[SFGP] San Francisco Green Party Weekly

ErikaSF at aol.com ErikaSF at aol.com
Fri Mar 18 17:25:00 PST 2005

Hello Fellow Greens,
Two ways to be active with the Greens at the peace rally tomorrow!
Join the Green Party contingent, which will be meeting at 16th and Mission at 
10 AM, and marching together with the counter-recruitment contingent to Civic 
Center.  Also, the Green Party will have a booth at Civic Center.  We still 
need volunteers to
help at the booth.  Contact Mark Barnes mbarn2002 at yahoo.com.
We are also hosting a panel of Green women who have run for office, sponsored 
by the Feminist Issues Group (FIG), on March 21.  See details below in 
In this update: 
1. News
2. Help Us Elect Aimee Allison to Oakland City Council
3. Calendar
The San Francisco Green Party has officially endorsed Aimee Allison, Green 
Party candidate for Oakland City Council. 
Green Party member Barry Hermanson held his retirement party this week, and 
is considering a run for state assembly.  
Former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez is continuing to make 
news regarding his law practice.  
Matt also wrote an opinion piece for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. 
Ralph Nader, who ran for President on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 
2000, has chimed in on the failed policies of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
For more news on how Arnold is destroying our state, see
http://www.arnoldwatch.org and http://screwarnold.blogspot.com/.
Green Party member and well-known electoral reform expert Steve Hill co-wrote 
a piece in the San Francisco Sentinel.
The Green Party continues to lead the pack in running women and people of 
color for local office.  Former Green Party candidates Lisa Feldstein, Jane Kim 
and Renee Saucedo are being honored at a breakfast sponsored by the National 
Women's Political Caucus-San Francisco on March 19.  The three women will also 
appear with Susan King on a panel sponsored by the Feminist Issues Group (FIG) 
on March 21.  See details below in Calendar.
Donations and volunteers are needed to elect a progressive Green woman of 
color to a seat on the Oakland City Council.
Donations may be made online at http://www.aimeeallison.org/Donate.php.  Or 
you may donate by check.  Please write your occupation and employer on your 
check, or on a separate piece of paper.  The limit is $600 per person, and the 
first $100 of each donation will be matched with City of Oakland funds, until 
the City's allocation has been exhausted.  Send your donation to:  
Neighbors for Aimee Allison
P.O. Box 16093
Oakland, CA  94610
To volunteer, please send an email with your phone number to 
vote at aimeeallison.org.    We need folks to table, walk precincts, and make phone calls -- 
please let us know which of those tasks you can help us with!  If you can help 
this coming week, here is the schedule:
**Tabling and Precinct-Walking: 
    Sunday, March 20, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
    Meet at Aimee's home, located at 547 Jean Street, Oakland (3 blocks from 
Grand and Elwood)
    Contact Kelly Virella at 510-384-7640 or kelly_virella at sbcglobal.net
**Phone-banking:  (Volunteers should contact Greg in advance).
    Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 pm – Bring a cell phone if you have one.
    Red Oak Realty, 2099 Pleasant Valley at Broadway (at 51st), Oakland
    Contact Greg Jan at 510-444-7336 or gregjan4 at yahoo.com
WHAT: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hosts the first in a series of art receptions 
at his City Hall office
WHEN: Friday, March 18 from 5 – 8 PM; opening receptions will continue to 
occur on the third Friday of each month. 
WHERE: Office of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco City Hall, located 
at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 282 
DESCRIPTION: Ross is pleased to present Teresa Norris' The Depth of Water 
photo installation featuring several large scale works comprised of multiple, 
separately framed images. While Norris' photographs convey a sobering take on the 
pollution and the detritus that mar our urban landscape, they also display 
the undeniable beauty found in say, bay waters unnaturally colored by chemicals. 
Ross finds in Norris' photos an artist's expression of the environmental 
concern that has always been present in his work.  The event is free and everyone 
is invited.  Light refreshments served.
WHAT: Join the National Women’s Political Caucus, San Francisco for 
"Breakfast with the ’04 Candidates," a look back at San Francisco’s Fall 2004 election 
WHEN: Saturday, March 19, beginning at 10 AM - 12 noon
WHERE: Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, located at 660 Lombard Street in 
San Francisco
DESCRIPTION: The National Women’s Political Caucus, San Francisco is 
sponsoring “Breakfast with the ’04 Candidates,” featuring NWPC-SF endorsed 2004 
candidates and Green Party members Lisa Feldstein, Jane Kim, and Renee Saucedo.  
The panelists will discuss what worked and what did not in the Fall 2004 San 
Francisco campaign season.  A $10 donation is suggested; light breakfast 
provided.  The event is open to public via RSVP to nwpcsf at yahoo.com.  The panel will 
be moderated by Jim Stearns, Stearns Consulting.   For more information, 
contact: Sadie Ferguson, President of National Women’s Political Caucus - San 
Francisco at 415-225-7097 or nwpcsf at yahoo.com.
WHAT: Global Day of Action - No to War & Occupation
WHEN: March 19, 11 AM
WHERE: Begin at Dolores Park and march to Civic Center
DESCRIPTION:  Join the Green Party contingent, which will be meeting at 16th 
and Mission at 10 AM, and marching together with the counter-recruitment 
contingent to Civic Center.  Also, the Green Party will have a booth at Civic 
Center.  We still need volunteers to help at the booth.  Contact Mark Barnes 
mbarn2002 at yahoo.com.
WHAT: Meeting of the WestSide Greens 
WHEN: Sunday, March 20th from 3 - 5 PM 
WHERE: the home of Barry Hermanson, located at 2467 28th Avenue near Taraval.
DESCRIPTION: Rita and Nancy have asked for approximately 20 minutes on the 
agenda to report about their meeting with Gayle McLaughlin, the new Green 
supervisor in Richmond. They recently had dinner with her and asked about her 
campaign strategy.  They will bring copies of Gayle's literature she handed out.  
Most of the rest of the meeting will be devoted to setting goals and objectives 
for the remainder of the year.  
For more information, call Barry on his cell phone:  415-205-4453.

WHAT: The Feminist Issues Group (FIG) presents "Learning from the Green Women 
Candidates of 2004", a panel discussion with Green women who have run for 
WHEN: Monday, March 21; 6:30 PM Reception, 7 PM Panel
WHERE: San Francisco Green Party Office, located at 1028 A Howard Street, 
between 6th and 7th Streets 
DESCRIPTION:  Join us for refreshments and a panel discussion on women 
running for elected office.  Sarah Lipson has been confirmed as moderator, and the 
panelists are Susan King, Lisa Feldstein, Renee Saucedo and Jane Kim.  This 
panel discussion is moderated by School Board Member Sarah Lipson.  For more 
information, call Maureen DeBoer 415-519-1373 or access 
WHAT: Building an International Feminist Movement, a report-back & reflection 
on the Beijing+10 UN Meetings, event sponsored by the Women's Building and 
the Women of Color Resource Center 
WHEN: Tuesday, March 22, 6 – 9 PM, program starts promptly at 6:30 PM
Where: The Women's Building, located at 3543 18th Street, between Valencia & 
Guerrero, in the Audre Lorde Room on the 2nd Floor
DESCRIPTION: A participatory discussion featuring Christine Ahn, of the Women 
of Color Resource Center, Luz Alavarez Martinez of the National Latina Health 
Organization, and a representative from the California Women's Agenda (CAWA). 
$5-10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of 
funds.  Panelists will share their experiences from the United Nations meeting 
"Beijing +10" and from the original Beijing conference on the status of women. In 
February, the UN convened the Beijing +10 meetings to report on the progress 
(or lack thereof) made by the nations of the world to improve the status of 
their women and girls ten years after the 1995 UN Beijing Women's Conference.  
Hear the stories of grassroots efforts from women and girls around the world and 
how the actions of the US Government affect women worldwide.  For more 
information, call Jovida at 415-431-1180 x20 or Diane at 415-641-7832.  This evening 
is part of the ALMA Nights Series at The Women's Building.  ALMA = Awareness, 
Leadership, Mentoring & Art.
WHAT: School Board Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, March 22 at 7 PM 
WHERE: 555 Franklin Street in San Francisco
DESCRIPTION:  The School Board will be meeting to talk about school closures 
(they have released the list of potential sites without any input of the 
public, parents and/or teachers); layoff of paraprofessionals (key people in the 
classroom) and the beginning of the budget process.

WHAT: Evict PG&E from Hunter's Point.  Shut down PG&E's Hunter's Point Power 
Plant Now!  Join this community protest for environmental justice!
WHEN: Wednesday, March 23 at 12 Noon
WHERE: PG&E Corporate Headquarters, located at 77 Beale Street near Market 
DESCRIPTION:  Sponsored by the Coalition to Shut Down the PG&E Hunters Point 
Power Plant, Huntersview Tenants Association, All Hallows Garden Residents 
Association, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Code Blue, and the 
Community First Coalition.  For more information, contact Greenaction at 
415-248-5010 or visit http://www.greenaction.org/.
WHAT:  Community Meeting on Living Wage and Health Care with Sophie Maxwell, 
District 10 Supervisor
WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 6 - 8 PM
WHERE:  Crocker Amazon Club, located at 785 Moscow Street at Italy Street, 
two blocks northeast of Geneva and Moscow
DESCRIPTION:  The Living Wage Coalition is holding an education and 
information session about the Living Wage laws - the Minimum Compensation Ordinance and 
the Health Care Accountability Ordinance - and the new Minimum Wage Ordinance 
and about how the laws can be improved and expanded to include more workers.  
Sophie Maxwell confirmed she would attend.  Gerardo Sandoval was invited but 
declined to attend.  Please contact his office at 415-554-6975 or 
Gerardo.Sandoval at sfgov.org and let him know that you care about a living wage and would 
like him to attend this meeting.  For more information, contact the Living Wage 
Coalition at 415-863-5543 or sflivingwage at hotmail.com

WHAT: On the 40th Anniversary of the first teach-ins on the Vietnam War, 
National Teach-In on Iraq: How Can We End This War?
WHEN: Thursday, March 24 at 7 PM
WHERE:  Mission High School, located at 3750 18th Street at Dolores in San 
DESCRIPTION:  Two years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the country 
continues to bleed and suffer. The death toll soars on all sides and especially among 
civilians. The cost of the war mounts daily and vital services are cut at 
home. But many questions remain: Did the January 2005 elections improve the 
situation in Iraq? Is the US troop presence in Iraq helping stabilize the country, 
or is it at the root of Iraq's deadly violence? And what are the true costs of 
the war at home ­ its impact on military families and returning veterans, its 
$200+ annual billion price tag, and the looting of our economy by militarist 
corporations?  Join people throughout the country as we consider these issues 
and others at teach-ins in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Ann Arbor, 
marking the 40th anniversary of the first Vietnam War teach-in in 1965.
Featured Speakers include:
Rahul Mahajan, Anti-war Activist and Author of Full Spectrum Dominance:
U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond:
Cindy Sheehan, mother of fallen Iraq war soldier, Co-Founder of Gold Star 
Parents for Peace, and member of Military Families Speak Out
Fernando Suarez, father of fallen Iraq war soldier, Founder of Guerrero 
Azteca Project and member of Gold Star Parents for Peace
Aimee Allison, Gulf War conscientious objector, counter recruiter, and 
Oakland City Council candidate
Howard Wallace, San Francisco Labor Council, National Board of Pride at Work, 
and Steering Committee of US Labor Against the War
Sean O'Neil, US Veteran of the Iraq War and purple-heart recipient
Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace
Sponsored By Global Exchange & CODEPINK: Women for Peace.  A $5 donation is 
requested.  Free for students.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  
For more information:  http://www.globalexchange.org or call 415-255-7296.

WHAT: Election Reform Workshop - The No Confidence Movement
WHEN: Friday, March 25 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: SF Green Party office, located at 1028 A Howard Street, between 6th 
and 7th Streets in San Francisco.
DESCRIPTION:  Come and hear about the No Confidence Resolution.  Read it at
http://guvwurld.blogspot.com/2004/11/no-confidence-resolution.html.  This
resolution says we have no basis for confidence in the legitimacy of US
federal elections.  This resolution is pending before the Arcata City 
Council.  Pressing it in Eureka has led two City Council members to co-sponsor a town 
hall forum on
election reform.  It is time that SF and Berkeley take a look.  

WHAT: Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival
WHEN: Sunday, April 3, parade assembles at 11 AM
WHERE: Justin Herman Plaza, at the foot of Market Street
DESCRIPTION: Join thousands from labor unions, community organizations, 
religious congregations and schools in commemorating the birthday of Cesar E. 
Chavez, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers.  This is the fifth anniversary 
of the state holiday.  For more information, call 415-552-2911 or email 
CECparade at yahoo.com.
Thanks to all of our members for your continued support!
Warm Regards,
Erika McDonald
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