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Apologies for the lateness of this post – am having major internet connection problems
NOT back posting on a regular basis.
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A. Monsanto documents predicted damage to US farms – April 7, 2020
B. Mayor Breed Opts for Mass Indoor Camps – April 6, 2020
C. Criminalization will not slow the pandemic – April 3, 2020
See action # 2
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D. SAMRC appalled after French doctors say COVID-19 vaccine tests be done in Africa – April 3
E. Historic Injustices Against Native People Put Them at Greater Risk of COVID-19 – April 3, 2020
F. Mexican factories boost production of medical supplies for U.S. hospitals while country struggles with its own coronavirus outbreak – April 3, 2020
G. US Sends Navy Ships to Caribbean in ‘Anti-Drug’ Mission Targeting Venezuela – April 2, 2020
H. In The Pandemic, Vallejo PD Buys $750K Cell Site Simulator – Updated 3/28/2020
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April 3, 2020 – 5th Angelversary of Darnell Benson
Killed by: SFPD, SF Sheriff, SFDPH, EMS
Rest in Power and Peace
♥ Darnell Benson ♥
Article from Bayview Newspaper in 2015 about Darnell:
RIP Darnell Benson: While under fire for previous transgressions, SF law enforcement quietly kills again!
April 7, 2020 – 4th Angelversary of Luis Góngora Pat
Killed by: SFPD
Rest in Power and Peace
♥ Luis Góngora Pat ♥
See event # 2
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1. Grocery Stores: Protect Your Workers
2. Demand Congress move quickly to end the spread of COVID-19 in migrant detention centers, jails, and prisons and guarantee safe conditions and healthcare
3. Stop the Trump administration from bringing back redlining during COVID-19
This ‘pandemic’ is devastating communities of color, and its physical and financial impact will linger for generations.
Instead of responding to this fact accordingly, the Trump administration is allowing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to water down one of the main safeguards against greedy banks discriminating against communities of color.
Tuesday, Ap. 7 – Thursday, Ap. 9
Tuesday, April 7
1. Tuesday, 12Noon – 8:00pm, Trump is an American Virus, it’s time to Break the Silence
Remote protest from your home / job
THIS TUESDAY 4/7 and every Tuesday:
1. Post photos and videos of yourself and your family at home (or at your essential job) demanding Trump/Pence #OUTNOW and tag @RefuseFascism on every platform
Examples: video of you/family chanting, picture of you holding a sign, picture of you or kids chalking, video of you making the demands, video of you saying part of Refuse Fascism Statement of Conscience/Call to Act, picture of your car decorated with signs, pictures of signs in windows/lawn… GET CREATIVE
2. 7:00pm – Bang pots and pans
Join neighbors across the country banging pots and pans out of balconies, porches and windows. Try to get photo and video and tag @refusefascism.
Host: Refuse Fascism Bay Area, Vigil for Democracy, Resistance SF
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/238638803925766/ or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/06/18832131.php
2. Tuesday, Before 3:45pm, 4th Anniversary – Life of Luis Góngora Pat commemoration, fly-by altar making, leave offerings before 3:45pm
Altar where Luis was killed – Fly-By-Altar
This is ***not*** a gathering see info below
Shotwell between 19th & 18th Streets
Today, four years ago, at 10am, Luis Góngora Pat was murdered by Sgt. Nate Steger and Ofc. Michael Mellone. Luis was executed without reason, a victim of the pervasive, unchanged culture of violence, racism and bigotry of SFPD against the Black, Brown and poor populations of this City.
We remember Luis. We remember the great harm done to him and his family. We remember that he was Mayan and a descendant survivor of centuries of injustice against his people. We remember that he is beloved today. We remember that he was among the extremely poor and unhoused people of this City. We remember every action of solidarity done in his name.
We renew our clamor for justice.
Love in times of pandemia, Justice and Honor for Luis Góngora Pat and his family…
We would like to surprise Jose Góngora Pat today with an altar for his brother at the site of his killing to commemorate his life and highlight our standing demand for justice.
Please consider leaving an offering today at Luis’s altar on Shotwell St between 19th and 18th streets….Before 3:45pm
We are following and promoting physical distancing guidelines, but ask that friends who wish to do so, DO NOT linger! For example, leave an offering at the foot of the telephone pole or pin a note or photo to the telephone pole for Jose to find. (Bring your own push pin!)
Together we can create something beautiful for Luis Góngora Pat and his family to find that afternoon.
Thank you in advance.
3. Tuesday, 5:00pm (PT), No Way To Treat A Child – Webinar on situation of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons.
For this webinar, we will be using the Zoom platform. Additional instructions and details for joining the webinar will be shared by email with individuals that have registered.
We will share information on the situation of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also provide updates on congressional advocacy efforts concerning H.R. 2407.
We have spearheaded efforts in Congress to advance Palestinian rights. Our main success in the current congressional session has been supporting Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) to introduce H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.” The bill prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.
While generally applicable, H.R. 2407 seeks to promote justice, equality, and human rights by ensuring that U.S. financial assistance provided to Israel is not used to support widespread and institutionalized ill-treatment against Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces and prosecuted in Israeli military courts that lack basic fair trial protections.
Please follow the campaign on Facebook
Join via the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/7029671334
(If you’ve never used Zoom before, download the free app first.)
Questions will be asked in the chat window on Zoom.
If you don’t have an internet connection, you can dial in with your telephone.
In the U.S., dial 646 876 9923 and when prompted, enter the meeting ID number: 702 967 1334. International phone numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aPwciwVc9
The webinar will also be livestreamed on Facebook, if it works. At the time of the webinar, click this link to view the livestream. Be aware that Facebook has been failing lately, and that the best way for you to participate is via Zoom or telephone.
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.
Two sections to choose from:
Tuesday, 4/7, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/149989617
– or –
Wednesday, 4/8, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/225809380
$3-5 suggested donation per session (via PayPal)
All donations will go to the Freedom Socialist Newspaper Fund Drive.
Gloria Martin vividly describes the eruption of the women’s liberation movement amidst the anti-war, civil rights, and queer struggles. She critiques the role of the Left, and probes with a sharp scalpel the internal conflicts in the movements for social change. The book’s central message is inescapable: socialist feminism as a theme and strategy has never been more urgently needed than it is today.
Join us on Zoom (meeting links below) for the upcoming sixth and final session! We will discuss the last portion of the book (from Chapter 5 to the end), which describes how the FSP forged ahead to form a national party based on the lessons of the first ten years.
Anyone is welcome to join any session at any time, even if you missed previous sessions.
Who: Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP), Release Aging People from Prison (RAPP) and Parole Preparation Project. Speakers include James King, Ny Nourn, Barbara Chavez, Jose Saldana, Donna Robinson and Theresa Grady. Moderated by Amber-Rose Howard/CURB.
The #ClemencyCoast2Coast and #LetThemGo campaigns have inspired thousands of people across the country to demand that Governor Gavin Newsom in California and Governor Cuomo in New York immediately expedite the release of aging and medically vulnerable people in prison, regardless of their conviction.
Governors Newsom and Cuomo have thus far failed in their leadership, refusing to use their vast executive powers to grant clemencies and release enough at-risk people from prison to stop a lethal coronavirus outbreak. In a statement, Governor Newsom maintains he is “crystal clear” in his determination not to release people convicted of more serious crimes in order to prevent them from contracting COVID-19, regardless of their age or health status. The inaction of both Governors adds fuel to the fire of the coronavirus incarceration crisis.
CCWP and our movement partners in the CURB coalition know that there is nothing simple about violence. People who are in prison that have been convicted of serious offenses are often survivors of violence themselves. Violence is primarily a social and economic problem, and dehumanizing people in prisons won’t solve that. People in prison for serious offenses are fathers, brothers, mothers and sisters. Using rhetoric like “violent criminal” to justify abandoning tens of thousands of sick or elderly people is unjustifiable. People serving any amount of time for any offense could face a de facto death sentence if left vulnerable inside of prisons.
All of us have an obligation to think about incarceration through the lens of public health, and not just during the coronavirus pandemic. Join us for the #ClemencyCoast2Coast Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, April 8th and follow CCWP on Twitter to find out about all the events during the national #FreeThemAll Week of Action, happening NOW through April 11th. From #MeTooBehindBars to #DropLWOP
Visit the SFGovTV website (www.sfgovtv.org) to stream the live meeting.
A public comment call-in line number will be provided on the Department’s webpage www.sfplanning.org and during the live SFGovTV broadcast.
Agenda Item 16b considers Initiation of “General Plan Amendments” for the Balboa Reservoir Project. This 315 page document contains amendments to the Balboa Park Station Area Plan (2009). If the Commission approves the Initiation of the General Plan Amendments meeting, they could schedule a hearing as early as April 30th to take action, such as re-zoning the land.
Currently the reservoir land is zoned as “P” (Public) which does not allow private use of public property. Re-zoning it to “Balboa Reservoir Special Use District” would allow privatization. Additionally, this proposed re-zoning would allow the current 40 feet height limit to be increased to 78 ft.
These decisions pave the way for the construction of the Balboa Reservoir Project.