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A. Israel launches air strikes on Gaza putting fragile ceasefire in jeopardy – June 16, 2021
B. South Carolina inmate to be executed Friday, met with rising opposition – June 15, 2021
This week is the anniversary of the electric-chair execution of George Junius Stinney, Jr.
He was 14 years old, and weighed 90 pounds, when he was executed in the state of South Carolina by electric chair.
(he was declared innocent 70 years after his execution).
See Action # 4
C. Exelon Sees No Future in Nuclear Power – Why Should Anyone Else?
D. A Native-Led Fight Against Pipeline Construction Has Begun in Minnesota
E. Israel’s government: Same ax, new executioner – June 14, 2021
F. 104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba – June 12, 2021
G. Gov. Newsome: A vaccination verification system is coming ‘very shortly’
H. The Looming Threat of Eviction: The Continued Displacement of the Maasai Under the Guise of Conservation in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
ACTIONS / PETITIONS
* * *Please do this tonight! * * *
1. Reinvest CJR savings into our community and get the sheriff out of clinics and hospitals
Please add your signature today to send a prepared letter to the SF Board of Supervisors. The Board’s Budget & Appropriations Committee meets tomorrow (Thursday 6/17 at 10am)
See event # 2
2. We Say: No new money for the Pentagon!
3. No More Weapons for Israel
4. Urge President Biden to Commute Federal Death Row
President Biden says he supports eliminating the federal death penalty but hasn’t taken any action yet. So we’re asking you to join us in urging him to commute the sentences of the 46 men currently on federal death row and eliminate the possibility that we will witness again the killing spree that the Trump Administration committed in the last half of 2020.
The federal death penalty system is deeply flawed. It reflects the misguided “tough on crime” policies of the 1990s and early 2000s and shows the same racial bias that we see in state death penalty systems. Of the 46 men currently on federal death row, 39 percent are Black, compared with about 13 percent of the U.S. population. Seven of the 13 executions carried out last year were people of color. In addition, several of the men on death row, including those among the 13 who were executed in the last half of 2020, were not the accused killers, and their culpable or equally culpable co-defendants were not sentenced to death.
5. 4,500 people are at risk of being sent back to prison – Keep them home
Thousands of people who were released from prison during the pandemic, and have been safely reconnecting with their families and friends, are now at threat of being re-incarcerated.
6. Celebrate DACA’s anniversary with a pathway to citizenship for immigrants!
7. Use 2% of California’s Budget Surplus to Bury Fire-Causing Power Lines
Thursday, June 17 – Sunday, June 20
Thursday, June 17
#BLOCKTHEBOAT – Israeli ZIM Ships
– ZIM VOLANS is still docked at Prince Rupert – no updates today
-ZIM SAN DIEGO is still docked in Seattle – no updates today
1. Thursday, 9:00am, Rally for a People’s Budget! Action + Press Conference
Frank H. Ogawa Plz. (Oscar Grant Plz)
Budgets are moral documents — they reveal what our city prioritizes and cares about. The Mayor’s proposed budget would DOUBLE police overtime and would spend $350 million into armed police officers but just $32 million into addressing the housing crisis.
Join the Refund Labor and Community coalition at Oscar Grant plaza this Thursday June 17th at 9 am to demand that the City of Oakland adopt a People’s Just Recovery Budget before the City Council meets at 10:30am!
Oakland must prioritizes creating housing, jobs, cultural programs and fully funding essential city services such as trash cleanup, libraries, parks instead of criminalization and over-policing.
We demand full funding of our parks, our libraries, our rec centers, affordable housing, and community-based mental health and violence prevention programs that create pathways to real community safety and prosperity.
Hosts: Refund Oakland & East Bay Democratic Socialist of America
2. Thursday, 10:00am, Public Comment Needed at SF Board of Sups. Budget & Appropriations Meeting
Give Public Comment at the budget hearing starting at 10 a.m. though we expect the relevant items to show up at 1PM.
You can follow the city agenda here.
Divest in Harm, Invest in Healing
The proposed SF city budget increase the numbers of cops and increases funding to policing and prisons to AN ALL TIME HIGH. We need to make sure the Board of Supervisors hears our calls to divest from policing and incarceration, and refund our communities!
As you know, we closed County Jail 4 (850 Bryant) last year thanks to strong advocacy from the community. Now it’s time to demand a refund to the community that is at least equivalent to the operating costs of CJ4 and taking the sheriff out of our city hospitals and clinics.
San Francisco Police Department and Sheriffs Department budgets are being reviewed
This month, the Board of Supervisors will decide whether to cut funding to the Sheriff’s Department budget. We have an opportunity to divert nearly $50 million dollars away from the Sheriff to instead fund services that help make our communities safer: housing, healthcare, education, and more.
Alert prepared by DefundSFPDNOW, with many supporting community based organizations.
3. Thursday, 10:30am, Oakland – Action Alert – Tell City Council it’s time to Refund, Restore, and Reimagine!
Online register: Action Alert – Tell City Council it’s time to Refund, Restore, and Reimagine! (actionnetwork.org)
ZOOM link will be sent once U RSVP
Even after thousands of Oaklanders have demanded that the city reduce police spending and instead invest in community services, Mayor Schaaf’s proposed Oakland city budget for 2021-2023 would increase the police budget yet again.
Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas just released her budget proposal on Monday, June 14. While we believe a much larger divestment from law enforcement is necessary, it’s promising to see that the Council President’s budget includes a comprehensive audit of the Oakland Police Department and a thorough examination of positions that could be civilianized, moved out of OPD, or a combination of the two.
The safest communities are the most resourced communities, where everyone has their basic needs met. Instead of criminalizing, caging, and killing our Black, Brown, and unhoused neighbors, the City of Oakland needs to ensure that ALL Oaklanders have secure and affordable access to healthy food and water, quality housing, mental health resources, education, meaningful employment opportunities, and community-based responses to harm and gender violence.
Please join us at the upcoming special City Council meeting, where they will hear proposed amendments to Libby’s budget proposal, and sign up to give public comment! We need to put the pressure on City Council right NOW & continue to demand that they defund OPD and refund, restore, reimagine.
Info from APTP
4. Thursday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Juneteenth Kickoff Rally
SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
Juneteenth is it a Celebration? Or is it a Continuous fight for our Freedom?
Are we Really Free?
DJ Dave will be in the house and entertainment will include spoken word artists, the Carribean Queen of Dance, and will conclude with a dance party in the streets. Speakers will be addressing eliminating disparities experienced by Black San Franciscans in the areas of housing, education, health, mass incarceration and policing injustice, employment and homelessness.
Sponsors: Human Rights Commission, Community Impact, Westside Community Mental Health, Officers For Justice, Mother Brown’s, and Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community.
5. Thursday, 4:00pm (PT); 7:00pm (ET), Voices Against Empire: A Discussion on Black Radical Media
Online register: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Join BAP for “Voices Against Empire: A Discussion on Black Radical Media.” Come hear our webinar as we explore the radical traditions in Black emancipatory journalism and learn about how revolutionary struggle can be supported with media that share a vision for liberation.
Host: Black Alliance For Peace
6. Thursday, 5:00pm-6:00pm (PT); 8:00pm – 9:00pm (ET), Facing the Climate Crisis: Clean Energy Proposals & Real Climate Solutions
Recording afterward will be available: https://www.facebook.com/FoodandWaterWatch/
There’s been a lot of debate recently about President Biden’s climate agenda, especially something called a Clean Electricity Standard. Sounds great, right? It’s not quite as simple as it sounds, and it all depends on your definition of “clean”.
Join experts and advocates for an education webinar on the nuances of these climate policies and how we can fight for meaningful solutions to the climate crisis.
–Mitch Jones, Food & Water Watch
–Kandi White, Indigenous Environmental Network
–Kyle Whyte, Professor, University of Michigan
–Jean Su, Center for Biological Diversity.
Hosted by Food & Water Watch, Center for Biological Diversity, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Friends of the Earth.
7. Thursday, 5:00pm (PT), 8:00pm (ET), Defend Trans Youth! Cops and Colonizers Out of Pride!
Online register: Webinar Registration – Zoom
oin the LGBTQ+ Caucus of Workers World Party and friends for a discussion about the critical issues facing our communities. As we enter Pride month, 33 state legislatures are debating 117 bills that if passed would deny basic civil rights to trans people. Why is 2021 a record breaking year for such bigoted legislation. Why are trans youth being targeted?
At the same time, after more than a year of being locked down due to COVID-19, we are continuously faced with the twin epidemics of rampant racist police terror against the Black and Brown communities and US-financed occupation, bombings, and murder of Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza.
While the many Pride marches and activities may be virtual this year, the time is now to organize as the LGBTQ+ communities to defend trans youth and demand that cops and colonizers be thrown out of Pride for good!
Host: Workers World Party
8. Thursday, 7:00pm, After Dark Online: Organizing for Environmental Justice in Richmond
Free online event, recommended for ages 18+. No prior registration required.
Watch the live stream on Facebook: facebook.com/exploratorium
↳ Watch the live stream on YouTube: youtube.com/exploratorium
↳ More details here:
Curious how long you’ll live? Studies suggest that the most accurate predictor is your zip code.
Richmond, California has more asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations than anywhere else in its county. These hospital visits are not equal between demographics: time and again, data shows that Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American Pacific Islander, and other people of color are disproportionately impacted by Richmond’s environmental degradation. However, residents are fighting back.
Join us for this live conversation and hear from prominent Richmond environmental justice organizations about their work to connect with the land as a form of resistance—educating the public, empowering residents, shaping policy, and more.
Hosted by the Exploratorium’s Kate O’Donnell, speakers include:
↳ Doria Robinson, Executive Director, Urban Tilth
↳ Andrés Soto, Richmond Community Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment
↳ Isabella Zizi, Idle No More SF Bay
Friday, June 18
9. Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Shut Down The San Francisco Police Officers Association
SF Police Officers Association
800 Bryant St. (@ 6th St.)
RESIST with “Mothers On The March”, “Black and Brown for Justice and Equality”, Family’s whose love ones have been killed by cops from SFPD, and the Community.
– Demand the San Francisco Police Officers Association be Shut Down!
– The SF Police Officers Association Be Declared a Non Grata Organization
– Call for the abolishment of the ‘Officers Bill of Rights’
– Jail Killer Cops – demand killer cops be charged with murder.
– Abolish the Police
The POA has supported and defended officers who have executed people in our communities
Saturday, June 19
10. Saturday, 11:00am (PT); 2:00pm (ET), The Tide is Shifting: Palestine Advocacy in 2021 (10th Education webinar)
Israel’s recent horrific assault on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and massive plans for ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, alongside recent reports from B’tselem and Human Rights Watch invoking apartheid as a descriptive framework for explaining the realities on the ground in Palestine, have occasioned a noticeable shift in our political discourse vis-à-vis Palestinian human rights.
AMP (American Muslims for Palestine) will be hosting a live discussion here on Facebook with the following featured speakers:
– Congresswoman Marie Newman: Representative from Illinois’s 3rd congressional district since 2021 and leader of a congressional letter opposing Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians from Jerusalem
– Omar Baddar: Palestinian-American political analyst and member of the National Policy Council of the Arab American Institute
– Beth Miller: Senior Government Affairs Manager for Jewish Voice for Peace Action
11. Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Black Liberation Walking Tour Launch
RSVP on event page.
Join us on Juneteenth for the official launch of the Black Liberation Walking Tour.
The BLWT is a community-led cultural asset map that celebrates Hoover Durant’s multigenerational Black history and culture, asserts resident voice, and documents sites of cultural and historical importance of our neighborhood.
Find out more at BLWT.org
From 11 AM – 4 PM on Juneteenth, we invite community for a day of live music, art, and food. Stop by SPARC-It-Place for the official launch of the BLWT, then talk a walk, drive, or bike ride around the Hoover-Foster neighborhood to learn about the 100-year narrative ribbon that leads from the early West Coast civil rights movement, through the second wave of the Great Migration, to the Black Liberation actions of the present day.
12. Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Juneteenth Festival at Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House
4705 3rd St.
Doors open 12:30pm
On Saturday, June 19th, 2021, 12:30PM-3PM, come out and join BVOH for our first outdoor event since the Shelter-In-Place order began. Join us for sun, community and live music.
As the sun begins to set on the pandemic, BVOH is excited to reopen our outdoor stage and invite our community in to celebrate the historic day that the enslaved peoples of Texas found out that they were free and the metaphor of our communities being liberated from our homes and seeing a world beyond the pandemic!
Sunday, June 20
13. 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 and other solidarity demonstrations are taking place in the lead 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.
Hosts: Cuba & Venezuela Solidarity Committee, ANSWER Coalition
14. Sunday, 12Noon (PT); 3:00pm (ET), Nicaragua’s Inspiring Social & Economic Advances
Webinar register: Webinar Registration – Zoom
This 90-minute webinar will start with Jorge Capelán who will discuss Nicaragua’s current defensive actions against US destabilization and intervention in the November elections.
Coleen Littlejohn and Winnie Narváez will discuss current events and describe the amazing advances in every walk of life since 2006 when the Sandinistas won the elections.
Coleen Littlejohn has been living in Nicaragua for most of the last 41 years. She has worked for a wide range of organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, the International Reconstruction Fund (FIR), Nicaragua Network, CAPRI ( a local development NGO she founded in 1988), Save the Children Canada (Managua and Toronto) and the World Bank in Nicaragua, Liberia, West Africa and in Washington, DC.
Winnie Narváez Herrera is a Nicaraguan who holds a degree in sociology and a master in sustainable development from the University of Leuven in Belgium. She is also an artist from the National School of fine Arts in Managua. In Nicaragua she has worked on rural development, housing cooperatives, and cooperative social education research and promotion at ÁBACOenRed.
Host: Alliance For Global Justice
15. Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, LGBTQIA+ Pride: No Place for Cops
Online – must register for link: Meeting Registration – Zoom
The legacy of police brutality and abuse against the LGBTQIA community still continues and has increased since the pandemic. Police have a long history of targeting queer spaces and criminalizing LGBTQIA people, especially trans women of color. Join this conversation on the demand for ‘No Cops in Pride.’ Learn about the resistance and what can be done today to reclaim Pride for the militant marginalized groups who started the queer liberation movement.
The featured speaker will be City College of San Francisco queer educator, Breana Hansen. They are a leader in SF League Against Systemic Harm which calls for massive defunding and demilitarization of the SF police department and fighting to save LGBTQ Studies from being cut. Hosted by Freedom Socialst Party—Bay Area.
Host: Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party
Sunday, 5:00pm (PT); 8:00pm (ET), Film: Sacha, A Child From Chernobyl
A film produced by Resumen Latinoamericano about the untold story of Cuba’s contribution to help victims of Chernobyl.
Sacha Un Niño de Chernobyl
(with English subtitles)
With Remarks by the Cuban Ambassador to the United States, Lianys Torres Rivera
Olexandr Savchenko, “Sacha,” was one year old when the explosion of the nuclear power plant Vladimir Ilich Lenin at Chernobyl occurred on April 26, 1986. He lived in Chernigov, a village in the Ukrainian countryside near the area of the accident. He got sick shortly afterward and doctors were unable to make a clear diagnosis because the healthcare system had collapsed while the then Soviet Union was close to disintegrating. Sacha’s condition worsened to the despair of his mother, Lidia Savchenko, who took her baby from one doctor to another without his getting better. One day, other mothers in similar situations told her that there was a possibility that he could be treated on a small island far away. Sacha, it turns out, is one of the 26,000 boys and girls from Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine who were treated in Cuba over a 21 year period after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.
This is the context for the history told by the new 39 minute documentary film; Sacha, A Child from Chernobyl, directed by Cuban film-makers Roberto Chile and Maribel Acosta Damas and produced by the Argentine news agency Resumen Latinoamericano.
Watch on HotHouse Global
You do not need to register to view the movie
NEXT WEEK UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, June 21
Monday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Monthly gathering: Remembering Alex with Refugio and Elvira Nieto
Alex Nieto’s Altar
On the monthly anniversary of Alex’s murder by SFPD on the 21st day of each month, gather with Alex’s parents Refugio and Elvira Nieto at Alex’s Altar.
If you can’t attend light a candle on this evening for Justice for Alex and ALL the lives of people that have been taken by the police.
On March 21, 2014, Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, 28 years old, was killed when he was struck by 14 – 15 bullets (of a total of 59 shots) fired by four San Francisco Police Department officers on Bernal Hill Park, without justification. The officers who killed Ales are: Sgt. Jason Sawyer (then lieutenant. He is also the killer of John Smart in 1998). Officer Roger Morse, Officer Richard Schiff and Officer Nathan Chew.
Tuesday, June 22
Tuesday, 8:00am (PT); 11:00am (ET), “DRONE USE BY U.S. POLICE AND THE – HUMAN IMPACT OF U.S. DRONE ATTACKS IN YEMEN“
Webinar registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodu2sqjouHdA5ZleOwXFSXXkM4U2ZpAT6
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
THE REV. DR. EMMA JORDAN-SIMPSON, Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation USA
She will address the police use of drone surveillance at protests.
MOHAMMED AL-AHMADI is an investigative journalist, member of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, member of the International Federation of Journalists and a legal researcher for Alkarama for Human Rights. He is Secretary-General of the Yemeni Media Club in Instanbul, Turkey, which was recently established with a license from the Turkish authorities, and he is a press editor for Balqis TV, which broadcasts from Turkey
Webinar moderator KATHY KELLY helps coordinate the Ban Killer Drones campaign. In articles and interviews, she regularly raises concerns about drone warfare, particularly in Afghanistan and Yemen, and the impact of drone surveillance on U.S. communities.
Host: To End All Wars
Wednesday, June 23
Wednesday, 3:30pm – 5:00pm(PT); 6:30pm-8:00pm (ET), Okinawa Memorial Day 2021: for the peaceful future.
Free – online Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 886 7121 1130
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Guest appearance: Peter Kuznick (American University), Joseph Gerson (Peace and disarmament activist), Takamatsu Gushiken (Gamafuyaa), Teiko Yonaha Tursi (Good Will Ambassador of Okinawa Prefecture), Ken Mayers (Veterans for Peace, Santa Fe), Miles Megaciph (Veterans for Peace, Performance Artist), Sonny Ochiai (musician, Sanshin player), People in Henoko, Miyakojima, and Ishigakijima, Okinawa.
On the Memorial Day (June 23, Okinawa Time), people in Okinawa mourn all the lives perished during the war. For them, all souls are not enemies. It’s a day to remember and pledge for peace.
Despite the people’s wish for peace, the struggles are still going on in Okinawa, which hosts 32 US military facilities, including one USFJ-JSDF Joint Use Facility in this tiny prefecture.
At Henoko, where a new US military base is being constructed despite the people’s opposition, earth and soil which might contain the remains of war-dead could be used for the reclamation.
Also, in the small islands surrounding the Okinawa main island, the missile bases of the Japan Self Defense Force are being constructed. Despite the fear and opposition of local islanders, the US and Japanese governments are jointly militarizing the area more and more hand in hand.
Through the Zoom session we explore the voices of people from Okinawa and their supporters to raise our awareness on the spirits and wisdom of Okinawan people, who, under the unfair rule by the Japanese central government, have kept fighting for justice for decades. Now when the tension caused by the US-Japan alliance against China could become more and more menace, their resilient and undefeatable fight for peace is invaluable.
Their proud slogan is “Nuchi du Takara.” Life is a treasure.
Thursday, June 24
Thursday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Intersections: Community-Centered Lawyering
REGISTER HERE: https://ejus.tc/3y4tHFd
How can the law be a method of innovative advocacy, creative problem-solving and true partnership? Join Angela Johnson-Meszaros, Byron Chan, mark! Lopez, and Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Esq. for a discussion about building transformative change through the power of the law and community partnership.
Join Earthjustice for a four-part conversational series delving into community-centered lawyering, intersectional environmentalism, and the pursuit of justice. This will be a town hall–style event series moderated by Philip McAdoo, vice president of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Earthjustice.
Each event will include a live Q&A where you can submit questions for our speakers. The event platform will offer closed captioning and the option to dial in by phone for audio-only access.
Sunday, June 27
Sunday, 10:30am – 6:00pm, People’s March & Rally 2021
1800 Polk St.
wear Masks, if not vaccinated, and to remain safely physically distant.
A call for action from Juanita MORE! and Alex U. Inn. All Black Lives Matter! All-Trans Lives Matter! All Brown Lives Matter, All Indigenous Lives Matter!
On Sunday, June 27, 2021, on the route of the very first Gay Liberation March, 51 years ago, we will roar our voices in solidarity with our Black, Brown, and Indigenous Trans and Queer family, friends, lovers, and neighbors. We stand in protest of transgender and racial injustice, police violence, killings, unjust healthcare, and unrelentless gun control, and let’s not ever forget the reparations to Black People. We demand changes!
We will show up in droves with amplified voices to advocate for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, denounce and condemn police violence against our communities, and raise awareness for the need to defund police departments, which will allow for funds to be reallocated to social services, mental healthcare providers, and social justice organizations., After losing 600,000 lives to Covid-19, most of which are Black, Latinx, and Indigenous, we insist on consistent universal healthcare for everyone and support the continuance of the Affordable Care Act.
People’s March will be led by an all-Black, Brown, and Indigenous committees of Trans and Queer activists, community leaders, artists, and performers.
Join us as we Unite To Fight for our civil rights!
We will not be silenced!