Kick-off meeting to create Slingshot issue #127. Slingshot is an independent radical newspaper published in Berkeley since 1988. This issue will mark the 30th year in print.
* Brainstorm articles for next issue
* Orientation on how you can submit articles, art, photographs
* Help us discuss our audience and themes for the next issue
* Discuss fundraising and distribution
* Your chance to comment on Slingshot
Everyone is welcome.
Issue #127 is due out on April 27, 2018
Deadline for Issue #127 is April 14, 2018
Join us this–and every Monday for an hour of singing in front of the old Oaks Theater at the top of Solano Avenue, Berkeley. Demonstrators have kept this rally going for over six years with their “Tax the Rich” and other timely signs and good spirits. We provide music; songbooks available. Come for a song, come for an hour.
As many of you know and can see, Oakland has been facing skyrocketing rates of homelessness, with the counts in our community increasing dramatically in recent years. We now have around 3,000 people unhoused in our community, and it is vital that we take significant action to expand solutions, and the funding for them, in our community. This situation is causing widespread suffering, as people are living in difficult situations in underpasses and sidewalks, often without access to water, bathrooms, and more. This endangers the entire community, both those with and without homes, and creates a potential for expanding blight and spread of disease.
Please join us for a community discussion around homeless solutions.
We will hear about a range of solutions, including use of “tiny homes” and shipping container conversion homes, tenant assistance and rapid rehousing, partnering with faith-based organizations and other community groups, and encouraging effective use of vacant properties.
This includes a proposal to pass a Ballot Measure to tax vacant properties, and dedicate the revenue to homeless solutions. By taxing vacant properties, this will help encourage people to put those properties back into use, thus, increasing the housing supply. Yhe money raised by the Measure would create a dedicated funding stream to support real homeless solutions, by ensuring they have a funding source that doesn’t have to be fought over each year. Funding would include sanitation and services, rapid rehousing, alternative housing structure solutions, navigation centers, and more.
See a recent article in The Nation describing inspiring local actions in various cities, which includes discussion of our proposed vacant property tax:
Also, you can read a submitted report for the Vacant Property Tax, and attached additional articles about the vacant property taxes in other cities, online at:
In addition, legislation is being brought forward to encourage and authorize the use of innovative solutions, including small homes and RVs, to be allowed on church lots and in partnership with other groups. A few months ago, during the north bay fires, some nearby communities lost thousands of housing units in one night. As a result, they quickly passed laws allowing use of innovative, rapid, and low-cost housing solutions, including RVs and trailers. While our housing crisis was not primarily caused by fire, it is no less of a crisis. We too should be embracing a range of strategies to help.
Seethe title/request for homeless Alternatives/tiny homes on community lots here:
Reportbacks (25 min)
- Governance (Debbie, Susan, Lou, Margy, Sylvia)
- First Presbyterian Church (Debbie, Lou)
- Anything else?
General news (10 min)
� Upcoming conference in Colorado (Susan)
� RFI for California task force (Susan)
Repeating items (25 min)
- Treasurer’s report/budgeting and meeting place issues
- introductions of new attendees
- overview of public banking for new attendees
- set next meeting time and place
Upcoming (20 min)
- Student debt forum (Emily, Susan)
- Potential community group meetings (discussion)
Join us to defend our immigrant communities!
March 5 is the initial expiration date for DACA that the Trump administration has set. Because of community organizing and legal advocacy, the date has been suspended. As the White House continues to threaten our immigrant communities, DACA is still in jeopardy, and many TPS holders’ lives hang in the balance.
Join us on March 5: We, the community, will continue to love and protect each other.
We will be hosting another mail night to respond to the increasing amount of correspondence we’ve been receiving from people in prisons and jails across the Country. We are getting lots of questions about prior ballot initiatives, advocacy support, requests for pen pals, responses from letter sent during previous letter writing nights, and the Ella Baker Center’s work at large. Dinner with vegetarian options will be provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Point your computer web browser at that URL at 7 PM on the first Monday of the month. Chrome is said to work better than some of the alternatives, but Firefox, etc. work as well. If your computer does not have a camera and/or microphone you can use your smart phone.
Download the JITSI app here:
For Android search for ‘jitsi’ in the Play Store or go here:
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.
In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity. Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression. Sisters and brothers! The Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.
We meet on the 1st Monday of each month
You can join our discussion list by sending a blank (doesn’t even need a subject) email to
Join us for the Bay Area premier of the new short film “Transforming California from Red to Blue: How Community Organizing Changed the Political Landscape”
The film documents the success of social movements in California in creating a more progressive political atmosphere in the state, pushing for policies and legislation that challenged dog whistle politics, xenophobia and structural racialization. Through interviews with key movement leaders and historical footage, the 10-minute video documents an important chapter in the California story. Following the film, a panel of activists will discuss the video and the significance of the gains made, as well as the challenges ahead.
Free. Wheel chair accessible. Food and drink will be provided
The Internet Archive presents the first ever Military Powerpoint Karaoke: a night of “Powerpoint Karaoke” using presentations in the Military Industrial Powerpoint Complex collection at archive.org that were thoughtfully extracted during the Internet Archive’s most recent end-of-term web crawl. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30pm at our headquarters in San Francisco. The show will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 pm, when doors will also open.
Also known as “Battle Decks,” Powerpoint Karaoke is an improvisational and art event where audience members give a presentation using a set of Powerpoint slides that they’ve never seen before. There are three rules: 1) The presenter cannot see the slides before presenting; 2) The presenter delivers each slide in succession without skipping slides or going back; and 3) The presentation ends when all slides are presented, or after 5 minutes (whichever comes first). We’re thrilled to have Rick Prelinger, creator of Lost Landscapes and Prelinger Archive, and Avery Trufelman of 99% Invisible, joining us to deliver headlining Powerpoint decks. The rest of the presentations will be delivered by you — the audience members who sign up.
This event will use, as its source material, a curated collection of the Internet Archive’s Military Industrial Powerpoint Complex, a special project for the Internet Archive’s 20th Anniversary in which IA staff extracted all the Powerpoint files openly available from the government’s “.mil” web domain. This collection contains over 57,000 Powerpoint decks, each charged with material that ranges from the violent to the banal, featuring attack modes, leadership styles, harness types, and modes for requesting vacation days from the US Military. As a whole, this collection forms a unique snapshot into our government’s Military Industrial Complex.
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT, co-presented by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.
We’re at an important crossroads on how law enforcement agencies and courts are using big data and new technologies. Will they be used to reduce incarceration rates or to exacerbate unjust, biased enforcement patterns in policing? This is the moment to ask hard questions about how these systems are developed, and what kinds of checks are in place to ensure they meet high ethical standards.
We’ll explore the challenges and opportunities of these new systems and offer ideas on ways forward with a distinguished panel of experts in law, policing, and big data. This forum is part of Impact Justice’s Impact:Ideas series of occasional conversations, book discussions and panels designed to provoke fresh ideas about the future of our criminal justice system. The panel will feature:
- George Gascón, the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to his appointment in 2011, Gascon served as Chief of the San Francisco Police Department. During his tenure as DA, Gascón has implemented a series of reforms and initiatives focused on bringing more data-driven solutions to preventing crime and recidivism. Most recently, he has led efforts to reduce the role of money in pre-trial decision-making, increasing the use of risk assessments and diversion programs in San Francisco bail and sentencing decisions.
- Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, a professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and a nationally-recognized expert on the use of big data systems in policing. His new book, The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement, examines how surveillance technology and predictive analytics shape modern policing.
- Christy Lopez, a distinguished visitor at Georgetown Law School and former Deputy Chief in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. While at DOJ, Professor Lopez led the team that investigated the Ferguson Police Department as well as investigations of many other law enforcement agencies, including the Chicago Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. She also served as a federal court monitor of the Oakland Police Department.
- Antoinette Davis (moderator), Director of Impact Justice’s Research and Action Center. She is an expert in research, analysis, and evaluation, particularly around criminal and juvenile justice system reform. Her work is centered on finding strength-based solutions to complex systemic and social issues. She is currently leading several multi-site, mixed method research projects and has authored research reports on such topics as youth incarceration and the harmful effects of adult incarceration on girls.
Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.
When We Fight, We Win is EBC’s second member meeting of 2018! Come through to learn about the criminal justice legislation that has been introduced in Sacramento, help us prioritize which allied bills to support and plug into our policy agenda for 2018.
We hope you can join us in growing a strong grassroots movement to end mass incarceration. Together, we can chart a new future for California by prioritizing positive, community-based, public health solutions rather than punishment.
6:00pm New Member Orientation. General meeting starts at 6:30pm.
Vegetarian dinner will be provided and the building is wheelchair accessible. Please contact Tash at 408-499-7912 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need childcare.
“Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America”Advance tickets: $12: 800-838-3006, Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s. East Bay Books, $15 door, KPFA benefit, wheelchair access, more info: kpfa.org/events
Born and raised in Norway, now living in Brooklyn, Vegas Tenold is an award-winning journalist. For years he has covered the far right in America, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security in the United States. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, he has published work in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and Al Jazeera America.
Six years ago, when Tenold began reporting from the inner circle of three American white Nationalist groups-the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party-he found himself deep in the midst of small, disorganized groups operating well outside the mainstream, and often covertly. But as the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville made clear, all that has changed. Everything You Love Will Burn is a startling inside look at these newly empowered movements, from their violent conventions to their backroom meetings with Republican operatives.
Tenold introduces us to neo-Nazis in Brooklyn, a millennial Klanswoman in Tennessee, and a rising star in the far right movement nicknamed “the Little Fuhrer,” who sent Tenold a text on election night gloating, “Everything you love will burn.” Alternately frightening and fascinating, Everything You Love Will Burn shows us the onrushing future of hatred in America.
Kevin Cartwright has been a radio producer, media trainer and music programmer for Pacifica Radio station KPFA-FM since 1994.
March 8th Call-in & Email Supervisors
Stop Urban Shield for Good!
This is a pivotal moment in the Stop Urban Shield campaign. Get READY! This month we will mobilize to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors vote to defund Urban Shield and put an end to Sheriff Ahern’s racist policing program and weapons expo.
No money ($1.5 million), No Program.
On Tuesday, February 27th you and the Stop Urban Shield coalition helped the Alameda County Board of Supervisors understand and challenge a major report given to them by the Urban Shield Task Force. A report meant to help them decide on the continuation of Urban Shield. 3 of the 5 Supervisors (Keith Carson, Wilma Chan, and Richard Valle) actually challenged Sheriff Ahern on the impacts of militarized policing. They named racial profiling, trigger-happy cops, and called ICE terrorists in the wake of the Bay Area ICE Raids.
But, they’re scared by the Sheriff’s fear-driven campaign, and they aren’t swayed yet. We want to thank them for taking the threats to their communities seriously and for listening to their constituents. They need to know they aren’t alone in making a huge decision about emergency preparedness for their district. They need to know the people want life-affirming emergency preparedness, and that we’re with them.
Two Ways You Can Act:
1) Email or Call Supervisors Carson, Chan and Valle (see email and phone script) by Monday, March 12th.
2) Prepare to mobilize To Alameda County Board of Supervisors, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA. The meeting can happen as early as next week so it is important to make calls and be on the lookout for action alerts.
This is an important moment. The Supervisors are expressing rising mistrust and anger with the Sheriff. Let’s use this moment to channel their anger into a REAL WIN. You’ve been with us a long time. Let’s STOP URBAN SHIELD.
Email & Phone Script – Please email or call the following Supervisors:
Keith Carson: phone: (510) 272-6695 or email: amy.shrago@acgov
Wilma Chan: phone: 510.272.6693 or email: email@example.com
Richard Valle: phone: 510.272.6692 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, my name is ____ and I am a member of the Stop Urban Shield Coalition.
[If you are a resident or worker in the Supervisors District, please name that as well. For example: I am a resident of Supervisor Chan’s district. Or Supervisor Carson represents me. I work in Supervisor Valle’s district.]
I am calling/emailing to thank Supervisor [fill in the their name] for their rigorous examination of the Urban Shield Task Force report and Sheriff Ahern’s role in sponsoring racist training programs for emergency responders. As a resident of Alameda County, I am encouraged to see Supervisor [fill in their name] and others taking the impact of militarized policing on our communities and their constituents seriously.
You work everyday for a safer Alameda County. You already know Sheriff Ahern’s connections with ICE and the recent ICE raids, his support of racial profiling, and Urban Shiled (the program that builds up all of this) do not keep our communities safer. I am asking you to defund Urban Shield when it comes up for vote this month, whether it’s Tuesday March 13th or later. You have a chance to stand for life-affirming emergency preparedness in our county, and I am with you. Thank you.
Catherine Crump & Andrew Guthrie Ferguson
This event will feature a conversation between scholars interested in issues related to surveillance, policing, and civil liberties. In his talk, The Rise of Big Data Policing, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson will focus on how cutting-edge technology is changing how the police do their jobs, and why it is more important than ever that citizens understand the far-reaching consequences of big data surveillance as a law enforcement tool. He will reveal how these new technologies – viewed as race-neutral and objective – have been eagerly adopted by police departments hoping to distance themselves from claims of racial bias and unconstitutional practices. Yet behind the data are real people, and difficult questions remain about racial discrimination and the potential to distort constitutional protections.
In her presentation, Surveillance Policy Making By Procurement, Catherine Crump will discuss ways in which federal funding for surveillance equipment disrupts local accountability mechanisms that typically regulate policing. These federal funding programs generally are designed to prevent terrorism but in reality are overwhelmingly used for routine law enforcement purposes. The talk will discuss in detail the structural and institutional features that lead local law enforcement agencies to adopt surveillance technology that is out of step with community norms, and will review the ways in which some local communities have passed laws in an attempt to address this issue systematically.
A light lunch is included for attendees who RSVP in advance.
WOMEN’S STRIKE RALLY: International Women’s Day of Action in the East Bay
Sponsors: International Women’s Strike Bay Area & Bay Area Reproductive Justice
As part of the International Women’s Strike movement, in the East Bay we call for:
* 24 hours of action on March 8th
*12pm/ lunch-time : Local Speak-Out/ Strike Action @ our local workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods to make our presence visible, wearing red, and being vocal about women and LGBTQI, immigrant and people of color rights, as well as those with disabilities
* 4.30pm to 6pm: REGIONAL RALLIES–Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland
Last Year on March 8th, women of every kind, marched, stopped works, and took over the street in fifty different countries across the world. March 8th, 2018 is coming and things have gotten worse for us a women in this country.
We will go on strike against gender violence—against the men who commit violence and against the system that protects them. Racialized gender violence is international, as must be the campaign against it. US imperialism, militarism and settler colonialism foster misogyny throughout the world.
The #METOO, #USTOO, #TIMESUP campaigns made visible the gender violence that haunts women’s everyday lives. We do not willingly keep our mouths shut. We are forced into a racist, sexist power structure by capitalism.
The recently passed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” guts exemptions that benefit low-wage workers, the vast majority of whom are women. Corporations got a hefty tax break, from 35% down to 21%, while plans are afoot to savage Medicaid and Medicare—two programs that support the elderly and the poor, the sick and the disabled, family planning and children—and hence women, who do most of the care work. . .
Trump has announced that welfare reform is his next target which is bound to further impoverish single mother families. Already in the US, women and our children are 70% of the poor. The work of mothers producing and reproducing all of society is not valued and we are not counted as workers, but as charity cases.
On March 8th, we will speak out against violent and abusive systems of power and privilege that deny women and all vulnerable others, the possibility of health, dignity and a safe life.
We call on local unions, both elected officials and rank and file workers, as well as labor councils to actively engage with this re-emerging independent, non-corporate, and grassroots women’s movement, for we believe our unions and working class women have been and should continue to be at the center of this struggle.
This meeting will include a discussion of the proposed Enabling Legislation for Measure LL which will provide details on the structure and operations of the Police Commission, the Inspector General and the Community Police Review Agency (CPRA).
The Coalition’s suggested edits to the Ordinance will be discussed. Of particular importance is our insistence that there be legal counsel for both the Agency and the Commission that is not part of the City Attorney’s office in order to protect the independence of the process. We encourage the community to come out and echo this point.
On January 27th, we gathered hundreds to confront the right-wing, religious fundamentalists trying to further limit access to reproductive healthcare and abortion.
Our fight is not over! Join us and organize future events to fight for reproductive justice and women’s rights. Including nationally-coordinated actions on International Women’s Day on March 8th.
August 9, 2014, in the wake of the brutal
police shooting of Michael Brown the
people of Ferguson, Missouri rose up.
Like Montgomery, Ala. 60 years before
gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement
and the prominence of Martin Luther King,
the defiance of the people in Ferguson,
gave birth to a new wave of struggle.
The Black Lives Matter movement
emerged and with it a new clarion call to
struggle for justice.
Kimberly Jade Norwood
Henry H. Oberschelp professor of law;
Professor of African & African American studies;
Author of Ferguson’s Fault Lines: The
Quake that Rocked the Nation and
Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the
Myth of Post Racial America will provide us with a
personal discussion on the quest for racial justice post Ferguson.
Whose Streets: How the Killing of 18 Year Old Michal Brown Inspired a Community to Fight
Back — A People’s Documentary. Director Sabaah Folyan and Damon Douglas take an
unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising following the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown.
Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting not only for their Civil
Rights but for the right to live! The film aims to show how people stood together, resisted
together, and fought together in the name of love and justice for black people not only in their
city but around the world similar to the Civil Rights Movement.
♥♥ ADOLFO DELGADO ♥♥
19 years old
Killed by SFPD on March 6th
Note: This gathering is Youth-led and with permission of Adolfo’s Family.
All are welcome
“I don’t want to be deported!”
Adolfo Delgado “Jesus” was 19 years old when he was killed in a trunk by a barrage of 30 bullets fired by the SFPD on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
On March 7th, friends and community members spoke of Adolfo, how he helped others and helped his Mother. Their words were powerful. The vigil and march were powerful and youth-led.
On Friday, March 9th, a Community Vigil has been called, All are welcomed, it is asked that people respect and follow the lead of the YOUTH, who are friends of Adolfo and members of the community.
It is also asked that all respect the family and lift them up in prayers. Please respect them and do not contact them.
From: Adriana C.
“Another thing learned last night…Gascon is charging the young man driving the car for manslaughter, not the cops. Because of a “you made me shoot him argument” that the cops are using. I don’t know who this young man is but we need to have his back too.”
Article from Mission Local:
19-year-old police shooting victim came to the U.S. as a child and grew up and worked in SF’s Mission (March 8, 2018)