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A. Restaurant Workers Say They Won’t Return to Work Without a Living Wage – May 24, 2021
B. Mexico Wants to Import Non-GMO Corn and US Farmers Say They Can Deliver It – May 22, 2021
C. Death Row Inmates Sue After They’re Asked To Pick Firing Squad Or Electric Chair – May 20, 2021
D. How America’s state police got military weapons
ARTICLES on PALESTINE / ISRAEL
See Action # 1 and Update on Block the Boat below “Actions / Petitions”
A. Israeli Army Abducts 36 Palestinians, Including 20 In Jerusalem – May 24, 2021
B. Cease Fire? With Norm Finkelstein & Jim Zogby – May 22, 2021
C. Dockworkers in South Africa Refuse to Offload Israeli Cargo Ship in Solidarity with Palestine – May 21, 2021
D. Video: World stands with Palestine – May 20, 2021
ACTIONS / PETITIONS
1. Tell Congress: Block the bombs! Stop arms sale to Israel
SIGN: Tell Congress: Block the bombs! Stop arms sale to Israel | American Friends Service Committee (afsc.org)
2. Tell President Joe Biden: Pardon Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale!
3. Oppose “La Muerte” de la Mision (The Death of the Mission) – Luxury Development on 22nd & Mission
4. Email Mayor Breed to Expand Disability and Senior Subsidies
– Mayor Breed will be announcing her budget on June 1st
5. Fight Back Against PBF and Chevron: Urge the Air District to Finally Adopt the Refinery Pollution Rule!
See event # 22
6. No new water permit for Nestlé spin-off!
7. Protect warehouse workers in California
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May 23rd – UPDATE on BLOCK THE BOAT IN THE U.S.:
Another apartheid-profiteering, Zim-operated ship is scheduled to dock at the port of Oakland on Saturday, May 29th. Let’s show them that the Bay Area stands with Palestine! Sign up for our text alert system for updates 181-BLOCKZIM #BlocktheBoat (1.812.562.5946)
On May 17th, The Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions in the Gaza Strip issued a call to US labor unions asking them to boycott the Israeli Occupation, including refusing to unload Israeli ships and cargo
Info from AROC – Arab Resource and Organizing Center
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Tuesday, May 25 – Tuesday, June 1
Tuesday, May 25
1. Tuesday, 12Noon, Press Conference: Remembering George Floyd
In front of George Floyd Mural
Broadway & Telegraph (Downtown Oakland)
A press conference organized by the Anti Police-Terror Project and the Defund Police Coalition to honor the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and to call on the City Council Members to follow through on their agreement to Defund the Oakland Police Department and reinvest in community services.
Cat Brooks, co founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project
George Galvis, CURYJ
Kimi Lee, Bay Rising
Zach Norris, Ella Baker Center
Addie Kitchen, Grandmother of Steven Taylor
James Burch, Director of Policy, Anti Police-Terror Project
Minister Cherri Murphy, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME)
Barbara Doss, Mother of Dujuan Armstrong
WHY: The Oakland City Council are in the middle of budget negotiations and will soon respond to the Budget proposed by mayor Libby Schaaf. The Anti Police-Terror Project will demand that the city rejects Libby’s budget and instead redirects resources to community services, such as housing, mental health, libraries, park and rec, etc.
Host: Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP)
2. Tuesday, 12Noon – 1:30pm, Grandmothers to Grandmothers- Stop Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline – public invite
400 Howard St. at Fremont & 1st Streets
Over twenty 1000 Grandmothers are going to participate in the actions against Line 3 in Minnesota, May 22-25 and we want to support and encourage them by joining together in San Francisco at BlackRock Plaza!
See street theatre about the poison of fossil fuels, our grief about it and the healing capacities of Mother Earth and her creatures. We must act as Beloved Ancestors now for our future generations, for all grandchildren and for all life! Join us.
Please email Molly Arthur, firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us if you may want to perform with us
WHY WE ARE RALLYING:
Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline would cut 337 miles across northern Minnesota, carrying 760,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin. One of the last major tar sands expansion projects in North America, Line 3 would damage the climate as much as 50 new coal plants, and cut across the 1854 and 1855 treaty territory of the Anishinaabe people and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
BlackRock is the largest investor in fossil fuels and continuing to profit from its death-dealing actions in financing fossil fuel extraction
3. Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:30pm (PT); 5:00pm- 6:30pm(ET), PIC Abolition, the War on Terror, and the Deportation Machine
$0 – $25
Immigrant and racial justice organizers are calling for the abolition of the war on terror and the deportation machine. This panel will discuss how recent campaigns change the terrain of debates within policy spheres and create new openings for organizing. The panel will analyze developments within contemporary abolitionist organizing and put it in conversation with the internationalism of 20th century left social movements.
Silky Shah is the Executive Director of Detention Watch Network, a national coalition building power to abolish immigration detention in the United States. She has worked as an organizer on issues related to immigration detention, the prison industrial complex, and racial and migrant justice for nearly 20 years.
Darakshan Raja is the co-director of the Justice For Muslims Collective, a community-based organization that works to dismantle structural Islamophobia through community organizing and empowerment, raising political consciousness and narrative shifting, and building strategic alliances across movements.
Aziz Rana is a professor of law at Cornell University, and his research focuses on how shifting notions of race, citizenship, and empire have shaped American legal and political identity. He is the author of The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2014).
Amna Akbar is a professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She writes about policing and social movements, with a focus on grassroots demands for social change.
Host: Haymarket Books
4. Tuesday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, March on Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder by Police in Los Altos / Palo Alto
Los Altos High School
201 Almond Ave.
March to: San Antonio Rd. & El Camino Real intersection
Masks & Social distancing
George Floyd Anniversary March
No more symbolic change! It’s time for Systematic Change!
This is a student-led, community event. Bring signs & banners.
March at 2:30 PM from LAHS, and arrive at 3:15 at San Antonio Rd & El Camino Real intersection.
ABOUT: Justice Vangard
We are two Black men from Los Altos, CA fighting for racial and social justice in our communities. Systemic racism exists in all parts of our country, not just the ones that make it onto the front lines on the news. The two of us have experienced racism throughout our lives and are standing up to make the changes that are needed in our communities.
Our organization, Justice Vanguard, works to educate through beauty and conversation. Our main categories of education are: Academic Structure (Ethnic Studies and SRO Program removal), Education Events (displaying culturally relevant information and historical context), Community Based Events (consisting of artwork, music, and open conversation)
Host: Justice Vangard
5. Tuesday, 4:00pm-6:00pm (PT); 7:00pm-9:00pm(ET), Be You! For Us. By Us. (Equality Act)
Register: Be You! For Us. By Us. – #EqualityTime
Join us for a night of fun, facts and action and learn more about the Equality Act! The Equality Act is a proposed law that would add LGBTQ+ protections to current civil rights laws, as well as improve protections for people of color, women and people of faith! The first hour of the event we will host a panel of leaders and advocates from our community to explore how updating federal nondiscrimination protections will impact and improve our lives and those in our communities. In the second hour, we will host an action event that will help you to advocate and support passing the Equality Act.
6. Tuesday, 4:00pm-6:30pm (PT); 7:00pm- 9:30pm (ET)“Our Bodies Our Doctors: Abortion Rights & Access Film & Discussion w/ Director Haaken
Screening of “Our Bodies Our Doctors
live Q&A at 5:15 PT (8:15 PM ET).
“Our Bodies Our Doctors”, tells the rarely-discussed story of what it means to be an abortion provider today: confronting threats of violence and facing intensified political threats and efforts to criminalize abortion. Religious control over health care is expanding, including in many pro-choice states.
The abortion debate continues to be defined by gruesome images of the anti-abortion movement. In contrast, this film provides a crucial, hopeful point of view: an intimate glimpse into the lives of these courageous providers who have devoted their careers to ensuring women have access to skilled, compassionate care.
The film is screening as part of the Silver Screen Series
7. Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, The Legacy of Comfort Women: Objectification of Asian Women Then and Now
Details sent after registration:
Recent events have put “comfort women” into global controversy again. Then, as now, Asian women have been objectified for sexual desire and robbed of their humanity. Please join us for a firsthand account from Lee Yong-soo, a surviving “comfort woman,” in conversation with Phyllis Kim, Executive Director of CARE (Comfort Women Action for Redress and Education), Michael Chwe, Professor of Political Science at UCLA, and Da Hae Kim of NAPAWF (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum).
Lee Yong-soo was born in 1928 near Daegu, South Korea and was 15 when she was lured out of her home and forcibly taken away to a “comfort station” for a Kamikaze unit in Taiwan. She returned after the war and lived in silence until 1992, when she registered with the Korean government as a victim of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery. “Grandma Lee” now travels around the world – including South Korea, Japan and the United States – to attend events and give talks to raise public awareness about “comfort women.”
Phyllis Kim, Executive Director Comfort Women Action for Redress and Education (CARE)
Phyllis Kim is the executive director of CARE (fka KAFC), a community-based organization that focuses on raising awareness about “comfort women” and has been leading a number of campaigns throughout California and the United States, including a Congressional resolution, memorial statues and teaching materials for public schools.
Michael Chwe, Professor & Chair UCLA Political Science
Professor Chwe teaches courses on game theory at UCLA, has written the books Rational Ritual and Jane Austen, Game Theorist, and was one of a group of scholars who organized a letter, signed by over 1200 economics professors worldwide, calling for the International Review of Law and Economics to take all necessary corrective measures after its publication of “Contracting for Sex in the Pacific War.”
Da Hae Kim, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Da Hae currently serves as the Legal Advocacy and Judicial Strategy Manager at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). Prior to joining NAPAWF, she worked as a staff attorney for a legal aid organization that serves low-income residents in rural northern California. She represented tenants facing eviction and represented clients to advocate for increased access to Medicaid funded services and for receipt of entitlement programs. Da Hae graduated from the University of Georgia and received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Host: Harvard Club of Southern California
8. Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Black, API and Trans Solidarity Roundtable
In 2021, as we begin to emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the country continues to grapple with well-publicized incidents of police violence against Black Americans, a wave of anti-API discrimination and violence, and spreading political and other attacks on the transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex communities.
In response to these harrowing realities, The Commonwealth Club and The Transgender District of San Francisco bring together a roundtable of thought leaders from across the nation to speak openly about their unique experiences regarding race and gender identity, in hopes that this summit can provide context, connection and solidarity between three communities that are far too often pitted against each other.
This is a free, online-only roundtable program; please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event. We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.
• Andy Marra, Korean American Trans Woman Activist; Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense Fund
• Oluchi Omeoga, Transmasculine Advocate and Co-Director of BLMP (Black LGBT Migrants Project)
• Diamond Stylz, Transgender Activist; Host, “Marsha’s Plate” Podcast; Executive Director, Black Trans Women Inc. (Houston, Texas)
• Juniper Yun, Korean-American Artist; Program Associate, The Transgender District
• Michelle Meow, Producer and Host, “The Michelle Meow Show” on KBCW/KPIX and Podcast; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Host
Host: Commonwealth Club of California
9. Tuesday, 6:00pm, Join Striking Nurses at Chinese Hospital for Virtual Rally
Rally link: www.bit.ly/ChineseHospital-Strike-Rally-May25
Join registered nurses at Chinese Hospital 東華醫院 in San Francisco as we hold a virtual rally to alert the public to the unsafe staffing and substandard workplace conditions jeopardizing nurse and patient safety at the facility.
10. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, NorCal PHRA Endorsers Unity Call
Online register: Meeting Registration – Zoom
We would like to invite you to join
Malaya Movement, ICHRP, and Kabataan Alliance for the
NorCal Philippine Human Rights Act (PHRA)
Endorser Unity Call
Hear updates on the human rights situation in the Philippines and PHRA campaign lessons & victories and come together to workshop our NorCal specific strategy to engage legislative targets and get their support for PHRA. Learn more about the PHRA at https://humanrightsph.org/.
See site for list of endorsers
Wednesday, May 26
11. Wednesday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Protest at Chevron HQ! Free Myanmar!
6001 Bollinger Canyon
May 26 is the Chevron (US) annual shareholder meeting date and May 28th is the Total (France) annual shareholder meeting date. Activists in the US and France have declared those dates as global days of action against oil companies in Myanmar.
In the US, activists in San Francisco Bay Area are protesting at the Chevron headquarters during the Chevron sharing holder’s meeting on May26th to pressure Chevron to stop paying Myanmar Military due to the coup in the country. There will be protests in other Chevron facilities across the US in the cities such as New York, DC, LA, and Huston.
Chevron and Total are the foreign partners of MOGE (Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise) and operate the Yadana gas pipeline that channels natural gas from Myanmar Andaman Sea to Thailand. The pipeline brings in about $ 150 million a year to the Myanmar military. This revenue is the lifeline of the Myanmar coup council to continue to enslave the population. We must make sure the coup fails. And the payment must be suspended until democracy is restored there.
We strongly urge President Biden and the US to sanction MOGE so that such payments are illegal until democracy is fully restored in Myanmar.
Host: Coalition Against Chevron in Myanmar
12. Wednesday, 1:30pm, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Online registration: Webinar Registration – Zoom
After registering you will receive a private screening link to watch the film on your own time prior to the live Q&A on May 26th.
In partnership with WHIAAPI, CA API Commission, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and Asians in LA.
What does it mean to be an AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY today? Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American woman in Detroit, who died in October 2015 at 100 years old, has a surprising vision of revolution. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompassed the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. This Peabody Award-winning documentary plunges us into Boggs’ lifelong practice of igniting community dialogue and action, work that traverses the major U.S. social movements of the last century: from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond.
Madeline Di Nonno | President and CEO, GDIGM
Laura Shin | Acting Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Howard Ou | Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
Erika Moritsugu | Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison
Connie Chung Joe | CEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Grace Lee | Award-Winning Director and Producer
13. 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- email@example.com
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!
14. Wednesday, 6:00pm, Root Causes of Forced Migration: Climate Change, Food Production and Environmental Disaster (Part 2)
Join attorneys and community organizers for conversation on how climate change is driving forced migration by endangering food production and increasing environmental disasters that are making locations across the world unlivable, and how grassroots movements are fighting against these incredible forces.
Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson
José Artiga, SHARE Foundation
Carolina Martin Ramos, Esq, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim
Luis Marcos, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim
Host: National Lawyers Guild
Thursday, May 27
15. Thursday, 7:00am – 8:30am (PT);10:00am – 11:30am (ET), Virtual Forum: Right to Live Without a Blockade
The Martin Luther King Center in Cuba, along with the Cuban Association of the United Nations (ACNU) and the Oxfam Program in Cuba, invites you to join next Thursday, May 27th, at 10 a.m. for the Virtual Forum: Right to Live Without a Blockade. The forum is part of the launch of a new Oxfam report on the impacts of U.S. sanctions on the Cuban people and on the life of women.
The report details how the U.S. Blockade against Cuba hinders development and Cuba’s ability to carry out projects, it limits the development of capacities, the people’s leadership, and the full exercise of their rights – particularly those groups that are most vulnerable. The report emphasizes the experience of women, illustrating the impacts of the Blockade on the Cuban population over these last six decades, and even more intensely, in this current moment of the global pandemic.
Forum will put into dialogue testimonies and analysis from Cuba and the United States, and will advance proposals for an urgent change to this policy towards Cuba. The space will be facilitated by Cristina Escobar, a Cuban journalist who specializes in international issues, and will be livestreamed in Spanish and English in order to reach a large audience.
16. Thursday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Conversations on Race, Climate, & Community-Centered Justice
What’s possible when we advocate both for people and the planet? Join Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Leah Thomas, and Diandra Marizet for a conversation about challenging the status quo, connecting the injustices disproportionately affecting frontline communities with environmental harms, and building an inclusive version of environmentalism.
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and Founder, Hip Hop Caucus
Leah Thomas, Founder, Intersectional Environmentalist
Diandra Marizet, Co-Founder, Intersectional Environmentalist
17. Thursday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Beyond Solidarity: Bridging the Black-Asian Divide
Registration link: https://www.riseup4justice.org/livestream
In this Rise Up For Justice livestream conversation, Black and Asian scholars and activists discuss the opportunities and challenges of building a multi-racial justice movement that includes both communities. They’ll explore cross-group tensions as well as pathways to mutual solidarity and bridging.
– Cat Brooks, Anti Police-Terror Project
– Tracy La, VietRISE
– Dr. Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles
– Annie “Lucky” Ho, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
– Gerald Lenoir, Othering & Belonging Institute
Friday, May 28
18. Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Shut Down the Police Officers Association
SF Police Officers Association
800 Bryant St (@ 6th Street corner)
Saturday, May 29
19. Saturday 12Noon -5:00pm / Sunday, 12Noon – 5:00pm, Carnaval SF – Our Existence is Resistance Resource Fair & Celebration
John O’Connell High School, on Harrison between 18th and 20th Streets, and on Alabama from 19th to 20th Streets.
The event will provide culturally relevant and free COVID-19 testing, health, education, employment, housing, groceries and other resources to Latino residents hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. We will also include the sounds and dances of Carnaval from local artists and musicians!
CANA-Carnaval San Francisco, in partnership with the San Francisco Latino Task Force, community based organizations, health providers and SF City Departments
Host: Carnaval San Francisco
Sunday, May 30
20. Sunday, 11:30am – 2:00pm, San Francisco Caravan: End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba!
1875 Marin St.
Across the United States and around the world, car caravans are taking place on the last Sunday of each month, leading up to the June 23rd United Nations vote on the resolution calling for the end of the U.S. blockade on Cuba.
The Trump administration signed more than 240 measures against Cuba, tightening the blockade, including banning remittances from Cuban-Americans to their families in Cuba ($1.5 billion in 2019), placing Cuba on the “sponsor of state terrorism” list, forcing other countries to also deny Cuba trade. This is false and an outrage. It is Cuba that has suffered from U.S.-backed terrorist attacks that have killed 3,478 Cuban citizens and injured 2,099.
The 60-year blockade is a violation of International law. It is a criminal and inhumane policy to punish the Cuban people for their independence and sovereignty.
Endorsed by: Codepink, Task Force on the Americas, Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT)
Hosts: ANSWER Coalition, Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee
21. Sunday, 2:00pm, Love, Heal, Transform: One Year Memorial of the San Quentin Covid-19 Outbreak
In-person register: San Quentin Interfaith Vigil (google.com)
Main (East) Gate
Mask & social distancing if participating in person
Virtually on facebook live
Join the interfaith community and loved ones impacted by incarceration in prayer and reflection on the 1st Anniversary of the San Quentin COVID-19 Outbreak, the largest outbreak in the nation leading to the deaths of 28 people incarcerated inside San Quentin and over 222 deaths in California jails, prisons and detention centers. This will be a sacred space for grief, mourning, healing, and acknowledgment. We will memorialize lives lost and offer prayers for those still incarcerated and their families, who continue to live at risk of COVID and other infectious diseases.
We know that many inside have not had the space to process and heal given the severe mental, emotional, and physical health toll that a year of lockdown and isolation has represented.
Host: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Tuesday, June 1
22. Tuesday, 10:00am, ACTION: Community Solutions, Not Chevron’s Pollution!
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale St. (10min walk from Embarcadero BART)
Join Communities for a Better Environment at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) headquarters to fight for the strongest protections against toxic PM 2.5 pollution from the Chevron refinery right here in the Bay Area.
Stand up to Chevron with Richmond and local communities before the Air District Board’s final vote on the landmark pollution protection rule recommended to the Board.