Hands Off Syria! Emergency Protest in SF! Thurs, 5 pm

Hands Off Syria! Take action against U.S. intervention!

San Francisco Protest – Thurs. August 29, 5pm, Powell and Market Sts.

Date: August 29, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Powell and Market Sts.
at Powell St. BART station
San Francisco, California
Contact: ANSWER Coalition at answer@answersf.org or 415-821-6545
Basra Child Bloodied
The Iraq war took far over 1 million Iraqi
lives.
Now the U.S. government is using
essentially
the same rationale to
attack Syria.

Washington is on the march toward yet another war of aggression in the Middle East, this time targeting Syria. In the event of U.S. military strikes against Syria, the ANSWER Coalition is calling on organizations and individuals to take to the streets in opposition to what would be a destructive and criminal war by the U.S. government.

In San Francisco, we wil hold a Protest at Powell and Market Sts. on Thur. August 29 at 5pm. Plans are also in place for an emergency response protest in the event of a US/NATO attack. It will take place in San Francisco at Powell & Market Sts., at 5 pm on the day of the attack, or if an attack takes place after 5 pm, the protest will be the following day. If the emergency response protest is on a weekend day, it will take place at 12 noon at Powell & Market Sts.

Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of the American people are clearly opposed to U.S. intervention, the signs all point to war. In a recent Reuters poll, only 9 percent favored direct U.S. military intervention, and 89 percent opposed arming the Syrian opposition. But the tiny elite clique who really run the country are completely discounting the will of the people, making a mockery of their so-called “democracy.”

The U.S. 6th Fleet has deployed war ships to the eastern Mediterranean and is threatening to launch missile and air strikes against Syria. Not only are the White House and Pentagon openly threatening direct intervention, they are also moving to further arm the Syrian opposition. A U.S./NATO attack on Syria could well lead to a wider, regional war with grave and unpredictable consequences.

A staged provocation: a pretext for war

The pretext for attacking Syria is the allegation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons last week in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, just after a UN team had arrived in the country to investigate an earlier alleged use of chemical weapons. President Obama declared over a year ago that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would cross a “red line,” triggering U.S. military action.

The idea that the Syrian government would launch a chemical weapons attack exactly at the moment when the UN team was in the country investigating chemical weapons defies all logic.

In a sign of their total disregard for the truth, the United States government has declared, in advance of any actual investigation, that the Syrian government is guilty of using chemical weapons. U.S. officials have stated that the United Nations weapons inspection team, which is today at the site near Damascus where hundreds of people died last week, is “too late.” In other words, the United States, along with Britain and France – the former colonizers of the region – have decided to use chemical weapons as an excuse to go to war.

We must remember the Iraq War in 2003, where “overwhelming evidence of weapons of mass destruction” was used as the pretext for a war that killed hundreds of thousands and tore Iraq apart. No such weapons were ever found.

If in fact chemical weapons were used in Syria last week, the far greater likelihood is that it was a staged provocation by the opposition to invite U.S./NATO intervention in order to save their weakening military position in the conflict. We have no reason to trust the U.S. government’s version of what happened. This is the same government that has routinely lied and deceived the American people on many issues, as was recently revealed by Edward Snowden’s leaks related to NSA spying.

U.S. foreign policy is not one of benign humanitarian concern, but one of Empire. Washington’s goal is control of the entire oil-rich and strategic Middle East region. To achieve this aim, U.S. leaders – Democrats and Republicans alike – have worked to destroy independent governments and popular movements in the region for more than six decades.

For the people of the United States, fighting against a U.S. intervention in Syria is of paramount importance to prevent the spread of war and destruction. The ANSWER Coalition is calling on all those opposed to this brutal war drive to take action against any U.S. attack on Syria! A broad coalition of organizations worked together in June and July 2013 for days of action opposing the U.S. role in Syria. We expect that the actions in the coming days and weeks will be of a similar unified character.

Plan a demonstration in your city on the day of or the day after U.S. military action begins. Fill out our Event Listing form so we can help spread the word!

Two Oakland events: 1) Obama Protest July 23, 2) “Move to Amend” July 27-29

Dear Greens,

Please join us in Oakland for 2 upcoming events:

1) Monday, July 23rd — Protest Obama’s fundraiser at Oakland’s Fox Theater, especially regarding the war on medical marijuana

2) Friday – Sunday, July 27-29th — Attend the “Move to Amend” Regional Convergence at the Oakland Peace Center

Information on both events is below.

See you in Oakland!

The Green Party of Alameda County

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Harborside Health Center

Action Alert!!
Our Time is NOW! A Call to Action:Watch Steve DeAngelo’s Call to Action

Last October CA’s four US Attorney’s announced a crackdown on medical cannabis, saying they would target organizations using medical cannabis as a shield for criminal activity and profiteering. But the list of those actually targeted reads like an honor role of the most legitimate and legally compliant medical cannabis providers in the state.On July 9th, Harborside Health Center was added to that list, when federal agents taped a notice of property forfeiture to our front doors. This action was a major escalation by US Attorney Melinda Haag, who previously had said she would focus enforcement actions on dispensaries that too close to schools, or out of compliance with state law

Ms. Haag failed to cite even one specific act of wrongdoing on the part of Harborside. The only reason she gave for moving against us is that we are too large. But the reason we have become so large is because we have provided patients with the very highest level of care, and have meticulously obeyed state law and local regulations.Watch Steve DeAngelo’s Call to Action

Help stop the Federal attacks on the medical cannabis community!

Join us
MONDAY, JULY 23 at 12:00pm
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Please tweet using hashtag
#SaveHarborside

SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR FACEBOOK EVENT!!

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OAKLAND, CA: Move to Amend Nor-Cal! Regional Convergence

Friday, July 27, 2012 – 6:30pm to Sunday, July 29, 2012 – 12:00pm

Oakland Peace Center

111 Fairmount Ave

Oakland, CA 94611

See map: Google Maps

Move to Amend is holding seven regional gatherings across the United States in 2012. These events will bring you together with Move to Amend activists and supporters from throughout your region of the country. Let’s amplify and multiply the power of all that great local organizing by building deeper organizational connections. Let’s kick it up a notch!

Register

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Convergence Agenda

Session 1: Friday, July 27, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Laying the Foundation)

*The State of the Global & US Democracy Movement 
This session will lay the groundwork for our weekend together. We’ll address the state of our movement(s) on a national and global scale and discuss the political climate for systemic social change in the United States.

Session Speakers:

  • Colin Rajah, Program Director, International Migrant Rights & Global Justice Program
  • Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice
  • Alicia Garza, Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)
  • Mitch Jeserich Host of “Letters & Politics” on KPFA Radio
  • Marc Sapir, Medicare for All

See the full line-up of sessions at: http://movetoamend.org/events/oakland-ca-move-amend-nor-cal-regional-convergence

Occupy Oakland Action Framework for May 1st

http://strikemay1st.com/119/

Purpose:
To coordinate decentralized morning actions across the city based out of 3 or 4 convergence points outside of downtown which would all eventually feed into a mass convergence & rally at 14th and Broadway from noon to 1pm followed by a diversity of themed actions across the downtown core until the start of the March for Dignity & Resistance at 3pm. A final downtown convergence would be set for 6pm to coincide with the arrival of the march.

This proposal is meant to be a broad framework for May1 Strike Actions. The details that are not specified in this proposal shall be hammered out in the coming week within working groups of the May Day assembly.

6AM: Occupy the Golden Gate bridge
Meet at 19th & Telegraph to occupy the Golden Gate Bridge. Buses will be available.

9AM – NOON: 3-4 morning actions
Decentralized actions leaving from 3 or 4 key commercial areas outside of downtown at 9am. These actions can take the form of “strike enforcement brigades” such as pickets, blockades, snake marches etc. Strike stations will be set up at each of these locations starting at 8am with coffee, snacks, water, propaganda etc.
Specific locations TBA

NOON – 1PM: Everyone Converge on Downtown
Mass rally from noon to 1pm at 14th & Broadway. Should include speakers, food, music activities, etc.

1PM – 3PM: Themed Actions & Marches Around Downtown
After the rally, those in attendance have the opportunity to stay downtown or join one of the autonomous actions that will be departing from 14th & Broadway to continue shutting down various capitalist institutions in the downtown area. These themed actions could include a Reclaim the Streets Party, an FTP march, more pickets, etc.

3PM: March for Dignity and Resistance
All are encouraged to join the march starting at Fruitvale BART station at 3pm.

6PM – 7PM: Reconvergence downtown to coincide with the march arrival
Everyone back downtown to rally and celebrate together as the March for Dignity and Resistance arrives.

The Occupation of Oakland Begins Monday (10/10/11)

The Occupation of Oakland starts at 4:00 pm this coming MONDAY, OCTOBER 10th, at Frank OGAWA PLAZA, 14th and Broadway, in front of City Hall, in DOWNTOWN OAKLAND. Please be there!

In addition, some people will also be at the Indigenous People’s Day protest which starts at 12:00 Noon at the corner of Shellmound St. & Ohlone Way in Emeryville, and after the protest (around 2 or 2:30pm), they will then march to Ogawa Plaza.

For more info on that, please see: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/01/18691901.php ). ==================================================

Here is the current version of the press advisory, which describes Monday’s event:

On Monday, October 10, 2011 at 4pm the people of Oakland will occupy Frank Ogawa Plaza. This action will unite Oakland with OccupyWallStreet and people around the country and around the world to continue the discussion that began on Wall Street on September 17. All across the country groups of people are spontaneously rising up and establishing Occupy encampments in support of each other and the call for fundamental change in our nation. This occupation will add Oakland, CA to the growing list.

For more info about the Occupy encampments, see: “Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right” http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/07/18692564.php

Finally, if you can Help With FLYERING to publicize Monday’s event, please go to this link to connect with people, and to get flyers: http://groups.google.com/group/occupyoakland/browse_thread/thread/4d4b0f833ff22a3a#

Or you can download them from here: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/04/18692148.php