HOW TO OVERCOME RACISM

 By Rabbi Michael Lerner | June 10, 2020 (tikkun.org)
Protest for Justice, March for Peace

Dan Gaken

Protest for Justice, March for Peace

Many Americans have begun to understand that overcoming racism requires a transformation of the systems and teachings and structures of our society. Yet few have been willing to articulate exactly what changes are needed. Building on the platform of Black Lives matter, we at Tikkun, our movement for a society based on love and justice (see the book Revolutionary Love: a Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World), and our interfaith and secular humanist welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives, put forward the program below as a starting point for discussion about what it would mean to change our societal arrangements to support the dismantling of racism in the 21st century. If after reading this article below you want to engage in a discussion of it, join our zoom based Torah study this coming Saturday morning where we will discuss these issues as part of the analysis of the assault on Moses for having a Black wife (or lover)–info for that at beyttikkun.org

Our anti-racist program includes creating an educational system and transforming media and the legal system so that undermining racist ideas and practices becomes one of their central goals. We will provide material support and champion those institutions and social practices that are most successful at fostering respect and caring for previous targets of racism. And we will foster education and public policies that help people understand why racism is counter to their interests and why solidarity with Black and Brown peoples and other groups that have been systematically excluded, marginalized, and targets of violence actually serves their interests and values.

If we want a loving and caring society that truly values the lives of Black and Brown peoples, and all people of color, we need to recognize and come to terms with how our country was founded and the impact of the past policies on the present. We also need to acknowledge and transform present day policies and practices that are discriminatory. The issues addressed in our Path to a World of Love and Justice are all relevant to the issues of institutional and individual racism in our society. Without a fundamental challenge to the economic and political practices of capitalist society there will always be some groups left out or left far behind, and those people will be encouraged by the most wealthy and powerful to find a scapegoat in some “other,” so it is unlikely that racism can be eliminated without this larger transformation. But, on their own, the policies we’ve suggested in the other parts of our program and even the emergence of a powerful transformative movement aimed at the goals of the New Bottom Line are inadequate to address the harm and trauma with which Black and Brown peoples live.

Even while celebrating those who have taken to the streets to protest racism, we are simultaneously witnessing at this time in history a continuation of the pervasive fear of black bodies and a denial that black lives matter; this is coupled with a rise of white terrorist and hate groups that no political party challenges, increasingly brutal and often racist police forces influenced by right-wing extremist worldviews, and the impotence of the news media and police to unveil the existence of underground hate groups that are becoming more visible and vocal. Today, blatant racism and violence, particularly against African Americans, Native Americans and Latin Americans, are manifesting in the form of extrajudicial police violence and killings, a school-to-prison pipeline that has resulted in more African American people in jails than were enslaved in the past in our country, the dumping of toxic waste and chemicals in communities where Black, Brown and low-income and poor white people live, unequal educational opportunities beginning before children even start kindergarten, and so much more.

Manifest destiny and American exceptionalism justified the genocide of Native Americans and deadens protest against present racist policies that keep Native Americans on reservations. These principles still inform and drive domestic and foreign U.S. policy resulting in oppression and violence at home and abroad. America’s ruling elite continues to use war to expand territory, to gain access to resources, and to increase its power. The military industrial complex leads to profits for private industry at the expense of the safety and welfare of Black and Brown communities at home and abroad.

Racism, however, is not only a structural problem built into the economic, political, and cultural heritage of our societal institutions, but also a psychological issue. It becomes particularly prominent when large numbers of people are alienated and in pain because they feel “dissed” by the society in which they live. They experience this pain because they buy into the ideology of the competitive marketplace with its insistence that we live in a meritocracy in which we “create our own reality” and hence we have no one to blame for the pain in our lives but ourselves. The resulting painful self-blaming is often dealt with through alcoholism, drug abuse, or other forms of addiction, but the pain remains.

In response to that pain, reactionary movements or leaders come forward and tell people that the reason for their pain is because of some “Other” (primarily African Americans or Latino/a, but also refugees of every sort, Muslims, LGBTQ people, feminists, Jews, or even all liberals or progressives). As Tikkun editor-at-large Peter Gabel puts it, racism and other forms of “othering” allow people to develop a “false self” in which they imagine themselves as worthy and powerful through seeing themselves as members of an idealized “white race” that provides them with a substitute sense of worth and value covering over their inner emptiness and sense of valuelessness. Yet because this sense of collective value is what Gabel calls “false” or imaginary, many people feel constantly under attack from an imaginary demonized “other” which in the historic context of the U.S. is African-American people, Latin, Muslims, Jews, or immigrants or refugees who they imagine are “taking over” and trying to recreate the experience of humiliation that already gives many white people deep pain and has led to the highest rate of suicides among middle aged white men. To undo this dynamic will take fundamental transformations in the way we organize our society so that people no longer feel humiliated. To move in this direction, we will need millions of people to be trained in empathic communication so they can help others dismantle their inner self-blaming, recognize that their alienation is caused by the values and daily operations of the competitive marketplace, and mobilize people to change that economic system. The Network of Spiritual Progressives offers such a training in what we call “prophetic empathy” on zoom (info and signing up to get information about the next training at spiritualprogressives.org/training).

Institutional racism is maintained also by the largely unconscious assumption of white supremacy that is internalized by many white people in white dominant societies around the world, though particularly in the U.S.. Overcoming the racism embedded in U.S. educational, legal and other systems requires white people to actively commit to becoming aware of the white supremacy that permeates their lives, exposing it, understanding how it diminishes the humanity of white people, and seeking to undo it.

We believe that the system of racism, sold to whites as “privilege,” actually hurts white people, divides them from people of color who are badly needed as allies to overcome poverty, homelessness, unfair distribution of wealth, and also demeans their own humanity and creates fear and distrust throughout their lives. No—this “privilege” of whites is actually a curse. We must not participate in a general demeaning of white people in this society or ignore the ways in which their lives have been negatively impacted by living in a society that uses racism to pit groups against one another. We refuse to perpetuate divisions based on race, class, gender, or ethnicity. We recognize that unity amongst all peoples, badly needed to overcome the variety of oppressions and distortions of living in a society based on selfishness and greed, cannot be fully achieved without dismantling racism. The vision of “a caring society” put forth in Rabbi Lerner’s book Revolutionary Love, would lift up all peoples. That requires not only a change in consciousness, but also a fundamental transformation of our economic and political systems. Keith Ellison, Attorney General of the State of Minnesota, who indicted the 4 policemen in Minneapolis who murdered George Floud, indorsed Rabbi Lerner’s book this way: “The caring society is the only realistic path for humanity to survive, and in Revolutionary Love Rabbi Lerner lays out a powerful and compassionate plan for building that caring society. I love this book. Please read it and join with others to build the movement that can enable these ideas to reshape our society that so badly needs this vision.” (To read the endorsements by Gloria Steinem, Cornel West, Medea Benjamin, Ariel Dorfman, Riane Eisler, Henry Giroux, and others, go to tikkun.org/lj).

Yet the transformation needed cannot be achieved by attempting to recreate socialist forms that speak to economic equality but miss the deeper transformations in how we relate to each other, to the Earth, and to our own inner development as loving and caring human beings. To address these systemic problems, we believe we need a New Bottom Line so that all our institutions are determined “successful” or “productive” or “rational” based on whether they prioritize the well-being and needs of the people who live in our country and the world and the planet itself, rather than whether they maximize money and power. And, in addition, we need to engage in specific activities and adopt particular policies that address the problems that constitute or unconsciously perpetuate racism.

AMONG THE STEPS A LOVING AND CARING SOCIETY WILL TAKE:
  • Reparations for slavery and the past destruction of Native American populations.
  • A guaranteed income for every adult in this society sufficient to pay for healthy food, housing in healthy living conditions, clothing, energy bills and transportation, and a “living wage” for all working people.
  • Global and Domestic Marshall Plan that re-directs monies from our Gross Domestic Product to communities that have suffered from unfair distribution of resources and wages, including white, black and brown working class people in the U.S. and around the world, and also “undocumented” workers and all migrant laborers who work in our fields, hotels, etc. who have then been deported to their native lands, separating and devastating families.
  • Equal funding for all public and private childcare centers, preschools and schools no matter where they are located in the U.S. or the income level of the families that are served by those schools. If wealthier parents are allowed to provide better schooling, better paid teachers, more options for study and for individualized attention at the schools which their children attend, their children will inevitably have greater resources than those who have gone to less funded schools. If parents know that the schools serving the poorest communities set the standards for what their own children will be offered in public and private schools, they will have a stronger incentive to make sure that all schools have these same benefits that are now primarily available to school districts with higher incomes and private schools partially financed by wealthy parents.
  • Higher level salaries for teachers who teach in communities with lower average incomes than the wealthier communities to ensure that all schools have highly qualified teachers.
  • Required courses at every level from 4th grade through college that explain to students the legacy of slavery, discrimination, classism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and their ongoing impact on the lives of all of us today. Such courses will teach techniques to address racism, empathic communication, and insights that help in overcoming racism.
  • Media must dedicate at least one quarter of their prime time viewing to shows that aim to creatively challenging racist practices, prejudice and biases.
  • Create a truth and reconciliation commission to generate a highly visible public tribunal to put our country on a path toward truly facing and healing the legacy of slavery and the treatment and slaughter of Native Americans, and the ongoing discrimination we see today.
  • To help ensure that schools become learning environments for all children rather than school-to-prison pipelines for some, we support the adoption of restorative justice as a primary form of response to wrongdoing in schools and in the criminal justice system as a whole.
  • Funding for jobs, education, and housing for people being released from prison.
  • In recognition that many police departments have unequal policing that results in the loss of liberty and life for black and brown peoples all over this country, every community that has a police force which has faced significant numbers of complaints about systematic abuse or profiling of African Americans or other minority groups must establish a publicly-elected police review commission that has the power to fire both individual police and replace the leadership of that police force, and the ability to impose heavy civil fines or criminally indict police and police leadership for violating the civil rights of people within their jurisdiction.
  • Mandatory training for police officers in anti-racism, bias and prejudice and comprehensive screening and vetting of applicants to help ensure that police officers are not racist. Mandatory training in de-escalation and nonviolent responses when conducting stops and arrests.
  • Any surveillance equipment that police departments request must be reviewed by a civilian board that includes members of the communities that are and will be impacted. If body cameras are used, any tapes from those cameras must be made available to family and community members when an officer’s actions are in question.
  • A wholesale rethinking of policing including demilitarizing of police forces, reducing and eventually eliminating higher levels of surveillance, and creating more transparency, accountability and transformative and restorative policing and justice models.
  • Full access, guarantees and protections of the right to vote for all peoples through universal voting registration, automatic voting registration, pre-registration for 16-year-olds, same-day voter registration, voting day holidays, enfranchisement of formerly and currently incarcerated people, local and state resident voting for all undocumented people, and a ban on any disenfranchisement laws. Criminalization of all attempts by government or private organizations which seek to prevent people from voting, or from voting by mail, or by not providing adequate voting places for people of color or poor people, or undermining voting by mail, or who come up with other ways to prevent voting by people of color or other disenfranchised populations.
  • In recognition that poor and disempowered communities often bear the brunt of environmental devastation and destruction, we promote the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that, among other things, mandates that all corporations with incomes of greater than $50 million a year have to prove, once every five years, a satisfactory history of environmental and social justice to a jury of ordinary citizens who can hear testimony from people throughout the world who are impacted by that corporations practices.
  • These are places to start. We must also encourage public celebrations of communal solidarity and caring for others not yet fully part of our communites. Through music, dance, art, rituals, and other paths that speak to the heart, we shall create a new ethos of caring across all racial, gender, religious, and national lines and unite the human race to take on our most serious challenge: repairing the environment from two hundred years of abuse.

ABOUT RABBI MICHAEL LERNER

Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner holds a Ph.D. in philosophy (1972) and a second Ph.D. in psychology (1977), is editor of Tikkun www.tikkun.org, executive director of the Institute for Labor and Mental Health, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls in Berkeley, chair of the international Network of Spiritual Progressives, and author of 12 books, most recently Revolutionary Love published by the University of California Press (more info about this book at www.tikkun.org/lj). Lerner was recently described by Professor Cornel West of Harvard U. as “one of the most significant prophetic public intellectuals and spiritual leaders of our generation” and Keith Ellison, Attorney General of the State of Minnesota, says: “The caring society is the only realistic path for humanity to survive, and in Revolutionary Love Rabbi Lerner lays out a powerful and compassionate plan for building that caring society.” Talking about his book Revolutionary Love, Gloria Steinem, a founding editor of Ms. Magazine, says “Michael Lerner takes the universal qualities wrongly diminished as ‘feminine’—caring, kindness, empathy, love—and dares to make them guides to a new kind of politics that can challenge the cruelty, competition, and dominance wrongly elevated as ‘masculine.’ Revolutionary Love opens our minds and hearts to a fully human way of living and governing.”

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events, Tuesday, June 30 – Friday July 3 (from Adrienne Fong)

For events please include Accessibility and ASL info

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For broader participation  in your actions –  post them on Indybay even if event is digital: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

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Thank you to everyone for your activism and commitment for a better world.

ARTICLES

A. San Francisco has beaten its police union in every venue. Why does the city still defer to it? – June 29, 2020

B. Cops in Riot Gear Stormed a Violin Vigil for Elijah McClain – June 29, 2020

https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/protesters-say-aurora-pd-used-force-at-elijah-mcclain-vigil.html

  See Action # 4

C. The Escalating Crisis Over Iran’s Nuclear Inspections – June 29, 2020

D. 51 Years After Stonewall, New York Police Attack Queer Marchers  – June 29, 2020

https://www.out.com/activism/2020/6/29/51-years-after-stonewall-new-york-police-attack-queer-marchers

E. UN Reporting on Torture of Assange Banned from Corporate Media – June 26, 2020

  See event # 13

F. Iconic SF building part-owned by Trump is looking for a new owner – June 24, 2020

https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Iconic-SF-building-part-owned-by-Trump-for-sale-15363101.php

G. Trump administration takes Keystone dispute to Supreme Court  – June 16, 2020

https://apnews.com/32019063e65d2606f167b3ef3422418a

ACTIONS

1. Demand Congress prohibit funds for nuclear testing!

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-demand-congress-prohibit-funds-for-nuclear-testing?source=20200610SWstopnuclear_FE&referrer=group-friends-of-the-earth-action&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure.actblue.com%2Fdonate%2Fe_s20_june_intersectional-congressprohibitnukes_redirect_c4%3Frecurring%3D1

2. Remedies Urgently Needed for Cholera in Haiti in the Face of COVID-19

  SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-remedies-for-cholera-in-haiti-in-the-age-of-covid-19?recruiter=1019895&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&recruited_by_id=2f957550-c86b-012f-f0ed-40406f61fb41&utm_content=fht-22440290-en-us%3Av12

3. Petition to U.S. Mayors: Defund the police, invest in communities

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-the-petition-to-us-mayors-defund-the-police-invest-in-communities?source=2020DefundPolice_DFP&referrer=group-dataforprogress&redirect=https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dfp-cops&link_id=0&refcodeEmailReferrer=email_845614&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_845614&email_subject=there-are-alternatives-to-police

4. Justice for Elijah McClain

  SIGN: https://action.momsrising.org/sign/Justice-for-Elijah-McClain/?t=3&referring_akid=13962.8086.wL8N4A

5. Stop the Execution of Billy Wardlow in Texas

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-execution-of-billy-wardlow-in-texas?clear_id=true

    Execution date is July 8th.

List of other Bay Area Protests & Rallies

Schedule of 27th Annual LaborFest Events

 July 1 – July 31

EVENTS

Tuesday, June 30 – Friday, July 3

Tuesday, June 30

1. Tuesday, 9:15am – 11:15am, Commit to Equity: San Francisco Car Rally

Meet at:

840 Brannan St
SF

People are hitting the streets to rise up against racism and injustice. Californians are suffering under the weight of this pandemic. Millions of us have lost our jobs. Thousands have died.

We are calling on leaders to choose investments in families, seniors, students, and immigrants rather than give billionaires and corporations a free pass. We demand California Legislators DISMANTLE THE SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY oppressing Black and Brown people, and FUND INVESTMENTS TO LIFT UP OUR COMMUNITIES.

To join our caravan, meetup at 840 Brannan Street for our procession.

Host: Commit to Equity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/788696901667633/

2. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, BAHBL, Join Us! Solidarity Rally and March for Black Lives

Meet at:

McKinley Statue
277 Baker St. (Panhandle GG Park)
SF

To Alamo Square Park

We are Bay Area Hospitality for Black Lives (BAHBL), a coalition that calls for the hospitality industry to actively practice anti-racism. BAHBL is committed to addressing and combatting the racial disparities that are perpetuated daily in our country, our community, and our workplaces.

We will begin with a short opening program that highlights the changes we believe are necessary in our industry and will continue with a march through the Western Addition neighborhood in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/25/18834602.php

3. Tuesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Tenants Rights Training / Derechos de los inquilinos

Registration:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ldO2qrTIoHtIx36rSgadTEcCrsnOojYp0

A training tailored to union and worker center members and staff. Topics include: changes in rent and eviction protections during COVID-19, tenants’ rights 101, organizing a tenant association, supporting other members, students, families, and clients with their housing issues.

Host: Jobs with Justice

4. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Abolition in Action: Getting Out & Getting Free

Register for Zoom link: https://forms.gle/G3DWtLs7N82rEjRL6
Accessibility info: There will be live captioning. ASL interpretation and Spanish language interpretation is to be confirmed.

The video will be posted online afterwards.

Panel includes Carde Taylor from Young Women’s Freedom Center, Andrea Salinas from Citywide SF and No New SF Jails, Jose Bernal from SF Reentry Council & Ella Baker Center, a speaker from Hospitality House and more.

How do we support our loved ones and community members coming home from SF jails? What is this transition like? What supports already exist and how can they be strengthened?

Being released from jail can be one of the most exciting, breath-taking experiences of your life. It can also be completely terrifying, almost paralyzing. Coming out of a cage and navigating the “outside” world again, no matter how long you’ve been inside, how many times you’ve been in and out or what kind of a home you’re coming out to, is incredibly hard. It takes a strong community having your back and being there for you no matter what to really be able to transition and adjust to living outside of a cage again.

While there are many supports and services throughout San Francisco, there are still so many cracks to SF’s systems and reentry process. In order to build a self-determined, healthy, equitable and sustainable San Francisco that is free from jails and the violence of policing, we need to address and transform these cracks. We need to ensure that every person freed from county jail can connect with a community that helps people not only stay alive but thrive, providing opportunities for healing, positive transformation and self-determination.

Since January, hundreds of people have been released from SF county jails, all in grave need of support, especially navigating a COVID-crisis-SF. Severely criminalized and surveilled, people coming out of jails are of the many groups most targeted by policing. Developing abolitionist reentry support for folks is an integral part of not only fighting jailing, but also criminalization and policing. Successful Reentry must include reducing the scale and impacts of policing on individuals and entire communities while supporting people to get their immediate and long-term needs met.

Hosts: No New SF Jail  + 4 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204762100708620/

5. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Webinar- Abolition in Time of Covid & Uprising

Zoom Meeting
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Calls for Abolition of Policing are echoing across the world. Once an obscure idea, the fight and/or demands for Abolition are capturing the imagination of many. Join us at the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition over Zoom for Pt 15 of our Power Not Paranoia webinar series on Tuesday June 30th at 6pm.

This webinar will be a collective conversation which takes a critical look inward at our current movements and how abolition is also being mainstreamed, funded, and appropriated. We will be discussing the complexities and dangers of “non-reformist reforms” and the impact of national groups who continue to co-opt local grassroot fights and movement building.

Host: Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/3020765424645429/

6. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, & Wed. 3:30pm – 5:00pm, What Will It Take to Save a World in Crisis? Reform vs. Revolution

OnLine Study

Register for the Tuesday evening group: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJIodeugpzIjL2iIS4RaP3622wOaZ1FZmA

Register for the Wednesday afternoon group: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upYlcOmrqjMpCo-kov7UdYgywbn8PN6e2w

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, including how to access it by phone.

$3-5 suggested donation per session (via PayPal)
All donations will go to the Freedom Socialist Newspaper Fund Drive.

The global pandemic, impending economic collapse, and the survival of the earth itself at risk—with stakes this high, how do we focus our organizing? Can the course reversal we need be achieved through piecemeal reforms and voting in democratic socialists? Or will it take a complete transformation away from the current capitalist system?

In this remote access-study group, we’ll discuss the current crisis and concrete steps toward moving humanity through it. Historic debates over the relationship between battling for vital social reforms and building a revolutionary movement for socialism as well as current readings will be discussed for ideas we can apply to today’s challenges.

Host: Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area & New Valencia Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/530159031229663/?event_time_id=530159067896326

Wednesday, July 1

The month of July is LaborFest 2020

7. Wednesday, 11:30am, Stand Up for Our Immigrant Community (March & Car caravan)

Meet at:

Capp St. (Between 15th & 16th Streets)
SF

12Noon – March & Car Caravan

12:30pm – Rally at SF City Hall

Wear masks and respect social distancing

Stand up for Our Immigrant Community!

Many immigrant workers were excluded from the federal stimulus funds and unemployment benefits.

Join us to call on the Mayor and the Governor to provide more funds for emergency assistance

Bring signs

An appeal for donations of money to provide direct cash payments to workers excluded from unemployment compensation and federal assistance. You can make a contribution using this Paypal link. All donations are tax-deductible. https://www.asej.net/donate-to-us/

Info: Alliance for Social and Economic Justice, asej@riseup.net, 415-863-1927

8. Wednesday, 11:30am – 3:00pm, Stop Killing Us! An Action Against Police Violence – Sacramento

California State Capitol
Sacramento

To register:

https://prisonerswithchildren.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/event/register?id=92&reset=1

Almost 600 people of color have been killed by police in California just in the last 5 years.

On July 1, people who have been impacted by police violence–family members, formerly incarcerated, community members–will encircle the California Capitol building and hold up the names of those killed by police.

We call on state legislators to:

–Defund the $31B police and prison industrial complex
–Hold police who kill accountable
–Prevent police unions from donating to district attorneys and judges
–Dismantle the machinery of systemic racism (restore voting rights, Ban the Box, etc.)
–Distance the state from vestiges of slavery by removing Involuntary Servitude from our State Constitution
–Establish an independent community oversight board with subpoena power to investigate police violence

Join All of Us or None, CA legislators, and victims of police violence to honor those killed by the police and to press forward with vital change.

We will also be registering people to vote, as well as providing information about campaigns to pass ACA 6 to restore voting rights, and to remove slavery / indentured servitude from the California constitution.

To receive event updates or to volunteer to hold up a name of the fallen, click the ticket button or go to: https://bit.ly/StopKillingUsCA

For more information, contact:

Sacramento: Aaliyah Muhammad
916.501.9988 / aaliyah@prisonerswithchildren.org

California: Bridget Cervelli
805.270.9853 / bridget@prisonerswithchildren.org

Hosts: All of Us or None, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/267864357622737/

9. Wednesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Day of Rage No to Annexation of Palestinian Land! (Car caravan only)

Gather at:

Civic Center
San Francisco

Car caravan to:

Israeli Consulate
456 Montgomery St.
SF

Due to the sudden and dramatic spike in Covid cases in California, event organizers of the 7/1 Day of Rage have decided to make the primary focus of this action to be a car caravan only.

We apologize to those that don’t have access to a vehicle, however we want to ensure the utmost health and safety of our community first and foremost. We are making arrangements for an alternate online rally that you can plug into remotely.

The San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition and the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Palestine Action Network call upon all Palestinians and supporters of freedom, equality, and justice – in Palestine and around the world, to protest the planned annexation of more Palestinian land. We call on the Palestinian community, and those engaged in indigenous/anti-colonial, anti-racist/anti-white supremacist struggles against state violence and racial oppression, to link arms and struggle together in an act of international solidarity!

On July 1st, Israel is set to begin the formal annexation of 30% of the West Bank. The West Bank has been occupied since 1967 and the settlements that exist there already are illegal by international law. These further encroachments on Palestinian land are unacceptable. Annexation is nothing new in Occupied Palestine; the entire Zionist project has depended on land and resource theft, the displacement of indigenous Palestinians, military occupation, imprisonment, and colonial violence. The continued expansions of Jewish-only settlements on occupied land, the US embassy move to Jerusalem, the so-called “Deal of the Century”, and the formalization of annexation are the latest manifestations of Zionist colonial rule.

Info / Updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/202959654233254/205639130631973/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1592949493719570

10. Wednesday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm (PT); 8:00pm – 9:30pm (ET), UTB: COVID, White Power, & the Unseeing of Race Again

Register for Webinar

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n9_k9AqUQfmN9s1tJuce0w?fbclid=IwAR2Eazh6bobOePTK6jyU2bIsH0STS7WYiuowx–l-_93PqKNAV4E2ZJUoh4

As the vicious spike in COVID’s case count rocks the nation, our next episode of “Under the Blacklight” will shine the spotlight on the off-staging of race after weeks of protests about racial injustice. We ask: What has become of the supposed reckoning with white supremacy since George Floyd’s death? After weeks of uncovering on the legacies of racism, are we at the bottom of a steep hill again in insisting that race is as newsworthy in the disproportionate deaths of African Americans to COVID as it has been in the weeks of protest over police violence? And why has it been so difficult to connect the two?

Join us this Wednesday to dive deep into these questions. Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw will sit down with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Camara Phyllis Jones, Barbara Arnwine, and Jonathan Metzl for a live recording of Under The Blacklight.

Host: African American Policy Forum

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/290478602360733/

Thursday, July 2

11. Thursday, 4:00pm (PT); 7:00pm (ET), Let’s Talk About It: Anti-Blackness in Immigrant Communities

Register:

Livestream:  https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWeDream/

It’s time to talk about anti-Blackness in our immigrant communities!

We’re partnering with movement leaders across the country for a call to talk through how racism & anti-Blackness shows up in immigrant communities. We’re building power to fight anti-Blackness in our homes and in our social spaces.

During our call, we will help you understand how racism & anti-Blackness shows up in immigrant communities. We will share information and practices on how to fight anti-Blackness in your home and in your community. We’ll also hear from immigrant leaders from across the movement about how they are advancing racial justice and creating pro-Black, anti-racists spaces.

Join us as we discuss why the fight for immigrant justice, including abolishing ICE and fighting against the Deportation Force, is a fight for racial justice.

Host: United We Dream

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/26/18834612.php

12. Thursday, 5:00pm (PT): 8:00pm (ET), Webinar – Free Mumia! Free them all!

Register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_glQeJ3ucThmoZRoZpy5D8w

A new, historic phase in the struggle against white supremacy and capitalism has begun. Millions of workers and oppressed peoples have taken to the streets, the largest uprising against racist police terror and exploitation in decades. And yet there are still revolutionaries from the last major Black, Brown and Indigenous national liberation struggles of the 1960s and ‘70s who are still behind bars like Leonard Peltier, Jalil Muntaqim, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Ruchell Magee, Jamil Al-Amin and many more.

Within the story of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s frame up are all the elements of the current struggle, decades later: police lies and police violence; a crooked and racist justice system that is structurally incapable of bringing killer cops to justice; and the mafia-like racket and dictatorship that police hold over our political institutions.

Speakers:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
Pam Africa – Minister of Confrontation of the MOVE Organization, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Shafeah M’Balia, Imam Jamil Abullah al-Amin (formerly known as H. Rap Brown) Action Network
Abdul Haleem Muhammad, Student Minister, Nation Of Islam, Houston, Texas
mYia X – Workers World Party and Spoken Word Artist
Monica Moorehead – Managing Editor of Workers World newspaper, editor of Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle.
Mirinda Crissman – Co-Editor of Tear Down the Walls prisoner page for Workers World newspaper, Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party

Host Workers World Party Prisoners Solidarity Committee

Friday, July 3

13. Friday, 12 Noon, Global Birthday Vigil for Julian Assange

British Consulate General
1 Sansome St. (nr. Market St.)
SF

Masks & Social distancing

For those with medical conditions, or otherwise unable to attend, please join the stream by Action 4 Assange on their Youtube Channel

This vigil is to stand- in a GLOBAL effort- for multi-award -winning journalist, Julian Assange, whose voice has been silenced. We stand on his birthday, which he is spending tortured, jailed, and at high risk of COVID-19, as a political prisoner of the U.S. in Belmarsh Prison, U.K. –for making U.S. war crimes public. His crime is revealing TRUTH. His prosecution is oligarchy control over freedom of press and speech.

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has been indicted on 17 counts of Espionage and 1 count of conspiracy to commit computer crime for publishing the government’s documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and torture in the Guantanamo Bay prison. The indictment of Assange is recognized by many free-speech groups as the most important press freedom case of our time.

Recently trumped up charges of conspiring with Anonymous hackers will be analyzed in this Saturday’s episode of the bi-weekly Action4Assange show:
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCasTaU6X3yCRyItNB83hnGg
OR
Go to YouTube.com and search Action4Assange

We join the global #Candles4Assange vigil to honor Julian Assange as he spends another birthday separated from family and friends – jailed and tortured in Belmarsh Prison, Lonon. Now more than ever, and in the face of a global pandemic, Julian needs our strength and solidarity to ensure that his unlawful imprisonment for publishing the truth does not become a death sentence.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/26/18834630.php

Knock Down The House | FULL FEATURE | Netflix

Netflix Four female candidates — each driven by personal experience and hardship — enter the 2018 race for Congress, challenging powerful incumbents for a spot at the table and a voice in government. This emotional documentary follows their campaigns. For more information and to download free educational resources please visit: https://knockdownthehouse.com/resources/ US Rating: PG. Parental guidance suggested. SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Netflix: Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 167 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. Knock Down The House | FULL FEATURE | Netflix https://youtube.com/Netflix

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Look
A question for the new Prime Minister
How’d you have a heart so sinister?
How are you so wasteful when people are dying in Somalia
Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya?
The irony is we have no business in Syria
But kids are getting killed for all the business in Syria
And then they try and tell you it’s ISIS, it’s ISIS
In their attempts at killing it, how many civilians died
So what’s the difference between us and them?
When you got drones killing kids just touching ten
Then when a bomb goes off, every politician’s lost
Like that last strike that didn’t kill a hundred men
You ain’t the same as them
But all that fuel for the fire is what you gave to them
And what you take from themAll my life I know my mum’s been working
In and out of nursing, struggling, hurting
I just find it fucked that the government is struggling
To care for a person that cares for a person
So where’s the discussion on wages and budgets?
How they made them redundant when I was a young’un
The letters in our car said my mum was overdraft
But somehow I still had dinner money in my pocket
And even the little things like ordering pizza
Were probably the reason for overtime in the evening
Five till ten, six hours of sleeping
For twenty-two years my mum was doing the cleaning
Dreaming that her kids would have a better life
Go in bed at night, struggling with getting by
That’s the reality for millions of people in a nation
Where a lot of us were looking for a second tryA question for the new Prime Minister
And please, tell me if I’m being narrowminded
But how do we spend so much money on defence
And weapons to wage war when the NHS is dying?
Bursting at the seams, and what about them people
That voted for us to leave for the money that it would see?
350 million we give to the EU every week
That our health service needs
But now them politicians got what they wanted
Can you see an empty promise or a poster on the street?
Nurses in tears ’cause they’re working every hour of the week
And they still don’t have the money that they need
You brought the heart of the nation to its knees
Underpaid, understaffed, overworked
And overseen by people who can’t ever understand
How it feels to live life like you and mePatients lying in the corridors
‘Cause doctors can’t even find a bed for them to sleep
I remember A&E and all them sickening screams
Of a little girl waiting for a surgeon to be seen
Privatized healthcare, guns for police
Increased uni fees, is this what they’re selling us?
Well, let me remind you just in case you’ve forgotten
That we live in Great Britain, not in Donald Trump’s America
Speaking of America, state and the President
With all due respect, I’ve got something to say to them
I just find it funny you can’t give a hand to Palestine
But you can trade whole arms with Saudi ArabiaLook, look
I’ve got a question for the new Prime Minister
At Grenfell Tower, your response was ridiculous
You hid like a coward behind your five million
Dodged responsibility and acted like you’re innocent
And I can see you’re terrified, you’re not good at telling lies
I’m getting why you stay away from everything that’s televised
You look like a robot and you don’t speak with any life
It feels to me like any guy in press could’ve said them lines
Imagine going to the council for the safety of your block
And you’ve got kids but they’re ignoring you at every time
Everyone who knew about that cladding
Should really be going prison under rule of joint enterprise
But if it ain’t a little kid with a knife
I bet that judge is going easy when he’s giving him time
They don’t deserve to be free
Any builder, MP, that knew about the conditions but did it to save cheese
When I listen to the things that the residents had seen
I was so shocked I couldn’t even speak
Families they know that had died in their sleep
How you choke on the smoke when you’re struggling to breathe
The glow from the fire
The panic when you hear all the sirens
The crackling, the popping and the muffled-out screams
The fear in the eyes of a man that was trapped
Who jumped fifteen floors from the tower to the street
I could only hear a fraction of the pain and the grief
Closing my eyes, trying hard not to cry
And the joy and relief in the face of a man
When a woman from the flat said his neighbour was alive
No help from the council in keeping any list
Of the people that survived, his neighbours and peers
And for that whole meeting I could see that he was trying
So his smile was an island in a sea full of tearsLook, I’ve got a message for our old Prime Minister
David Cameron
I mean you fucked us, resigned, then sneaked out the firing line
I wanna know how you managed it
And are you bathing in the sun while them papers have a run
At the woman that you left here to handle it?
You gonna teach your little lad to be the man that’s got a plan
And then the moment that it fails to abandon it?
Are there bullies in his school?
And when you pick him up after class, can you feel his embarrassment?
I mean you never gave a fuck about the youth and that’s the truth
There’s no sympathy for you or your cabinet
I really wish I could’ve seen how you were scramblin’
When you lost the referendum that you had to win
I feel like politicians are all addicts
In a big fat game but it’s lives that you gamble withI’ve got a question for the leader of the Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn, where do you wanna take the country to?
Honestly, I wanna put my trust in you
But you can understand why if I’ve got trust issues
Do you really have the faith of your party?
Do you really have faith in the party that will come with you?
And how do you plan on keeping all the promises?
Man, if I’m being honest, Sir, I’m struggling to get with it
I just ain’t getting it
Everybody’s great until you get them into office and then guys start forgetting things
Prove to us you’re different, don’t promise me anything
Go and get justice for Rashan Charles and Edison
And if you haven’t had the thought to vote yet
Or protest ’cause you don’t really see the progress
I hope you know that what they’re saying is affecting us
The small steps are way better than no steps

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How Racism is an Essential Tool for Maintaining the Capitalist Order

JUNE 26, 2020 (counterpunch.org)

by RICHARD D. WOLFFF

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair

U.S. capitalism survived because it found a solution to the basic problem of its instability, its business cycles. Since capitalism never could end cyclical downturns and their awful effects, its survival required making those effects somehow socially tolerable. Systemic racism survived in the post-Civil War United States partly because it helped to achieve that tolerability. Capitalism provided conditions for the reproduction of systemic racism, and vice versa.

Every four to seven years, on average, capitalism produces a downturn (“recession,” “depression,” “bust,” “crash”—many words for a problem so regularly repeated). Political leaders, economists, and others have long searched for a cure for capitalism’s instability. None was ever found. Capitalism has thus already recorded three crashes in this new century (spring of 2000, autumn of 2008, and now in 2020).

Defenders of capitalism prefer to call its inescapable instability the “business cycle.” That sounds less awful. Yet its cycles’ hard reality has always frightened capitalism’s defenders. They recognize that when large numbers of people suddenly lose their jobs, many businesses die, production shrinks, and governments lose tax revenues, the results can and often do threaten the entire economic system. Capitalism’s cyclical crises could potentially turn their victims against it and make them receptive to the system’s critics.

This would more likely happen if everyone in the society were roughly equally vulnerable to cyclical downturns. Most employees would then rightly worry that their jobs would be lost in the next crash. They would periodically face income losses, interrupted educations, lost homes, and so on. Whatever relief employees felt if neighbors, rather than themselves, got fired, they would know that it might well be their turn in the next cycle. The losses, insecurities, and anxieties produced by such a capitalism would long ago have turned employees against it and provoked transition to a different system.

U.S. capitalism solved its instability problem by making cyclical downturns afflict chiefly a minority subpart of the whole working class. It positioned that minority to bear the brunt of each cycle and suffer its damages disproportionally. That minority was repeatedly drawn into and then thrown out of jobs as the cycle dictated. Any savings it might accumulate when working would be lost when unemployed. Repeated firings precluded such a minority from enjoying the benefits of job longevity (seniority, promotion, household stability, etc.). Poverty, disrupted households and families, unaffordable housing, education, and medical care would haunt such a minority. It would become capitalism’s “business cycle shock-absorber”—the last hired, first fired—across the four-to-seven year average duration of its cycles.

For capitalism, making such a minority absorb most of the costs of capitalism’s instability allowed the majority of the working class to be relatively exempted, relieved, freed from them. The majority could be less subject to cycles because the minority was made relatively much more subject. Capitalism promised the majority relatively secure jobs and incomes because it took those away from the minority. The majority could thus worry less about the next cycle, whereas the minority had to worry more and adjust their lives more. Racists could then attribute the resulting differences between minority and majority subparts of a population to inherent qualities of different “races” instead.

Other advanced capitalist countries found parallel solutions. Some condemned immigrants to play the role assigned to African Americans in the United States. Racism aimed at immigrants often followed. In cyclical upswings, immigrants would be brought in: North Africans into France, southern Italians into Switzerland, Turks into Germany, and so on. Then, cyclical downswings would return those immigrants to their home countries. Capitalisms would thus save on costs of unemployment insurance, welfare payments, etc., for the workers who had returned. While some capitalisms relied on domestic minorities to be shock-absorbers and others relied on immigrants, some countries relied on both. The United States used Central American immigrants alongside domestic African Americans, and it still does. Germany allowed some immigrants to settle and acquire German citizenship alongside Turkish and other immigrant “guest workers.”

In the United States, married white women also played the role of business cycle shock-absorber. During cyclical upswings, they would enter the paid labor force in part-time or full-time positions. Like African Americans, they earned less than white men. Women’s jobs, too, were likely to be temporary, undone by cyclical downturns.

Whatever communities were forced into the shock-absorber role, poverty, depression, broken families, slums, and inadequate education and health facilities became more widespread among them than they were among the majority of the working class. Insecure jobs, incomes, homes, and lives often bred bitterness, envy, desperation, crime, and violence. These collateral damages had to be “managed” by the capitalisms whose survival depended on producing and reproducing those communities. Police and prisons were and are assigned that management task.

Police and prisons were to “keep the lid on,” “tame,” “patrol and control” the restive portions of the shock-absorber communities sequestered in slums or ghettos. Interactions with police coupled with cycling and recycling through prisons were the chosen means to manage capitalism’s collateral damage. Those means generated collateral damage of their own: the long, tragic record of police violence, use of excessive force, the harshness and violence of incarceration, and the killing especially of African Americans.

Why were African Americans “chosen” to be key (but not the only) cyclical shock-absorbers in the United States? One factor concerned the racist legacies of U.S. slavery. They included beliefs that slaves were either not fully human or inferior humans. Even the U.S. Constitution had counted a slave as merely three-fifths of a full (i.e., white) person for census purposes. Accommodation to slavery before the U.S. Civil War had already shaped a racialized consciousness in both masters and slaves. And because U.S. slavery entailed different skin colors for masters and slaves (unlike many slaveries in world history), a readily identifiable minority had already been defined in racial terms in the slave portions of the United States. Moreover, that definition had spread to other parts of the United States as well. U.S. capitalism used, absorbed, and built on slavery’s legacy by inserting large portions of the African American community into the shock-absorber role that the system required. The racism developed by U.S. slavery thereby both facilitated U.S. capitalism and was reinforced by it.

A significant portion of the white working class in all capitalisms has always also been forced into the shock-absorber role. “White trash” in U.S. capitalism was never far from the African Americans similarly situated. There thus arose possibilities of class solidarity between these Black and white working-class communities. U.S. history displays moments when those possibilities were realized, as C. Vann Woodward documented so well. It also displays moments of intense racist violence used to block the realization of those possibilities. Employers played on racialized differences to keep employees from unifying against them. In bitter competitions between Black and white shock-absorbers for cyclically scarce jobs, whites could and often did use racism to gain advantages in access to those jobs. In multiple ways, then, capitalism fostered and benefited from racism; it thus settled deeply into the system.

Fundamental injustice characterized the relationship between police and prisons, on the one hand, and the African American and other communities (Indigenous, people of color) condemned to play capitalism’s shock-absorber role, on the other. The solution was and is not better training or more funding; both have been tried repeatedly and both have likewise failed repeatedly. A real solution would provide a decently paid job to everyone who wants one as a matter of right. Unemployment would then be outlawed much like slavery, child abuse, etc. Taxes levied on capitalist enterprises would provide the funds needed to find jobs, private or public, for those laid off by an employer (much as such taxes help fund unemployment insurance now). Those funds would include wages or salaries paid for each worker’s time between being laid off and rehired. Minimum wages, applied universally, would cover reasonable housing, transport, health care and other living costs.

If such a solution were deemed to be incompatible with capitalism as a system, capitalism would have to give way to a system that made adequately paid employment a basic right for all. Enterprise profit would then finally be ejected from its throne as capitalism’s number one social priority.

Such a solution would finally free African Americans, Indigenous, and Brown people from long-standing abuses in and by police and prisons. It would thus reduce the racism that those institutions have exemplified and reinforced. It would also reduce pressures on police and prison personnel to behave in ways that self-destructively rob them of their humanity as well as oppress others. Police and prisons in the United States today serve an inherently unstable capitalism by means of systemic racism. The logic of alliance between anti-racism and anti-capitalism could not be clearer.

This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute.Join the debate on FacebookMore articles by:RICHARD D. WOLFF

Richard Wolff is the author of Capitalism Hits the Fan and Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens. He is founder of Democracy at Work.

‘This Scares Me,’ Says Bill McKibben as Arctic Hits 100.4°F—Hottest Temperature on Record

June 22, 2020 by Common Dreams

“100°F about 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle today in Siberia. That’s a first in all of recorded history. We are in a climate emergency.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

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A graphic shows record heat in the Arctic Circle on Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Image: Screengrab\@ScottDuncanWX)

A graphic shows record heat in the Arctic Circle on Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Image: Screengrab\@ScottDuncanWX)

A small Siberian town north of the Arctic Circle reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, a figure that—if verified—would be the highest temperature reading in the region since record-keeping began in 1885.

“This scares me, I have to say,” environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted in response to news of the record-breaking reading in Verkhoyansk, where the average high temperature in June is 68°F.

“Siberian town tops 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle. This scares me, I have to say.”
—Bill McKibben, 350.org

Washington Post climate reporter Andrew Freedman noted Sunday that if the reading is confirmed, it “would be the northernmost 100-degree reading ever observed, and the highest temperature on record in the Arctic, a region that is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the globe.”

“On Sunday, the same location recorded a high temperature of 95.3 degrees (35.2 Celsius), showing the Saturday reading was not an anomaly,” the newspaper reported. “While some questions remain about the accuracy of the Verkhoyansk temperature measurement, data from a Saturday weather balloon launch at that location supports the 100-degree reading. Temperatures in the lower atmosphere, at about 5,000 feet, also were unusually warm at 70 degrees (21 Celsius), a sign of extreme heat at the surface.”

The World Meteorological Organization said Sunday that is “preliminarily accepting the observation as a new extreme” as it conducts a more thorough review of the Verkhoyansk reading.

“100°F about 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle today in Siberia. That’s a first in all of recorded history,” tweeted meteorologist Eric Holthaus. “We are in a climate emergency.”

The reading comes as Siberia is in the midst of a prolonged heatwave that has alarmed climate scientists and activists.

“Been watching the Siberian heatwave for months and it’s beyond terrifying—already suffering what was expected in 2100 in a worst case scenario,” said climate activist and conservationist Charlie Gardner.

As the Guardian reported last week, “the freak temperatures [in Siberia] have been linked to wildfires, a huge oil spill, and a plague of tree-eating moths.”

“Russian towns in the Arctic Circle have recorded extraordinary temperatures, with Nizhnyaya Pesha hitting 30°C on 9 June and Khatanga, which usually has daytime temperatures of around 0°C at this time of year, hitting 25°C on 22 May. The previous record was 12°C.”

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For possibility of broader participation  in your actions –  post them on Indybay even if event is digital: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

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Thank you to everyone for your activism and commitment for a better world.

ARTICLES:

A. Minneapolis city council votes 12-0 to abolish police department after death of George Floyd and will replace it with a ‘department of community safety and violence prevention’  – June 26, 2020

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8462953/Minneapolis-council-puts-plan-abolish-police-motion.html

B. ‘Big Banks Couldn’t Be Happier’: Stocks Surge as Trump Regulators Gut Restrictions on Risky Wall St Gambling  – June 25, 2020

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/26/big-banks-couldnt-be-happier-stocks-surge-trump-regulators-gut-restrictions-risky

C. Supreme Court hands big win to Trump on expelling immigrants seeking asylum – June 25, 2020

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-hands-big-win-trump-expelling-immigrants-seeking-asylum-n1232117

D. Assange Hit With New Superseding Indictment, Reflecting Possible FBI Sting Operation – June 24, 2020

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/06/24/assange-extradition-assange-hit-with-new-superseding-indictment-broadening-computer-intrusion-charges/

E. Annexation and the deterioration of the right to health of Palestinians – June 22, 2020

https://www.map.org.uk/news/archive/post/1130-annexation-and-the-deterioration-of-the-right-to-health-of-palestinians

  See Action item # 1

  See Event # 6

ACTIONS

1. Oppose Annexation of Palestinian Land

  SIGN: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-oppose-annexation-of-palestinian-land?recruiter=40976022&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&fbclid=IwAR1cZAnLOphiYaQmLyaQn518ZyAXaLhcBLFEFjAOVd2sFVyL48ZTY5hL2sQ

2. Support a U.S. foreign policy that prioritizes diplomacy over militarism

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-the-petition-support-a-us-foreign-policy-that-prioritizes-diplomacy-over-militarism?source=2020ProgressiveForeignPolicy_DK&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure.actblue.com%2Fdonate%2Fdkendorses2020senate%3Frefcode%3D20200528SWProgressiveForeignPolicy&link_id=1&refcodeEmailReferrer=email_839533&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_839533&email_subject=sign-the-petition-support-a-us-foreign-policy-that-prioritizes-diplomacy-over-militarism

3. Stop the Execution of Billy Wardlow in Texas

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-execution-of-billy-wardlow-in-texas?clear_id=true

    Execution date is July 8th.

List of other Bay Area Protests & Rallies

EVENTS

Updated & New Events

Saturday, June 27

POSTPONED

1. Saturday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Call to Action “None of Us Are Free Until All of Us Are Free” (POSTPONED)

Civic Center Plaza
Polk St.
SF

Please practice Covid-19 guidelines for everybody’s safety.

There will be a call to action via speeches, music, community organizations, and other educational resources as we honor those lost to police/state-sanctioned violence.

Volunteers needed. Movements or organizations interested in participating focused on wellness and justice for black and brown and LGBTQ+ POC contact: Eric at change@revofevnow.com

We call on all queer communities and our accomplices that are fighting for a future without white supremacy and the structures that support it. Join us in the streets so we can reclaim Pride!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/263138771799040/  or   https://sf.funcheap.com/call-to-action-none-of-us-are-free-until-all-of-us-are-free/

Sunday, June 28

UPDATED

2. Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Drive for Justice Voter Registration Drive

Meet at:

Port of Oakland
530 Water St.
Oakland

Anti Police-Terror Project and our Defund the Police Coalition partners call “Shame On You” to Libby and the 5 City Council members who voted against the peoples’ will to #DefundOPD!

We’ll stage at 5 different locations, outlined below, and caravan to Libby’s and 4 council members’ homes. Here’s the list of assembly locations at the Port.
For the first two, enter the Port area from 7th St at the far west end (past West Oakland BART and the Post Office)
1. Rebecca Kaplan: Maritime St and Pier St
2. McElhaney: Middle Harbor Park – 7th St & Middle Harbor Rd.

For the next three, enter the Port area on Adeline St.
3. Schaaf: Berths 55-56 SSA/Oakland International Container Terminal
4. Gallo: Berths 57-59 Oakland International Container Terminal
5. Taylor: Berths 60-63 SSA/Matson
At each staging area, try to line up facing the direction you entered from, per above, so we’re ready to roll.

Let’s Drive for Justice and get folks registered to vote! Let those still living in the past know it’s time to actually #DefundOPD and #InvestInCommunity !!!

Hosts: APTP + 6 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1925721074244152/

3. Sunday, 6:00pm – 7:15pm, From Katrina to Corona: Scamlords in a Pandemic (NEW)

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Topic: Katrina to Corona: Scamlords In A Pandemic
Time: Jun 28, 2020 06 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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The Katrina to Corona Series Continues –
This Week’s Topic: Scamlords/SlumLords Abuse,Tenants Rights & Resistance in a Pandemic and Beyond…Featuring some powerFULL tenants/liberators/ warriors in this work Sanyika Bryant, Barbara Bobbi López, Christine M. Hernandez- & special guest Momii Palapaz currently in struggle along with hundreds of tenants, with one of the largest CorpRAPE gangster Scamlords: Raj Properties

Background on the Series
From Katrina to Corona- government Solutions to Homelessness & Covid 19- Join Poverty, Disability Skolaz Leroy Moore, & Lisa Tiny Gray-Garcia Muteado Silencio & special guests for a weekly special live zoom broadcast of Pnn-Kexu 96.1fm-Po Peoples Revolutionary radio/TV that deals with different “government” response to Covid 19 versus poor people-led self-determination movement solutions created by /for us.(All past shows were recorded and are available on PoorNewsNetwork’s channel on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5PaHiHXxW62CXbGav1LdQ?view_as=subscriber

Host: POOR Mag. + 2 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/314412469587153/

Tuesday, June 30

4. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, BAHBL, Join Us! Solidarity Rally and March for Black Lives (NEW)

Meet at:

McKinley Statue
277 Baker St. (Panhandle GG Park)
SF

To Alamo Square Park

We are Bay Area Hospitality for Black Lives (BAHBL), a coalition that calls for the hospitality industry to actively practice anti-racism. BAHBL is committed to addressing and combatting the racial disparities that are perpetuated daily in our country, our community, and our workplaces.

We will begin with a short opening program that highlights the changes we believe are necessary in our industry and will continue with a march through the Western Addition neighborhood in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/25/18834602.php

5. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Abolition in Action: Bustin’ Out & Coming Home (NEW)

Register for Zoom link: https://forms.gle/G3DWtLs7N82rEjRL6
Accessibility info: There will be live captioning. ASL interpretation and Spanish language interpretation is to be confirmed.

The video will be posted online afterwards.

Panel includes Carde Taylor from Young Women’s Freedom Center, Andrea Salinas from Citywide SF and No New SF Jails, Jose Bernal from SF Reentry Council & Ella Baker Center, a speaker from Hospitality House and more.

How do we support our loved ones and community members coming home from SF jails? What is this transition like? What supports already exist and how can they be strengthened?

Being released from jail can be one of the most exciting, breath-taking experiences of your life. It can also be completely terrifying, almost paralyzing. Coming out of a cage and navigating the “outside” world again, no matter how long you’ve been inside, how many times you’ve been in and out or what kind of a home you’re coming out to, is incredibly hard. It takes a strong community having your back and being there for you no matter what to really be able to transition and adjust to living outside of a cage again.

While there are many supports and services throughout San Francisco, there are still so many cracks to SF’s systems and reentry process. In order to build a self-determined, healthy, equitable and sustainable San Francisco that is free from jails and the violence of policing, we need to address and transform these cracks. We need to ensure that every person freed from county jail can connect with a community that helps people not only stay alive but thrive, providing opportunities for healing, positive transformation and self-determination.

Since January, hundreds of people have been released from SF county jails, all in grave need of support, especially navigating a COVID-crisis-SF. Severely criminalized and surveilled, people coming out of jails are of the many groups most targeted by policing. Developing abolitionist reentry support for folks is an integral part of not only fighting jailing, but also criminalization and policing. Successful Reentry must include reducing the scale and impacts of policing on individuals and entire communities while supporting people to get their immediate and long-term needs met.

Hosts: No New SF Jail  + 4 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204762100708620/

Wednesday, July 1

6. Wednesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Day of Rage No to Annexation of Palestinian Land! (Car caravan only)

Gather at:

Civic Center
San Francisco

Car caravan to:

Israeli Consulate
456 Montgomery St.
SF

Due to the sudden and dramatic spike in Covid cases in California, event organizers of the 7/1 Day of Rage have decided to make the primary focus of this action to be a car caravan only.

We apologize to those that don’t have access to a vehicle, however we want to ensure the utmost health and safety of our community first and foremost. We are making arrangements for an alternate online rally that you can plug into remotely.

The San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition and the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Palestine Action Network call upon all Palestinians and supporters of freedom, equality, and justice – in Palestine and around the world, to protest the planned annexation of more Palestinian land. We call on the Palestinian community, and those engaged in indigenous/anti-colonial, anti-racist/anti-white supremacist struggles against state violence and racial oppression, to link arms and struggle together in an act of international solidarity!

On July 1st, Israel is set to begin the formal annexation of 30% of the West Bank. The West Bank has been occupied since 1967 and the settlements that exist there already are illegal by international law. These further encroachments on Palestinian land are unacceptable. Annexation is nothing new in Occupied Palestine; the entire Zionist project has depended on land and resource theft, the displacement of indigenous Palestinians, military occupation, imprisonment, and colonial violence. The continued expansions of Jewish-only settlements on occupied land, the US embassy move to Jerusalem, the so-called “Deal of the Century”, and the formalization of annexation are the latest manifestations of Zionist colonial rule.

Info / Updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/202959654233254/205639130631973/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1592949493719570

Pelosi Statement on 75th Anniversary of United Nations

JUNE 26, 2020 PRESS RELEASE (speaker.gov)

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations:

“Seventy-five years ago, in the aftermath of the staggering violence and inhumanity of WWII, the nations of the world gathered together in San Francisco to lay the foundations for a just and enduring peace.  Today, the United Nations and the ideals of the charter that guides it, continue to inspire and challenge its member nations to answer our responsibility to our fellow human beings and advance progress for all humanity.

“Over its 75 years, the UN has been a source of tremendous leadership in our work to advance human rights and human dignity by opposing the scourge of disease, hunger and poverty.  It has focused the world’s attention on advancing opportunity of women and girls, tackling illiteracy and discrimination and demanding action to safeguard refugees and combat the existential threat posed by the climate crisis.  And while challenges continue to confront our global community, the UN remains a vital force for hope and progress for millions around the world.  

“On this momentous anniversary, House Democrats remain steadfast allies in the UN’s important mission.  While the Trump Administration engages in dangerous, shortsighted attempts to undermine the UN and abandons America’s global leadership and treaty obligations, we will ensure the United Nations continues to be a bulwark for global peace, security and prosperity now and into the future.”