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We'll be discussing different ballot measures and community efforts on housing, tenants rights, homelessness, healthcare and more! Stay tuned for more details!
We're holding our October meeting in Jane Kim's office!
Join us for phonebanking from 7-8pm, and then we'll distribute the printed SF Berniecrats voter guides to all members, and strategize our plans for the final month of the election.
One-third of all SF voters will vote-by-mail in the 5 days following this meeting. That means we need to get organized and move these voter guides quickly. This past May, a group of us were able to move about 4,000 voter guides over 3 weeks, so we're hoping to move 5-8,000 from October until election day. That's going to require your help.
Jane Kim has been really generous to provide the space for us to hold this meeting, and we're thrilled to pitch-in and help her win! Dinner and snacks will be provided by the Jane Kim campaign!
Come join us for the first ever SF Berniecrats Endorsed Candidates Town Hall. These are the candidates we endorsed, so get ready to be inspired to bring some positive change to San Francisco! Slate Bar hosted some incredibly fun debate parties during the primaries, and this will be even better. There’s even a restaurant attached, in case you feel like eating some great food while watching our great candidates.
We're holding our November meeting at Dean Preston for Supervisor's headquarters near the Panhandle! We'll phonebank for Dean from 6:00-8:00pm, and then hold our regular meeting from 8:00-8:30pm.
Bernie and Our Revolution endorsed Dean, but the Berniecrats are the ones who will take him over the finish line.
This race is VERY close, and we need everyone to pitch-in if we want to get Dean elected and have a shot at a progressive majority in the board of supervisors.
Please try to RSVP on facebook or by emailing us so we know how many chairs and phones we need. Comment here if you have a non-SF area code; we'll need to set you up with a phone from the campaign. And yes, it's OK to arrive late!
Post-Election Political Roundtable, hosted by the San Francisco Gray Panthers
• Laurence Shoup, author, Wall Street’s Think Tank
• Peter Dale Scott, author, The American Deep State
• Stephen Zunes, author, Tinderbox
• David Talbot, founder, Salon Magazine
• Rebecca Gordon, author, American Nuremberg
• Peter Phillips, author, Project Censored
Saturday, November 19, 1-4 PM
University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall
Maraschi Room (#125)
2497 Golden Gate Ave
(Entrance on Parker)
Free, Wheelchairs OK
Join the Gray Panthers of San Francisco and other groups for a post-election roundtable discussion of power in the United States; where it resides, who has it, and what it’s likely to mean in the next period.
The 2016 election has been called the most important election since 1932, but why? Looming issues range from the future of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and the influence of Peter Peterson, former Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, to the developing collision course with Russia and China, and the influence of the Pentagon generals urging escalation in Syria. What will be the role of transnational finance and trade agreements? At what point does a covert police state become overt, and what are its implications for domestic surveillance, militarized policing, and mass incarceration?
The Clinton defeat and Trump victory has come as a shock. What forces were at play among voters? How serious a split does this represent among ruling forces?
With analysts like these sitting at the same table, you can be sure this will be an afternoon of important political discussion. Please join us.
For more information, or co-sponsorship, please contact:
Michael Lyon, 415-215-7575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(not sure if this is a ticketed event, but the Facebook invite has this link for tickets: http://graypantherssf.igc.org/16-11-19-post_elec_roundtable.htm)
We have so much work to do. Join us. Organize with us. We have a plan.
Whether you want to stop Trump or reform the Democratic party, we're going to need to build some very broad coalitions. That means going outside your comfort zone. In 2017 we'll be fighting a lot of battles at the same time and we'll need to be organized.
6:30 - Set up, sign in
7:00 - 2016 recap
7:05 - Presentation on ballot initiatives by assembly member David Chiu
7:10 - Presentation by volunteers at Standing Rock
7:25 - Reform the Democratic party: ADEM info, progressive coalition slate, and endoresement vote
7:50 - Presentation on SF ballot initiatives for 2018
8:00 - Open forum on progressive action for 2017 and beyond
8:25 - Clean up
We're working with a broad SF-based coalition to combat the Trump administration. Join us in early January as we lay out steps to:
-Retake the Democratic party through ADEM elections on Jan 8.
-Participate in a nation-wide protest against the incoming Trump administration.
-Ensure that SF stays progressive despite any national changes
More details to be announced. Email email@example.com to join our mailing list!
Sunday January 8, 2017
LiUNA!, Local 261
3271 18th St, San Francisco
101 Lake Merced Boulevard, Daly City
The January 8 ADEMs will elect the Assembly District delegates for the CA Democratic Party, the group charged to vote for the 2017 leadership and agenda.
In previous years the progressives have lost at the ADEMs, but this year the Berniecrats have been working with other progressive groups and leaders in SF to form a unified SF Reform Democrats slate with broad progressive representation.
You can register as a Democrat on site when you get there.
1. Agenda and Officer Updates
2. Amendments to Bylaws on officer roles:
Correspondent - instead of writing to members (which Co-chairs can do), the correspondent will now compose our letters to elected officials and statements on behalf of the club.
Moderators (x2) - We're adding this position to help keep the meetings on time, prevent people from ranting / calling out / dominating
Press Coordinator - Separate this position from Social Media Coordinator
3. Officer Elections - 1 min candidate speeches, discussion, voting
Second Feinstein Town Hall: 2/5, 12 noon to 1pm - rain or shine!
We will continue pressuring California's senior senator Dianne Feinstein this weekend to actively oppose Trump's supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
What: People's Town Hall
When: Sunday, February 5
Where: Sen. Feinstein's residence
Location: 2470 Lyon Street, near Vallejo Street, San Francisco
Seeing how Feinstein voted for 5 of Trump's nominees over the past 2 weeks (James Mattis, John Kelly, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, and Elaine Chao) and was on the fence about Jeff Sessions until just hours before the vote, we must continue lobbying her to represent the overwhelming number of California voters who rejected Trump in the November election.
After succesfully rallying 200 constituents on Janurary 29th, we return to Feinstein's mansion rain or shine on Superbowl Sunday. Participants are asked to prepare two minutes of public coment to speak at the second town hall.
Our message is clear: Prevent the appointment of Trump's SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch and every part of Trump's agenda.
This town hall is being organized by human rights and democracy community organizers Ben Becker and Michael Petrelis. We welcome everyone who wants more transparency and communication with their representatives to join us in demanding public town halls with all elected officials.
Volunteers are needed to livestream the event. We also need a megaphone, so if you have one please let us know ASAP.
Let's get to work!
Since forming the Berniecrats in July, we've sought to build a group that is 100% grassroots-action. That means every one of our members should have the power to fight for the issues they care about under the umbrella of the SF Berniecrats.
To build on that, we'll be breaking into working groups at the March meeting. Working groups are our way to empower each member to take action on the things they want to impact. Members can create a working group to address any issue they want - medicare for all, police brutality, sanctuary city, etc.
We'll have a discussion about working groups at the start, then brainstorm ideas for individual groups, and break out into teams from there.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is voting on a resolution on Tuesday urging the Treasurer to immediately include a DAPL screen in the Treasurer’s monthly investment review. Join SF Defund DAPL Coalition to speak during public comment and urge the Board to pass this resolution UNANIMOUSLY. This time, we will NOT be waiting 7 hours to be heard :)
***Scroll for Call Script***
***Background and Moving Forward***
The Treasurer issued a statement last week expressing he is considering implementing a DAPL screen in October--Supervisors Fewer and Ronen introduced a resolution to fast-track that. The resolution also initiates an analysis of banking alternatives to our current bank, Bank of America (see below for more on alternatives), which hosts more than $10 billion in City funds (e.g. payroll, department expenses) each year.
This resolution is "Phase 1" of the Coalition's divestment effort. We will continue to mobilize and work with the Treasurer, Supervisor Fewer, and Supervisor Ronen until the Board of Supervisors formalizes its intent to break up with Bank of America and until the Treasurer actually sells its more than $1 BILLION in investments with Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Morgan Stanley Government Portfolio, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Blackrock T-Fund Institutional, and US Bancorp.
Mark Farrell District 2 (415) 554-7752
London Breed District 5 (415) 554-7630
Aaron Peskin District 3 (415) 554-7450
Norman Yee District 7 (415) 554-6516
Malia Cohen District 10 (415) 554-7670
Katy Tang District 4 (415) 554-7460
Jeff Sheehy District 8 (415) 554-6968
Ahsha Safai District 11 (415) 554-6975
My name is ____. I am calling to support the SF Defund DAPL Coalition and I urge Supervisor ______ to Vote YES on the Resolution Urging the City Treasurer to Update the Socially Responsible Investment Matrix. Also, please break up with Bank of America, which oversees more than ten billion dollars in City funds each year. Taxpayer money should not be managed by a bank that finances the violation of indigenous rights. Thank you.
The Treasurer has a legal obligation to "safely manage the short-term investments of" San Francisco. Technically, the Treasurer can divest tomorrow if he wanted to, but first he has to dot his I's and cross his T's. This means locating investments/depository institutions that 1) preserve capital, 2) meet the daily cash flow demands of the City, and 3) provide a market rate of return. He's also got to ensure he's abiding by state and local statues governing the investment/depositing of public funds. Once he has investment options before him that satisfy those 3 criteria, a third party investment analyzer will throw out any options that don't make the Socially Responsible screens (e.g. Financing the production of firearms, predatory lenders like Wells Fargo, etc.). This investment review process happens monthly. More than 12% of the City's portfolio ($1 billion) is invested with financial institutions financing DAPL. There are 35 major financial institutions financing DAPL's Energy Transfer Family of Companies, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Chase, which all could provide high margins for the City. Luckily, we live in an age where there are more than 35 financial institutions with proven track records of providing satisfactory margins and NOT financing the oppression of indigenous people. In fact, there is even an App called OpenInvest, based in SF, that allows investors to divest from these 35 financial institutions and automatically balance their portfolios in one click. We will continue to work with the Treasurer to see that this screen is implemented and effective at divesting City funds from DAPL.
As many of you may know, Seattle passed an ordinance last month breaking up with Bank of America. They are currently looking for a place to put their $3 billion in City funds, holding out hope for a public bank. The State of Washington is currently considering passing legislation that will make credit unions and public banks viable options for depositing City funds. However, California is not there yet. It may take a massive, extensive campaign to lobby CA legislators to follow Washington, as California would be a bigger loss to Big Bank lobbyists than Washington (no offense, Washington).
Unlike Seattle, our Board is not progressive enough to break up with Bank of America over DAPL without seeing for their own eyes that we have viable alternative banking options. The Budget & Legislative Analyst report will provide this information to them, the Treasurer, and us taxpayers. In the meantime, we've identified 16 alternative commercial banks the City might look to. They each have assets of more than $500 million and at least one branch in SF: First Republic Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, East West Bank, Umpqua, Pacific Western Bank, First Bank, Cathay Bank, Sterling Bank and Trust, Westamerica Bank, Bank of Marin, Far East National Bank, Metropolitan Bank, Bank of the Orient, Preferred Bank, Mechanics Bank, and Presidio Bank.
The one and only SF disco fundraiser for progressive action returns! Expect funky 70s/80s jams, disco mirror balls, and a room full of the best people in SF. It's a party.
In 2015-16, Bern Baby Bern raised over $40,000 for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and had a blast. It was also a place where a lot of activists got connected, and we know a few happy couples that met there too!
So the elections are over, what are we doing now? Everything! We're rasing money for the Reform Democrats Assembly District 17 and Reform Democrats Assembly District 19 who working with a statewide coalition of progressive ADEMs to change the Democratic party from within. But that takes time and money. Do they have your support?
About the location: Elbo Room has been awesome to us from the start, and we couldn't be happier to be back. However, the dancefloor is upstairs, and is not ADA accessible. We're really sorry.
Join us for a short talk with Dean Preston, executive director for Tenants Together and former candidate for D5 supervisor!
The April action meeting will then focus on our working groups:
-Campaign Finance Reform
We'll have representatives from each group report back to the club about their progress in the past month, about plans for the next month, and then a short Q&A/discussion.
We'll also have a special presentation on the SB562 Medicare 4 All bill that's moving through the CA state senate, and info on how everyone can help to propel it.
At the end, we'll discuss Tom Gallagher's resolution against military action in Syria.
Join hundreds of local Our Revolution groups on April 23 as we kick off the next phase of our national organizing plan. We’ll be joined via livestream by Nina Turner, Lucy Flores, Larry Cohen, and one of Our Revolution’s 2016 candidates and group leaders, Mike Connolly, as we discuss the next steps for Our Revolution.
On the livestream, we'll celebrate our victories, locally and nationally, we'll outline the integral role local groups will play in building our movement, and we'll give groups the resources and tools they need to take immediate action after the stream.
This event is co-hosted by San Francisco's official affiliate groups to Our Revolution - the SF Berniecrats and Progressive Democrats of America - SF Chapter.
NO TRUMP OR CITY CUTS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING!
Rally and March April 27 @ Noon
Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate
Affordable housing programs that serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community are under attack!
The Trump Administration is proposing a $6.2 billion cut to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which will eliminate or deeply cut programs that provide rental assistance to low income families and seniors, repairs to public housing, and basic community services. At the same time, the Administration is proposing billions in tax breaks to corporations and the most wealthy.
Meanwhile City Hall is considering a proposal by Supervisors Safai, Breed, and Tang that will raise rents and cut the percentage of affordable housing units that developers are required to build. Last June voters approved Prop C requiring developers build 25% affordable. The Safai-Breed-Tang proposal would reduce the affordable share to 18%. The sponsors claim this change is a ‘win’ for middle income workers because it imposes all the cuts on lower income workers and families. But the real winners are real estate developers: more than $60 million annually in rent hikes and reduced affordable housing obligations at today’s development levels.
Let’s unite to fight all cuts to affordable housing and make our programs stronger!
● No federal or City cuts to affordable housing
● Stop giveaways to developers and tax breaks to corporations
● Reject policies that pit the middle class against the most vulnerable
● Strengthen tenant protections for all San Franciscans
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Causa Justa: Just Cause
Chinatown Community Development Center
Chinese Progressive Association
Coalition on Homelessness
Community Tenants Association
Council of Community Housing Organizations
Eviction Defense Collaborative
Faith in Action
Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
Jobs With Justice
Mission SRO Collaborative
SF Tenants Union
Senior and Disability Action
South of Market Community Action Network
SRO Families United Collaborative
Veterans Equity Center
JOIN US ON APRIL27 @ NOON!!!
We'll hear from Supervisor Jane Kim, a representative from Evolve Prop 13, and we'll discuss the CA Dem Convention in May and endorse in the CA Dem Party Chair race.
See our Medicare-for-All Page!
Let's recap what happened at the CA Democratic Convention in Sacramento, and get organized for healthcare, housing, and more!
Early endorsement of the Lieutenant Governor's race, with progressive organizer and former Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin now running as a candidate.
Report backs from working groups, guest speakers and more!
Join the San Francisco Berniecrats as we address issues of inequality and justice in our community. At the August meeting we'll have Pam Tau Lee, chair of the board of directors of the Chinese Progressive Association and lifelong activist. We'll also hold early endorsement votes for SF District 8 Supervisor and Congress. Don't miss it!
Please note we're meeting at 518 Valencia in the Mission, not the Park Branch Library!!!
We'll hear from Jovanka Beckles from the Richmond Progressive Alliance, who's running to represent Assembly District 15. She'll talk about how the left can work together to combat racism and inequality. We'll also be having updates for healthcare, housing, public banking, campaign finance reform, and holding officer elections.
From East Coast to West Coast: What's next for the progressive movement? How did Vermont's Progressive Party grow to become such a force, without any corporate money?
David Zuckerman is the Leutenant Governor of Vermont and an integral member of the VT Progressive Party. Until 1994, he was an organic farmer, but decided to run for office when he was inspired by... Bernie Sanders!
Join us for an informal conversation on issues, strategizing, organizing, and the work to build on Bernie's 2016 presidential message. We'll learn from their real-world experience, and talk about how the same could be done here in California.
This event is sponsored by the SF Berniecrats and attendance is free and open to all.
Prepare yourself for bone-chilling tales of neoliberals who sold out our once progressive city to the highest bidder. Hear stomach-churning descriptions of corporatists who care more about profits than their fellow man. And learn about the harrowing struggles of our fellow progressive activists, tales that are sure to keep you up at night!
If follow national politics, but don't know what's happening in San Francisco, this workshop is for you!
Come learn about the political forces in San Francisco, the fights for justice that are happening locally, and how to get involved!
All revolutions start locally!
Winning San Francisco for Progressives means getting organized and informed. We'll be meeting with SF public interest advocate Jon Golinger and progressive District 10 Supervisor candidate Tony Kelly.
Jon Golinger is a public interest advocate, attorney, and neighborhood leader in San Francisco. Over the last two decades, Jon has led numerous successful environmental and public interest campaigns, including No Wall on the Waterfront, Protect Coit Tower, Don't Silence SF Voters, Citizens to Save the Waterfront, and the Coalition for a Clean and Reliable MUNI. He's now published his first book, "Saving San Francisco's Heart", which details the history of progressive politics in the city and Jon's vision to move it forward.
To move forward, we're going to need REAL progressives in office. Tony Kelly is a recently-announced candidate for SF District 10 Supervisor and an active organizer for issues like the arts and education in our community, economic equality, safe policing, and local progressive grass-roots engagement. He's run for D10 supervisor before and came in a very close second - just a few hundred votes short of winning. We'll have an open discussion that you won't want to miss.
We'll also have updates from our Medicare for All Healthcare, endoresements, housing, and other working groups.
If you're new to the SF Berniecrats, drop in and check it out. We're uncompromising and active in your neighborhood.