Bernie Sanders CHEATED Off Primary Ballot by New York Democrats

Christo Aivalis According Huffington Post and other sources, Democratic Election officials in New York have removed Bernie Sanders from the ballot because he has suspended his campaign following his endorsement of Joe Biden But this is against Bernie Sanders’ will: he wants to earn every last delegate to ensure progressive policies get promoted at the Democratic convention, and to help down ballot progressives in primary contests. Finally, if Biden has to drop out, removing Bernie from the ballot will hurt his chances of winning a contested convention Bernie Sanders has shown goodwill to the Democratic Party, and this is a blow to party unity. Nina Turner is right: this is a fundamental attack on Democracy.

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Krystal Ball: Is the #DropOutBiden movement gaining steam after new Tara Reade evidence emerges?

The HillThe Hill Krystal Ball blasts the media and liberal figures for the blatant hypocrisy of Tara Reade, as new reports emerge that back Tara’s credibility.

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As Poll Shows Nearly 90% Democratic Support, Biden Told Hostility to Medicare for All ‘No Longer Tenable Position for You’

April 25, 2020 by Common Dreams

“Hey, ⁦Joe Biden, ⁩ as a Democrat running for president in a pandemic, this looks like a popular idea.”

by Jon Queally, staff writer

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 Vice President Joe Biden holds a virtual campaign event on March 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The scheduled in-person Illinois campaign event was changed to a virtual event because of fears of COVID-19. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Vice President Joe Biden holds a virtual campaign event on March 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The scheduled in-person Illinois campaign event was changed to a virtual event because of fears of COVID-19. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A new poll showing nearly 90 percent approval among Democratic voters for Medicare for All has stirred fresh calls for Joe Biden, the party’s presumptive nominee, to end his outdated opposition to the healthcare solution that would cover all Americans at less overall cost than the current, more wasteful for-profit system.

Arriving amid the coronavirus pandemic that has thrust the nation into a public health emergency and triggered a nearly unprecedented economic calamity in the U.S., the Hill-HarrisX survey released Friday showed overall voter support for Medicare for All 69 percent but that number soared to 88 percent for registered Democrats. Among independents, voters likely to be crucial in the 2020 general election, support now sits at 68 percent while even among Republicans sits at 46 percent.

Speaking to Hill.TV on the findings, Felicia Wong, president and CEO of the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute, said that the coronavirus has opened people’s eyes even further to the need for a universal, single-payer healthcare system like Medicare for All. “These progressive policies have been popular for a long time,” Wong said. “I think COVID-19 will make them more popular as it becomes clear just how fragile our American political economy really is.”

The latest figures led to calls for Biden to drop his stubborn opposition to Medicare for All and join with the majority of Democratic voters and the American people who now recognize it as a necessary solution to the nation’s healthcare woes.

“Hey, ⁦Joe Biden, ⁩ as a Democrat running for president in a pandemic, this looks like a popular idea,” said Michael Lighty, a health policy expert and advocate, pointing at the poll.

Earlier this month Biden put forth a proposal to drop the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 down to 60 as an apparent effort to win over supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who suspended his presidential bid a week earlier. But critics, as Common Dreams reported, immediately said the plan does nothing to address the fundamental failures of the corporate-driven healthcare system that often ties coverage to employment, leaves tens of millions uninsured or underinsured, and leads to spiraling costs.

In new reporting by Politico, meanwhile, progressive advocacy groups like MoveOn.org confirmed they are going to make pushing Biden to the left on healthcare is going to be a focus amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis and through the general election season.

“Obviously the pandemic, with both its health and economic impacts, has become the top issue that everyone is talking about,” Dan Kalik, MoveOn’s senior political adviser, told Politico. “It’s all-encompassing. It’s impacting every aspect of our lives. It’s the key issue we’re working on, and it’s going to be an issue through November.”

While Julian Brave Noisecat of the progressive think tank Data for Progress said his group’s general belief is ” that the quote unquote establishment is going to tell the left to f–k off on Medicare for All,” other Democrats aligned with the Sanders wing of the party believe there is still opportunity to move Biden and others in leadership.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and lead sponsor of The Medicare for All Act of 2019 in the U.S. House, said she has no illusions about who Biden is on the issue but that progressives would be pressuring him nonetheless. “I’d be fooling myself if I thought Joe Biden would embrace Medicare for All,” Jayapal said. “But I do think there’s room for him to move much more than he has so far.”

Appearing on MSNBC with Ali Velshi on Saturday morning, Sanders said that he also believes Biden can be pushed to embrace something closer to his vision of complete Medicare for All. Specifically, Sanders said the former Vice President could support lowering the Medicare age to 55 as well as making all children under the age of 18 eligible would be “some of the things that Joe Biden can do without embracing a full Medicare for All concept.”

According to The Hill, their online poll with HarrisX surveyed 958 registered voters between April 19 and 20 and has margin of error of +/- 3.17 percentage points.

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Howie Hawkins

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BornHoward Gresham Hawkins
December 8, 1952 (age 67)
San FranciscoCalifornia, U.S.
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Howard Gresham Hawkins (born December 8, 1952) is an American trade unionist and activist from New York. A co-founder of the Green Party of the United States, Hawkins is seeking the party’s nomination for President in 2020. His primary campaign issues include enacting an eco-socialist Green New Deal, which he first proposed in 2010, and building a viable, independent working-class political and social movement in opposition to the Democratic and Republican parties and capitalism in general.[2]

Hawkins has played leading roles in anti-war,[3] anti-nuclear,[4] and pro-worker movements since the 1960s. Hawkins is a retired teamster and construction worker; from 2001 until his retirement in 2017, Hawkins worked the night shift unloading trucks for UPS.[5][6]

Hawkins has run for office on several occasions, all unsuccessfully. He was New York’s Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2010, Hawkins ran as the Green Party’s candidate for Governor of New York, which restored ballot status for the party when it received more than the necessary 50,000 votes. In 2014, Hawkins ran again for the same office and received five percent of the vote. Hawkins ran a third time for Governor of New York in 2018, and ran for Mayor of Syracuse in 2017.

Early life and career

Howard Gresham Hawkins[7][8] was born in San FranciscoCalifornia, in 1952, and raised in nearby San Mateo.[9] His father was an attorney who was a football and wrestling student-athlete at the University of Chicago and served in the counter-intelligence unit for the U.S. Army‘s Manhattan Project during World War II.[7][8] He became politically active at the age of 12, when he saw how the multiracial Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was denied recognition at the 1964 Democratic Convention.[9] According to Hawkins he was drafted in June 1972, at the age of 19, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, despite his previous anti-war activism. However, he states he was never ordered into active duty.[4] In 1972, Hawkins campaigned for the Liberty Union Party candidate Bernie Sanders for the senate and governor.[10]

Green Party

In the 1980s Hawkins joined the green movement. In 1988, he and Murray Bookchin founded the Left Green Network “as a radical alternative to U.S. Green liberals”, based around the principles of social ecology and libertarian municipalism.[11] In the early 1990s a press conference was held in Washington, D.C., that featured Charles Betz, Joni Whitmore, Hilda Mason, and Howie Hawkins to announce the formation of the Greens/Green Party USA.[12] Later in December 1999, Mike Feinstein and Hawkins wrote the Plan for a Single National Green Party which was the plan to organize the ASGP and GPUSA into a single Green Party.[13] A perennial candidate, Hawkins ran in multiple New York Senate and House races.[14] In 2010 he surpassed the 50,000 vote requirement to stay on the ballot in the gubernatorial election and four years later he received enough to move the Green Party line to Row D as he had taken one-third more than the Working Families Party and twice as much as the Independence Party.[15] However, in 2018 he lost 80,000 votes, but retained ballot access and was only lowered one row down to Row E.[16]

In 2012 Hawkins was approached over the possibility of running for the Green Party nomination, but declined due to his employment commitments at UPS forcing him to campaign for offices in New York at most and would interfere with a national campaign.[17] Following Hawkins’ retirement he was approached again to run by a draft movement with a public letter addressed to him that was signed by former Green vice presidential nominees Cheri Honkala and Ajamu Baraka, former Green mayoral candidate and Ralph Nader‘s 2008 running mate Matt Gonzalez, and other prominent Green Party members.[18]

Hawkins was accidentally listed on ballots in Minnesota as the Green Party candidate for Vice President, along with Jill Stein for President in the 2016 general election. Although Ajamu Baraka was Stein’s running mate on the party’s national ticket, Hawkins was inadvertently placed on the Minnesota ballot due to the party using him as a stand-in before the vice-presidential candidate was chosen.[19] With Hawkins listed, the Green Party ticket for President of the United States in Minnesota received nearly 37,000 votes statewide, an increase of 0.82% from the party’s previous result in 2012.

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Citing ‘Utter Inability to Discharge Duties of His Office,’ MoveOn Demands Trump Removal Under 25th Amendment

April 24, 2020 by Common Dreams

“It’s not just Trump’s words but his actions that reveal his utter inability to discharge the duties of his office.”

by Julia Conley, staff writer

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

A day after President Donald Trump openly speculated about injecting disinfectants into coronavirus patients and using large amounts of ultraviolet rays to treat the virus, MoveOn.org on Friday publicly called for Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove the president from office.

Trump’s comments Thursday evening—which forced doctors to issue public statements pleading with Americans to ignore the president’s advice—are only the latest evidence that his failed leadership and mismanagement of the pandemic is endangering people on a daily basis, MoveOn said.

“It’s not just Trump’s words but his actions that reveal his utter inability to discharge the duties of his office,” said Rahna Epting, the group’s executive director.

“He downplayed the threat of coronavirus for months and went golfing when he should have been preparing, has still failed to ensure sufficient testing or PPE, and can’t seem to figure out how to get stimulus checks and other relief to families in need,” Epting continued. “He reportedly doesn’t attend coronavirus briefings, but rather governs by watching TV. His egotism, intentional ignorance, and lack of rudimentary understanding of or respect for the Constitution are clear evidence of his inability to govern.”

Earlier this month, Trump repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, as a potential treatment for COVID-19.

At least three people in Nigeria were hospitalized in late March after overdosing on the drug following Trump’s statements about the medication. The wife of a man in Arizona who died from ingesting chloroquine phosphate confirmed that her husband used the substance because of the president’s remarks in a televised briefing

“If it wasn’t already abundantly clear it should be now: it’s past time for the cabinet to exercise its constitutional responsibility and remove Trump from office,” said Epting. 

On social media Thursday evening, following Trump’s comments about disinfectants, stunned critics demanded to know why the 25th Amendment shouldn’t be used to remove the president from office.

In 2017, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment and said secret recordings of Trump would prove him to be unfit to serve as president.

Section 4 of the 25th Amendment reads as follows:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

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Calling US Postal Service ‘A Joke,’ Trump Demands Four-Fold Price Hike for Customers Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

April 24, 2020

Such a move, say critics, “would be a disaster for millions of Americans who rely on USPS.”

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer

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President Donald Trump speaks after signing the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C, on April 24, 2020.

President Donald Trump speaks after signing the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C, on April 24, 2020. With Trump are (L-R) U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Jovita Carranza of the Small Business Administration, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to withhold all future Covid-19 relief funding from the U.S. Postal Service unless the federal agency dramatically raises its shipping prices—a demand that critics say is ludicrous given the economic calamity the American people and the post office are now facing.

“It is disgusting that Trump would exploit this pandemic to bust postal unions and privatize the most popular government agency in America. If we can bail out large corporations, we can damn well save the Postal Service and protect these essential jobs.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders

After U.S. Secretary Steven Mnuchin fielded a question about relief funding for USPS from a reporter at the White House during a bill signing ceremony Friday, Trump declared that “the Postal Service is a joke, because they’re handing out packages for Amazon and other internet companies, and every time they bring a package they lose money on it.”

“The post office should raise the price of a package by approximately four times,” the president added. “Four or five times, that’s what it should be—or let Amazon build their own post office, which would be an impossible thing to do, because the post office is massive and serves every little piece of the country.”

Trump accused USPS of refusing to raise package prices “because they don’t want to insult Amazon and they don’t want to insult other companies perhaps that they like.” He also said the agency “should raise the price of the packages to the companies, not to the people.”

As the Washington Posreported Friday:

Trump and his allies have frequently claimed that higher package rates on internet shipping companies—Amazon, in particular—could ease the Postal Service’s financial troubles. But higher package rates could hurt the agency by artificially raising its prices above those of United Parcel Service and FedEx, analysts say. Higher prices also could impact Amazon, which acts as both retailer and shipper, by forcing it pass off higher costs on its customers to compete.

Critics quickly responded to Trump’s comments with warnings about how a price hike could impact both the USPS and consumers.

“At a time when millions of Americans are stuck at home and can’t work, Trump is demanding what is basically a tax hike on mail,” tweeted the The Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer, referencing the ongoing coronavirus-related lockdowns and job losses.

Other critics accused Trump of trying to destroy the USPS “to suppress mail-in votes.” The public health crisis has sparked calls to rapidly and significantly expand vote-by-mail nationwide to ensure that everyone can safely particpate in future elections. Trump has baselessly attacked mail-in voting as insecure. 

The president tweeted Friday afternoon: “I will never let our Post Office fail. It has been mismanaged for years, especially since the advent of the internet and modern-day technology. The people that work there are great, and we’re going to keep them happy, healthy, and well!”

The USPS, for its part, recently reiterated its policy of delivering absentee and mail-in ballots “even if no postage has been affixed or if the postage is insufficient.” That statement on Wednesday was widely welcomed, with people across the country thanking the agency for “working to save democracy.”

U.S. Mail Not for Sale, a worker-led campaign sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers, circulated a petition urging Congress to provide USPS with “urgent and ongoing financial support from the federal government during this public health and economic crisis.”

The Postal Service—already under financial duress due to a 2006 congressional mandate requiring the agency to fund retirees’ health benefits through 2056—warned earlier this month that without an infusion of cash, the agency could soon face a complete collapse due to revenue loss related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The president’s comments from the Oval Office came after the Post reported on Thursday night that Trump was considering using a $10 billion congressionally approved loan to force changes at the Postal Service. That loan was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Trump signed last month.

Mnuchin, who has to sign off on the loan to USPS, confirmed to reporters at the White House that the administration will impose certain criteria, though he declined to share details. Trump, however, jumped in and said, “if they don’t raise the price, I’m not signing anything… and I’m not authorizing you to do anything, Steve.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders shared the Post‘s reporting on Twitter and declared that “it is disgusting that Trump would exploit this pandemic” to force changes at USPS.

Sanders on Tuesday hosted a virtual town hall with the leaders of the nation’s top postal unions to discuss how to save USPS.

After New Tara Reade Evidence, Joe Biden MUST Drop Out

Christo Aivalis According to Ryan Grim from The Intercept, there is new evidence that Tara Reade’s claims against Joe Biden are accurate. in 1993, Tara Reade’s mother called into Larry King Live and recounted the basics of Tara Reade’s story, proving some consistency of message from Reade over the nearly 30 years that have passed. Now we have the actual clip from the 1993 Larry King episode, and this is yet another piece of evidence that Joe Biden must drop out #IbelieveTara#DropOutBiden Support me on Patreon: https://patreon.com/ChristoAivalis Support me on PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/chri… For Christo Aivalis: Twitter: https://twitter.com/christoaivalis Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christoaival… Website: https://www.christoaivalis.com Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/christoaivalis1

70+ Groups Demand Trump Immediately End US Sanctions Against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and Others During Covid-19 Crisis

April 23, 2020 by Common Dreams

“In a context of global pandemic, impeding medical efforts in one country heightens the risk for all of us.”

by Eoin Higgins, staff writer

 "Sanctions kill innocents indiscriminately just like bombs."

 “Sanctions kill innocents indiscriminately just like bombs.” (Photo: CodePink)

Over 70 civil society groups representing more than 40 million people called on President Donald Trump Thursday to issue immediate sanctions relief for numerous countries—including Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea—for at least the duration of the coronavirus crisis which threatens to kill thousands in the hard-hit countries.

The “urgent appeal” came in the form of an open letter sent by the groups to Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin calling for curtailing the sanctions regime for the duration of the pandemic. Entitled “Lift Sanctions, Save Lives,” the initiative is aimed at ensuring the economic warfare by the U.S. claims as few lives as possible as the nations fight off the health crisis. 

“Denying people access to lifesaving resources now represents a risk to the entire world,” said Daniel Jasper of the American Friends Service Committee, a signatory to the letter. “The U.S. must rethink its approach to sanctions.”

According to a press release accompanying the letter:

The letter puts forth a framework for universal safeguards that include six specific categories. These include aid that is directly related to containing and providing treatment for COVID-19  (such as testing kits, personal protective equipment, ventilators, etc.). The letter also calls for safeguarding aid needed to address simultaneous challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, such as providing adequate water supply, food security, and urgent health services for other infectious diseases.

“Sanctions kill innocents indiscriminately just like bombs,” said Peace Action senior policy director Paul Kawika Martin. “Historically, this type of economic warfare fails to positively affect the behavior of governments. During this pandemic crisis, the U.S. needs to remove all barriers, like sanctions, so countries can counteract COVID-19.”

The letter also emphasizes the risks of “over-compliance” on the part of companies and financial institutions overly cautious in the face of sanctions. That can lead to more pain and suffering, said CodePink Latin America Campaign coordinator Teri Mattson.

“Banks often block purchases for these items out of fear of running afoul of sanctions, in what is known as over-compliance,” said Mattson. “Over-compliance is one of the many ways that innocent civilians end up being harmed by sanctions regimes.”

On Thursday, The Nation‘s Ken Klippenstein revealed evidence of the unintended consequences for the U.S. of maintaining the sanctions regime.

Citing a leaked classified Pentagon intelligence briefing, Klippenstein showed that the American military is concerned that the Iranian government’s inability to handle the disease—due in part to brutal and continuing U.S. sanctions—could result in U.S. soldiers getting sick. 

As Klippenstein reported:

The document, dated April 3, says that Qatar—host to the largest US military base in the region—”has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, with over 800 confirmed.”

[…]

The majority of these cases, the brief says, derive from Iran, which is located across the Persian Gulf from Qatar. The document warns that US sanctions have “left Iran bereft of financial resources to mount an effective public health response” to the pandemic and “unable to order ventilators from abroad, which are crucial for treatment.”

The damage to Iran’s people and economy from the ongoing sanctions is expected to continue to be catastrophic, leading Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to comment that the cruelty of the Trump administration has no excuse.

“Keeping sanctions in place on Iran during a global pandemic is unconscionable,” Omar told The Nation. “These sanctions are only harming innocent civilians who bear the brunt of this crisis while having zero effect on the behavior of the Iranian government. Civilians are unable to receive lifesaving medicine and humanitarian supplies due to the U.S.-placed sanctions.”

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Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Thurs. Ap. 23 – Sun. Ap. 26 (from Adrienne Fong)

Many people DO NOT have internet access during this time; since libraries and other public places are closed they are unable to do ‘ZOOM’ actions!! Some are able to do phone actions! Many people are not on facebook either!

– 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.

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

NOT back posting on a regular basis.

ARTICLES:

A. U.S. Airstrikes Hit All-Time High as Coronavirus Spreads in Somalia  – April 22, 2020

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/22/coronavirus-somalia-airstrikes/?fbclid=IwAR0ISAkXAVeyWU4DR14Ak2M2yzxjmIH-x6zCrVTWjZb_z_bTqGbUgx_dLS0

B. Trump tweets that he’s instructed the Navy to ‘destroy’ any Iranian gunboats that harass US warships – April 22, 2020

https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2020/04/22/trump-tweets-that-hes-instructed-the-navy-to-destroy-any-iranian-gunboats-that-harass-us-warships/

C. U.S. Citizens Married To Immigrants Are Blocked From Getting Stimulus Checks  – April 22, 2020

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/u-citizens-married-immigrants-blocked-145343198.html

D. Updated: SFPD in hours-long standoff with Tenderloin suspect after officer-involved shooting

https://hoodline.com/2020/04/sfpd-continues-hours-long-standoff-with-tenderloin-suspect-after-officer-involved-shooting?fbclid=IwAR0qVyj3c0IJiFXCB40t4tWy-ieSE4lRNm2E8PLlT-bKa6iqut80J_WMqN4

Update: April 22, 2020, 7 p.m.: Medical evaluations have indicated that the suspect was not struck by gunfire during the officer-involved shooting. He remains hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. SFPD will hold a town meeting within the next 10 days to discuss the incident in more detail. 

E. Body Bags Delivered to Trump Properties and Government Offices – April 21, 2020

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/21/18832544.php?fbclid=IwAR2wzohSarJx77N-H8l1g5R3OhRZOX5ekmxvu1eanzo253pvPJzFRxS4tpI

F. New map of coronavirus cases show low-income people of color most impacted (in SF)– April 20, 2020

G. ‘Don’t shoot him no more!’ California police face backlash over killing of man in Walmart  – April 20, 2020

https://www.yahoo.com/news/dont-shoot-him-no-more-212738692.html

        Rest in Peace and Power

    ♥ Steven Taylor ♥

   See Article I

   See Action # 1

   See Event # 8

H. US and Russia blocking UN plans for a global ceasefire amid crisis – April 19, 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/19/us-and-russia-blocking-un-plans-for-a-global-ceasefire-amid-crisis

I. Video: Police shoot and kill bat-wielding man in San Leandro Walmart  – April 18, 2020

     Rest in Peace and Power

    ♥ Steven Taylor ♥

J. Pandemic Is a Portal: Arundhati Roy on COVID-19 in India, Imagining Another World & Fighting for It – April 16, 2020

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/16/arundhati_roy_coronavirus_india

ACTIONS

1. Demand a special prosecutor to get justice for Steve Taylor

https://go.theactionpac.com/sign/special-prosecutor-for-steve/?akid=172.1460114.O8emob&rd=1&source=ema20200422-172&t=3

2. TPS for Venezuela now!

https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/write-your-senators-venezuela-tps?source=em20200419&t=6&referring_akid=6206.294094.DhZiPR

3. Mayor London Breed: Sign the Emergency Hotel Ordinance Now

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-london-breed-mayor-london-breed-sign-the-emergency-hotel-ordinance-now?recruiter=5780129&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&recruited_by_id=284e22a0-c0f0-012f-a73a-404046835f95&utm_content=fht-21609934-en-us%3Av12

4. Kids can’t socially distance in refugee camps

https://savethechildrenactionnetwork.salsalabs.org/helpalleviatetheimpactofcoronavirusonthemostvulnerable/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=1ee359aa-17dc-4545-9930-aa53a9d297be

5. Demand Healthcare Access for COFA Residents

https://www-wand-org.filesusr.com/html/86749e_b6c96d106675824ec2ae2eae4158a016.html?emci=5f139c53-b284-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&emdi=2bbaa857-b484-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&ceid=3117119#/171

   Residents in the United States that come from the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Micronesia—areas in which the United States tested nuclear weapons—are eligible to work and live in the US because of the injustice of their homelands being ravaged.

But they are ineligible for government healthcare—meaning that the most vulnerable cannot get tested or treated for COVID-19. This injustice hurts ALL Americans.

6. Pass Medicare for All and the Essential Workers Bill of Rights now!

https://advocacy.organicconsumers.org/page/18622/action/1

7.  Tell Zoom to stop putting people in danger during the COVID-19 crisis

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-zoom-to-stop-putting-people-in-danger-during-the-covid-19-crisis?clear_id=true&referrer=group-fight-for-the-future&source=direct_link

EVENTS

Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26   

Thursday, April 23

1. Thursday, All Day – Shut Down KKR – #WetsuwetenStrong

we’re flooding the US-based investment firm KKR &Co with calls, emails, and tweets to stop the company from buying the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

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). KKR is a US-based private equity firm with an atrocious record of putting profits over people.

The good news? The sale won’t close til June. Which means we still have time to stop it.

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 usNeed some talking points for your call? No problem. 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!

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.

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.

Here’s a facebook event link for today’s communication blockade, if you’d like to share with your friends.

Info from: Rising Tide North America

2. Thursday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Demand that Governor Newsom #FreeThemAll: COVID-safe Car Rally!

Meet at:

“Pioneer Monument” – roundabout between the museum and the library.
147 Fulton St.
SF

This is a COVID-safe, car-only rally! We will be driving to the San Francisco Office of the State of California to demand that Governor Newsom take immediate action to protect immigrants from this virus, for their own safety and for public health.

There are 38,000 undocumented immigrants in detention right now across the country.

Right now in California, well over 6,000 immigrants are being held in detention centers without adequate health and sanitation measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most of these centers are run by private corporations, and some are county and municipal jails. In the past weeks we’ve seen as the immigrants inside have taken to sit-ins and hunger strikes to sound the alarm as public health and safety concerns have been confirmed: dozens of people inside ICE detention centers have tested positive for COVID-19, and it’s clear that many more cases are being covered up or not tested. Yet conditions remain unchanged.

Make signs, art and banners to attach to your cars! Post to social media @CAGovernor and @GavinNewsom using the hashtags #FreeThemAll #DetentionIsDeadly and #ReleaseThemNow

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/901264940295775/

3. Thursday, 1:00pm,(PDT),  Public Health, Inequality and COVID-19

More info at https://socialjusticeaftercovid.weebly.com/public-health-inequality-and-covid-19.html 

Join the live stream on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 4 pm ET, 1 pm PT https://www.facebook.com/YorkUFES/

In order to deepen public understanding of the health dimensions of the current crisis, the panel will address public access to healthcare and social justice issues associated with COVID-19, as well as the insecurity of the broader system that this pandemic makes more visible.

Presenters, including analysts and activists of the health care system and physicians from Canada and the US, will discuss how they see COVID affecting their community and/or area/region of research, including how health care cuts or insufficient access to publicly funded medicine and employment insecurity influence our healthcare systems’ ability to respond.

Presenters

·       Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition

·       Ritika Goel, Toronto Family Physician and Activist

·       Heather Hastings, Health Manager, Tsartlip First Nation

·       Tish Lopez, Assistant Professor, Geography, Dartmouth College

·       Rupa Marya, Associate Professor, Medicine, University of California

·       Abigail Neely, Assistant Professor, Geography, Dartmouth College

Facilitated by Prof. Tracey ​Osborne, University of California Merced.

Info from Do No Harm Coalition

4. Thursday, 5:00pm (PDT), The Fascist Threat: A Working Class Response

Register to participate 
Zoom Video conference

Speakers:

Chris Smalls – Amazon worker fired for organizing for safe working conditions
Trent Willis – President, Local 10 International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)Monica Moorehead – Editor, Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle. Managing Editor of Workers World newspaperMakasi Motema – People’s Power Assemblies NYCLyn Neeley – Portland May Day organizer, Workers World Party, Portland, OR

Over the past week, demonstrations by openly white supremacist, fascist forces have been held across the U.S. demanding an end to COVID-19 quarantine measures, and that workers be sent back to work immediately.

How can working and oppressed people respond to these reactionary demonstrations, advocate for policies that would result in mass death and suffering in the name of ruling class profits?

Host: Workers World Party

Friday, April 24

5. Friday, 9:00am (PDT), ADC’s Housing & Tenants Rights Webinar!

Registration:

Click here to register

– As part of a continued effort to update the community with important information during the COVID-19 crisis, ADC will be hosting a webinar to discuss tenant and housing rights. ADC is proud to host Mr. Morgan Williams, General Counsel of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), a proud partner of ADC. 

Mr. Morgan directs NFHA’s efforts to pursue pioneering litigation under the federal Fair Housing Act. Morgan coordinates NFHA’s actions to file amicus briefs. He also provides technical support to local fair housing centers across the country on investigation and enforcement strategies, across a range of complicated and emerging topics.


Have a topic you think ADC should cover? Feel free to let us know what you would like us to discuss. 

  Host: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

6. Friday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, (PDT) Friday Night Forums: COVID-19 in Indian Country

Register:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C74K6LBFRX6J_W9fIHI6uA?fbclid=IwAR12dxMlsZh7lqRCPft7g69rE74mEKyPCVCYu6aKFbSM12aCjBITQFd2EXE

Friday Night Forums are one-hour panels with two presenters and a moderator live streamed on Zoom. Each panelist will present for 20 minutes followed by a 10-15 minute Q & A with the moderator and the audience.

The Red Nation in partnership with the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) and the Center for Political Education is hosting a series of critical conversations on settler colonialism, US imperialism, and decolonization. The COVID-19 pandemic is global, and so our response to it must also be global. Friday Night Forums feature anti-imperialist perspectives and lessons on organizing from around the world, with an eye toward decolonizing Turtle Island.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553642318117753/

Saturday, April 25

7. Saturday, 10:30am – 1:30pm (SF), East Bay 9:30am, All out to demand Cancel the Rents! Housing for all!

Meet ups

SAN FRANCISCO:
1875 Marin St., on the street, 10:30 AM for a press conference.

EAST BAY:
West Oakland, 900 Market parking lot, 9:30 AM

Fill out form to participate: https://www.canceltherents.org/

Join us  in your car to demand the cancellation of rents and mortgages statewide, immediate housing for all, and full aid and rights for the undocumented!
Let’s make some noise, plaster “Cancel the Rents” and “CancelTheRents.org” on our cars and windows, and make our voices heard! It’s time to send the signal that the working class is fighting back!

While we and society recognize the First Amendment and the exercise of First Amendment rights as essential, our April 25, 2020 “Cancel the Rents” car caravan will practice the socially responsible regulations outlined in the statewide “shelter-in-place” executive order, including physical distancing and mask-wearing. We believe that we must act now to defend the essential right of all people to housing during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

Demands:

– Cancel all rents and mortgages for homeowners, small landlords, and small businesses, for the duration of the pandemic – no debt accumulation!

– No shutoffs of any utilities.

– Eminent domain over vacant buildings, homes, hotels, to house the homeless or people in precarious housing, such as victims of domestic violence.

– Give full access to housing, income-assistance to all undocumented and informal workers.

– Housing must be a human right, regardless of employment or citizenship status.

The government measures taken so far do not protect tenants for the long term. There is a “moratorium on evictions,” but what will happen when the COVID-19 crisis starts to fade out and we are months late on our rents? There is nothing protecting us from being evicted then. The one time $1200 emergency relief for working class and poor Americans is not enough – and millions of undocumented workers won’t receive any aid at all.

As the capitalist crisis worsens, millions are in danger of being displaced out of their homes. Even after the pandemic eases, workers will be forced to pay thousands of dollars in debt to their landlords making their already unstable housing situation even more precarious.

Host: PSL

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/22/18832578.php

8. Saturday, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Ride for Justice for Steven Taylor! – (Car Caravan Action)

24 Hour Fitness – San Leandro
304 Bay Fair Mall
San Leandro

(Exact meeting location TBA

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Steven Taylor was shot and killed unnecessarily by a San Leandro Police Department Officer. On this Saturday, April 25th – one week after his brutal murder – at 2:30pm, the Anti Police-Terror Project will convene a car caravan to demand justice for him and his family.

Up to 50% of the people killed by law enforcement are in the middle of a mental health crisis. Law enforcement agencies are not equipped to handle these calls, they don’t have adequate training and many of them don’t want the job. These result in unnecessary deaths, trauma and pain. And those that are killed disproportionately Black.

“We are past the time for a shift in how we respond to mental health crises,’ said James Burch of APTP. “That’s why APTP Sacramento launched MH First to create a community-lead response to mental health that responds with compassion and care, not a badge and a gun.”

For the last six years, APTP has been on the Bay Area frontlines in responding to state violence. In the time of COVID-19, organizers have had to shift strategies and tactics. To that end, we will do everything to keep people safe, using social distancing and keeping people in their cars.

We are asking folks to respect the following:

This will be a car caravan to avoid transmission of COVID-19 among participants and the public. We apologize to those who are denied access because of this, and we are looking for ways to make our actions more inclusive during this time.
– We ask everyone to bring masks. We ask folks who want to have their windows down to wear their masks.
– We ask everyone to only ride with folks with whom they are sheltering in place.
– We ask everyone to stay in their cars.
– We ask everyone to follow the lead of our identified security

Host: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/592418494955053/  or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/23/18832586.php

Sunday, April 26

9. Sunday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Tsuru for Solidarity Virtual Fold-In, Hosted by Berkeley JACL

Event over Zoom!

Email berkeleyjacl@gmail.com  or message us in order to get the link to join the meeting. Write “Tsuru” in the subject line

The cranes will be contributed to the Tsuru for Solidarity goal of gathering 125,000 cranes to take to a march in Washington DC in 2021 to protest the detention of migrant children and families in U.S. detention camps.

Host: Berkeley JACL & Tsuru for Solidarity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/238395044154736/?active_tab=about

EVENTS for NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, April 29

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

Register – free webinar:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/free-webinar-colonialism-contamination-mapping-us-military-injustices-on-the-chamorro-people-of-guam?clear_id=true&source=email-wbw-news-action-the-weapon-that-kills-the-most

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

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

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