Action Council Events — December 21 to December 31

Occupy SF

~ ACTION COUNCIL ~

NO MEETING ON

Sunday, December 21, 2014  

(Come flier outside GAP store to Stop Toxic Turf in GG Park)

See Announcements for details 

Websites:

OccupySF Action Council: http://occupyactionsf.org

OccupySF: http://occupysf.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, December 21

D 21, Sunday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, STOP TOXIC  TURF at Beach Chalet Soccer Fields in GG Park– Leafleting (Endorsed by Action Council))

Meet outside:

GAP Store
Powell & Market  St.
San Francisco

Why picket GAP? GAP is owned by the Fisher family and the Fisher front group City Fields Foundation is responsible for installing toxic turf all over San Francisco.

The Beach Chalet Soccer Fields bulldozing has begun. It will be about a year before the toxic “recycled” shredded tires are layered on the ground. Education is needed in our community on the toxicity of this substance. There is still time to stop this.

Stop Shopping at GAP (and Old Navy, too) home of Toxic Turf Proprietors. Teach-In. Be-In. Drop In. Speak Out. Be Heard.

A continuing Action is planned for Sundays 11am-2pm at various locations until we get some good answers to Our questions:

  • “Why do the City, Rec and Park, and their Private Partners (Fisher BillionHeirs of the GAP fortune) insist upon using Toxic Crumb Rubber from Waste Tires in our Parks?”
  • “What process was involved in coming to the decision to unnecessarily expose Children, Athletes, Citizens, and anyone who uses Our Parks to Environmental Toxins?”

All are welcomed to join us and learn more about this campaign.

RAIN CANCELS

Info: www.protectggp.org

D 21, Sunday, 12 Noon – 5:00pm,  HUNTERS POINT HOOD DISCUSSION AND MARCH!

Oakdale / Palou Station
4801 – 4899 – 3rd Street
SF

Come out and talk to your fellow black people about issues that effect us the most! IN THE HOOD FOR THE EMBETTERMENT OF THE HOOD! Who’s gonna heal the hood if its not us?! This is a challenge to all black people who care about our ghetto communities, its residences and our future.

There will be food, music and most important BLACK PEOPLE! Lets Change the “Nigga” mentality within our people to the “Black Folks Mentality” one Nigga at a time.
Hope to see you all there in solidarity. If you love Black people as much as I do, then stand up for us!

In PERSON! NOT ONLINE, IN PERSON!

If you’re not black, its ok. You’ve 10 times out of 10 have benefited from Black Culture, so come and support Black people! PLEASE SHARE THIS GROUP!!

From Amerikkkas #1 Anti-House Negro
Sellassie
Sellassiefrisco.com

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/382345308605958/

D 21, Sunday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm  The Longest Night of the Year: A Winter Solstice Posada for Alex’s 9th month anniversary of killing by yet   unnamed SFPD officers

24th Street & Mission
SF

4pm @ 24th Street and Mission Street (BART Plaza on Northeast corner):

-Opening ceremony & words by families who have lost loved ones in 2014 to police brutality.

-Confirmed visiting families
:

 Family of Yanira Serrano Garcia (killed in Half Moon Bay). Family of Antonio Lopez (killed in San José)
Antonio Lopez (killed in San José)
Family of Errol Chang (killed in Daly City)

Sidewalk procession to Bernal Hill.
@ Bernal Heights Park, Alex Nieto Memorial Site, northside slope: Words by family and supporters of Alex Nieto.

Closing ceremony.

Walk to site of Mexican Posada.

9 MONTHS AND STILL IN THE DARK
Alex’s ninth month anniversary of homicide by SFPD is on Winter Solstice, Dec. 21st. This will indeed be the longest and darkest night of the year: Alex won’t be home for the holidays, while SFPD & the City continue their cover-up campaign of his killing.

The holidays are a tough time for families who have lost children to violence. Join us for a special Mexican Posada in memory of Alex and in solidarity with the Nieto family and other visitors who have lost loved ones to police brutality this year!

In the Mexican Posada tradition, the party begins by asking the host in song for entrance. Entrance is denied twice, until a nice host let’s us in. Then we break a piñata and eat tamales, drink hot choco, etc.

Info / details / Udates: https://www.facebook.com/events/665690653549530/?ref=44&unit_ref=suggested_events&source=1

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Occupy Forum presents . . . “Is Diablo Canyon our Fukushima Waiting to Happen?” on Monday, December 22

Monday, December 22

at Global Exchange from 6 – 9 pm

[STARTING PROMPTLY AT 6PM!]

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Occupy Forum Presents…

Is Diablo Canyon our Fukushima Waiting to Happen?

Harvey “No Nukes” Wasserman

Author of Solartopia

Linda Seeley

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace

Cynthia Papermaster

Codepink Golden Gate, organizer of the PG&E Ratepayer Revolt to Decommission Diablo

Grassroots action successfully shut the two reactors at San Onofre — a great triumph for our Mother Earth. We are all healthier, safer and richer for that grassroots victory. Now we must silence the double reactors on the coast at San Luis Obispo. Contrary to what Governor Brown thinks, nuclear power isn’t clean and green. Diablo is California’s last nuke. Let’s shut it down.

Diablo is surrounded by some 13 earthquake faults. The plant was designed in the 1960s and won’t withstand a major earthquake. Diablo doesn’t have cooling towers; instead, it uses “once through cooling” using 2/5 billion gallons of ocean water a day to cool the plant and returning that water to the ocean 20% hotter and full of tritium, killing billions of sea creatures. There is no place to put the radioactive waste. An accident would lead to unspeakable consequences for us all. The NRC’s chief resident inspector at Diablo, Dr. Michael Peck, recommended LAST YEAR to shut the plant because critical backup safety systems aren’t working.

The time for shutdown is long past due. Diablo’s owner, PG&E, has just been fined $1.4 billion for killing 8 people with a wholly avoidable explosion that destroyed an entire neighborhood in San Bruno. They are out of compliance with earthquake and fire regulations. They are in violation of state water requirements. They may be losing huge sums of money.  PG&E is in financial straits.

More citizens have been arrested at Diablo Canyon than any other nuclear plant in America. There are at least four major parallel citizen action campaigns now aimed at shutting these reactors.  Any one of them welcomes you.

This gathering is meant to inform, energize, plan and commit us all to winning another great victory over the nuclear power industry, and to finally bring California to Solartopia, a green-powered state where we can live in harmony and safety with our nuke-free Mother Earth.

Join us at this rare and wonderful gathering… Bring your best intentions and let’s figure out how to win this one NOW.

Time will be allocated for announcements. Donations welcome, no one turned away.

Harvey Wasserman
He coined the term “No Nukes” and was arrested at Diablo back in the 80s. He helped organize concerts in Madison Square Garden and elsewhere with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, He has a radio program on Progressive Radio Network: Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 12.09.14 – PRN.fm

Linda Seeley
Linda Seeley is Vice-President and Spokesperson for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, the legal intervenor in all matters pertaining to the safety and licensing of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach, California.  She is an advanced facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects, group practices to guide us through the current world crisis without going crazy. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Santa Lucia Sierra Club and is a Core Team member of the national Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign. She has lived in San Luis Obispo for 32 years, where she delivered over a thousand babies during her career as a nurse-midwife. Her passion for the future generations is the guiding principle in her work to shut down Diablo Canyon.

Codepink’s Cynthia Papermaster
Cynthia Papermaster is a law librarian, justice activist and mother in Berkeley, California, Coordinator of “PG&E Ratepayer Revolt to Shut Diablo”, Director ofBerkeley No More Guantanamos, Co-Coordinator of Golden Gate Codepink Women for Peace, a Board Member of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute. She is one of the “Vandenberg 15″ (Dan Ellsberg, Cindy Sheehan, Father Louis Vitale, etc.), arrested trying to stop an ICBM launch, undertook an 84-day hunger strike in 2013 in solidarity with Guantanamo and Pelican Bay, and has many arrests for civil disobedience in support of ending U.S. torture, closing Guantanamo, freeing Bradley Manning, ending illegal wars of occupation, drone killing, and auditing the Pentagon.

Take action and study up beforehand (or after the fact) at these sites:

Tell NRC Chairman Macfarlane to shut down Diablo Canyon! Sign the Friends of the Earth petition: 

http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16332

change.org has a petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission demanding that Diablo Canyon be decommissioned:

https://www.change.org/p/nuclear-regulatory-commission-decommission-the-aging-diablo-canyon-nuclear-power-plant

Our children need a safe future. Join the Codepink “PG&E Ratepayer Revolt” @  PG&E Ratepayer Revolt: Close Diablo Now!

“PG&E is endangering the lives of half a million Californians who live near the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

Revoke PG&E’s license to operate this aging, unsafe, and unnecessary nuclear power plant.”

Bookstore recommendation from Andy Gillis: The Green Arcade

Green Arcade
Bookshop featuring socially conscious nonfiction, plus select literature & kids’ titles.  Address: 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

So The Green Arcade had a little disaster last week – a pipe in the apartment above broke and a bit of our ceiling gave way and trashed a bunch of books, and we were closed all day – hard on a small business.

I was going to do this anyway, but that was an extra push to do a plug for a book store which I feel is such an important part of San Francisco’s endangered progressive, radical, fun community. Yes, I do work here, but I would do this anyway – and Patrick (the owner, not the starfish from Sponge Bob) might not want me to do this but I’m gonna risk his wrath.
Call me biased, but I think The Green Arcade is not just a book store, but is a nexus for ideas about a better city, society and planet and offers more books to challenge the way we think about things than any other in SF. A lot of activists, social commentators and the few critical thinkers left, drop in regularly to see what’s on the shelves to augment or inspire their minds and their causes.
It’s a general interest bookstore so a lot of subjects are covered but our strengths are in SF/California history and politics, environmental issues, progressive and radical economics and politics, poetry, noir, and we have little sections on such esoteric subjects as mushrooms, tatoos, green architecture, Rebecca Solnit and Executive Order 9066. And some more mainstream stuff and new releases. Also got some cards, notepads, SF dish towels, t-shirts and real nice shopping bags.
I want to make sure this little oasis of culture and critical thinking is healthy, supported and sticks around for a while. So if you are looking for unique, stimulating books you could drop in to The Green Arcade. We also have lots of author readings which start up again in a few weeks – check our website: thegreenarcade.com
Happy Whatever It Is You’re Celebrating!
Andy

Book recommendation: “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism”

23 things
Author:  Ha-Joon Chang
Penguin Books Limited, Sep 2, 2010Political Science304 pages
Ha-Joon Chang dispels the myths and prejudices that have come to dominate our understanding of how the world works. He succeeds in both setting the historical record straight (‘the washing machine has changed the world more than the internet'; ‘the US does not have the highest living standard in the world'; ‘people in poor countries are more entrepreneurial than people in rich countries’) and persuading us of the consequences of his analysis (‘making rich people richer doesn’t make the rest of us richer'; ‘companies should not be run in the interest of their owners'; ‘financial markets need to become less, not more, efficient’). As Chang shows above all else, all economic choices are political ones, and it is time we started to be honest about them.  (Per Google Books)

First They Came for the Homeless: Message to Postal Police and the U.S.P.S.

NOTICE
To the Postal Police and to the U.S.P.S.
TO IMMEDIATELY CEASE AND DESIST FROM CAUSING SLEEP DEPRIVATION
December 18, 2014

Whereas on December 11, 2014 at approximately 5:30 am, in the dark, the postal police caused sleep deprivation at the downtown Berkeley Post Office located at 2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA; and
Whereas on December 12, 2014 at approximately 4:30 am, in the dark, the postal police caused sleep deprivation at the downtown Berkeley Post Office located at 2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA; and
Whereas on December 15, 2014 at approximately 3:30 am, in the dark, the postal police caused sleep deprivation at the downtown Berkeley Post Office located at 2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA; and
Whereas on December 16, 2014 at approximately 5:00 am, in the dark, the postal police caused sleep deprivation at the downtown Berkeley Post Office located at 2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA; and

Whereas the Congress of the United States has specified in Federal documents that “abnormal sleep deprivation” is defined as “mental torture”, and that it is prohibited “UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES” (see the Senate Congressional Record of July 6, 2004, page 14443, Sec. 1057, (a) (7) ); and
Whereas the Congress of the United States has specified in Federal regulations that “Inhumane treatment is a serious and punishable violation under international law”..and the “following acts are prohibited: murder, torture…and all cruel and degrading treatment”…and “All persons will be respected as human beings. They will be protected against all acts of violence to include…insults… and reprisals of any kind…” (see the Senate Congressional Record of July 6, 2004, page 14443, Sec. 1057, (a) (6) ); and
Whereas the actions taken by the postal police on Dec. 11, 12, 15, and 16 between the hours of approximately 3:30 am, and approximately 5:30 am, in the dark, at the downtown Berkeley Post Office constitute “abnormal sleep deprivation”, which Federal documents define as “mental torture” that is prohibited “UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES” —
Therefore the Postal Police and the U.S.P.S. are hereby notified to IMMEDIATELY CEASE AND DESIST FROM CAUSING ANY FURTHER SLEEP DEPRIVATION, WHATSOEVER.