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Celebrate Black History by continuing the struggle against oppression, and for the defense of a dominated nation!
Buy a poster of the solidarity message, $10, at [http://www.amazon.com/Political-Decoration-solidarity-American-Material/dp/B008B6OB2I]
Listen to the message of "Cops Keep Firing", a new track from Sellassie [sellassiefrisco.com], from his latest mixtape "Sins of Your Forefathers" [sellassie.bandcamp.com/album/sins-of-your-forefathers].
from the "San Pablo Bay Ecological Preservation Association":
* Study of 2011 Japan Tsunami debris across Pacific gives insight into Fukushima's radioactive water flow across ocean, 2014-02 [link]
* California Scientists study radioactive water along the coast, 2014-02 [link]
from the "Sovereign San Pablo Bay" think-tank:
* Monopolists convince California State Congress to penalize solar power owners who contribute energy into the electrical grid [link]
* Sovereign energy plan utilizing Solar is opposed by Northeast Utilities System (NU) in Massachusetts, Another Monopolists' effort to stifle Solar Energy technologies [link]
* Wind Farm technology produces energy for 25 years [link]
from "Hands Off Our Homes!"
La Mesha Irizarry, an organizer for Human Rights in San Francisco, recently had faced an unlawful and inhumane eviction process against her home of 17 years. Recently, she writes:
wow. I am happy !
went by my home (that it my mind will always be my home, my dream home, stolen by BoA),
(Occupied by 5 people + a pooch until the Bank repossesses my unit on March 12 at or before 11:59 pm...)
to gather some plants from my ...ex yard
to replant where I live now,
at least those that would fit into a small size apartment
.... some geranium, jade, succulents, cacti,
a bit of the scents and love I put into my plants over the years.
Said good bye to all other vegetation I planted,
the cherry and the pear tree,
the 4 pine trees,
the eucalyptus tree,
the jade and geranium edges I used to manicure,
the butterfly tree,
the many palms,
the lavender bed,
my 3 rose trees,
the oregano bush....
my forest, 17 yrs of my life, started from scratch....
and my son's altar.
Maybe the bank will shave it all down to the ground, who knows.
The great surprise was to meet 2 of the occupiers, Matt & Nick, and a 2 yr. adorable & hyperactive rotweiller named Jacks. And the stray cats I used to feed, Mugwai, Tigre and Cafe, who are now given dog food !! The house was clean, orderly and peaceful, I was SO impressed!! Nice dudes !!!
Some of my pain has lifted. A page almost turned. devoid of despair.
from the "Committee to Defend Workers' Rights":
* Call to Action against workplace abuse of teachers! (Los Angeles) [link]
* Teacher's Victory in the Twin Cities, Minnesota! [link]
from the "Committee to Investigate Civil & Human-Rights Abuse"
* Vallejo City to Privatize the Lakes Water System: Update [link]
* "Richmond Housing Authority Issues" [link]
* Santa Cruz Police terrorize elderly lady selling scarves in downtown [link]
* HUFF Cafe upholds, defends and restores inDIYpendent culture [link]
* "Santa Cruz's anti-Constitutional exclusion zones under investigation by Dr. John Colby, the Gorilla Advocate" [link]
* Non-profit bike charity targeted for disruption by Santa Cruz City for alleged political motivations [link]
* "Targeting the Homeless as a "Prosperity Initiative" in Santa Cruz", 2014-02-08 by Robert Norse: Santa Cruz's Downtown Association has long floated a series of failed bigoted measures to starve out or drive away peaceful panhandlers and unhoused "loiterers" ranging from "Give a Hand Not a Handout" posters in 1989 to the recent red "Imagine" meters--which discourage giving to the visibly needy in favor of those arranging to remove them from sight. In 1994 then Councilmember, now Supervisor, Neal Coonerty pushed for the Sitting Ban, Tabling Ban, Sparechanging Ban, and Performing Ban ordinances--which banned these activities in most times and places on Pacific Avenue--engineering a huge commercial takeover of what once been a shared space. (Even a friendly space before the 1989 earthquake where there were dozens of places to sit on the waist-high brick planters that lined Pacific).
Subsequent laws and police practices have intensified the "no go" zones while attacking homeless camps directly through "clean 'em out" sweeps that simply drive homeless people deeper into the greenbelt or the residential neighborhoods (and also accomplishing its purpose of driving someout of town in despair or disgust. In effect these measures are a massive shameful attack on what is fundamentally a disabled population--though as of yet there has been no legal response to what is probably illegal under federal disability law.
More recently HUFF has received reports of cafe owners not only driving homeless people out and excluding them for "having backpacks" (Coffee Roasting Company, Starbucks, Peet's, Abbey Cafe) but actually threatening them on adjacent sidewalk (Peet's, Cafe Pergolesi).
Even discussing these issues in the tiny amount of time allowed the public at the twice-monthly City Council meetings under Mayor "Rattlesnake" Robinson (who gives little warning) faces increased threat with her upcoming expansion of "decorum" rules this Tuesday ( shortly after 2:30 PM February 11). The "rules" formally eliminate the Oral Communications period historically held at 7 PM in the evening (when it was actually available for most workers--rather than at its current 5 PM "doghouse" time--when most of the audience has either left or not arrived). The highly-restrictive Consent Agenda rules have been set in cement disallowing members of the public the opportunity to speak on the items individually. A provision attacking independent journalists reads "No audio/visual recording devices may be left unattended at the speaker’s lectern or elsewhere in the Council Chambers."
The provision that prompted an 11-year court battle and cost the City $125,000+ in the mock-Nazi salute case has been made worse instead of corrected. It now reads: " ... Any person making personal, impertinent, or slanderous remarks, or becoming boisterous or otherwise disrupting the Council meeting shall be barred by the presiding officer from further attendance at said meeting unless permission for continued attendance is granted by a majority vote of the Council... Every member of the public and every Councilmember desiring to speak shall address the presiding officer, and upon recognition by the presiding officer, shall confine comments to the question under debate, avoiding all indecorous language and references to personalities ... Upon instructions of the presiding officer it shall be the duty of the sergeant-at-arms or any police officer present to eject from the Council Chambers any person in the audience who uses boisterous or profane language, or language tending to bring the Council or any Councilmember into contempt..."
A new sentence has been added: "Persons who disrupt a Council meeting while in session are subject to arrest and prosecution." In other words, rein in your criticism of the Council, the cops, and bigots in the community who are harassing homeless people either under color of law or otherwise. Don't name names, use tame language, make sure what you're saying is decorous, even if the abusive behavior you're describing (stealing homeless property, arresting people for sleeping or sitting) is not.
from the "Free 'em All" committee:
* Russell Maroon Shoats [link], updated 2014-02-21
* 2014-02-11 California State Solitary Confinement Hearing: Video, Hearings, Testimony & Radio Show [link]
* End the Illegal Retaliation Against Whistleblower John Kiriakou!
Message passed to us via the Sonoma Peace & Justice Center [www.peaceandjusticesonomaco.org]:
Please join us in contacting the Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels and demand an end to the illegal retaliation against John Kiriakou.
CIA torture whistleblower and Sonoma Peace & Justice Center honoree, John Kiriakou, recently resumed speaking with the press and writing his 'Letters from Loretto' after the Bureau of Prisons reneged on their deal to give him 9 months in a halfway house. Unfortunately, prison officials have chosen to respond with brute force: conducting surprise searches of his cell, attempting to remove his writing desk and threatening him with 'diesel therapy. As he explains in his latest letter, "Diesel therapy is when a prisoner is transferred from one prison to another all across the country via prison van, bus or "conair" plane, never staying in any one prison long enough to receive telephone, email, mailing or visitation privileges." This vindictive behavior is not only wrong, but has been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. But even though John kept up his end of his deal with the BOP by not speaking to the press or writing "Letters from Loretto," prison officials gave him only 5 months in a halfway house. As soon as John started speaking out again, his mistreatment worsened: prison officials have even threatened to break John's desk off the wall of his cell in a desperate-but-futile bid to shut him up. If we don't act quickly, the BOP could take the next step force John to spend the rest of his sentence on the move and incommunicado under the farcical justification that it was "related to a 'bedspace issue or for [his] own safety."
Contacts for Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels:
[202-307-3250] [www.bop.gov/contact] [320 First St. NW, Washington, DC 20534]
from the liaison committee to the Solano Peace Justice & Freedom coalition [link]:
* Iraq government after restructuring by the USA: "Worse than Saddam Hussein" [link]
from the "Hands Off Venezuela!" committee [link]:
* The anarchists' view on Venezuela and the fascist uprising, from "El Libertario" newspaper of Caracas [link], and from "Nosotros Los Pobres" collective [link], both describing the action from the viewpoint of an ideology that is attacked by all sides in Venezuela!
Human Rights abuse in Anaheim: [link]
from the Committee for the Study of Fascism's World Fascism Watch [link]:
Honduras' fascist dictatorship - an overview from [Politico.com/magazine/story/2014/02/americas-most-awkward-allies-103889_Page3.html]: There are few places you’d rather end up than a Honduran prison, where the conditions are miserable and vicious street gangs call the shots. Since the United States controversially recognized Porfirio Lobo, the president who came to power after Honduras’s 2009 coup, Lobo and his successor have unleashed a repressive police state—and yet managed to remain the world’s murder capital. Honduran officials, particularly the military-controlled police, have deep ties to organized crime and drug traffickers, and have been accused of a range of human rights abuses, allegedly targeting political opponents for imprisonment or even assassination. But the United States, which used Honduras as a staging ground for the “dirty wars” of the 1980s and still hosts an air base there, remains the country’s largest donor, with tens of millions of dollars in annual aid, including to the military—no small figure in a place where the entire police budget is just $151 million.
Why is the United States clandestine services supporting Hitler supporters and various other fascists? because that's the way it's always been. Read the follwing scholarly book for documentation (not conspiracy theories), "Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party" [scribd.com/doc/193175146/RUSS-BELLANT-Old-Nazis-New-Right-and-the-Republican-Party], written 1988 during the regime of Ronald Reagan, it is an overview of the domestic support fascism got during the early 1980s (and the same occurred throughout the Cold War, and afterwards, under both the Democrat Party and Republican Party...)
Ukraine's fascist uprising -
* USA / EU / Israel upholding Neo-Nazi Repression of Ukraine’s Jewish Community [link]
* Jews and Israelis in Ukraine flee Neo-Nazi government attacks, ask Israel for aid [link]
* Photos showing Svoboda, the Neo-Nazi group that is doing the fighting in Ukraine [link]
* Fascist Government in Ukraine: rehabilitating Hitler, defunding public schools and pensions, death-squads for leftist dissenters [link]
Libation to Liberation: Community Safety, Defense, Justice and Assembly
Thursday, February 27 2014 @ 6 PM
At the SJSU Engineering Building, Rm. 285-7, in San Jose
Come join families of our community in remembering, celebrating the lives of the lost on Oscar Grant's birthday.
Invitees include: the families of Oscar Grant, Emmett Till, Andy Lopez and Donovan Jackson with performances and libation by: Tyson Amir, Mark Gonzales and Miriam Mosqueda.
Hosted by: Colectivo Justicia de San Jose (formally known as Justice 4 Trayvon Martin San Jose), All African Peoples Revolutionary Party and 50/50 Crew
Sponsored by: SJSU A.S. Cesar Chavez Community Action Center
Reflections on Cuba: Re-patterning for Resilience
Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
In late-2013, five Daily Actors had the opportunity to travel to Cuba to participate in the 11th International Permaculture Convergence, attended by 425 participants from 47 countries. Join us for an evening presentation of photos and stories from our journey. We'll explore how Cuba's peak oil experience might inform our own local energy decent future though the lens of agriculture, economy and community organization. We'll also give a snapshot of the global permaculture movement, rooting it in the relevance of our work together right here at home! Presenters: Trathen Heckman, Ryan Johnston, Angelo Silva, John Valenzuela and Erin Axelrod. Co-sponsored by the Petaluma Grange.
Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma
The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement presents...
Reclamation of Earth and Neighborhoods
Suds, Snacks, & Socialism at the Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Avenue at Prince Street (2 blocks from Ashby BART in Berkeley)
Sally Sommer of the Albany Farm Alliance, and Max Cadji of Phat Beets, a food growing and local governance project in Oakland will tell us about farming in cities.
From our Peace and Freedom Party Platform: “We want an agricultural system that ensures enough food and other farm products to meet human needs, guarantees a high standard of living to farmers and farm workers, protects humans and the ecosystem from environmental degradation and encourages organic farming.” This by implication urges pleasant animal husbandry. It implies an end to an obligatory 24/7 ‘work-day’ by farmers, getting many hands by many nearby neighbor, to farm, living full lives farther from the cities; no worshipped 8hr day.
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and Friendly Favors present an evening with...
MICKEY HUFF, PETER PHILLIPS and Dr. ANDY LEE ROTH, the principal professors behind Project Censored who teach their students to identify the most significant censored news stories in the US, and to figure out why they were suppressed. [www.projectcensored.org]
Friday, February 28th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Potluck dinner (6 PM) / Presentation (7 PM)
Owl Room, Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
$10 (suggested donation) and a dish to share if attending potluck.
Please make checks payable to Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center
Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright:
America's Pivot to Asia: Destabilizing the Region
Saturday, Mar. 1, time TBA
Col. Wright speaks on her recent trip to Northeast Asia, Jeju Ijalnd, the Article 9 "NoWar" Japanese constitution conference and eight days on the PEACE BOAT traveling to South Korea, Taiwan, Shanghai and Nanjing, China.
Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County
Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa
International Days in Solidarity with the Haitian People
10 years since the 2004 Coup … 210 years since Haiti’s Revolution
* Saturday, March 1st - 5:30 to 8:30 PM - Celebrate Haiti's Revolution
* Humanist Hall, 390 - 27th St. (betw. Telegraph & Broadway), Oakland
* Stand with the People of Haiti - Eyewitness reports, drums, film, food, music
Contact Haiti Action Network [email@example.com] [510 847 8657] [www.haitisolidarity.net]
Be an organizer. Spread the word widely. Thinking globally, acting locally! This follows on earlier International Days in Solidarity with Haiti, with observances in many cities on four continents on September 30, 2005, February 7, 2007 and February 29, 2008.
We are writing to you, knowing your longstanding support for the cause of the Haitian people. As you know, we are approaching the 10th anniversary of the Feb. 29, 2004 coup d'etat, engineered by the US, France and Canada, which has left a brutal legacy of pain and destruction. This is an occasion that cries out to be seized upon by all who oppose the coup and support the popular movement.
In Oakland, we in the Haiti Action Committee are marking the coup, and the 10 years of repressive coup regimes that have followed it, with a celebration of the 210th year of the heroic 1804 Haitian Revolution. The event is happening on March 1st at Humanist Hall. (Mark your calendar!) Other cities are organizing their own events, as part of the 2014 International Days in Solidarity with the Haitian People.
We also encourage you to forward this email to friends in other cities or countries. Ask them to consider organizing a Haiti support activity where they are -- if possible as part of the International Days from February 23 thru March 8th. It could be a demonstration, vigil, march, public meeting, festival, film showing, rally, candle-light gathering, teach-in, musical or artistic event – to commemorate the Haitian Revolution and protest the continuation of the 2004 coup. Have them contact us. We can supply films or materials if needed.
The actions of US-imposed President Martelly and his ally Jean-Claude Duvalier clearly demonstrate what the 2004 coup was all about. The Haitian people are outraged by the step-by-step return of Duvalierism and its embrace by the fraudulently elected Martelly government — which threatens to bring back the hated military ... which organizes sweeps of market women and midnight raids on the camps of earthquake survivors ... which continues its repressive vendetta against members of the majority Lavalas movement, including a threatened indictment of long-time Lavalas leader and former Senator, Myrlande Liberis-Pavert on trumped-up charges.
We support the Haitian people’s demand that Haiti's sovereignty be respected and that the 2004 coup must be reversed. That would mean:
• Free and fair elections in which all parties can run candidates.
• Putting an end to the repression and the U.S./U.N. military occupation.
• Rebuilding Haiti the way the Haitian 99% want it built – Paying a living wage in the factories instead of sweatshop wages … Restoring farming self-sufficiency so Haiti can feed itself again … Real Haitian control of mineral resources and aid funds … Schools, housing and health care for the people.
Binh Danh on The Crosses: A Protest Against Forgetting
Sunday, March 2, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
At the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette.
Binh Danh will speak about his work: art and science, life and death, past and present, history and immortality. His presentation will include original Daguerreotypes from the Lafayette Library's exhibition (March 21) The Crosses: A Protest Against Forgetting.
Danh will later share the stage with Jeff Heaton (The Crosses of Lafayette), and Fred Norman (Veteran, peace activist) will read from "A Hill of Poems" (his annual readings at the Crosses of Lafayette).
The Crosses: A Protest Against Forgetting exhibition consists of digital prints of
Daguerreotype images by Binh Danh. Over several years, Danh documented
The Crosses of Lafayette. These images preserve moments in the history of the
memorial and our collective memory of war.
Carol Reif, Curator/Exhibition Design/Public Program, [firstname.lastname@example.org], [925-286-0964]
Get on the bus to Sacramento!
Education for All! Stop Privatization! Defend Community Colleges!
Monday, March 3, 2014
The Save CCSF Coalition is organizing for the annual March in March that brings students, faculty and community to the state capital to let our elected officials know that education is a right and should be accessible to all.
If you would like to ride the bus to Sacramento, fill out the attached form: [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_q1tsRv2RvYRfOsLQ6RbNoas5FQaZUAaeAqhDpVrqBc/viewform]
If you would like to donate for the cost of the bus and other Save CCSF actions, please make a check payable to SAVE CCSF and write Bus for March in March in the memo and mail to: Rodger Scot [1249 Hayes St. San Francisco, CA 94117]
Vigil for Peace in Ukraine
Monday, Mar. 3, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Sonoma Peace and Justice Center
The United States and Russia are once again playing muscle politics - staring each other down across Ukraine. Both countries have long histories of meddling to destabilize governments and both have huge arsenals. Let's not replay 1914. Please bring your signs saying "U.S.A. and Russia: Hands Off Ukraine!"
Courthouse Square, 3rd St. and Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa