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Bio: Joshua Wong

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Joshua Wong Chi-fung
黃之鋒
Joshua Wong in 2019
Secretary-General of Demosistō
In office
10 April 2016 – 30 June 2020
DeputyAgnes Chow
Kwok Hei-yiu
Chan Kok-hin
ChairmanNathan Law
Ivan Lam
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byParty dissolved
Convenor of Scholarism
In office
29 May 2011 – 20 March 2016
DeputyAgnes Chow
Ivan Lam
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byMerge into Demosistō
Personal details
BornWong Chi-fung
13 October 1996 (age 24)
British Hong Kong
Political partyDemosistō (2016–2020)
Other political
affiliations
Scholarism (2012-2016)
ResidenceHong Kong
EducationOpen University of Hong Kong
Alma materUnited Christian College (Kowloon East)
OccupationStudent
political activist
politician
Known forOutspoken advocacy for democratic reform in Hong Kong
Websitewongchifung.wordpress.com
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese黃之鋒
Simplified Chinese黄之锋
showTranscriptions

Joshua Wong Chi-fung (Chinese: 黃之鋒; Cantonese YaleWòhng Jīfūng, born 13 October 1996)[1] is a Hong Kong activist and politician. He served as secretary-general of the pro-democracy party Demosistō until it disbanded following the implementation of the Hong Kong national security law on 30 June 2020. Wong was previously convenor and founder of the Hong Kong student activist group Scholarism.[2][3] Wong first rose to international prominence during the 2014 Hong Kong protests, and his pivotal role in the Umbrella Movement resulted in his inclusion in TIME magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2014 and nomination for its 2014 Person of the Year;[4] he was further called one of the “world’s greatest leaders” by Fortune magazine in 2015,[5][6] and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

In August 2017, Wong and two other democracy activists were convicted and jailed for their roles in the occupation of Civic Square at the incipient stage of the 2014 Occupy Central protests; in January 2018, Wong was convicted and jailed again for failing to comply with a court order for clearance of the Mong Kok protest site during the Hong Kong protests in 2014. He also played a major role in persuading US politicians to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act during the 2019–2020 Hong Kong protests. Wong was disqualified by the Hong Kong government from running in forthcoming District Council elections. In June 2020, he announced he would be running for a Legislative Council seat in the upcoming election,[7] and officially applied on 20 July 2020,[8] before his nomination was invalidated on 30 July 2020 along with that of 11 other pro-democracy figures.[9] In December 2020, Wong was convicted and jailed for the third time over an unauthorised protest outside police headquarters in June 2019.[10][11]

Early life and education

Joshua Wong was born in Hong Kong on 13 October 1996, and was diagnosed with dyslexia in early childhood.[12][13] The son of middle-class couple Grace and Roger Wong,[14] Wong was raised as a Protestant Christian in the Lutheran tradition.[15][16] His social awareness stems from his father, a retired IT professional,[17] who was a convener of a local anti-gay marriage initiative,[18][19][20] and often took him as a child to visit the underprivileged.[21][22]

Wong studied at the United Christian College (Kowloon East),[23] a private Christian secondary school in Kowloon, and developed organisational and speaking skills through involvement in church groups.[24] Wong subsequently pursued undergraduate studies at the Open University of Hong Kong, having enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in political studies and public administration.[25][26] Due to his political activities, he took study leave from his studies, and has reportedly remained a student as of 2019.[27]

Student activism (2010–2016)

Early activism

Wong led a protest against Moral and national education in 2012

The 2010 anti-high speed rail protests were the first political protests in which Wong took part.[28]

On 29 May 2011, Wong and schoolmate Ivan Lam Long-yin established Scholarism, a student activist group.[29] The group began with simple means of protest, such as the distribution of leaflets against the newly announced moral and national education (MNE) curriculum.[24][30] In time, however, Wong’s group grew in both size and influence, and in 2012 managed to organise a political rally attended by over 100,000 people.[24] Wong received widespread attention as the group’s convenor.[31]

Role in 2014 Hong Kong protests

Main article: 2014 Hong Kong protests

Wong giving an interview in October 2014, during the Umbrella Movement

In June 2014, Scholarism drafted a plan to reform Hong Kong’s electoral system to push for universal suffrage, under one country, two systems. His group strongly advocated for the inclusion of civic nomination in the 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive election.[28] Wong as a student leader started a class boycott among Hong Kong’s students to send a pro-democracy message to Beijing.[32]

On 27 September 2014, Wong was one of the 78 people arrested by the police during a massive pro-democracy protest,[33] after hundreds of students occupied Civic Square in front of the Central Government Complex as a sign of protest against Beijing’s decision on the 2014 Hong Kong electoral reform.[34][32] Unlike fellow protesters, only in response to a court order obtained by writ of habeas corpus was Wong released by police, after 46 hours in custody.[35][36]

During the protests, Wong stated: “Among all the people in Hong Kong, there is only one person who can decide whether the current movement will last and he is [Chief Executive of the region] Leung. If Leung can accept our demands … (the) movement will naturally come to an end.”[37] On 25 September 2014 the state-owned Wen Wei Po published an article which claimed that “US forces” had worked to cultivate Wong as a “political superstar”.[38][39] Wong in turn denied every detail in the report through a statement that he subsequently posted online.[39] Wong also said that he was mentioned by name in mainland China’s Blue Paper on National Security, which identified internal threats to the stability of Communist Party rule; quoting a line in V for Vendetta, he in turn said that “People should not be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of their people.”[32]

Wong was charged on 27 November 2014 with obstructing a bailiff clearing one of Hong Kong’s three protest areas. His lawyer described the charge as politically motivated.[4][40] He was banned from a large part of Mong Kok, one of the protester-occupied sites, as one of the bail conditions.[41] Wong claimed that police beat him and tried to injure his groin as he was arrested, and taunted and swore at him while he was in custody.[42]

After Wong’s appearance at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on 27 November 2014, he was pelted with eggs by two assailants.[43] They were arrested and each fined $3,000 in August 2015, sentences which, on application for review by the prosecution, were subsequently enhanced to two weeks’ imprisonment.[44][45]

On 2 December 2014, Wong and two other students began an indefinite hunger strike to demand renewed talks with the Hong Kong government. He decided to end the hunger strike after four days on medical advice.[46]

Aftermath of the Occupy protests

Wong was arrested and held for three hours on Friday, 16 January 2015, for his alleged involvement in offences of calling for, inciting and participating in an unauthorized assembly.[47]

The same month, an article appeared in the Pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po alleging that Wong had met with the US consul-general in Hong Kong Stephen M. Young during the latter’s visit in 2011. It suggested that Wong had links with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, which had supposedly offered him military training by the US Army. Wong responded that the claims were pure fiction and “more like jokes.”[48]

Wong was denied entry into Malaysia at Penang International Airport, on 26 May 2015, on the basis that he was considered “a threat to Malaysia’s ties with China”, largely due to his supposed “anti-China” stance in participating in the 2014 Hong Kong protests.[49]

On 28 June 2015, two days before a protest in favour of democracy, Wong and his girlfriend were attacked by an unknown man after watching a film in Mong Kok. The assault sent the two to hospital. Wong sustained injuries to his nose and eyes.[50] No one was arrested.[51][52][53][54]

On 19 August 2015, Wong was formally charged by the Hong Kong Department of Justice with inciting other people to join an unlawful assembly and also joining an unlawful assembly, alongside Alex Chow, the former leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.[55][56]

While traveling to Taiwan for a political seminar, “pro-China” protesters attempted to assault Wong at the arrival hall of Taoyuan‘s Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, necessitating police protection. It was later found that local gangsters were involved.[57][58]

More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Wong

Articles (in two groups) ~ Actions / Petitions ~ Events for Wed. May 12 – Saturday May 15 (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. Haitians protest their president in English as well as Creole, indicting US for its role in country’s political crisis – May 10, 2021

Haitians protest their president in English as well as Creole, indicting US for its role in country’s political crisis (theconversation.com)

  See Action # 5

B. City College of San Francisco instructors accept pay cuts to save classes, jobs – May 10, 2021

https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/City-College-of-San-Francisco-instructors-accept-16166880.php

  See Events  # 6 & 11

ARTICLES on PALESTINE / ISRAEL

A. 30 killed in airstrikes, rocket attacks as unrest spreads beyond Jerusalem – May 11, 2021

30 killed in airstrikes, rocket attacks as unrest spreads beyond Jerusalem (msn.com)

  10 of the people killed are children…

  See Actions # 1 & # 2

  See Events # 3 & # 12

B. Photos of people killed in Gaza on May 10, 2021 (via facebook)

 Facebook

C. Human Rights Experts Denounce Israeli Violence, Confiscation of Homes in East Jerusalem as Violation of International Law – May 11, 2021

Human Rights Experts Denounce Israeli Violence, Confiscation of Homes in East Jerusalem as Violation of International Law | Common Dreams News

D. ‘Where’s the Outrage, POTUS?’ Rashida Tlaib Demands US Action as Israeli Forces Assault Al-Aqsa  – May 10, 2021

‘Where’s the Outrage, POTUS?’ Rashida Tlaib Demands US Action as Israeli Forces Assault Al-Aqsa | Common Dreams News

E. Progressives stay largely silent on Israeli apartheid report  – May 5, 2021

Progressives stay largely silent on Israeli apartheid report | The Electronic Intifada

F. 125 Democrats Say Military Aid to Israel Shouldn’t Depend on Human Rights Record – May 3, 2021

ACTIONS / PETITIONS

1. No More Military ‘Aid’ to Israel!

  SIGN: No More Military “Aid” to Israel! – CODEPINK – Women for Peace

2. Stop Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem!

  SIGN: Stop Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem! (everyaction.com)

3. President Biden must close Guantánamo prison

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-if-you-agree-president-biden-must-close-guantanamo-prison?source=direct_link&referrer=group-mpower-change

4. Demand President Biden and Vice President Harris to allow entry to families denied by Trump’s Muslim and African Bans

  SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-demand-president-biden-and-vice-president-harris-stop-upholding-racist-immigration-bans-and-allow-entry-to-families-trump-denied?source=20210406_NoMuslimBan_ALC&referrer=group-asian-americans-advancing-justice-asian-law-caucus-alc   

5. Tell Biden to redesignate Haiti for TPS today

  SIGN: Haiti is facing a major crisis. Tell Biden to redesignate Haiti for TPS today. | ColorOfChange.org

6. Expand Legal Protections to LGBQT + People

  SIGN: Take Action | Polaris (polarisproject.org)

7. Tell Congress: Lower Drug Prices and Reinvest the Savings to Expand Medicare

  SIGN: Tell Congress: Lower Drug Prices and Reinvest the Savings to Expand Medicare (salsalabs.org)

EVENTS

Wednesday, May 12 – Saturday, May 15

Wednesday, May 12

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

Online register: Webinar Registration – Zoom

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

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

Host: Win Without War

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

Public comment:

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

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

To join the queue day-of:
1 (415) 655-0001 / Meeting ID: 187 153 5648 # #
press *3 to be added to the public comment queue when the meeting begins. 

When you hear the phrase “Your microphone is unmuted” start speaking.  Don’t waste time or delay other speakers by asking if you can be heard.  You can, just start talking.  Your two minutes have started.

This meeting will review the budgets of the SF Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, and a number of other policing institutions. This is time for the community to speak up.

The committee will hold a hearing on Jailing, Policing, & Criminalization.

SF Supervisors on the Budget & Appropriations committee:

Matt Haney, Matt.Haney@sfgov.org

Ahsha Safai, Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org

Gordon Mar, Gordon.Mar@sfgov.org

Hillary Ronen, Hillary.Rone.@sfgov.org

Shamann Walton, Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org

Please CALL IN to give public comment during this hearing!

From No New SF Jail Call-in & talking points info: 2021/05/12 Public Comment Playbook – Google Docs

Agenda: https://sfbos.org/sites/default/files/bac051221_agenda.pdf  (correct agenda)

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

3. Wednesday, 1:00pm (PT); 4:00pm (ET), Apartheid Israel with Norman Finkelstein

Online: Jadaliyya – LIVE EVENT – Connections Podcast Episode 3: Apartheid Israel with Norman Finkelstein (12 May)

This episode of Connections Podcast will discuss the recent Human Rights Watch Report A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution, its political context, and potential implications. 

This interview is the third episode of Connections Podcast. Connections offers timely and informative interviews on current events and broader policy questions, as well as themes relevant to knowledge production. It combines journalism, analysis, and scholarship. Connections will focus primarily but not exclusively on the Middle East. 

JADALIYYA LIVE EVENT: Apartheid Israel with Norman Finkelstein (12 May) – Norman G. Finkelstein Norman G. Finkelstein

4. 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)

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

Free – Online

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

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

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

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

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

 Police edited body cam video
*Trigger warning:

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

Thursday, May 13

6. Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Free City! The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education For All

Online register: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_xkxbvHwPRACgrtmdDlFgMw

Accessibility Information
Spanish interpretation and English-language live captioning will be available.

Join us for a panel discussion to learn about the corporate agenda behind the attacks on the college, and how lessons from the 2012-17 organizing can help us further the fight for liberatory education at CCSF and beyond.

Panelists:

*Marcy Rein, Mickey Ellinger, and Vicki Legion, Co-authors of Free City! The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education for All

*EK, member of the CCSF Collective
*Beatriz Herrera, AFT 2121.

Moderated by Jason Ferreira, CPE Community Advisory Board member and Associate Professor of the Department of Race and Resistance Studies at SF State University.

Host: The Center for Political Education

Info: Free City! The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education For All | Facebook

7. Thursday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Bystander Intervention to Stop anti-Asian American and Xenophobic Harassment

Webinar

Register: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the US — and the world. In this virtual workshop hosted on Zoom, and co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus and Hollaback!, we’ll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety.

The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

Host: Asian Americans Advancing Justice  – Asian Law Caucus

8. Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Oakland Jericho’s Political Prisoner Writing Sessions

Online register: Oakland Jericho’s Political Prisoner Writing Sessions Tickets, Thu, May 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

 – Must register to receive info

Oakland Jericho’s monthly online events focus on Political Prisoners, their cases, dedication to the community, and guidelines for writing to them. This month we will discuss and write to: Imam Jamil Al-Amin and David Gilbert.

Info: Oakland Jericho’s Political Prisoner Writing Sessions | Facebook

Friday, May 14

9. Friday, 12Noon, The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Online

 the video in the Discussion tab here and on the Videos tab of our page on Friday at 12pm. (Facebook page)

Signed into law on May 6, 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was one of many discriminatory laws enacted by the U.S. government, and banned immigration from China to the U.S. An emblem of the racist period known as the “Yellow Peril,” the law was supported by many prominent San Francisco business leaders. Levi Strauss later condemned the Act, but its passage had long-lasting impacts on the early Chinese community in the U.S. In this talk, take a deeper look at an often-overlooked story with educator Sharon Lee-Nakayama, who will chart the chronology of the Exclusion Acts, the history behind them, and their effects on the early Chinese community in the United States.

This talk is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Chinese Historical Society.

Host: Comtemporary Jewish Museum

Info: (4) The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 | Facebook

10. Friday, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Shut Down the Police Officers Association

SF Police Officers Association
800 Bryant St. (@ 6th St)
SF

Wear mask / social distancing

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

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

Saturday, May 15

11. Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Stop The Attack On Our Community Colleges Panel

Online register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

California Community Colleges particularly in urban area face major threats of mass layoffs, destruction of classes and corporate take-overs in California using the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ACCJC. This panel will discuss the issues facing faculty, students and what needs to be done.

Our community college system is being decimated in San Francisco and Peralta Community College District and threatened throughout the state despite a state $15 billion surplus. In CCSF, classes and whole departments face liquidation including Ethnic Studies, Music, Vocational training, Nursing and LBGTQ.

This panel will look at the attacks on what is going on, and how we can fight privatization and union busting including the Lumina supported funding formula legislation that punishes working class students and com- munity colleges. This was passed by a Democratic controlled legislature & Democratic governor.

These attacks are also taking place throughout the country as well and are part and parcel of systemic racism hitting Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and all working class and poor students who deserve the right to go to college.

Panelist:

Madelein Mueller,  CCSF Music Dep Chair
John Holmes, History Lecturer & PFT Adjunct Representative
Rika Yonemura-Fabian, Ph.D. Skyline AFT 1493 Chapter Co-Chair
Karyn Panitch, PFT Adjunct Rep ESL Instructor Laney
Rick Baum, CCSF AFT 2121 HEAT
Carol Lang, CUNY AFT PSC, Adjunct Lecturer


Sponsored by HEAT Higher Education Action Team CCSF

Info: Stop The Attack On Our Community Colleges Panel : Indybay

12. Saturday, 12Noon – 5:00pm, Nakba-73, SF-Bay Area

Valencia & Liberty Streets (between 20th & 21st Streets)
SF

12:00 -3:00pm: Street painting that is family friendly.
3:00-5:00pm: A community rally to commemorate Nakba.

Family friendly…

Sanitizers and masks will be available, and we will be following CDC guidelines.

As we approach the anniversary of the Nakba, the colonization of Palestine and forced expulsion of Palestinians continues. This is apparent everywhere in occupied territories, its most clear in the heart of Jerusalem, Palestine’s capital: in a town called Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families are being expelled from their homes by the Israeli regime and its colonial settlers.

This past week, Palestinians in Jerusalem have experienced some of the worst violence in recent history. On the last Friday of Ramadan, Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque and fired tear gas and live ammunition at the worshipers. And in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem, Palestinians continue to resist violent and illegal attempts to forcibly expel them from their homes. All of this is funded by US tax dollars.

As we mark 73 years of Nakba, we also celebrate 73 years of resistance and struggle for liberation.

Note: There are actions happening nationally

Hosts: Palestine Action Network, AROC & 6 Other groups

Info: (2) Nakba-73, SF-Bay Area | Facebook

13. Saturday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, First Responders Training

Register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

We will share materials including our confidentiality agreement, investigation form, flyer, and a training manual.

Here’s an overview of what this training will cover:

  • Independent Investigations: This part focuses on conducting independent people’s investigations including considerations on how to build your team, security and Know Your Rights considerations, required skills and infrastructure, preparation, identifying witnesses, trauma-informed interviewing, cultural humility, collecting evidence, and documenting investigations. We will use case studies from our investigations in Oakland, and provide time for knowledge and skill sharing, and discussion.
     
  • CopWatching: In the great tradition of our Oakland’s Panthers, Brown Berets, and other radical grassroots community groups, we need to Police the Police! Learn how to observe and document police harassment in our communities, advocate for someone under arrest, and deescalate police intervention.
     
  • Family Support: This part will cover the principles of our work with families impacted by state terror, the introduction to our trauma-informed family support model, an overview of typical challenges and current needs faced by the families. Family support is on-going relationship building, long term advocacy and partnership with families impacted by police terror as they seek justice, navigate the legal system, cope with trauma, and create community with other impacted families.
     
  • Jail Support: Jail Support Training will cover the structure and procedures of our program providing community care and support for people released from Alameda County Jail (Santa Rita).

Host: APTP (Anti Police-Terror Project)

14. Saturday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Solidarity Action: Justice for Mario Gonzales

Meet at:

Corer of Otis Drive & Park St. (Where Mario was killed)
Alameda

Mario Gonzalez was murdered by Alameda police in a public park on Monday, April 9th. Please join us in taking action and in solidarity with Mario and his family.

Host: TeleJaguar and Oakland Brown Berets

Info: (6) Solidarity Action: Justice for Mario Gonzales | Facebook  /  Solidarity Action: Justice for Mario Gonzales : Indybay

15. Saturday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Peace n’ Justice Walk

Meet at:

Drivers Plaza
Adeline St. & Stanford Ave.
Oakland

Covid 19 Safety Procedures must be followed (Mask Required). Practice physical distancing mindfulness.

Mask, Sanitizer, snacks and refreshments will be available

This is a North Oakland Restorative Justice Council and Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth’s Community Invitation.

Come and join us as we walk for Peace and Justice in Oakland and beyond. We will honor the lives of those who have passed on and transitioned during the pandemic.

The opening ceremony will begin at Driver’s Plaza (6pm) on Adeline and Stanford Avenue in Oakland.

Info: (1) Peace n’ Justice Walk | Facebook

Denny’s Shareholders Revolt After Top Exec Concedes $15 Minimum Wage Won’t Hurt Business

BY JULIA ROCK, THE DAILY POSTER ON 5/5/21 (Newsweek.com)

Denny's American Diner
Shareholders of the fast-food giant Denny’s told the CEO to stop the company’s opposition to the $15 minimum wageISTOCK

Citing a Newsweek report, Denny’s shareholders are demanding that the restaurant chain end its membership in the National Restaurant Association, halt all lobbying efforts against legislation to eliminate a subminimum wage for tipped workers, and start paying all its workers at least a full minimum wage.

In a letter sent to Denny’s CEO John Miller, shareholders wrote that the Association’s lobbying campaign against legislation to end the subminimum wage for tipped workers runs contrary to the interests of the company’s investors, citing reporting in Newsweek that gradual increases in the minimum wage have not hurt the company. On an earnings call in February, Newsweek reported, Denny’s Chief Financial Officer Robert Verostek told investors that the California law raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2023 has actually been good for the diner chain’s business.

“As they’ve increased their minimum wage kind of in a tempered pace over that time frame, if you look at that time frame from us, California has outperformed the system,” Verostek said. “Over that time frame, they had six consecutive years of positive guest traffic—not just positive sales, but positive guest traffic—as the minimum wage was going up.”NEWSWEEK NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP >

A day before that earnings call, the National Restaurant Association sent a letter to congressional leaders arguing that the federal Raise the Wage Act—which would raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers—is “the wrong bill at the wrong time for our nation’s restaurants.” The letter added: “The restaurant industry and our workforce will suffer from a fast-tracked wage increase and elimination of the tip credit.”

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25, while the subminimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13. Democrats considered including the Raise the Wage Act in President Joe Biden‘s American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief bill passed in March. While Democrats ultimately axed the minimum wage hike, the final legislation created a $28.6 billion grant fund specifically for restaurants, designed to cover their entire pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per company and $5 million per physical location.

“Counter to the best interests of shareholders”

In their letter to CEO Miller, Denny’s investors wrote: “Given that California has ‘outperformed the system’ for Denny’s because of ‘positive guest traffic,’ lobbying against the same kind of policies that California has already enacted is counter to the best interests of shareholders.”NEWSWEEK SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS >

The letter noted that Denny’s restaurant sales growth has been higher in states like California, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington, where businesses are required to pay a full minimum wage to tipped employees, unlike the 43 states that allow restaurants to pay lower wages to workers who rely on tips.

Suggesting that a higher minimum wage encourages increased consumer spending, the letter also noted that during the pandemic, the five states with the greatest amount of restaurant closures all allowed a subminimum wage for tipped workers.McDonald’s, Other CEOs Tell Investors $15 Minimum Wage Won’t Hurt BusinessREAD MOREMcDonald’s, Other CEOs Tell Investors $15 Minimum Wage Won’t Hurt Business

The letter was signed by corporate social responsibility organizations including the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, As You Sow, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Adasina Social Capital, representing dozens of investors.

The organizations planned to ask Denny’s management about their demands during Tuesday’s earnings call, but were not called on during the question-and-answer portion of the call.

Instead, responding to a question about company margins after COVID staffing challenges, Verostek said that “in the short term, as we mentioned, there will be the cost of restaffing these units, getting them up to speed.”

As far as a minimum wage hike, he said: “You have the administration talking about minimum wage increases… that we will be dealing with on a longer time frame.”

Denny’s did not respond to a request for comment.

The National Restaurant Association, a lobbying group representing restaurants across the country, has been one of the biggest opponents to legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The organization, which raised $289 million in 2018, spent $2.6 million on federal lobbying last year, including on lobbying against the Raise the Wage Act.

Denny’s, like many major U.S. restaurant brands, has long been a member of the Association; last May, the lobbying group highlighted the diner chain’s COVID-related safety protocols on its website. Denny’s does not publicly disclose its political spending or its membership dues to trade associations like the National Restaurant Association. The group used to list its corporate members on its website, but does not appear to do so now.

When federal lawmakers were considering including a $15 minimum wage in the American Rescue Plan this winter, the NRA said in a letter to lawmakers that the policy would cause an undue burden on restaurants that had already been hit hard by the economic fallout from the pandemic. But during first quarter earnings calls, Denny’s was one of several major restaurant chains that suggested to investors that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour wouldn’t hurt business, and instead may actually help.

In their letter, the Denny’s shareholders compared this duplicity to fossil fuel companies telling investors they are preparing for a low-carbon future while funding trade associations working to block climate-action legislation.

“We are writing to share our concern that Denny’s is using a similar playbook; telling one story in private to investors about the benefits it has experienced in states that have increased minimum wage requirements, while funding the exact opposite with its support of the National Restaurant Association,” said the investors.

Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema were selected to headline the NRA’s annual lobbyist conference in April after the two helped Republicans keep a $15 minimum wage out of the American Rescue Plan. At that event, Manchin told attendees he didn’t support a minimum wage above $11 an hour, and said he believed that the tipped minimum wage should be half that.

“From your lips to God’s ears,” responded Sean Kennedy, the Association’s chief lobbyist.

WEEKEND READER: Corporate CEOs Will Not Save Us

Don’t believe corporate media and politicians pretending that corporate execs will fix everything — they won’t.

WEEKEND READER: Corporate CEOs Will Not Save Us

Corporate CEOs want you to believe that they are fighting for democracy and equality, and the business press has often portrayed executives as the saviors of our society. But a terrific new essay examines why this is a fantasy – and why Democrats should avoid trying to link their political fortunes to the alleged benevolence of corporations.

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NINA TURNER OPPONENT SHONTEL BROWN IS LOW-KEY PLEADING FOR SUPER PAC SUPPORT

Shontel Brown.

DONATE13Shontel Brown. Photo: Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

Turner’s opponent in the Ohio House primary appears to be messaging straight to pro-Israel super PACs.

Ryan Grim

Ryan Grim
May 8 2021, 5:37 a.m. (TheIntercept.com)

SHONTEL BROWN’S CAMPAIGN for Congress is blaring one of the least subtle messages sent to a super PAC since the outside money groups were legalized by the Supreme Court in its Citizens United v. FEC decision.

Brown’s campaign has listed on its website a set of negative talking points about her opponent Nina Turner, all enclosed in a bright red box. Directly under the red box is a quote from Democratic consultant Mark Mellman, the leader of a major pro-Israel super PAC that has consistently spent large sums of money against Sen. Bernie Sanders and his congressional allies. (“Red box” is a campaign industry term, referring to the spot on the website that candidates use to communicate with outside groups like super PACs.).

Both Brown and Turner are competing in a special election in Ohio to replace former Rep. Marcia Fudge, who was confirmed to be President Joe Biden’s secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The primary in the heavily Democratic district is scheduled for August 3.

With Turner, a former Ohio state senator and Sanders’s most prominent campaign surrogate, running for Congress, the messaging on Brown’s campaign website suggests she’d welcome an outside intervention from Mellman’s independent expenditure operation to blanket the airwaves.RelatedMeet Mark Mellman: the Centrist, Pro-Israel Operative Behind the Anti-Sanders Ads in Iowa

The hybrid super PAC run by Mellman, Democratic Majority for Israel, spent heavily against Sanders during the presidential primary, dropping $1.4 million in its effort to slow him in Iowa and beyond. The super PAC also spent more than $1.5 million attacking Jamaal Bowman and supporting then-incumbent New York Rep. Eliot Engel. (Despite their efforts, Bowman won.) It also threw in $179,000 against Alex Morse, who challenged House Ways and Means Chair Richie Neal in a western Massachusetts primary. DMFI was also bankrolled in 2020 by a super PAC that tried to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar in her Minnesota Democratic primary; Americans for Tomorrow’s Future, which spent more than $3 million taking on Omar and also worked against Bowman, sent $500,000 to DMFI. There is overlap among donors, as well. A top donor to AFTF, who contributed $300,000 in 2020, also gave $1.245 million to DMFI.

The communication on Brown’s website is a textbook case of red-box signaling, used to communicate with outside groups within the letter of the law. To understand how the signaling works, it’s useful to review the conventions of post-Citizens United campaign practices. Per the Citizens ruling, campaigns cannot coordinate with outside groups and doing so is a clear violation of one of the few bright-line rules in campaign finance. The challenge, then, for a campaign is figuring out how to guide a super PAC or outside supporter’s messaging without running afoul of the laws around coordination. For that, campaigns have developed what is called the “red box.” The candidate posts opposition research or videos on their website about their opponent, which anyone in the public is then free to use for any purpose. The oppo also generally includes messages about both candidates that have tested well in polls, allowing the super PAC to align its communications with the campaign’s.Join Our NewsletterOriginal reporting. Fearless journalism. Delivered to you.I’m in

What makes Brown’s approach unique is both how blatant it is and how beseechingly it directs itself to a particular head of a particular super PAC.

First, the oppo research Brown’s campaign posted is literally inside an actual red box, removing any confusion as to the purpose of the exercise. If any confusion still existed, the linked PDF is called “SB4C Red Box.”

“It’s incredibly common for candidates to rely on resources provided by super PACs and vice versa and so this dance is never explicit, but it doesn’t need to be, because both sides are aiming for the same objective. This is pretty explicit and extreme,” said Lawrence Lessig, after being shown Brown’s campaign site. Lessig is a professor of law at Harvard Law School and an expert on campaign finance law. “They certainly assume that [an Intercept reporter] was not going to notice this.”

The oppo research that appears on Brown’s website has nothing to do with Turner’s stance on Israel; it doesn’t even mention Israel. The criticisms of Turner revolve around her insufficient loyalty to Democrats, citing her lukewarm support for Biden in the presidential election and her refusal to back Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. The praise of Brown centers on her local record. Yet just underneath the red box are three rotating quotes validating Brown’s support for Israel. The first is from Mellman, and though he wears many hats — most prominently as head of the Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm — the site labels him “DMFI PAC President.” DMFI endorsed Brown in February but has not disclosed any outside spending on her behalf.

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The second is from Michael Siegal, who previously chaired the Jewish Federations of North America and is a donor to Brown’s campaign.

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The third is from Jeff Mendelsohn of Pro-Israel America, which was allied in 2020 with Americans for Tomorrow’s Future. Pro-Israel America, the Brown campaign, and DMFI did not respond to requests for comment.

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That this type of coordinating-without-coordinating has grown so common undermines the core rationale of Citizens United, Lessig said. “The premise of Citizens United, or the whole line of cases that assume there’s such a thing as independent spending, is that there’s independence. Obviously there can be technical independence, but if both sides are building a strategy based on the same data they’re essentially coordinating,” said Lessig, who authored the book “They Don’t Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy.” “In the context of antitrust we’d have no problem understanding it as coordination.”

And because the independence isn’t real, the debt politicians owe to super PACs is real. “What that means is there’s no real separation that would undermine the sense of obligation or sense of gratitude that a member would feel for the super PAC’s intervention,” said Lessig. “There’s no quid pro quo, but there’s a dependence on the super PAC.”

Correction: March 8, 2021

This story originally reported that DMFI made a transfer of $500,000 to AFTF in 2020. The transfer went the opposite direction. 

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

Ryan Grimryan.grim@​theintercept.com@ryangrim

Alert – CCSF Board of Trustees to vote today on layoffs and program cuts (from Adrienne Fong)

This is from the Gray Panthers regarding CCSF – for today – Board of Trustees meeting at 4:00pm. Am sending this to a few of you.

“Prowl & Growl” with the SF Gray

 Panthers! 

Actions and Events for May 10:

This is a crucial couple of days for the future of City College. As Merilee Hearn of HEAT said, “We have only a few days until the CCSF Trustees vote on May 10 to try to convince Trustees that a vote for layoffs is a vote for  devastation of [this] institution” and cuts of at least 50%. Read more.  We need everyone–faculty, students, and community allies – standing strong.  Please sign this letter to the Trustees.

City College Allies: Actions for Monday, May 10, in advance of Board of Trustees meeting to vote on the massive layoffs and program cuts.

 1) Call and phone Mayor Breed and Supervisors, demand:

* Prioritize preserving and funding CCSF as a community college.

 * Do not allow cuts to take place which eliminate faculty and programs and strip CCSF down to a junior college.

 * Use your leadership to facilitate an agreement to resolve any problems in funding CCSF at the level it needs to avoid the proposed cuts. 

 * Tell them elected officials of San Francisco have many substantial legal rights and responsibilities in the governing of CCSF that no other California Community Colleges have.  Read more about that here

 Contact:

 Mayor London Breed (415) 554-6141 and leave a message;  

email her at: <MayorLondonBreed@sfgov.org>;

 SF Board of Supervisors phone numbers and email addresses

are available at:  https://sfbos.org/roster-members.

2)  Make public comment at the CCSF Board of Trustees Special Meeting, Monday, May 10 at 4 PM. Zoom link https://ccsf-edu.zoom.us/j/93167138535

Call-in info for public comment: 415 762 9988 or 669 900 6833 ID: 9316 7138 535 Requests to make public comment must be submitted in advance, no  later than 30 minutes before the start of the meeting, via email to: publiccomment@ccsf.edu or via phone to: 669.444.1266. (They will call you when it’s your time to speak.)  More info here, click on “Monday, May 10, 2012”

Please submit the following information:

1. Name

2. Meeting Name and Date

3. Agenda Item Number

4. Phone number if participating by phone

More actions re CCSF this week

Thursday, May 13, 5-6:30 pm, online panel:  “The Fight for City College and Education for All”.  Panel discussion on the corporate agenda behind the attacks on CCSF and lessons from the 2012-17 organizing campaign.  Panelists:  Marcy Rein, Mickey Ellinger, and Vicki Legion, co-authors of “Free City!”; Jason Ferreira, SFSU; EK, CCSF Collective; and Beatriz Herrera, AFT 2121. Co-sponsors: Center for Political Education (CPE) & PM Press. Register at http://bit.ly/3esk2j8 Join it on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/746687279326919

Saturday, May 15, 11 AM, CCSF HEAT panel on what’s happening to our Community Colleges.  Zoom link here

Read more about City College and fighting the attacks on City College here at the SF Gray Panthers website.

McDonald’s Workers Will Strike for $15 an Hour in 15 Cities

Striking cashiers and cooks say there’s an easy solution to McDonald’s labor shortage: a $15 minimum wage.

Lauren Kaori Gurley

By Lauren Kaori Gurley

May 7, 2021, 8:57am (vice.com)

On the Clock

McDonald’s cashiers and cooks in 15 U.S. cities will strike on May 19—a day before the fast-food behemoth’s annual shareholder meeting—to demand McDonald’s pay all of its workers at least $15 an hour amid a national labor shortage in the fast food industry. 

In recent months, McDonald’s stores have become desperate for employees, offering workers bonuses and incentives to sign up for a job. One store in Fayetteville, North Carolina is offering a $500 sign on bonus, according to a poster viewed by Motherboard. An owner of 60 McDonald’s franchises in Florida is paying job applicants $50 just to show up for an interview. In one recent viral TikTok, a McDonald’s customer rolled up at a drive thru to find a sign that read, “We are short-staffed. Please be patient with the staff that did show up. No one wants to work anymore.” Republican lawmakers are blaming the labor shortage on the Coronavirus relief bill and generous unemployment benefits. 

Striking workers around the country, who are part of the Fight For $15 movement, say McDonald’s has an easy solution to this labor shortage: it can simply raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour at all of their stores. The company’s sales are booming, thanks to demand for faster drive-thru orders. McDonald’s recently announced that it earned $5 billion in profits in 2020, and paid shareholders nearly $4 billion in dividends.

“We know McDonald’s is gathering for its shareholders meeting to discuss what straws we use, what bags we use, how much we get paid,” Terrence Wise, a McDonald’s department manager in Kansas City, Missouri, who has worked in the fast food industry for 22 years told Motherboard.  

“The one thing that’s missing is our voice” he continued. “We made them that $5 billion in profit last year. There wouldn’t be shares to divide if we weren’t making burgers and McFlurries. Our message to shareholders on May 19 is you don’t have to wait on legislation. You can pay us $15 an hour now, that should be the floor.” 

On the day of the strike, workers will be walking off the job in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Kansas City, St Louis, Houston, Milwaukee and other cities. McDonald’s workers have been organizing for $15 an hour minimum wage legislation since 2012, when they launched the Fight for $15 movement. 

“Our first responsibility is to hardworking restaurant crew, and we respect and appreciate their dedication to serve millions of customers daily,” a statement from McDonald’s USA said. “It’s the responsibility of federal and local government to set minimum wage, and we’re open to dialogue so that any changes meet the needs of thousands of hardworking restaurant employees and the 2,000 McDonald’s independent owner/operators who run small businesses.”

In late April, on an earnings call, McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski and president Joseph Erlinger suggested that a McDonald’s wage increase could be coming soon, in response to a question about labor shortages.

“I think one of the things that we are thinking about…is in our company-owned restaurants, how do we think about what the pay and benefits package need to look like for us to make sure that we’re able to get the people that we need,” Kempczinski said. 

“We’re working through what some changes in our company-owned restaurants might look like from a wages and compensation perspective,” Erlinger added.  

Earlier this year, a Motherboard investigation revealed that McDonald’s has a secret intel team that has spied on its workers in the Fight for $15 campaign for years using social media monitoring tools, labelling the group at a security threat. In response, the Fight for $15 movement, which is backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), filed federal charges against McDonald’s, for “unlawful surveillance of workers and union organizers participating in the Fight for $15 campaign, using tactics including extensive monitoring of social media activity.” An investigation is ongoing. 

Earlier this year, progressive Democrats tried to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by including the wage hike in the federal coronavirus relief bill, but Republicans and moderate Democrats stood in the way. 

Despite decades of experience, Wise, the Kansas City McDonald’s worker, earns $15.75 an hour and receives no health care benefits or paid sick days as a McDonald’s manager, and says it’s barely enough to scrape by and support his three teenage daughters in Kansas City. 

“Our stores are making record profits during the pandemic and we’re short-staffed,” Wise continued. “We’re pissed off. McDonald’s has had the opportunity to do what’s right.” 

On May 19, striking workers will also demand that McDonald’s withdraw its membership from the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the International Franchise Association (IRA), which have spent more than $3.2 million lobbying Congress against the federal minimum wage increase since 2019, according to federal lobbying reports.

In 2019, McDonald’s promised to stop lobbying against local, state, and federal minimum wage increases, but has continued to play a part in these efforts by retaining its membership to these two powerful business associations.

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

Periodic posting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  See event # 3

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

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

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

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

ACTIONS / PETITIONS

1. Mark Zuckerberg: leave our kids alone

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

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

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

  See event # 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENTS

Saturday, May 8 – Wednesday, May 12

Saturday, May 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See event # 9

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

During this event, the speakers plan to address –

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

·       The history of policing and defund efforts in San Francisco

·       Where funds could be redistributed to better serve communities

·       What services and care structures really keep us safe

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

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

Host: SURJ – SF

Sunday, May 9

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

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

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

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

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

Mask / social distancing

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

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

          -DEFUND THE PENTAGON

          -DEMILITARIZE!

          -DIPLOMACY NOT DRONES

          -END ENDLESS WAR

Other signs we need volunteers to make, please:

BIDEN:  We want REAL PEACE!

BIDEN:  NO ENDLESS DRONE WARS!   

BIDEN:  We Expect More.  NO WAR!

Info: CODEPINK Mother’s Day Peace Rally : Indybay

Monday, May 10

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

456 Montgomery St.
SF

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

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

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

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

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

Host: By the People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Host: Revolution Books

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

Tuesday, May 11

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

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

It is time to STOP the Tokyo Olympic Games!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Host: No Nukes Action Committee

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

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

Register Here: https://bit.ly/34oWUxV

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

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

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

Host: Tenants Together

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

Wednesday, May 12

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

Online register: Webinar Registration – Zoom

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

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

Host: Win Without War

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

Public comment:

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

Time of meeting might change

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

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

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

Please CALL IN to give public comment during this hearing!

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free – Online

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

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

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

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

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

 Police edited body cam video
*Trigger warning:

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