Articles ~ Petitions ~ Events for Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12

By Adrienne Fong

Am not back posting on a regular basis.

Please hold  Jackie, Melvin and Rodger in your thoughts and all those (humans & animals) who have lost their homes due to fires and floods.

Jackie Barshak, battling stage 4 metastatic lung cancer, as she continues chemo therapy.

Melvin Starks recently released from the hospital!

   – Needed is housing in SF

Rodger Scott is home from the hospital recovering. Meal Train has been set up for him: Meal Train for Rodger Scott

   – He welcomes noon time visits (please see Meal Train calendar to choose a day and for more details) on Tues, Thursday or Saturday for now.
 Good visiting time is early afternoon around 1pm to 2pm, please see calendar to choose a day. Also, Rodger has a meal service and bringing meals is not necessary now.

ARTICLES

A. As Yerba Buena Island’s new residents move in, evicted residents look back – Auguat 8, 2022

Yerba Buena Island’s convoluted past, present and future (sfgate.com)

B. Children bear brunt of Israel’s savagery in Gaza  – August 7, 2022

Children bear brunt of Israel’s savagery in Gaza | The Electronic Intifada

 “ By late evening on Sunday, the Gaza health ministry said 44 Palestinians had been killed in the territory, including 15 children, since Israel started the bloodshed by assassinating a senior leader of Islamic Jihad on Friday afternoon.

  More than 300 Palestinians have been injured, almost a third of them children…”

C. Activists Vow to Keep Control of Closed Oakland Elementary School August 6, 2022

Protesters Keeping Oakland Parker Elementary Open – NBC Bay Area

  Need security shifts – Signup form: Sign Up For Solidarity Shifts @ Parker Liberation (google.com)

Sign Up For Solidarity Shifts @ Parker Liberation

If you can help with Parker Solidarity Shifts please sign up here. What this means is taking a 4 hour shift and being present, welcoming, and alert at the front desk of the school. You will be provided a short training and we will do our best to have multiple other people working while you do, so you’re on a team.

D. 50 Black sailors were convicted of mutiny for striking after a deadly WWII explosion. Will their names ever be cleared? – August 7, 2022

50 Black sailors were convicted of mutiny for striking after a deadly WWII explosion. Will their names ever be cleared? (sfchronicle.com)

E. HIROSHIMA AT 77: John Pilger – Another Hiroshima is Coming – Unless We Stop It Now – August 6, 2022

  See events # 1, & 4

F. Photos of Mothers On The March at SF DA Jenkins Office – by Steve Rhodes, August 5, 2022

Mothers on the March protest appointed SF DA Brooke Jenkins | Flickr

G. Is police accountability working in San Francisco? (Part I)  – August 4, 2022

Is police accountability working in San Francisco? (Part I) (missionlocal.org)

PETITIONS

1. Stop the Execution of James Coddington in Oklahoma

  SIGN: Stop the Execution of James Coddington in Oklahoma – Action Network

On June 10, 2022, Coddington was listed first among 25 execution dates requested by the Attorney General, and is scheduled for execution on August 25th.

  On August 3rd, the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board voted 3-2 IN FAVOR of clemency! Now it is up to Governor Stitt to follow the recommendation.  Please add your name to this petition. 

2. SFUSD: Fix Empower Now!

  SIGN: SFUSD: Take action to fix Empower now! – Action Network

3. Tell the government of El Salvador: Free political prisoners

  SIGN: https://cispes.salsalabs.org/politicalprisonersoneyearanniversary2022/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=aafef51c-6306-417f-be5e-af8998d44851

4, Maximus Strike Community Support Letter

  SIGN: Maximus Strike Community Support Letter (actionnetwork.org)

5. Tell your U.S. Senators to pass the BURMA Act.

  SIGN: Tell Your U.S. senators to pass the BURMA Act – Action Network

EVENTS

Monday, August 8 –

Monday, August 8

1. Monday, 6:50pm (Pt); 9:50pm(ET),  Live Stream from Nagasaki: August 9th minute of silence (See info below)

Time difference – viewing in US is today August 8, 6:50pm (PT); 9:50pm(ET)

When: August 9, 10:50am Nagasaki / 11:50am Sydney / 1:50pm Auckland / 9:50pm (August 8) New York

Join ICAN, Peace Boat and Hiroshima partners for live streams on the morning of August 6 and August 9, the days the atomic bombs were dropped on the cities in 1945. 

As it is not possible for many people from around the world to gather in Nagasaki in person, we are excited to announce that our partner organizations will offer two live streams from Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the moments of silence on the 77th anniversaries.

On August 9th, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on #Nagasaki profoundly disrupting and altering the lives of millions of innocent civilians.

In August 1945, atomic bombs indiscriminately killed tens of thousands of people, profoundly disrupting and altering the lives of the survivors. Every year, the Peace Memorial Ceremonies are held to remember the victims and ensure not to repeat the evil. Peace Boat and local partners will share with you live the atmosphere of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and feeling of the Hibakusha on that very morning from several venues that commemorate the consequences of the atomic bombings.

Live stream from Nagasaki (icanw.org)

Tuesday, August 9

77th Anniversary of U.S. Bombing of Nagasaki, Japan

2. Tuesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Justice for Sergio Sosa Committee – Stand For Workers’ Rights!

In person Picket Line

La Raza Community Resource Center
474 Valencia St. (Outside)
SF

Support workers at La Raza Resource Center – especially those that have been fired for protesting.

La Raza’s executive director has intimidated his workers who have protested and supported fellow employees who were fired.

  -He also has not been honest with the public about the situation at La Raza.

  -There is concern that he will ruin La Raza and this will deprive the community of vital services La Raza has provided for over 50 years.

  –The call is for the resignation of La Raza’s executive director Gabriel Medina

  -In March, workers of Companeros del Barrio, were asked by workers at La Raza Community Center to  support their struggle against La Raza’s management

   Now the workers at La Raza have been intimidated by management to not protest 

  -Workers of Companeros del Barrio, have been participating in the picket during their lunch hour

‘Mothers On The March’ and other community members are also participating in the picket

SUPPORT is welcomed. Come support this struggle for workers rights

3. Tuesday, 4:00pm, speak Up on Laguna Honda at Tuesday’s Health Commission Meeting – Discussion on LHH Recertification and Closure Plan.

Remote meeting

PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN: 415-655-0003/ Access Code: 2464 369 6604

After entering the access code, press # twice to listen to the meeting

Press “*3” to request to speak. Speak immediately after you hear “Your line has been unmuted.”  You will be heard. (Max time: 3 minutes.)

View the Agenda. See instructions there for public comment.  Laguna Honda will be discussed both in open and Closed Session; there will be an opportunity to give a 3 minute public comment before each agenda item including the Closed Session (which the public is not invited to.)

SF Gray Panthers Demand:

To truly serve San Franciscans as it should, we must demand that:

•    Laguna Honda be open to all San Franciscans who need nursing home care

•    SFDPH Stop the “flow” project & return admission decisions to LHH Staff

•    No forced closures

•    No discharges for SNF-eligible residents

•    No discharge for non-SNF-eligible residents until safe and local arrangements are made.

•    No loss of beds in this nearly new facility

•    Funding for existing residents must continue until recertification

•    Sufficient programs specifically for persons with disabilities who are also mentally ill and/or substance using must be made available immediately —to  allow them to remain in the community so inappropriate nursing home admissions will be prevented

specific issues with today’s Laguna Honda JCC Executive Report  are:

1.    We demand that halt on discharges be permanent for nursing home eligible residents until recertification. (Today’s JCC Executive Reports states that DPH doesn’t know how long pause will last, p 5.)  We are in support of staff at Laguna Honda refusing to allow these illegal and dangerous discharges.

2.    Adding more staff, such as the 40 Patient Care Assistants is good-but why such low skilled staff? Direct care in nursing homes with medically complex residents is best done by R.N.s and C.N.A.s.

3.    DPH should not proceed with reducing LHH’s licensed bed count by 120. (This is in compliance with CDC’s COVID-related specification of only 2 beds per bath for newly recertified facilities). LHH is only 15 years old, has large rooms, and had very few covid deaths when other nursing homes had huge losses.  Isn’t one point of CCSF/Chiu lawsuit to prevent the need for loss of these valuable beds? Or has it already been decided that this lawsuit is for show and is doomed to fail? (Today’s JCC Executive Reports states DPH is starting the reduction, p 21.)

4.    In terms of how Laguna Honda will operate after Recertification, best not to repeat past mistakes.  San Franciscans need strong assurance from Mr. Pickens, Dr. Colfax, and the Health Commission that Laguna Honda Medical and Nursing staff will be free to independently screen and reject candidates from San Francisco General Hospital who are unsuitable or unsafe.

5.    SF-DPH and related agencies must offer sufficient residential mental health and substance use services. The City must also offer accessible community residences for people with disabilities.  This will provide an alternative to inappropriate placement at Laguna Honda.

4. Tuesday, 6:00pm, “A Remembrance for Peace: Commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki”

Online

Nichi Bei Foundation Facebook channel (www.facebook.com/nichibei/) and

YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/NichiBeiFoundation)

SAN FRANCISCO – To commemorate the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, the first nuclear destruction of a civilian population in the world, the Nichi Bei Foundation and Friends of Hibakusha will present “A Remembrance for Peace: Commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki”

event is in collaboration with the Japanese American Religious Federation of San Francisco.

The world’s first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and another on Nagasaki three days later resulted in the deaths of an estimated 214,000 people by the end of that year, including 140,000 in Hiroshima and 74,000 in Nagasaki.

The event will present:
• An Interfaith Ceremony led by the Japanese American Religious Federation of San Francisco.
• “Lanterns of Remembrance,” which will include hibakusha and descendants presenting a lantern in remembrance of victims of the atomic bombings, as part of the Sokoji Soto Mission Toro Nagashi (floating paper lantern) ceremony.
• The short film “Mushroom Club” by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, accompanied by an interview.
• A presentation of artwork by Daisy Okazaki on her visit to Hiroshima.

The event will also include the participation of both hibakusha and descendants of hibakusha.

For info:  www.nichibei.org/virtual-remembrance

(1) “A Remembrance for Peace: Commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki” | Facebook 

5. Tuesday, 6:00pm, Defending Choice: Roe vs. Wade and the Battle to Preserve Women’s Rights

Online register: Defending Choice: Roe vs. Wade and the Battle to Preserve Women’s Rights Tickets, Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Free

Moderated by Becca Andrews of Mother Jones Magazine with Jenny Brown, Dr. Katherine Brown, Joshua Prager, and Mary Ziegler

With the reversal of Roe vs. Wade on the horizon and its dire consequences threatening women’s rights and healthcare, City Lights and Mother Jones Magazine bring together four of the most well-versed writers on the subject for an immersive exploration. Beginning with how we got here, we will explore the historical, legal, medical, and activist related aspects of Roe vs. Wade. A special focus will be placed on the political and economic issues at the heart of the battle for women’s rights.

Our participants will offer a deep analysis, exposing the connections between the dismantling of Roe vs. Wade and the stripping of constitutional protections that extend beyond the issue of women’s reproductive rights and into campaign finance laws and beyond. We will offer a barometer for where the situation stands and how we can best fight to protect women’s rights.

Becca Andrews is a journalist at Mother Jones, where she writes about reproductive rights and gender. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism; before attending school there, she wrote for newspapers in her home state of Tennessee. Her book NO CHOICE: The Destruction of Row Vs. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right will be published by Public Affairs Books in the Fall of 2022.

Jenny Brown was a leader in the fight to get the morning-after pill over the counter in the US and a plaintiff in the winning lawsuit. She is co-author of the Redstockings book Women’s Liberation and National Health Care: Confronting the Myth of America. While editor at Labor Notes magazine, she coauthored How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers. She writes, teaches, and organizes with the feminist group National Women’s Liberation and is the author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work. Verso Books published her book WITHOUT APOLOGY: The Abortion Struggle Now.

Dr. Katherine Brown is a general obstetrician-gynecologist and is fellowship-trained in family planning at UCSF. She provides full-scope reproductive healthcare. She is a passionate advocate for reproductive health, choice, and justice. Her research focuses on exploring and improving the reproductive health experiences of Black women.

Joshua Prager, a former senior writer for The Wall Street Journal, has written about historical secrets—revealing all from the hidden scheme that led to baseball’s most famous moment (Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World”) to the only-ever anonymous recipient of a Pulitzer Prize (a photographer he tracked down in Iran). his new book, The Family Roe, illuminating unknown stories and people behind Roe v. Wade, and enabling the public, for the first time, to see the abortion debate in America in its full social and personal context. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Mary Ziegler is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University College of Law. She specializes in the legal history of reproduction, the family, sexuality, and the Constitution. In the spring of 2022, she is visiting at Harvard Law School. Her most recent book, Abortion and the Law in America: A Legal History, Roe v. Wade to the Present, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020, and received positive reviews in outlets from the Washington Post to the Christian Science Monitor. Her new book, Dollars for Life: The Antiabortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment

She also has a forthcoming book with Routledge, Reproduction and the Constitution. Her next project, What Roe Means: A History, will be published by Yale in 2023.

Hosts: City Lights Booksellers & Mother Jones

Info: Defending Choice: Roe vs. Wade and the Battle to Preserve Women’s Rights : Indybay

Wednesday, August 10

6. Wednesday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Police Brutality Against Protesters: John Burris to Announce Case Against City of SF

In person

The Chase Center
3rd Street between 16th & Warriors Way
SF

Two protesters were brutalized at Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs while carrying out non-violent civil disobedience. They acted on a call from Rise Up for Abortion Rights for mass protest to stop the impending Supreme Court end of Roe v. Wade. One was injected with a sedative! This cannot stand! Noted Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris will announce legal action he is filing against the city of San Francisco for egregious violations of the rights of protesters at a press conference on August 10th at 11 am. Join us at the Chase Center to demand accountability!

Host: RiseUp4AbortionRightsBayArea

Info: Police Brutality Against Protesters: John Burris to Announce Case Against City of SF : Indybay

7. Wednesday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Protest the FBI: A Government Against the People

In person

Phillip Burton Federal Building & US Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

ACCESSIBILITY: This event will involve standing for a couple of hours. Some chairs will be provided.

Join us for a coalition rally at the SF Federal Building to protest the FBI’s repression of activists.

 Speakers are from different organizations doing anti-oppression work, and they will share stories of government repression and how we can come together to support one another’s work.

Speakers will include:

– Susan Stryker, renowned professor, author, and theorist whose work focuses on gender
– Jason Woody, Development Director at Rich City Rides,
– Andrés Soto, Richmond community organizer,
– Paul Paz y Miño, Associate Director at Amazon Watch
– Doggtown Dro, Activated Anguished Artist, Anti-Colonial Acab Abolitionist and Agitator,
– Wayne Hsiung, an animal rights activist with Direct Action Everywhere who is facing felony charges for investigations and rescues, and
– Charlotte Grubb, an organizer with the Free Jessica Reznicek campaign.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a long history of abusing its powers to surveil, infiltrate, and thwart progressive activist groups. The bureau has targeted civil rights and Black power groups, women’s rights groups, anti-war activists, environmental activists, animal rights activists and many others challenging an oppressive status quo.

From 1956 to 1971, as part of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program, or COINTELPRO, federal agents partnered with state officials and police to eavesdrop on phone calls, create fake activist publications, infiltrate organizations, and fabricate evidence aimed at turning activists against each other.

Today, the FBI continues to monitor activist groups

Organizers ask: We ask that all those who attend our events (online and offline) respect our Code of Conduct which can be reviewed at dxe.io/conduct

Hosts: Direct Action Everywhere SF Bay Area, Amazon Watch, Rich City Rides, Free Jessica Reznicek, Extinction Rebellion SF, Sunrise Movement Bay Area

Info: (1) Protest the FBI: A Government Against the People | Facebook   or  Protest the FBI: A Government Against the People : Indybay 

8. Wednesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm, SF Living Wage Coalition Meeting

Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsfu6tqTMqHtKCDXWUfFiYqq-EvnIzsAMZ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and a link to the agenda. We will resend the information on the day of the meeting.

The Living Wage Coalition is building a grassroots movement of low-wage workers and their allies to win economic justice.  Anyone who works full time should be able to survive on what they earn and support themselves and their children.  We are engaged in a transformative rethinking of the economy that makes the goals of public policy living wage jobs for all. Come to be a part of discussing next steps in pursuing an economic justice agenda.

9. Wednesday, 6:30pm -8:30pm, Copwatch Training: People’s Park Edition

2022 Blake St.
Berkeley

Know your rights & best practices for documenting police in protest situations

Host: Berkeley Copwatch

Info: Copwatch Training: People’s Park Edition | Facebook

Friday, August 12

10. NO Mothers On The March at POA for two weeks.

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