Action Council Events — April 16 to April 25

Note: this Sunday is also the Cherry Blossom Fest. Parade – the parade should have already left Civic Center by the time we meet – be prepared for possible traffic – WE ARE STILL MEETING! 

Everyone is welcome to help plan for creative actions around the U.S. Conference of Mayors – we can make a difference!!

Occupy SF

~ ACTION COUNCIL ~

Next Meeting

Sunday, April 19, 2015

2:00pm – 4:00pm 

UNITE / HERE (Local 2)

215 Golden Gate Ave

(Nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

Websites:

OccupySF Action Council: http://occupyactionsf.org

OccupySF: http://occupysf.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, April 16

A 16, Thursday, 11:00am, Opening of New Police Headquarters in San Francisco

1245 – 3rd St. @ Mission Rock
SF

Bring your signs and chalk!

A good place to show up en masse with signs, silent protest, or note…
Justice for Alex Nieto,
Matt Hoffman
Hamilcar Perez-Lopez,
Alice Angel brown,
Hey Hey,
Ho Ho,
Hey Hey,
how many lives did you steal today ?
http://sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1868

Info from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116337228453342/820368851383506/?notif_t=group_activit

A 16, Thursday 12 Noon SF Protest Conard House Management – Stop Terrorizing and Illegally Evicting Tenants & Whistleblowers…

1385 Mission St / 10th St.
SF

SF Protest Conard House Management; Stop Terrorizing and Illegally Evicting Tenants and Whistleblowers; Stop Illegal Fabricated Evictions, Privatization in SF & Speak Out For Justice!

Briefly – The Conard Housing Cooperative Management history:

-         Retaliating against tenants who are whistleblowers about systemic problems
–         Evicting tenants
–         Framing tenants and making them homeless
–         No city or State oversight over whether Conard management staff are properly managing the facility.

Sponsored: United Public Workers for Action

Info: 415-282-1908

A 16, Thursday, 4:00pm, Eviction-Free Zone Community Launch: Press Conference, Action and Mass Outreach Day

24th & Bryant St.
SF

The first two months of this year alone saw as many as 50 eviction filings in the Mission, which has already been decimated by this housing crisis. So we’re taking back our neighborhood! Come out for the kick-off event to the Eviction-Free Zone in the heart of the Mission.

We’ll be holding a press conference, then marching to two buildings where at-risk long-term tenants are fighting to get their buildings bought by community non-profits to make them permanently affordable. Then we’ll be going door-to-door and business to business to do mass outreach in the neighborhood.

Come out to take back the Mission. NO ONE GETS PUSHED OUT!

When: Thursday, April 16, 4 PM
Where: 24th & Bryant (southeast corner)

For more info call 415-335-7033 or email sfacce@calorganize.org

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/881545315222339/

A 16, Thursday, 6:00pm, Monthly Community Vision Meeting

St. John’s Episcopal Church
1661 15th Street at Julian (entrance on Julian)

SF

Food and childcare provided.

Starting in April, our monthly meetings at St. John’s Church will become focused primarily on the community process to create a vision and plan for development at 16th and Mission that truly serves the needs of the existing community.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/Plaza16Coalition?fref=nf

A 16, Thursday, 7:00pm, MISSION TAKES CITY HALL –  Planning meeting

Redstone Building, Room 302
2940 16th Street at Capp

Plaza 16 is joining with Our Mission No Eviction, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, ACCE and many other groups and residents from across the Mission District and the City, to plan a major event and action on Friday, May 8. We will need everyone’s help to make this event a big success. Bring your ideas to our next meeting this Thursday.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/Plaza16Coalition?fref=nf

A 16, Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm,State of the City Forum, 2015: Community safety, policing and gentrification

Modern Times Bookstore
2919 – 24th Street
SF

Our monthly panel on gentrification issues focuses on matters of community safety and other concerns related to policing in the Mission district and gentrification citywide.
Panelists to be announced soon.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/350594741805993/

Friday, April 17

A 17, Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Round Table Discussion  Re-Visions: Black and Brown Resisting State Violence – Commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day

Uptown Body and Fender
401 26th St,
Oakland, California 94612

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Art Forces,
Eastside Arts Alliance and Critical Resistance present:
ReVisions:
Black and Brown Resisting State Violence
Commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day
Round table discussion and art exhibit on April 17th, Palestinian Prisoners Day.

6pm Open Gallery and Screenprinting
7pm Round Table Discussion

Speakers:
Rachel Herzing
Liz Derias, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Sagnicthe Salazar, Xicana Moratorium
Rabab Abdulhadi, AMED, Ethnic Studies, SFSU
Kiwi Illafonte, Mass Bass, San Quentin ROOTS program
Akubundu Amazu-Lott, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, SJSU
Moderated by: Maisha Quint, East Side Arts Alliance

The ReVisions art exhibit and round table discussion draws connections between community struggles and cultures of resistance to challenge state violence, policing and prisons.

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/353004408233554/

A 17, Friday, 6:30 pm, Sensible Cinema “Last Call To The Oasis” (film)

UU Center
1187 Franklin St (@ Geary Blvd.)
SF

Fresh water, the world’s most precious resource is the subject of this documentary bringing awareness and perspective to earth’s sustainability and our precarious future as a civilization.  From California to around the world, we explore the earth’s dependence on water and debunk myths along the way.

Jessica Yu directed and wrote the film and it features Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti, Erin Brockovich, and others in a global look at various water issues, contaminants, and Climate Change.

We’ll feature at least one speaker on our water issues and discussion afterwards.

Popcorn and other refreshments will also be available.

Free Admission donations appreciated).  For more information please contact:

Melvin Starks (415-539-6284) or Larry Danos (415-722-6480)

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Berkeley Post Office: Good news for Berkeley but Postal Service evades judicial review

Attorneys left to right: Tony Rossmann (pro bono for the City of Berkeley), Zach Cowan (Berkeley City Attorney), Brian Turner (National Trust for Historic Preservation). Not pictured: Roger Moore (pro bono for the City of Berkeley).

Federal Judge Dismisses Law Suit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Judge William Alsup dismissed as “moot without prejudice to the filing of a new lawsuit when plaintiffs have suffered a cognizable injury” two cases from the City of Berkeley and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Both legal actions asserted that the U.S. Postal Service has failed to comply with environmental and historic preservation laws while attempting to sell the Main Berkeley Post Office.

The Berkeley City Attorney’s office issued this statement:
While the cases were dismissed, the result of Judge Alsup’s order is actually quite favorable to the plaintiffs, because in order to render the cases moot, the USPS had to formally rescind its decision to relocate the post office from 2000 Allston Way.  The decision to relocate was the USPS’s first step in moving towards a sale. As a result, the USPS is back at square one, and there is no longer any decision to relocate postal services out of the Main Post Office at 2000 Allston Way.

Because the cases were dismissed as moot, the Judge did not rule on the merits, so all of our arguments about noncompliance with NEPA and NHPA remain intact and viable, and can be asserted if and when the USPS tries to sell the building again.  Judge Alsup also included in his order a provision that will prevent the USPS from selling the building without giving the City and the National Trust the opportunity to assert these challenges again:

  • The [USPS] must provide plaintiffs with written notice at least 42 calendar days in advance of the closing of any future sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office or any final determination to relocate retail post office services. 
In a nutshell, Judge Alsup has effectively granted the City and National Trust the relief we requested by requiring USPS to make a binding commitment that its decisions to relocate and sell the post office have been rescinded.

All in all, while it is disappointing not to be able to litigate the NEPA and NHPA issues to a final judgment, the litigation has accomplished its primary goal of keeping the post office at 2000 Allston Way.

Limited Victory:
Judge Alsup’s ruling protects Berkeley’s downtown post office from a secret sale.  Attorneys Tony Rossmann, pro bono attorney for the city of Berkeley, and Brian Turner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, did some great work pushing back against the U.S. Postal Service and developing the legal arguments to fight the Postal Service’s violations of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

But there’s no resolution to the issues. Had the case been heard on its merits, the federal courts would have spoken on whether the Postal Service must comply with historic preservation and environmental laws across the country.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that will prevent the U.S. Postal Service from closing or selling any historic post office without the approval of Congress. With Lee’s bill and the documented failings of the Postal Service, we will continue to push the administrators of the U.S. Postal Service to hold up their responsibility to safeguard America’s historic post offices.

Chronology and links to recent documents

On March 26, 2015, Judge Alsup heard arguments in his courtroom at 450 Golden Gate in San Francisco on whether to dismiss the suits as moot.  At that time, Judge Alsup questioned the Postal Service about rescinding its administrative decision “Final Determination on Relocation” to relocate/ sell Berkeley’s Main Post Office. Judge Alsup indicated that it was likely his decision would be influenced by whether or not the “Final Determination” was still in effect.

The Postal Service responded on April 2, 2015 , asserting that there was “no formal procedure for withdrawal of the 2013 Final Determination” on relocation. However, the Postal Service had indicated “that it would explore potential sales transactions that would include a lease-back provision, thereby allowing the Postal Service to lease a portion of the Berkeley Main Post Office for continued retail services.” As evidence that the Postal Service no longer intends to “relocate” the defendants offered the Court declarations from USPS real estate specialists Diana Alvarado and Joseph Lowe.

The City of Berkeley counter-responded on April 3, 2015. The Berkeley filing described the USPS response as “Lacking an authentic rescission, they provide a convoluted mirage designed to approximate one, which leaves in place the key decisions on which they relied to support sale of the property. It falls short in consistency, logic and law.”

On April 14, Judge Alsup issued an “Order Dismissing the Case as Moot” and a“Judgment” .  In dismissing the case as moot, Judge Alsup stated that “if the USPS enters into a sale agreement for the property, and if plaintiffs contend that future agreement violates NEPA and the NHPA, then that case would not evade review.”

For a full list of documents please go to our website .

Support Grows for Postal Banking!

Richmond City Council urges Postal Service to “implement without delay” financial services

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA: On Tuesday night, April 7, 2015, the Richmond, California, City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution urging that the USPS Board of Governors “implement without delay the recommendations of the USPS Inspector General to provide financial services for the underserved.”

Read the text of the Richmond, California resolution.

Fight for $15: Fast-Food Workers Stage Day of Action in Historic Mobilization of Low-Wage Labor (via democracynow.org)

Protests are being held across the country today in what organizers call the “largest-ever mobilization of underpaid workers.” Fast-food workers in 230 cities are walking off the job as part of the “Fight for $15″ campaign, a push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union. Hundreds of workers in Boston held their action one day early in deference to today’s anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. We hear from some of the workers who kicked off the day of protest this morning at a McDonald’s in New York City.