Editorial: Democrats can protect us from gun violence or protect the filibuster. They can’t do both

Chronicle Editorial Board May 27, 2021 Comments (SFChronicle.com)

Sheriff's deputies responding to the San Jose shooting.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to the San Jose shooting.Jim Gensheimer/Special to The Chronicle

Democrats control the White House and Capitol Hill, the National Rifle Association is broke and discredited, and the grim rhythm of American mass shootings has resumed after an all too brief pandemic lull. Congress’ inaction on the violence, however, springs eternal.

shooting at a San Jose light rail yard Wednesday morning was the latest in a series of horrific firearm-assisted slaughters of Americans in workplaces, businesses and homes in recent months. In March alone, 10 people were shot to death in a Colorado supermarket; eight, including six Asian women, were killed at three Atlanta area spas; and four, among them a 9-year-old boy, died at a Southern California office complex. Now nine victims are reported to have been killed and more injured at the Valley Transportation Authority facility near downtown San Jose, making it the Bay Area’s worst such outburst of violence on record.

It was the ninth shooting of the year in which at least four Americans were killed, according to one tally, and the 231st in which at least four were shot.

While such multiple shootings draw disproportionate attention, they represent a tiny fraction of the country’s gun violence. Despite last year’s relative absence of headline-grabbing armed attacks, nearly 20,000 Americans died in gun homicides, the most in at least two decades. Even more took their own lives with firearms, and about twice as many were injured.

Reports of the killing in San Jose emerged as Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee began to excoriate David Chipman, President Biden’s choice to lead the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His crime? Having the common sense to suggest that we ought to do something about all of this.

It’s an understandably uncontroversial view among Americans, more than 80% of whom reliably support universal background checks in public opinion polls. Biden called on lawmakers to close loopholes in the background check system during his first address to a joint session of Congress last month. And yet a bill to achieve just that, championed by Democratic North Bay Rep. Mike Thompson, passed the House during that violent month of March only to stall again in the Senate, this time despite a Democratic majority.

A few House Republicans supported Thompson’s bill, and bipartisan negotiations between Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, reportedly have made progress. But the bill needs 10 Republican votes in the Senate, more than it got in the House, to overcome a filibuster in a chamber that is already a graveyard of similar efforts. The best hope of redeeming this record of failure comes down to Democrats realizing that the Senate’s hoary traditions are less important than the next 20,000 senseless losses.

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AB 1177 Heads to the Assembly Floor!

AB 1177, the California Public Banking Option Act, received an AYE vote from every Democrat in the Assembly Appropriations Committee last Thursday and now heads to the Assembly floor for a vote in a few days!

Big banks that made billions from overdraft fees during the pandemic are doing everything in their power to mislead legislators about what BankCal does. We need to flood their offices with our demand for banking that serves our communities, not Wall Street profits.

Legislators need to hear from us.

Take two action steps today:

1. Sign our Action Network letter and help us reach our goal of 300 emails to legislators by June 1st. Send an email to Assemblymembers and tell them to Pass AB 1177! 

Sign and share! actionnetwork.org/letters/ab1177

2. Make one quick call and tell your Assemblymember: Pass AB 1177! BankCal provides access to free, zero-penalty essential financial services to all Californians to create wealth, close the racial wealth gap, and build back better from the pandemic.

Call your Legislator: findyourrep.legislature.ca.govCheck out Indivisible Ventura’s Call-to-Action!

Signal boost on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags #AB1177 #YesOnAB1177 or #BankCalNow.

May 27 @ 3:45pm – Update on Block the Boat

UPDATE – May 27th, 3:45pm From AROC on FB: AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center | Facebook

For TEXT updates call: 181-BLOCKZIM #BlocktheBoat(1.812.562.5946)

We’ve delayed ZIM – Our readiness to mobilize to the Port of Oakland is working! The Israeli ZIM-operated “Volans” ship was scheduled to dock this morning, but hasn’t done so in fear of facing our protest. For every hour its cargo isn’t unloaded, the Apartheid state of Israel loses enormous amounts money. Our action is sending a clear message that Israel’s occupation of Palestine will come with a heavy price. Stay tuned, as ZIM-operated ships are still on the schedule for the Port of Oakland. Let’s keep up the momentum and keep apartheid-profiteering out of the Bay Area!


#BlockTheBoat #BDS #ShutdownApartheid 

Update 5/26 – Block the Boat

5/26/21 #BlockTheBoat UPDATE:

The Volans ship, operated by the Israeli and apartheid profiteering ZIM shipping company, is getting closer to the Bay by the minute. Be ready to mobilize any day now to block it! We will be sending a text alert and posting here once we confirm the exact day, time, and location at the Port of Oakland.

Visit our website, www.blocktheboat.org! We will be posting updates there, as well as accessibility and transportation information.

#BDS #ShutdownApartheid

We will update everyone via text and on social media when we confirm the exact day, time, and where in the port we will need to be to block the Zim-operated ship. #BDS #ShutdownApartheid #BlocktheBoat

Text ‘BTB’ to 181BLOCKZIM (1.812.562.5946) to join our text blast system for news and calls to action at the Port of Oakland

Info: AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center | Facebook

Housing creation with heart

Pierce Smith, left, and Ed Taylor have enjoyed living together in the Sunset as a result of a program called Home Match. (Courtesy photo)

Pierce Smith, left, and Ed Taylor have enjoyed living together in the Sunset as a result of a program called Home Match. (Courtesy photo)

Home Match links seniors with people who need an affordable place to live

Is it possible to create housing in San Francisco that isn’t controversial?

Pierce Smith and Ed Taylor discovered a way to quietly meet their housing needs while avoiding The City’s fierce political battles over where and what to build.

Their solution doesn’t change neighborhood character, pit landlords against tenants, or take a decade to get approved and built. They joined a nonprofit program called Home Match that pairs seniors who have an extra bedroom with people looking for an affordable place to live.

Seniors get additional income, help around the house and someone to talk to. Their housemates get to stay in San Francisco at a fraction of the cost.

What’s the catch? Pierce is 81 and Ed is 27. Imagine the high jinks when a military veteran from the Silent Generation shares his home with a rock-climbing millennial.

“We’re still trying to figure some things out,” Pierce said. “Like who puts the dishes in the dishwasher. But you don’t want to father your roommate. That’s a bad idea.”

“At 81, I thought Pierce would be ancient and close to turning to dust,” Ed said. “But Pierce is entirely with it — except for the occasional senior moment, like him accidentally eating my ice cream.”

Cue the theme music to “The Odd Couple.”

Matchmaker, matchmaker

The pairing of Ed and Pierce was not random. There is a process.

“It’s like a dating service but not meant for romance,” said program director Karen Coppock. “Expectations are discussed and set up front.”

Coppock also plays the role of head matchmaker. Cue the song from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

“When I met Pierce it was like an awkward first date,” Ed said. “But we got positive vibes from each other. We both read people well.”

Coppock gives hosts a list of potential housemates to choose from. During the pandemic, pairs were first introduced by Zoom. Then they advanced to a socially distanced in-person meeting.

A match is usually made after a host looks at three or four applicants that Coppock screens with background checks. Current listings offer rooms that range from $400 to $1,100 a month.

Pierce chose to share his Inner Sunset apartment with Ed because he was looking for more companionship.

“Having someone to talk to is more civilized than living by yourself,” Pierce said. “Being lonely is no fun.”

Ed was impressed by Pierce’s history as a Vietnam War medic, construction worker on the BART Transbay tube, and someone who dated an heiress whose grandfather went down with the Titanic.

“Pierce has lived lives I can’t fathom,” Ed said. “I like hearing his stories because he has a lot of knowledge and experience. Pierce did way more at my age than I’m doing at the moment.”

Living contract

A mutually negotiated contract between host and housemate sets the terms for everything from rules on overnight guests to chores that can reduce the rent. The typical host is a woman around age 70 and they usually prefer a female housemate.

Sometimes changes to the contract are needed and Coppock serves as the broker — like when a housemate starts dating someone and requests an increase in the number of nights guests can stay in a month.

Half of the hosts never allow guests. The rest say it’s OK with some boundaries. To keep Pierce safe during the pandemic, Ed spent nights at his girlfriend’s place before vaccinations were available.

“She’s a teacher who worked from home and didn’t go anywhere, so Pierce was comfortable with it,” Ed said. “We were always conscious of Pierce’s age and health concerns.”

Contracts are commonly amended when hosts decide they want more help with daily activities in exchange for a reduction in rent. Housemates can agree to a set number of hours a week for house cleaning, running errands or assisting with technology and internet questions. They can even arrange to have a certain number of meals together.

Ed and Pierce have been living together for nearly a year, which is the average length of a pairing. The longest match in San Francisco is five years so far. The minimum stay is three months, “because we’re not Airbnb,” Coppock said.

But Home Match isn’t guaranteed lifelong housing. Individuals living in an owner-occupied home aren’t subject to tenant’s rights under California laws. A housemate cannot stay beyond the agreed upon date and hosts are able to end a contract at will.

While Coppock mediates disputes, she said break-ups are rare. Housemates usually move out when they’re able to get their own place or a host becomes ill and requires more advanced care than Home Match can offer.

“Everyone signs a living contract that can evolve over time,” Coppock said.

Homeless prevention

Ed was living in the Hunters Point neighborhood before he became a Home Match client. When the pandemic hit, his roommates left San Francisco and he couldn’t afford to keep the apartment himself.

“I’m underemployed, which is common for my age group,” said Ed, who has a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of San Francisco and worked as an administrative assistant for One Medical.

“But I didn’t want to move back in with my parents in Los Angeles,” Ed said. “After becoming sober, I became part of a recovery community here and I was afraid to reconstruct that network somewhere else.”

Ed stumbled upon Home Match while reading Craigslist ads.

“I was relatively desperate, so I gave it a try,” he said. “Now I have a bit more faith that things are going to work out in life since this worked out so well.”

When it comes to San Francisco’s housing wars, Ed said he wishes more apartment buildings were allowed in all parts of The City.

“The only option with our limited space is to build up,” Ed said. “If we can’t agree to do that, at least Home Match can house people using what we already have.”

There was a time when Ed was homeless. The Salvation Army offered him a safe place to live and get sober.

“I know how important it is for people having challenges to have shelter,” he said.

Coppock said Home Match placed a couple living in their car who had lost jobs during the pandemic and burned through their savings.

“We’re good at homeless prevention,” Coppock said.

‘A great thing’

Home Match is a city-sanctioned program that former Supervisor Katy Tang started in San Francisco through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

Today, Home Match is offered in multiple cities throughout the Bay Area. It’s run by an affiliation between nonprofit organizations Covia and Front Porch. Coppack oversees all of the programs and directly manages the San Francisco operation.

Pierce heard about Home Match through a social worker.

“I was living on social security, which isn’t much, and I needed more income,” said Pierce, who is twice-divorced. “I was going through depression living alone. My kids are so far away in Philadelphia and Florida. I had no idea how helpful Home Match would be. It’s a great thing.”

It’s hard to say who benefits most from the arrangement, Pierce or Ed.

Ed gets to live in a bigger and nicer apartment than he could ever afford in San Francisco. He also sees Pierce’s antique furniture and 1930s decor as a bonus.

“Everything matches the era of the building, so it fits. And I don’t have to sit on random college kid furnishings from the sidewalk,” Ed said.

Home Match provided both Ed and Pierce with housing security, a rare outcome as San Francisco fights with itself about how to address its housing shortage.

Perhaps the key to Home Match success is the human connection.

“Living with Pierce is much more than a secure living situation. It’s improved my quality of life,” Ed said. “We get along well even if our lifestyles are a bit different. I think with age comes serenity, which is a great attribute in a roommate.”

Joel Engardio is a neighborhood advocate who lives on San Francisco’s westside. His blog is engardio.com.

SF could cut homelessness in half, quickly, new report shows

Coalition on Homelessness identifies money to move 3,800 people off the streets — now — if the mayor would go along.

By TIM REDMOND

MAY 24, 2021 (48hills.org)

San Francisco could bring nearly half of all of the unhoused people in the city into safe affordable housing in a very short period of time using existing local, state, and federal funding, the Coalition on Homelessness concludes in a report released last week.

San Francisco could cut homelessness in half if the mayor would take the initiative.


“We believe we have a magical moment — the real estate, the money and the know how to make the dream of a home a reality for five times as many people as the mayor’s predecessors were able to do,” Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the coalition, said.

The report, which you can read here, goes through the numbers in detail. It demonstrates that the cost of keeping people housed is far lower than the cost of serving them when they are on the streets. And it notes that the city has “a golden opportunity” to make massive strides on what many say is the most critical issue in San Francisco:

There are currently at least 8,000 unhoused San Franciscans; and thousands more low-income families and individuals are at risk of losing their homes. In addition, studies demonstrate that we spend far more on emergency room, hospital and other social service costs by forcing someone to remain tethered to a state of homelessness than it would cost to house that same individual.  We cannot afford to go back to the failed policies that led to this crisis.  Our people need real solutions––and the good news is that the pandemic has opened up a golden opportunity to make major changes that will permanently address homelessness and the lack of truly affordable housing in our City.

With unprecedented amounts of Federal, State and local (Prop C) funding available, and rare amounts of real estate for sale at lower prices than usual, we need to seize the moment and acquire at least 1,000 units of housing now.

The study notes that a survey sent to the owners of smaller hotels in San Francisco showed that more than 70 are open to either selling their property or giving the city a long-term lease.

We’re not talking about the Hilton or the Marriott here; these are hotels that will probably be empty or have low occupancy for several years to come as tourism slowly returns.

“Many of these could be converted to studios easily, require little rehabilitation, have elevators, and would be available at half the cost of new construction,” the study says.

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And there’s money available, both from Prop. C and from state and federal sources. That’s the most remarkable thing about this study: It identifies exactly where the money is, right now, for the city to acquire 1,590 units of permanently affordable housing.

It’s way cheaper to buy and retrofit hotels:

And there’s a lot of state money – right now, but it won’t be there forever. Here’s what the state is offering:

Here’s how the money could add up:

The report concludes that Mayor London Breed has “a generational opportunity to save countless lives.” She could “significantly, permanently, and visibly reduce homelessness.”

Consider:

The 1,590 unit acquisitions, added to the Prop C investment plan of 1,695 permanent private market rental subsidies and 540 two-year private market rental subsidies, would result in a total of 3,825 unhoused households leaving homelessness behind them, while preventing homelessness for at least another 7,000 households each year, and adding hundreds of beds to our mental health and substance use treatment system. For comparison, in a typical year pre-pandemic, San Francisco was bringing about 780 unhoused households into housing each year.  With this investment, Mayor Breed would house almost 50 percent of the current Point in Time Count, five times the number of unhoused individuals housed by her predecessors. 

Imagine: Cutting homelessness in half, in just a year or two, by moving people into safe spaces with social-services support.

Breed is happy to move toward more cops into mid-Market (where a lot of unhoused people live). Friedenebach told me:

I think we have learned the hard and long way that police are not an appropriate nor effective response to socioeconomic and health issues. If we want to address homelessness, we know housing works. If we want to address drug addiction, we know treatment works. If we want to address underground economies, we know providing opportunities for dignified employment works.

Imagine what would happen if we had the leadership from the Mayor’s Office to do this.

Tim RedmondTim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.

Biden Concerned Ambitious Agenda Could Be Stalled By Him Not Really Caring If It Happens Or Not

Yesterday 7:00AM (theonion.com)

WASHINGTON—Faced with obstacles to his policy proposals that threatened to derail their passage, President Joe Biden on Tuesday reportedly expressed his concern that his ambitious agenda could be stalled by him not really caring if it happens or not. “I came into office with a mandate to enact big, bold legislation that would improve the lives of everyday Americans, but we still face the significant obstacle of it not particularly mattering to me whether we ever actually do that,” said Biden, warning that campaign promises like eliminating student loan debt, passing large-scale infrastructure reform, and reducing income inequality don’t have a chance of happening if he can’t get himself on board. “We can talk all we want about protecting voting rights or improving our healthcare system, but ultimately it doesn’t matter if I don’t have any real stake in making those changes happen. Frankly, it’s possible we will never get these things across the finish line unless I start to give a shit.” Biden also cautioned that even if he did start ramping up public pressure to enact his ambitious agenda, it could still be stalled in Congress by dozens of Democrats who also don’t give a flying fuck whether or not it ever passes.

CONSERVATIVE MAN MISSES DAYS WHEN U.S. ARMY WAS 2 INCHES TALL, GREEN, AND PLASTIC

Friday 2:35PM (theonion.com)

MINNETONKA, MN—Calling the armed forces of today a “far cry” from the honorable soldiers he recalled from his upbringing, local conservative resident Phil Hayes told reporters Friday he longed for a bygone era when the U.S. Army was 2 inches tall, green, and plastic. “When I was young, every man in the Army respected the chain of command and knew how to follow orders, whether they were deployed on the ground in hostile backyard terrain or striving to take an enemy anthill,” said the 45-year-old, adding that modern troops did not have the commitment to duty required to face a torture-by-melting in the microwave or to jump out of a tree equipped with nothing more than a makeshift parachute fashioned from notebook paper and twine. “I mean, Jesus Christ, what happened? Back then, men were heroes who would hold their position no matter what, never letting their guard down as they stood in place with a grenade, rifle, flamethrower, mortar, or bazooka. This new crop is just a bunch of snowflakes who could never complete a deadly mission under the bed or fight off insurgent Barbies until the LEGO reinforcements could arrive.” Hayes went on to say that above all, he missed the days when everyone in the military was one color, one gender, and couldn’t open their fused, plastic mouths to talk back.

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Tuesday, May 25 – Tuesday, June 1 (from Adrienne Fong)

Periodic posting

NOTE: Articles are divided in two sections  – there’s a section of articles on Palestine / Israel

*** ASL interpretation – Let me know if your event needs this service .***

Please include Accessibility and ASL info in your events! And if your action is ‘child friendly’

Please post your actions on Indybay: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

 See Indybay  for many other listings of events.

Site for other Bay Area Events

ARTICLES:

A. Restaurant Workers Say They Won’t Return to Work Without a Living Wage  – May 24, 2021

Restaurant Workers Say They Won’t Return to Work Without a Living Wage (truthout.org)

B. Mexico Wants to Import Non-GMO Corn and US Farmers Say They Can Deliver It – May 22, 2021

Opinion | Mexico Wants to Import Non-GMO Corn and US Farmers Say They Can Deliver It (commondreams.org)

C. Death Row Inmates Sue After They’re Asked To Pick Firing Squad Or Electric Chair – May 20, 2021

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/20/998600135/south-carolina-reinstates-firing-squad-but-not-without-legal-challenges#:~:text=Ethics-,Inmates%20In%20South%20Carolina%20To%20Choose%20Electric%20Chair%20Or%20Firing,is%20more%20about%20conservative%20politics.

D. How America’s state police got military weapons

How Did Local Police Acquire Surplus Military Weapons? (businessinsider.com)

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

Israeli Army Abducts 36 Palestinians, Including 20 In Jerusalem – – IMEMC News

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

Dockworkers in South Africa Refuse to Offload Israeli Cargo Ship in Solidarity with Palestine – Left Voice

D. Video: World stands with Palestine  – May 20, 2021

Video: World stands with Palestine | The Electronic Intifada

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!

  SIGN: Tell Pres. Biden: Pardon Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale! (salsalabs.org)

3. Oppose “La Muerte” de la Mision (The Death of the Mission) – Luxury Development on 22nd & Mission

  SIGN: Oppose “La Muerte” de la Mision (The Death of the Mission) – Luxury Development on 22nd & Mission | MoveOn

4. Email Mayor Breed to Expand Disability and Senior Subsidies

  SIGN: Email Mayor Breed to Expand Disability and Senior Subsidies (actionnetwork.org)

   – 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!

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

  See event # 22

6. No new water permit for Nestlé spin-off!

  SIGN: No new water permit for Nestlé spin-off! | Courage Campaign

7. Protect warehouse workers in California

  SIGN: Protect warehouse workers in California! | Courage Campaign

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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)

#BDS #shutdownapartheid

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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EVENTS

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)
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.

SPEAKERS

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)

Info: Anti Police-Terror Project: Press Conference on the Anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, Demand Inv | Facebook

2. Tuesday, 12Noon – 1:30pm, Grandmothers to Grandmothers- Stop Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline – public invite

Blackrock Plaza
400 Howard St. at Fremont & 1st Streets
SF

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, molly6@pacbell.net 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

Info: (1) Grandmothers to Grandmothers- Stop Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline – public invite | Facebook

3. Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:30pm (PT); 5:00pm- 6:30pm(ET), PIC Abolition, the War on Terror, and the Deportation Machine

Register for info: PIC Abolition, the War on Terror, and the Deportation Machine Tickets, Tue, May 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

  $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.

Speakers:

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

Info: PIC Abolition, the War on Terror, and the Deportation Machine : Indybay

4. Tuesday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, March on Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder by Police in Los Altos / Palo Alto

Gather at:

Los Altos High School
201 Almond Ave.
Los Altos

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

https://www.justicevanguard.org/

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

Info: March on Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder by Police in Los Altos / Palo Alto : Indybay

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

RSVP: Silver Screen Series: Our Bodies Our Doctors Tickets, Tue, May 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

 Screening of “Our Bodies Our Doctors

   4:00pm (PT)

   7:00pm (ET)

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

Info: “Our Bodies Our Doctors”: Abortion Rights & Access Film & Discussion w/ Director Haaken : Indybay

7. Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, The Legacy of Comfort Women: Objectification of Asian Women Then and Now

Details sent after registration:

RSVP: https://hcsc.clubs.harvard.edu/article.html?aid=1456

Free

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).

Speakers:

Lee Yong-soo,

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

Register for info: Buy: Black, API and Trans Solidarity Roundtable – Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 at 5 P.M. PDT (force.com)

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.

SPEAKERS

• 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

Info: Black, API and Trans Solidarity Roundtable | Facebook

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.

Info: California Nurses Association – Posts | Facebook

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

Info: (2) NorCal PHRA Endorsers Unity Call | Facebook

Wednesday, May 26

11. Wednesday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Protest at Chevron HQ! Free Myanmar!

Chevron Headquarters
6001 Bollinger Canyon
San Ramon

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

Info: Protest at Chevron HQ! Free Myanmar! : Indybay 

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. 

Synopsis: 
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.

Moderator
Madeline Di Nonno | President and CEO, GDIGM

Opening Remarks
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

Speaker
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- 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)

14. Wednesday, 6:00pm, Root Causes of Forced Migration: Climate Change, Food Production and Environmental Disaster (Part 2)

Register: Root Causes of Forced Migration: Climate Change, Food Production, and Environmental Disaster (Part 2) | National Lawyers Guild – Bay Area Chapter Powerbase (ourpowerbase.net)

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.

Speakers

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

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Livestream: here

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

Online register: Intersections: Conversations on race, climate, and community-centered justice | Earthjustice

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.

Speakers:
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and Founder, Hip Hop Caucus
Leah Thomas, Founder, Intersectional Environmentalist
Diandra Marizet, Co-Founder, Intersectional Environmentalist

Host: Earthjustice

Info: (3) Conversations on Race, Climate, & Community-Centered Justice | Facebook

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.

Speakers include:

– 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)
SF

RESIST  with Mothers on the March, Black and Brown for Justice, Peace and Equality, Family’s who loved ones have been killed by SFPD, and Community

   – Demand the San Francisco Police Officers Association be Shut Down!

   – The SF Police Officers Association Be Declared a Non Grata Organization

   – Demand the Police Officers Bill of Rights be Abolished.

   – Jail Killer Cops – we want killer cops to be charged with murder.

   – Abolish the Police

Weekly resistnace.

After the trial of Chauvin in MN it is clear that ABOLISHION of the police with community control is the solution!

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.
SF

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

Info: Carnaval SF – Our Existence is Resistance Resource Fair & Celebration | Facebook

Sunday, May 30

20. Sunday, 11:30am – 2:00pm, San Francisco Caravan: End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba!

Gather at:

1875 Marin St.
SF

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

Info: San Francisco Caravan: End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba! | Facebook

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
San Quentin

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

Info: Love, Heal, Transform: One Year Memorial of the San Quentin Covid-19 Outbreak | Facebook

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)
SF

RSVP ACTION: Community Solutions, Not Chevron’s Pollution! (actionnetwork.org)

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.

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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.

Info: (1) ACTION: Community Solutions, Not Chevron’s Pollution! | Facebook