[SFGP] SF Green Party Weekly 2/21-2/26
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SF GREEN PARTY WEEKLY 2/21/07-2/26/07
- Green Party celebrates progressive victories
- Local Green Party Hosts Successful Event at Dance Mission
- The Six Million Dollar Mayor: Why the 2007 mayor's race will be so
- 2/21: SF Green Party General Membership Meeting
- 2/23: Bird-Dog Hillary!
- 2/24: Workshop on Designing Leaflets
- 2/24: Celebrate Black History Month with POWER!
- 2/25: A Celebration of Pablo Heising
- 3/1: March 1 Die-In: Women Speak Out Against the Iraq Occupation
ANNOUNCEMENTS & ACTION ALERTS:
- Green Activists Needed for Campaign Demanding that Congress Bring
- URGENT: Help Get Conscientious Objector Agustin Aguayo Out of Jail!
See www.aguayodefense.org for details.
For details on how to write to Agustin, and donate to his legal
defense fund, see Helga Aguayo's letter below
IN EVERY ISSUE:
- Nancy Pelosi Watch (www.pelosiwatch.us)
- Gavin Newsom Watch (http://tinyurl.com/23v3gp)
- Car-Free Talk with Green Party Activist Sue Vaughan
- Discuss Instant Runoff Voting in Green Party Activist Jim
Dorenkott's Blog (http://tinyurl.com/y2j2gs)
- Take Action!
- Earn A Living Making San Francisco A More Green and Progressive City!
- Support the San Francisco Green Party by Becoming a Sustainer
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
- Dear George Bush (http://www.bushflash.com/yt87.htm)
2/21: SF Green Party General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
San Francisco Green Party office, 1028 A Howard St (between 6th St.
and 7th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103
The General Membership meeting is on the third Wednesday of each
month. This is where all policy decisions, endorsements and ideas for
the party are discussed and decided upon. We will be ratifying our
active membership list for 2007 at this meeting.
2/23: Bird-Dog Hillary!
Friday, February 23, 2007
The Sheraton Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco,
Hillary Clinton said: "If we in Congress don't end this war before
January 2009, as president, I will."
As much PINK as possible.
But Congress has the power to end the war by cutting off funding now.
There is more than enough money in the pipeline to protect our troops
and safely bring them home. Tell Hillary: SHOW LEADERSHIP AND STOP
FUNDING THIS WAR.
We hope you can join us!
2/24: Workshop on Designing Leaflets
Saturday, February 24, 2007
2940 – 16th St. Room 204 (between Mission and South Van Ness), San
Call the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition at 513-5393 or email
sflivingwage at riseup.net
Workshop on Designing Leaflets with Russell Kilday-Hicks Russell is
editor-in-chief of a statewide union paper for staff working on the
23 campuses of the California State University system, and production
editor for “Green Focus,” the California Green Party newspaper. He
has taught newspaper production at Laney and is a teaching assistant
in Workplace Ethics and Environmental Ethics courses. He is statewide
chair of the communication committee of CSEA Local 1000, SEIU, and
chair of the City of Berkeley’s Commission on Labor.
Celebrate Black History Month with POWER!
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Hunters Point Community Youth Park Foundation, 200 Middlepoint Road,
San Francisco, CA
Contact POWER at 415-864-8372 ext. 302/303.
Plenty of food, music and games for the kids! In collaboration with:
Parent Univ., Family Ambassadors Project and Hunters View Tenants
2/25: A Celebration of Pablo Heising
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Kezar Pavilion (755 Stanyan), San Francisco, CA
The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Castro Street Fair and Asian Heritage
Street Celebration honor the life of Pablo Heising.
Pablo was the founder of the Haight Ashbury Street fair, which
celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In late December, Pablo
died suddenly of heart failure while hanging out at his favorite
coffee shop. Often called "The Mayor of Haight Street", Pablo's life
will be celebrated by those he touched throughout his 30-year career
planning and producing community celebrations in San Francisco.
Join Green Party activists, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Assembly
candidate Barry Hermanson as we pay our tribute to Pablo for his
efforts to ensure the Green Party was represented at the events he
3/1: March 1 Die-In: Women Speak Out Against the Iraq Occupation
WHEN & WHERE:
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
12 noon to 1:00PM:
Vigil for peace and justice at Golden Gate and Larkin Avenues
Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, between Polk and Larkin
Streets, San Francisco
Please join us at the 5th die in for peace.
The Theme for March 1 Die-In is "Women Speak Out Against the Iraq
--With respect to International Women's Day on March 8 and other
activities in support of women during the month of March
--Acknowledging over 600 female US troops and hundreds of thousands
of Iraqi women and girls have been killed during the US invasion and
occupation of Iraq
--Women and men are invited to support the vigil starting at noon,
take part in the gathering at 1:15 with speakers and music, and
participate in the nonviolent civil disobedience/die-in.
The core messages of the monthly die-in's are:
1. Stop funding the war and end the occupation of Iraq.
2. Bring the troops home now and compassionate care for our veterans.
3. Remember all the dead: Iraqi, US, and all from other nations.
As well, If you are considering risking arrest, join us for a
Nonviolence Training on Monday February 26th, 7:30 pm, Unitarian
Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & ACTION ALERTS:
Green Activists Needed for Campaign Demanding that Congress Bring
On Monday, February 5, 2007, a national campaign began to occupy
congressional offices asking them to vote for bills which pull the
troops out immediately, and cut the funding for the occupation of
Iraq. The Green Party seeks volunteers to establish a Green Party
presence in this campaign, and participate in it. Our voices
especially need to be heard by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, since she
is speaker of the house and thus in a position of big influence. If
you want to make a stronger statement than just emails, get involved!
Please contact Jim Dorenkott at jimdorenkott2 at yahoo.com if you'd like
to find out how.
URGENT: Help Get Conscientious Objector Agustin Aguayo Out of Jail!
See letter from Helga Aguayo:
Some important dates for us:
January 13th, 2007 was Augie’s, original ETS (end term of service)
date. But instead he was stop-lossed ( "STOP LOSS" means preventing
a soldier leaving the military, even though the required term of
service is completed).
December 17th was Augie's 35th birthday, spent of course in military
prison. THANK YOU to everyone who sent him a card.
On December 12th, Augie had his Article 32 hearing (a formal
military hearing that determines if there is enough evidence to
conduct a court martial, similar to a grand jury investigation).
His arraignment is currently scheduled for January 22nd; according
to Dave Court, our new lawyer in Germany, this is "merely to
establish dates for trial, motions, exchange of witness lists, etc."
Nothing substantive will occur. Augie will be formally charged with
desertion and missing movement in a General Court Martial set to
occur in late February or March. A General Court-Martial is the most
serious criminal proceeding that can be brought against a member of
the military. A conviction by this Court is considered a federal
felony and creates a criminal record for life. FOR WHAT?! Not
wanting to kill, not wanting to contribute to the missions that kill,
for being against war! I feel SO SAD!
Meanwhile our case in civilian court is still pending. On November
21st, 2006 the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard Augie’s petition.
The ruling can take between 6 weeks to 6 months. There is still hope
that he might get exonerated! Please keep Augie in your prayers.
Should the court martial go ahead, I wish to testify. I want the
court to realize that his family mourns Augie's absence every second
of every day. I hope the courtroom will be filled with supporters so
the Army will know the world is watching. For those of you based in
Europe, please consider attending if you can! Whatever happens, I
will carry your strength, support, and solidarity with me in my
heart. Our voices will unite. WE WILL BE HEARD!
Here in L.A., our twin daughters, Raquel and Rebecca have seen better
days. They are struggling in school and may not pass 6th grade.
Last year at the U.S. base school in Germany, the girls were on the
honor role! The turmoil has been hard on them. I tell them every
day, “this will pass”.
Money issues -- I just sent our German-based lawyer, David Court,
the next installment on his fees: 1000 €. I had to borrow some of
it. The next installment of 2000€ is due two weeks before the court-
Tax deductible donations to the Legal Defense Fund can be made via
<www.couragetoresist.org>. More direct donations (without a tax
deduction) can be made via <www.aguayodefense.org>. I need funds to
travel to Germany for the court martial too.
Right now I am fund-raising with Courage to Resist and Iraq Veteran's
Against the War. I hope to see results soon. I continue to do
interviews with various news organizations, including one today for
National Public Radio. I think it went well.
Next week I start speaking at California high schools about the OTHER
SIDE of enlisting in the military. It's called "counter-
recruitment". As far as I understand, California is the only state
that MANDATES high school seniors hear both sides of military
recruitment. This is a project that is dear to my heart! Los
Angeles is the Number ONE recruitment city of high school seniors. I
want to work to change that.
Meanwhile I attend rallies to publicize Augie's situation. Many of
Augie's family members take part.
Some good news: I have struggled to keep up the website:
<www.aguayodefense.org>. Now a PROFESSIONAL web designer has
volunteered to take over. Hurrah! Improvements should be visible soon.
I THANK YOU all for working so hard and diligently to support Augie
and the family!
With all my love,
Helga P. Aguayo
36838 57th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93552
To write to Agustin:
SPC Agustín Aguayo
APO, AE 09028-3810
Car-Free Talk with Green Party Activist Sue Vaughan
Keep an eye out for "Car-Free Talk" on San Francisco's public access
tv station, Channel 29. In the next show, David Fridley, staff
scientist at Lawrence Berkeley and member of San Francisco Oil
Awareness, discusses the myth of biofuels.
Date and time to be announced.
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Earn A Living Making San Francisco A More Green and Progressive City!
Three 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
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Now we are campaigning to end PG&E's monopoly and run the City on
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We have just begun hiring and training new grassroots organizers to
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