Action Council Events — October 27 to November 8

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Websites:

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OccupySF: http://occupysf.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS

October 27th – October 31st

October 27 – 31 –  Monday thru Friday: City College of San Francisco –  ACCJC ON TRIAL – 10:00am–12Noon / 1:30pm-4:00pm

California State Superior Court
Judge Curtis Karnow
400 McAllister St at Polk

Court times:

10am-12pm

1:30pm-4pm

Come to the long awaited trial in the lawsuit filed by SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera
against the ACCJC. Read highlights of the long legal fight.

You can help: join us in the courtroom to let Judge Curtis Karnow that San Francisco supports CCSF. Please RSVP on Facebook

Info / RSVP” https://www.facebook.com/events/1492362847692578

O 27, Monday 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum Presents: ADDRESSING THE HOUSING CRISIS HEAD-ON: Prop G & CARES Campaigns                                     Attack Roots of SF Housing Woes

Global Exchange
2017 Mission St. (nr. 16th ST BART)
SF

Most of us have heard the  statistics: Ellis Act evictions up 170% in the last three years; 10,000 San Francisco tenants have been displaced by the Ellis Act since 1997,  many people who’ve been evicted, often long time residents, with low incomes so they can’t afford to stay in SF and must leave their community behind. We also know how the tech boom has brought a wave of young, single people with high salaries to the city which has resulted in huge hikes in rents and house prices making housing unaffordable to people with low or even average incomes.

With the tech boom, Real Estate companies and speculators have been making a killing with their investments in housing, often seeing at least a 25% return on their investment in a year. Much of the current crisis has been fueled by these large speculators who don’t live in the city, don’t intend to live in the buildings they buy and don’t even want to be landlords – their interest is purely profit

Efforts to reform the Ellis Act by State Sen. Mark Leno were defeated by Real Estate-funded Republicans. This coming election on Nov. 4, Prop G is on target to become the first significant legislation to address real estate speculation head-on.

Proposition G would levy a hefty tax on real estate speculators in San Francisco if they buy and then flip a mutli-unit building in less than 5 years. So Prop G would act as a significant disincentive for speculators to buy buildings, evict tenants and then resell them for huge profits. It’s supported by most progressive and moderate politicians such as Mark Leno, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, John Avalos, Jane Kim and by groups like the SF Democratic Party, the SF Tenants Union, the Harvey Milk Democratic Club and many more.

Real estate agents who profit handsomely by selling our homes from under us aren’t going to let this huge source of wealth generation be slowed in any way and so thenational, state and local realtors associations have put well over $1.5 million into the NO ON G campaign, providing them with ten times the budget of YES ON Gwhich is mostly grass roots. They also know that this prop could be a trend-setter for other parts of the country.

Presenters:

Fred Sherburn-Zimmer is an organizer with Housing Rights Committee and a founder ofEviction Free SF Benito Santiago is also an Eviction Free SF member who has successfully fought the eviction of his and his neighbors from their Mission area homes. Both are active workers for the YES ON G.

Julien Ball
of ACCE will discuss the current state of the housing crisis in SF and what other measures are being proposed such at ACCE’s CARES program. This is based on the City of Richmond’s bold plan to use eminent domain to take over foreclosed upon homes from banks when they won’t re-negotiate loans to keep people in their homes

James Tracy, a long-time Bay Area activist and author will discuss the crisis and his new book on the topic Dispatches Against Displacement in which he promotes the vision of cities constructed, not just for profit, but “developed by and for the people who bring them to life and keep them running.”

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October 27 Facebook posting from Mike Zint of “First they came for the homeless”

We are going in. The occupation of the Berkeley post office starts soon we need a little help and a lot of love. Please share and if you can help please contact me. Thank you.

We are going to need to do some fund raising for this occupation. We are short on crucial media gear and cameras. The Cops ain’t going to be nice to us and this gear will help to keep us safe. Additional info will be posted as this devolops.

If you can help, please contact me here on facebook or email me at mzint02@gmail.com. Please share.

“Your Call: Is it possible for a Super PAC to get money out of politics?” by Malihe Razazan

Guests:

Lawrence Lessig, professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and co-founder of Mayday PAC

Link to the audio:  http://kalw.org/post/your-call-it-possible-super-pac-get-money-out-politics

Web Resources:

https://mayday.us/

Vox: 3 ways this election could transform money in politics

Vox: Why campaign finance reformers are pouring millions into South Dakota’s Senate race

Bay New 9: Woman, 81, walking cross-country for campaign finance reform

Harvard Political Review: Campaign Finance after Citizens United

March & rally at the Port of Oakland, Sunday, October 26

OccupySF Action Council Meeting is CANCELLED for

Sunday, October 26th

 Block the Boat

 March & Rally at the Port of Oakland

 SUNDAY, October 26th!

           3:00pm

Meet at West Oakland BART

1451 – 7th Street

Oakland, CA

Note: There will NOT be a boat to block on Sunday – info below

Info below from Block the Boat for Palestine; FB:https://www.facebook.com/events/1447374682195857/?ref=22

Zim is on the run, but we are tracking the ship closely!

Based on our calculations, the Zim Beijing cannot make it this weekend, but it could change course and arrive this week. Let’s show Zim what they can expect if they try to come back.

Meet at West Oakland BART at 3pm to march and rally at the Port of Oakland. It is important we are ALL OUT on Sunday to show our strength and to remind Zim that Israeli cargo is not welcome on the West coast!

Text ‘join’ to (510) 346-5951 for important updates. Follow ‪#‎blocktheboat and @BlocktheBoat.

Block The Boat for Palestine!

Occupy Forum presents . . . “Prop G and CARES campaigns attack roots of San Francisco’s housing woes” on Monday, October 27


Monday, October 27th from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street near the 16th Street BART station
 
Information, discussion & community! MondayNight Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
 Occupy Forum presents…
ADDRESSING THE HOUSING
CRISIS HEAD-ON:
 
Prop G and CARES campaigns
  attack roots of San Francisco’s housing woes

Most of us have heard the grim statistics: Ellis Act evictions up 170% in the last three years; 10,000 San Francisco tenants have been displaced by the Ellis Act since 1997, and most of us know many people who’ve been evicted, often long time residents, and with low incomes so they can’t afford to stay in SF and must leave their community behind. And we also know how the tech boom has brought a wave of young, single people with high salaries to the city which has resulted in huge hikes in rents and house prices making housing unaffordable to people with low or even average incomes.

And while the tech companies take in astronomical profits every month, they aren’t the only ones raking in the dough. Real Estate companies and speculators have been making a killing with their investments in housing, often seeing at least a 25% return on their investment in a year. Much of the current crisis has been fueled by these large speculators who don’t live in the city, don’t intend to live in the buildings they buy and don’t even want to be landlords – their interest is purely profit. But when their financial speculation includes our homes, that’s when we need to say enough is enough.

While there have been several attempts to address this crisis, they have mostly been dealing with small symptoms of the overall problem such as making in-law units rent-controlled. And neo-liberal politicians have approved every development they could in hopes that more expensive condos would somehow dilute the market but this has been a complete failure. Efforts to reform the Ellis Act by State Sen. Mark Leno were defeated by Real Estate funded Republicans. However, this coming election on Nov. 4, Prop G is on target to become the first significant legislation to address real estate speculation head-on.

Proposition G would levy a hefty tax on real estate speculators in San Francisco if they buy and then flip a mutli-unit building in less than 5 years. If they sell within a year, they’d be hit with a 24% tax – if they sell withing two years the tax would decrease and so on for five years. So Prop g would act as a significant disincentive for speculators to buy buildings, evict tenants and then resell them for huge profits. It’s supported by most progressive and moderate politicians such as Mark Leno, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, John Avalos, Jane Kim and by groups like the SF Democratic Party, the SF Tenants Union, the Harvey Milk Democratic Club and many more.

But of course the real estate agents who profit so handsomely by selling our homes from under us aren’t going to let this huge source of wealth generation be slowed in any way and so the national, state and local realtors associations have put well over $1.5 million into the No on G campaign providing them with 10 times the budget of Yes on G which is mostly grass roots. They also know that this prop could be a trend-setter for other parts of the country which are also experiencing speculation-fueled increases in housing costs. So we need all hands on deck to get this legislation passed and to cool the artificial boom in SF real estate.

Fred Sherburn-Zimmer is an organizer with Housing Rights Committee and a founder of Eviction Free SF. Benito Santiago is also an Eviction Free SF member who has successfully fought the eviction of he and his neighbours from their Mission area homes. Both are active workers for the YES ON G campaign and they will explain in more detail what the Proposition is and how it will significantly help reduce evictions and slow increases in rents and house prices.

Then Julien Ball of ACCE will discuss the current state of the housing crisis in SF and what other measures are being proposed such at ACCE’s CARES program. This is based on the City of Richmond’s bold plan to use eminent domain to take over foreclosed upon homes from banks when they won’t re-negotiate loans to keep people in their homes. ACCE is hoping to get San Francisco to join Richmond and adopt CARES to help the thousands of people whose homes are currently or may enter foreclosure here. ACCE Action is part of Families for an Affordable San Francisco, a community labor coalition that’s been campaigning for Yes on J (increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour); Yes on G; and David Campos for State Assembly.

James Tracy, a long-time Bay Area activist and author will discuss the crisis and his new book on the topic “Dispatches Against Displacement” in which he promotes the vision of cities constructed, not just for profit, but “developed by and for the people who bring them to life and keep them running.”

 
Announcements will follow.
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