Laura Wells on Public Banking: Updates on Postal Banking and the Post Office Predicament (3/29)
At noon on Saturday March 29th, Laura Wells, candidate for California State Controller, endorsed by the Green Party of California, will speak on the issue of public banking. She will be followed by comments on recent happenings around the possibility of Post Office banking and financial services, updates on where things stand with the (possibly imminent) sale of the Berkeley Post Office, the campaign against the outsourcing of Post Office jobs to Staples, music, letter-writing and more.
The first item in Wells’ platform is
Implement a Publicly-Owned State Bank for California
Determine the best option or options for a successful implementation of a State Bank, and get started on it. Day one.
Come eat at the Farmer’s Market a block away, join us, get caught up, and enjoy a beautiful Spring day in Berkeley.
Music by Hali Hammer & Dave Welsh.
Other updates about efforts to save our Post Office:
~ March 11 hearing with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
~ Status of the proposed Zoning Overlay Ordinance.
~ Protests at Staples Stores, ongoing.
~ Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s proposed moratorium on selling historic Post Offices.
~ Legal actions, and invoices outstanding. Plans for a lawsuit. ~ Bring your lunch.
Sat (3/22): Tom Neilson, Music for Social Change in Redwood City
Award winning song-writer, Tom Neilson brings his satire and social commentary to the Redwood City UU on Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 PM. Tom will be performing songs of wit and poignancy, to include autobiographical sketches you won’t want to miss. Come hear his takes on same sex marriage, contraception, lost love, alternative love, distance love, environmental love, human rights love, a love for peace, and more.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 2124 Brewster, Redwood City
$20 Donation; $15 seniors; $5 youth
Co-sponsored by Social Action Committee of UUFRC and GPSMC
Light refreshments will be served
What are others have said about him:
- “He does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.” — Michael Stock of WLRN, Miami
- “Politically cutting-edge, incisive, warm, & very funny; Raucous political satire &, quick wit; had everyone laughing & engaged.” — Cathy Gilbert, Miami Greens
- “Marvelous wit, endlessly creative, the storyteller’s storyteller.” — Layne Longfellow, Prescott Unitarians, AZ
- “The precision of his lyrics, his long history as an activist, his touching on current issues, and his spoken word – Oh, and he’s hilarious.” — Joannes Werner, SEYM
- “Creative & compelling; skewers the outrageous behavior of the greedy & powerful in corporations, the media & government.” — People’s Voice Café, NYC
For more information about the concert, or other opportunities to get involved with the Green Party, see our website at www.cagreens.org/sanmateo.Looking forward to seeing you,
A Special Evening with Luis Rodriguez and Laura Wells
Thursday, Feb. 6th, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
2 blocks northwest of the Grand Lake Theatre
Tuesday Rally in Oakland: Governor Brown, Don’t Frack California
(message from Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager, CREDO Action from Working Assets)
Governor Brown’s administration is holding hearings on a study of fracking’s risks to California. CREDO and our allies are organizing a rally at Tuesday’s hearing in Oakland to call on the governor to stop fracking California.
What: Rally and Hearing to tell Governor Brown: Don’t Frack California!
When: Tuesday, December 10th. Rally at 5:30 p.m., Hearing from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
This Tuesday, we have a major opportunity to mobilize and pressure Governor Brown to ban fracking in California.
Governor Brown’s administration is holding a public hearing on its planned environmental study of the risks that fracking poses to California. We’re working with our allies to organize a rally outside of the hearing to make it clear that we’re opposed to fracking in California.
Unfortunately, Governor Brown has put the cart before the horse in deciding whether to frack California. Instead of waiting for the state to study the risks posed by fracking, Governor Brown has allowed fracking to expand unchecked before we have any assurance that it is safe.
It’s bad enough that Governor Brown’s proposed fracking regulations will not protect California communities or the climate from fracking.1 That these regulations will be completed before the state finishes studying fracking is downright reckless and a shocking about-face for Governor Brown, who has built his legacy in part on being an environmental champion.
For info see: Lauren Sommer, “What California’s New Fracking Rules Would Do (And Not Do),” KQED, November 15, 2013
STRIKE DEBT BAY AREA’s Debtors’ Assembly
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley (wheelchair accessible)
DEBT keeps us isolated, ashamed, and afraid – of becoming homeless, of going hungry, of being crippled or killed by treatable illness, or of being trapped in poverty-level jobs. Those facing foreclosure, medical debt, student debt, or credit card debt feel alone, hounded by debt collectors, and forced into unrewarding work to keep up with payments.
Join us for Strike Debt Bay Area’s third Debtors’ Assembly, where we will come together to understand debt in this modern society of ours and how to fight it collectively. This event is generously sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee. .
This Debtors’ Assembly will be an opportunity for people to come together, gain an understanding of how debt works, share their own debt experiences, and work on various ways to change the unjust debt system and begin to organize debt resistance.
ORGANIZATION INFO: Strike Debt Bay Area is the local chapter of Strike Debt, an international movement of groups working to build popular resistance to all forms of unjust debt. Strike Debt has organized the Rolling Jubilee, the Debt Resistors Operations Manual, and local debtors’ assemblies.
Strike Debt supports the creation of just and sustainable economies, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence. We owe the financial institutions nothing. It is to our friends, families and community that we owe everything.
Saturday’s Agenda will include:
-Discussion and analysis of the Rolling Jubilee and the recent medical debt buy
-Updates on Strike Debt Bay Area’s current project including: Berkeley Post Office sale direct action, Debtors’ Union, Student Debt, Eminent Domain/Foreclosure, and more!
-Personal testimony about debt experience. Feel free to share as much or as little as you are comfortable. This is a safe space for us to shirk the stigma that is associated with what has become our ubiquitous debt.
We’ll also be talking about next steps in small groups. Please bring your ideas and curiosity!
Time to Get A New Sheriff and District Attorney!
From evictions and racial profiling to the treatment of immigrants
and civil liberties, our current Sheriff and District Attorney do not
represent Alameda County.
Voice Your Own Grievances at a Town Hall Meeting.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, 7:00 PM
South Berkeley Senior Center (Near Ashby BART)
2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley***
Wilson Riles, former Oakland City Councilmember;
Principal, Seven Generations Consulting
Dan Siegel, civil rights attorney, former aide to Mayor Quan,
former School Board Member
Brooke Anderson, Labor Fellow, Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project,
Santa Rita arrestee
Rev. Daniel Buford, Pastor, Allen Temple Baptist Church; Participant,
Facing Urban Shield
It’s Time to Get Rid of DA O’Malley and Sheriff Ahern!
Just a few things a new District Attorney could do:
- Investigations into wage theft, abuses by creditors, foreclosure fraud and environmental crimes.
- Voice support for improved crime labs, removal of police from schools
- Refusal of prosecution for drug possession or use.
- Voice opposition to curfews, arrests of school children, solitary confinement of children.
- Independent investigations of police misconduct.
- Keeping costs down by not keeping low level offenders in jail awaiting prosecution decisions
Just a few things a new Sheriff could do:
- No cooperation on ICE raids and no use of ICE holds.
- Abandon the pursuit of the acquisition of drones.
- Refusal to participate in homeowner evictions.
- Keeping costs down by using ‘cite and release’ to keep low-level offenders out of jail
- An independent, unbiased Coroner’s Office.
Sponsored by: Representation for the People, a coalition of Alameda County Progressive Organizations.
For More Information: Represent4tp@gmail.com (website coming!)
Support the legal battle to save our post office
Plan on attending a benefit at Berkeley’s Hillside Club
7 pm, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Halt the Heist! Support the legal effort to save historic post offices.
Who Owns Our Post Offices, and Who Sells Them While the Nation Sleeps?
with Dr. Gray Brechin and Attorney Adam Ford
Dr. Gray Brechin will update us on saving magnificent buildings, unique art works, and the postal system itself that Americans are now losing to privatization. National Post Office Collaborate attorney Adam Ford is part of the litigation team working to protect the Berkeley Post Office. Mr. Ford will give us information on the progress of the case. This event is a benefit to support the legal action by the Berkeley-based National Post Office Collaborate. Come and help us raise funds for this important legal challenge! Save our Post Offices!
Wednesday, July 17 at 7 PM
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street (near Spruce)
Berkeley, CA 94709
$20 / Sliding scale
Come to a community meeting to plan our next steps.
Share your ideas! All are welcome.
Speak up at a City Council Meeting to support zoning restrictions that will preserve the use of the Post Office building at 2000 Allston Way and other buildings in the Civic Center District for cultural, educational and civic uses. Clear and specific zoning will provide guidance to USPS on the uses that our community will accept as appropriate.
7 pm, Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Berkeley City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Labor Fest panel discussion: “Too Big to Name?”
General discussion of goals, strategies and tasks plus help plan local events for Friday and/or Saturday, July 26 & 27, a National Protest against the illegal sale of our post offices and Celebration of the founding of the post office in 1775.
7 pm, Monday, July 22, 2013, Berkeley Arts Festival,
2133 University Avenue (above Shattuck, near Ace Hardware).
Zoning Protection for Berkeley’s Main Post Office
Please join us at the Civic Center in SF this Fourth of July along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and RestoreTheFourth organizers in speaking out against the surveillance state.
The Green Party of Alameda County
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- Fourth Amendment, US Constitution
This Fourth of July, groups of concerned individuals will be taking to the streets in dozens of cities across the United States in support of the Fourth Amendment. According to the official website, Restore the Fourth aims to end all forms of unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications by the United States government. The campaign calls particular attention to PRISM, a recently-revealed project of the National Security Agency that allows the government broad access to the Internet traffic and other electronic communications of many users – including many Americans. The Restore the Fourth movement has an active reddit community that is working cooperatively to organize protests across the country.
There are many ways to protest unconstitutional surveillance – including signing onto the Stop Watching Us site and calling your elected officials – but physical protests can be particularly effective at demonstrating public outrage. We’re glad to see the Restore the Fourth movement organizing protests across the country against unlawful NSA spying, and we hope these protests push elected officials to respond to the American people’s growing discontent with dragnet domestic surveillance.
On the officials website, the Restore the Fourth movement asserts that the National Security Agency’s dragnet surveillance is an affront to the public – even if individuals have nothing in particular to hide. It notes that, “Privacy is not an admission of guilt…The average person expects privacy in many situations, including but not limited to using the bathroom, writing a diary, or going on a date with a spouse. A reasonable expectation of privacy exists in such situations because the events occurring are personal, intimate, and not the business of any other party, government or otherwise.” The site also questions whether programs such as PRISM are effective or even useful in stopping terrorist attacks, noting, “there is little to no evidence of any terrorist attacks that have directly been foiled as a result of PRISM.”
The campaign is a non-partisan, grassroots movement not directly affiliated with any nonprofit. However, the campaign has committed to standing with EFF and the rest of the Stop Watching Us coalition in demanding transparency and meaningful reform to domestic surveillance programs.
EFF is sending a representative to the San Francisco protest; please stop by Civic Center at 11 AM on July 4th to pick up EFF stickers, hear us talk about the issues with dragnet surveillance, and show your opposition to the NSA’s unconstitutional spying program.
Check out the list of planned protests. The site also lists several locations where rallies have not yet been organized. If there is no event planned for your own city, you can set one up and tell the Restore the Fourth organizers. And if you are planning a protest, check out the Bill of Rights Defense Committee’s guide to protesting NSA surveillance.
Numerous websites (including EFF) are planning to show solidarity for this grassroots movement by displaying the Fourth Amendment on our homepage on July 4th. We’ll have an embeddable graphic available soon; check back in the next couple days.
Capitalism Is Killing The Planet: The Case For Ecosocialism
Friday June 14th, 7:00 PM
Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph, Oakland 94609
Profit driven economic growth and its reliance on fossil fuels places it at odds with both people and our planet’s life giving ecosystems. The ecosocialist project wants to build a new, socially just, sustainable society based on grassroots democracy and within ecological limits by building a mass movement against climate change and environmental disasters. We want to create a society which focuses on ecological restoration and use value to meet human needs, not exchange value and ecological destruction to maximize profits for the capitalist ruling class.
Sponsored by Bay Area EcoSocialists – http:/bayecosocialists.wordpress.com/
Help Launch Californians Against Fracking
Thursday 5/30, 12-1 pm
When: May 30, Noon to 1pm
Where: Governor Jerry Brown’s Office 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 Map
What: Because we raised our voices we’ve made amazing strides in the state legislature. A reconciled moratorium bill will likely make it onto the assembly floor for a vote. Governor Brown says he is committed to fighting climate change. Let’s let him know that includes stopping fracking in the Golden State.
Tens of thousands of signatures on Petitions will be given to the Governor as we launch a new statewide coalition, Californians Against Fracking.
The rally is timed to coincide with the west coast release of Gasland Part II in LA. It should be short, sweet and fun. Come get re-energized and show your support!
Sign the petition:
Sign this petition buy a nine year old girl asking Gov. Brown to ban fracking in California. Sign here.
And come learn more about fracking:
June 2, 6PM. Come see Gasland Part II at the Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., Oakland
The Bay Area premiere of Gasland Part II, the sequel to Josh Fox’s Oscar nominated Gasland, an expose’ on fracking in America. A panel discussion with Josh Fox will follow the film showing.
Read more about the movie and the event and reserve your seat.
We Cannot Afford Fracking in California!
350 Bay Area Stop Fracking Team
March Against Monsanto!
Saturday, 5/25, 11:00am, Oakland
A very large march is planned in San Francisco, and a smaller own here in Oakland. See the links below for more details.
Location: Clinton Square, corner of 6th Ave. and International Blvd
Location: Union Square
Please join many other Greens on the streets to get our voices heard on Monsanto for this worldwide day of protest!
March Against Monsanto (MAM) Statement:
On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.
Why do we march?
Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GM products.
Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
Monsanto’s GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the world’s bee population.
What are solutions we advocate?
Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs in their products.
Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.
Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”
Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets.
Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly.
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.
A Little Taste of Ecuador
Friday May 10th, 6 – 10 pm
Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
A sampling of the stunning natural beauty, music, culture, food, as well as revolutionary politics of Ecuador, plus a talk by author Roger Burbach on Ecuador and socialist movements in Latin America.
The evening will include a multimedia presentation featuring Ecuadoran music and photos and videos taken during a recent visit by Jonathan Nack and Hannah Karpilow; tasting some typical Ecuadoran recipes; a bit of travel log; a political report on the social and economic changes under the government of President Rafael Correa and the political process Correa calls the Citizen’s Revolution; and more, including ample time for audience participation and discussion.
Free admission – food and refreshments will be limited – first come, first served.
Roger Burbach, noted author, and Director of the Center for the Study of the Americas, will be a guest speaker at “A Little Taste of Ecuador,” on May 10, at the Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland beginning at 6:00 pm.
Mr. Burbach has written extensively on Latin America and U.S. foreign policy for over four decades. He is a co-author of the new book, “Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism” (2013, Fernwood Publishing/Zed Books).
In recent years he has studied the emergent system of globalization and written about the new Latin American social movements and the renewed quest for socialism.
He will comment on political developments in Ecuador under the Presidency of Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s “Citizen’s Revolution”, and how Ecuador fits into the emerging picture of leftist led governments, and socialist oriented social movements that has been sweeping Latin America. Mr. Burbach will also speak on the impact in Latin America on the passing of President Hugo Chavez.
Mr. Burbach will be available to sign books. For more information on the book and event, see: http://www.futuresocialism.org
Halt the Heist Rally! Tuesday May 7, 2013, 3pm
Halt the Heist Rally!
Tuesday May 7th at 3:00 pm
Berkeley Main Post Office at 2000 Allston Way
Music & Protest Noon to 5 pm, Post Office Steps
It’s not just the post office that’s being privatized.
Our schools, our public spaces, parks and services are all at risk.
Help save our public commons!
On April 22, 2013, the USPS approved “the relocation of the Berkeley Main Post Office located at 2000 Allston Way, to a yet to be determined location.” After operations are relocated, the USPS plans to sell our historic 99-year old Post Office.
Arts Center | 2133 University Ave | near Walnut, near Ace Hardware
See the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/savetheberkeleypostoffice
and Save the Berkeley Post Office: http://www.savethebpo.com/letter-to-usps-vice-president.html
Earth Day Action for Environmental and Climate Justice
STOP KEYSTONE XL
Join Idle No More, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Communities for a Better Environment, and over 60 other environmental and climate justice groups on Earth Day as we gather at the San Francisco office of the EPA to make them listen to communities hardest hit by fossil fuel and toxic industries. We will demand the EPA do their job and protect our climate, health & communities, not polluters–and senior EPA officials will be there to listen.
* From the EPA, we’ll march to the State Department at One Market Plaza. In addition to Earth Day, it’s also the last day for public comment on the Keystone XL Pipeline’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), written in part by a TransCanada (pipeline company) consultant. We’ll give them our comments loud and clear, just in case they don’t hear the hundreds of thousands of comments being emailed or the outrage of people forced from their from their homes by the Arkansas oil pipeline spill.
All actions will be peaceful and non-violent.
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
12 noon: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 75 Hawthorne St., SF (between 2nd/3rd & Howard/Folsom St, near Montgomery BART/MUNI)
1:45pm: March to State Department: NO KEYSTONE XL!
2:15pm: State Department, One Market Plaza
Earth Day Coalition
350 Bay Area, Amazon Watch, American Indian Movement West, ANSWER Coalition-Bay Area, Arc Ecology, Asamblea de Poder Popular de Gonzales, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative, Bay Localize, Bay Native Circle, Breast Cancer Action, California Indian Environmental Alliance, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Center for Environmental Health, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Center for Biological Diversity, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, Chevron Watch, Chinese Progressive Association, Communities for a Better Environment, Community Food and Justice Coalition, EBASE (East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy), El Pueblo Para El Aire y Agua Limpio/People for Clean Air & Water of Kettleman City, Environmental Justice Air Quality Coalition, Environment California, Equal Justice Society, FACES (Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity), Fresno Brown Berets, Friends of the Earth, Gathering Tribes, Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Global Community Monitor, Global Exchange, Grayson Neighborhood Council, Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice, Healthy 880 Communities, Huntersview Mothers & Fathers Committee for Health & Environmental Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, International Forum on Globalization, MAPA (Mexican American Political Association), Movement Generation, No Nukes Action, Occupy Oakland Environmental Justice Committee, Occupy San Francisco Environmental Justice Work Group, PODER, Rainforest Action Network, Richmond Progressive Alliance, SF-Bay Area Chapter, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Rising Tide, San Francisco Green Party, Sierra Club, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, SSP&RIT (Sacred Site Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes), The Ruckus Society, Tri-Valley CAREs, United Native Americans, Valley Improvement Project, Wild Equity Institute, West Berkeley Alliance for Clean Air & Safe Jobs, West County Toxics Coalition West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Workers & Students United, Youth in Action, Youth United for Community Action
Please comment on Keystone XL at: http://act.350.org/letter/a_million_strong_against_keystone/
Bay Area Ecosocialist Network Event: Saturday, April 27th, 7 pm
After a period of inactivity, we want to renew our efforts to build an ecosocialist current here in the Bay Area. Luckily, Quincy Saul, co-founder of Ecosocialist Horizons, will be in the Bay Area late this month, and we have set up an event with Theresa Shoatz at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library on Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 PM. Below is a sum- up of their presentation.
Ecosocialist Action on the Horizon:
A report and presentation about the work of Ecosocialist Horizons, featuring Quincy Saul and Theresa Shoatz.
Ecosocialist Horizons is an organization founded in 2011, which has been very active over the past year in organizing and educating around ecosocialist principles and ideas. This report on ecosocialist praxis will illustrate what this group has been doing, and describe the theoretical and strategic foundations for its activities. Quincy Saul, co-founder of Ecosocialist Horizons and senior editor of the ecosocialist journal Capitalism Nature Socialism, will explain the practical work and political vision of this organization, framed as an invitation to the people of Oakland and the Bay Area to join this movement. Theresa Shoatz, associate of Ecosocialist Horizons and co-chair of the International Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz, will provide a perspective of ecosocialism as seen from black urban communities suffering from the prison industrial complex, the capitalist food system, and the possibilities of revolutionary community organizing.
WE HOPE THAT YOU CAN COME TO THE LIBRARY AT 6501 TELEGRAPH IN OAKLAND FOR THIS EVENT ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27 AT 7 PM.
Laura Wells reports on the Venezuelan Election: Sun, 4/21, 3pm, OGP, Oakland
This Sunday April 21, after the 2:00 pm Occupy Oakland General Assembly at Oscar Grant (Frank Ogawa) Plaza (in front of City Hall, just west of 14th and Broadway, Oakalnd), Occupy Oakland participant and 2010 Green Party Governor candidate Laura Wells will report back on the Venezuelan election after serving there as an international elections monitor. Hugo Chavez’s successor and incumbent President Nicolas Maduro has been declared the victor. She will then lead a discussion on “What California Can Learn from Hugo Chavez and Venezuela.”
I like to gather signs of hope that things really can change for the better in a major way. With that in mind, I keep the website venezuelanalysis.com as my home page. On the afternoon of March 5, 2013, I had to catch my breath when I saw the headline, “President Hugo Chávez has Died.” Almost ten years ago, inspired by the documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised , I started learning as much as I could about Venezuela and Hugo Chávez. I participated in “reality tours” and political delegations to show solidarity, and to bring the lessons back home. Here are some things I learned.
Weds. in SF: Tell Obama to Stop the Next Tar Sands Disaster
Last Friday, this happened in the city of Mayflower, Arkansas:
An Exxon tar sands pipeline burst, spilling a yet unknown amount of toxic oil into the surrounding community. As bad as this is, it could be worse — the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would carry 10 times as much oil as the pipeline that broke. And even when that oil doesn’t spill, it becomes equally dangerous when it’s refined and turned into climate-cooking CO2.
President Obama has a decision to make: he can stand up against this kind of destruction and stop Keystone XL, or let the tar sands flow, 800,000 barrels a day from Canada through a dangerous high pressure pipline.
The President is headed to the Bay Area this week, and when he does, we’ll be ready. We’re planning to meet him at his fundraiser, and send him a big message: it’s time to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline for good.
The goal is to be unavoidable before the fundraiser — we’ll have signs and banners, so you can just show up ready to make some noise. This is one of the best ways to reach the President before he makes a decision about the pipline — and meet other great climate activists in the Bay.
Can you be there Wednesday at 5 PM when the President arrives in San Francisco?
Click here to RSVP in San Francisco: act.350.org/signup/SF_blocks_KXL/
Here are the details:
What: San Francisco tells Obama to Stop the Pipeline
Where: 2870 Broadway at Baker, San Francisco, 94115
When: Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:30pm (note the change of time from 5pm)
Who: It’ll be a party, with lots of folks from CREDO, 350.org, 350 Bay Area, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Rainforest Action Network, Alliance for Climate Education and others.
Also, we just found out that President Obama is holding a second fundraiser Thursday morning at 8:15 AM in Atherton. Whether you can make it or not to the event on Wednesday, this is another important opportunity to send a personal message to the President (and nothing makes for better friends than early morning actions).
Click here to RSVP for the action in Atherton: act.350.org/signup/Atherton_KXL_Birddog/
What: Atherton action to stop Keystone XL
Where: Corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Walsh Road in Atherton
When: Wednesday, April 4rd at 8:15am
Who: You and all your friends. We are organizing this event in coordination with local residents of the South Bay, 350 Silicon Valley, CREDO, and 350.org.
I’ll be there with friends and family both — I hope to see you there as well.
350.org is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for email alerts. You can help power our work by getting involved locally, sharing your story, and donating here.
Drone Hearing on Valentine’s Day
Say NO to DRONES
• Concerned about the Alameda County Sheriff spying on you in your home with a remote-controlled drone?
• Think police in Alameda County already abuse their power?
• Come tell the Alameda County Board of Supervisors!
From the Union City Patch:
Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has drafted policies covering his plans to use aerial drones in crime, fire, rescue and disaster operations. That prospect aroused opposition from civil libertarians who fear that drones will snoop on law-abiding citizens and shred Fourth Amendment guarantees against being searched without a warrant. Sheriff Ahern’s plans were important enough to prompt an editorial in the New York Times warning that the rules governing the deployment of drones “should guarantee the strongest protection of privacy under what promises to be a galaxy of new eyes in the sky.
The Public Protection Committee will be having a hearing on the Alameda County Sheriff’s intention to purchase and deploy a drone. Come tell them NO to DRONES in Alameda County!
Thursday, February 14th, 1:00pm
Alameda County Administration Building
1221 Oak Street
Board Chambers, Room 512, 5th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
*Please Note: The hearing time has not yet been officially announced, but we believe start time is 1pm. We will let you know ASAP when the time is announced.
For more information about Alameda County Against Drones, find us at:
San Francisco, CA 94105
Join us in San Francisco to rally and march in solidarity with the huge Forward on Climate demonstration in Washington DC. Both events February 17.
Join over 50 organizations and thousands of citizens to encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza and: Demand that the State Department reject Keystone XL permit!
Green Party Vice Presidential candidate and Homeless Advocate will be in the Bay Area this weekend from Sunday October 21 to Monday October 22nd. She will be participating at events in the community and at a community college in various parts of the Region.
WHEN: Sunday and Monday October 21st and 22nd
WHERE: Silicon Valley De-Bug, Da Anza College, Youth Uprising, Kahlil for Mayor Headquarters
WHO: Cheri Honkala, Green Party VP candidate and the National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
SUNDAY: Cheri Honkala will be at Silicon Valley De-Bug (http://www.siliconvalleydebug.com) in San Jose from 6pm-9pm. She will be joined by Hip Hop artists and community educators DLabrie (http://www.dlabrie.com) and Rahman Jamaal of Rondavoux Records, and the Metfizix.
MONDAY: Cheri Honkala will start the day at De Anza college in Cupertino where she will be speaking at a really for Voter Awareness month. Following this, she will be in Oakland at the screening of Brooklyn Castle being hosted by the Hip Hop Chess Federation and Youth Uprising in Oakland from 4 – 5 pm. She will then be participating on a panel discussion in San Francisco hosted by Davey D at a location yet to be determined. Cheri will be concluding her trip in Berkeley at the headquarters of Green Mayoral Candidate and founder of UC Berkley students for Hip Hop, Kahlil Jacobs Fantauzzi from 7pm-9:30 pm.
Honkala is National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest multi-racial, inter-generational movements led by the poor and homeless. Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.
You can get all the information on the tour at http://www.jillstein.org
Green Party Presidential Forum (Sat 5/12):
Roseanne Barr, Jill Stein and Kent Mesplay
Co-Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, KALW-FM’s Rose Aguilar Will Moderate
SAN FRANCISCO–Presidential candidates Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein will face-off the evening of Saturday, May 12, as Greens all across California are getting ready to go to the polls and vote. Joining them on stage at the Victoria Theatre will be Rose Aguilar, Host of “Your Call” on KALW-FM and author of “Red Highways, A Liberal’s Journey Through the Heartland.”
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco, the forum is scheduled to coincide with a Green Party of California plenary May 12 and 13, also in San Francisco. California Greens will have the largest delegation heading into the Green Party’s Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, July 12-15.
Jill Stein has run several strong campaigns in her home state of Massachusetts and has been active in the Occupy movement. Jill is a 1979 graduate of Harvard Medical School, serves on several boards, and has been active with the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy
Communities. When asked by The New York Times, “Does President Obama deserve credit for health care and other accomplishments?” Jill responded, “Small time, sure. There are minor improvements. But on the other hand, he took single-payer off the table. He absolutely took a public option off the table. As we found on issue after issue — the war, reappointing George Bush’s secretary of defense, sticking to George Bush’s timeline on Iraq, expanding the war, expanding the drone wars all over the place. And how about bringing Wall Street in, the guys who created the problem, among his first appointments. It was pretty clear right then that this was going to be business as usual on steroids. We’re certainly not more secure, more equitable, more healthy or safer internationally, with what Obama has brought.”
Aside from her Emmy award winning role as a working class “domestic goddess,” Roseanne Conner, Roseanne Barr has been a champion for social justice issues for decades, supporting and bringing attention women’s rights, the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage, among other issues. She supports the Occupy movement and her platform focuses on the legalization of marijuana, economic reforms on Wall St., and ending war, in particular bringing peace to Israel / Palestine through the right of return for Palestinians, removal of the wall, and stopping US military funding for Israel. In her Green FAQ, Roseanne stated: “The ‘two party’ system is clearly broken. The 1 percent has two political parties—Democratic and Republican— but the 99 percent only has one: The Green Party. . . The Green Party is already well-positioned as an existing party and with the right candidate, the underlying sanity of its platform can not only reach new ears, it can change both the course of conversation in America and the course of this country itself.”
Kent Mesplay wants to help California become a national and national leader in areas critical to mitigating the effects of Global Climate Change. He calls for state and national energy independence based upon renewable energy (wind and solar), which will create jobs, help clean up the environment by reducing carbon in the atmosphere and improve our basic physical security by promoting decentralization of power. He notes the fact that when we meet our needs in a sustainable manner at home, we are less likely to concern ourselves with oil markets elsewhere. Kent also advocates solutions such as single payer health insurance, ranked choice voting and publicly funded campaigns as a move away from the current system of legalized bribery in campaigning. “In short,” Kent says, “we need good governance, we need Green values and we need to get the influence of money out of politics. And we certainly need to cut bloated Pentagon spending and waste, and enact an independent, trusted system to audit military spending.”
Details on the Presidential Forum:
Day: Saturday, May 12th
Time: 7:30-9:30 PM
Location: Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St., S.F. (one block from 16th St. BART)
Cost: $10 – 20 sliding scale
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets available here https://cagreens.nationbuilder.com/may_12_donate
The forum will be livestreamed at http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus
See more about the Green Party’s presidential candidates here: http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=496
Wednesday March 14th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Wake-Up Call from Fukushima
(**NOTE: Site is not wheelchair accessible**)
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Education Bldg., 2nd Floor, Connie Barbour Rm., 1606 Bonita, Berkeley
The Fukushima tragedy began one year ago, March 11, 2011. The international nuclear industry met and devised a plan to block media coverage shortly after the Fukushima disasters, and the Obama administration called off additional testing for radiation in the US. But UC Berkeley School of Nuclear Engineering tested and found elevated levels of radiation in SF Bay area food, milk, soil and water. Speaker Prof. Akira Murakami is fluent in English. His talk will cover: how people are still living in what should be “Exclusion Zones”; campaigns for mothers and children; radioactive contamination spreading through food and waste material; and the cover-up by the government and the media. Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Cmtee and Ecological Options Network (EON): http://www.eon3.net Suggested donation $5-$10. No one turned away. Not wheelchair accessible. Ph:510-841-4824
Friday March 16th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
New Film Screening of ‘A Darker Shade of Green’
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall, 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley
Jeff Conant of Global Justice Ecology Project presents this new film, documenting opposition among Indigenous Peoples, forest-dependent communities and environmental justice groups around the globe, to controversial programs that claim to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) by putting forests into the carbon market. As REDD policies and programs are promoted around the world by corporations and governments, some are raising the alarm that these programs will have serious negative impacts—and will not mitigate climate change.
Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/kJaQGFLp7lM
Sponsored by the Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas. For more information, call 415-924-3227 or visit: http://www.mitfamericas.org Suggested donation $5-$10. No one turned away. Wheelchair accessible.
Saturday, March 17th, 2012, Noon to 5:00 PM
First BBQ Community Event: Sign Up to Bring a Dish – Arroyo Park, Oakland
Arroyo Park, near 77th and Bancroft in East Oakland
Occupy Oakland is planning our first BBQ and Speak Out event.There will be free medic training hosted by the People’s Community Medics, plus arts and crafts, music, a children’s village, literature, workshops, and free food. We are requesting help with side dishes and desserts from all cooks who are able to help. We plan on serving at least 400 people, so anything would be amazing. The OO Kitchen’s wish list is: salads, fruit, whole or fruit salad, desserts, snacks, side dishes, veggie options a plus (soups, lentils, pasta, rice, etc.) and juices – We have some 5 gallon containers and would like to provide healthy options such as homemade lemonade or agua frescas. Please let us know what your ideas are, how you would like to help, and what support you will need, if any. Please spread the word to others who might be interested. Also, if you are not able to lead a cooking project, but would like to help other cooks, please send an email to us and we can direct you to the main kitchen group for BBQ support. Our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s expand the Occupy Oakland community and make a beautiful meal for everyone!
Sunday March 18th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Third Parties in American History
Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz), Oakland
ISSS will present a historical view of third parties in the U.S. The Institute for Critical Study of Society (ICSS): http://www.tifcss.org/about.htm
Monday, March 19th and Thursday, March 22nd, 6-8 pm
The Oakland Green Party Wants You! A Call for Volunteers!
rsvp for location
You are most invited to share your gifts and talents with your community!
Two dates and times:
Monday, March 19, 2012 6-8 pm
Thursday, March 22, 2012 6-8 pm
Oakland Greens is running four candidates this election and we need your help!
Needed: Outreach committee members, graphic artists, phone bankers, fundraisers, web master, IT person – websiite, server management, data base support, event coordinators, Legal, Translators, Treasurers, Voter Registration. If you have experience in the above, or wish to be trained – join us! Please bring a brief resume – and let’s make change happen!!!
email@example.com (510) 866-7488
February / Early March 2012
Watch the livestream videos of 2-9 Occupy Oakland Forum on Police Actions by Oakfosho, including repeated (& brutal) violations of police policies: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20317373
Tue, 2-14, 6:00pm
“Make Love, Not War” events on Valentine’s Day: 6pm solidarity rally with Egypt, etc.; 6:30pm reproductive health rally; 7pm Love Oakland march. Fox Park, 19th & Telegraph Sts., Oakland. More info: http://occupyoakland.org/2012/02/f14-make-love-not-war-event-corrections/
Tue 2-14, 4:00 & 6:45 pm
Valentines Day Actions at Morgan Stanley Oakland Branch — Join the Anti-Swap Coalition for actions to hold Morgan Stanley accountable for their draining of $1.6 million from PCCD. Gather at Snow Park across the street from 250 19th St., Oakland.
Thu, 2-16, 6:00-8:30pm
Oakland Greens Meeting, at S.F. Pizza, 1500 Broadway (at 15th St.), Oakland. More info: http://www.oaklandgreens.org
Mon, 2-20 (Pres. Day holiday)
National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners: 10am bus & carpool from 14th & Broadway, Oakland; 12 noon demonstration at San Quentin Prison, east gate. More info: http://occupy4prisoners.org/
Mon, 2-20, 7:00-9:00pm
The Foreclosure Crisis: A KPFA-Flashpoints Workshop & Teach-in with C.J. Holmes & Dennis Bernstein. Suggested donation $10. Unitarian Fellowship, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley. More info: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/02/07/18706868.php
Fri, 2-24, 6:00-8:00pm
Oakland Greens’ proposal for an Oakland Progressive Alliance — with 4 Oakland Green candidates, plus Wilson Riles, Laura Wells, Larry Shoup, Andrea Pritchett & Shawn McDougal. (And 8pm potluck). Humanist Hall, 411 28th St., Oakland. More info: http://www.oaklandgreens.org
Shut Down the Corporations Day: (A national action currently in over 40 cities). Locally, the 6:00 pm Funeral for Capitalism starts at 14th & Broadway, Oakland (see: http://www.facebook.com/events/332708153425176/ ). For other events, after c. 2-21, see: http://occupyoakland.org
Occupy Education events, including a 99 mile March for Education and Social Justice. The march will start at UC Berkeley and will culminate in Sacramento on March 5th (see below). For other 3-1 events, after c. 2-21, see: www.occupyeducationca.org
Occupy Education events, including Occupation of the State Capitol: Thousands of students, workers, and teachers from around the state will converge on the capitol and demand universal, free public education in California, and an occupation of the capitol building will begin. More info (including transportation info): www.occupyeducationca.org
Sun, 3-11, 5:00pm
Green Sunday: A Different Way to Occupy City Hall: Participatory Budgeting in Venezuela and Oakland. Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at 65th St.), Oakland. More info: http://acgreens.wordpress.com
January / Early February 2012
Mon, 1-16, 4:30-5:30pm
Special “Tax the Rich and Big Corporations” rally on the Martin Luther King Holiday, Top of Solano Ave., Berkeley (In front of the closed Oaks Theater). More info: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2011/11/15/before-occupy-oakland-came-the-protesters-of-solano-ave/
Tue, 1-17, 4:30 rally and 5:30pm “occupation”
Occupy Oakland City Council, City Hall (14th & Broadway). In coordination with “Occupy Congress”. More info: http://occupyoakcitycouncil.wordpress.com and http://www.occupyyourcongress.info/
Thu, 1-19, 6:00-8:30pm
Oakland Greens Meeting, at S.F. Pizza, 1500 Broadway (at 15th St.), Oakland. More info: http://www.oaklandgreens.org
Fri, 1-20, 8:00-11:00am
Occupy the Courts: End Corporate Personhood, Federal Building, 1301 Clay St. (between 13th and 14th Sts.), Oakland (And continuing in S.F. at Noon). More info: http://occupyoaklandcourts.org and: http://movetoamend.org/occupythecourts
Sat, 1-21, 10:00am-6:00pm
“5 Ideas for Occupy” Bay Area Convergence, Unitarian Fellowship, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley. More info: http://occupii.org/events/5-ideas-bay-area-convergence
Sat, 1-28, 10:00am-4:00pm
“What California Can Learn from Latin America”, with Cindy Sheehan, Laura Wells, Martin Sanchez, Andres Soto, David Cobb, and many others; Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland (between Telegraph and Broadway). More info: http://www.eastbaysocialforum.org/.
Sat, 2-4, 10:30am-2:00pm
Green Party of California Regional Voter Registration Training with Joe Louis Wildman (Hoffman), Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at 65th St.), Oakland. More info: http://cagreens.nationbuilder.com/voter_registration_training
Tue, 2-7, 9:00am
Hearing for the Green Party of Alameda County’s Lawsuit to Stop the “Top Two” Primary (Proposition 14), County Building, 1221 Oak St., Dept. 16 (between 12th and 13th Sts.), Oakland. More info: Michael Rubin, (510) 436-3722.
Sun, 2-12, 5:00pm
Green Sunday: “Defending Public Education the Occupy Way”, Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at 65th St.), Oakland
Past Green Events
GREEN CAMPAIGN 2008:
A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE THAT MATTERS
Held in San Francisco’s historic Herbst Theater on January 13th, 2008
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!
It was a brilliant event! 800 attendees, nearly a full house, in one of the nicest venues in San Francisco, the historic Herbst. All the candidates appeared at their best, and were exceptional on stage. All great spokespersons, and fine examples of the Green movement. The Great Green Debate made the local TV news and newspapers, and was mentioned on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now. Thanks to Mike Feinstein’s crew, it is now available in documentary format on YouTube (see below). And KPFA radio’s full 3-hour taping of the event, with Green MC Aimee Allison and political analyst Larry Bensky was aired Tuesday night, 1/15, at 7 pm (Pacific Time), on 94.1 FM in the Bay Area, and streamed for the world online at www.kpfa.org . You can download the podcast of that show at www.kpfa.org/greenparty2008 and see for yourself what the Green Party can look like, in the proper setting. Superb!
First round of photos can be seen at www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/01/13/18472234.php
Tian Harter’s photos and commentary now at http://tian.greens.org/GreenParty/PrimaryDebate08/index.html
DEBATE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
FIRST 8 MIN SEGMENT – WELCOMING REMARKS
NEXT 25 MIN DEBATE SEGMENT – CANDIDATE OPENING STATEMENTS:
PRESS QUESTION: IMMIGRATION
PRESS QUESTION: TAX POLICY
PRESS QUESTION: THE “SPOILER” QUESTION
PRESS QUESTION: IRAQ OCCUPATION AND WAR
PRESS QUESTION: PEAK OIL, FIRST ACT IN OFFICE
GREEN ELECTED OFFICIALS
AUDIENCE QUESTION: TERRORISM, BILL OF RIGHTS
AUDIENCE QUESTION: EDUCATION
AUDIENCE QUESTION: ISRAEL/PALESTINE
AUDIENCE QUESTION: THE FARM BILL
AUDIENCE QUESTION: UNITING THE PROGRESSIVES
CANDIDATE CLOSING STATEMENTS
CANADIAN GREENS/ GLOBAL GREENS
DEMOCRACY NOW’s headlines from Monday morning:
(we are expecting more segments during the week)
Want to see what the mainstream press had to say?
Here is a surpisingly good clip from SF FOX affiliate KTVU’s 10 pm news last night:
Here is the SF Chronicle’s standard mainstream approach to the Greens:
Here is a hipper take from the Fog City Journal:
The SF Bay Guardian, San Francisco’s major alternative weekly, carried a short piece:
Third Party Watch, an online news blog, has a story with lots of comments: