Shahid Buttar – Episode 152

May 19, 2020 (counterpunch.org)

Link to audio: https://store.counterpunch.org/category/counterpunch-radio-podcasts/

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This time Eric welcomes progressive Democratic candidate for the US House of Representatives from California’s 12th district, Shahid Buttar, who is challenging Nancy Pelosi in November’s general election. Eric and Shahid discuss his background and formative political experiences, his time in Washington and as an activist, and his reasons for running. From there, the conversation explores the Pelosi era in SF politics: gentrification, segregation, Pelosification. What are the power blocs in Bay Area politics? Which sectors of capital does Pelosi represent? How will his campaign overcome these institutional obstacles?

The second half of the show assesses Bernie’s campaign, his impact on American political life, and the possibility (or impossibility) of taking over the Democratic Party. Finally, Eric and Shahid examine the critical question: what role is there for the Left in US politics?

We Love You Earth | Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion Filming at the April Rebellion and Amazon protests with the amazing people who came to stand strong, speak, sing, chant, create, dance and Rebel for Life was such an amazing experience. I was able to truly connect my values and filming skills. I felt I had captured some of the many special moments but wasn’t able to edit the footage alongside work and spending much of my mum’s last year looking after her. Fortunately/unfortunately my friend Stuart Dodd wasn’t well enough to help with the edit of another job so I asked him to start with finding the film in the footage. From his wonderful starting cut I was able to build a film that wouldn’t have otherwise come about. I hope it conveys what I feel is the driving force of the movement…that we love appreciate and want to work with our earth. WE LOVE YOU EARTH Film by Tania Hoser https://www.taniahoser.comhttps://primetime.network @taniahoser – @tania_vision Edited by Tania Hoser and Stuart Dodd https://www.facebook.com/inochipictures/ Help XR mobilise and donate here: https://rebellion.earth/donate/ Extinction Rebellion: https://rebellion.earth/ International: https://rebellion.global/ 1. #TellTheTruth 2. #ActNow 3. #BeyondPolitics World Map of Extinction Rebellion Groups: https://rebellion.global/branches/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/extinctionre… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/extinctionr…

Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain

May 23, 2020 (commondreams.org)

by Ralph Nader

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(Image: DonkeyHotey/cc)

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Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation? Since his first months in the White House, Trump has been the most impeachable, most lawless, most self-enriching, most bungling President in U.S. history. He relies entirely on lying and scapegoating to avoid taking responsibility for his failures. Trump didn’t even win the popular vote – the Electoral College selected him. President Trump has fomented chaos and corruption in his administration without encountering insistent demands for his resignation.

The supine Republican Senate shields Trump from any political accountability. Dominated by the evil “Moscow Mitch” McConnell, the Senate prevented Trump from being convicted under the impeachment clause of the Constitution. But Trump makes the case against himself – “I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” Trump makes good on that statement every day, making decisions with reckless abandon and doubling down, falsely accusing people of crimes, turning our government over to big businesses, and firing inspectors general investigating crime and corruption in Trump’s regime of corporatism, favoritism, and nepotism.

Trump exercises his pouting, unstable ego as the determinant of misgoverning on a deadly scale, as with his delaying, downplaying, over-riding science, and providing lethal advice regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. For which he boastfully gives himself a perfect ten.

Trump keeps flailing, failing, and using foul-mouthed rhetoric because about 43 percent of voters stick with him, no matter what.

Well – the parents of many Trump supporters did not stay with Richard Nixon in 1974. Public demands for “Tricky Dick” to leave office ultimately included much of his “base” including scores of Republicans in Congress, led by Mr. Conservative Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ). Why? Nixon had defied a Congressional subpoena and committed an obstruction of justice. Trump, on the other hand, has defied many Congressional subpoenas and engaged in over a dozen obstructions of justice, many of which are ongoing.

Why no demands for resignation? Have too many Americans lost their proper sense of honest public service and accountability? From 1974 to now, the American Bar Association (ABA) – supposedly a first responder against the destruction of rule of law and constitutional observance – has done nothing to challenge above-the-law presidential abuses. (In 2005-2006 the ABA displayed some courage and charged the Bush/Cheney administration with three sets of unconstitutional behavior.)

Many Trump voters seem to expect more of virtually every public figure who isn’t Trump! Ask Trump voters if they would support their local fire chief if he or she lied daily about the fire department’s readiness to fight fires? Would they support a fire chief who appoints firefighters with no experience? Would they support a police chief who accepts no responsibility for a street crime wave while disabling the force?

Would they support a CEO of a major hospital who promotes, against the advice of his/her medical scientists, chemicals and drugs that can take the lives of patients? Would they support a super predator bank CEO who gives sweet-heart deals to the rich at the direct expense of customers of modest means? Would they support a CEO of a big construction company, spouting anti-immigrant hate, while hiring hundreds of poorly paid undocumented foreign laborers taking jobs away from American workers? The answer is pretty clear.

These people in positions of power would have lost their jobs if they engaged in such reckless and unjust behavior. Corrupt Donald, on the other hand, has done all of these continually and remains an escapee from justice. In addition to these previously acknowledged failings, Trump has wrecked the federal health, safety, and economic protections including many life-saving controls on deadly pollution, dangerous business practices, and business theft of your earnings as consumers, workers, and savers.

In addition, here is a top betrayal: Trump promised his voters a big infrastructure repair and upgrade program in all communities – with good-paying jobs. He betrayed them, giving instead about 2 trillion dollars in tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, like the drug and banking industries and even his own family!

Trump voters need to ask themselves – what else does Trump have to do to our livelihood, health, safety, and dignity before you say – “no more!” If you want more details about Mr. Trump’s lying betrayals, read Fake President by Mark Green and me and judge Trump by his own contemptuous words and misdeeds.

Most puzzling are the many columnists – both Democratic and Republican – who week after week show how disastrously unworthy and unfit Trump is, yet never conclude with a demand for his resignation or further impeachment. Many in the opinion class may believe it would never happen.  My response is that judging the odds is not the primary responsibility of a columnist. Making the demand is telling readers that your critique is serious enough to warrant a necessary remedy.

Devastating critics like Dana Milbank, Republican Michael Gerson, Eugene Robinson, Margaret Sullivan, and conservative Max Boot of the Washington Post, or Charles Blow, Paul Krugman, David Brooks, Maureen Dowd and Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times have cogently taken Trump apart on very serious matters since 2017, yet they leave their readers without the obvious conclusion -Trump has to go.  A clear daily peril to innocent Americans “I’m in total control”, why not try bleach, etc. The country cannot wait until January 2021 – assuming dictatorial Donald and his determined GOP don’t criminally suppress enough votes to postpone Trump’s departure until January 2025.

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest books include: To the Ramparts: How Bush and Obama Paved the Way for the Trump Presidency, and Why It Isn’t Too Late to Reverse CourseHow the Rats Re-Formed the CongressBreaking Through Power: It’s easier than we think, and Animal Envy: A Fable

Joe Biden: “If You Support Trump You Ain’t Black” | Tim Black

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Voters React To Joe Biden You Ain’t Black Comments | Tim Black

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Watch How Joe Biden Gets Caught Lying To You With Body Language – Tara Reade Allegations

Derek Van Schaik Does body language and the evidence prove that Joe Biden is guilty of Tara Reade’s allegations? Find out next. First, this video is not politically partisan. We’ve all heard stories about how former Vice President Joe Biden gets a little too close to people. Many probably thought Joe’s probably just a little odd like that, since he wasn’t accused of much more. That was before Tara Reade came out with her story and accusations over the past view months. Tara Reade was a staffer to Joe Biden, when he was a U.S. Senator. Tara claims allegations against Joe Biden in the hallway around the U.S. Capitol Building in 1993. After mounting pressure to respond, Joe Biden finally agreed to directly address Tara Reade’s credible accusations on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Mika Brzezinski, so we’re going to breakdown Joe Biden’s body language, along with other evidence, to find out if he’s actually guilty of these serious accusations. Remember, although Joe Biden currently has the most delegates in the Democratic Primary, it’s not technically too late to swap him out for either a Bernie Sanders, Andrew Cuomo, someone else, or maybe it’s something the voters can look past, that’s up to Democratic Party and the voters. However, if these accusations are true where more evidence and more possibly come forward, some think the Dems will be handing the election over to the GOP and might as well put a Donald Trump MAGA hat on Joe Biden. Regardless of politics or anything else, the truth must be revealed. Give this video a thumbs up if you think Joe Biden lied. Give this video a thumbs down if you think Joe Biden was truthful Now in the comments: What do you think should happen to Joe Biden? Should he bow out of the Democratic Primary, should he go to jail, or maybe you think it shouldn’t matter because it happened 27 years ago. Let everyone know in the comments below. Remember to hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out on new body language and investigative videos that always seems to shake up YouTube, and I’ll see you at the top. #BodyLanguage#JoeBiden#TaraReade More Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGof… SHAKED Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/shaked Follow me and also send me your future video ideas via social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derekvanschaik Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/derekvanschaik Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derekvanschaik Website: https://www.derekvanschaik.com

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Friday, 5/22 – Monday, 5/25 (from Adrienne Fong)

Am not back posting on a regular basis.

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

      See Indybay for other events.

ARTICLES:

A. As hunger spreads under lockdown, Guatemalans and Salvadorans raise white flag  – May 21, 2020

https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN22X2GP?fbclid=IwAR2stz5_kD0o2wY41HNNNh45QBLVlc7fsL0uux6rbffPJBpJoAbUA0qnj48

B. Georgia Authorities Arrest 3rd Man In Ahmaud Arbery Killing  – May 21, 2020

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/21/860593300/georgia-authorities-arrest-third-man-in-ahmaud-arbery-killing

C. Palestinian leader Abbas announces end to agreements with Israel and US  – May 20, 2020

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestinian-leader-abbas-announces-end-agreements-israel-and-us?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=a6b71b36-2986-4a23-ac82-078b49f1edcf

D. Safe sleeping spaces — or cages?   May 20, 2020

E. Trump Administration Quietly Adds Foreign Arms Sale to List of “Essential Work”  – May 19, 2020

http://inthesetimes.com/article/22534/trump-essential-worker-raytheon-foreign-arms-drone?fbclid=IwAR16Q1RnV7xFMFNY7Uf_liROUw_fqXq4xskxk5v41rHJwQGd6AVU4VpfF-s

F. Elderly South Korean immigrant dies of apparent suicide in detention center – May 19, 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/19/elderly-south-korean-immigrant-dies-of-apparent-suicide-in-detention-center

G. Enough is Enough: Global Nuclear Weapons Spending 2020 – May 13, 2020

https://www.icanw.org/global_nuclear_weapons_spending_2020

  “Nine nuclear armed states spent roughly $73 billion on their nuclear arsenals last year! That’s $138,699 per minute! These numbers come from our latest investigation, published today: “Enough is Enough: 2019 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending.” This estimate includes costs to maintain current nuclear warheads and nuclear delivery systems and to develop and build new ones. “  

7 ACTIONS:

1. Urge Governor Newsom to extend the California Earned Income Tax Credit to undocumented workers!

  SIGN” https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/petitions/sign-the-petition-urge-governor-newsom-to-extend-the-california-earned-income-tax-credit-to-undocumented-workers?detail=actionLL?one_click_ab_redirect=true&ab_page_name=dkllpromigrant2020&ab_refcode=20200518Cal

2. DON’T TRUST PG&E

  SIGN: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/746/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=23923

3. Mayor de Blasio: Focus On Flattening The Curve, Not Arresting Black People For Existing In Public.

  SIGN: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/de-blasio-stop-targeting-black-coronavirus/?source=dm_r2_ahmaudlookalike_nongngrpahic_ads_fb&fbclid=IwAR0nEzUcSa0Lcnv4sk-P3WMzFbsSgKcdS6PFahyVanDM5tKSrHVLlTb6GM8

   35 of the 40 people who were arrested on social distancing violations in Brooklyn were black. 4 were Hispanic. And just 1 was white.

No one should be arrested or criminalized for “breaking” social distancing orders, or rather, existing outside while Black.”

4. Demand Money for Mothers & Other Caregivers in Every Stimulus Bill!

  SIGN: https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/demand-money-and-other-resources-for-unwaged-caregivers-our-families-communities

   Petition from Global Women’s /Bay Area

5. Show Your Support For USPS Workers

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/show-your-support-for-usps-workers/?source=moveon

6. We demand a 5-year ban on Saudi and Emirati arms sales!

https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/5-year-ban-saudi-and-emirati-arms-sales?source=em20200521&t=6&referring_akid=6265.294094.vOI1uM

7. Tell OSHA to mandate safety standards in meat packing plants

  SIGN: https://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/actions/6022/tell-osha-to-issue-emergency-safety-standards-to-protect-meatpacking-workers-and-our-food-supply-duplicate?emci=5b6315fc-6a9b-ea11-86e9-00155d03b5dd&emdi=95802502-6b9b-ea11-86e9-00155d03b5dd&ceid=574402

EVENTS

Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25

Friday, May 22  

1. Friday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, ActionnowforMLK Social Distance Rally and Virtual Day of Action

839 W. MacArthur Blvd
Emeryville

Who: 37MLK, a project of unhoused and housed neighbors together! Learn about us and hear our voices at www.37MLK.com

What: A socially distanced rally and virtual day of action for our future!

Why: WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES after our curbside community became uninhabitable due to COVID-19. We are calling on the city and county to GET US INDOORS NOW.

Needs:

1) Banners, signs, art, agit-prop with the messaging that the city needs to take #actionnowforMLK. Even if you can’t make the rally, we want your art for us to use!
2) Please save the date/time, take off work if you can, so you can be prepared to CALL YOUR REPS CONTINUOUSLY ALL FRIDAY!
3) Financial support to keep us housed can be Venmoed to ars_hoetica, or earmarked for 37MLK at the fundraiser site for loveandjusticeinthestreets.com
4) WE NEED NUMBERS! Can you tell FIVE FRIENDS A DAY FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS to contact us about getting involved with our day of action? You can do so by texting 37MLK to 31996 or emailing us at lustralsonnet@gmail.com Can you get your church/mosque/synagogue/mutual aid groups etc involved? This is a fight for survival!
5) Folks able to engage in socially-distanced video documentation of our press conference! Folks able to get media to show up for our speak out!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/556993121628640/

2. Friday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, We Take Care Of Us Webinar 3: Healing Justice

Register today! bit.ly/wetakecareofus3

the 3rd webinar in our series #WeTakeCareofUs: Community Crisis Response! This week we focus on Healing Justice: a framework for responding to intergenerational trauma and violence in order to transform our communities and movements while building power and resilience. We are honored to host Guadalupe Chavez from our very own Justice Teams Network, and her comrade, Melanie Griffin, who have led Healing Justice trainings throughout California. As Director and Deputy Director of Health and Wellness at Dignity and Power Now, together they have spent the past five years using Healing Justice as a strategy to organize, heal, and uplift families directly impacted by state violence. Moderated by JTN Executive Director, Cat Brooks.

*About our panelists*

Melanie Griffin is an L.A.-based, Black, queer, chronically-ill artist and herbalist, who was born in Georgia. She is deeply invested in collective healing and creative paths that center Black and Brown people. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of Health and Wellness at Dignity and Power Now.

Guadalupe Chavez is a queer abolitionist healer and healing justice practitioner. Both in her role as director of health and wellness at Dignity and Power Now and in her private healing practice, she is dedicated to the liberation and wellness of communities impacted by state violence.

Our nine-week series will lift up alternative responses to mental health crisis, intercommunal violence, substance abuse, and intimate partner violence. These approaches center healing and transformative justice and prove that we don’t need cops when we have community. #WeTakeCareOfUs

Hosts: Justice Teams Network, Dignity and Power Now, AP-TP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/570260647230734/

3. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, CCSF Artists Unite to Save Ft. Mason Campus & Oppose Balboa Reservoir Privatization

Balboa Reservoir parking area

Between the MUB building @ 50 Phelan Ave & Archbishop Riordan High School – 175 Phelan Ave
SF

Life Model Art Rally – Awareness Raising for CCSF Arts Program at Ft. Mason
Artists, students, and the SF Older Adults art community are desperately working to stop the closure of the CCSF Campus at Fort Mason, the former army barracks turned art center that has been a City College Arts campus since the 90’s. They will hold an Awareness Raising Drawing Session with life models at the Balboa Reservoir parking area. They are demonstrating in support of keeping the well equipped art campus open, rather than making a hasty, ill-informed decision to close it, during this chaotic time of the pandemic. They will be joined by the opponents of the Balboa Reservoir Plan.

City College Interim Chancellor Dianna Gonzales and the Board of Trustees called for a vote to extend the lease for 3 months at the last Board of Trustees “Special Meeting,” May 5, 2020. Several of the trustees said they needed more information and more community input and were successful in delaying the vote until the May 28th meeting.

This will be a safe art session, following pandemic regulations of keeping distances and wearing masks.

Host: HEAT

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/21/18833158.php

4. Friday, 5:00pm (PT), Friday Night Forums: China & US Relations

Register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IURGag6HQ86TA4bojz5o6w?fbclid=IwAR2NlvUmezqbN7hsOYDzM0CSQYjMKwG99-G6fGBzIMA-E0pbrPoqkRjmUcs

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.

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

Saturday, May 23

5. Saturday, 2:00pm (PT); 5:00pm (ET), Revolutionary Health Care: The Path Forward

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9-SHoYEzQ2qT3SUuv57V7g

We will examine the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of progressive and revolutionary Healthcare Workers and community organizers. We want not just to update people on what is going on, which we already know and complain about, but to formulate the path forward to a socialist healthcare system which we desperately need.

Speakers:

Sofia Sepulveda, Co-lead organizer for the Medicare for all March in San Antonio

Mateos Chekol, Labor representative for National Nurses United in El Paso, Texas

Brian Shea, Disability rights organizer, Workers World Party, Boston branch

Dr. Padma Balasubramanian, Endocrinologist working with patients with diabetes

Taegan Stross, Medical Technician, member of Central Texas branch of Workers World Party

mYia X, WWP member, Revolutionary Student, Cultural Archivist, Warrior Poet, Marxist, Comrade & Ally

Njera Keith, Diaspora oriented, Black organizer

6. Saturday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm (PT); 9:00pm – 10:00pm (ET), Poetry and Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, GA by two white men in a case of racial profiling and racist violence. We honor the memory of Ahmaud Arbery with poetry in resistance to the violence of white supremacy on communities of color. This event will be on ZOOM. Zoom code to be provided prior to the event. 9pm (6pm Pacific) to 10pm (7pm Pacific)

Hosts: Tony Robles & Crystal Cauley

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1359287267597965/

Sunday, May 24

7. Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Resisting Drilling & Refinery Decommissioning with Greg Karras

RSVP for online zoom link: action@sunflower-alliance.org

on-line for an update on the current fight against proposed oil well drilling in Brentwood, Contra Costa County, and a discussion with refinery expert Greg Karras, author of a forthcoming and critically important paper on phasing out oil refining in California.

The refinery decommissioning report shows with detailed data that we must start now to phase out production from California’s oil refineries in order to meet California’s climate goals. And it demonstrates that the longer we wait, the more disruptive the change will be for workers and communities. That means all of us.

We’ll brainstorm about how to publicize and distribute this important document.

Host: Sunflower Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/534824893857177/

8. Sunday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, #Shutdown850: People’s Assessment of the Ordinance 

Register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8op9ceoojOxBq6fcrT1TN2Q0Iwbt41PNW5kqdOXQhEILT7A/viewform

 This is the first workshop of the Aboliton in Action series and will be on Sunday May 24th from 3-4:30pm. Please register by Friday May 22.

San Francisco just passed a law to permanently close the jail at 850 Bryant by November 1, 2020. This is a huge victory and a groundbreaking stance against incarceration. But even a 10-1 vote and resounding support from community doesn’t mean that the #ShutDown850 campaign is complete. There are still over 100 people inside County Jail 4 today, and we won’t stop until the day they’re free.        

        

In this session, we will be presenting the overview of the law, how it prevents new jails, and what’s left before the decrepit CJ4 cells are emptied once and for all! Join us to have a discussion about how we ensure this new legislation results in material freedom for those currently locked in SF jails.

More about the Abolition in Action Series:

Abolition in Action is No New SF Jails’ monthly series of workshops, designed to help build and strengthen an abolitionist movement against jailing and criminalization in San Francisco. Each month, our sessions focus on different topics key to building a jail-free city!
 

What topics do we have planned? 

·       May: People’s Assessment of the #ShutDown850 Ordinance 

·       June: Re-entry Support & Resources for folks recently released from SF jails

·       July: People’s Budget for sustainable, healthy, equitable SF

·       August: How to Interrupt Interpersonal harm & domestic violence resources

·       September-December: different healing and community accountability topics

  Host: No New Jails  

9. Sunday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Book Release: Po Peoples Survival Guide thru Covid19 & Virus of Poverty

Join Zoom Meeting
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Virtual Book Release Reading/Prayer Celebration ( Cuz its hella HARD for us Poverty Skolaz to Finish Ish- especially right NOW)

Launched with prayer, this powerFULL collection of poetry, art, dreams, news and stories from artists, cultural workers, poverty skolaz and healers like Cheri Honkala, Kevin Powell, Joey Villarreall, Chicueyi Coatl, Leroy Moore, Lisa Tiny Gray-Garcia, Dee Allen Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Klee Benally Tanya Denise Fields, Muteado Silencio, Juju Angeles, Keith McHenry, Ayodele wordslanger ,cat brooks , rebecxa Ruiz , youth poverty skolaz from Deecolonize Academy , Original cover art by a youth poverty skola Celia Espinosa , amazing designers A.S. Ikeda, Westyn, Celia and so much more, it is also is an Amazing collection of resources – for poor and houseless folks & everyone in this moment of herstory and beyond.

n the tradition of POOR Press/Prensa POBRE-Book will be available in both colonizers languages (English & Spanish) and we are asking people to pay for a copy if you can because we are offerring the book for free or no cost to anyone who wants a copy – as well we will be releasing an online kindle version and a pdf for anyone who cant afford or access kindle but wants an online version. We are currently tryin to raise $1000 to print out hundreds of copies for free distribution with POOR MAgazine’s Radical redistribution teams that go all over the bay and serve food, masks, sanitary supplies and beyond. As well as give multiple copies to other radical redistributor partners

Host: POOR Magazine + 5 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/168662344588415/

Monday, May 25

10. Monday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Memorial Day Peace Caravan

Register: HERE.

Schedule:

Noon – 1pm: Meet Up & Decorate Cars:    HERE.

Peace Lutheran Church, 205 Tennessee Valley Rd., off of Hwy. 1, near Hwy 101.  

Gather in parking lot. Short pre-caravan informal Press Conference, with social distancing, while cars are being decorated.  Bring signs and lots of pink and other colorful decorations, strips of colorful fabric to attach to cars & fly in the breeze, artificial or real flowers, etc.

Extra signs will be provided;  Bring extras if you can.

Signs/banners can be placed in windows from inside, or in a secure way on outside.

1:00 PM – Car-avan Procession – across Golden Gate Bridge through streets of San Francisco, through the Presidio, past the military cemetery in the Presidio, eventually leading to Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco residence.  (Map to be provided at Meet Up location)

2:00 PM – Formal Press Conference, Rally and Memorial for the Dead:   HERE.

2460 Lyon St. (& Vallejo). In the public courtyard in front of Senator Feinstein’s home.  A mournful remembrance will take place to honor all the victims of nearly 2 decades of perpetual U.S. war on the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere.  Please bring small signs and other items that can be placed at the memorial altar in front of Feinstein’s home, to memorialize all the victims of these futile and devastating wars, including the innumerable U.S. soldiers that have been killed and permanently maimed, as well as the millions of uncounted civilians killed and injured. 

We will also read aloud a formal letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi that will be signed and later delivered to their offices.

-If you represent another organization that wants to participate, please reach out to help with the planning and preparations.

-Can’t participate, but want to help make visuals, signs, decorations to help make our caravan cars more colorful and dynamic, or to contribute item for the memorial day altar….  YES:  We need your help!  

Sponsor: Codepink

Info: Toby ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net,  510-215-5974  or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/21/18833163.php

Nancy Pelosi’s Congressional Challenger Has NO DOUBT He Can Beat the Speaker of the House

Nomiki Konst Independent media relies on your support. Can you help us build our show and home studio and pay our producer by investing on Patreon as a Patron? http://www.patreon.com/thenomikishow Shahid Buttar (https://twitter.com/ShahidForChange), Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic Socialist congressional challenger, is very confident that he can beat the speaker of the house in her district, San Francisco’s CA-12. He talks to Nomiki about challenging power structures, giving constituents the policy platform that they actually want, and the responsibility of lawmakers to ensure a better future for children. *New Show Format!! Join us the following days: Mondays 3pm ET: Weekly *main show* premieres Tuesdays 8pm ET: Nomi’s Livestream Analysis Thursdays 8pm ET: Nomi’s Livestream Superchat (Join!) Follow Nomiki on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NomikiKonst The Nomiki Show on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheNomikiShow Image Credit: Gage Skidmore; Wikimedia Commons. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageski… Image color has been altered. Music Credits: Ohayo by Smith The Mister https://smiththemister.bandcamp.com Smith The Mister https://bit.ly/Smith-The-Mister-YT Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/_ohayo Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/bzCw4RyFqHo Mi-Lo by Smith The Mister https://smiththemister.bandcamp.com Smith The Mister https://bit.ly/Smith-The-Mister-YT Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/mi-lo Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/–4tHbTT97g

Mike Zint, Occupier, RIP

February 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm. (OccupyOakland.org)

Posted by GNUWorldOrder

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Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 15:52:19 -0800

At approx. 11:40 AM Mike was taken off the respirator. At approx 12:35 he took his last breath. A small handful, his sister Pamela, Sarah Menefee, Stacey Hill, Marcia Poole and I were with him through the entire process. James Cartmill & Michele Lot arrived about 15 minutes after he was taken off support and stayed with the rest of us to help him transition. He is soaring now with his fallen comrades. He is survived by his kids, the lizards, who will be well taken care of. Soon we gather for a big party in his honor.

Barbara Brust

He could breathe no more.
A classy homeless hero.
Mike Zint died Friday.

SF Occupy.
The Federal Reserve camp.
Then across the Bay.

Months outside Staples.
Fighting privatization.
Saving union jobs.

The Postal Service
and its New Deal properties
In peril, he came.

Downtown Berkeley.
Seventeen months he remained.
On Post Office grounds.

The Postal Police.
Evicted. Garden fenced.
He got last laugh though.

We rezoned PO.
Still today remains unbought.
Judge Alsup affirmed.

Homeless not Helpless.
First They Came for the Homeless.
House Keys not Handcuffs.

Liberty City.
Challenging City Council.
They failed us all.

A Poor Tour conceived.
Chased by Berkeley’s finest.
Exposing the Hub.

Round and around town.
Cold. Wet. Raided. Stolen from.
Still, they persisted.

No Man’s Land. HERE/THERE.
An intentional village.
Zint’s wish reality.

UN Rapporteur.
Housing is a Human Right.
US not so much.

Finally housing.
A flat in deep East Oakland.
Four walls. A slumlord.

Homeless not heartless.
Rest in peace wounded comrade.
A home in the sky.

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DIZZY, JESUS AND GROUP DYNAMICS

Dizzy Gillespie

By Mike Zonta, H.W., M. (BathtubBulletin.com)

In the YouTube video “War on Sensemaking 3, the Infinite Game: Jamie Wheal” (posted on the Bathtub Bulletin), Mr. Wheal says the spirit of the “infinite game” is self-policing, that might doesn’t make right and that “healthy shame” is an undervalued asset. That we can see each as we could be, as we should be, and that we can go back and mend our trauma.

He talks of Dizzy Gillespie and his band. “He was a genius musician and he was utterly ruthless about who could hang with his band,” Wheal says of Gillespie. “If you couldn’t swing, if you couldn’t hit the chord changes, if you couldn’t play at that level, you would be swapped for someone else who could.”

So very exclusive.

Jesus said, whenever two or more of you are gathered in my name [in my nature], there I am also. So Jesus was exclusive in his way as well. If you weren’t gathering in his nature, then you self-excluded yourself from Jesus’s band.

In The Prosperos, we teach something called Group Dynamics. It is an effort to allow people to function from their highest Self in the context of a group discussion. Too often, however, members of a group (whether it’s the Sunday Night Translation Group or The Prosperos as a whole, or Occupy, or the Berniecrats, or you and your significant other) look upon group activity as a chance to finally unload on a captive audience and get the attention and love which you were denied as a child.

At that point you are self-excluding yourself from Dizzy’s and Jesus’s band. The opportunity, however, is always there to think with the group and not about it.

We can’t exclude those who are not ready, willing or able to really practice group dynamics, to be a member of Dizzy’s or Jesus’s band. We can only provide them with the encouragement to mend their trauma and then provide them with the on-going opportunity to gather together in Dizzy’s or Jesus’s name. Gandhi said (as paraphrased by Marianne Williams): “Self-purification must precede political activism.“

In another YouTube video (“Making Sense of Sensemaking: Daniel Schmachtenberger, Jamie Wheal, Jordan Hall”) Wheal speaks of a Quaker gathering where people only speak when they are spoken through.

Now that would be group meeting worthy of Dizzy Gillespie or Jesus Christ.