Articles ~ Actions ~ Events – Thursday, 3/26 – Saturday, 3/28 (from Adrienne Fong)

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A. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Prevails As Federal Judge Strikes Down DAPL Permits – March 25, 2020

B. Its coronavirus response provides more evidence of Israel’s racism – March 25, 2020

  See Action # 6

C. Bay Area school closures to be extended through May 1

D. Blocking medical aid to Iran isn’t just immoral, it’s stupid – March 24, 2020

   See event # 4

E. Disability Groups File Federal Complaint About COVID-19 Care Rationing Plans  – March 23, 2020

F. How Cuba is Leading the World in the Fight Against Coronavirus – March 16, 2020


1. G20: Forgive the debt of the world’s poorest to fight coronavirus


2. Drop charges against Chris Kearney. (Info about Chris’s case and petition)


3. Protect Incarcerated Loved Ones from COVID-19


  Tell governors, the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, mayors, and sheriffs not to leave anyone behind and take immediate COVID-19 action at prisons, jails, and immigrant detention centers.

4. To Colombian authorities denouncing the March 21, 2020 massacre at La Modelo Prison by Colombian authorities that left 23 dead and over 90 wounded.


5. Salvadorans Need Clean Water


6. Israel must release all Palestinian child detainees amid COVID-19 pandemic


7. Tell all NBA team owners to pay all laid-off arena workers!


8. Housing Action Needed in California



Thursday, 3/26 – Saturday 3/28

New SF Muni Service Changes – Starting Monday, March 30

Thursday, March 26

1. Thursday, 2:00pm PDT, How to Beat Coronavirus Capitalism

Register via Evitebrite:

An online teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

About this Event

Please join an online teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, with a musical performance by Lia Rose

The current crisis is laying bare the extreme injustices and inequalities of our economic and social system.

We are in a battle of visions for how we’re going to respond to this crisis. We will either be catapulted backward to an even more brutal winner-takes-all system — or this will be a wake-up call.

Ideas that were dismissed as too radical just a week ago are starting to seem like the only reasonable path to get out of this crisis and prevent future ones.

We need to use every tool that we have that allows us to hear each other’s voices, to read each other’s words, to see each other’s faces, even if it’s just on screens, to stay organized and stay connected. We have to create spaces where we’re able to deliberate and strategize about what it means to protect our neighbors, our rights, and our planet.

We have to have the confidence to say this is the moment when we change everything.

sponsored by Haymarket Books, The Leap, and Debt Collective

2. Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Online: Powerful Lessons from the Extraordinary Women of Rawanda (UN)

Online via Zoom (FREE, register below)


Robbin Jorgensen, UNA-Atlanta SDG Advocate, Founder and CEO of Women Igniting Change will share the powerful lessons learned from working with the extraordinary women of Rwanda. She is currently in the process of establishing an Economic Empowerment Center for Women in Rwanda, the CORA Women’s Center. Ms. Jorgensen is a status quo disruptor, women’s leadership strategist and local leader with a global impact. She’s an advocate for the economic empowerment, rights, and well being of women and girls around the world and is the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda’s AVEGA Agahozo, an organization comprised of 20,000 widows of the Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi. She was also honored as United Nations Association of Atlanta’s Human Rights Champion in 2018.


3. Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:30pm PDT; 7:00pm EDT, Capitalism Is Killing Us!

Via Webinar


REGISTER to watch via Zoom:

Stream on WWP FB page:

Join Workers World Party this Thursday, March 26 at 7pm Eastern for a webinar on the COVID-19 crisis, crashing markets and their twin cause: the crumbling capitalist system.

Speakers will include:

Larry Holmes, First Secretary, Workers World Party
Monica Moorehead, Managing Editor, Workers World Newspaper
Sara Flounders, Co-Director, International Action Center
Makasi Motema, Organizer, Peoples Power Assemblies NYC
Taryn Fivek, Solidarity Coordinator, International Action Center
Nathaniel Chase, Organizer, Workers World Party

Info:  or

4. Thursday, 4:00pm (PDT); 7:00pm (EDT) Coronavirus: Time to End US Sanctions on Iran



Please join 15 minutes early to make sure your equipment is working.

As the US tightens sanctions on Iran, the nation’s ability to fight off the coronavirus pandemic is impacted. We will hear from Dr. Shahin Tabatabaei, an Iranian-American urologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and from a representative of National Iranian American Council (NIAC).


Shahin Tabatabaei

Urologic Oncologist @Massachusetts General Hospital

Born in Tehran, Iran, Shahin Tabatabaei now serves as the director of the Prostate Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital where he performs Urologic Oncologic surgery. He is also an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. 

Jamal Abdi

Executive Director @National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Action

NIAC Action is the grassroots, civic action organization committed to advancing peace and championing the priorities of the Iranian-American community.  NIAC Action works to maximize the political influence of Iranian Americans and the pro-peace community to ensure we have a powerful voice on the issues that matter to us most, using direct lobbying efforts in Washington, grassroots advocacy led by NIAC Action Chapters nationwide, and organized engagement with political candidates by NIAC Action members. 


Friday, March 27

5. Friday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Friday Regenerative Activism

From Extinction Rebellion

Join us: Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 643 718 376
Password: 007554

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+16699006833,,643718376# US (San Jose)

Call Agenda (high level):
– 10m check-in & land acknowledgement
– 10m calm the limbic system (Guided meditation, poems, qigong, laughter yoga)
– 15-20m digital activism in breakout rooms
– 15-20m mutual aid (Sharing what you need with the group, in breakout rooms & sheet)
– 10m calm the limbic system (Exercise, meditation, gratitudes)


Saturday, March 28

6. Saturday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Decarceration in the time of COVID-19 with Ivette Ale from JusticeLA (Webinar)

Register at link:

Join this interactive webinar to learn about the inspiring work of JusticeLA getting hundreds of people released from the LA Jails in response to the threat of the spread of COVID-19. While the right is well practiced in disaster capitalism and taking advantage of moments like this to push systemic far reaching changes that will have lasting impacts, we have a chance and responsibility to push for both the immediate needs of people most impacted to be met, and also to push our own transformative long-term demands forward.

Host: San Jose Peace Center


Coronavirus a ‘Clear Warning Shot’ From Nature to Humanity, Top Scientists Say

March 25, 2020 by Common Dreams

“We are intimately interconnected with nature, whether we like it or not. If we don’t take care of nature, we can’t take care of ourselves.”

by Julia Conley, staff writer


A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

While healthcare providers and government officials around the world work to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate the effects of a resulting economic crisis, scientists urged authorities to also seriously consider a long-term strategy for preventing another infectious disease outbreak—calling the coronavirus a “clear warning shot” from nature.

Previous warnings—taking the form of the Ebola epidemic of 2014, the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003, and MERS in 2012—have gone unheeded, U.N. Environmental Program director Inger Andersen said Wednesday

“Never before have so many opportunities existed for pathogens to pass from wild and domestic animals to people,” she told The Guardian, thanks to widespread habitat destruction through deforestation, mining, exploitation of animals for profit, and the climate crisis.

“Our long-term response must tackle habitat and biodiversity loss,” Andersen said.

Wildfires throughout Australia and Brazil—with the latter linked to President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration in the interest of ranching and agribusiness interests—rising global temperatures brought on by fossil fuel extraction, and other extreme weather caused by the climate crisis are all to blame for a loss of “wild spaces,” Andersen said.

This “continued erosion,” she told the outlet, “has brought us uncomfortably close to animals and plants that harbor diseases that can jump to humans.”

“We are intimately interconnected with nature, whether we like it or not. If we don’t take care of nature, we can’t take care of ourselves.”
—Inger Andersen, U.N. Environment Program

With 75% of infectious diseases originating from wildlife, Andersen and other experts said, increased demand for animal products around the world could be putting humans at risk for outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus, officially known at SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, is thought to have spread from a species of horseshoe bat to another animal in a live animal market in Wuhan, China, allowing it to spread to humans. 

“The origin and pathway of the coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t surprise us,” World Bank environmental specialist Daniel Mira-Salama wrote last week. “The SARS epidemic in 2003 jumped to humans from civet cats, sold in markets as pets and as a delicacy. MERS was transmitted to humans from camels in 2012. Avian influenza, Nipah virus, Ebola, HIV… all of these and many other Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) originated in animals and were transmitted to humans—a phenomenon called zoonosis.”

Ending illegal animal trades would help cut down on the spread of infectious diseases in markets, which the experts called an “ideal mixing bowl,” according to The Guardian.

“We should be taking this as a clear warning shot,” Professor Andrew Cunningham of the Zoological Society of London told The Guardian. “It’s almost always a human behavior that causes it and there will be more in the future unless we change.”

A global governmental effort similar to the concrete, far-reaching government reforms to stop the climate crisis demanded by Greta Thunberg and other campaigners around the world is needed to face “the deadly impacts of collapsing ecosystems,” Irish Wildlife Trust campaign officer Pádraic Fogarty tweeted.

While President Donald Trump has claimed numerous times that COVID-19 “came out of nowhere” and is a crisis that “nobody expected,” its emergence and spread was “not only predictable, it was predicted,” Cunningham told The Guardian.

Scientists have warned for years that “there would be another viral emergence from wildlife that would be a public health threat.”

Humans, particularly those in positions of power, the experts said, must now face the consequences of their appetite for illegal animal trades, extractive industry profits, and other profit-driven activities which lead to the destruction of animals’ habitats around the world. Once the coronavirus pandemic is over, there must be a new focus on protecting biodiversity and wildlife.

“We are intimately interconnected with nature, whether we like it or not,” Andersen said. “If we don’t take care of nature, we can’t take care of ourselves. And as we hurtle towards a population of 10 billion people on this planet, we need to go into this future armed with nature as our strongest ally.”

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Bernie Sanders will stay in 2020 race until New York primary

By Ebony Bowden

March 24, 2020 | 12:46pm | (

Bernie Sanders

Bernie SandersAP/Patrick Semansky

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ sputtering campaign will participate in the New York primary on April 28, despite no clear path to the nomination and growing calls for him to swiftly exit the race.

In a Tuesday morning email, the Vermont senator’s campaign said they were ramping up for the next round of primaries with thousands of volunteers phone-banking and organizing in the Empire State.

“In the ramp up to the New York primary, Bernie 2020 today announced full-time state staff and a broadscale digital organizing program throughout the state,” the email read.

The email signals that the self-described socialist will remain in the Democratic primary race despite being repeatedly thumped by former veep Joe Biden, who is now the presumptive nominee with a large delegate lead.

The Bernie 2020 campaign vowed to fight on, ignoring repeated pleas that he exit the race or risk the health of American voters by unnecessarily sending them to the polls amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Many primaries have been canceled or rescheduled due to the outbreak — leaving the future of the race uncertain.

“At a time of so much uncertainty and struggle, we have been blown away by the huge grassroots support for Bernie in New York, and the eagerness of people across the state to rally around an agenda that works for working people,” campaign New York state director Rafael Navar said.

Sanders, 78, blew up last week when pressed by a reporter on when he would pull the plug on his campaign and on Sunday skipped an important vote on a coronavirus stimulus package to host a campaign event.

OP-ED: What is Fear doing to us now with this “pandemic”?

The Coronavirus Pandemic

Fear often overwhelms clear thinking. It did on 9/11. We were told that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction, that he was involved in 9/11, he was bosom buddies with Osama bin Laden, and……he was developing a nuclear bomb that we couldn’t wait for it to appear in the form of a mushroom cloud. That all turned out to be a “pack of lies”.

The Coronovirus, Donald Trump tells us, it originated in Wuhan, China. The Chinese say we brought it there. Who’s right about that? How many of us even know there is this rather serious disagreement?

What is the proof of either side? Does anybody know?

Very few of us are even aware of this. Why? We’re too busy following our government’s directives to stay sheltered inside and not to talk to anyone outside, always maintaining six feet from our fellow citizens when we go to the grocery store. Mmm! Those who do talk to others, what are they talking about through their masks? COVID 19. Nothing more. What are our TV news talking heads talking about? COVID 19. Be afraid, be very afraid. Be terrified and lock step behind the directives of our government.

Is there any questioning going on beyond the exigencies of Fear? You answer that question.

Allow me to digress for a moment. In 2003, the world was terrorized by a virus called SARS. Do you know how many people died from SARS worldwide? A little more than 800. After being told by our Authoritarian Experts that there would be millions of cases, WORLDWIDE, it turned out there were only a little more than 800. How could that be?

And those Experts told us that the virus originated in China around cities like Foshan near Quandong in southern China. Did they tell us that those cities were the centers for the world where all the electronic trash was sent to be disassembled and recycled by poor Chinese workers who did so for $1.50 an hour? Did they tell us that these workers labored around huge vats of acid, breathing in a cacophany of chemicals daily in the pursuit of feeding and caring for their families? Did they tell us that the corporations who profited from this exploitation dumped what they couldn’t salvage into their waterways, so much so that they poisoned the drinking water for the people that lived there? Their local governments ended up having to ship in clean drinking water.

And what did the corporations tell us? These people were the carriers of SARS. That was their “Cover Story” to the world, their covering up of their corporate criminal behavior. And it took our eyes off the ball, didn’t it?

Those Chinese Workers didn’t have a viral infection that caused fear and terror in the world. Their respiratory health problems, etc. were the result of Corporate Crime and the corporations covered it up by directing our attentions away from the Truth.

So in confronting this pandemic, are we asking the right questions or are we, once again, being directed away from deeper questioning? FEAR is a tremendous manipulator and controller. It DIVERTED our eyes and minds after 9/11, didn’t it?

What is FEAR doing to us now?

–Bob of Occupy

Joe Biden: Survival of the Unfittest

MARCH 23, 2020 (


Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair

Since becoming his party’s frontrunner and presumed nominee, Joe Biden has been hard at work, providing more fodder for future Trump campaign attack ads against himself. No need for ‘deep fakes’ when your opponent willingly offers up his Blooper reels for the benefit of your own re-election campaign. There was something more viral than COVID-19 going around last week – recent footage of the former VP losing his marbles on Livestream and then wandering offscreen to retrieve them – or was he sleepwalking into traffic after hearing about his own car crash performance as it happened? Let’s just say his latest attempt at self-immolation just added more fuel to the rumors that he’s firing blanks instead of neurons.

Some will consider this open acknowledgment of Biden’s obvious and worsening dementia as belittling to all aging sufferers of this disease, but they would be missing an important point: Ordinary people in his position relinquish their driver’s licenses, give power-of-attorney to responsible relatives or caregivers, and voluntarily cede their autonomy for their own well-being – and for the safety of others. They perform these grim, end-of-life rituals with dignity and above all, integrity. By clinging to denial and ignoring medical advice, (as Biden seems to be doing) he risks being manipulated and exploited by those who will eventually exert absolute control over him, and by extension, us.

It’s not just dementia behind his decision to make another failed bid for the presidency, but the still active reptile part of his part that has always been its guiding force. ‘Survival of the unfittest’ is the evolutionary principle of the political class and the law of the Swamp. Biden has always been a primordial, slime dweller with a keen cockroach-like ability to adapt to his surroundings. He can do the bidding of a pro-segregation Senator, taking the opposite stance of his party on the issue of bussing, while using Black Panther talking points to make the case for institutional racism. He can serve at the behest of the first black president as his official court jester without ever having taken an honest inventory of his past, except to fill in the blanks between writing and passing atrocious Republican bills with fabricated stories of civil rights heroism. Today, Biden sees his role as the DNC’s black vote magnet as a natural extension of his previous incarnation as a “tough love” foreman on Strom Thurmond’s cotton plantation. There, he sharpened the implements Master Thurmond used to keep the slaves in line.

As Vice-President, he put a drunk handyman spin on the murderous policies for the two parties he serves, making drone programs and regime change seem as harmless as pretend-pissing in a punchbowl. You might even say that pretend pissing in a punchbowl has been Biden’s stock in trade for his entire political career. Degenerative brain disease has eroded the buffoonery down to a husk, and made visible the incontinent serial killer behind Pogo the Senator. The brightly colored cords that the infamous clown killer used to publicly entertain children with sleight of hand magic tricks was the same ligature used in private to incapacitate his victims. On both occasions, his targets were willingly duped into entrusting their safety to a clown with handcuffs. Now the DNC is asking voters to do the same. Biden’s bland, the average guy next door appeal has always masked a homicidal predator, now reduced to a math-addled playground flasher.

Neither time nor cognitive decline has, however, has calmed his blood lust or a lifelong commitment to planetary collapse. Violence has never been far from the surface of Biden’s carefully crafted persona of an affable, gaffe-prone uncle whose wandering hands always “accidentally” settle on a pre-pubescent girl. Nor has his tongue ever resisted the urge to turn a plagiarized platitude into a bellicose non sequitur. Gone is the deceptive veneer of unfiltered naivete, and in its place, open declarations of violent intent. At this onset stage of his senility, he is only able to articulate the hate speech underlying every bill he helped write in the Senate, including the Patriot Act which he insists was pushed through by leprechauns who had stolen his identity.

Girls over the age of eleven are “dog-faced pony soldiers”, a pro-gun union leader at his campaign events, a street gang rival to be taken outside and thrashed. Black voters remain on the receiving end of badly told anecdotes involving of all Freudian things, “thugs” with switchblades – not to mention fabricated stories about being arrested in apartheid-era South Africa. Was it there that he wrapped a bicycle chain around the skull of President Corn Pop after he was caught in the White-Only swimming pool? “I’d better ask my sister/wife who has a birthday next year in 2018 while I was serving pizza in the Senate as its grease monkey on my back”. Biden seems to fare better when just telling bald-faced lies as he did recently during his debate with Bernie Sanders. Not reviving Corn Pop or mangling the Declaration of Independence was evidence provided by the establishment media of their preferred candidate’s triumphant return to lucidity.

Perhaps his fellow swamp denizens see the opportunity the ascension of another unqualified halfwit to the presidency. The opportunity, that is, to keep another Imbecile-in-Chief pre-occupied with crayons, just as they kept Bush Jr entertained with finger paints, and Trump pre-occupied with Twitter. Where most people see a Biden presidency as a climactic finish to a decades-long race to the bottom, the mostly unseen Beltway bottom feeders perhaps relish the prospect of coalescing around a compliant invertebrate that will do their bidding. This can be easily achieved if the Democrats can convince those much-coveted and largely imaginary swing voters that Joe Biden is the Second Coming of Ronald Reagan. “America, we present to you another doddering, red-baiting crypto-fascist with word soup all over his bib”. Somewhere Donald Trump is scratching his hair plugs in wonder over his latest victory.

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Jennifer Matsui is a writer living in Tokyo and a columnist for the print edition of CounterPunch magazine.

During the Pandemic: Forgive our Debts

Image courtesy of Steven Depolo
by Michael Hudson

March 24, 2020 (
Even before the novel coronavirus appeared, many American families were falling behind on student loans, auto loans, credit cards and other payments. America’s debt overhead was pricing its labor and industry out of world markets. A debt crisis was inevitable eventually, but covid-19 has made it immediate.Massive social distancing, with its accompanying job losses, stock dives and huge bailouts to corporations, raises the threat of a depression. But it doesn’t have to be this way. History offers us another alternative in such situations: a debt jubilee. This slate-cleaning, balance-restoring step recognizes the fundamental truth that when debts grow too large to be paid without reducing debtors to poverty, the way to hold society together and restore balance is simply to cancel the bad debts.The word “Jubilee” comes from the Hebrew word for “trumpet” — yobel. In Mosaic Law, it was blown every 50 years to signal the Year of the Lord, in which personal debts were to be canceled. The alternative, the prophet Isaiah warned, was for smallholders to forfeit their lands to creditors: “Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land.” When Jesus delivered his first sermon, the Gospel of Luke describes him as unrolling the scroll of Isaiah and announcing that he had come to proclaim the Year of the Lord, the Jubilee Year.Until recently, historians doubted that a debt jubilee would have been possible in practice, or that such proclamations could have been enforced. But Assyriologists have found that from the beginning of recorded history in the Near East, it was normal for new rulers to proclaim a debt amnesty upon taking the throne. Instead of blowing a trumpet, the ruler “raised the sacred torch” to signal the amnesty.It is now understood that these rulers were not being utopian or idealistic in forgiving debts. The alternative would have been for debtors to fall into bondage. Kingdoms would have lost their labor force, since so many would be working off debts to their creditors. Many debtors would have run away (much as Greeks emigrated en masse after their recent debt crisis), and communities would have been prone to attack from without.The parallels to the current moment are notable. The U.S. economy has polarized sharply since the 2008 crash. For far too many, their debts leave little income available for consumer spending or spending the national interest. In a crashing economy, any demand that newly massive debts be paid to a financial class that has already absorbed most of the wealth gained since 2008 will only split our society further.This has happened before in recent history — after World War I, the burden of war debts and reparations bankrupted Germany, contributing to the global financial collapse of 1929-1931. Most of Germany was insolvent, and its politics polarized between the Nazis and communists. We all know how that ended.America’s 2008 bank crash offered a great opportunity to write down the often fraudulent junk mortgages that burdened many lower-income families, especially minorities. But this was not done, and millions of American families were evicted. The way to restore normalcy today is a debt write-down. The debts in deepest arrears and most likely to default are student debts, medical debts, general consumer debts and purely speculative debts. They block spending on goods and services, shrinking the “real” economy. A write-down would be pragmatic, not merely moral sympathy with the less affluent.In fact, it could create what the Germans called an “Economic Miracle” — their own modern debt jubilee in 1948, the currency reform administered by the Allied Powers. When the Deutsche Mark was introduced, replacing the Reichsmark, 90 percent of government and private debt was wiped out. Germany emerged as an almost debt-free country, with low costs of production that jump-started its modern economy.Critics warn of a creditor collapse and ruinous costs to government. But if the U.S. government can finance $4.5 trillion in quantitative easing, it can absorb the cost of forgoing student and other debt. And for private lenders, only bad loans need be wiped out. Much of what would be written off are accruals, late charges and penalties on loans gone bad. It actually subsidizes bad lending to leave them in place.In the past, the politically powerful financial sector has blocked a write-down. Until now, the basic ethic of most of us has been that debts must be repaid. But it is time to recognize that most debts now cannot be paid — through no real fault of the debtors in the face of today’s economic disaster.The coronavirus outbreak is serving as a mind-expansion exercise, making hitherto unthinkable solutions thinkable. Debts that can’t be paid won’t be. A debt jubilee may be the best way out.
AUTHOR: Michael Hudson, author of “… and forgive them their debts” and “Killing the Host,” is president of the Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends and a distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.Republished from The Washington Post with permission from the author.

Prison Abolition and a Mule with Paul Butler

University of California Television (UCTV) (06:19 – Main Presentation, 1:00:15 – Q&A) By virtually any measure, prisons have not worked. They are sites of cruelty, dehumanization, and violence, as well as subordination by race, class, and gender. Prisons traumatize virtually all who come into contact with them. Abolition of prison could be the ultimate reform. Georgetown Law Professor Paul Bulter explores what would replace prisons, how people who cause harm could be dealt with in the absence of incarceration, and why abolition would make everyone safer and our society more just. [12/2019] [Show ID: 35147] More from: UC Berkeley Graduate Lectures (

UCTV is the broadcast and online media platform of the University of California, featuring programming from its ten campuses, three national labs and affiliated research institutions. UCTV explores a broad spectrum of subjects for a general audience, including science, health and medicine, public affairs, humanities, arts and music, business, education, and agriculture. Launched in January 2000, UCTV embraces the core missions of the University of California — teaching, research, and public service – by providing quality, in-depth television far beyond the campus borders to inquisitive viewers around the world. (

PG&E Will Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Camp Fire

The California utility faced felony charges in connection with a 2018 wildfire that killed more than 80 people.

Ivan Penn
Peter Eavis

By Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis

March 23, 2020 (
The Camp Fire burning along a ridge in Northern California in 2018.
The Camp Fire burning along a ridge in Northern California in 2018.Credit…Noah Berger/Associated Press

Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest utility, said Monday that it had agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest wildfire.

California regulators determined last year that PG&E’s equipment caused the fire, which in 2018 engulfed the town of Paradise and led to the deaths of 85 people.

Facing tens of billions of dollars in wildfire claims, PG&E has been in bankruptcy reorganization since early last year. The company is racing to emerge from bankruptcy by June so that it can qualify for inclusion in a new state wildfire fund that could cover the costs of future fires.

The plea agreement, struck with the district attorney in the county where the Camp Fire occurred, followed the announcement on Friday that Gov. Gavin Newsom was willing to approve PG&E’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy. Under the plan, victims of the wildfires have agreed to a payment of $13.5 billion.

“Today’s charges underscore the reality of all that was lost,” Bill Johnson, PG&E’s chief executive, said in a statement, “and we hope that accepting those charges helps bring more certainty to the path forward so we can get victims paid fairly and quickly.”

The plea agreement, announced in a securities filing, said PG&E had accepted a maximum penalty of $3.5 million and “no other or additional sentence will be imposed on the utility in the criminal action in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire.” The company will also pay the district attorney’s office $500,000 to cover the cost of its investigation.

The agreement must be approved by a state court, which is scheduled to consider it on April 24, and the bankruptcy court.

The Camp Fire started after a hook holding a PG&E transmission line broke from a nearly 100-year-old tower near Paradise. The company repeatedly failed to maintain that line even though it cut through a forested and mountainous area known to experience strong winds, the California Public Utilities Commission concluded in a report last year.

Victims of the Camp Fire could in theory use PG&E’s guilty plea to bolster their claims against the company. The agreement says that the state would not oppose any effort by PG&E to try to settle those claims as part of its bankruptcy.

But Karen Gowins, who lost her home in the Camp Fire, criticized the plea agreement on Monday and said that the company may never be fully held to account for its failings.

“I don’t see this as a win for the victims no matter which way it all goes,” said Ms. Gowins, who is a member of a committee that represents wildfire victims in PG&E’s bankruptcy case. “Basically, they’re just going to slap them on the hand. I keep saying, ‘Only the Lord can open a door now.’”

Ms. Gowins fears that people like her will ultimately receive little from the utility for their losses. Half of the $13.5 billion settlement PG&E reached with wildfire victims will be in the form of company stock, which has fallen sharply since mid-February when stock markets began tumbling because of the expanding coronavirus outbreak.

“I’m just not sure how Paradise is going to be able to stand back up on its feet,” she said.

Kirk Trostle, who also lost his home in Paradise, said the deal was inadequate and called on prosecutors to bring charges against PG&E officers. He said most of his two dozen family members who lived in the town have scattered across the state.

“They decimated my entire town,” Mr. Trostle said. “To me, this is just a drop in the bucket for what should be happening to PG&E.”

Mike Ramsey, the Butte County district attorney, said the penalty was the maximum allowed under California law. He added that other government agencies could seek bigger damages from PG&E, including a roughly $2 billion proposed fine by the utilities commission.

PG&E will plead guilty to unlawfully causing a fire and 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter. That is one less than the Camp Fire’s total toll because officials have ruled one death a suicide, Mr. Ramsey said.

Under the deal, the district attorney’s office would receive information about PG&E’s safety practices from a federally appointed monitor for the next two years.

The guilty plea could also affect federal court’s decision on whether the utility is in compliance with its probation for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, a town south of San Francisco. PG&E was convicted of six felonies for violating a pipeline safety law and obstructing an investigation. The judge overseeing that case, William H. Alsup, has been highly critical of PG&E’s safety record and last year ordered its board to visit Paradise to see first hand the destruction the company’s equipment had caused.

The company’s stock closed up 12.5 percent, to $8.12, on Monday afternoon but still far from the nearly $18 it hit a month ago.

Mark Toney, executive director of the Utility Reform Network, which represents ratepayers before the California Public Utilities Commission, said he is hopeful that the judges who review the plea agreement will impose tougher penalties.

“I see this connected to the bankruptcy and PG&E wanting to close the books,” Mr. Toney said.

PG&E sought bankruptcy protection early last year — its second Chapter 11 filing in two decades — with $30 billion in liabilities related to wildfires ignited by its poorly maintained electrical system.

Under an agreement with Mr. Newsom announced on Friday, the utility pledged billions of dollars to help wildfire victims, improve safety and make other changes.

As part of that deal, PG&E will not pay dividends to shareholders for three years. The agreement should allow the utility to exit bankruptcy by June 30, a state-mandated deadline for it to take part in the fund designed to help utilities pay claims from future wildfires.

A federal judge’s approval is still needed for the company’s bankruptcy plan.

Corona Virus Testing facility opens – in Hayward

City of Hayward:

Our coronavirus testing center launched today. The Testing Center, located at #Hayward Fire Station 7, 28270 Huntwood Ave., will operate everyday 9 am – 6 pm, & is free to the public & open to anyone regardless of where they live or immigration status.

Looks like the test center is about 1/2 mile from the BART station

–JP Massar

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events – Monday, 3/23 – Wednesday 3/25 (from Adrienne Fong)

NOT back posting on a regular basis

– Please post events on Indybay:

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

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events

At this time am not posting events that are being held indoors, unless the event is made available on the internet.

Some events are being held via the internet – I know this puts a divide with those that “have” and the “have nots”


A. National Guard has been deployed to three hard hit states – March 23, 2020

B. Fears rise as two COVID-19 cases confirmed in besieged Gaza Strip  – March 22, 2020

See: Action # 1

C. Cuban doctors head to Italy battle coronavirus – March 21, 2020

D. DOJ Wants to Suspend Certain Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency – March 21, 2020

E. Immigrants Are Now on Hunger Strike in 3 ICE Detention Centers Over Coronavirus Fears  – March 20, 2020

F. US Sanctions Undermine Coronavirus Response In Iran and Venezuela – March 20, 2020

  See: Event # 11

G. Dianne Feinstein, 3 Senate colleagues sold off stocks before coronavirus crash: reports – March 20, 2020

H. Plans to Stop ‘Civil Disrubances; Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Something They Haven’t Done in 30 Years – March 20, 2020

I. U.S. Airstrike in Somalia Killed Two Civilians, Relatives Say – March 19, 2020


J. Covid – 19: Digital Divide Leaves Millions in US at a Disadvantage During Pandemic – March 19, 2020

K. Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices on Critical Drugs, Medical Supplies for Coronavirus – March 19, 2020

L. Thousands of Doctors Demand ICE Release Detainees to Stop a COVID-19 Disaster – March 18, 2020

M. More than 7,300 Guardsmen have been mobilized in all states, 3 territories and Washington, DC  – March 17, 2020

N. The U.S.wants smartphone location data to fight coronavirus. Privacy advocates are worry – March 16, 2020


1. Demand Israel Protect Palestinians in Gaza — Lift the Blockade and Immediately Make Medical Supplies Accessible to Gaza.


2. Demand Secretary Mnuchin suspend sanctions on Iran for 120 days

3. 7 Steps the City (SF) Must Take Now to Slow the Spread of Covid-19 Among Unhoused People


4. The money for Trump’s border wall should be used to fight coronavirus


5. Support All Families and Workers; Support Our Health; Support Our Economy

6. Protect health care workers

7. No Bail Out for Big Oil

8.  Cancel Student Debt to Stimulate the Economy

9. Support Human Rights in Tibet

10. Santa Rita Jail at risk for COVID19 Catastrophe – We Can Prevent It Now


Monday, March 23, Wednesday, March 25

Monday, March 23

1. Monday, 6:00am – 8:30pm, ShutdownKKR Online Day of Action #WetsuwetenStrong

 Here’s what you can do to join the KKR communications blockade TODAY and #ShutDownKKR:

  • Email KKR today by using our easy messaging tool by clicking here.
  • Call KKR by dialing 1-888-593-5407 and following the instructions you hear from us. Need some talking points for your call? No problemo. See below.
  • Tweet at @KKR_Co and tell them just how awful they are for ignoring Wet’suwet’en concerns about their rights, the climate, land air and water. Need some tweet inspiration? See below!

Why is this important right now? Well, this fight got even worse last week.

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, TC Energy is still going ahead with Coastal GasLink pipeline construction and sending more workers and federal police officers onto Wet’suwet’en territories, putting communities at even more risk. Billionaire oil and gas CEOs see the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to push through whatever they can when the world is looking the other way.

– Over the past five years, TC Energy (formally Trans Canada) has tried to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline on Wet’suwet’en land, defiantly ignoring assertions from the hereditary chiefs of their rights and title and their lack of consent for the project.

– The Coastal GasLink pipeline threatens Wet’suwet’en land, water, air, and people.

– KKR has plans to purchase 65% of the Coastal GasLink pipeline with Alberta Investment Management Corp (AIMCo). It’s is a US-based private equity firm with an atrocious record of putting profits over employees, people, and the environment.

If we #ShutDownKKR, we can stop the financing of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline — but we need to mobilize online together right now.

KKR must be held accountable for ignoring the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, putting Indigenous land and people at risk, endangering Indigenous women by building man camps along the route, and fueling the climate crisis.


2. Monday, 8:00am – 9:00am (PDT); 11:00am – 12Noon (EDT) Covid-19 Has Entered Gaza, Emergency Webinar From the Ground

Watch the emergency webinar live on CODEPINK’s Facebook page or join as a participant via Zoom

Or sign up:

Palestinian officials have announced the first two cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Hear from the people on the ground. Speakers will include Raed Shakshak will talk about public morale and reactions and the latest news coming out of the Ministry of Health In Gaza.

Ariel Gold ·  · 5105995330

Webinar hosts: Codepink, We Are Not Numbers, & U.S. Boat to Gaza


3. Monday, 1:00pm Right to Shelter Emergency Meeting

We will be having an EMERGENCY Zoom meeting on Monday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm. Please email for details

This will be a legal action and activist group that right now will prioritize this emergency but will continue to also work on the things outlined below.As requested by lawyers doing this work and activists who are homeless and/or allies, it will be a Bay-area wide legal network to increase coordination and communication what people are already doing and to take collective, pointed legal action and provide legal advocacy for those organizing when needed.

We will be having an EMERGENCY Zoom meeting on Monday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm. Please email for details.
– Updates, conditions and current responses (brief and to inform rest of discussion)
– Immediate and anticipated needs and priorities for legal advocacy and action
– Next steps around needs and priorities
– Coordination of work and communication
– Resources needed and how to share and coordinate theseHost: National Lawyers Guild 

4. Monday, 5:30pm, #MeTooBehindBars Work Group Meeting

We will be having a Zoom meeting on Monday, March 23rd at 5:30 pm. Please email for details.

Our agenda will cover:- Updates and current needs given COVID-19
– Background on campaign and related efforts
– Immediate and anticipated needs specific to COVID-19
– Next steps and coordination for this specific response
– Longer term work and priorities
– Resources needed and coordinationWe have a solid group ready to come together to discuss the legal needs for supporting those who are standing up to gender-based violence by prisons and jails against gender non-conforming, queer and transgender people. This will be in support of the MeTooBehindBars campaign and other similar efforts.Host: National Lawyers Guild Tuesday, March 24 

5. Tuesday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, COVID19 Q&A for Community with Dr Rupa Marya 

Hey Community !

People have a lot of questions and I’m making myself available to answer what I can to help alleviate confusion and settle some anxieties as we face this challenge together. I’m an associate professor of medicine at UCSF where I work in hospital medicine. I hope to help you understand how to best manage your own health and that of your family during this time.

I will be live streaming from my FB page from 3-4pm PST.

Feel free to leave questions here to start off the discussion and to join in live. It will be recorded and stay on my page. For things I don’t know or aren’t clear to me, I will do my best to research and leave thoughts in the comments thread. Check Rupa’s FB page Tuesday a.m. for infoInfo:  

6. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm,  What Are the Root Causes of Forced Migration?

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 472 293 890

To call in:
Conference code: 472293890#

Meeting ID: 472 293 890We want to keep everyone safe but we want to continue the conversations we truly care about. Our speakers will be on video and anyone interested can tune in or call in to listen and engage with the speakers.Panel Discussion:
Ramon Cardona – Centro Latino Cuscatlan
Porfirio Quintana – Asociación de Hondureños de Norte California
Pierre Labossiere – Haiti Action Committee
Adoubou Traore – African Advocacy Network
Lara Kiswani – Arab Resource and Organizing Center and poetry by Rafael Jesús Gonzalez, Poet Laureate, City of BerkeleyCome to recognize the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Saint Oscar Romero, a seminal event which plunged the country of El Salvador into a civil war. A mass movement in the U.S. to protect refugees from the civil war gave rise to sanctuary cities and the precursor program to TPS, the Temporary Protected Status Program. The legacy of destruction, poverty, and ongoing U.S.-imposed neo-liberal economic policies have contributed to Salvadorans being the largest population of TPS holders. The Trump administration is canceling TPS for more than 400,000 people from 13 countries, including nearly 200,000 Salvadorans, 57,000 Hondurans, and 46,000 Haitians. Join us in discussion for a call to action.Hosts: NorCALl TPS Coalition, AROC, SF Living Wage Coalition, Haiti Action Cmte, East Bay Sanctuary Convenant, SF Bay Area C.I.S.P.E.SInfo:  

7. Tuesday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm,  56th New Moon Prayer Gathering – Everywhere

Wherever you are. We are living in powerful and potent times. We invite you to join us in prayer in the evening on Tuesday, March 24th from wherever you are. In California we will be praying in our homes at 7:30 pm. This is an important time for us to join our prayers together to weave compassion, kindness, strength, health and our visions of a future that is in alignment with the natural laws of our Mother Earth.

Many of us have worked for decades to ensure a safe, healthy, survivable future for the next seven generations. We are water protectors, land defenders and sky protectors who have considered ourselves to be an aspect of Mother Earth’s immune response, working hard with love in our hearts to restore health and balance to the system of life. We have made a difference but we have not been successful in restoring balance and stopping the harms.We are now experiencing the result of the system of life so far out of balance that a new life form has emerged, the Covid-19 virus which can be understood as the system of life protecting itself…from us. We have no immunity, no resistance to this new life form that is taking human lives. This virus has forced humanity to stop living the way we were, stop flying, driving, buying things we don’t need, going to movies, restaurants, parties, and all of the other things we do to distract ourselves from what is important, living within the laws of Mother Earth.

We now have time to consider how we are to be in alignment with a world in balance, a system of life that is healthy, clean, safe and restored for all beings. We can utilize this time of sheltering in place to think about how our actions have caused harm and what to do instead of participating in those harms. We can pray and be quiet enough to ask questions and receive answers from our helpers, spirits who are here to help us.”We call upon our sisters and their allies around the world to gather together on each new moon to pray for the sacred system of life, guidance and wisdom.” These words come from the historic Indigenous Women of the Americas – Defending Mother Earth Treaty Compact of 2015, which was signed on the day of the fourth Blood Moon, the Harvest Moon and the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015 on Lenape Territory in New York City.

Please read the entire Treaty before Tuesday, March 24th: Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty, Idle No More SF BayInfo: 

Wednesday, March 25

8. Wednesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Not a Penny Less for Homelessness Rally

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl

Check with Olivia Glowacki, to see if this will be cancelled and for any questions.

Homelessness has gone up 30% in San Francisco. Everyday there’s 1000 people on our single adult shelter wait and yet the measure we passed together in 2018 to double city funding for homelessness is held up in court. This year, the City is re-working the Gross Receipt Tax and through this restructure which will go on the ballot in November, Prop C funding becomes vulnerable and exposed to opponents who may wish to supplant the money for other causes or not honor the $300 million revenue and spending plan as laid out in the initiative.

Join us on the steps of City Hall as we DEMAND NO CUTS to Our City Our Home. Honor the will of the voters and NOT A PENNY LESS FOR HOMELESSNESS!

Host: Coalition on Homelessness


9. Wednesday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Webinar | Caring for Our Communities: Covid-19 & Systemic Change

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: This call will be hosted on Zoom, a free online platform that can be joined by phone or computer. To join, please use the instructions below to dial in by phone, or download the Zoom application and join via internet.

Option A – Join via your computer // internet connection:
— Click here to download Zoom:

— Click here to join the call:

Option B – Join by phone:
— Dial +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll numbers)
— Enter the Meeting ID: 415 415 2016

Webinar: Caring for Our Communities: COVID-19 and our Health, Connections to Climate Preparedness, and Systemic Change
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
1:00 pm PST/ 4:00 pm EST USA time
Please check your own time zone to coordinate!

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, WECAN International is responding to requests for deeper community connection and engagement at this time.


10. Wednesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Healing,Sanitation&Cleaning Supplies Distribution/Action Days

24th & Wood Sts.
West Oakland

POOR Magazine / Homefulness, the United Front Against Displacement & Self-Help Hunger Program– will hold a press conference and community,self-determined relief effort on March 24th at 1pm in West Oakland (need to pick a specific location on Wood st).

This effort will work to lift up poor ,indigenous &homeless peoples solutionss to our own problems and expose the incompetence of the local and federal response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Bay Area is home to some of the largest homeless communities in the country, yet local governments such as the city of Oakland have provided little to prevent the spread of COVID 19 among homeless people. The West Oakland Wood St Community is home to over 200 people yet they lack any porta potties or handwashing stations.

At the same time, the city of Oakland has evicted several homeless communities in recent weeks, causing the population of Wood st to swell as people are left with nowhere to go.
This situation has made the community even more vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19

We demand a moratorium on ALL evictions during the COVID-19 crisis in the city of Oakland
We demand expanded sanitation services to homeless communities

-we demand hoarded and vacant land be liberated for the use of housing and self-determined land liberation movements like Homefulness,Where do we go Berkeley and here there encampments

(Other co-sponsors SFBayview Newspaper, Anti-Police Terror project,SlefHelpHunger program, And others to come


11. Wednesday, 8:00pm – 9:00pm EDT (PDT – 5:00pm – 6:00pm) Webinar on Hybrid Warfare

Click to: Register for the webinar. (instructions)

RSVP to join the discussion with Camilo, Monisha, and Jovanni!

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom and livestreamed via Facebook. Participants can join via a device with an internet connection, or dial in via telephone. Once you register, you will receive an email with the livestream link and call-in information. The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing afterwards.

This webinar will explore “hybrid warfare” – a mix of disinformation, sanctions, and unconventional tactics. War is more than bombs and bullets. We will 1) define what hybrid warfare is, and 2) discuss case studies of hybrid warfare in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and elsewhere

Featured Webinar Guests:

·       Monisha Rios: Monisha is a Gulf War Era Army Veteran and a Doctoral Candidate on Liberation Psychology. Her research focuses on the militarization of psychology in the United States. Her work is geared towards building a grassroots movement to conduct a peoples’ inquiry into the U.S.’s use of psychological warfare against the peoples of the world, including its own citizens, and to amplify the voices of those who are most impacted by U.S. wars, centering the voices of indigenous communities.

·       Camilo Mejia: In 2003 Camilo became a war resister and conscientious objector when he refused to return to duty in the Iraq war. He was court-martialed, imprisoned for nine months, and subsequently recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. He has been closely following U.S. regime change events all over the world, including in his native Nicaragua.

Host: World Beyond War