintained a large presence in an effort to forestall any resistance to pipeline construction.

Armed RCMP officers can be seen patrolling the area, and three police trailers are tucked away in the woods alongside the access road. Drones and helicopters often circle overhead. CGL has also retained two private security firms that track Indigenous people’s movements.

According to the RCMP spokesperson, the police detachment will remain in place in Wet’suwet’en lands “as long as deemed necessary”.

Police climb over a barricade to enforce the injunction filed by Coastal Gaslink Pipeline at the Gidimt’en checkpoint near Houston, British Columbia on Monday, January 7, 2019. The pipeline company were given a permit but the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, who have jurisdiction over the territory in question, have never given consent. Fourteen people were arrested. Amber Bracken for The New York Times
 Police climb over a barricade to enforce the injunction filed by Coastal Gaslink pipeline at the Gidimt’en checkpoint near Houston, British Columbia, on 7 January. Photograph: Amber Bracken

The RCMP Community Industry Response Group (CIRG) has also recently been deployed to monitor and suppress Indigenous people fighting the proposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, which would pass through a separate area of British Columbia and which officially began construction last month.

One of the Gidimt’en land protectors, Molly Wickham (Sleydo’), from the clan’s Grizzly House, described the CIRG detachment in her people’s territory as a violation of “free, prior and informed consent” between a settler state and Indigenous people — a principle enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

“What I’ve witnessed over the last year is not only violent oppression by RCMP and the state on 7 January, but the continuing occupation of our territories and surveillance of our people and camp by CIRG,” she said.

The RCMP’s suppression of Indigenous dissent against resource extraction is rooted in its founding as a paramilitary entity 150 years ago.

In the late 1800s, the RCMP (formerly the Northwest Mounted Police) carried out surveillance, violent displacement and relocation of Indigenous peoples onto reserves, and the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families in order to place them in residential schools. Advocates say it was the police force which enabled the Canadian government to seize Indigenous homelands and undermine Native sovereignty.

More recently, the Canadian state has thrown its national security apparatus behind oil and gas development – often directly at Indigenous people’s expense.

The 2015 Anti-Terrorism Act, Bill C-51, sanctions the criminalization of Indigenous environmentalists by enhancing surveillance and legal powers against any potential interference with Canada’s “critical infrastructure” or “territorial integrity”. Land defenders such as Freda Huson have been identified in RCMP intelligence reports as “aboriginal extremists”.

Despite the onset of winter, Wet’suwet’en land defenders remain at the camps to protect their lands and waters. As construction crews dynamite the land in preparation for laying pipe, and RCMP and private security forces patrol the territory, they trap for food and build new cabins.

“We will continue to resist, to insist on respect for our way of life,” said Spice.

(Contributed by Gwyllm Llwydd.)

WHY JEREMY CORBYN’S LEGACY WILL LIVE ON

FRI, 12/20/2019 – BY GABRIELLE PICKARD-WHITEHEAD (Occupy.com)    

He drew in one of the biggest crowds Glastonbury had ever seen. He inspired the politically disengaged to become interested in politics. He empowered others to believe in equality. Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy will never be defeated.

Britain’s Labour Party suffered a crushing defeat on Dec. 12, leaving supporters up and down the country feeling like they’d been punched in the gut. The party’s divisive leader might be on borrowed time, but, a world apart from the brutal critiques that equate Corbyn to the party’s worst ever leader, his legacy, aka Corbynism, lives on.

Not only has Corbynism, namely the quest for a fairer society, changed the political and social landscape forever, but with nothing now holding back the Johnson administration, Corbyn’s timeless legacy is more important than ever.

Step back to 2015 when, in the wake of a disappointing election result, Ed Miliband resigned as Labour Party leader and a hotly contested leadership race ensued.

Despite only being put on the leadership panel to create a more “broad debate” for the party’s future, there was something about the bearded, bespectacled 66-year-old ‘leftie’ and his uncompromising socialist beliefs that inspired Labour party members. So much so that Corbyn won the race in a stunning victory, dwarfing even Tony Blair’s leadership landslide in 1994.

No one seemed more surprised than Corbyn himself when he was named party leader and forced to give a victory speech under the glare of hundreds of TV camera lights. For those hoping for a more centrist leader to take Miliband’s place, such as the ‘Blairite’ candidate Liz Kendall, lessons from 2010 had not been learned.

At that time, Ed Miliband – labelled “Red Ed” by some sections of the press – pipped his more centrist brother David to the leadership post, and grassroots Labour members still craved the more radical left-wing platform Ed Miliband introduced.

Akin to many Blairite reproaches – which blamed Miliband’s shift to the left, during his 2010-15 leadership, for Labour’s worst defeat in more than two decades – Corbyn’s significantly more crushing loss in the 2019 election has whipped centrist factions of the party into a finger pointing, “I told you so” frenzy.

In the wake of two disappointing general elections for Labour in under five years – and divided by a near-breakthrough in 2017, when Corbyn’s party garnered an unexpectedly good result that squandered Theresa May’s plans to gain a majority – it could be easy to contend that Labour needs to revert back to its former “New Labour” glory days of the 1990s and early 2000s.

But getting in the way of a centrist reformation is Corbynism: a term coined to describe the powerful leftist ideology that Corbyn preached, namely a commitment to democratic socialism, an opposition to privatisation, an anti-war rhetoric and devotion to equality.

During his 32 years as a Labour MP, including four and a half years as party leader, Corbyn and his politics never waivered. He deeply opposes Blair, regarding him as a Thatcherite capitalist and an instrument of U.S. imperialism. Defining himself as a democratic socialist, Corbyn remains a huge advocate of reversing austerity cuts to welfare funding and public services.

A long-standing anti-nuclear and anti-war activist, Corbyn never kept his military non-interventionist attitudes a secret, earning him regular harassment from right-wing media.

LABOUR MEMBERSHIP SURGES AND CORBYN’S ‘YOUTHQUAKE’

Such doctrines centred on creating a more equal society struck a chord with the people of Britain; during Corbyn’s tenure as leader, membership increased from 201,293 on the day of the 2015 general election, to around 485,000 members today.

This compares to the Conservative Party membership of just 191,000.

Not only had the principles of Corbynism inspired tens of thousands to join Labour, but they also awakened a political spirit among young people. The 2017 election witnessed a surge in young voters, with the election’s ‘youthquake’ reportedly a key factor in Corbyn’s advance in the polls.

In the 2019 election, Labour still dominated the youth vote, with the party winning all but three of the 20 constituents with the most 18- to 35-year-olds.

ENERGISING PEOPLE TO GET INTERESTED IN POLITICS

Corbyn’s pledges to do more to stamp out Britain’s growing homelessness, improve the country’s rapidly deteriorating public services, and make Labour the “party of equality” grabbed the attention of compassionate listeners. People who had previously been disinterested in the same-old elitist politics suddenly sat up and listened.

Previously apolitical Generation Xers, disengaged Millennials, and even Baby Boomers who realised there could be value in making the country fairer for everyone began to take note.

It could be said that the peak of Corbynism fervour was in June 2017, when the Labour leader walked on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, a platform reserved for the greatest, most legendary figures. The then 68-year-old managed to pull in one of the biggest Glastonbury crowds of all time as he spoke of unity and creating a fairer world to the deafening roar of supporters.

Reasons for Labour’s collapse in the 2019 election are complex and many, from right-wing media manipulation and harassment to the Tory-made Brexit mess. Corbyn might not have won the votes at the polling stations. His resolute politics founded on equality did, however, inspire a generation.

Sealing the majority the Tories craved, Johnson now has nothing holding him back. Consequently, the concept of Corbynism and the plight to invest in people to achieve a more balanced economy and fairer society will be more important than ever. Labour’s next leader has big shoes to fill.

Newsom names picks for single-payer health care commission

Gavin Newsom | AP Photo
Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom | Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

By ANGELA HART

12/18/2019 (Politico.com)

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday named health policy experts largely from academia and private philanthropy to serve as his liaisons on a single-payer health care commission, denying the California Nurses Association two of the three seats they sought.

Newsom’s appointees to the Healthy California for All Commission are charged with identifying major changes to the state’s health care financing and delivery system. They are:

— Sandra Hernandez, 62, president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation. Hernandez and Newsom have a history of working together. Previously, she served as director for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and co-chaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council, which in 2007 launched Healthy San Francisco, the city’s universal health care program created under Newsom when he served as mayor.

— Richard Scheffler, 76, professor of health economics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley and director of The Nicholas C. Petris Center on Healthcare Markets and Consumer Welfare.

— Bob Ross, 65, president and CEO of the California Endowment, which has championed the Affordable Care Act and funded programs expanding health care.

— William Hsiao, 83, professor of economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Hsiao served as a top adviser to the government of Taiwan in the 1990s, when the country created its own single-payer system. He is author of the 2004 book “Getting Health Reform Right.”

— Jennie Chin Hansen, 71, an independent consultant with the San Francisco philanthropic adviser Hirsch and Associates. She has long worked on issues related to improving the quality and safety health care delivery systems, specifically for older adults, and serves on the stakeholder advisory committee for the state’s Master Plan on Aging. A nurse by training, Hansen has served as a member of the AARP Board of Directors and from 2010 to 2015 was CEO of the American Geriatrics Society.

— Carmen Comsti, 35, a regulatory policy specialist with the California Nurses Association. Comsti oversees state and federal regulatory policy for the union.

— Andy Schneider, 71, a professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families. Schneider has decades of federal experience on Medicaid legal and regulatory issues, serving most recently for the Obama administration as a senior Medicaid adviser.

— Rupa Marya, 44, a UCSF physician and associate professor of medicine within the Division of Hospital Medicine. She also serves as faculty director of the Do No Harm Coalition, a group founded in response to police violence in San Francisco, and is known for her work in the intersection of medicine and social justice.

The appointees join four existing appointees, previously named by Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. They are California Labor Federation lobbyist Sara Flocks; Janice Rocco, deputy state insurance commissioner for health policy and reform at the California Department of Insurance; Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California; and Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation.

They are charged with developing by July 1 a report for the governor and Legislature that includes an analysis of the state’s existing health care delivery system, detailing cost and provider consolidation trends. They also must develop options to move California toward a “unified financing system,” including single-payer, as well as additional coverage expansions and funding sources. Newsom announced Wednesday that the first meeting will be Jan. 27 in Sacramento — nearly five months behind schedule.

Newsom has faced increasing pressure, including from the nurses, to make good on his single-payer campaign promise. In his first year as governor, he expanded taxpayer-financed subsidies to help people purchase private coverage and expanded Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants. He has insisted he’s committed to single-payer, but has shifted his message in recent months to prioritizing universal coverage.

“California leads the nation in enacting progressive health care reforms — taking big steps toward universal coverage and passing first in the nation measures to make health care more affordable for families,” Newsom said in a prepared statement. “As our march toward universal coverage continues I am calling on the brightest minds from public and private sectors to serve in the Healthy California for All Commission to improve the health of our state.”

CNA wanted three of its members to serve on the commission, but only got one appointee, Comsti.

Stephanie Roberson, lead CNA lobbyist, told POLITICO Wednesday that it sees other previously named members as ideologically aligned with its single-payer push so it is “fine” with just one Newsom appointee. The commission, she said, will be the primary way the nurses union prods the governor on single-payer, absent a bill in the Legislature.

“Nurses are pleased to have a commission member who is well-versed in this body of law,” Roberson said. “Without any other mechanism in the Legislature to make single-payer front and center, we are going to use this body to the fullest extent possible to advocate for our position.”

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly will serve as the commission’s chairman. He said Wednesday health care should be a “right” — an ideal voiced by Newsom and Democratic candidates running to unseat President Donald Trump.

“We believe that every Californian should have a right to affordable health care regardless of wealth, ZIP code, race, disability or gender,” Ghaly said in a statement.

The commission also has five non-voting members, including Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee, CalPERS CEO Marcie Frost and the chairs of the Senate and Assembly health committees — state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa). The fifth is the director of the Department of Health Care Services, currently filled by Richard Figueroa in an acting capacity.

By July, the panel is required to develop a plan to move California toward a new system that provides coverage and access through “uniform financing,” according to the statute, which could include single-payer. By October 2021, the commission must submit another plan identifying benchmarks and steps necessary to change the delivery system and by January 2022, it is required to submit a final plan. It’s tasked with identifying new potential eligibility and enrollment, covered benefits, purchasing arrangements, cost containment mechanisms and changes to provider payments — including consideration of a global budgeting system to contain overall health care spending.

Newsom, in a call Wednesday with reporters announcing Covered California’s enrollment figures, said he and his staff are working on a Medicaid waiver, but he did not go into detail. He was likely referring to California Rep. Ro Khanna’s state-based waiver proposal to help states move toward universal coverage.

“We’re looking at a new strategy to approach the Trump administration with our eyes wide open in terms of how to deal with delicacies of that relationship,” Newsom said. “I‘ve long been a believer this nation will inevitably will end up with some form of single payer financing,” Newsom said, be that through Medicare for All or “some hybrid.”

Victoria Colliver contributed to this report.

Brave like Lions

Extinction Rebellion (rebellion.earth)

29th NOV | Lyon, France

This horrifying video shows French police brutalising Lyon rebels at a November 29 action to protest at Amazon’s new distribution hub east of the city of Lyon. The giant new warehouse will be 359 metres long and have the area of 22 football pitches.

XR Lyon said: “The disproportionate violence to remove our protesters was the unfortunate proof that we had chosen the right target. Upset the current economic system, which kills us little by little, and the State will make you pay dearly, asphyxiating you, dragging you through the mud, beating you.

But they should know, they should listen: we will not give up. We are as determined as ever.”

Articles ~ Actions ~ Special Display ~ Weekly & Monthly events (from Adrienne Fong)

This is the last list of events for awhile!

– Please post your events on Indybay: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

    Thank you to all who are – See Indybay for other events.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! 

ARTICLES:

A. Jamaica Hampton: San Francisco Police Department addresses public at ‘town hall’ meeting following Dec. 7 shooting – December 17, 2019

BNotes Used in the Presentation at the December 17, 2019 Town Hall to Address the December 7th Officer Involved Shooting 19-141(c) – December 17, 2019

https://www.sanfranciscopolice.org/news/notes-used-presentation-december-17-2019-town-hall-address?fbclid=IwAR2Hql3rCeIYJNOFZaBgg4f34uvwNJoDgdxIhyovLlIy34U1ofj4l-c__m4

   Note: These are SFPD’s notes. There is no video of the actual town hall. Thank you to everyone who came out to support Jamaica Hampton and his Family. He remains in critical condition.

C. Disabled Protesters Shut Down PG&E Headquarters over Power Outages – December 17, 2019

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/12/17/headlines/disabled_protesters_shut_down_pg_e_headquarters_over_power_outages?fbclid=IwAR1kADkQ4fsaA01F-4qysF0AZ1yLZFyr4-SF-yc3DpJcy_qvHx-7qsD0YiI

D. Israeli military orders used to deprive Palestinians of human rights, says HRW report – December 17, 2019

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/human-rights-watch-cancel-conference-jordan-announcing-report-israeli-military-orders?fbclid=IwAR1-NQpr6ZGGUjTSRlfzJYArqoojV7CVtuvV7VBcw87EMPONFPN69XwxPD0

E. Greta Asks Media to Focus on Other Young Climate Activists  – December 9, 2019

https://www.voanews.com/europe/greta-asks-media-focus-other-young-climate-activists?fbclid=IwAR0ZyBrDk–HsoPtpXT0pR9DQG23_Y9QYYa_fmUHj-n7vXhVqjdbUZOK8vM

F. Nestlé’s go at privatizing town water shot down by Michigan appeals court  December 5, 2019

G. US Constructing Two New Bases In Syria’s Oil-Rich Region: Report – November 6, 2019

H. These universities are helping to build U.S. nuclear weapons – November 13, 2019

http://universities.icanw.org/universities_list?mc_cid=342f147cab&mc_eid=9dcb7e90b9

I. The Kimberley Process: Israel’s multi-billion dollar blood diamond laundry  – November 19, 2019

J. A week in the life of a Palestinian child: Oct 3-9, 2019 (2 minute video)

ACTIONS

1. Free Chelsea Manning!

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-free-chelsea-manning-now?fbclid=IwAR2etko03w2al_BwbcOtBqqoICRTfzfeGzsv7NXeq8egVR8b24Y4DZafoTU

2. Save SNAP and Food Stamps

  SIGN: https://go.cbcpac.org/page/s/save-snap-and-food-stamps?source=MS_EM_PET_2019.12.16_B3_save-snap-and-food-stamps_X__F1_S1_C1__all

3. SF Supervisors: support CCSF

  SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/norman-yee-sf-supervisors-support-ccsf?recruiter=8796082&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook_messenger_mobile&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=8141d2a0-1eb4-11e6-8498-2bcdb6c0f610&share_bandit_exp=initial-19590829-en-US&share_bandit_var=v3

4. Stop Denying Medical Care for Jailed Children

  SIGN;: https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/dhs-allow-these-doctors-to-stop-more-flu-deaths-in-detention-camps-1?bucket&source=facebook-share-button&time=1576261588&utm_campaign&utm_source=facebook&share=b3fcd9a5-d4df-4b8d-adaf-7d8a2fb78330&fbclid=IwAR28xFk16-p_3hYIAkaUyQmSikY0XKl9Vi-j1inE4qHEolEyYileyQJgm14

Special Display

Ends Saturday, December 21

Special Display at SOMArts , Future Relations: A Resource for Radical Teaching presents F.T.P.

SOMArts
934 Brannan St.
SF

FREE

#FTP Exhibit will be open til December 21

Display opens 12Noon – 7:00pm, Wed. Thurs. & Friday

 Sat. 12:00Noon – 5:00pm

December 19th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm is the closing party

This is a must see display!

Featured is a sculpture of Leonard Peltier was made by artist Rigo23.. Its 11 feet tall and 900 pounds.. The head, arms and feet are carved out of red wood tree.

Installation also honors Malcolm Shabazz, Kenneth Harding Jr., Alec Nieto, Idriss Stelley, and Mario Woods.

Future Relations: A Resource for Radical Teaching presents F.T.P. is the first exhibition of SOMArts 2019-20 Curatorial Residency season. With a combined 30 years of teaching experience, curators Fred Alvarado, Thomas Jones, and David Petrelli reimagine SOMArts’ Main Gallery into a site for collective liberation and hope for educators, community organizers, and youth alike. 

Critically engaged teachers work collaboratively with young people in confronting and subverting systemic oppression. Through an Ethnic Studies, social justice oriented lens, Future Relations offers alternatives to traditional models of education by presenting works that underscore the importance of experiential knowledge and community cultural wealth. 

Info: https://www.somarts.org/events/futurerelations/

WEEKLY  EVENTS

Every Wednesday, 6:30pm, Food Not Bombs Food Sharing

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/

Every Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Protest the San Francisco Police Officers Association  

San Francisco Police Officers Association
800 Bryant  @ 6th Street (outside)
SF

Mothers on the March Against Police Murders and Black and Brown for Justice, Peace and Equality

    ‘Declare the Police Officers Association a Non Grata Organization’

The Police Officers Association claims to be a union, in reality it is an organization that is based on racism, white supremacy and Nazi ideology. It protects police officers that come into our communities to terrorize and murder our black and brown brothers and sisters.

We demand that the San Francisco Police Officers Association be shut down!

All are welcomed to stand with us.

Monthly Events

The 11th day of each month, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, SF Speak Out at Japan Consulate – To Stop Restarting Japanese Nuke Plants & JPN Olympics

SF Japanese Consulate
275 Battery (nr. California St.)
SF

Stop PM Abe’s Big LIE and Fraud On The People Of The World That Fukushima is SAFE!

Join No Nukes Action NNA at the San Francisco Japanese Consulate to protest the continued Japanese Abe government efforts to force Japanese children and their families back to Fukushima although Fukushima is still contaminated. Even the new Japanese environmental minister Shinjiro Koizumi, has called for permanently shutting down the nation’s nuclear reactors to prevent a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. His comments came just a day after Koizumi’s predecessor recommended dumping more than one million tons of radioactive wastewater from the power plant into the Pacific Ocean.

The government claims that Fukushima has been “decontaminated” but the three reactors still have melted nuclear rods which they have not been able to remove.

There are also thousands of bags in Fukushima filled with radioactive waste with no place to go and many of these contaminated bags have also washed away during the recent typoons.

In a major propaganda scheme to lie to the world, the Abe government has lied to the Olympic committee that not only is Japan safe but Fukushima should host the baseball games and Special Olympics. It is spending tens of millions of dollars preparing the Azuma sports stadium to push a big lie that everything is OK.

Defend the people of Fukushima, Japan and the world.
Stop The Restart of ALL Japan NUKE Plants
Defend the Children and People of Fukushima
No Olympic Baseball Games at Fukushima and Olympics in Japan
No Militarization and War In Asia

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The 21st day of each month, 6:00pm – 7:00pm,  Stand with Refugio and Elvira Nieto – 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.

Media Taking Notice as Sanders Surges in New Polls

It looks like the media might finally have to take Sanders seriously.

by Ilana Novick

December 17, 2019 by Truthdig

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After he was hospitalized for a heart attack in October, pundits questioned whether Sanders should continue his campaign. Instead, Sanders has bounced back stronger than ever, according to two new polls.(Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

After he was hospitalized for a heart attack in October, pundits questioned whether Sanders should continue his campaign. Instead, Sanders has bounced back stronger than ever, according to two new polls.(Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders refuses to be counted out of the Democratic primary field, and, based on two recent polls, it appears that voters are backing him up.

After he was hospitalized for a heart attack in October, pundits questioned whether Sanders should continue his campaign. The Washington Post observed that the incident raised questions about his age, reminding readers that he is 78. Politico media writer Jack Shafer wrote at the time that if America had a version of the 25th Amendment that applied to presidential candidates (not just to presidents), “we would be talking right now about subtracting Bernie Sanders from the campaign trail until he proves himself physically fit to assume the powers of [the] chief executive of the United States.”

Instead, Sanders has bounced back stronger than ever, according to two new polls. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll released Monday shows that even in the crowded Democratic primary field, 22% of respondents said they would vote for Sanders. Joe Biden came in first place, at 24%. Together, they have the support of almost half of Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent respondents. Elizabeth Warren came in third place, at 17%. Pete Buttigieg was fourth, at 13%.

The survey wasn’t the only good polling news for Sanders in the past week. In a survey of California Democratic voters by the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, 24% of respondents said they prefer Sanders over Warren (22%), Biden (14%) and Buttigieg (12%).

Mark DiCamillo, director of the UC Berkeley poll, told the Los Angeles Times that “the race is really unusually fluid.” In terms of specific candidate qualities, the Times observers, Sanders was respondents’ top choice in three areas: “being the candidate who would bring the right kind of change to Washington (28%), the one who comes closest to sharing voters’ values (27%) and the candidate who best understands the problems of ‘people like you’ (28%).”

Media outlets are taking notice of this upswing in public opinion, with BuzzFeed and Politico releasing Sanders-focused features on the same day. BuzzFeed’s piece is a profile of the candidate; Politico’s is an analysis of what a Sanders administration and governing style might look like. While it might seem early to plan a Cabinet, as David Siders explains in Politico, “If the 2016 election taught the political class anything, it’s that the old limits of plausibility no longer apply, and the prospect of a Sanders presidency is worth taking seriously.”

The BuzzFeed profile suggests that the Sanders campaign is deploying a strategy related to its new slogan: “Not me, us.” The plan, writer Ruby Cramer implies, is to get away from the perception that Sanders is focused only on himself, and instead present a message that emphasizes his campaign as a broader social movement aiming to fight economic inequality.

“There’s this idea that Bernie Sanders is ‘a man of the people who doesn’t like people’—just issues,” Cramer explains. “That’s not exactly right, though the precise balance between the two can be difficult to pin down.”

Cramer recounts how, in 1990, Sanders told his press secretary, “Some people say I am very hard to work with,” according to that former staffer’s memoir. “They say I can be a real son of a bitch. They say I can be nasty, I don’t know how to get along with people. … Well, maybe there’s some truth to it.”

According to Cramer’s conversations with Sanders’ staff and supporters, as well as outside experts, he is countering that narrative by balancing the giant rallies typical of his 2016 campaign with more discussion-oriented town hall events, where attendees can share their stories not only with the candidate, but with each other, building a sense of togetherness and collective power. The campaign also is focusing on sharing people’s stories of struggle under an unequal economic system, rather than simply Sanders’ own. It is also releasing campaign ads and videos featuring stories of families struggling to pay their rent, deal with medical debt or pay for college.

“The stories he collects and broadcasts across the internet aren’t just voter testimonials produced to validate the campaign or its policies—they’re aimed, in Bernie’s mind, at people validating one another,” Cramer writes.

As for Sanders’ governing style, Siders writes in Politico that his aides imagine:

… a government driven by impatience, one that sees itself with a mandate to confront climate change vigorously, to shore up the nation’s labor unions and defend its immigrant populations. Maybe there won’t really be Medicare for All, thanks to Mitch McConnell and a Republican Senate, but they at least see less expensive prescription drugs and health care for more people than currently have it.

With two months to go until the first primaries and three until Super Tuesday, there is plenty of time for the narrative to change, but whatever happens, it looks like the media might finally have to take Sanders seriously.

Ilana Novick

Ilana Novick is a contributing writer to the PolicyShop blog at Demos,a progressive think tank based in New York City.

© 2019 TruthDig

‘This Is a Big Deal’: Goldman Sachs Rules Out Funding New Coal Projects, Arctic Oil Drilling

December 16, 2019 by Common Dreams

“The smart money on Wall Street is drawing red lines on oil and gas, and exiting coal.”

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

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Sign reads: Finance the future not fossil fuels

Goldman Sachs said Sunday it would not finance new Arctic oil drilling or exploration or new thermal coal mines and coal-fired power plant projects worldwide. (Photo: ItzaFineDay/flickr/cc)

Goldman Sachs earned cautious praise from environmental advocacy groups Sunday after the bank announced it would not finance new Arctic oil drilling or exploration and ruled out funding new thermal coal mines and coal-fired power plant projects worldwide.

“This new policy from Goldman Sachs raises the bar for other U.S. banks if they want to be taken seriously on climate change,” said Jason Opeña Disterhoft, climate and energy senior campaigner at Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

In its new energy policy Goldman said, in part:

We recognize that we have an impact on the environment through our operations, our investments, and the production and services we finance on behalf of our clients. As an institution that brings providers and users of capital together, we believe that capital markets can and should play an important role in addressing environmental challenges including climate change.

The commitment related to Arctic drilling and exploration, Goldman said, “includes but is not limited to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” The Trump administration has pushed to open the previously protected area to fossil fuel exploration despite Indigenous opposition and threat of adverse ecological impacts.

“The Trump administration may not care about ignoring the will of the American people or trampling Indigenous rights, but a growing number of major financial institutions are making it clear that they do,” said Sierra Club campaign representative Ben Cushing. “Goldman Sachs is right to recognize that destroying the Arctic Refuge would be bad business.”

Sierra Club, in its press statement, said that Goldman is the first major U.S. bank to make the commitments not to fund new coal projects or Arctic oil drilling. Still, the bank—which ranked this year among the “top dirty dozen” banks in terms of fossil fuel financing—must go further in terms of climate commitments, added Sierra Club, saying that Goldman Sachs did not rule out funding new fracking and tar sands projects.

According to 350.org founder Bill McKibben, Goldman’s new commitment “leaves a lot to do, but it’s a big start—such thanks to all who have fought to make it happen!”

Among the grassroots activists engaged in that is the Gwich’in Steering Committee, who see the threat of their sacred land in the Arctic being pillaged by the Trump administration’s possible fossil fuel plunder.

Sierra Club and RAN say it’s now up to other financial institutions to make similar moves—and for Goldman to be even bolder in its climate commitments.

“Goldman Sachs’s updated policy shows that U.S. banks can draw red lines on oil and gas, and now other major U.S. banks, especially JPMorgan Chase—the world’s worst banker of fossil fuels by a wide margin—must improve on what Goldman has done,” said Opeña Disterhoft. “The writing was already on the wall for coal financing,” he added. “Goldman Sachs’s new policy puts that writing in flashing neon.”

“The smart money on Wall Street is drawing red lines on oil and gas, and exiting coal. The big money has to respond, or it will be left holding the bag,” Opeña Disterhoft said. “Over to you, Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase.”

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“Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This”: Intense Praise for Apocalypse-Themed Climate 2020 Campaign Ad

December 16, 2019 by Common Dreams

“It’s a catastrophe of our own creation—but it doesn’t have to end this way,” says Andrew Romanoff, a Democratic hopeful for U.S. Senate running in Colorado.

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

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A screengrab from Andrew Romanoff's first campaign ad entitled "Home."

A screengrab from Andrew Romanoff’s first campaign ad entitled “Home.” In the campaign video, Romanoff says of bold climate action that “those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it.” (Photo: Romanoff for Senate)

“Stop what you’re doing and watch this—all the way through.”

That was the reaction Monday from youth-led climate group Sunrise Movement to a gripping new apocalypse-themed campaign ad rolled out by Democrat Andrew Romanoff, who’s running in Colorado’s 2020 primary race for U.S. Senate.

“I have never ever seen anything like this before.” —journalist Eric HolthausEntitled “Home,” the four-minute video opens with an apocalyptic scene in Colorado Springs in “the not-so-distant future” in which a family appears to be taking shelter from the ravages of the climate crisis.

“I just hope we can see the sunshine again one day,” a young girl says.

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The ad—the first of Romanoff’s primary campaign—also features a clip of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Romanoff’s strongest opponent in the Democratic contest. Hickenlooper is seen testifying before the U.S. Senate in 2013 when he sat down beside representatives of Halliburton to assure fracking’s safety. In addition to footage of recent climate disasters, the ad also features clips of Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as well as Green New Deal champions like Sunrise and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Romanoff, a former state legislator, urges voters to seize this “once or perhaps last in a lifetime chance to rescue the world we know” and act on the climate crisis, which he calls “a catastrophe of our own making.”

“We can choose a different path,” says Romanoff.

Sunrise was just part of a large chorus of progressives singing the new ad’s praises Monday.

“Those who say it cannot be done, should not interupt those who are already doing it.” —Andrew Romanoff, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate

Journalist Shaun King said it “may be the most powerful campaign ad of 2019.”

Climate activist Anna Jane Joyner declared it the “most powerful political ad I’ve ever seen.”

This “is the most powerful political ad about climate change I’ve ever seen,” said EndClimateSilence.org founder Dr. Genevieve Guenther. A “new world is emerging, it just is.”

“I have never ever seen anything like this before,” said meteorologist and journalist Eric Holthaus.

Romanoff’s platform includes addressing the climate crisis by banning fracking and switching to renewables to meet all electricity needs by 2035. His platform also calls for raising the minimum wage and supports Medicare for All.

Hickenlooper and Romanoff are vying for the seat currently held by Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican. Gardner, for his part, called Romanoff’s ad “insane.”

In the ad, Romanoff directly confronts those standing in the way of the Green New Deal and other calls for bold action by saying, “Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it.”

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