February – March 2015
We, the tenants at 812 Guerrero, have been fighting our Ellis Act eviction by Google lawyer Jack Halprin for one year now. Join us as we deliver a petition with over 1,500 signatures to Google’s San Francisco office.
Join us to demand the eviction be rescinded and we be allowed to stay in our home and community.
Now is the time to make a stand. Google states that as a corporation, “We care about the communities where we live and work.” If so, how is that they are permitting their head of e-Discovery to evict two teachers, an artist, a three-year-old, a cab driver, and a woman with disabilities who have all shared a community at 812 Guerrero for years.
In case you have not yet signed the petition, you can do so here:
Skyrocketing San Francisco rents can spell displacement from the city for long time residents who must find new homes. For example, Susan, who lived in our building for nearly 20 years, was evicted first. Unable to afford an apartment in the city for her and her 9-year-old nephew, she was forced to move out of the city. Now, fighting to remain in our homes and our community are: Alex and Claudia (a taxi driver and public school teacher with a 3-year-old son), Becky (a therapist), Johnny (who works in support services), and Evan, a high school teacher. Our building was once a mini-community, diverse in ethnic and economic backgrounds, but like Susan, we will all face displacement from San Francisco if Jack Halprin succeeds in evicting us to create his personal mansion or to pocket millions.
Please bring friends and loved ones to this event- its important that we show support for the tenants facing eviction and everyone in San Francisco who is at risk of losing their home.
Farm update: 60 trees are down and being hauled out. They are spraying Round Up along fence on South Side where development planned to go.
— Occupy the Farm (@occupyfarm) February 26, 2015
Ppl are gathering at farm right now to make signs+banners, start planning next steps. 5pm MEETING on North Side, everyone please come RT plz
— Occupy the Farm (@occupyfarm) February 26, 2015
Dear Friend of the Open Internet,
FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, wants to do something monumental: reclassify broadband access providers under Title II of the Communications Act.
Translation: we’ve made huge progress in the fight to protect the Open Internet. And it’s time to celebrate!
The Internet Archive & Electronic Frontier Foundation invite you to VICTORY FOR THE NET! An evening of celebration, conversation, and sharing what’s next. The party will be Thursday, February 26 at the Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, from 6-9 p.m.
The FCC still has to vote on Chairman Wheeler’s proposal and we don’t know the exact details yet. What we do know is that we’ve all worked hard to get the agency on the right track at last. We’re not done yet, but we have a lot to celebrate.
We are joining hands with our friends and co-hosts from:
Free Press, 18 Million Rising, Center for Media Justice–home of the Media Action Grassroots Network, Common Cause, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight For the Future,Media Alliance, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Public Knowledge, San Francisco Bitcoin, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, The Greenlining Institute, The Utility Reform Network and to take stock of how far we have come, and where we are headed in the movement to protect the Open Internet.
Hope to see you next Thursday! RSVP Today!
Founder & Digital Librarian
Fania E. Davis, Oakland attorney and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), will speak at the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 7 pm at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland. Ms. Davis will discuss Restorative Justice principles, practices, data, with applications in Oakland. She will also touch on how Restorative Justice might be used to address police violence and structural racism. A potluck dinner begins at 6 pm; please bring food to share.
The dramatic successes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in healing the wounds of mass violence in South Africa and of restorative juvenile justice legislation in making youth incarceration virtually obsolete in New Zealand inspired civil rights attorney and community activist Fania E. Davis to explore the possibility of an Oakland initiative.
A leader since 2005 in bringing restorative justice policies and practices to Northern California, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth interrupts cycles of violence, incarceration, and wasted lives by promoting restorative justice policies and practices in schools, communities, and in the juvenile justice system. RJOY’s advocacy and successes at its first pilot site in eliminating violence, reducing racially disparate suspensions, and increasing academic outcomes led the Oakland school district to adopt restorative justice as official policy in 2010. In 2007, there was only one restorative justice school site. Today, there are almost 30. RJOY’s work with formerly incarcerated youth has led to lowered recidivism.
KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:
“They Know Everything About You”
Hosted by Philip Maldari
A Benefit for KPFA
Tickets also at: Pegasus (3 sites) Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books SF: Modern Times,
Robert Scheer’s robust conversations with KPFA’s Sunday morning host Philip Maldari have become legendary for their intellectual ferocity and rich humor. Now they meet in an open public forum for the first time.
Data-collecting corporations and snooping government agencies are destroying democracy, insists Robert Scheer. In the first week of June 2013, the American people discovered that for an entire decade, they had abjectly traded their individual privacy for the chimera of national security. The revelation that the federal government has full access to all phone records and the vast trove of presumably private personal data posted on the Internet has brought the threat of a surveillance society to the fore.
But the erosion of privacy rights extends far beyond big government. Big Business has long played a leading role in hollowing out our personal freedoms. In They Know Everything About You, Robert Scheer reveals how our most intimate habits, from private correspondence, book pages read, and lists of friends and phone conversations have been seamlessly combined in order to create detailed maps of individuals’ social and biological DNA.
The Constitution’s Fourth Amendment guarantee of the sovereignty of the individual —“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated”— is being treated as an irrelevant relic of a bygone civilization. Our freedom has been squandered in the dubious name of national security and consumer convenience. We must challenge, Scheer argues, the assumption that protecting national security demands sacrificing the constitutional rights of the individual.
Robert Scheer, former national affairs correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Truthdig and professor at U.S.C.’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup.
PHILIP MALDARI is the longtime host of KPFA’s Sunday morning show.
Follow the sounds of singing to find us! We should be near a ticket/turnstile entrance somewhere inside. We may have to relocate elsewhere in the station if other musicians have claimed the space. Walk around and listen for us if you don’t see us. No rehearsal needed; we’ll have lyric sheets which are also available for download at www.occupella.org
Please invite your friends; even folks who don’t want to sing can help a lot by holding signs. And please do bring signs to make our solidarity clear. As we learn how to be allies in this movement, we believe that our predominantly white group cannot claim slogans such as “I Can’t Breathe” or “Hands Up Don’t Shoot.” But signs such as “Silence = Violence,” or “Black Lives Matter,” or “Justice for Michael Brown” make the clear connection that we support the Black Lives Matter protests. For future sings check www.occupella.org
As the movement” Black Lives Matter” shakes the nation Sensible Cinema will take part by screening Fruitvale Station by director Ryan Coogler.
Fruitvale Station, a true story follows the twenty-year old Oscar Grant on the eve of his last day of life, December 31, 2008, when early the next day, New Years Day ,January 1, 2009 he was murder in cold blood at the Fruitvale Bart station .
The program will include discussions and plans for a day of action on April 14,2015 with the cosponsor Stop Mass Incarceration Network .
Learn how to support and visit people incarcerated in immigration detention facilities and jails.
- Anoop Prasad, Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights Program Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus http://
www.advancingjustice-alc.or g/staff-member/ anoop-prasad
- Christina Mansfield, Co-Executive Director, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) http://
This training series will focus on practical skills development for loved ones, activists, legal workers, and lawyers to understand the nitty gritty methods and best practices for supporting people on the inside.
-The NLGSF Chapter’s Committee on Police & Prisons is coordinating the training. The committee exists to challenge oppressive practices, policies and laws of law enforcement, prisons and jails used against communities of color, prisoners, and others. It does so by supporting community activists and building member capacity to support and be a part of movements for human rights and civil liberties. http://www.nlgsf.org/committees
Join us this weekend to organize for a living wage in Berkeley!
We’re just getting started building a movement for a living wage in Berkeley, aiming to give ALL Berkeley workers a $15 minimum wage. Come to this meeting to share experiences, discuss strategy, and figure out the first steps towards victory! Similar struggles have been making progress and winning gains in other cities: Seattle, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, and more
See you soon!
Socialist Alternative Bay Area
Dearest Activists and Allies:
As you know, the Black Womyn’s Lives Matter: Free Marissa Caravan is back after traveling almost 4000 miles in 3 weeks from Oakland to Jacksonville Florida for the hearing which was to determine if Marissa spent more time imprisoned in jail, imprisoned in her home, or pardoned for firing a warning shot into the ceiling, injuring no one, to ward off the man who was beating and threatening to kill her.
We’d like to tell you about our travels through-out the country, the womyn we met, and the experiences we shared as we worked to make Marissa Alexander a household name across our land, and her fight for freedom our “Stand up, Fight Back” cause!
And about where Marissa is at right now & what we intend to do about it!
Please bring an organic (if possible) dish to share, your own plate, cup & fork (if possible), and your loved ones, friends, allies!
Or just BE THERE!
TOGETHER we WILL FREE MARISSA NOW!
Join us as we stand up against the police repression of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Sacramento police have outrageously charged a young black woman for lynching. The police and county DA falsely claim that ANSWER Coalition activist Maile Hampton is guilty of obstructing justice and removing a person from police custody. In fact its the police who are guilty of obstructing justice, in this case and historically. These charges against Maile are in reality “revenge” charges against leading activists of the Black Lives Matter movement. We in the ANSWER Coalition, along with a wide network of endorsing organizations, are mobilizing to fight back against this police repression.
1. We DEMAND that the “revenge charges” against Maile are immediately dropped!
2. We DEMAND an end to the repression of the Black Lives Matter movement!
3. We DEMAND an end to police brutality and the war against black and brown youth!
We will be combing this with another action where we will be demanding justice for all of the youth that have been victims of police terror. This police terror everywhere, has got to stop.
From Tamir Rice, 12 years old shot and killed immediately by Cleveland Pd for having a toy gun.
To Jessie Hernandez 16 years old, shot and killed by Denver PD while simply sitting in the backseat of a “stolen” car.
To Andy Lopez 13 years old shot by Santa Rosa PD for having a toy gun.
To Aiyana Stanley-Jones 7 years old shot in her home by Detroit PD during a nighttime raid.
And many, many more victims,
We DEMAND accountability, we DEMAND justice. We refuse to sit by and watch police officers around the world continue to kill our children in the name of capitalism. We know that justice won’t simply be handed to us, we have to demand it.
Please join us Sunday March 1st with your signs, banners, pictures of the victims if you can, and loud voices!
*Please note that depending on circumstances, we may march so bring your walking shoes*
“When our youth are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP FIGHT BACK.”
Join us! Endorse the movement by contacting ANSWER Sacramento.
HAITI: RESISTANCE AND SOLIDARITY
5 Years After the Earthquake
11 Years After the Coup
Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Committee
Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Devonte Jackson, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Sanyika Bryant, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Join Haiti Action Committee on the 11th anniversary of the US-backed 2004 coup that overthrew democracy in Haiti.
While the US/UN occupation continues to impose President Martelly’s dictatorship, popular resistance in Haiti grows.
A two-day general strike recently paralyzed Port-au-Prince and many other cities. The popular movements are striking to demand that the entire Martelly government resign. They’re also protesting governmental repression and corruption. Haiti faces a constitutional and profound political crisis.
Join us on March 1st for an in-depth look at this situation.
Updated information for Monday:
- We have moved the Rally to start in front of the jail at 850 Bryant on Monday, March 2nd at 5:30pm. Come prepared to dance! We will be joined by the BLO (Brass Liberation Orchestra) and march to the CASC for the Environmental Impact Community Meeting. RSVP here.
- We’ve also learned that the Capitol Planning Committee is voting on the jail plan the same day. We need anyone who can speak out against the jail to join us
- Monday, March 2nd from noon-2pm in City Hall.
Sheriff Mirkarimi and staff from the Department of Public Works will be hosting a public meeting on the environmental impact of the $278 million dollar jail plan.
You are invited to attend a public meeting hosted by San Francisco Public Works and the San Francisco Sheriffs Department regarding the environmental review process for the proposed new jail.
No new jail in SF! Rally and voice your opposition Mar 2 at a meeting about the jail project’s environmental impact https://t.co/1WFb0AtMsL
— Critical Resistance (@C_Resistance) February 24, 2015
The new Rehabilitation Detention Facility (RDF) will replace County Jails #3 and #4, currently located on the 6th and 7th floors of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant Street.
Plan on joining us at 5:30pm at the CASC for a rally before the 6pm meeting. Bring banners and signs and your best examples of the environmental impacts that jail and incarceration has on your life and your community.
San Francisco needs real solutions to public safety, housing, jobs, education, mental health care, not more of the same failed policies that harm our community. Justice is won when we build a future of opportunity for everyone, not more jails.
We want to pack the house and show how strong San Francisco’s opposition is to this controversial replacement jail proposal. And spread the word, it’s coming up quick!
ALL OUT FOR JOBS NOT JAILS IN ALAMEDA COUNTY!
For the past six months, we have campaigned for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to set aside 50% for community programs and services.
But on February 9th, the Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee recommended that the supervisors allocate $18 million—more than half of their public safety funds—to the sheriff.
On March 3rd, the Board of Supervisors will vote on the public safety budget and it’s time to tell them to vote for jobs not jails, books not bars, and healthcare not handcuffs.
This conference promotes the development of locally-controlled clean energy economies as a necessary path to a sustainable future. The conference is a diverse gathering of policy makers, entrepreneurs, and community advocates engaged in a thoughtful and inspiring exploration of strategies and programs for advancing a local clean energy transition in the Bay Area.
To learn more about Conference goals and to register, please visit the event website.
On the 2nd Anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s death, we celebrate his legacy, embodied
in the people and their struggle
March 5 is the second anniversary of the tragic passing of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Yet, despite his short life, he transformed Venezuela by his courageous struggle to make the Venezuelan masses the protagonists of their destiny.
Before Chávez, Venezuela’s natural resources enriched only the oil companies and ruling class. Today the country’s wealth has been harnessed for true development — hundreds of thousands of homes, healthcare and schools throughout the country.
The goal of the Bolivarian Revolutionary process is socialism, where every human being can enjoy guaranteed rights of healthcare, education, housing, jobs, equality, culture, social peace, and international solidarity.
But the U.S. government is working to destabilize the Venezuelan revolutionary government, financing right-wing organizations, encouraging coup attempts and terrorist attacks on the population. Now, the U.S. Congress is applying sanctions on Venezuela to punish the government and people for defending their sovereignty.
It is up to us, the people of the United States, to demand that our government stop the attacks and destabilization of Venezuela, respect International Law and Venezuela’s right to live.
Join us on Thursday, March 5, 5 pm, 24th and Mission, S.F., for a rally to celebrate: “Chavez Vive! La Lucha Sigue!”
Sponsored by Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition. Endorsed by ANSWER Coalition, SOA Watch-San Francisco; FMLN-Nor. California; FSLN-Nor. California; Haiti Action Committee; Hondurenos en Resistencia del Norte de California; Task Force on the Americas; Nicaragua Center for Community Action; Party for Socialism and Liberation; Workers World Party