Solidarity Rally at the Civic Center
Instead of crying they are speaking. Instead of mourning they are protesting. And instead of waiting, the children of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are begging for our help.
We must stand with them and #MarchForOurLives
Mission Statement of March for Our Lives:
Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.
March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.
School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.
Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.
Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES!
Rally & Press Conference to Urge Vote to DEFUND Urban Shield
10am – Rally & Press Conference
11am – Supervisors Meeting & Urban Shield Vote
Join the Stop Urban Shield Coalition at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, where they will be voting on the Sheriff’s request to fund Urban Shield 2018. We are organizing to ensure they say NO! We want real, community-based preparedness for emergencies. Police militarization is not the answer.
We recently learned that Sheriff Ahern hosted ICE at the 2017 Urban Shield! We must turn out all our communities for this crucial vote. Alameda County must resist this blatant collusion with the horrific Trump and Sessions administration, and need to act on ending the racist tactics, and technologies being spread by Urban Shield.
It has only become clearer that Urban Shield does not provide disaster preparedness for the Bay Area. At the most recent Board meeting where AC Supervisors heard back from the Task Force assigned to evaluate Urban Shield, Sheriff Ahern demonstrated open disregard for the terms put in place by the Board to curb some of the programâ€™s blatant racism and violence. Urban Shield clearly can not be reformed and must be defunded.
Take Action! Here’s how you can help.
Stop Urban Shield:
1) Come out on Tuesday, March 27th for our rally and press conference, and plan to stay so we pack the room during the Board of Supervisors vote on Urban Shield. The Board meeting starts at 11am and will likely go for a few hours. Please plan to stay a while or come late in order to make public comment if you can’t arrive by 10am.
2) Call and email the Board of Supervisors on Monday, March 26th. Here’s a sample script and their contact information that you can use:
Dear Supervisor _________, I am calling to urge you and your fellow Supervisors to take leadership in putting an end to the harmful and controversial Urban Shield program in Alameda County. On Tuesday, March 27th, you will be asked to decide whether to authorize funding for the Sheriff to hold Urban Shield in 2018.. By rejecting this, Alameda County can be a leader in prioritizing true community preparedness that is not based on fear and militarization. Despite your guidelines and community concerns, Sheriff Ahern has repeatedly demonstrated complete disregard for very serious concerns, most recently shown when he hosted both ICE and the Oath Keepers at last year’s Urban Shield. I urge you to take action by saying no to the authorization of any funding for Urban Shield. Thank you.
Supervisor Haggerty // email@example.com (510) 272-6691
Supervisor Valle // firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 272-6692
Supervisor Chan //dave.brown @acgov.org (510) 272-6693
Supervisor Miley // email@example.com (510) 670-5962
Supervisor Carson // firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 272-6695
3) Spread the word! Let all the people in your networks know that with a powerful turnout and strong community pressure, we can end Urban Shield once and for all on March 27th.
Join us to rally and march to end wars at home and abroad.
Gather at 11 AM at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Rally at 11:30 AM
March to Oscar Grant Plaza at 12:30 PM
Rally at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, 14th and Broadway at 1:30 PM
Speakers and program TBD
– End U.S. overt and covert wars, drone wars, sanction/embargo wars, and death squad assassination wars.
— Close all U.S. bases on foreign soil. Dismantle all nuclear weapons.
— Bring all U.S. troops home now. Self-determination not military intervention. U.S. hands off the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. End U.S. aid to apartheid Israel. Self-determination for Palestine. The U.S. cannot be the cop of the world.
– $Trillions for human needs. For jobs and social services, quality debt-free education and single payer health care. No to anti-union legislation. For $15 and a Union Now.
– Defend the environment against life-threatening fossil fuel-induced global warming. For a rapid transition to a 100 percent clean, sustainable energy system and retraining and jobs at union wages for all displaced energy workers.
— No to white supremacy and racist policies and actions against Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and indigenous peoples. No to police brutality/murder. End racist mass incarceration. Black Lives Matter!
— No human being is illegal. No to deportations. Yes to DACA and TPS (Temporary Protective Status) and a just and early path to citizenship. No ban, no wall!
– No to sexism, sexual violence, and harassment and targeting of LGBTQI communities. Yes to equal work and pay. Support women’s reproductive rights.
The U.S. government and its leading Pentagon generals openly and repeatedly threaten nuclear war or massive military intervention against sovereign nations. Such is the case today with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. Simultaneously, U.S. military forces are at war in several nations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Haiti and Honduras also face covert and ongoing U.S. intervention.
More than 800 U.S. military bases circle the globe in more than 170 countries at the cost of $trillions, while these same $trillions are subtracted from critical social programs at home. $Trillions in tax cuts and corporate bailouts are granted to the super rich while the war at home takes on virulent racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and homophobic forms.
Cindy Sheehan, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
Alice Walker, author
Nancy Price, Exec. Comm., Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
Blanca Missé, Labor Rising; International Women’s Strike*
Alita Blanc, President, United Educators of San Francisco (UESF)*
Barbara L. Nielsen, Co-Chair, Nat’l DISARM-End Wars Committee, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, United States Section*; Member, WILPF San Francisco Branch*
Jeff Mackler, Northern California United National Antiwar Coal; Nat’l UNAC Administrative Comm.
Ellen Schwartz, former Program co-chair, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, U.S. Section
Jack Fleck, Steering Committee, 350 Bay Area*
Mary Ratcliff, Editor, San Francisco Bay View, a National Black Newspaper
Pierre La Boissiere, Co-founder, Haiti Action Committee*
Irma Bajar, GABRIELA USA, national chairperson
Tova Fry, International Action Center
Monadel Herzallah, Labor organizer, antiwar activist
Walter Riley, Board Chair, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund; Chair, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Alan Benjamin, Steering Committee, Labor Fightback Network; delegate, SF Labor Council*
David Welsh, Vets for Peace East Bay Chapter 162; Haiti Action Commi.* delegate SF Labor Council*
Don Bechler, Chair, Single Payer Now
Rick Sterling, Steering Committee, Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center; Hands Off Syria Coalition
Paul George, Director, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Kamran Nayeri, Editor, Our Place in the World: A Journal of Ecosocialism
Stephen Bingham, Past President, SF Bay Area Chapter National Lawyers Guild; Marin Grassroots Coalition for Immigrant and Civil Rights*
Laura Herrera, Co-coordinator, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Alicia Jrapko, U. S. Coordinator, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.
Tom Lacey, Chair, San Francisco Peace and Freedom Party
Karl Kramer, Campaign Co-director, San Francisco Living Wage Coalition*
Dan Kaplan, Executive Sec., San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1493
Francisco Herrera, Trabajo Cultural CAMINANTE /Cultural Worker/Educator
Ron Dicks, Past International Vice President Western Region, International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees (IFPTE), retired*
Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone, Co-producers, Taking Aim, Pacifica Radio
Rhonda Ramiro, Vice Chair, BAYAN-USA
Carolina Dutton, Task Force on the Americas/Marin,
Bill Balderston, a political organizer with the Oakland Education Association; steering committee member, National Education Association Peace & Justice Caucus
Bradley Wiedmaier, SEIU Local 2015 SF Labor Council delegate*
Barry Hermanson, San Francisco Green Party
Marsha Feinland, State Executive Committee, Peace & Freedom Party
Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs
Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10, retired
Katharine Harer, Co-VP & Organizer, AFT 1493, San Mateo Community College Fed. of Teachers
Allan Fisher, AFT 2121 SF Labor Council delegate,* CISPES
Attila Nagy, Pres., Peace & Justice Ctr. Sonoma County; Comité VIDA immigrant rts. organization
Judith Mirkinson, National Lawyers Guild/ SF/Bay Area
Steve Ongerth, co-founder IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus*
Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at, Africans Deserve Reparations Campaign
Linda Ray, SEIU 1021 delegate to San Francisco Labor Council *
Susan Lamont, Veterans for Peace; May 1st Coalition,* Green Party of Sonoma County, Police Brutality Coalition of Sonoma County*
Tarik Kanaana, Green Party of Sonoma County; May 1st Coalition*
Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County
Comité VIDA Sonoma County
Peter Phillips, Professor Political Sociology Sonoma State University
Laurence Shoup, author, activist, Green Party*
Michael Parenti, author, lecturer
Martha Hubert and Renay Davis, San Francisco Code Pink
Eugene E . Ruyle, Veterans for Peace, East Bay Chapter #162
Speak Out Now
System Change Not Climate Change
Workers Voice/La Voz
Labor Fightback Network
Workers World Party
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 71 Sonoma County
Green Party of Sonoma County
ANSWER Coalition-Act Now to Stop War & End Racism-SF Bay Area
Rafael Jesús González, Poet Laureate City of Berkeley, Senior Founding member of Xochipilli Latino Men’s Circle
Anti Police-Terror Project