Join us on Tuesday, 2/12 from 6pm-8pm at the Women’s Building (3543 18th Street) as we team up with the Nurse’s Union to call on Pelosi to embrace Medicare for All! pic.twitter.com/2lug001X4K
— SF Berniecrats-Our Revolution (@sfberniecrats) January 21, 2019
The charges are as follows:
Felarca: felony assault with great bodily injury, misdemeanor riot and misdemeanor inciting riot
Williams: felony assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor riot
Paz: misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor riot
This is a gross miscarriage of justice. The prosecutor’s case at the evidentiary hearing relied heavily on unauthenticated video and a single witness, the CHP officer, Ayres. His testimony made crystal clear the selective nature and bias of his “investigation” into the protest on June 26, 2016. He was loathe to even characterize the Traditionalist Workers Party as a Nazi or fascist organization. The prosecutor admitted that his “victims” and his witnesses were less than ideal from his point of view, and that his evidence against me for felony charge was lousy. Yet Judge Bulware Eurie refused to drop the charges, sanctioning the Sacramento District Attorney witchhunt in an effort to scapegoat and make examples out of us. We cannot let them succeed.
The defense team plans on bringing another motion to dismiss to stop this case from going to trial. As my attorneys wrote, “If the prosecution of Felarca, Paz, and Williams proceeds, then Donald Trump will have already achieved one of his central aims: the substitution of authoritarianism for constitutional due process rights and democratic norms. A policy of naked state discrimination and persecution of racial minorities and left-wing political activists would be a fact and reality.'”
Thank you everyone for the support you’ve given us thus far. Coming to Sacramento, raising your voices at pickets, your unions and organizations, it has meant the world to us. We are committed to standing up and fighting this out, because we know that we’re fighting not only for ourselves, but for generations to come. Now that this judge has ruled to maintain the charges, in the course of the next several weeks, it’s urgent that we redouble our education and outreach efforts for the defense campaign. Here are some useful media links on the case. A list of labor support and other organizations is below, too. If I missed any, my apologies, and let me know as soon as possible so I can modify the list. Please continue to reach out to organizations or unions that you work with. I’ve attached a sample resolution you can bring to your organization. All support is welcome.
Sacramento 3 Defendant
BAMN National Organizer
1. Court Support Needed for the Next Hearing (Arraignment): Wed. Feb. 13 at 8:30 am at the Sacramento Courthouse, 651 i-St. Dept. 63.
2. Useful webpage on the case with with links to defense motions and exhibits: bamn.com/defendyvettefelarca
3. Media Coverage of the Case:
A. The Guardian Jan. 25, 2019: How a California officer protected neo-Nazis and targeted their victims
B. Sacramento News and Review article on evidentiary preliminary hearing Jan. 4, 2019:
C. The Guardian: exclusive interview after Felarca’s July 19, 2017 arrest:
F. The Young Turks Youtube Story: Police Teaming Up with Neo-Nazi’s Now:
G. Video: Vice Deezus and Mero Stand With Middle School Teacher Yvette Felarca
H. Uneditted TV interviews on June 26, 2016 after the anti-fascist protest in Sacramento:
I. KTVU Interview defending shut down of alt-right Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopolous at UC Berkeley, Feb. 3, 2017:
We will be joined by Cooperation Jackson Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kali Akuno. The program will feature a presentation about the innovative work of Cooperation Jackson, and will focus in particular on their two primary initiatives for 2019: Revitalizing a former Grocery Plaza and exhibiting their first digitally fabricated homes on their Ewing Street Eco-Village Pilot Project.
For those who don’t know, Cooperation Jackson is an emerging network of worker cooperatives and supporting solidarity economy institutions and practices based in Jackson, Mississippi. For more information on Cooperation Jackson visit www.CooperationJackson.org.
Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay.
We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.
We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.
Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.
Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we just got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), opposing Urban Shield and pushing back against ICE with local legislation.
If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:
Check out our website: http://oaklandprivacy.org/ Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy
Check out our sister site DeportICE.
“WATCHING YOU WATCHING US”
Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment. Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in Richmond and Alameda County. To help slow down the encroaching police state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a huge upsurge in activism within the technology community. From the walkouts at Google to labor organizing at Amazon, tech workers are starting to see a connection between their work and social issues. Engineer, activist, and entrepreneur Leigh Honeywell has been at the forefront of tech activism for many years. We’ll be talking to her about the new tech activism, and the politics of a life lived online.
Honeywell founded two hackerspaces (HackLabTO in Toronto, and the Seattle Attic Community Workshop in Seattle), created the widely-circulated Never Again pledge, and now heads her own company, Tall Poppy, where she helps companies protect their employees from online harassment. The thread that runs throughout her work is using technology to create more privacy and safety for people online. She’ll discuss the growing resistance to the practices of corporations that profile users, or sell their data, and the rise of services that protect people from digital harassment.
Honeywell was previously a Technology Fellow at the ACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology, and also worked at Slack, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Symantec. Leigh has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Equity Studies.
She’ll be in conversation with Ars Technica contributors Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar.
Ars Technica Live takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland (3629 MLK Way—they have the best tater tots you’ve ever eaten).
Doors open at 7pm, and the live filming is from 7:30pm to 8:20-ish (be sure to get there early if you want a seat). Stick around afterward for informal discussion, beer, and snacks. Can’t make it out to Oakland? Never fear! Episodes will be posted to Ars Technica two weeks after the live events.
Coal outta Richmond!
Mile-long coal trains of 100 open railcars run through Richmond’s residential neighborhoods and are unloaded at the Levin-Richmond Terminal, only a few blocks from homes, schools, and workplaces.
As we transition to a fossil-free future, the coal industry is maintaining its profits by increasing exports. Coal-burning power plants in China, Korea and Japan make West Coast ports such as Richmond prime targets for coal exports. These power plants have been cited as being a main reason for the increase in the carbon that is accelerating our climate emergency. Climate doesnâ€™t care where the coal is burned.
Between the mines in Utah and the port, each rail car can lose up to 500 pounds of coal in the form of dust, according to information provided by the railroads. Once the coal reaches the waterfront terminal, the coal stacked in huge open-air piles that the wind and rain can carry into the air and Bay waters.
Join the movement to end the shipment of toxic and climate-destroying coal and petroleum coke from Richmond!
A critical part of this campaign is reaching out to coal-dust–impacted Richmond residents. No Coal in Richmond is now canvassing to spread awareness and collect signatures on a letter to the Richmond City Council demanding immediate action on this public health and climate hazard. Could you schedule a few hours with us?
Door-to-door Canvassing, Sunday 2/24
When: 1:30–5 pm
Where: Meet at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 2540 Macdonald Ave.
No Coal in Richmond is a group of concerned residents seeking to stop the export of coal from the Levin-Richmond Terminal, including: Sierra Club, Communities for a Better Environment, Sunflower Alliance, Richmond Progressive Alliance and No Coal in Oakland.
The contributors in this book were mostly members of WSA, whose formation was initiated by the Maoist Progressive Labor Party. Here they recount and evaluate their participation in the struggles of the 1960s and early 1970s, from trips to revolutionary Cuba defying the US travel ban to student strikes, labor and community alliances, and campaigns against the war and racism across the country, from Columbia and Harvard, Texas and Iowa, to San Francisco State and UC Berkeley.
With editor John Levin.
Join us this Thursday at the BART Board mtg and next week to celebrate the people that made #ReclaimMLKOak possible .
Last month the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a resolution to name an unnamed street near Fruitvale Station as Oscar Grant Way. Join us and Oscar Grant’s family this Thursday at the BART Board of Directors meeting to make sure they approve the motion!
Huge THANK YOU to everyone that came out last month to support the 5th Annual People’s March to Reclaim King’s Legacy!
It was a beautiful day with about 3,000 people marching in the streets, an amazing people’s concert and a deep healing ritual lead by Lead to Life to close in the evening.
We lifted up the demands of the people’s platform, held People’s Assemblies on housing, education, inter-communal violence, development, use of force, and sanctuary for all.
- ALAMEDA COUNTY Board of Supervisors Public Protection Committee meeting
- ENTIRE AGENDA HERE
- -FIRE DRONES- Several years back, Alameda County residents , because of privacy concerns, opposed a plan by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department to use “small unmanned aerial systems” AKA drones to fight crime. Ultimately the drones were purchased and a policy for its use was crafted by residents and law enforcement. Now, the Alameda County Fire Department wants its own policy to use drones to fight fires. The early stages of a policy comes before the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ Public Protection Committee on Thursday morning. Over the past year, Alameda County Fire has used the Sheriff’s drones to access blazes on several occasions in the county. Alameda County Sheriff’s drones were also used recently to aid in recent Northern California wildfires. The Fire Department hopes to have a policy is placed by October of this year.
We invite our allies, the media, government staff, and funders to hear from local community groups working to house low-income people and people of color—who have experienced consecutive waves of housing crises—and built lasting solutions in the process. We will host a moderated panel to amplify the voices and accomplishments of Serve the People San Jose, The Village, and others. Panelists will discuss the importance and potential of public land, community land trusts, and permanently affordable housing structures. The event is free, but please register here, so we can provide coffee and light refreshments.
Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
This Valentine’s Day, we’re turning up the pressure on Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase in San Francisco. Will you join us? Click here to RSVP.
- What: Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase: Break up with private prisons or we’ll break up with you (Rally and petition delivery)
Sixty percent of the immigrants the Trump administration locked up are being held in private prisons built by companies like CoreCivic and GEO Group. Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase finance billions of dollars of their debt. All these banks need to do is stop providing loans to these companies and the private prisons they run would not be able to function.
Now is the time to use our power as customers and consumers to force these banks to act. Join us to make our demands clear to Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase on Valentine’s Day.
If Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase don’t take action to help end the criminalization and detainment of Black and Brown communities, we will by pledging and encouraging others to break up with them and switch to banks that actually respect our communities.
Click the link below to RSVP for the action in San Francisco this Thursday.
On Valentine’s Day, join Mujeres Unidas y Activas, La Colectiva de Mujeres, MomsRising, Bay Resistance, Candide Group, Hand in Hand, the national FamiliesBelongTogether Coalition and others to ask WellsFargo and JPMorgan Chase To Break Up with Private Prisons and Immigration Detention Centers!
While professing respect for human rights, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase continue to fund GEO Group and CoreCivic; the biggest operators of private prisons and immigrant detention centers. Let’s tell Jamie Dimon (Chase) and Timothy Sloan (Wells) that we’re not afraid to align our money with our values. If Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase don’t take action, we will — by pledging to, and/or encouraging others to, break up with Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase and switch to banks that actually respect our communities instead!
Can’t come on the 14th at noon, but want to take action- join a bank branch action near you on the 14, 15, or 15th by signing up here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/show-love-this-valentines-day
A lot of people have not heard in depth details of what people who are in the circumstance of not having a house to live in, go through. Join us at the Berkeley Animal Rights Center for a personal presentation from Robin Housley about that subject exactly with a surprise guest.
This surprise guest, due to a life threatening illness, lost their job while getting medical treatment and subsequently lost their place of residence. They were living without a house for nearly three years on the streets, primarily in San Francisco and the East Bay Area, before being able to get back into permanent housing. They will speak about their experience and where it has lead them.
Robin Housley has recently lived without a house spending around 2 years on the streets of Berkeley and is still active in being friends with individuals he met on his journey. He will be speaking about some of his activism, experiences and transformations throughout living without a house that forced a light in parts of him and society at large.
This is a DINNER SHARE event! Please bring a completely vegan dinner dish or side dish or drink to this event. Thank you all so much and we hope to see you there.
Please be on time, so we can start the meeting early. We’ll be discussing and planning our next direct action for the month of February, and sharing community updates.
The director sets out to tell the story of the rise and fall of the The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense by weaving together rare archival footage, interviews with ex-Panthers and others, and music.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F56O3kZ9qr0
In San Francisco we celebrate Valentine’s Week – the week of love and friendship – with an annual Nude Valentine Parade. Why nude? Because it’s much more interesting and fun that way, and because nudity and love go well together. But more importantly, this is a way to reduce the harm that prudishness does to our society.
The parade starts in the Castro District – once famous as the nation’s center of gay love – and ends in the Haight-Ashbury District – where the Summer of Love took place in the year 1967.
We will gather at Jane Warner Plaza (corner of Castro and Market Streets) at noon on Feb 16 (the Saturday following Valentine’s Day). We will walk from the plaza to Haight Street, via a mostly level route (uphill portions are not very steep). The parade ends at Haight and Stanyan Streets.
The parade itself takes about an hour, but we have the option to stay until 4pm on the sidewalks along Haight Street. Friendly visitors to the Haight-Ashbury are usually eager to chat and have their pictures taken with public nudists.
The parade is free for anyone to join, to follow, or to watch. Anyone can participate –visitors and locals, all genders, all ages. Any degree of nudity is legal at this event, and many participants will only be wearing shoes.