Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Wed. Ap. 29 – Fri. May 1 (from Adrienne Fong)

♥ Hold in your thoughts all parents and children – especially single parent households that are “Sheltering in Place” ♥

– Please post events on Indybay even if event is digital: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

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

ARTICLES:

A. The U.S. plans to lend $500 billion to large companies. It won’t require them to preserve jobs or limit executive pay.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/28/federal-reserve-bond-corporations/

B. Mayor defies supes, says she won’t open hotel rooms for all homeless – April 26, 2020

C. Pentagon planning flyovers in dozens of US cities as a tribute to frontline workers battling coronavirus – April 25, 2020

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/24/coronavirus-pentagon-planning-flyovers-blue-angels-thunderbirds/3021567001/

D. Breed’s Police Commission nominees face uncertain path forward – April 24, 2020

E. Millions of People Face Stimulus Check Delays for a Strange Reason: They Are Poor – April 24, 2020

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/millions-of-people-face-stimulus-check-delays-for-a-strange-reason-they-are-poor/ar-BB139wrl?ocid=sf2

F. Amid pandemic, Israel jails more Palestinian children – April 23, 2020

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/amid-pandemic-israel-jails-more-palestinian-children?fbclid=IwAR3wzo-lJKJ9oQ8YF9Htik4PBcFUtpHC-Z9ZzQCODvGD0PdMpIUr490WZqU

G. Five major banks refuse to fund Arctic Refuge oil drilling – April 23, 2020

https://www.wilderness.org/articles/blog/five-major-banks-refuse-fund-arctic-refuge-oil-drilling?fbclid=IwAR1UcWH2Xs9iAnwoMX0KCBAZ1lUSM7ilXVL3hJpYwZzDwq6AtY1kG7p0GU4

H. “Irresponsible and Dangerous”: U.S. Deports Haitians Despite Coronavirus Risks

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/12/haiti-coronavirus-united-states-deportation/?fbclid=IwAR26APAYI-JAwSI8ViT7yvXT1eRwsh-dFtUP4kWNfp2isdW04fAugi3U0kE

ACTIONS:

1. Bail Out the People, Not the Pentagon & Arms Dealers

2. Secretary Esper must answer questions on landmines!

https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/esper-must-answer-questions-on-landmines?source=em20200423&t=6&referring_akid=6212.294094.zrz3r2

3. Save the U.S. Postal Service, before it’s too late

https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/letters/sign-and-send-the-petition-save-the-us-postal-service-before-its-too-late?detail=emailaction&link_id=3&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-sign-if-you-agree-us-postal-service-is-in-the-constitution-it-has-to-be-saved-2&email_referrer=email_786451&email_subject=sign-if-you-agree-us-postal-service-is-in-the-constitution-it-has-to-be-saved

  “…Postal Service is being economically harmed. It’s not about receiving your junk mail, or bills, it’s about 1.2 billion prescriptions which are delivered each year, and other valuable community services provided! 

4. Amazon, 3M, Fedex, US Bank and Honeywell stop blocking millions of face masks and gloves!

https://actions.sumofus.org/pages/amazon-us-bank-and-3m-stop-holding-up-face-masks-and-gloves-for-health-workers/?akid=73094.222562.1cYlyP&rd=1&source=fwd&t=9

5. Safeway, Black SNAP benefit recipients deserve the ability to shop online for groceries.

https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/safewaysnap/?t=3&referring_akid=42053.797581.6S6eMC

EVENTS

Wednesday, April 2 – Friday, May 1

Wednesday, April 29

1. Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm (PT), Colonialism & Contamination: Mapping U.S. Military Injustices on the Chamorro People of Guam

Register – free webinar:

Join World BEYOND War for a free webinar on April 29 at 7pm Eastern as part of our “Close Bases” campaign! We’ll be joined by speakers Dr. Sasha Davis & Leilani Rania Ganser to talk about the negative impact of U.S. military bases in Guam. We’ll explore how the military presence threatens the indigenous Chamorro culture and people, as well as the environmental impacts of the weapons stored on the bases.

Panelist:  

Dr. Sasha Davis has a PhD from Penn State University, completing his dissertation on the effects on nuclear contamination on the Bikini Atoll, on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. He has done extensive research on matters of militarization in the Pacific and contamination caused by military bases. He is a professor at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he teaches courses in Human Geography, Tourism, and Recreation

Leilani Rania Ganser is the Grants and Impact Coordinator at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Her experiences as a person who identifies as Chamorro and Kanaka Maoli have encouraged and inspired her to include indigenous methods of storytelling in her writing and in public conversation. Her activism spans multiple social issues, and she studies colonial violence and gendered violence as well as interactions between indigenous communities and the military. Prior to working with the Pulitzer Center, she served as an advocacy intern for the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services, and a climate justice intern for the Institute for Policy Studies

2. Wednesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm (PDT), Webinar: How white folks can take anti-racist action in covid19

REGISTRATION: https://350org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsdOmsrzopEtNX11BK3wv9fvFrzyzpdFj_

Webinar: How white folks can take anti-racist action in times of COVID19
April 29th, 4-6pm PST, 5-7 MST, 7-9 EST
https://www.facebook.com/events/658847021610177/

White people have a role to play in building an anti-racist response to COVID-19. In this webinar, we’ll talk about how to shut down racist scapegoating for this crisis and get involved in building a multi-racial movement for the things we all need in your region!

People of colour, Indigenous people and immigrant communities will be among those hardest hit by COVID19 due to existing racial inequalities–but the state’s responses to COVID19 may not reach them, may exclude them altogether, and in some cases, may even worsen their situation. This agenda requires and depends on white silence or active opposition to multiracial movements that are out to win the things we all need–like fully funded healthcare, affordable housing and a sustainable climate.

This workshop will help us practice interrupting racist scapegoating for covid-19, share how multiracial movements are fighting for a fair response to covid-19 (and a society that leaves no one behind), and support white people in getting into action.

The second portion of the webinar will feature facilitated regional breakout groups to build networks, share strategies, and get organized for the long haul!

This workshop is open to anyone to attend! The focus is on how white people can take action as it is our responsibility as white people to take action on racism, but this is a conversation for anyone who would like to attend.

Facilitator Bios:
Emma Jackson is a community organizer and queer settler living on Treaty 6 territory. She organizes with Climate Justice Edmonton and 350 Canada.

Chanelle Gallant has been an organizer, writer, speaker and troublemaker in sex work and racial justice movements for 20 years.

Annie Morgan Banks is an organizer and printmaker, living on Ohlone territories in the Bay Area. She is a co-founder of the Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Front-Bay Area and a member of the Anti Police-Terror Project.

Johanna Lewis is a community organizer with Showing Up for Racial Justice – Toronto, a doctoral candidate in History at York University, and a queer femme parent of two strange and magical children.

Sheryle Carlson is a white settler, degrowth proponent, organizer in support of racial justice, Indigenous and migrant rights, living in amiskwacîwâskahikan, Edmonton.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/658847021610177/

3. Wednesday, 4:00pm (PT), Popular Resistance May Day General Strike Call

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEF2NNPQ2iHhHqO0ySqsMAUG6CErvU9zS52TFi3aD984Svvg/viewform

 learn how to participate in the general strike from home

Host / Info: Popular Resistance

4. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, TLM Online Presents: Sex Workers and the COVID-19 Crisis

Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event to those who register.

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tlm-online-presents-sex-workers-and-the-covid-19-crisis-tickets-102931502896

Suggested donation: $0 – $10

Due to lack of support from the government, workers face the difficult choice of sheltering-in-place and losing income or having to work and risk exposure to COVID-19. Beyond the impacts on other industries, sex workers are further marginalized by stigma, explicit exclusion from federal relief efforts, and criminalization.

For sex workers and other workers in informal economies, governmental relief has been insufficient to meet need—but as with all workers, sex workers need economic relief so they can shelter in place and help all of San Francisco stay home.

Join the Tenderloin Museum for a digital panel in which sex workers and community organizers from the Rad Mission Neighbors, US PROStitutes Collective, and St. James Infirmary speak out on the urgent need for the decriminalization of sex work and how organizing around sex workers’ needs makes the city safer for all its residents. Moderated by local historian and activist Ivy Anderson, participants will learn about local legislative measures aimed at ensuring the support and safety of sex workers—and how to join the mutual aid effort to provide emergency aid to sex workers now.

Info: US PROStitutes Collective

5. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 7:30pm, Jose Antonio Vargas: How Undocumented Immigrants are Being Left Out of the Recovery

Click below to tune in to the conversation.
https://zoom.us/j/95261651707

Join us for a cyber conversation with activist Jose Antonio Vargas to discuss the hardships of undocumented immigrants during this pandemic.

What is the reality of undocumented immigrants right now?

How are they faring during this pandemic?

What relief efforts are being proposed and implemented that can assist undocumented Americans today?

Due to their status, over 11 million undocumented immigrants have been left out of federal relief programs.

Is this what America stands for? How can we fight back to protect our undocumented brothers and sisters?

ose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American

Host: Manny’s

Thursday, April 30

6. Thursday, 10:00am (PDT), 1:00pm (ET), How to Protect Your Privacy & Security When Participating / Hosting Zoom Calls

Virtual Workshop

RSVP: https://action.consumerreports.org/20200430_workshop_privacy?utm_campaign=20200429_privacy_webinar&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cr

After you sign up we will send you the information on how to join the call

This workshop will look at Zoom more closely, and provide details on the settings you can change to protect your privacy. You’ll also learn about recent changes Zoom has made to privacy protections and how you can leverage them.

Host: Consumer Reports

7. Thursday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (PDT); 4:00pm – 5:00pm (EDT), The Investigation of Courtney Copeland’s Murder

Watch here: https://interc.pt/2WaMLzB

The new podcast Somebody documents Shapearl Wells’s quest to find out what happened to Courtney Copeland, her 22-year-old son who wound up with a bullet in his back outside a Chicago police station in 2016 and died soon after.

On Thursday, April 30, at 4 p.m. ET, The Intercept, Topic Studios, and Chicago-based journalism nonprofit Invisible Institute will present a live conversation and listening session focused on Shapearl’s experiences confronting Chicago Police and challenging the city’s long-standing racial disparities. The event will be hosted by Intercept co-founding editor Jeremy Scahill and feature Somebody co-hosts Shapearl and Alison Flowers, a journalist at the Invisible Institute.

8. Thursday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, SFPD Virtual Town Hall Meeting RE: recent Officer involved shooting

The town hall will be broadcast live on SFGovTV and streamed on SFGovTV’s YouTube page (http://youtube.com/sfgtv).

 It will also be streamed on SFPD’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SFPD/).

Following a presentation by SFPD command staff, a call-in number will be provided to viewers wishing to offer public comment.

As part of the San Francisco Police Department’s commitment towards accountability and transparency with our community, a virtual town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 4:00 until 6:00 PM to provide the community with an update on the investigation of the officer-involved shooting that occurred at on the 500 block of Jones Street on April 21, 2020.

This virtual town hall is being held to protect the health and safety of the public and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/599603223975152/

9. Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Digital Town Hall – Asian Americans in the Time of Covid-19

How to Watch on Facebook Live:

1. ‘Like’ our Facebook Page at facebook.com/caamedia so our Facebook Live shows up in your feed
2. Adjust your Following settings to receive a notification when we go live
3. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still join by tuning into our Facebook Video at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CAAMedia/videos/ page, where the live video will stream from

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Facebook Live on facebook.com/caamedia

In connection with the upcoming PBS series, ASIAN AMERICANS, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), WETA, and Asian American community leaders will host a digital town hall exploring how lessons from Asian American history can help us understand the experience of Asian Americans in the time of COVID-19.

Participants to include:
Moderator Amna Nawaz
Congresswoman Judy Chu
Comedian Hari Kondabolu
Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen
Journalist Amna Nawaz
Series Producer Renee Tajima-Pena
Series Narrator and Actor Tamlyn Tomita
Philanthropist Darren Walker
Journalist and Activist Helen Zia
Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood

Hosts: Center for Asian America Media & WETA

10. Thursday, 5:00pm, Youth on Fire!

Will be streamed live on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/253760852419389/

THURSDAY, April 30, 2020 at 5PM PST, 8PM EST learn about youth leading the environmental justice movement. We will be streaming the short Greenaction video, Youth On Fire and a video made by our Salinas Valley Environmental and Climate Justice Youth Academy, followed by a panel discussion from our very own Youth Academy Participants!!!

Host: Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice     

Friday, May 1

 May Day

(Other events being organized will be added later) 

11. Friday, 12:00am – 11:30pm, Target Community Boycott

Target team members are asking our guests and fellow community members to stand in solidarity with us as we #Strike4OurLives on May 1st, International Workers Day! Take the pledge that you won’t shop at our Target stores, order any Shipt deliveries from our stores, and encourage your friends and family to do the same! We need to send a message loud and clear to Target Corporation that they are not doing enough to protect us essential workers! Take a picture of yourself holding a sign with a message of support and the hashtag #Strike4OurLives to show you’re in solidarity with Target workers and post it in this event page!

Join our facebook group Target Worker – Community Alliance to keep up to date on developments as we head towards May 1st!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/834449876968368/

Host: Target Workers Unite

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/3052364328119452/

12. Friday, 10:00am – 12Noon, SF May Day Caravan

RSVP / Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScP6VLwb4WOaVxFFmNI0BHRLZ2Q7jjIoWqK8VAd2gIQAk–YQ/viewform?link_id=3&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-sf-may-day-car-caravan-cancelrent-homesforall-debtfreefuture&email_referrer=email_788206&email_subject=sf-may-day-car-caravan-cancel-rent

Meet at:

Pier 50: Terry Francois Blvd. & Mission Rock St.
(turn into pier’s main lot; cross streets: Terry Francois Blvd & Mission Rock St)
SF

This will be a safe & physically distant multi-location rally
Everyone in attendance should use a face covering for safety, and not exit their cars unless they are 6 feet apart from those around them. Bring gloves, masks, sanitizer, and any hygienic products that can ensure your safety as well as the safety of others.

Even before the pandemic, 40 million US households were paying over a third of their incomes for housing, and half a million people were living on the streets. As a historic 22 million workers filed for unemployment in the US in the last month, we are demanding legislators provide immediate relief by cancelling rent, mortgage and utility payments NOW and by establishing emergency housing for those without the ability to safely shelter in place.

 Union members – attach a sign with union local to the outside of your car!

Hosts: Housing Rights Committee of SF, SF Tenants Union, Coalition on Homelessness, Jobs with Justice SF, SF Rising Alliance, SF Senior and Disability ActionInfo: https://www.facebook.com/events/247175096485928/

13. Friday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, May Day in the Bay: Worker & Community Caravan

Meet at:

SSA Terminal
1717 Middle Harbor Rd.
Oakland

**We ask that everyone in attendance use a FACE COVERING for safety, and not exit their cars unless they are 6 feet apart from those around them. Bring gloves, masks, sanitizer, and any hygienic products that can ensure your safety as well as the safety of others.

Join us from 10-11am for a SAFE & SOCIALLY DISTANT rally with the ILWU at the Oakland Port. At 11am, we leave for a car & bike caravan up Broadway to demand:
1. RELEASE ALL PRISONERS/OPEN THE CAMPS (Oakland Jail 11:30)
2. EQUITABLE EDUCATION FOR ALL (OUSD HQ @ 12:00)
3. POWER & RESOURCES TO THE PEOPLE (City Hall @ 12:30)
4. FREE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL (Kaiser @ 1:00)
5. WORKER SAFETY @ WHOLE FOODS – 230 Bay Place (1:30)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Port of Oakland, SSA Terminal.

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Oakland Police Station – 550 6th Street (@ Broadway)

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

Oakland Oakland Unified School Dist (OUSD) HQ – 1000 Broadway

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

City Hall / Federal Building – 14th & Broadway

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Support Healthcare Workers @ Kaiser – 3600 Broadway

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Support Worker Safety @ Whole Foods – 230 Bay Place (1:30)

Let’s send Trump, Wall Street, and the capitalists a clear message: #WeWontDieForWallSt
#PeopleAndPlanetOverProfits

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/600269507244447/   or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/23/18832607.php

14. Friday, 11:15am – 1:00pm, SF May Day Rally With Black United Workers At SF City Hall

Meet at:

Third Baptist Church (out front)
1399 McAllister St.
SF

Join Us for our May Day Rally Protest by Car – Come One Come All Friday, May 1, 2020 12 Noon SF City Hall
Black United Workers The Color of COVID SF
SF May Day Rally With Black United Workers
Join Us for our May Day Rally Protest by Car – Come One Come All Friday, May 1, 2020 12 Noon We will meet at 11:15 AM at
Third Baptist Church out front. The route will be to City Hall for 12:00 Noon and jointly we will drive to City Hall and will circle the block in rapid sub-session. We will provide signs to be used as we honk for our horns and have media coverage for our Rights and Safety in this Era of COVID Pandemic.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/21/18832543.php

15. Friday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Virtual Rally: We Are Always Essential  – San Jose

*La traducción en español le sigue abajo*
Join us on May 1st at noon on FB LIVE and Instagram LIVE to hear worker testimonials and worker rights updates under COVID-19.

Share&like this post and use our hashtag so we can all come together!
Long live international worker’s day!
#WeAreAlwaysEssential #SiempreSomosEsenciales

Host: San Jose May Day

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2647174252194547/

16. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, SF May Day Car Caravan: CancelRent, HomesForAll, DebtFreeFuture!

Meet-up:

Pier 50
(turn into pier’s main lot; cross streets: Terry Francois Blvd & Mission Rock St)
SF

Join the SF May Day Car Caravan to #CancelRent, Mortgage & Utility Payments and Demand #HomesForAll and a #DebtFreeFuture with tenants, homeless residents, workers and families!

This will be a safe & physically distant multi-location rally
Everyone in attendance should use a face covering for safety, and not exit their cars unless they are 6 feet apart from those around them. Bring gloves, masks, sanitizer, and any hygienic products that can ensure your safety as well as the safety of others.

Why:
The COVID-19 pandemic has further unveiled the deep inequality in our economic and housing systems. Workers without job security, paid sick leave, and health insurance also usually lack housing security. Even before the pandemic, 40 million U.S. households were paying over a third of their incomes for housing, and half a million people were living on the streets. In California the numbers are worse – renters make up almost half of the population of the state, and 55% of them are considered cost-burdened, with low-income people and people of color suffering the worst instability. It doesn’t have to be this way! We have enough housing units to safely house everyone!!!

Residents can’t follow Governor Newsom’s call to “Stay Home, Save Lives” if they don’t have a secure home, or if they fear future evictions or homelessness should they not be able to make their rental or mortgage payments. Current temporary eviction moratoriums without rental forgiveness will leave many facing insurmountable debts and will mean that any wages one is able to secure will be redirected to the real estate industry. We refuse to let this recovery be on our backs! Tenants, workers, houseless residents and families are standing together for Homes for All and a Debt Free Future!!

Hosts: Housing Rights Committee of SF, SF Tenants Union, Coalition on Homelessness, Jobs with Justice SF, SF Rising Alliance, Senior and Disability Action ,

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/247175096485928/?notif_t=plan_edited&notif_id=1588024100458760

Or

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/24/18832618.php

17. Friday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Workers Seize Power – Virtual International Workers Day

pre-register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p0RDu16oQuKIx38JvCHxEg

When you register you’ll be given a link unique to you. Please don’t share that link with others. Instead, share the pre-registration link above.

We’ll have a two part panel, starting at 3PM.
The first panel will feature Resource Speakers, offering info on resources for workers, housing, and health.
Confirmed speakers for this panel include: Mark Janowitz/East Bay Community Law Center on housing, Carole Vigne/Legal Aid at Work on labor, and Margaret Handley – Public health-trained epidemiologist (SFGH) on health.

The second panel at 4pm will be a panel discussion featuring organizers leading campaigns around prisons, detention centers, housing, labor and international solidarity.
Confirmed speakers include: Jose Bernal/Ella Baker Center on prisons, Barbara/Detention Watch Network on detention centers, Carroll Fife/ACCE Action on housing, Lucia Lin/ Young Workers United & Grassroots Asians Rising on labor, and Jenabi Pareja/Peoples Association of Workers and Immigrants (PAWIS) on International Solidarity.

We are offering simultaneous translation in:
Spanish
Arabic
Tagalog
Mandarin

Host Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2675560309342990/

18. Friday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday Night Forums: International Lessons on Organizing

Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3gpIfsZaR_CPe9GkvYaVCw

Rachel Herzing will be in conversation with Kali Akuno (Cooperation Jackson),  Zenei Cortez (National Nurses United) and Vijay Prashad (Tricontinental).

Hosts: The Red Nation, AROC, The Center for Political Education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553642318117753/?event_time_id=1553642328117752

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