[SFGP] SF Green Party Weekly 2/18-2/24

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SF GREEN PARTY WEEKLY 2/18/06-2/24/06

  -  2/3: Sarah Lipson Requests Expense Records of Arlene Ackerman, Who  
Claims Harassment
  -  2/8: Ackerman's Hefty Expense Account  
  -  2/8: Supervisors OK Public Financing For Mayoral Races!  
  - 2/13: Green Party Activists Help Shut Down Bid By Wal-Mart To Build  
‘Supercenter' In A Small Community Near San Francisco  

  - 2/17: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi Hosts Art Opening of Malik Seneferu
  - 2/17: Victory Party for Public Campaign Financing!
  - 2/19: John Russo & Matt Gonzalez Screening
  - 2/20: Protest the execution of Michael Morales
  - 2/21: Housing and Land Use Platform Meeting
  - 2/22: SFGP FILM SALON: Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary
  -  3/1: Support Living Wage in San Francisco
  -  3/4: 21st Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference

  - Stand Up for Our Right to Know How Our Tax Dollars Are Being Spent  
(Re: Arlene Ackerman)
  - Co-Chair Needed for GROW Working Group
  - Filing Period for County Council Candidates 2/13-3/10 (for details,  
  - 2006 General Membership Survey
  - Earn A Living Making San Francisco A More Green and Progressive City!
  - Become a Green Party Sustainer!

  - Old Gutshot '78  



2/3: Sarah Lipson Requests Expense Records of Arlene Ackerman, Who  
Claims Harassment
School Board Commissioner and Green Party member Sarah Lipson has  
requested  expense report records for Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.   
By law, such expense reports are a matter of public record, but that  
didn't stop Dr. Ackerman from claiming harassment:




2/17: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi Hosts Art Opening of Malik Seneferu

Friday, February 17

San Francisco City Hall, 1 Carlton B Goodlett Place, Room 282

This month's featured artist is Malik Seneferu, Black/African American  
painter, draughtsman, muralist, and book illustrator, employs  
self-taught technique and style.

Seneferu has lived, worked, mentored, and curated throughout the San  
Francisco Bay Area.  Seneferu's work has traveled to Durban South  
Afrika’s “War against Racism” in 2001; it has also gone to Haiti and  
Kenya.  His artistry, which contains intense hues, are reminiscent of  
the ancient African Diaspora, along with confident and eloquent  
messages of empowerment.  His work ranges political, social and  
spiritual issues within Black communities worldwide.


2/17: Victory Party for Public Campaign Financing!

Friday, February 17
8:00PM - 10:00PM: Live music -- the Botticellis, and more...
10:00PM - 2:00AM: DJs spinning hip-hop and dance classics

Tongue & Groove, 2513 Van Ness @ Union, San Francisco, CA


Now that the hard work is done -- now that Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's  
legislation to bring public campaign financing to the mayoral race has  
passed -- its time to celebrate. All we'll be asking from you is a  
donation of $7 or more. What you'll be getting is a tremendously  
inspiring evening of celebration over having changed the face of  
democracy in San Francisco. We'll have hours of dancing with great DJs  
and bands, TBA. We'll have short inspiring speeches where we'll get the  
crowd riled up over our amazing victory. We'll meet and reconnect with  
friends who are concerned with the future of our world.


2/19: John Russo & Matt Gonzalez Screening

Sunday, February 19
Starts 8:00PM

Parkway Speakeasy Theater, 1834 Park Avenue, Oakland, CA

Matt Gonzalez (former SF Supervisor & Green pty candidate for mayor)  
and John Russo (Oakland City attorney) will be screening the film  
“Inherit the Wind,” a 1960 classic starring Spenser Tracy and  
discussing Intelligent Design theory.

“Inherit the Wind” is about the contested origins of life, and  
particularly timely as schools around the country begin to teach  
Intelligent Design theory versus Evolution. John and Matt will discuss  
the current state of Creationism vs. Evolution Theory and a range of  
other important social issues live on stage after the screening, with a  
special introduction before the commentary.


2/20: Protest the execution of Michael Morales

Monday, February 20
Walk of Abolition 7am
Rally at San Quntin 6:00 pm
Sceduled state sponsored murder 12:01 midnight, Feb 21

Rallying Points:
6:45am Palace of the Legion of Honor, in Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave,  
San Francisco, 94122. Walk leaves promptly at 7am.
8:00am South End of Golden Gate Bridge.
8:55am North End of Golden Gate Bridge.
10:40am Head of Bay Trail in Sausalito leading to Mill Valley
11:45am Miller Avenue and Camino Alto for lunch and demonstration.
2:30pm St. Sebastian Church, 373 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. Rest Stop.  
Drinks provided.
3:15pm St. Paul’s Church, 1123 Court Street, San Rafael. Rest Stop.  
Refreshments provided.
6:00pm East Gate of San Quentin State Prison.

Lyle Grosjean (510) 895-8203 or wejustwalk at aol.com. To find out the  
exact location and progress of the Walk, please call (510) 368-3368.

Be part of a statewide protest against Michael Morales being executed!  
The Green Party unequivocally opposes the Death Penalty under any  
circumstance; we support a moratorium on the Death Penalty.

San Francisco to Marin – 25 Mile Walk for Abolition
The 25 Mile Walk For Abolition begins promptly at 7am rain or shine at  
the Palace of the Legion of Honor, in Lincoln Park, 100 -34th Avenue,  
San Francisco, 94122. We walk peacefully as a large group over the  
Golden Gate Bridge, proceed through Sausalito, Mill Valley, Larkspur,  
Greenbrae, into San Rafael and end at the main east gate of San Quentin  
at 6 pm.

You can join the Walk at designated rallying points. Escort vehicles  
accompany the walk. You will need comfortable shoes, warm layered  
colorful clothing, flashlight. Back pack with a change of socks, shoes,  
extra clothing etc. We stop for refreshments. Escort cars carry back  
packs and walkers in need of rest.

2/21: Housing and Land Use Platform Meeting

Tuesday, February 21

SF Green Party Headquarters, 1028 A Howard St (between 6th St. and 7th  
St.), San Francisco, CA 94103

Discuss issues and topics to include in the SFGP housing and land use  
platform, propose draft submisisons, and debate the relative merits of  
HLU policy positions.


2/22: SFGP FILM SALON: Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary

Every 4th Wednesday of the month
Wednesday, February 22
Previews 6:30PM
Feature film 7:00 PM
Discussion after this film

SF Green Party Headquarters, 1028 A Howard St (between 6th St. and 7th  
St.), San Francisco, CA 94103

Potluck. We'll supply the popcorn.

bruce at brucewolfe.net

This month we are featuring the Ironweed Films release of
"Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary", a film by Arturo Perez Torres,  
tells the real story of immigration to the United States. Filmmaker  
Arturo Perez Torres follows the footsteps of the two friends traveling  
over land from Nicaragua, across multiple borders to the US. On their  
journeys, they encounter merciless gangs and vigilantes, as well as  
border patrol. But these immigrants navigate the real-life nightmares  
with uncanny calm, grace and even humor.

Stay after the film for discussion with the filmmaker Arturo Perez  
Torres and Ironweed Films founder Adam Werbach.


3/1: Support Living Wage in San Francisco

Wednesday, March 1
12 noon – Rally, City Hall Steps – Civic Center Side
1PM – Hearing, City Hall, room 263
Take MUNI lines #49 or 47 to McAllister or Grove, #5 or #21 to Van Ness  

Support the Ammiano/McGoldrick Amendments to the Living Wage Law.

Non-profit and homecare workers should not be treated as second-class  
and should be paid the same as for-profit workers on city contracts.

The City should commit to funding non-profits to create more living  
wage jobs.

CalWORKs mothers in the welfare-to-work transition should get a living  
wage. The government should not subsidize employers to pay poverty  

The City should treat workfare workers with respect and base their  
grant on the living wage.


21st Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference

Saturday, March 4
Registration 8:30-9:30AM
Conference starts 9:30 AM

UC Berkeley campus in Barrows Hall. Barrows Hall is accessible from  
Bancroft Way between Telegraph Ave and Bowditch St, northeast from  
Sproul Hall. Wheelchair accessible.

INFORMATION, HOW TO REGISTER: Pre-register online at  
http://ewocc.berkeley.edu starting February 5th or in-person on the day  
of the event beginning at 8 a.m in Barrows Hall.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Empowering Women of Color  
Conference (EWOCC), which is acknowledged to be the longest running  
women of color conference in the country. Past speakers have included  
Nikki Giovanni, bell hooks, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, and Sonia  
Sanchez, among many others.

This year's theme will be Nourishing Mother E.A.R.T.H, or environmental  
justice. Featured will be Dr. Beverly Wright, Founder and Director of  
the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Xavier University  
located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a panel of five amazing  
environmental justice women of color activists:

  - Enei Begaye, Diné (Navajo) with the Black Mesa Water Coalition,  
Native Movement Collective, and Indigenous Environmental Network
  - Dr. Jenice View, Education and Train! ing Director of Just  
Transition Alliance
  - Sarah James, Board Member of the Gwich’in Institute
  - Dr. Ann Aurelia López, Professor at the University of California,  
Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
  - Carla M. Perez, Community Organizer for Contra Costa Communities for  
a Better Environment.

There will also be workshops, cultural performances, and much, much  



Stand Up for Our Right to Know How Our Tax Dollars Are Being Spent (Re:  
Arlene Ackerman)

Thank Sarah Lipson for requesting Arlene Ackerman's expense report  
records and keeping an eye on the public purse: slipson at sfusd.edu

Tell School Board Commissioner Jill Wynns, who called the request for  
records  "vicious", that the public has the right to know how our tax  
dollars are  being spent, and that money is desperately needed for  
public schools in San  Francisco and should not be wasted by school  
district staff:
jwynns at sfusd.edu.

Write letters to the editor saying the public deserves to know how our  
money  is being spent:

letters at sfchronicle.com
letters at examiner.com
letters at sfbg.com


Co-Chair Needed for GROW Working Group

Micheas Hermn of the GROW Working Group (tabling and voter  
registration) is seeking a new co-chair.  Contact Micheas Herman at ...  
or the County Council at cc at sfgreens.org for more information.


2006 General Membership Survey

The County Council is conducting a survey of San Francisco Green Party  
members to get your opinion on several issues to help us plan and set  
goals for the party in 2006.  Results will be discussed at a future  
General Meeting.  You can get a copy of the survey online at the  
following link, and respond to us by email:



Earn A Living Making San Francisco A More Green and Progressive City!

Two years ago, former organizers for the Matt Gonzalez for Mayor
campaign decided it was time to stop getting 'close but not close
enough' to progressive victories like public power and Matt as Mayor,
and to begin a city wide, year round, grassroots campaign that would  
start helping us win such victories!

So in January 2004, the organization Our City was born. Since then we
have helped to:

- Pass the ban on old polluting diesel buses
- Pass Matt Gonzalez's anti chain store law
- Get the downtown hotel workers back on the job, and
- Get the Police and Planning Commissions put back on SF Government TV
after the City tried to pull them off.

Now we are campaigning to get rid of PG&E's monopoly on our electricity
service, and start running the City on renewable energy like solar and
wind power instead!

We have just begun hiring and training new grassroots campaigners to
help us win this fight.
No experience necessary.
Earn $280 to $400 each four day work week learning to be a strong
progressive organizer.
To apply, call Eric at 415-756-8844 from noon to 2pm any weekday, or
send an email to jobs at our-city.org

For more information, see our web site at http://our-city.org


Become a Green Party Sustainer!

As you may know, the SFGP is supported by our wonderful sustaining  
donors -- 175 and growing.  In the next 12 months we hope to double  
that figure, and you can help us achieve our goal by signing up to make  
a regular contribution to the Green Party.

Our sustainer program nearly pays all of our basic monthly operating  
expenses, including rent and utilities on the office, and drastically
reduces the amount of work needed to raise money.  Our sustainers free  
us up to do what we're really here for - to pursue Green values through  
the democratic system. Sustainers also ensure that we are able to keep  
our office, which has hosted numerous campaigns' headquarters including  
the successful Prop A, Instant Runoff Voting initiative.

Becoming a Green Party sustainer is easy, fun, and secure!

For more information, see  


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