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Wed Sep 20 2017 (Updated 09/21/17)FCC Chair's Meeting with Tech Execs Greeted with Protest
Wed Sep 20 2017 (Updated 09/21/17)Demonstrators in San Francisco Say Net Neutrality Is a Racial Justice Issue
Despite the fact that he froze services to low-income internet users soon after taking office, Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai came to San Francisco to talk to tech executives about bridging the digital divide for underserved communities. Pai was named by President Trump as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in January. When he visited San Francisco on September 12, protesters demonstrated at the site of the meeting in the city's financial district, saying net neutrality is a racial justice issue.
Sat Sep 9 2017 (Updated 09/10/17)Thousands Hit the Streets to Defend DACA
Sat Sep 9 2017 (Updated 09/10/17)Nationwide Protests Against Trump DACA Action, UC Sues DHS, Colleges Vow Support
Trump’s decision to quickly phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order protecting young adults who were brought to the U.S. by undocumented immigrant parents as children, propelled thousands of protesters to the streets of San Francisco, San José, Santa Cruz and elsewhere in the Bay Area. The University of California sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in federal court to stop the Trump administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the California State College and Community College systems have vowed to continue supporting DACA recipients.
Fri Sep 8 2017We Are All Antifa
The National Lawyers Guild has supported free speech and assembly for all progressive and radical movements for 80 years. Recently, NLG volunteer attorneys, legal workers and clients received death threats and had their personal information publicized in retaliation for defending antifa activists. One attorney was stalked in a courthouse by a man with a swastika tattoo and a shaved head, wearing quasi-military-type attire. He then left, and shortly thereafter she received threatening messages and had to seek protection at a safe house. A group of men wearing military-like attire, and one with a swastika tattoo, was seen waiting outside Santa Rita Jail for arrestees to be released.
Sun Sep 3 2017 (Updated 09/04/17)The Job of the Media is To Divorce Movements From Their Base
Sun Sep 3 2017 (Updated 09/04/17)Corporate Media Attacks Antifa Weeks After Ridiculing Trump for Blaming "Both Sides"
Tens of thousands of people hit the streets of San Francisco and Berkeley against a series of far-right rallies. Antifascist groups, labor, faith-based organizations, and a multitude of sectors mobilized to confront the far-right, showing that the autonomous power and energy that was unleashed after Charlottesville is still very much alive and is growing among the broader population. But, in the face of growing mass popular opposition not controlled or contained by the Democratic Party, through building a coalition that includes anarchists and antifascists, both the Right, Center, and liberal Left began to launch a series of attacks in the media against "antifa."
Wed Aug 30 2017 (Updated 09/04/17)Putting Racists Out of Business
Wed Aug 30 2017 (Updated 09/04/17)Ripple Effect of Outing David Duke Campaign Contributors Spreads Beyond California
Lynda Carson wrote a piece shining light on David Duke's political donors in Northern California, publishing a second report on supporters in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland, and beyond. One of those named was Roger F. Grigsby, owner and founding chef of O'mei restaurant in Santa Cruz. Within a week of the Indybay article, the restaurant shut its doors. Grigsby has responded by claiming he is a victim of a "war on whites." In Minneapolis, Clubhouse Jäger owner Julius De Roma was also called out. Employees have quit, a DJ pulled out, and the Huge Improv Theater, a tenant of De Roma's, issued a statement: "we would like to formally tell Nazis and the KKK that they can fuck straight off." Clubhouse Jägerwas closed for business as of September 1 after the entire staff quit.
Fri Aug 25 2017 (Updated 09/02/17)No Hate in the Bay: A Victorious Weekend of Resistance to Fascism
Fri Aug 25 2017 (Updated 09/02/17)White-Supremacists' and Other Fascists' Return to the Bay Area Fizzles in SF and Berkeley
White-supremacist and other fascist groups have repeatedly targeted the Bay Area in recent months, most recently announcing a weekend of provocations for August 26 in San Francisco and August 27 in Berkeley. As in Boston regarding a planned fascist rally on August 20, anti-racist organizers in the Bay Area responded with a call for massive counter-demonstrations in the streets. The planned weekend of anti-fascist resistance included Charlottesville benefit events in SF and Oakland. In the end, white nationalist organizers cancelled their own events at the last minute and the smattering of racists who did show up in both cities were promptly run off by anti-fascists.
Wed Aug 23 2017 (Updated 08/30/17)Santa Cruz Restaurateur Gives $500 to KKK Fascist David Duke
Wed Aug 23 2017 (Updated 08/30/17)Outing Campaign Contributors of David Duke, Former KKK Imperial Wizard
Some have suggested that the best way to fight back against all the hate being spread around by the Trump regime, the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, is by exposing the supporters of hate and violence, in the good old U.S.A. One place to start exposing the supporters of hate, would be to expose some of the local supporters of David Duke who reside in the Bay Area. David Duke ran for the U.S. Senate during 2016, from Mandeville, Louisiana, and lost. However, Duke had a number of campaign contributors in local cities including Walnut Creek, Martinez, Hayward, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz.
Thu Aug 17 2017 (Updated 09/02/17)Military Exercises in Korea Considered Act of War
Thu Aug 17 2017 (Updated 09/02/17)San Francisco Demonstrators Call for Halt to War Games Along the Korean Peninsula
As tensions ramp up between the U.S. and North Korea, speakers at a rally in San Francisco on August 15 called for the halting of US/South Korea military exercises along the Korean Peninsula. The annual war games are scheduled to be held starting August 21 and coincide with North Korea's threat to Guam. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea) views the joint exercises as continued acts of war, as there was never a signed peace treaty at the end of the Korean War in 1953. On August 28, in response to the United States and South Korean war games, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has launched an unarmed missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean.
Tue Aug 15 2017 (Updated 08/22/17)Charlottesville, We Got Your Back
Tue Aug 15 2017 (Updated 08/22/17)Solidarity Across the Country After Nazis Murder & Attack Anti-Fascists in Charlottesville
After a fascist mob attacked a small group of UVA student counter-protesters the night before, the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly on August 12 when nazi enthusiast James Alex Fields of Ohio deliberately sped his car into a crowd of antifa, killing thirty-two year old anti-racism activist and Charlottesville native Heather Heyer. Nineteen others were injured in the attack, some critically. Within hours, solidarity demonstrations and vigils sprang up across the country. In Northern California, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz, Monterery, and other cities gathered to show support for the anti-fascist resistance in Charlottesville.
Sun Aug 6 2017Class War on the Waterfront
Retired ILWU Local 10 member and chair of the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee Jack Heyman writes: The ink wasn’t even dry on the West Coast longshore contract when the head of the employers’ group, the Pacific Maritime Association, proposed to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union a three-year extension, making it an eight-year contract. Under the current contract, employers have eliminated hundreds of longshore jobs through automation on marine terminals such as the fully automated Long Beach Container Terminal and the semi-automated TraPac freight-forwarding facility in the Port of Los Angeles.
During July 22 through July 29, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), nonprofit housing organizations, and tenant groups organized a National Week of Action, with rallies in San Francisco, San Rafael, and across the nation in support of federal subsidized housing programs that are under attack by the Trump regime and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. Trump’s $7.2 billion in proposed budget cuts to HUD will result in over 5,000 new cases of homelessness in the Bay Area alone.
A new study released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System, shows that Californians pay some of the highest fines and fees in the country — more than three times the national average for running a red light. And new Bay Area data reveals that African-Americans are four to sixteen times more likely to be booked into county jail on a charge related to inability to pay a citation. Two bills before the California Legislature (SB 185 and AB 412) seek to address many of the disparities
Wed Apr 26 2017 (Updated 05/01/17)Shut It Down May 1st: Respect Our Humanity
Wed Apr 26 2017 (Updated 05/01/17)International Workers' Day Marches and Strikes in Northern California
Oakland Sin Fronteras writes: International Workers' Day has been a time to uplift the struggles, honor the sacrifices, and celebrate the triumphs of working people across the world. As we stand on Ohlone Indigenous land this May 1st, we march in celebration and in resistance, and in solidarity with working people across all borders, to continue the historic struggle against economic and social inequity. With a Trump administration in power, a rising fascist tendency, and growing economic and political oppression of people everywhere, this May Day we march in the spirit of organizing and defending our communities from state violence and capitalist exploitation, and toward liberation and self-determination.
Tue Apr 18 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Tax Day Protests Demand Trump Release His Taxes
Tue Apr 18 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Tens of Thousands in Over 150 US Cities Demonstrate Against Trump on Tax Day
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would release his taxes, but that he couldn't until a supposed IRS audit concluded. Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, despite mounting questions regarding conflicts of interest and how much he might be beholden to those representing foreign powers such as Russian oligarchs. Protesters gathered in over 150 cities on April 15, the traditional tax filing deadline, to demand that Trump release his taxes. In Northern California, Tax Day protests were held in Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and other cities.
Wed Apr 5 2017 (Updated 04/08/17)One-Year Anniversary of the Death of Luís Góngora Pat, Killed by SFPD
Wed Apr 5 2017 (Updated 04/08/17)March Against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco on April 7
Luis Góngora Pat was a 45-year-old indigenous Mayan Mexican, an immigrant worker, and a family man who supported his wife and three children in southern Mexico. On April 7, 2016, his life was brutally taken by SFPD. Luis’s killing was at the nexis of several struggles faced by low income people of color: indigenous peoples’ struggles, housing rights, illegal evictions, immigrant rights, dignified wage labor, homelessness, racial profiling and discrimination, police brutality and utter impunity for killing Black and Brown residents. On Friday, April 7, the one year anniversary of his death, Luis’s family will march against police terror in the so-called Sanctuary City of San Francisco.
Fri Mar 10 2017 (Updated 03/12/17)Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference
Fri Mar 10 2017 (Updated 03/12/17)Conference Aims to Build Anti-Racist Front Against Oppression and Capitalism in Bay Area
ROAR, aka the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference, is a free two-day event, organized by Northern California Anti-Racist Action, that will be held on Ohlone Territory March 11 at OMNI Commons in Oakland and March 12th at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. Organizers write: During these times more and more attention is being paid to those of us who use direct action and hold liberatory and revolutionary politics. We can use this moment not only to inspire others through our actions, but to also inspire with our ideas.
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 03/28/17)Militant, Anti-Capitalist Feminists Call for International General Strike
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 03/28/17)International Women's Day General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate
On March 8, International Women's Day events are scheduled for Berkeley/Albany, Oakland, San Francisco, Cupertino, Santa Cruz and throughout Northern California. A diverse group of radical feminists issuing a call-out for an international women's strike write: In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights. Let us use the occasion to build a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.
7PM Tuesday Sep 26 City Lights Reading - Matthew Zapruder and Oscar...
5:30PM Wednesday Sep 27 From the Ashes Film Screening
6PM Wednesday Sep 27 MeatLess book talk and signing
6PM Wednesday Sep 27 Meatless: Transform the Way You Eat and Live
6:30PM Wednesday Sep 27 Ellen Pao: Resetting Silicon Valley
7PM Wednesday Sep 27 City Lights Reading - Josh Weil
7:30PM Wednesday Sep 27 Words: Readings in Two Languages
6PM Thursday Sep 28 Hope for Our Planet: A Photo Exhibition
6:30PM Thursday Sep 28 How can environmental tech influence policy? An...
7PM Thursday Sep 28 City Lights Event - Zoe Quinn
7PM Thursday Sep 28 Preparing for the 2018 Elections, Part 1: Campaigns...
12PM Friday Sep 29 Transforming Patriarchy: From Gender Oppression to...
7PM Friday Sep 29 Forum: Trump Says 'More War,' We Say 'NO!'
7PM Friday Sep 29 Sips for Solidarity
10AM Sunday Oct 1 World Veg Fest
'Comfort Women' Memorial Unveiling Press Conference In San Francisco Saturday Sep 23rd 11:04 PM
Justice for "Bubbles" aka Anthony Torres Rally Saturday Sep 23rd 6:19 PM
SF Activist Murdered Rally for Justice Planned (1 comment) Wednesday Sep 20th 3:46 AM
Undocumented protesters drive Nancy Pelosi out of her own press conference (3 comments) Tuesday Sep 19th 7:13 AM
Protest at FCC Chair Ajit Pai's Talk with Tech Execs in SF Tuesday Sep 19th 12:58 AM
Kaiser Patients In Danger Because Of Profiteering: CNA NUU SF Kaiser Nurses Demand Proper (1 comment) Monday Sep 18th 11:30 PM
AA STOP TWU Outsourcing & Union Busting! TWU SFO Workers & Supporters Rally & Speakout Monday Sep 18th 6:24 PM
Holding Out for Un-alienated Communication Sunday Sep 10th 5:21 PM
Thousands March in SF to Defend DACA Friday Sep 8th 6:05 PM
Trump Plans Massive Raids on Immigrant Communities Starting Mid-September Thursday Sep 7th 4:43 PMMore Local News...
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Technology, Automation, Internationalism, Longshore Workers And The Future Of Work Tuesday Jul 25th 12:55 PM
PEACE vigil: Stop Funding Saudi War Crimes (2 comments) Wednesday Jul 19th 1:55 PM
Miskitu-Nicaragua Genocide Case In U.S. San Francisco Court Invokes Political Question Thursday Jul 13th 4:02 PM
Internment, Japanese Americans, Japanese Peruvians, Labor And The Lessons For Today Sunday Jul 2nd 4:39 PM
OHSHA Investigator Calls On US DOL Secretary Acosta To Investigate Former DOL Sec.Perez Monday Jun 5th 9:29 AM
The Obama-Clinton Inside Job & Tom Perez OSHA/DOL: Corruption Galore Thursday May 25th 6:33 PM
Pelosi - “we’re capitalists, and that’s just the way it is” Friday Feb 3rd 12:13 AM
Prison Strike Organizers to Protest Food Giant Aramark Sunday Jan 8th 9:10 PM
Trump Election Exposes Crises of US Capitalism & Imperialism; Creates Opportunity (2 comments) Thursday Dec 1st 2:38 PM
Evidence of Feared Israel-Led Censorship as Zuckerberg Facebook Bans Palestinian Editors (1 comment) Thursday Sep 29th 6:18 AMMore Global News...
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"Trumpcare Kills" Projected on SF Federal Building Wednesday Sep 20th 8:55 AM
"The Scapegoating Of Russia" By Dan Kovalik Friday Sep 15th 9:24 AM
Criminally Corrupt Democratic Party Leader Nancy Pelosi Wants To Prosecute Left Thursday Aug 31st 10:44 AM
The New Emperor is a White Nationalist? Sunday Aug 13th 8:47 PM
Petition For Worker Justice at Community Housing Partnership! Monday Jul 24th 7:23 PM
SEIU 1021 Nato Green Doing Damage Control For SEIU? Opposes Single Payer In CA Wednesday Jul 12th 4:10 PM
Fired Federal OSHA/Investigator Darrell Whitman Challenges Congress To Investigate Corrupt Monday Jun 26th 6:08 PM
PCC Mark Rocha Lied, Pushed Privatization, Workplace Bullying, Sexism and Union Busting (1 comment) Saturday Jun 17th 2:27 PM
Call SF Supes to House Homeless & Stop Bus Fare & Fine Increases Sunday Jun 4th 6:11 PM
Stop Union Busting At KQED-CWA NABET 51 Members Under Attack Tuesday May 23rd 10:20 PMOpen Newswire...
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