Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013-11-21 NBU News

Northbay Uprising radio news
Thursdays, between 4 to 5pm, with headlines and interviews with people behind the news!
Journalist's Notebook  [link], George Seldes had it right: "Tell the Truth, Then Run Like Hell!"

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Continuing our dedication to the Captive Nations within the United States,
November is Indigenous Nations month!

Update from the "Dawnstar INC" of the SPJFC:
Recently, receiving word from a local indigenous advocacy organization, the Dawnstar Indigenous Nations Committee of the Solano Peace, Justice & Freedom Coalition carried forward a campaign to convince local politicians to replace the school mascot for Vallejo High School, as it innocently had a Navajo (Dine) national portrayed as an Apache national, and the use of the phrase "kill Apache Joe" lodged by rival highschools at the mascot, although the use of this phrase has dropped in years past, continues the tradition of hate speech against the indogenous people. The campaign succeeded, as Vallejo High school has chosen to replace the Apache mascot [link].
Here is the text of the campaign letter:
Nov. 14th, 2013, to members of the Vallejo Unified School District, and to the members of the Vallejo City Council -
The Solano Peace, Justice & Freedom Coalition sends you this letter because we are concerned about the continued use of Apache as the mascot for Vallejo High School . We believe that continuation of the use of Indigenous nationals as symbols and mascots is incongruous with promoting respect for inclusiveness and diversity.
Images of the Indigenous generally interferes with learning about them by creating, supporting and maintaining oversimplified and inaccurate views of indigenous peoples and their cultures. When stereotypical representations are taken as factual information, they contribute to the development of cultural biases and prejudices, (clearly a contradiction to the educational mission.)
We understand that there are many students, past and present, of Vallejo High School, who feel a special attachment to the mascot. We also understand and believe that this attachment may not have been formed out of maliciousness or negative intentions. School tradition should not be an obstacle to change. What once may have been a unifying symbol/mascot, has become a source of cross-cultural conflict.
Indigenous mascots perpetuate the myth that the reality of Indigenous nations is purely historical and devoid of any contemporary relevance. These images hide the fact that Indigenous cultures ARE living cultures.
The force of these arguments is expressed in a simple and direct way by Barbara Munson ( Oneida ) "When someone says you are hurting them by your action, if you persist - then the harm becomes intentional."
In light of all of these factors, we strongly support and encourage Vallejo Unified School District to stop the use of the Apache as a mascot for their football team.
Thank you, [signed], The Solano Peace, Justice & Freedom Coalition

Center for a New American Dream's Guide to Going Local  [link]:
Some believe that the best strategy for social change is through bottom up, grassroots action. It's a trickle-up theory of change. It definitely has merit, especially these days when national governments the world over seem completely co-opted by corporate interests. City councils, local businesses, neighborhood associations, school boards... these are some of the channels through which citizens can change their communities for the better. This can add up to big changes when many communities transform themselves.
With that in mind, the Center for a New American Dream has been putting together a Community Action Kit that people can lean on as they engage with their environment on different levels. Shareable collaborated on the first entry in the kit, the Guide to Sharing. And now comes the Guide to Going Local.

The Power of Peace and the case of the "Beale 5" prisoners [link]: "In the United Methodist Church, at baptism we promise `to accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.' When I crossed the line at Beale, I was being faithful to my baptismal vows by resisting the evil, injustice, and oppression of U.S. drone warfare." - The Rev. Sharon Delgado []

UC Workers organize a One-Day Strike at Campuses & Medical Centers on Nov. 20th [link]

Defend the Albany Bulb Liberated Zone! [link]

Targeting of the Uhuru Movement [link]. Targeting of Black Leadership [link].

Fascist Democrat Party legislator in the State of Hawaii begins campaign to physically assault Homeless people [link

Austin to House Homeless in a Tiny House Village []

Irvington city in New Jersey and the People's Eminent Domain [link]

22nd consecutive Kenny Harding Jr monthly Community Feed
Long time supporter Pladee Clayton standing with the Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation helping show support for Justice ForRigoberto Arceo

Kenny Feed stand with family of Andy Lopez and March For Andy Lopez

Lunches ready to go following prayer.

Community member George stopped by to help out, get a lunch and stand for Kenny!

New Political Prisoner in the USA:  Jeremy Hammond [link], an Anonymous Agent for human-rights who released evidence for war-crimes, and was arrested for it by the war criminals themselves!

Northbay Copwatch page for "Justice for Andy Lopez!" [link]
Civilian Society Demand for Grand Jury Investigation into the Sonoma County Sheriff Dept. See the Action Calender below the headline section on this page!
According to Wikipedia: The symbol/logo posted by Deputy Gelhaus on his online photobucket account (as shown by this screenshot taken by community members) is called a Totenkopf (lit. "skull") is the German word for the skull and crossbones and death's head symbols. The "Totenkopf"-symbol is an old international symbol for death, danger or the dead, as well as piracy. In the early days of the NSDAP, Julius Schreck, the leader of the Stabswache (Adolf Hitler's bodyguard unit), resurrected the use of the Totenkopf as the unit's insignia. This unit grew into the Schutzstaffel (SS), which continued to use the Totenkopf as insignia throughout its history. It consists usually of the human skull with or without the mandible and often includes two crossed long-bones (femurs), most often depicted with the crossbones being behind some part of the skull. Totenkopf applies to symbolic depictions of the human skull. Skull and bones is "Totenkopf mit Knochen" in German. - Wikipedia

"'We Stand With Hayward Workers' campaign catches fire"
 More Than 1,200 Hayward residents and business owners have signed the “We Stand With Hayward Workers” petition following a successful community blitz this past weekend and the launch of a public campaign site at
 Members from SEIU 1021, IFPTE Local 21, ILWU Local 10 and other unions fanned across Hayward neighborhoods Saturday, knocking on doors and asking people to sign the petition and put up lawn signs, which are increasingly on display throughout the city.
 While city administrators continue to push for more cuts, effectively doubling down on their failed austerity policies that are slowing economic recovery, Hayward workers are joining the community in the fight to call on our elected leaders to reinvest in Hayward.
 Many businesses, like Vintage Alley, already have a sign up in support of workers.
 “I am a union man for 30 years, and I know what it’s like to go through tough times, but the economy is picking up,” said Alfredo Rodriguez, owner of Vintage Alley in downtown Hayward. “City workers have been giving and giving, you can only give so much. The city needs to do the right thing.”
 Hayward workers and residents are collecting signatures for a petition to deliver to City Council to make clear it is the duty of city officials to prevent -- not create -- economic harm to the community. That includes offering city employees a decent wage so they can contribute to the local economy.
Stand with SEIU 1021's City of Hayward workers by signing the petition (and leaving a comment).
"Petitioning Friends of Hayward City Workers: We Stand With Hayward Workers!"
Petition by Anna Bakalis of Hayward, CA []:

We are a coalition of Hayward workers, community and business leaders who are urging the Hayward Mayor and City Council to help turn our economy around.
We are calling on our elected leaders to stop the cuts that hurt our economic recovery.
Hayward families were already coping with the down economy before the City took 12% in wages and benefits from workers. Our message remains clear: Hayward management must return to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair agreement, and the community continues to Stand with Hayward Workers!
Attacks on public services and the workers who provide them hurt the local businesses and organizations that these working families support.
It's time to help the local economy by reinvesting in the workers who provide vital services to the community.
We are fighting for a fair economy for all!

More Action Calenders: IndyBay [link]; Ecology Center [link]; Nuclear Resister [link].

Trayvon 2 Benefit Dinner, and Film:
The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Friday, November 15, 2013
The Holdout [2313 San Pablo Av, Oakland]
Join us for an evening of food, community, and a film to raise funds for the Trayvon 2 anti-repression fund. All proceeds will go towards continued support.
Suggested donation: $5-20
5:30 Dinner
6:30 The Spook Who Sat by the Door Film
Dinner Menu include:
fried halal chicken or fried fish
salads, beans, rice
mac n cheese, other vegetarian options
and more....
"The Spook Who Sat by the Door" is a classic black revolutionary film of the 1970s.
Trailer: []
Also, this WePay account is specifically linked to the Trayvon 2's legal fund. Please contribute as much as you can and circulate this link far and wide! Among other things, this money will cover potential fines, legal fees, and transportation costs (to and from court dates and meetings with lawyers).

and, what happened a couple days before:

Wednesday, 10:00am    
661 Washington St Oakland, CA 94607
The Black Riders Liberation Party calls on all comrades, allies, sympathizers and all Freedom loving peoples to participate in kkkourt watch observation for two innocent brothers Hannibal and Tanzeen (Trayvon 2), who were wrongfully targeted and framed for exercising their so-called constitutional rights to Freedom of speech and Freedom of assembly. These trumped up felony charges come from the brothers participating in a rally and march in protest of the acquittal of racist George Zimmerman for the lynching of Black teen Trayvon Martin.  When the actions in response to the Kangaroo kkkourt Zimmerman verdict happened, many people were doing many things to rebel against the system of exploitation and white supremacy. In fact at least four or five other people were arrested with these brothers and now they are the only two still facing any charges. We believe that these comrades were targeted not only because of them being outspoken organizers against injustice but also because they are Muslims and dark men. 
When the conditions of kkkapitalism become so repressive that there are more people in prison today than were enslaved in 1850 it becomes clear that we are living in a fascist regime that exploits dark human lives to feed the Prison Industrial Complex. Moreover when there are brave people who decide to resist against such oppressive conditions they are met with the legal and military arm of the State in attempts to neutralize their efforts and prevent others from joining in the struggle. We saw that the State purposefully ignored the reasonable demands of the 30,000 plus comrades who participated in the largest hunger strike in history. We are also seeing now that the State is trying to attack our comrades and neutralize their organizing efforts against white supremacy.  The State is offering these brothers plea bargains that include jail time, four way searches and more unjust bullshit to neutralize their organizing efforts. But they have remained defiant and we will be there in solidarity with them. We are calling all people who don't fear freedom to come in support and observe the kkkourt room which is known for railroading dark men and women for years into the Prison Industrial Complex!

Northbay Copwatch page for "Justice for Andy Lopez!" [link]
March for Andy Lopez and the Community
Friday, November 22, 2013
City Hall to District Attorneys Office
It had been one month since the horrific murder of Andy Lopez. One month and we as a community have been completely alienated by those whom are supposed to serve and protect us.  Demands for a transparent investigation have fallen on deaf ears, as no new information has been released by the SRPD. Our District Attorney has done nothing to address this murder in an attempt to let the flame for justice die down.  Join us as we march from City Hall to the District Attorney's office. NO ARREST = NO ELECT
this march is very important to the Lopez family as it will take place on the one month anniversary of their son's murder. There is no excuse, be there. Be there to honor this child who's life was taken far to early. Be there to show your respects to the family. Be there, to let all know we will continue to fight for justice. Justice in the form of an immediate arrest of sheriff, Erick Gelhaus.
If you would like to show support but can not attend there is a petition you could sign []

Standing with Women
Saturday, Nov. 23, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Women's Grassroots Congress, Women’s School and Women’s Spaces are hosting a one-day workshop to hear your voices and dreams with the call to bring your clarity, determination and ability to unite into a country that so needs your presence.
$35.00 sliding scale.
The Sunflower Center - Lydia’s Organic, 1435 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma

Debtors' Assembly: Strike Debt Bay Area - You Are Not Alone. Or a Loan!
Saturday November 23, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Hall [1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709]
Contact: Hannah Appel []

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 (website and Facebook) 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.
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.

Thanksgiving Feast Tribute to Native Americans
Sunday, November 24, 3:00pm 
 The 30 million indigenous people on this continent before Columbus produced brilliant scientists and astronomers, architects and builders. These women and men were orators, farmers, jewelry-makers, creators of political institutions and social orders that lasted hundreds or thousands of years. At the time of the conquest, the indigenous people cultivated over 300 food crops which today are the basis of 60% of what is eaten on our planet.  Celebrate the contributions of this hemisphere's first people. Enjoy a home-cooked roast turkey dinner, with vegetarian entree, accompanied by new world foods.
 $10-15 donation. For work exchange, call in advance.
New Valencia Hall [747 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109]
Hosted by Bay Area Radical Women
 To volunteer or for more information, call [415-864-1278] or email [] []

On the eve of President Obama's high-roller fundraiser (protest info above) ...
 SIDEWALK VIDEO NIGHT:  Stop the Drone Murders!

 Sun. Nov. 24 – San Francisco - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
 outside the SF JAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (a flat 5-block walk from Civic Center BART)]
 RSVP on Facebook []
CODEPINK, World Can't Wait and others will screen the new films Unmanned: America's Drone War and Wounds of Waziristan – on the sidewalk outside the SF JAZZ Center.  Join our crew to talk with people who stop to watch, want to know why hundreds of civilians are being killed in Pakistan, Afghanistan  and Yemen by U.S. drone strikes in our names – and need to join the resistance. 
 Since Obama has taken office, deadly drone strikes have increased, causing more drone bases to pop up across the country and across the globe to engage in surveillance and targeted killing.  Too many Americans have no idea what this illegal, immoral mass murder looks like on the ground.  These are two films that can dramatically help change how they understand these crimes of our government – and our collective responsibility to refuse to go along with these illegal, immoral crimes under any circumstances (including when the president is not Bush but Obama!)  
 Your help is needed.  People stop, watch – often they're shocked, or incredulous, or have a thousand questions – so we give out flyers,  converse with people (speaking to their questions, yet also bringing them information and perspective they may never have heard before).  Taking the truth about the war to ordinary people who just happen by is a fascinating experience, come share it with us. 

Outside Barack Obama’s San Francisco High-Roller Fundraising Luncheon …
GATHER, MARCH, RALLY: Protest Against Drone Criminal, Barack Obama!
Join CODEPINK, World Can't Wait, and many more…
We protest U.S. murder-by-drones, torture… and the whole blood-soaked package of these filthy imperial wars!
Mon. Nov. 25 – San Francisco - 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Gather 11:00 AM at Patricia's Green (a small park) at Octavia & Hayes
March to the SF JAZZ Center at 11:30 [201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (a flat 5-block walk from Civic Center BART)]
 RSVP on Facebook []
Bring signs, banners, friends, noise, and your voice of conscience.
We recognize that many people have deep grievances over many of the Obama administration's policies, from the horrors of the environmental emergency, to the repression against Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and all the other truth-tellers, to how the ugly resurrection of lynching (as in the Zimmerman verdict for the murder of Trayvon Martin) calls forth not a whisper from Obama.  We welcome everyone to join in, and bring all of that!  But we ask that the central message this day stay in sharp focus, front and center:   This UNENDING, EXPANDING WAR and the DRONES and TORTURE that are America's main weapons in it.
Obama is expected to arrive, speak, and then depart for a mid-afternoon fundraiser in Southern California.   Our demonstration is prepared to be flexible, as we may have to change location.  Call mobile World Can't Wait phone before and during the protest to find us: 415-864-5153.

Join CodePink and peace activists throughout Northern California:
Nov. 25, Monday, 3pm, to Nov. 26, Tuesday, 8am
In Solidarity with the People of Afghanistan:
Activists will wear blue scarves and white clothing in our monthly 2 day nonviolent protest at Beale AFB to stand with the people of Afghanistan for their right to live free from a brutal 12 year U.S. occupation. 
Check out the Blue Scarf Movement at: []
We will wear blue scarves to symbolize all people's right to live free from the violence of war and drone surveillance. In a recent testimony before Congress, Zubair, a 13 yr. old  boy and drone victim from Pakistan, said, "I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey."  He and his younger sister were injured in a drone strike last October in Waziristan, Pakistan, and his 67 year old grandmother was killed while picking vegetables. Zubair added, "When the sky brightens, drones return and we live in fear."
We will wear blue scarves to embrace everyone's right to live under a blue sky free of drone attacks and surveillance. 

* Next Occupy Beale Encampment:  Mon. Dec. 16, 3pm to Tues. Dec. 17, 8am. 
* "Wheatland 4" Anti-Drone activist Trial, January 13, Sacramento.  More info in coming months.
* April, 2014:   Non-violent direct action planned at Beale for April Days of Action Against Drones.  Help us make this grow!
THE RESISTANCE:   We need more folk to step forward and participate in nonviolent civil resistance/direct action to say no to US militarization and destabilization of the planet.
The Beale 5 activists were recently sentenced with community service for blocking the road into Beale in October 2013 to oppose drone killings.  The 2nd wave of resisters, the Wheatland 4, will face trial on Jan. 13.  We are looking for more volunteers to come forward for the next wave.....only good is gained from this very low risk and very meaningful activity to break the silence and say NO to U.S. military aggression and illegal drone killings.

Peace and Protest in the Arts
Monday, Nov. 25, 7:00 p.m.
Tim Wandling, professor of English at SSU, will discuss peace and protest in the arts as part of the SSU War and Peace Lecture Series.
Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

GMO Teach In Occupy Sonoma County
Monday, Nov. 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Learn about the organizing to Label GMO's in our food, dangers of corporate control of our food supply. Discussion Instigator:
Daniel Solnit, political organizer and former campaign coordinator for GE-Free Sonoma
Defeats of recent GMO labeling initiatives
Dollarocracy and corporate control of our food supply
Strategies for stopping GMOs
Next steps for our movement
Pick up a GMO-free Shopping Guide
Taste some GMO-free Snacks
Take home your very own Winter Seed Bombs to plant
Unitarian Universalist, 547 Mendocino Ave., SR

Black Friday Walmart Protest from the Public
Friday, Nov. 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Global OUR Walmart workers have been speaking out for change and we're taking to protest in the streets, and the Walmart stores, on Black Friday. Outside the building, not blocking entrances, or customers. This is a non violent action. This is a spontaneous non-violent protest, by individual concerned members of the community, each acting independently .Invite your friends and family- the more the merrier! Come with signs, costumes, dance, sign, march!
This is an ALL Day event! Drop in anytime!
(Hosted from 10am-2pm)
 Walmart 4625 Redwood Drive, Rohnert Park

Justice for Andy Lopez!

Activists Plan Picket Line for D.A. Jill Ravitch Fundraiser
December 3, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Bldg., 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
Contact Michael Rothenberg [305 753 4569]; Jon Melrod []
We will protest at a Campaign fundraiser for District Attorney Ravitch's re-election. Here we will make our presence known!
We will not stand by while Ravitch refuses to do her job. She must uphold her sworn oath to uphold the law. She must do right by her community by fulfilling her sacred duty to protect and serve the citizens of Sonoma County. She must arrest Gelhaus immediately!
Northbay Copwatch page for "Justice for Andy Lopez!" [link]

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