Articles ~ Actions / Petitions ~ Events for Saturday, May 8 – Wednesday, May 12 (from Adrienne Fong)

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ARTICLES:

A. United States Withdraws From Afghanistan? Not Really – May 7, 2021

United States Withdraws From Afghanistan? Not Really – CounterPunch.org

B. White Helmets corruption scandal deepens: Dutch gov’t investigated parent org for fraud, but covered it up  – May 7, 2021

White Helmets corruption scandal deepens: Dutch gov’t investigated parent org for fraud, but covered it up | The Grayzone

C. (VIDEO) Exclusive Investigation: Separating rumor from fact on Covid-19’s origin – May 7, 2021

(VIDEO) Exclusive Investigation: Separating rumor from fact on Covid-19’s origin | Sharyl Attkisson

D. Chevron’s ‘Unjust Legal Assault’ on Steven Donziger – May 6, 2021

E. The Kids Are Not All Right: Concerns for Mental Health Mount as Schools Reopen – May 6, 2021

The Kids Are Not All Right: Concerns for Mental Health Mount as Schools Reopen (truthout.org)

F. $152 Trillion. That’s How Much Wealthy Countries ‘Drained’ From the Global South Since 1960 – May 6, 2021

$152 Trillion. That’s How Much Wealthy Countries ‘Drained’ From the Global South Since 1960 | Common Dreams News

G. Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Jailed Ahead of Sentencing  – May 5, 2021

Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Jailed Ahead of Sentencing (theintercept.com)

  See event # 3

H. Vital soil organisms being harmed by pesticides, study shows – May 4, 2021

Vital soil organisms being harmed by pesticides, study shows | Soil | The Guardian

I. Op-ed: How the Pandemic Made it Harder For Immigrants to Access Food – April 29, 2021

Op-ed: How the Pandemic Made it Harder For Immigrants to Access Food | Civil Eats

ACTIONS / PETITIONS

1. Mark Zuckerberg: leave our kids alone

  SIGN: Mark Zuckerberg: leave our kids alone! (sumofus.org)

2. Stop U.S. funding for ESMAD and the executioners of the Colombian people!

  SIGN: ¡Colombia está matando a los suyos! ¡Detén la masacre AHORA! Colombia is killing its own! Stop the massacre NOW! (salsalabs.org)

  See event # 4

3.Demand the Department of Justice act to hold all law enforcement accountable!

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-demand-the-department-of-justice-act-to-hold-all-law-enforcement-accountable?source=20210427_SW_DOJLEAcct&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure.actblue.com%2Fdonate%2Fdkll2021%3Frefcode%3D20210427SWDOJLEAcct&link_id=1&refcodeEmailReferrer=email_1168413&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_1168413&email_subject=100000-signatures-needed-to-demand-the-department-of-justice-hold-police-accountable

4. Mayor Breed and Board of Supervisors: Use Prop I Money for Rent Relief and Affordable Housing

  SIGN: Mayor Breed and Board of Supervisors: Use Prop I Money for Rent Relief and Affordable Housing – Action Network

5. Fight Back Against PBF and Chevron: Urge the Air District to Finally Adopt the Refinery Pollution Rule!

  SIGN: Fight Back Against PBF and Chevron: Urge the Air District to Finally Adopt the Refinery Pollution Rule! (actionnetwork.org)

EVENTS

Saturday, May 8 – Wednesday, May 12

Saturday, May 8

1. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, BIPOC- Centered Healing Discussion around Police Brutality

UC Berkeley Campus
Life Sciences Building (Meet on grass facing Northside of campus
Berkeley

If you need help with directions call: (805) 832-8800

This event will be a space for community members to discuss the recent police shootings, mourn collectively, and find solidarity in unity. You can share ideas and feelings with people about the police killings and anything else happening in the country, world, or your personal life. You can share your thoughts, or just listen*, exchange contact info, and find peace in community.

Info: BIPOC-Centered Healing Discussion around Police Brutality : Indybay  &  Celeste on Instagram: “This event will be a space for community members to discuss the recent police shootings, mourn collectively, and find solidarity in unity.…”

2. Saturday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Defunding the Police and Budget Advocacy in San Francisco

Tickets:  Defunding the Police and Budget Advocacy in San Francisco – Action Network

See event # 9

Join SURJ SF and organizers from Defund SFPD NowNo New SF Jail Coalition, and the Budget Justice Coalition for a political education event to learn more about what the movement to defund the police looks like in San Francisco and how you can play a more active role in advocating for redistribution of the city’s budget to better benefit communities of color.

During this event, the speakers plan to address –

·       What it means to “defund the police” and explain how this movement relates to abolitionist principles

·       The history of policing and defund efforts in San Francisco

·       Where funds could be redistributed to better serve communities

·       What services and care structures really keep us safe

·       Current advocacy efforts in San Francisco and how you can plug into local organizing

Timed to coincide with the May 12th “law enforcement” budget hearing of the SF Board of Supervisors Budget & Appropriations Committee, where San Franciscans will have an opportunity to provide public comment, we hope that you’ll leave this event inspired and energized to join in the movement to advocate for a more just budget.

Host: SURJ – SF

Sunday, May 9

3. Sunday, 12 Noon – 2:00pm, CODEPINK –Demand Peace on Mother’s Day – Golden Gate Bridge

RSVP: San Francisco: Demand Peace on Mother’s Day on Our GG BRIDGE! – CODEPINK – Women for Peace

Noon-1:00 pm:   Vigil in the “Welcome Center” Plaza, on S.F. side.  

            To include: Reading of the Mother’s Day Proclamation.

1:00-2:00 pm:  (Optional). Peace Walk to the middle of bridge and back to S.F. side.

Mask / social distancing

CODEPINK will gather, calling on all our sisters and brothers around the world to work toward the abolition of war.  
BAN MILITARIZED DRONES, BAN NUKES…..YES PEACE & DIPLOMACY!

We will fill up the plaza area with many peace banners and signs….to make a huge showing for peace.  We need lots of hands!  We already have lots of visuals, signs, very large banners, including:

          -DEFUND THE PENTAGON

          -DEMILITARIZE!

          -DIPLOMACY NOT DRONES

          -END ENDLESS WAR

Other signs we need volunteers to make, please:

BIDEN:  We want REAL PEACE!

BIDEN:  NO ENDLESS DRONE WARS!   

BIDEN:  We Expect More.  NO WAR!

Info: CODEPINK Mother’s Day Peace Rally : Indybay

Monday, May 10

4. Monday, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Colombia Rising ~ Colombia Se Levanta

456 Montgomery St.
SF

On April 28, 2021 multiple sectors of Colombia’s civil society called for a general country wide strike and day of action to protest the proposal of a tax reform, a health care reform and a complete mismanagement of the pandemic and vaccine roll out.

This is on top of the complete disregard of the peace accords of 2016, the systematic killing of social and environmental leaders and a crippling corrupt state. While Colombia is suffering a 3rd peak of Covid, all the mobilizations happened massively as the people of Colombia recognize the Uribista government of Ivan Duque and a much deathlier sickness. Since the original strike, ex convict and ex president Alvaro Uribe called for police repression of protesters. This has lead to a countrywide massacre of civilians that as of today has left 37 death, 10 victims of sexual assault, 22 people with injuries to their eyes, 110 cases of fire arm shootings and over 1708 cases of police brutality.

We denounce the corrupt leadership of Colombia and demand justice. We demand accountability for the violence enacted on all Colombians by the Uribista regime. We demand that Ivan Duque stand down as president of Colombia and that the violent police force in Colombia is dismantled. We demand the enactment of the Leahy Law. This law prevents funding from the United States to foreign countries who are obviously committing gross human rights violations, including torture, extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance, and rape.

We ask all allies of Colombia, Colombian culture, food and people to stand with us on behalf of all our lives and the lives of those who have been killed.

We ask for you to write to your representatives and the State Commission and Department of Defense expressing the importance of remaining strong against human rights violations. People are being slaughtered in the streets. Please come stand with us.

Host: By the People

Info: (1) Colombia Rising ~ Colombia Se Levanta | Facebook

5. Monday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, a conversation with Dr. Yaba Blay

Online:
Tune in at 4pm to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtpDI5pAGG5tNM3zXxow8MA

Dr. Yaba Blay will present her new book, followed by a conversation with writer Damon Young and RB host Carl Dix.

* What exactly is Blackness and what does it mean to be Black?
* Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness?
* Who determines who is Black and who is not?
* Who’s Black, who’s not, and who cares?

In the United States, a Black person has come to be defined as any person with any known Black ancestry. Statutorily referred to as “the rule of hypodescent,” this definition of Blackness is more popularly known as the “one-drop rule,” meaning that a person with any trace of Black ancestry, however small or (in)visible, cannot be considered White. This method of social order began almost immediately after the arrival of enslaved Africans in America. By 1910, it was the law in almost all southern states. At a time when the one-drop rule functioned to protect and preserve White racial purity, Blackness was both a matter of biology and the law. One was either Black or White. Period. Has the social and political landscape changed 100 years later?

One-Drop features essays by 60 contributors representing 25 countries and combining candid narratives with striking portraits. The book provides living testimony to the diversity of Blackness.

Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist and cultural creative whose work centers the lived experiences of Black women and girls. She has launched viral campaigns including #PrettyPeriod and #ProfessionalBlackGirl and has appeared on CNN, BET, MSNBC, and NPR. Dr. Blay’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Ebony, Essence, and The Root. yabablay.com.

Host: Revolution Books

Info: One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, a conversation with Dr. Yaba Blay : Indybay

Tuesday, May 11

6. Tuesday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, The Madness-Speakout At SF Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan In Middle of Pandemic

SF Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St. (California St.)
SF

It is time to STOP the Tokyo Olympic Games!

Despite a full blown world pandemic the International Olympics Committee IOC, the Japanese Suga government and the US along with the G7 are going ahead with the Olympics this coming July in Japan.

The torch bearers have been contaminated with the virus and the Japan Federation of Medical Workers’ Unions, Susumu Morita, said the pandemic should take priority.

“We must stop the proposal to send nurses who are engaged in the fight against a serious coronavirus pandemic to volunteer at the Olympics,” 

In the midst of the pandemic the government is demanding that 500 nurses be assigned to protecting the participants in the Olympics. Hospitals are already overloaded

with Covid patients and the Olympics in Japan could lead to a catastrophic disaster for the the athletes, the people of Japan and the world. There are also no plans to 

protect the 78,000 volunteers who also will not be vaccinated. According to a report they are “being offered little more than a couple of masks, some hand sanitizer and social-distancing guidance that may be hard to abide by.”

The government is also moving to release over 1 million tons of radioactive water into the Pacifica ocean from the broken Fukushima nuclear power plants.

Host: No Nukes Action Committee

Info: STOP The Madness-Speakout At Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan During Pandemic : Indybay

7. Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Tenants Together Collective Support & Tenant Clinic/ Clínica de Apoyo Colectivo y Derechos de Inquilinas/os

Register Here: https://bit.ly/34oWUxV

Join if are a tenant and/or a tenant advocate with questions about your rights and to learn about what is happening regarding our #CancelRent campaign!

EVERY other TUESDAY from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

What to expect:
* Share updates on local, regional, state and national policies
* We will answer questions and concerns
* It will be space for sharing stories and popular education
* Collectively strategize to #CancelRent

Host: Tenants Together

Info: (1) Tenants Together Collective Support & Tenant Clinic/ Clínica de Apoyo Colectivo y Derechos de Inquilinas/os | Facebook

Wednesday, May 12

8. Wednesday, 9:00am (PT); 12Noon (ET), How sanctions impact civil society and changemakers in Iran and how you can help.

Online register: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Despite immense challenges there are a multitude of individuals and organizations trying to create change in Iran in a variety of different ways. This conversation aims to explore the impact the unprecedented sanctions are having on Iranian civil society and changemakers, why it’s been so hard to achieve meaningful sanctions relief, and how we can help be allies to Iranian civil society and activists.

Speakers: Mani Mostofi, Director of Miaan Group; Sussan Tahmasebi, Executive Director of FEMENA; Moderator, Sara Haghdoosti, Deputy Director of Win Without War.

Host: Win Without War

9. Wednesday, 11:30am, Invest in our community NOT cops, cages or surveillance! SF Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Appropriations Meeting

Public comment:

RSVP at:  RSVP form for Public comment on 05/12/2021 (google.com)

Time of meeting might change

If you’re unable to dial in, you can send a written comment via email to linda.wong@sfgov.org . 

The SF Board of Supes Budget Committee will hold a hearing on Jailing, Policing, & Criminalization.

Want to live in a San Francisco that prioritizes the health and well-being of our communities over punishment, profit, and oppression?

Please CALL IN to give public comment during this hearing!

From No New SF Jail Call-in & talking points info will be added Monday at: 5.12.2021 SF Budget, Jailing & Policing Talking Points – Google Docs

Agenda: https://sfbos.org/sites/default/files/bfc051221_agenda.pdf

Info: https://www.instagram.com/p/COgMKC9hv0i/  or  Public Comment: May 12 SF Budget Hearing | Facebook

10. Wednesday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm: Food Not Bombs, Mission Food Sharing (Every Wednesday)

Food Not Bombs in the Mission is open to volunteers from 3PM to 7PM every Wednesday – email beforehand to be sure someone will welcome you- sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net

Schedule:

Cookhouse:  St. John The Evangelist Church, 110 Julian Avenue (at 15th).

Food Pickups: 110 Julian Avenue-3:00PM to 4:00PM–Help Needed!

Cooking:  110 Julian Avenue–4:00 PM to 6:30 PM–Help Needed!

Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza–6:30 PM–Help Needed!

Cleaning Up:  110 Julian Avenue–after Cooking–6:30 PM – 7:30 PM–Help Needed!

Info: Serving Info | San Francisco Food Not Bombs (sffnb.org)

11. Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:00pm, #24: The Story of Shayne Sutherland | Killed by StocktonPD

Free – Online

The Story of The Story of Shayne Sutherland | Killed by Stockton PD
Guests: Karen Sutherland (Mother)
Host: Marissa Barrera

Shayne was murdered by officers of the Stockton PD while he was unarmed & in handcuffs.

He was suffocated to death by officers Ron Zalunardo & John Afanasiey after he called 911 for help.

A detective lied to his mother when they called to tell her that her that her son had died, saying “he stood up & collapsed, & stopped breathing”.

They denied having ANY physical altercation but the body cam tells a different story.

 Police edited body cam video
*Trigger warning:

Marissa does a weekly program highlighting different families who have lost loved ones to police terror

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