For the last several years, the Bay Area has been part of an international movement to stop the expansion of the tar sands. We’ve supported efforts led by Indigenous peoples across North America against Keystone XL, Line 3, Energy East, and Kinder Morgan. All of these projects would dramatically increase the amount of dirty oil extracted, transported, and burned around the world. These tar sands projects impact all of us — and now it’s time to fight against this expansion in our own backyard.
2017 was a year of drought and fires for the Bay Area and much of California. Already, we’re seeing the real impacts that climate change creates for our communities — from burned homes, losss of agricultural land, job loss, and mass displacement in an area where we’re already facing extremely high cost of living.
If we’re going to truly address this climate crisis, we must demand that our local decision makers reject all new oil, gas, and coal projects, and move rapidly to a just and equitable 100% renewable energy future.
We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? OPD is responsible for the investigation of this murder, since it happened outside of BART property, across from West Oakland BART. Join us to demand that OPD do their job and charge Mateu for murder. Arrest him now!
Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. He is now back on the job, after only a two week leave. The family demands: fire, arrest, charge and prosecute Joseph Mateu!
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 // firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 272-6691
Supervisor Valle // email@example.com (510) 272-6692
Supervisor Chan //dave.brown @acgov.org (510) 272-6693
Supervisor Miley // firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 670-5962
Supervisor Carson // email@example.com (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.
On March 30, Israeli occupation forces murdered at least 13 Palestinians and injured more than 1,200. using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and huge quantities of tear gas. The massive protests in cities across Gaza — the world’s largest open-air prison — were held on Land Day and were the start of a six-week long mobilization leading up to al-Nakba Day, May 15, which commemorates the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948 to make way for the state of Israel. The protest is called the Great March of Return, and demands that the expelled Palestinian be allowed to return to their land.
The Israeli occupation forces, while attempting to turn reality upside down by claiming to have been acting in “self-defense,” reported suffering zero casualties.
Join us to protest this latest atrocity by the Israeli occupiers and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Initiated by the Palestine Action Network
Tomorrow in SF – Emergency protest of Israeli massacre in Gaza. Join us to protest this latest atrocity by the Israeli occupiers and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. #GreatReturnMarch #GazaReturnMarch pic.twitter.com/WJasVtKGcd
— AROC (@AROCBayArea) March 30, 2018
On March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark was gunned down in his backyard by the Sacramento Police Department. The Sacramento Community has been organizing and mobilizing to get #justice4stephon.
BLM Sacramento has called for a national day of action!
Oakland is responding to that call with a show of solidarity. We’ve rented vans to support them in Sacramento. If you want to ride with APTP, email us to reserve a seat: aptpinfo at gmail.com
4/4 is also the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
STAND UP FOR STEPHON!
At the same time, a McCarthyite hysteria has been created against Russia, intended to prepare the people here for new and extremely dangerous provocations against that country. Overseeing the huge military build-up is Secretary of “Defense” James Mattis, who will be speaking in San Francisco on Sat. April 14. Join us to say;
– No new war against Korea or Iran – End all U.S. wars around the world!
– Shut down all foreign bases & Bring all troops home!
– End the anti-Russia hysteria before it leads to war!!
– Stop the nuclear weapons build-up!
– Fund healthcare, housing, schools & jobs, not militarism!
In the wake of Bay Area ICE raids, the feds suing California, and a shutdown of CIVIC’s weekly visits to detainees, join the community circle to protest at Richmond’s West County Detention Center (WCDF)! Those detained right in our midst are our loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates. The impact of these racist, cruel separations has enormous economic and social impact on our communities. And the same is true for the general population in jail, who are also unfairly criminalized and detained for lengthy periods before trial.
• HEAR samba band Sistah Boom
• GET UPDATES from families of detained folks
• SHOUT with the Let Our People Go community circle
• AND MORE TO BE ADDED SOON
LET OUR PEOPLE GO is a youth-and-elder-friendly action that opposes the immorality of detentions/deportations and mass incarceration with activist debriefs, music, art, stories, poetry, interactive small groups, and representation from various faith communities and faithless humanists. Accessible site with parking, plus bathrooms right inside in the visitors waiting room.
The monthly Let Our People Go protests were initiated by members of Kehilla Community Synagogue on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 11am, modeled in part on the first Saturday vigils held by our partners at Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. A grassroots effort, Let Our People Go is organized by volunteers from Kehilla’s Immigration Committee. The ongoing participation from Bend the Arc Bay Area Solidarity activists, Congregation Beth El, and other regular attendees is what creates a powerful community circle, a sustained message of resistance to the powers that lets detainees and their loved ones know that estamos en la lucha con ellos. **If your school, network, affinity group or congregation is interested in getting involved, contact us at letourpeoplego@kehillasyna
A one-hour protest, Let Our People Go is a way for our communities—especially those with citizenship privileges—to stand up for our peoples and bring more attention to this immoral site of internment right in our community. We aim to convey a sustained message of resistance to the right wing’s racist, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, ableist, transphobic, homophobic, misogynist ramp up of authoritarian policing, mass incarceration and deportation practices—if not now, when?
We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? Join us to demand that Nancy O’Malley do her job and charge and prosecute Mateu for murder. O’Malley has yet to prosecute a single killer cop. It’s time to break that unjust record!
The family asks that people wear white for this action.
Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. He is now back on the job, after only a two week leave. The family demands: fire, arrest, charge and prosecute Joseph Mateu!
#Justice4SAHLEEM TINDLE Killed by BART Police across from West Oakland BART
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
JP Morgan Chase bank, one of the biggest investors in tar sands, increased its tar sands investments by nearly $6 billion last year — and also increased its investments in coal. Join a local rally as part of a nationwide day of action to #ShutDownChase.
Monday May 7 is the annual shareholder meeting for TransCanada, the company trying to build the KXL pipeline. Climate defenders are working to stop the KXL pipeline and keep tar sands in the ground with a three-prong strategy:
- Mass mobilization with the Promise to Protect: Building and igniting a grassroots movement ready to follow the leadership of Indigenous people along the route if TransCanada moves forward.
- Financial targets: Going after banks, like JP Morgan Chase, who are financing Keystone XL and other dirty fossil fuel projects, can cut off the funding necessary to build these dirty projects. Momentum is growing with the international bank HSBC’s commitment to drop nearly all holdings in tar sands, coal, and arctic drilling last week.
- Legal action: Fighting TransCanada every step of the way in the courts at the state and federal level.
The national day of action to shut down Chase, hosted by Rainforest Action Network, is part of this strategy.
Monday, May 7
IN THE BAY AREA:
8:30 AM, Oakland
Oakland City Hall
Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway,
11:30 AM, San Francisco
Chase Bank, 555 Mission St
4:30 PM, Berkeley
Oaks Theater, 1875 Solano Ave
More info here
From Global Women’s Strike Omni Collective – please circulate wildly. Bay Area GWS participant and welfare mother Jane Welford will be among the key speakers in Sacramento.
KICKOFF ACTION MAY 14, THE DAY AFTER MOTHERS’ DAY!
Protests in over 30 state capitols across the US
IN CA: RALLY & PROTEST ACTION 2PM SACRAMENTO STATE CAPITOL BUILDING
The theme of May 14th actions is
SOMEBODY’S HURTING OUR PEOPLE: CHILDREN, WOMEN AND PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES IN POVERTY
Somebody’s hurting our people and it’s gone on far too long!
Together, we will rise up and challenge the evils of systemic racism,
poverty, the war economy, environmental devastation, and the nation’s
WE ARE DAYS AWAY from the May 14th kick-off of the Poor People’s
Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, demanding a massive
overhaul of the nation’s voting rights laws, new programs to lift up
the 140 million Americans – 70% women and children – living in
poverty, immediate attention to ecological devastation and measures to
curb militarism and the war economy. May 14th actions kick off 40 days
of sustained moral fusion nonviolent direct action and activities
building on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King.
For more information and to participate in the May 14 rally/direct
HTTPS://POORPEOPLESCAMPAIGN.ORG/  OR EMAIL
LINKING SYSTEMIC RACISM AND POVERTY: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities
This is the second of six weeks of nonviolent moral fusion direct action across the country to show our elected leaders we will no longer allow attention violence to keep poor and disenfranchised people down.
Join us at the Capitol in Sacramento, CA at 2:00 p.m. for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival rally and demonstration. The second week’s theme is “LINKING SYSTEMIC RACISM AND POVERTY: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities.”
If you are interested in engaging in nonviolent direct action as part of the demonstration, you must attend a pre-training at 9am at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St, Sacramento 95814.
You do NOT have to risk arrest to attend this event.
PLEASE RSVP AT THIS LINK TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE DAYS PLANS: http://bit.ly/PPCweek2
THE WAR ECONOMY: MILITARISM & THE PROLIFERATION OF GUN VIOLENCE *RSVP http://bit.ly/PPCWeek3*
50 years ago, Dr. MLK Jr. started the Poor People’s Campaign to spark a radical revolution of values across the nation. The campaign was intended to turn his dream, our dream, into a reality. Black, Brown, Yellow, Red, White, folks of every color where invited to band together across differences to build a Beloved Community across the nation. Weeks before the Campaign, King was assassinated. The original movement was unable to come to fruition.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is picking up where the movement stopped in 1968. Join us for our third week in a SEASON OF NONVIOLENT MORAL DIRECT ACTION. America is in a crisis of values. We must take nonviolent radical action to stand for the dignity of all people in our nation and around the world.
In the third week, we are focusing on the deep violence of The War Economy, American Militarism, the Mistreatment of Veterans, and the Proliferation of Gun Violence. With 140 million American living in poverty, how can we justify spending 57 cents out of every dollar, of our discretionary budget, on the military? How can we remain silent as our veterans go homeless and American-made bombs keep dropping all over the world?
Join us in Moral Resistance as we change our national narrative with over 30 other states in coordinated nonviolent moral fusion civil disobedience.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RISK ARREST TO JOIN THIS ACTION. We need all hands on deck!
8:30am-9am: Arrive Sign-up for Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action and support role training @ Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St, Sacramento 95814. If you are participating in Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action, or supporting as a Marshal, Medic or Peacekeeper you must join this training. (even if you have already been trained!)
9:00am-12:00pm: Final Training for everyone planning on participating in the Direct Action or as a Marshal or Peacekeeper.
12:00pm-2:00pm: Set-Up & Learning Songs (anyone who wishes to volunteer is welcome to meet up at the volunteer tent on the Capitol steps to help set-up)
2:00pm: Rally and Press Conference on West Steps
FOR THOSE WHO NEED FREE SIMPLE HOUSING IS OFFERED IN LOCAL CHURCHES. Fill in this form: http://bit.ly/PPCHOUSING
The Bay Area: Please fill out this form and local organizer will be in touch soon: http://bit.ly/2IwHBtX
Central California: Please fill out this form and local organizer will be in touch soon. http://bit.ly/2LbXt2t
As this is significantly larger zone to try and cover, we will do our best, but can’t be certain we will meet everyone’s needs. Please organize as much as you in your local communities to see what is possible with carpooling and transportation options.
Los Angeles & Southern California: Please fill out this form and a local organizer will be in touch soon. http://bit.ly/2x33VFU
San Diego: Ride-share Facebook Group (it will take a second for the group to become visible to you as you must be approved by an admin to join)
If you have any questions please be in touch at california@poorpeoplescamp
Thank you for joining with us to launch a multi-year movement to transform the moral narrative of this nation!
Meet you at the Capitol!
Join us for a National Day of Action for Children event on Friday, June 1st to tell the Trump Administraiton that families belong together! We’ll hear from kids, parents, and local leaders, and demand that the Trump Administration stop separating children from their families, and protect the well-being of all children — no exceptions.
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Children are being taken from their families, kept in separate facilities, unsure of when or if they’ll be reunited. This is the result of the cruel, new family separation policy that Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions have implemented. It’s a traumatizing, abhorrent practice that canand mustbe ended immediately.1
That’s why MoveOn members are joining neighbors, allies, immigrant leaders, and Americans of all walks of life at Families Belong Together actions this Friday to demand the Trump administration reverse this new policy immediately.
U.S. immigration policies have been broken for years—and under Trump, attacks on immigrants have gotten worse. In fact, the Trump administration’s assault on immigrants is only intensifying. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been ripping apart families and conducting terrifying raids, including staking out schools, churches, and courthouses.
And Trump’s own rhetoric makes clear his administration’s agenda: From referring to “sh*thole” countries to calling immigrants “animals,” Trump is riling up the xenophobic impulses of the darkest corners of America.
In the past week, the report of 1,500 migrant children “missing” from a survey of homes they were hosted in raised an alarm across the country reminding the American public that children, who deserve to play and learn and thrive, are part of this unfolding humanitarian crisis of Trump’s attacks on immigrants.
The story of those unaccounted-for minors is complicated, but here’s what’s clear: Every day, as the Trump administration removes children as young as 2 years old from their families at the border, they are worsening a traumatizing and dehumanizing crisis. These are families coming to the border seeking asylum, safety, and entry, and they’re granted due process by American law. Separating their children is simply a cruel and vindictive tactic brought about by an administration that is choosing to impose harm and deepen a crisis.
MoveOn members have been fighting alongside immigrant-led groups for years, and since Trump has taken office, together, we have been rallying to demand a resolution that will allow Dreamers and their families to remain in their homes and communities; promoting sanctuary cities that have chosen to respect and protect immigrant residents; calling out Trump’s inhumane decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nepal, and other countries that had been devastated by natural, economic, and political disasters; and recently calling on the Department of Homeland Security to end this family separation policy.
And now we’ll show up: MoveOn meembers of all races, ages, and backgrounds, all across the country to demand, in person, that families stay together.
There’s no secret that our country under Republican and Democratic administrations have enacted policies that have criminalized and disrespected immiigrants. Now, Trump is taking it to a new level: normalizing anti-immigrant language and contributing to a spike in anti-immigrant violence, slamming the doors on refugees and others seeking asylum, ripping record numbers of immigrants from their communities and brutally tearing apart families, and now targeting children.
We can and must do better. The Trump administration created this new family separation crisis – and it can bee reversed as quickly, if Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life speak up and demand action.
Christian fascist preacher Franklin Graham is coming to Berkeley on June 1st to hold his “Decision America California Tour” at Cesar Chavez Park. Billed as a religious revival, this is about mobilizing a blind, obedient, and fervent fascist social base for the Trump/Pence regime. And the tour stop in Berkeley delivers the message that Berkeley – and all who stand up to fascist authority – are in the cross hairs of fascist America. We must oppose Graham and the whole regime!
“Climate change and healthcare are not separate issues. Marginalized communities consistently are exposed to the greatest amount of pollution. Our health, our communities health, and the health of our planet are interconnected systems.”
8:30 -9 AM: Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action and support role training, required for everyone participating in the direct action and for medics, marshals, and peacekeepers
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1300 N St, Sacramento
9-12 AM: Final Training for everyone planning on participating in the Direct Action or as a Marshal or Peacekeeper.
12 – 2 PM: Set-Up & Learning Songs (anyone who wishes to volunteer is welcome to meet up at the volunteer tent on the Capitol steps to help set-up)
2 PM: Rally and Press Conference
West Steps of the State Capitol
10th St and Capitol Mall
3 PM Demonstration.
More information and RSVP here
Arrange transportation from the Bay Area here
BLACK LIVES MATTER 2.0 PRESENTS:
There will be workships on Police HORROR, public safety and security.
There will be training on NLG Legal Observer Program – National Lawyers Guild.
There will be workshops and discussions concerning American Dreamers and homeless individuals.
Stop Gun Violence Now!
All are welcome to bring your tents, grills and food.