Basel III was agreed upon by the members of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in November 2010, and was scheduled to be introduced from 2013 until 2015; however, implementation was extended repeatedly to 31 March 2019 and then again until 1 January 2022.
Anti-war protest in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2010. Photograph Source: Rrenner – CC BY-SA 3.0
Bernie Sanders’ campaign has published a fact sheet on how everything he proposes can be paid for. On that fact sheet we find this line in a list of items that collectively will pay for a Green New Deal:
“Reducing defense spending by $1.215 trillion by scaling back military operations on protecting the global oil supply.”
Of course there is an obvious problem or mystery about this number, namely, isn’t it too damn good to be true? The full cost of military spending including numerous agencies plus debt for past wars, etc., is $1.25 trillion a year. While one might like to hope that Bernie is intent on leaving the military only $0.035 trillion a year, it seems highly unlikely that he means that. It’s highly unlikely that he even thinks of military spending costing $1.25 trillion a year rather than the $0.7 trillion a year or so that goes to the one agency misnamed the Department of Defense.
Elsewhere, the fact sheet uses 10-year periods to refer to certain numbers, and 10 years is the most common random period of time used by people to confuse budget figures for no apparent reason. However, Bernie’s Green New Deal Plan, which has long been online, refers to “15 years” just prior to referring to cutting back military spending by an unstated amount. This makes it highly likely that 15 years is the clue to this particular obfuscation.
$1.215 trillion divided by 15 is $81 billion. And $81 billion per year is the super-conservative figure that a study estimated the U.S. spends “to protect global oil supplies.” I think we can safely conclude that Sanders is proposing to take $81 billion a year out of militarism.
Of course, $81 billion falls dramatically short of the $350 billion that progressive groups have proposed moving out of militarism annually, or even the $200 billion urged by Public Citizen, or even the high range of the $60 billion to $120 billion that the CATO Institute suggests saving merely by closing foreign military bases.
On the other hand, the Sanders campaign has finally revealed a number related to moving money out of militarism, but only in relation to paying for part of a Green New Deal. It’s possible to fantasize, in the absence of any information, that Sanders wants to move other bits of military spending to other human and environmental needs. Sanders has claimed he wants a “very different” military budget, dramatically reduced; he just hasn’t put any approximate number on it — at least not in recent years.
As Politicoreported four years ago on Sanders, “In 1995, he introduced a bill to terminate America’s nuclear weapons program. As late as 2002, he supported a 50 percent cut for the Pentagon. And he says corrupt defense contractors are to blame for ‘massive fraud’ and a ‘bloated military budget.’” Those last bits are not really disputable facts, but the fact that Bernie has said them out-loud augurs danger for war profiteers.
The trouble is that presidents for the past couple of centuries have performed less well in office than their campaign platforms, not better. Secretly imagining that Bernie simply must want to significantly reduce militarism is highly unlikely to produce a President Sanders who works hard to reduce militarism — much less a mass public movement that works hard to compel Congress to do so. Our best chance at moving money in a major way our of mass-murder and into mass-protection-of-life is to demand that Bernie Sanders take a position now. Moving money out of the military and into human and environmental needs is a hugely popular position in polls and has been for many years. The corporate media doesn’t like it, but the corporate media is already all-in on trying to stop Bernie — it can’t get any worse. Taking a position now would be beneficial to Sanders and distinguish him from other candidates.
Let’s look at how Bernie’s fact sheet proposes to pay for things.
College For All –> Wall Street speculation tax.
Expanding Social Security –> Lifting the cap on Social Security.
Housing For All –> Wealth tax on the top one-tenth of one percent.
Universal Childcare/Pre-K –> Wealth tax on the top one-tenth of one percent.
Eliminating Medical Debt –> Income inequality tax on large corporations that pay CEOs at least 50 times more than average workers.
Green New Deal –>
– Raising $3.085 trillion by making the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees, and taxes, and eliminating federal fossil fuel subsidies. – Generating $6.4 trillion in revenue from the wholesale of energy produced by the regional Power Marketing Administrations. This revenue will be collected from 2023-2035, and after 2035 electricity will be virtually free, aside from operations and maintenance costs. – Reducing defense spending by $1.215 trillion by scaling back military operations on protecting the global oil supply. – Collecting $2.3 trillion in new income tax revenue from the 20 million new jobs created by the plan. – Saving $1.31 trillion by reduced the need for federal and state safety net spending due to the creation of millions of good-paying, unionized jobs. – Raising $2 trillion in revenue by making large corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
By averting climate catastrophe we will save: $2.9 trillion over 10 years, $21 trillion over 30 years and $70.4 trillion over 80 years. If we do not act, the U.S. will lose $34.5 trillion by the end of the century in economic productivity.
Medicare for All –>
According to a February 15, 2020 study by epidemiologists at Yale University, the Medicare for All bill that Bernie wrote would save over $450 billion in health care costs and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths – each and every year.
Since 2016, Bernie has proposed a menu of financing options that would more than pay for the Medicare for All legislation he has introduced according to the Yale study.
These options include:
Creating a 4 percent income-based premium paid by employees, exempting the first $29,000 in income for a family of four.
In 2018, the typical working family paid an average of $6,015 in premiums to private health insurance companies. Under this option, a typical family of four earning $60,000, would pay a 4 percent income-based premium to fund Medicare for All on income above $29,000 – just $1,240 a year – saving that family $4,775 a year. Families of four making less than $29,000 a year would not pay this premium. (Revenue raised: About $4 trillion over 10-years.)
Imposing a 7.5 percent income-based premium paid by employers, exempting the first $1 million in payroll to protect small businesses.
In 2018, employers paid an average of $14,561 in private health insurance premiums for a worker with a family of four. Under this option, employers would pay a 7.5 percent payroll tax to help finance Medicare for All – just $4,500 – a savings of more than $10,000 a year. (Revenue raised: Over $5.2 trillion over 10-years.)
Eliminating health tax expenditures, which would no longer be needed under Medicare for All. (Revenue raised: About $3 trillion over 10-years.)
Raising the top marginal income tax rate to 52% on income over $10 million. (Revenue raised: About $700 billion over 10-years.)
Replacing the cap on the state and local tax deduction with an overall dollar cap of $50,000 for a married couple on all itemized deductions. (Revenue raised: About $400 billion over 10-years.)
Taxing capital gains at the same rates as income from wages and cracking down on gaming through derivatives, like-kind exchanges, and the zero tax rate on capital gains passed on through bequests. (Revenue raised: About $2.5 trillion over 10-years.)
Enacting the For the 99.8% Act, which returns the estate tax exemption to the 2009 level of $3.5 million, closes egregious loopholes, and increases rates progressively including by adding a top tax rate of 77% on estate values in excess of $1 billion. (Revenue raised: $336 billion over 10-years.)
Enacting corporate tax reform including restoring the top federal corporate income tax rate to 35 percent. (Revenue raised: $3 trillion of which $1 trillion would be used to help finance Medicare for All and $2 trillion would be used for the Green New Deal.)
Using $350 billion of the amount raised from the tax on extreme wealth to help finance Medicare for All.
All of which suggests that Bernie thinks he can pay for much of what he wants to pay for without moving money out of the military. But he can’t reduce the risk of nuclear apocalypse, decrease wars, slow the environmental destruction of the most environmentally destructive institution we have, curtail the impacts on civil liberties and morality, or put a stop to the mass slaughter of human beings without moving money out of militarism. The money needs to be moved out, which as a side-benefit produces jobs, whether the money is moved to humane spending or to tax cuts for working people. Not only that, but a program of economic conversion needs to transition to decent employment those engaged in supplying weaponry to governments around the world. We need to demand that every candidate tell us now how much money they want to move out of militarism and what their plan is for economic conversion.
People wear medical masks as a precaution against coronavirus, walking around the in the streets of New York, United States on January 30, 2020. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The global coronavirus outbreak which also threatens the United States—and the widely criticized effort by the Trump administration to address it—is offering advocates of both paid sick leave and Medicare for All an opportunity to make the case that such universal social programs are not only morally right but would also serve a key public health function.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was among those who suggested Wednesday that a Medicare for All system—falsely dismissed by Republicans and corporate Democrats as prohibitively expensive and unrealistic—could afford all Americans the ability to see a doctor if they develop the flu-like symptoms associated with coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
“I can’t tell you how many times the people who handle your food—who are already overworked and underpaid—show up sick to work because our country refuses to guarantee healthcare or paid sick leave.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)“Let me be clear: it has never been more important to finally guarantee healthcare as a human right by passing Medicare for All,” Sanders said in a statement denouncing Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for refusing to guarantee that a vaccine against the disease would be affordable for all Americans.
A number of critics on social media wrote that the outbreak—in which at least 60 Americans have so far contracted the respiratory illness and more than 82,000 people have worldwide—should cause any Medicare for All skeptic to reconsider their position that the government should not guarantee healthcare to all Americans that would be free at the point of delivery, as it is in most industrialized countries.
“The spread of coronavirus makes one of the strongest cases for why we urgently need Medicare for All,” tweeted Rep. Mark Pocan. “If folks can’t afford to get tested or treated, how do we manage the spread of disease?”
“If you are a skeptic of Medicare for All, try this. Take note today of the people who come within infecting distance of you,” wrote author and MSNBC contributor Anand Giridharadas. “Are you confident they all have access to the care they need to be healthy—and keep you healthy?”
“Coronavirus makes clear what has been true all along,” added Giridharadas. “Your health is as safe as that of the worst-insured, worst-cared-for person in your society. It will be decided by the height of the floor, not the ceiling.”In a similar vein, Vox‘s Matthew Yglesias tweeted, “It seems like even if you, personally, have a very robust health insurance plan there might be upside to living in a society where other people could get their coronavirus symptoms checked out and treated without fear they’d be risking bankruptcy.”
Even people who have employer-based health insurance are likely to skip seeing a doctor if they feel ill, said New York Times reporter Sarah Kliff—especially at the beginning of the year when people have likely not met their insurance deductible, allowing their coverage to kick in.
“We have a lot of academic research showing that high deductibles make patients reticent to seek care, even when they need it,” tweeted Kliff.
As columnist Helaine Olen wrote Wednesday in the Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reports that more than half of Americans with employer-based insurance have a deductible of at least $1,000. For people who obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, the average deductible is about $4,000.
“Viruses and infectious diseases don’t check your deductibles, co-pays and network access before they strike,” wrote Olen. “Doubters may claim that our nation can’t afford Medicare for All, but it’s increasingly likely that we are about to discover just how costly our current system really is.”
Because many Americans tend to ignore their symptoms to avoid a costly medical bill, millions are likely to go to work even if they’re feeling sick, making the spread of coronavirus even more likely.
While other industrialized countries require that employers offer a wide range of paid sick days, with all countries in a 2009 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) offering at least nine days with full pay, the U.S. does not require any paid sick time for workers.
On average, Americans who do have paid sick days are entitled to up to seven days per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, nearly four in 10 workers—43.5 milllion people—don’t have any paid sick leave.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a vocal advocate for both Medicare for All and a national paid sick leave policy, tweeted that many people in the service industry, where she worked before taking office, come to work sick due to lack of paid leave.
Many of the Americans most likely to ignore any symptoms they feel lack both paid sick leave and health insurance that would allow them to afford testing and treatment for coronavirus, as well as unemployment insurance or other assistance if they’re unable to work, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich wrote.
“In other words, most Americans” live in circumstances that would incentivize ignoring their symptoms and potentially spreading their illness, he tweeted.
“Medicare for All is usually presented as a moral argument,” wrote Olen. “But this situation is not simply immoral—it also leaves the United States at a major disadvantage when it comes to combating global pandemics.”
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Democratic presidential candidates participate the presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
“Excuse me, occasionally it might be a good idea to be honest about American foreign policy.”
I don’t think I’ve heard that much honesty from a mainstream-party presidential candidate in virtually half a century. And suddenly this race begins to matter in a way that seems like . . . oh my God, a return of democracy? Suddenly I don’t feel utterly marginalized as a voter, as an American, left with nothing but cynical despair as I wait to learn which “lesser evil” the Dems will serve up for me as a candidate.
The words are those of Bernie Sanders, of course, standing up to the red-baiting the moderators and some of the other candidates were slinging at him during the latest debate, trying their best to bring him down.
He went on: “That includes the fact that America has overthrown governments all over the world — in Chile, in Guatemala, in Iran.”
Well, yeah, but . . . we’re still the greatest country on the planet, right? I get why the corporate media hates Sanders and wants to get rid of him ASAP. The American political center (as it likes to call itself) has done a helluva job marginalizing the truth-wielding, anti-war, pro-empathy, pro-sanity wing of the American population ever since the early ’70s, in the wake of George McGovern’s shattering defeat by Nixon. Never again! The taming of the liberal agenda cleared the way for the Reagan domestic counter-revolution and the U.S. military’s recovery from Vietnam Syndrome and public distaste for war. But now that all this is settled and endless, profit-spewing war is quiet background noise . . .
Along comes Bernie Sanders, giving voice to ideas and realities that have long been declared taboo in American political discourse, certainly at the level of presidential politics. Could real change — what I like to think of as evolution — actually start claiming political traction again?
Sanders is leading in the polls and has won the early state caucuses and primaries, but there’s no telling if he’ll succeed in actually claiming the Democratic nomination or, my God, defeating the orange-haired one, much less pushing a progressive, peace- and environment-conscious agenda through Congress. But this much seems apparent right now: He’s beating — and, I hope, deconstructing — the centrist media.
These highly paid bouncers are so used to defining the political limits of the American spectator democracy — i.e., establishing the nature of reality (it’s a big horse race) — they are ever more contemptuous of someone like Sanders, not to mention the constituency for whom he speaks. A glaring example of this contempt was Chris Matthews’ idiotic blather on MSNBC last week, in the wake of Sanders’ big win in the Nevada caucus, managing in a twisted analogy to compare this victory to the Nazi invasion of France in 1940.
Well, it turns out Matthews hit himself in the head with his own hardball. His profoundly offensive analogy immediately generated a #FireChrisMatthews hashtag and he was forced to spew an apology in order to keep his job.
“Senator Sanders,” he said two days later on his show “Hardball,” “I’m sorry for comparing anything from that tragic era in which so many suffered, especially the Jewish people, to an elected result in which you were a well-deserved winner. This is going to be a hard-fought, heated campaign of ideas.”
The apology was accepted by the Sanders campaign, whose manager said “we hope to get fairer coverage going forward.” And maybe they actually will! But what’s worth pondering for a moment is the atmosphere behind the scenes at MSNBC, and throughout the corporate media, prior to Matthews’ remark. Sanders had relatives murdered in the Holocaust, for God’s sake, but how could such a stupid comment form in a pundit’s consciousness as a newsworthy observation about any candidate’s victory? The anti-Sanders, and therefore anti-progressive, atmosphere at MSNBC must have been wide open and uncontained.
And indeed, consider one of the primary lines of attack on Sanders, the democratic socialist, by the corporate media: red-baiting.
Red-baiting is a throwback to the unrestrained Cold War era, in the early ’50s — the McCarthy era, the HUAC era — when a grotesquely hypocritical moral righteousness gained sufficient governmental power to limit Americans’ freedom of speech and thought by poisoning certain political positions with the label “communist.” Has this era returned?
Sanders has been lambasted recently for such sins as saying something good about Fidel Castro, telling Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes”: “It’s unfair to simply say everything is bad, When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Pundits have been trying desperately to tear Sanders to shreds over this outrage (and seem to have no memory of the mob-linked Fulgencio Batista, the Cuban leader overthrown by the Castro revolution).
The media has also made a point of reporting that Sanders has been briefed by U.S. intelligence that the Russians are attempting to help his campaign, seemingly because he’s the candidate least likely to defeat Trump. While the briefing occurred over a month ago, it only became news, reported by the Washington Post, the day before the Nevada caucus. Sanders’ response: “I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president. My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”
And then there was the New York Times, throwing such poison seeds into the wind as “his support for the Sandinistas” — as though there weren’t legitimate reasons to support them and extreme controversy during the Reagan years about U.S. support for the anti-Sandinista rebels in Nicaragua, known as the contras. And in the same paragraph, the Times seems to summon the ghost of Joseph McCarthy, informing America that Sanders had a “honeymoon in the Soviet Union.”
Can you imagine electing a president so arrogant he actually claims the right to think for himself and challenge U.S. foreign policy, past and present? A president who honeymooned under the Soviet moon?
As the media is pointing out, the cliché we deeply cherish — we’re good, they’re bad — is under assault in 2020.
Join us on the streets to demand that JPMorgan Chase — the #1 US Bank funding fossil fuel projects — divest and move their investments to clean, renewable energy.
Festivities will include signs, banners and chants outside the bank, a Chase Card Cutting ceremony as we demonstrate the power that We The People have the power to divest from harmful fossil-fuel driven investments. We will also be bringing the premiere of the Truth Pipeline, showing how absurd Chase’s financing of dangerous pipeline and drilling projects is and showing how easy alternatives can be.
Anyone is welcome to join us as long as you agree to act under the principles of nonviolence and inclusiveness. We usually have extra signs and banners to hold, so you can just show up and support!
WHY CHASE? JPMorgan Chase is by far the biggest funder of the fossil fuel industry worldwide – and the ONLY U.S. funder of the Jordan Cove Pipeline. In the 3 years since the Paris Agreement, JPMorgan Chase provided the fossil fuel industry with $196 billion in financing. They are the #1 banker of arctic oil & gas drilling, the #1 banker of ultra-deepwater oil & gas drilling, the #2 banker of fracking (right behind Wells Fargo), the #1 banker of Liquid Natural Gas and the #1 U.S. banker of coal mining. Right now they are backing a proposed RCMP pipeline that is crossing the heritage land of the Wet’suwet’en people. Indigenous matriarchs are being arrested for standing up to protect their land: https://tinyurl.com/wat7osc
Hosts: Extinction Rebellion Bay Area + 7 Other groups
2. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Protest the San Francisco Police Officers Association – Weekly protest.
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’
‘Jail Killer Cops!’
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 even if you can only make it for a few minutes
In order to fight stigma, the members of Mad Mob SF openly identify ourselves as consumers, patients, clients, survivors, people with mental health challenges, disabilities, barriers, mad gifts or mental illness.
Please come to our next meeting when we will plan our next direct action.
4. Friday, 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Bay Area Emergency Protest: Stop Hindu Fascist Terror
Consulate General of India – San Francisco 540 Arguello St. (nr. Geary Blvd.) SF
Muni # 38, 38R, # 1, # 2, and #33 bus lines
Join Equality Labs, The Alliance for Justice & Accountability and ASATA for an emergency protest to support Muslims and caste oppressed communities being terrorized by Hindu mobs and RSS goons.
As Donald and Melania Trump descend upon Delhi, Muslims are experiencing an unprecedented level of violence. Four people have been reported murdered, with hundreds being tortured and attacked by Hindu fascists. There have been several shooters across Delhi, and it is uncertain what the next period will bring. We are gathering at the Indian consulate to demand they stop their support of the RSS, BJP and Hindu fascist violence. We are demanding justice for protestors, and condemning the Citizenship Amendment Act, and the escalation of violence against protestors.
5. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Weinstein Conviction and the #MeToo Movement
PSL 2969 Mission St. SF
$3-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.
On Monday, Harvey Weinstein was convicted on two charges and is in prison awaiting sentencing on March 11. Join us for a collective discussion of the capitalist presentation of this important victory for the #MeToo movement and how socialists analyze these critical developments.
Every day the media spins a story, a story shaped by the profit motive and capitalist politics. Sit down with activists, students and workers and read between the headlines to apply working class and socialist analysis about the events happening right here and right now that are affecting our lives. Collectively, we will investigate and discuss the biggest media topics of the day, but from a revolutionary perspective, not the one handed to us by the corporate media.
6. Friday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Richard Wolff: Understanding Socialism
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana St. Berkeley
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM and Democracy at Work present:
RICHARD D. WOLFF Understanding Socialism With Sabrina Jacobs
advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info: kpfa.org/events
“Richard Wolff’s book is the best accessible and reliable treatment we have of what socialism is, was, and should be.” – Cornel West
A blend of history, analysis, and theory, Understanding Socialism is an honest and approachable text that knocks down false narratives, confronts failures and the challenges of various socialist experiments throughout history, and offers a path to a new socialism based on workplace democracy. The crises of global capitalism (inequality, instability, unsustainability, and incipient fascism) deepen daily. Consider Trump’s and Boris Johnson’s desperate extreme-right efforts to be re-elected, and consider that total global debts (of corporations, governments, and households) tripled between 1999 and 2019. Brazil’s Bolsonaro blames Leonardo di Caprio for burning the Amazon. Vast crowds in Chile, Lebanon, and France are in the streets demanding basic economic change. These and many other symptoms expose a declining system in mounting troubles.
7. Saturday, 9:00am – 10:50am, Heading for Extinction Talk
Sports Basement Berkeley 2727 Milvia Berkeley
In this in-person, public talk, climate speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading and offer solutions through the study of social movements.
The talk itself goes from 9:00 – 10:15. Afterwards, until 10:50, we’ll answer any questions, including how to get involved in XR SF Bay!
8. Saturday, 1:00pm, Rally to support Wuhan, China, to fight the Covid19 Virus an Oppose Anti-Chinese Racism
Portsmouth Square Chinatown SF
Rally to start at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, followed by a 20 minute escorted walk to Union Square, SF.
Fight the virus not the people!
Info: Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
Tel. (415) 982 – 6000
9. Saturday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, TheGreenNewCity: Rally for Housing, Climate Justice and Animals
Southwest of Golden Gate Fields;, west of Gilman encampment
Golden Gate Fields horse track, 1100 Eastshore Hwy Berkeley
ACCESSIBILITY: This event will include a 3 mile walk which will be done at a moderate pace. We have an accessibility car for anyone who may need it. If you have questions or need support to attend this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: 1:00pm – Food serve and trash pickup 2:00pm – Rally and march begins 4:00pm – Expected end time
WEAR: Please wear a green hoodie/t-shirt
Housing, climate justice, and animal rights activists are wearing GREEN and marching from the houseless encampment at Golden Gate Fields to Berkeley City Hall to demand #TheGreenNewCity.
The city’s houseless population has increased by 42% to 1000+ people, and wildfires driven by climate change threaten thousands more. Meanwhile, the ultra rich use huge swaths of land for cruel purposes such as horse-racing, even as ordinary people live in squalor right across the street.
We are in a moment of crisis, and our community needs the government to take urgent action — NOT to cater to business interests or allow bureaucracy to bury solutions. We need, in short, to make Berkeley #TheGreenNewCity — one where we bravely confront the climate crisis, enshrine housing as a human right, and live with respect towards our planet and all its inhabitants.
The residents of the Gilman encampment have asked for our help, but remember that this is THEIR home. Please be respectful of their needs and instruction.
Revolution Books Berkeley 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley
Join Sahar Delijani, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Julia Scheeres and Andy Zee to Celebrate Revolution Books 40th Anniversary.
6pm Reception with wine and light refreshments 7pm Program & champagne toast
This is a celebration – as well as a renewed and urgent call for people to support the bookstore. Right as now we face a moment of stark contrast between our hopes and dreams for a better world and the stark reality that great catastrophe looms as fascist regimes rise, and as we confront environmental disaster–Revolution Books embodies the potential bright future for humanity. You feel this when you first walk through the door and find the literature
In honor of Black History Month and Black farmers globally, join Pollinate Farm & Garden and Farms to Grow, Inc. for the Fourth Annual “Black Hands in the Soil”, an evening of film, including a feature and shorts about the legacy of Black farming in the United States and globally.
Your donation benefits programming for Farms to Grow, Inc. Donation: $5–$25 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Entertainment provided by the Black Banjo Reclamation Project. Light refreshments will be served.
PROGRAM: – Shorts
African-American Land Loss
The Young Black Farmers Defying A Legacy of Discrimination
12. Saturday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Witness at Tornillo Movie and Preview of Sanctuary Rising
Epworth United Methodist Church 1953 Hopkins St Berkeley
Kehilla Community Synagogue Immigration Committee, The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, iNation Media, and Epworth Sanctuary Action proudly sponsor this showing of WITNESS AT TORNILLO, an inspiring film about holding vigil to support closing the child detention camps. There will also be a preview screening of local filmmaker Theo Rigby’s new film in progress, SANCTUARY RISING, an intimate portrait of two undocumented mothers who enter Sanctuary in their local churches. For all who want to understand more about immigration activism!
Donations go to finish Theo’s film and to Witness’ work in Matamoros.
13. Sunday, 9:30am – 11:00am, Sanctuary Rising – a new film in progress – with director Theo Rigby
Unitarian Universalist Society – SF 1187 Franklin St. SF
Sanctuary Rising is an intimate portrait of two undocumented mothers who go to dramatic lengths to fend off deportation and separation from their families in the United States. The film follows the stories of Jeanette Vizguerra and Ingrid Latorre, who have chosen to enter Sanctuary at local churches, rather than report to ICE to be deported. Preview clips from the coming film, be part of a discussion with director Theo Rigsby and engage with a panel discussing the work and growth of the Sanctuary movement
Our upcoming Freedom in Action Conference (“Structural Vulnerability: The Road to Human Trafficking”) centers on the theme of vulnerability: deconstructing the policies and overlapping power hierarchies that make communities vulnerable to human trafficking. Understanding systemic inequities and how to engage with these social systems is paramount for activists to effectively combat human trafficking. To foster increased understanding, the upcoming Freedom in Action Conference provides an opportunity to explore why trafficked victims of color are often incarcerated; deconstruct why children under Child Protection Services and the Foster Care system are more vulnerable to trafficking; learn why substance use and being HIV positive often leads to being a victim of sex trafficking; engage with the systems that often bind immigrant victims to trafficking; and expose the systematic prejudices and social structures that cause homeless youth and those identifying as LGBTQ+ to be trafficked.
This conference will encourage discussion between people with different conceptions and experiences of human trafficking and aims to present best-practices for engaging in anti-trafficking work, and to connect with local organizations leading the anti-trafficking movement in the Bay Area.
15. Sunday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Rally For Love and Unity in Hunters Point
LaSalle Ave. & Osceola Lane SF
A rally to bring love and support to a neighborhood that has experienced too much pain. This rally is for us to come together as a community and show who we really are. Hurt people hurt people and it is time to continue the healing.
There will be a brief line-up of speakers, before music and art making. And there will be Cantonese and Mandarin translation. If you are interested in supporting please comment below!
If you are not from Hunters Point, please be extra sensitive about coming into the neighborhood with your opinions. This is also an organic community event where all opinions and ideas are welcome, we are here to build.
Bernie Sanders Say: the time is now. Look to your neighbor and say: neighbor, the time is now. ———— We’re going to win this election and transform the country, but we can’t do it alone. The way we win is person-to-person contact, knocking on doors and making the case for people to get out to vote. Are you in?
“A lot of my opponents like to say I can’t pay for my agenda to help the working people of this country. They’re dead wrong,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the 2020 Democratic frontrunner. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab)
Confronting head-on incessant claims from rival Democratic presidential candidates and the media that he has not explained how to “pay for” his sweeping progressive agenda, Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday night unveiled a fact sheet summarizing how he would finance Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, canceling all outstanding student loan debt, universal childcare, and other major campaign proposals.
“I thought that question might come up. All right. Here it is,” Sanders, the 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner, said during a CNN town hall, handing moderator Chris Cuomo a print-out of the fact sheet. “This is a list, which will be on our website tonight, of how we pay for every program that we have developed.”
Shortly after Sanders handed the document to Cuomo, the senator’s campaign posted the fact sheet—titled “How Does Bernie Pay for His Major Plans?“—to its website. The fact sheet comes just hours before 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are set to take to the debate stage Tuesday night in South Carolina ahead of the state’s primary on Saturday.
“A lot of my opponents like to say I can’t pay for my agenda to help the working people of this country,” Sanders tweeted. “They’re dead wrong.”
In the section on Medicare for All, the most heavily scrutinized of Sanders’ proposals, the campaign pointed to a recent Yale study to emphasize the massive cost-saving potential of single-payer and proposed a “menu of financing options” that Sanders’ team says would “more than pay for the Medicare for All legislation.”
“You know, if you look at the media, they say Bernie’s ideas are radical, they’re extreme, they’re out of the mainstream. Let me just tell you, I don’t think that that’s true.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders
The menu includes hiking the top marginal tax rate on income over $10 million to 52%, repealing the GOP corporate tax cut and restoring the corporate rate to 35%, taxing capital gains at the same rate as wages, and enacting a 4% “income-based premium paid by employees” that exempts the first $29,000 for a family of four.
To fund his plan to wipe out student loan debt and make public colleges, universities, and trade schools tuition-free—which the Sanders campaign estimates would cost $2.2 trillion over the next decade—Sanders would implement a “modest tax on Wall Street speculation that will raise an estimated $2.4 trillion over ten years.”
“This is the wealthiest nation on Earth. People should not have to go a quarter of a million dollars in debt to get an education,” Sanders said during the CNN town hall. “And that is why I have proposed, and will fight for, a proposal that imposes a modest tax on Wall Street speculation—we bailed those guys out 12 years ago.”
“A modest tax on Wall Street speculation,” said Sanders, “will pay for making public colleges and universities tuition-free and canceling all student debt.”
Sanders’ $16.3 trillion Green New Deal proposal, according to the campaign, would be funded by slashing military spending by $1.215 trillion over the next decade; eliminating federal fossil fuel subsidies and making companies “pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees, and taxes”; and “generating $6.4 trillion in revenue from the wholesale of energy produced by the regional Power Marketing Administrations.”
The Vermont senator emphasized during the town hall Monday night that while his proposals are frequently portrayed as fringe by pundits and other Democratic presidential candidates, they are quite popular among the U.S. public.
“You know, if you look at the media, they say Bernie’s ideas are radical, they’re extreme, they’re out of the mainstream,” Sanders said. “Let me just tell you, I don’t think that that’s true.”
“Is raising the minimum wage a radical idea?” Sanders asked the town hall audience, which responded with an emphatic “No!”
Sanders asked the same question of tuition-free public colleges and universities, Medicare for All, and his aggressive plan to combat the climate crisis, and the audience agreed that such proposals are not “radical.”
“I rest my case,” said Sanders.
In an op-ed for The Guardian on Sunday, economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich pointed out that critics of the supposedly enormous cost of progressive policy proposals “omit the other side of the equation: what, by comparison, is the cost of doing nothing?”
“A Green New Deal might be expensive but doing nothing about climate change will almost certainly cost far more,” wrote Reich. “Medicare for All will cost a lot, but the price of doing nothing about America’s increasingly dysfunctional healthcare system will soon be in the stratosphere.”
“We can no longer pretend that climate change, a wildly dysfunctional healthcare system, and a yawning deficit in public investment pose insignificant challenges,” Reich added. “Doing nothing or doing too little will make them far worse. Obsessing about the cost of addressing them without acknowledging the cost of failing to address them is dangerously irresponsible.”
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“He is the leader that we need right now to take on the influence of money in politics, the environment, criminal justice reform and labor rights, which will not survive or tolerate any more centrist inaction.”
Buttar’s recognition and support are growing in the San Francisco district he hopes to represent and beyond as Californians, who moved the date of their primary from June to Super Tuesday, mail in their ballots or prepare to head to the polls on March 3. (Photo: https://shahidforchange.us/)
There is a school of thought which posits that a Bernie Sanders presidential nomination could undermine down-ballot Democratic candidates come Election Day. This notion was on full display over the weekend as Pete Buttigieg attacked Sanders after the Vermont senator won eight times as many delegates as he did in the Nevada caucuses, while cementing his position as the undisputed Democratic front-runner.
“I believe the only way to truly deliver any of the progressive changes we care about is to be a nominee who actually gives a damn about the effect you are having, from the top of the ticket, on those crucial, front-line House and Senate Democrats running to win, who we need to win, to make sure our agenda is more than just words on a page,” Buttigieg said in his Nevada concession speech. The former South Bend, Indiana mayor then accused Sanders of “ignoring, dismissing, or even attacking the very Democrats we absolutely must send to Capitol Hill in order to keep Nancy Pelosi as speaker, in order to support judges who respect privacy and democracy, and in order to send Mitch McConnell into retirement.”
One prominent Sanders supporter was quick to opine that there are some Democrats who should be sent packing, not back to Capitol Hill. Academy Award-winning actress and progressive firebrand Susan Sarandon hit back at Buttigieg, saying she would be glad to see House Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced into retirement. “We’re not looking to keep Pelosi because there’s a progressive running against her who supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal among other things,” she tweeted, urging her followers to check out Shahid Buttar’s upstart campaign.
Sarandon had previously endorsed Buttar, tweeting last month that “he is the leader that we need right now to take on the influence of money in politics, the environment, criminal justice reform and labor rights, which will not survive or tolerate any more centrist inaction.”
Buttar’s recognition and support are growing in the San Francisco district he hopes to represent and beyond as Californians, who moved the date of their primary from June to Super Tuesday, mail in their ballots or prepare to head to the polls on March 3. However, he faces an uphill battle against Pelosi, who has represented California’s 12th congressional district since 1987 and enjoys all the financial and other benefits that 33 years of incumbency and the house speakership confer. Buttar is nevertheless well-placed to make the November ballot due to California’s unique system in which the two top candidates in the primary advance regardless of party affiliation. No other current candidates come close to Buttar’s level of name recognition or support.
Much of that support comes from the usual corners. Buttar has been endorsed by SF Berniecrats, which is the local Our Revolution group, as well as by the local chapters of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and others. Buttar also boasts endorsements from prominent national figures including Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour and Harvard professors Cornel West and Lawrence Lessig.
Buttar, a Stanford law graduate and constitutional lawyer who in 2004 filed the first marriage equality lawsuit in the state of New York, was most recently director of grassroots advocacy for the San Francisco-based digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). He launched his 2020 campaign by decrying the “essential threats” of corporate control and government surveillance.
“Watching Nancy Pelosi vote against proposed surveillance reforms made me want to quit my job and run against her,” Buttar said. And he did. On the campaign trail, he takes every opportunity to paint himself in stark contrast to Pelosi. He repeatedly links the homelessness and health care crises, noting that the leading cause of the former is the crippling cost of the latter.
“How barbaric is it that in the country that is supposed to be the richest in the world there are people without shelter because they got sick?” he asked at his campaign launch, before asserting that Pelosi “is committed to the interests of for-profit health insurance companies before the health of patients.”
Addressing what is arguably the greatest crisis facing humanity, Buttar, who backs the Green New Deal, lamented that “our species is in crisis because we are more committed to fossil fuel extraction than we our to the lives of your children and your grandkids.”
“Climate change is not just a threat to future generations,” he said. “People are dying today from the effects of climate change.” Buttar then blasted Pelosi for “deriding the only visionary solution that’s been proposed to the climate crisis as a dream.”
Many in the political establishment have dismissed Buttar’s lofty aspiration as a dream. However, Buttar and his growing group of supporters are confident that victory is possible through the strength of a people-powered campaign that lays out a stark choice between business as usual—the business of greed, violence and ecological destruction—and the better world that so many residents of a city of dreamers believe is possible.
Brett Wilkins is a San Francisco-based freelance author and editor-at-large for US news at Digital Journal. His work, which focuses on issues of war and peace and human rights, is archived at www.brettwilkins.com.
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