Action Council Events — April 7 to April 15

Monday, April 7

April 7, Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm – OccupyForum Presents: Save the Albany Bulb! Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!!!

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

Save the Bulb Panel

You want to see the future hike up the middle trail for 5min on the right by the solitary tree is the future STATE PARK construction
they destroyed all the birds nests I know because I use to watch those great black and yellow orioles in the trees) animaal
habitats art bushes and trees what they left was barren ground seeded with grass and signs saying Don’t walk on the grass. they want to destroy the rest of the 30 acres of the most public and awed park around.

Make no mistake the state does not have to do any thing that Albany suggests when the East bay regional park took over the flat lands all
the mudflats art were destroyed “we didn’t have the man power to keep up the art” they whined
all art people birds trees bushes will be ploughed uider and 4 inchs of mulch spread with grass seeds for the future sierra club and Albany
city planed state park of pristine back to nature state park and in 15 years after the state park system goes broke since there not taxing
the rich.

They will sell it to themselves like the Berkeley Post Office and build condos. The Workers and students of the area will be hurt greatly if
the capitalist 1% and apologists get their way.

ALBANY BULB COMUNITY DEFENDED BY GG AGAINST CAPITALIST CITY COUNCIL

GO TO sharethebulb.org

Tuesday, April 8

April 8, Tuesday, 9:00 am – California Senate Natural Resources Cmte. – First Legislative Hearing about Fracking Moratorium Bill SB 1132

California State Capitol – Rm 112
1315 – 10th Street
Sacramento

We are planning to pack the hearing room with supporters.

What: Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing on the fracking moratorium bill

Feel free to post questions on the event page! See you in Sacramento!
Questions or comments can also be sent directly to Mike Thornton at: michael.thornton@sierraclub.org

From: Sierra Club: https://www.facebook.com/events/609174112497789/

April 8, Tuesday, 12:00 Noon – 2:00pm – Opening Day Action at AT&T Ballpark!

AT & T Park
SF

Join us Opening Day outside the SF Giants’ AT&T Park as Centerplate concessions workers continue their fight for a fair contract!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/605342142894133/

April 8, Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:00pm – Hillary Rodham Clinton Keynote Address | SF

**just heard about this from Maria – don’t know if it’s too late for someone to organize something? It’s a marketing summit – ??

Cost: FREE* Registration required

Moscone Center
747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

Market to Marketing Nation Summit 2014 is an engaging experience to grow your expertise and network over two and a half days happening at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

http://sf.funcheap.com/keynote-hillary-rodham-clinton/

April 8, Tuesday 7:00pm – 9:00 pm “All On The Same Ocean” Hong Kong Dock Workers Visit San Francisco

Striking Hong Kong Dockworkers Speak on Globalization, Subcontracting and International Solidarity

Unite-Here Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

In the spring of 2013, a 40 day strike by 500 dockworkers at the Hong Kong Port aroused massive support in Hong Kong society and throughout the world. The target was one of the world’s richest and most powerful men – oligarch Li Kai-shing. The Hong Kong dockworkers, suffering years of frozen wages and inhumane conditions, divided by a subcontracting system meant to deflect labor unity, with no legal access to collective bargaining, in heart of the global capital’s leading city… struggled and prevailed, giving us a clear view of the power of workers against not merely one boss, but a system that is generating inequality everywhere it spreads. Their tenacity, militancy and ultimate victory provides a moment of inspiration for citizens and workers universally.

Speakers:

Stephan Chan is a rank & file dockworker, employed as a sub-contracted checker in the Kwai Tung terminal. He helped to organize the Union of Hong Kong Dockers (UHKD) in 2005 and served as its first chairperson. He remains one of the core leaders of the union and played a vital role during the April 2013 strike.

Loy Wong is an organizing secretary of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), with more than 12 years of experience in the trade union. He leads the organizing and support work for unions in the transportation and logistics sector, including the Union of Hong Kong Dockworkers.

The San Francisco Event is endorsed by: Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, ILWU Local 10, ILWU Local 34, SF Labor Council, SF Progressive Workers Alliance, Chinese Progressive Association, SF Jobs with Justice, Inlandboatmen’s Union SF Region-ILWU, UNITE HERE Local 2, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Labor Notes, Empire-Logistics/Supply Chain Group

https://www.facebook.com/events/1419890714927832/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Wednesday, April 9

April 9, Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm – CODEPINK’s PEACE VIGIL

Market Street on steps below Feinstein’s Office
Market & Montgomery Street
S.F.

You are invited to join us from 5:30 – 6:30pm this evening, April 9th for CODEPINK’s weekly Peace Vigil.
We’ll be on Market Street on the steps below Feinstein’s office at Montgomery and Market,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station. RAIN CANCELS

Feel free to bring your own signage, flyers, items for the altar to child drone victims, ideas for future vigils …

FLY KITES, NOT DRONES!
Stand with us and the huge PEACE Banner! Everyone welcome!

Thursday, April 10

April 10, Thursday – 2 Bay Area Events – “SHUT DOWN THE SPY CENTERS” National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers

First event – Press Conference at NCRIC Fusion Center in San Francisco

11:00am –
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Second event – Oakland Press Conference / Rally at City Hall

6:00pm –
Oakland City Hall
14th & Broadway
Oakland, CA

April 10th is the National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Protests, rallies, and teach-ins will take place in cities all over the country to draw attention to the spy centers in our midst. Fusion Centers facilitate the gathering, storing, and sharing of intelligence data that bares our lives and violate our basic human rights to privacy and civil liberties. There are an estimated 85 fusion centers all over the United States.

Info: http://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/april-10-fusion-center/

Friday, April 11

April 11, Friday, 3:00pm – Monthly Anti- Nuke Rally at the Japanese Consulate

Japan Consulate
275 Battery St, Suite 2100
SF

No Nukes Action Committee monthly anti-nukes rally at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. New location with narrower pedestrian road! Please wear something yellow, and your own banner. There will be a report back by a Peace walker against Nukes who walked to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant for the Third Anniversary of Fukushima.

Sponsor: No Nukes Action Committee

Info: chizuhamada@gmail.com

April 11, Friday, 5:00 pm “Keep Our Teachers: March to End the Displacement of San Francisco’s Educators!”

Meet at Corner of Dolores & 20th Streets
March Ends at 151 Duboce
SF

Join Eviction Free San Francisco and allied housing rights activists to march to KEEP OUR TEACHERS! We will march to the homes of 4 teachers who are currently facing eviction in the Mission/ Dolores area and demand that their evictions, and the evictions of all of our educators, be rescinded.

Where:
Meet at the corner of 20th and Dolores St. and march to the homes of teachers in the area (see below), ending at 151 Duboce St.

Where we are marching and who we are marching for:
-812 Guerrero St.- Claudia and Evan, two local teachers who are being Ellis Act Evicted.
-Mission High School- to show solidarity for teachers and students who are facing eviction.
-55 Dolores St.- Sarah, a teacher, and her friend Mary, who will turn 98 are being Ellis Act Evicted by Urban Green
-49 Guerrero- Mervyn, is also being evicted by Urban Green
-151 Duboce St.- Benito, a special ed teacher, is being Ellis Act Evicted.

As more and more of our city gets bought up by greedy speculators and sold for a profit, we lose the important educators who are so fundamental in keeping our community functional and whole. San Francisco is no longer affordable for a teacher’s income and those who live here, face eviction. What will happen when we lose our teachers? Lets fight to for our city!

This is a family friendly march, we encourage students, teachers and all those effected by the lose of teachers to come show your solidarity and support! See schedule /timeline below

https://www.facebook.com/events/211731799036588/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

April 11, Friday 7:00pm and A 12 Saturday 4:00pm – Emergency Actions to Stop the War on Women

Friday- 7:00pm

Women’s Building (Auditorium)
3543 18th Street
SF

April 11th 7:00pm – Spotlight on the Abortion Rights Emergency: Hold programs on/in campuses, communities, religious congregations, and theaters bringing alive: women’s abortion stories – before Roe and today, the struggles of those who risk their lives to provide abortions, and the full anti-woman program driving this war.

Saturday – 4:00pm

Meet at Washington Square Park
SF

April 12th 4:00pm – Bloody Coat-Hanger Street Actions: Assemble at institutions behind this war (anti-abortion churches, Pregnancy Crisis Centers, etc.). People wearing all white will raise coat hangers dripping in blood, representing the women who die when abortion is unavailable.

Others in all black will hold pictures, names and statistics of the women who have died already.

Everyone will wear shackles. After one hour of silent protest, people will break the shackles and recite a pledge to resist and call on others to join in mass resistance to defeat this war.

When abortion is illegal or unavailable, women die. An estimated 5,000+ women died each year in the U.S. before abortion was legal and 47,000 die worldwide each year currently from unsafe and illegal abortions. Further, when abortion is not available, millions more women have their lives foreclosed as they are forced to bear children against their will and all women are devalued and subjugated.

Yet today, abortion rights in the U.S. hang by a thread.

In the last three years, 203 restrictions on abortion rights have been passed. Last year Texas had over forty clinics that provided abortions, by September there will be only six left. Five states have only one abortion clinic. On March 3rd, an abortion clinic in Montana was closed indefinitely after severe vandalism. Everywhere, a tremendous stigma hangs over women who get abortions.

The fight over abortion has never been about babies. It has always been about control over women. Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement.

Contact us today: StopPatriarchy.org

StopPatriarchyBayArea@gmail.com

Saturday, April 12

April 12, Saturday, 9:00am – 6:30pm – “Connect the Dots: Refinery Corridor Healing Walks – #1 Pittsburg to Martinez

Pittsburg Marina
51-E Marina Blvd
Pittsburg, CA

Join Idle No More SF Bay, Global Community Monitor, the Pittsburg Defense Council, the Martinez Environmental Group and the Sunflower Alliance for the first of 4 Healing Walks in the refinery corridor of the northeast San Francisco Bay. We are all being affected by the fossil fuel industry. Meet your Bay Area neighbors who are also being affected. Walk solo, in teams or in relay groups. Let us join together & educate one another. Pray for Mother Earth and the waters with each step. It is up to us to protect the future for the coming generations!

Join us for one walk or all four between April and July, 2014. Rallies will be conducted at the beginning and end of each journey.

Walk solo, in a group, or relay the walk with your friends. The first walk is about 15 miles. Water will be provided, please bring snacks.

If possible, please make your own arrangements to get back to the starting point if your transportation is there. A shuttle will be available but it will take time to go back and forth.

Taking BART? Email us at: refineryhealingwalks@gmail.com
for pick up at 8:30 a.m.

Please keep checking our website for exciting details including the walk routes, speakers & logistics, as well as how you can help: www.ConnectTheDotsHealingJourneys.org

Questions? Email: refineryhealingwalks@gmail.com
Phone (510) 619-8279

Monday, April 14

April 14, Monday (Various times depending on location!) BART STATIONS: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST MILITARY SPENDING

Press Conference – 11:00 am – Oakland Federal Building (nr. 12th Street BART)

Action consist of passing out fliers. Fliers available this week – for email / phone of contact for specific BART station contact – afong@jps.net

Tuesday, April 15

April 15, Tuesday, 5:30 pm – A Tax Day For Justice: Call-In/Fax-in to Dirty Dozen’s Kaushik Dattani, Followed by Evening Picket

2:00 pm- Leafleting

3232 – 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

5:00 pm Closing Picket

3222 – 22nd Street
SF

Join Eviction Free San Francisco and the tenants’ justice movement in protest of one of San Francisco’s biggest serial evictors!

Kaushik “Kenny” Dattani’s greedy ways have earned him the notoriety of becoming of part of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Projects Dirty Dozen: http://antievictionmap.squarespace.com/dirty-dozen/. In his career as a landlord, he has ruthlessly evicted 25 of his units, and now he is after the home of long-term Mission residents Tom and Patricia!

Let’s help keep our friends in their home by turning up the heat on Dattani. How are we going to do this? Hint: part of Dattani’s services is accounting. We thought that Tax Day, April 15, would be a great opportunity to encourage this landlord to do the right thing by backing off the eviction of Tom and Patricia.

Call, E-mail, or FAX Dattani the following:

“”Hi, my name is______ and I am asking you today, Tax Day, to cease the eviction of your tenants at 3305 20th Street. I am aware that Tom and Patricia have been loyal, responsible, rent paying tenants, and that Patricia is living off of disability income and may not be easily rehoused. This is not right. Please, have a heart, and consider the people that will be hurt by this eviction if it continues to happen.”

Contacts are:
Phone: 415-546-1238
Fax: 415-546-1421
Email info@dattani.net

Info / RSVP to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1460092177556941/

SAVE the DATES:

Saturday April 19 – 11:30am -1:30 pm San Francisco Action Parade and Rally (from 350.org)

Spring Forward on the Climate: Earth Day with Bill McKibben

Join us in a march for Climate Justice and the Earth on April 19. Starting from (Chelsea Manning Plaza!) Justin Herman Plaza and ending at the UN Plaza, a rally with speakers will follow at 1pm. Note: Earth Day Festival will be going on at Civic Center & UN Plaza from 10am-6pm

Info: http://www.350bayarea.org/earthday-sf?utm_campaign=140403fullevent&utm_medium=email&utm_source=350bayarea

Saturday, April 26 – 11 am at MLK Jr. Park in the Bayview: more to come on the People’s Earth Day and Environmental Justice Walk Against Cancer and Pollution (more info soon)

April 24 – April 30 National Week of Actions for wages and defend worker centers from attack.

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE ACTIONS

Friday, April 18: Good Friday with Kathy Kelly
3:00-5:00 PM
Main (Schneider) Gate, North Beale Road

Monday & Tuesday, April 28-29: Veterans Unite Against Drones
sponsored by Sacramento Veterans for Peace
contact Barry Binks, bbinks@me.com

Misc: Causa Justa :: Just Cause Bay Area Gentrification Report Release will be on April 7th – Event is sold out but the report will be available after April 8th.

Editorial: “CCSF 2014 vs. SF State Strike 1968″ by Bob of Occupy

Why did the 1968 SF State Strike succeed, grabbing the attention of the entire nation (and that is no exaggeration) and yet City College of San Francisco in 2014 still barely elicits local attention, much more any notable victories that have prevented the taking over of our Commons by the privateers of profit over the priorities of basic human values. For to this date after almost two years of struggle, there exists a Net Loss in terms of the original mission statement of CCSF to serve the interest of All the residents of San Francisco.

The corporate marauders of Our College through their bought and paid for traitorous apparatchiks have eviscerated, if no other thing else mattered, the enrollment population of CCSF and thus crippled, blew off the legs of and mutilated the life of what was once the exemplary mother ship of city colleges throughout California. What’s left is just guerrilla warfare as they will return and slice away with their profit seeking, blood soaked blades whatever is left for their taking.

But one thing I learned as a recently discharged Marine infantryman who found himself on the campus of SF State in 1968, where my political education was to have begun, was that a third world army of dedicated men and women fighting for their existence were capable of defeating the most horrendously and monstrously created dominant military force ever unleashed upon a diminutive nation of people. January 30, 1968, the Vietnamese Army shocked the US military and its allies with the Tet Offensive, a massive surprise attack that was the beginning of the end for this nation’s incursion upon a land that was not ours, upon a people who lost almost three million lives in the “American War”. To this day, I cannot understand how they could ever have forgiven us for such brutal annihilation of their land and families for what? For what?

And to find out in 2005 through the Freedom of Information Act that the “American War” was started under false pretenses. American ships in the Gulf of Tonkin were never fired upon by torpedoes. An inexperienced navy tech misread the sonic waves on his screen, no officers doubled check, and President Johnson, itching for a fight ran with unverified intelligence. And 58,000 of my fellow Americans died for a lie. Almost forty years later another president would take us to war, this time in Afghanistan and Iraq based again on a pack of lies.

But SF State became the battlefield for another war, a domestic war, one in which the demands were for full participation of all the members of American society in having to begin with, a Black Studies Department set up by the college. From that was gained Gender Studies, Latino-American Studies, Asian-American Studies, Labor Studies, etc.

City College of San Francisco also began its war against the privatization of its Commons as we were engaged in war once again, only in this case, this nation was engaged in at least five to seven wars_Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya…………

Why was the intensity of 1968 absent from the equation at City College, in the Fall of 2012? Why had the Students arriving on Opening Day at City College been met by only members of the Occupy movement, Codepink, the Grey Panthers, and a very small contingent at the time of Student Activists bannering and passing out flyers explaining what was coming down for their college? It took three months for the Faculty to get in gear and start a Coalition to fight back. Two teachers, a chemistry teacher, Bob Price, and a political science teacher, Rick Baum, called their colleagues forth to confront what was happening.

And from my perspective, the Teachers’ Union chose, for at least a year, to work in relative eerie silence, rather than using that valuable time to motivate and mobilize their constituencies. The Coalition to Fight Back and the Students with comrades like Shannel, Mihael, Eric, and others were being characterized as unruly radicals by those within the “establishment” of faculty members who tossed pebbles at them from their pristine academic alabaster pedestals. Many of these, later when a vote was to take place to decrease their salaries by 4%, didn’t even show up at the polls. What vacuum of unconsciousness did these “educators” secrete themselves from?

For in 1968 at SF State, I witnessed bloody battles of baton slamming by cops on students’ heads and police horses mowing down demonstrators. Yes, there was blood and there were photographs of bloody scenes in all of our newspapers at the time. What transpired at Conlan Hall a couple of weeks back was a daily experience at SF State and a much more violent one. And a certain sense of what college teachers gained out of that war in terms of democratic participation in the carrying out of their professions came from that battlefield and others throughout the nation at the time.

So why have they been so removed consciously and physically from this battle on their campus from the Reality of the Stealing of their Academic Futures, and the Futures of their Students, and in fact been so complicit in enabling the ongoing process of diluting the Public aspect of Public Education by not lifting a finger of resistance but instead voting for a decrease in their salaries while administrators thereafter were given 19.25% increases in theirs?

Where’s the f___ing fight? A third world nation could defeat a dominant first world military force decisively, Students and some Faculty could force the hands of then President S.I. Hayakawa and his administration to accede to their demands, but the majority of faculty at CCSF,
whose privileged positions came at the expense of the blood of students in 1968, could not temporarily emerge from their “comfort cocoons” and engage on the campus grounds the forces that once again sought to destroy democratic process in our educational institutions?

Well maybe therein lies the answer to my question at the beginning of this investigation. No leadership or respect for past history among the indentured servants of mediocrity.

–Bob of Occupy

P.S. Be sure to silence the voice of free speech and smother the final call for democracy because some might be offended. For the killing of the messenger is a sick and gleeful dance of revelry endlessly repeated by the conviction-less and those whose souls are shocked by mirrors thrown up in front of their own faces.

And if the majority rise up in condemnation at their own public exposing, let not a single voice speak against them to silence this messenger, for this is the new American form of democracy and political correctness. MAKE NO WAVES.

Action Council Events — April 4 to April 12

Occupy SF ACTION COUNCIL

Next Meeting: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

UNITE / HERE (Local 2)
215 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco

Websites:

OccupySF Action Council:: http://occupyactionsf.org/
OccupySF: http://occupysf.org/

Friday, April 4

April 4, Friday, 11:00am “OBAMA STOP the DEPORTATIONS! JUST REFOR NOW!

END E-VERIFY & 1-9 AUDITS

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Office (outside)
1 Post Street (nr. Montgomery BART)
SF

Under Obama’s administration he is responsible for a soaring 2 million deportation!

From: Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition

Saturday, April 5

April 5, Saturday, 12 Noon – 5:00pm “Potlucks Not Gentrification” & Coordination Meeting

24th & Mission St. BART
SF

Potluck
Noon–3pm @ 24th St BART

Calling all neighbors and organizers against police violence, displacement, gentrification, and the tech industry’s takeover of the Bay Area! Yes, we are doing it again. Neighborhood potluck at the 24th St BART Plaza, this Saturday at noon.

Make new friends. Strengthen your existing ties. Let’s commune and collectively weave the social/personal fabric that can sustain us in the battle against the forces destroying our cities.

We encourage you to bring tables/literature if you want to treat the potluck as an action fair, bring art supplies if you want to make banners/posters or lead workshops, use the plaza as a home base if you have other events and actions happening nearby, bring poems to read to inspire each other, etc. Make of it what you will. And of course, plenty of delicious food to share.

Coordination Meeting
3–5pm @ ATA (992 Valencia & 21st)

How can we work and coordinate together in order to strengthen our affinities?

What actions and projects would you like to work on? What do you need from others to make them happen? What can you contribute?

What upcoming action would be made more powerful by our coordination?

This will be a focused planning session for groups and individuals to build on existing direct action communities. Please think about how your own goals, commitment, relationships, connections, and ideas can be shared with others, and bring them to the table! A potluck of ideas.
Info/RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/296018053856895/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Saturday, April 5, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Wiener Roast

Supervisor’s Wieners house
4096 – 17th Street (nr. Market / Castro)
SF

Supervisor Wiener is known for supporting gentrification of the Castro area in SF

Let’s tell Scott Wiener what we think of his homeless-bashing & liberty-bashing ways – seems like he learned nothing from our last visit – no crappy wieners this time, but plenty of roasting, bring yr rude & pointed best – we’ll provide materials for signs, chalk, etc [or feel free to bring some]

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/615449171869479/

Sunday, April 6

April 6, Sunday, 10:00am – HP Coalition Brunch Potluck / Meeting – Follow-up on Hewlett-Packard Shareholders Meeting

San Jose Peace and Justice Center
48 S 7th St #101, San Jose, CA 95112

Please bring a dish to share as we celebrate and talk about the future of the campaign.

Please RSVP to Susannah: snachenb22@gmail.com

Indicate if you need a ride or have a car.

Some things to think about before the meeting:

- CEO Meg Whitman agreed to “look into it” so we can think about ways to pressure her.
- Head of Ethical compliance office agreed to meet with our coalition
- Education about HP in our communities

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/coalitiontostophewlettpackard

Wednesday, April 9

April 9, Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm – CODEPINK’s PEACE VIGIL

Market Street on steps below Feinstein’s Office
Market & Montgomery Street
S.F.

You are invited to join us from 5:30 – 6:30pm this evening, April 9th for CODEPINK’s weekly Peace Vigil. We’ll be on Market Street on the steps below Feinstein’s office at Montgomery and Market,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station. RAIN CANCELS

Feel free to bring your own signage, flyers, items for the altar to child drone victims, ideas for future vigils …

FLY KITES, NOT DRONES!
Stand with us and the huge PEACE Banner! Everyone welcome!

Thursday, April 10

April 10, Thursday – 2 Bay Area Events – “SHUT DOWN THE SPY CENTERS” National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers

First event – Press Conference at NCRIC Fusion Center in San Francisco

11:00am –
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Second event – Oakland Press Conference / Rally at City Hall

6:00pm –
Oakland City Hall
14th & Broadway
Oakland, CA

April 10th is the National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Protests, rallies, and teach-ins will take place in cities all over the country to draw attention to the spy centers in our midst. Fusion Centers facilitate the gathering, storing, and sharing of intelligence data that bares our lives and violate our basic human rights to privacy and civil liberties. There are an estimated 85 fusion centers all over the United States.

Info: http://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/april-10-fusion-center/

Friday, April 11

April 11, Friday, 3:00pm – Monthly Anti- Nuke Rally at the Japan Consulate

Japan Consulate
275 Battery St, Suite 2100
SF

No Nukes Action Committee monthly anti-nukes rally at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. New location with narrower pedestrian road! Please wear something yellow, and your own banner. There will be a report back by a Peace walker against Nukes who walked to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant for the Third Anniversary of Fukushima.

Sponsor: No Nukes Action Committee

Info: chizuhamada@gmail.com

April 11, Friday, 5:00 pm “Keep Our Teachers: March to End the Displacement of San Francisco’s Educators!”

Meet at Corner of Dolores & 20th Streets
March Ends at 151 Duboce
SF

Join Eviction Free San Francisco and allied housing rights activists to march to KEEP OUR TEACHERS! We will march to the homes of 4 teachers who are currently facing eviction in the Mission/ Dolores area and demand that their evictions, and the evictions of all of our educators, be rescinded.

Where:
Meet at the corner of 20th and Dolores St. and march to the homes of teachers in the area (see below), ending at 151 Duboce St.

Where we are marching and who we are marching for:
-812 Guerrero St.- Claudia and Evan, two local teachers who are being Ellis Act Evicted.
-Mission High School- to show solidarity for teachers and students who are facing eviction.
-55 Dolores St.- Sarah, a teacher, and her friend Mary, who will turn 98 are being Ellis Act Evicted by Urban Green
-49 Guerrero- Mervyn, is also being evicted by Urban Green
-151 Duboce St.- Benito, a special ed teacher, is being Ellis Act Evicted.

As more and more of our city gets bought up by greedy speculators and sold for a profit, we lose the important educators who are so fundamental in keeping our community functional and whole. San Francisco is no longer affordable for a teacher’s income and those who live here, face eviction. What will happen when we lose our teachers? Lets fight to for our city!

This is a family friendly march, we encourage students, teachers and all those effected by the lose of teachers to come show your solidarity and support! See schedule /timeline below

https://www.facebook.com/events/211731799036588/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Saturday, April 12

April 12, Saturday, 9:00am – 6:30pm – “Connect the Dots: Refinery Corridor Healing Walks – #1 Pittsburg to Martinez

Pittsburg Marina
51-E Marina Blvd
Pittsburg, CA

Join Idle No More SF Bay, Global Community Monitor, the Pittsburg Defense Council, the Martinez Environmental Group and the Sunflower Alliance for the first of 4 Healing Walks in the refinery corridor of the northeast San Francisco Bay. We are all being affected by the fossil fuel industry. Meet your Bay Area neighbors who are also being affected. Walk solo, in teams or in relay groups. Let us join together & educate one another. Pray for Mother Earth and the waters with each step. It is up to us to protect the future for the coming generations!

Join us for one walk or all four between April and July, 2014. Rallies will be conducted at the beginning and end of each journey.

Walk solo, in a group, or relay the walk with your friends. The first walk is about 15 miles. Water will be provided, please bring snacks.

If possible, please make your own arrangements to get back to the starting point if your transportation is there. A shuttle will be available but it will take time to go back and forth.

Taking BART? Email us at: refineryhealingwalks@gmail.com
for pick up at 8:30 a.m.

Please keep checking our website for exciting details including the walk routes, speakers & logistics, as well as how you can help: www.ConnectTheDotsHealingJourneys.org

Questions? Email: refineryhealingwalks@gmail.com
Phone (510) 619-8279

SAVE the DATES:

Saturday April 19
– 11:30am -1:30 pm San Francisco Action Parade and Rally (from 350.org)

Spring Forward on the Climate: Earth Day with Bill McKibben

Join us in a march for Climate Justice and the Earth on April 19. Starting from (Chelsea Manning Plaza!) Justin Herman Plaza and ending at the UN Plaza, a rally with speakers will follow at 1pm. Note: Earth Day Festival will be going on at Civic Center & UN Plaza from 10am-6pm

Info: http://www.350bayarea.org/earthday-sf?utm_campaign=140403fullevent&utm_medium=email&utm_source=350bayarea

Saturday, April 26 – 11 am at MLK Jr. Park in the Bayview: more to come on the People’s Earth Day and Environmental Justice Walk Against Cancer and Pollution (more info soon)

April 24 – April 30 National Week of Actions for wages and defend worker centers from attack.

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE ACTIONS

Friday, April 18: Good Friday with Kathy Kelly, noted peacemaker and coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence,

3:00-5:00 PM
Main (Schneider) Gate, North Beale Road
Wheatland, CA

Monday & Tuesday, April 28-29: Veterans Unite Against Drones
sponsored by Sacramento Veterans for Peace
contact Barry Binks, bbinks@me.com

Miscellaneous:

Causa Justa :: Just Cause Bay Area Gentrification Report Release will be on April 7th – Event is sold out but the report will be available after April 8th.

Occupy Forum — Save the Albany Bulb on Monday, April 7

Monday, April 7th from 6 - 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum presents…

Save the Albany Bulb!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!!!

Save the Bulb Panel at OccupyForum

you want to see the future hike up the middle trail for 5min on
the right by  the solitary tree is the future STATE PARK construction
they destroyed all the birds nests I know because I use to play my guitar
and watch those great black and yellow orioles in the trees) animaal
habitats  art bushes and trees  what they left was barren ground
seeded with grass and signs saying Don’t walk on the grass. they want
to destroy the rest of the 30 acres of the most public and awed park
around.how many of you have taken your  out of town friends to the
Bulb Ive met hundreds of delighted tourists over the last twenty
years…
go to google image and type in the bulb
make no mistake the state does not have to do any thing that albany
suggests when the East bay regional park took over the flat lands all
the mudflats art were destroyed “we didn’t have the man power to keep up
the art” they whined
all art people birds trees bushes will be ploughed uider and 4 inchs
of mulch spread with grass seeds for the future sierra club and albany
city planed state park of pristine back to nature state park and in 15
years after the state park system goes broke since there not taxing
the the rich
they will sell it to themselves like the berkeley post
office and build condos plus dogs will be leashed or banned unless we
stop um.
which we have done since the 1st of october which was the eviction
date the Workers and students of the the area will be hurt greatly if
the capitalist 1% and appologists get their way hopefully you won’t
say “aw gee I should have done something I didn’t know” well u do
know now so join our ranks and fight the lies lies lies the masses are
the makers of history not the 1%

    ALBANY BULB COMUNITY DEFENDED BY GG AGAINST CAPITALIST CITY COUNCIL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBzPM0jxxDc

GO TO sharethebulb.org

 

Time will be allocated for Q&A and announcements.

Donations welcome, no one turned away!

 

“Wall Street’s Subsidy Safety Net” by David Dayen (April 4, 2014 via The American Prospect)

Studies by the Federal Reserve and IMF say big banks are getting better borrowing deals because of the implicit promise of government bailouts.

Financial reformers in both parties have insisted for years that the largest banks remain too big to fail, and that Dodd-Frank did not cleanse the system of this reality. You can mark down this week as the moment that this morphed into conventional wisdom. In successive reports, two of the more small-c conservative economic institutions, without any history of agitating for financial reform—the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund—both agreed that mega-banks, in America and abroad, enjoy a lower cost of borrowing than their competitors, based on the perception that governments will bail them out if they run into trouble. This advantage effectively works as a government subsidy for the largest banks, allowing them to take additional risks and threaten another economic meltdown. With institutional players like the Fed and the IMF both identifying the same problem, Wall Street grows more and more isolated, setting up the possibility of true reform.

The idea that big banks can borrow more cheaply makes intuitive sense. Say you’re an investor with the option of lending money to a big bank or a smaller one. If you know that, in the event of catastrophe, the smaller institution will get swallowed up by the FDIC without an investor payoff, while the big bank will get protected with a taxpayer bailout, of course you would feel that your money is safer with the big bank. Therefore, investors ask for higher interest rates from smaller banks, because of the greater risk of losses. This also distorts market discipline, as investors have no reason to worry about excessive risk-taking at a too-big-to-fail bank if the government will clean up the mess regardless. Even if the government insists that the era of bailouts has ended, the mere perception by investors about the safety of their funds in a too-big-to-fail bank drives borrowing costs lower.

Federal Reserve research, put out last week as part of the annual Economic Policy Review, makes the historical case for this disparity. Using a twenty-four year dataset, João Santos of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York argues that the largest banks have a cost advantage “consistent with the hypothesis that investors believe the banks are ‘too big to fail.’” Santos compared bonds of similar characteristics issued by banks of all sizes, and calculated that larger banks, on average, raise money at interest rates between 0.31 and 0.41 percent lower than their smaller counterparts.

This sounds small, but when you consider the hundreds of billions in that the average mega-bank borrows in a typical year, the amounts can add up. If you multiply that figure by the total liabilities of the top ten U.S. banks, it equals as much as $45 billion a year in subsidy, around half of the mega-banks’ annual profits (previous data put the subsidy at almost twice as much). Santos broadened the investigation by looking at the firms outside the banking sector, and found that their borrowing advantage relative to smaller competitors does not hold when comparing similar types of bonds. “These results suggest that the cost advantage… is unique to banks,” Santos writes.

The problem is that the dataset goes from 1985 to 2009, ending before passage of Dodd-Frank and its implementation. Therefore, this data alone, while confirming the existence of a consistent borrowing advantage for big banks over time, cannot answer whether Dodd-Frank fixed the problem and eliminated the subsidy. However, additional Fed research, using data through 2013, showed that the largest banks take bigger risks than their peers, suggesting that they still rely on the likelihood of government aid if they fall into crisis.

The IMF report looked at banks all over the world, and just to make things more confusing, they used the term “too important to fail” rather than the more common idiom. But they arrived at much the same conclusion as the Federal Reserve, even when analyzing data from after 2009. In fact, because we have a test case for whether governments will seek bailouts—the massive support handed to banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis—the IMF believes that the problem “has likely intensified.” Banks have grown more concentrated since 2008, and as the IMF notes, they did so by responding to the major incentives to grow: the bailout protection and the borrowing subsidy.

In general, the IMF found a much larger subsidy for banks in Europe than in the United States; judged by their estimates, European mega-banks look like complete wards of the state. However, when comparing bonds of similar types issued by U.S. banks, the borrowing advantage did show up as anywhere between $15 and $70 billion, depending on the methodology used to calculate it.

This represents a decline from the peak of the crisis, when the borrowing advantage was much higher. And the potentially smaller finding than the Federal Reserve suggests that Dodd-Frank made some difference in investor expectations, reducing the subsidy. But in all cases, the cost advantage seen in post-crisis data was larger than the advantage from before the crisis. In other words, the experience of the bailout meant more to investors in cementing the notion of government protection for big banks than any of the regulatory actions taken after the bailout. In all, the IMF estimated that governments around the world provide $590 billion annually in implicit subsidies to mega-banks because of their too-big-to-fail status. “The expected probability that systemically important banks will be bailed out remains high in all regions,” the report concludes.

In combination, the papers from the IMF and the Fed provide powerful ammunition for reformers to rebut their critics at the big banks. In general, banks and their lobbyists have taken the line that Dodd-Frank solved the problem. In fact, a couple weeks before these reports, the financial consultant Oliver Wyman put out their own report asserting that too-big-to-fail subsidies no longer exist. The report was financed by the Clearing House Association, a consortium representing 17 of the world’s largest banks.

If this were a fight just between financial reformers and bank-funded studies, perhaps the debate would endure without resolution. But when the IMF and the Federal Reserve weigh in, it has the effect of a referee judging the debate. And both of them clearly sided with the reformers, agreeing that the subsidies remain and that policy reforms since the financial crisis have not succeeded in eliminating them.

With the debate basically over, the question arises of what to do about the implicit subsidy and the excessive risk to the economy that goes along with it. Senators Sherrod Brown and David Vitter have carried bipartisan legislation for nearly a year that would increase capital requirements for the biggest banks, effectively ensuring that they pay for their own bailouts. More wide-ranging reforms would cap the size of the largest institutions at a certain percentage of GDP. And in his tax reform proposal, Republican Dave Camp drew from an idea dropped from the final version of Dodd-Frank, suggesting a tax on the biggest financial firms to finance future bailouts.

There’s little chance of any of these solutions gaining traction in this election year. However, financial reformers can only be helped in the future by the end of the debate over whether mega-banks derive a substantial portion of their profits from government subsidies. The idea that banks benefit from government largesse offends the sensibilities of both parties, for different reasons. Wall Street is now virtually alone in denying reality, and this should aid efforts to finally solve the problem.

(Source: prospect.org)