Sunday, March 26, 2017

TREES OF GOOD NEWS IN THIS WEEK’S FOREST




New $250,000 award announced by MIT for civil disobedience.

Trumpcare bill killed only because of massive popular outcry. Now it’s time for the resistance to keep moving forward sez Michael Moore.


City Council of Charlottesville, VA passes a resolution telling congress to move money from the military to human and environmental needs instead of the reverse.

City of Berkeley becomes first city to divest from border wall companies.  Two more cities follow suit.

Ending slavery in America’s jails: California offers alternatives to the prison-industrial complex.


Finito Rato: Spain sends Rato, most corrupt banker-politician to jail.  If they can do it….

Chile Sentences Pinochet-Era Agents for disappearing five communist activists in 1987. Justice eventually—very eventually—catches up with perpetrators. If Chile can do it…

When enough state-supported terror is enough: Iraq suspends Mosul offensive after brutal U.S. airstrike.

In countries around the world, a burgeoning ‘Commons Sector’ is developing effective, ecological alternatives to the increasingly dysfunctional market/state system.

US joins international seed treaty to develop new varieties able to resist climate change, and droughts.


Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and CoalSwarm issue report that the coal industry is in freefall worldwide.



Berkeley City Council unanimously passed a “step Up Housing” initiative, part of which pays for 100 stackable micro-PADS or prefab affordable units to house the city’s most vulnerable homeless residents.


Baltimore City Council voted to raise minimum wage floor to $15/hr—by 2020.

Australian workers lift 61 day long lockout under new collective bargaining agreement with Lactalis and Parmalat.

After months of intransigence, and the loss of 39,000 books, 19,000 of them last copies, and in response to massive popular protest, the City of Berkeley appears poised to fire two of the members of the Board of Library Trustees.




STEAMING LIVE THIS WEEK:

KWMR Post Carbon Radio - Monday, March 27 at 1:00 pm (Pacific Time) - with Co-hosts Bing Gong & Karen Nyhus

Streaming live at:  kwmr.org - Community Radio for West Marin
Archived at:  wmpostcarbon.com
90.5 FM - Point Reyes, 92.3 FM - San Geronimo Valley, & 89.9 FM - Bolinas

War, Militarism, and the Climate
As we anticipate the big climate mobilization next month, join us on Monday for a discussion about the role of war and the military in causing global warming. How much does the U.S. military contribute to climate change? What happened to the old anti-war movement? Can we afford a 10% increase in the military budget? Do we need it? How does the issue of the military's role in climate change fit into a broader social change agenda, including local movements of resistance? 


 

Our guests will be Janet Weil, long-time Bay Area anti-war activist and former Code Pink staffer. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Janet is also a co-founder of the SF 99% Coalition. 


Cecile Pineda, activist and author of Apology to a Whale, Words to Mend a World. Her writing has received numerous awards and citations. Her archive is held by the Stanford University Special collections library. Her website is cecilepineda.com.  Joanna Macy writes of her work: "Cecile Pineda has the nerve to ask the one simple question...that could save us: What has happened to our mind that we are killing our world?"


            
                     

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Some Good News This Week


U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii blocks the latest version  of the Trump administration’s travel ban (Moslem Ban 2.0), saying it likely violates First Amendment protections.


Maryland Federal judge echoes Hawaii decision. But, according to Rob Hunter, writing in the Guardian UK, “the fate of the new ban will be decided in the streets, not the courts. So don’t assume that judges can do the heavy lifting for us.” The struggle is up to us.

California joined Washington and other states challenging the latest travel ban.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes to support DAPL divestment efforts, paving the way for San Francisco to become the first city to actually withdraw funds from companies financing the pipeline.

Other cities having passed similar legislation include Seattle, Alameda, Santa Monica and Davis.

Sami (Laplanders) indigenous people of Norway persuade second largest pension fund to divest from companies linked to building the DAPL.


Storebrand, a Norwegian investment manager divests $35 million from firms tied to DAPL.

Head of UN West Asia’s commission, Rima Khalaf resigns after pressure from the secretary general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians.

Marissa Alexander freed at last after two years of having to pay for her own ankle monitor.

Families of Yuvette Henderson and Kayla Moore have the right to a jury trial to bring justice for both women assassinated by law enforcement.


Facebook Forbids Police from using its data for surveillance.



Quote of the week:

Instead of foreign policy, we have a sports league kicking the globe around for power and glory and people rooting for their team rather than examining the events in play.

—Judith Bello


Ready for the April 29 Nationwide Climate Action

“I think one of the best things that we can do is look into economic conversion of the defense industry into green industries, working on sustainable and renewable forms of energy and/or connecting with indigenous people who are trying to reclaim their lands from the pollution of the military industrial complex. The best thing to do would be to start on a very local level to reclaim a planet healthy for life.” — Cindy Sheehan

Working with groups determined to participate in the April 29 climate mobilization and planning actions of their own, I offer this DRAFT of a flyer text which makes the connection between militarism with Climate Collapse (fits 8 1/2 X 11):

TO Fight Global Warming & Planetary degradation WE NEED PEACE

Fact 1: The U.S. Military is the greatest unreported polluter on the planet with uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants in the air, water, and soil.

Fact 2: While making war to control more oil, it is a top consumer of fossil fuels,
burning 340,000 barrels a day, 80 percent of the federal energy demand.

Fact 3: The US military has dumped corroding barrels of nuclear waste in the oceans, and chemical contaminants into the soils and water table.

Fact 4: Life on the planet cannot survive continued conventional war making, let alone nuclear war. U.S. wars have created sacrifice zones in the US and worldwide, contaminated by the use of depleted uranium, land mines and cluster bombs.

Fact 5: The U.S. military is an agent of environmental degradation with its destruction of 70 acres of a Guam world heritage site coral reef for a naval harbor.

Fact 6: With its use of sonar, the U.S. Navy is accountable for the deaths of whales and dolphins, all animals which depend on their own sonar for survival.

Fact 7: Instead of making more jobs available for marginalized people, militariz- ation reduces the number of jobs available in all other sectors, including teaching.

Fact 8: While profiting from its wars, the U.S. bankrupts other countries. The U.S. made $53 million on Gulf War I while costing 40 low & middle income countries 1 percent of the GDP, Yemen, 10 percent, and Jordan a whopping 25 percent.

Fact 8: Militarization is not good for kids, 33% of them live in poverty (that includes the US), while the US spends 60% of its budget on militarization.

Sources:

http://projectcensored.org/2-us-department-of-defense-is-the-worst-polluter-on-the-planet/

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/20146-militarism-and-violence-are-so-yesterday-its-time-to-make-peace-the-reality

https://thenearlynow.com/the-smokestacks-come-tumbling-down-c03ba1294522#.cd3khtjc1

Rosalie Bertell: Planet Earth

Peace Pays!               Peace Pays!               Peace Pays!               Peace Pays!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tokyo Olympics Must Go On No Matter What


The Good News This Week 

Acting locally: Cities worldwide take on the climate initiative, outstripping their national governments.

Private prisons face class-action lawsuit for violating—yes, you guessed it—antislavery laws. “Once again, immigrants are at the forefront of actually trying to make our country great again.”

Washington State AG Bob Ferguson who beat back Trump's Muslim ban last month just filed a lawsuit saying the original court order he won already covers the new Muslim ban.
A day without a woman was observed throughout the country.

Texas lawmaker, Jessica Farrar jabs at the state’s anti-choice laws, fining men for masturbation.

Arkansas teachers demand students know their real (Howard Zinn) History of the United States.

Maryland House of Delegates passes milestone anti-fracking bill banning hydraulic fracking statewide.

Army corps of engineers memo reveals agency is aware the DAPL encroaches on Indian land.

Water protectors’ fight not over. Tipis pitched in sight of the White House.



New database and hotline to track hate crimes nationwide.

China State Council Information Office releases a human rights report on the United States. “Wielding the baton of human rights, the U.S. pointed fingers and cast blame on the human rights situation of many countries while paying no attention to its own terrible human rights problems.”


 And the Not So Good News…

Tokyo Olympics Must Go On No Matter What

(published the 2,192nd day following the  nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi)

Early in 2013, PM Shinzo Abe stated to the International Olympic Committee that the  contaminated water problem at  Fukushima was totally under control, aware that if Japan was not capable of settling its contaminated water problems, it should not be permitted to host the 2020 Olympics. Somewhat later he admitted that his remarks were intended to relax the atmosphere of national anguish following the Fukushima catastrophe of March 11, 2011 where massive reactor explosions occurred, including one suggesting  its criticality had spewed radiological debris over much of northeastern Japan. Fukushima is located 150 miles north of Tokyo.

PM Shinzo Abe as Super Mario-at Rio 2016 Olympics closing ceremony
As of today radiation levels are at the highest level since 2011, the three core meltdowns cannot be remediated, nor can their level of radioactivity be measured because all robots designed to probe the wreckage burn out within two hours. Today SimplyInfo reported on a secret plan to tunnel under the reactors to remove the melted fuel.  No one knows exactly where the corium has settled, whether or not it has breached containment vessels, and if so, have radioactive plumes begun seeping into underground soils and water surrounding Fukushima.  Although fuel cores have been removed from the ceiling-located cooling pools of reactor 4, they cannot be removed from structurally damaged reactor buildings 1, 2, and 3 because radioactive levels are too high to permit approaching them. “Fuel rods are essentially time bombs of radioactivity,” writes Robert Hunziker in the World Financial Review.

On the hill behind the ruined plants, 85 thousand tons of irradiated water sit, waiting for the next major earthquake. At sea level, the flow of contaminated water continues to treat the Pacific like an open sewer. Forests in the Fukushima area are and will always remain contaminated. Roads in the area are posted with electronic signs announcing radiation levels. Road advisories report wind directions, suggesting that contamination may require motorists to turn off their fans and roll their windows up.

As late as December 2014, radioactive iodine-131 and tellurium-132 were detected 130 miles away from Fukushima, evidence that radioactive particles may still be traveling in areas far distant from Fukushima.

Nonetheless, because the government has suspended all living stipends to its 160,000 evacuees, leaving them without economic resources, they are being forced to return to live in contaminated areas. This in the face of constructing a new Olympic stadium at the cost of 153 billion yen, or $1.26 billion dollars. And the truth of Fukushima cannot be spoken aloud without incurring punitive consequences mandated by Act. No. 108 of 2013, the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets..




Future shaky

In order to deliver on their promise that the Japanese 2020 Olympics will be the most enviro-friendly games ever, the organizers are confronting both the potentiality of cyber attacks (the U,S. under the aegis of the NSA is running Japan’s cybersecurity), and the very real danger of a catastrophic earthquake.

Former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, Mitsuhei Murata, wrote a letter to Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee stating that he believes the games should be cancelled and the preparations abandoned because of the worsening situation in Fukushima, which is being downplayed by the Japanese Government.

Against this background, the Government of Japan has every intention of going forward despite the objections of both Murata, and former PM Koisumi, , despite the French criminal investigation into illegal payments by the Japanese of $2 million to the company at the center of the athletics corruption scandal immediately before and after the Japanese won the games, and despite the debt of the Government of Japan, which stands at 245% of GDP, reaching a ceiling which may cause dramatic inflation coinciding with the start of the games, making prices prohibitive enough to discourage attendance.

Tokyo organizers want to hold soft ball and baseball games in the  prefecture of Fukushima, while rowing and canoeing could take place in Mayagi prefecture, both areas hit hardest by the 2011 disaster. Despite safety reassurances, Germany has refused to participate.

If the Japanese official relationship to reality resembles that of the United States, it’s no surprise.  Japan is a client state of the United States, part of the array of allies the U.S. depends on for its Pacific Pivot. Cancellation would make the U.S. nuclear industry, already economically limping, look even sadder. The games will proceed no matter what, but divergence between the expertise of those actually doing the decommission planning and those who have a stake in comforting public relations is glaringly obvious.

I am indebted to John Bertucchi and Roger Herried for help with research for this article.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

And Now for the Good News


ACTION FOR THIS WEEK:

If you still bank at any one of the seventeen banks invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline, now is the time to divest by withdrawing your money, writing a letter of explanation to your bank manager, and opening an account in a credit union, which is less likely to fail if/when there is a run on the banks. 

If you have already switched, the action for this week is to contact as many friends as you can to let them know why depositing with any one of these 17 banks contributes to environmental and cultural degradation.


Pipeline Protesters shut down Citizen's Bank

 AND NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS (Brought to you by the Resistance)


•100 water protectors elect to face arrest rather than surrender on Lakota land ceded by the US in the Treaty of Ft. Laramie.

•Lakota Sioux vow to fight the DAPL in court.

 
 

•Rep. Hank Johnson re-introduced the Berta Caceres Human Rights Act
calling for suspension of US military and police aid to Honduras  until the perpetrators are brought to justice.

•The European Parliament issued a resolution urging the Government of Nicaragua to guarantee the safety of Francisca Ramirez, and other peasant human rights activists for opposing construction of the great Nicaraguan canal.

•Family of migrant killed by border patrol wins settlement despite agents never being charged.

Arizona kills bill that would have classified protesters as terrorists.

• Supreme Court delivers a major victory for opponents of gerrymandering.

Hancock drone resisters ruled innocent of all charges in an unusual case.



California court rules against Monsanto, allowing California to affix cancer warning on Roundup.

Sara Beltan compassion released Amnesty announces.

•Public Leadership Institute announces that elected officials in 18 states (including California) are all introducing legislation to protect or expand abortion access.

Strikes as passive resistance: Brooklyn Yemeni bodega owners, NYC taxi drivers, A Day Without Immigrants, and March 8 Day Without a Woman are all effective examples of passive resistance.

Interactive Map -    http://www.newamericaneconomy.org/locations/


•New American Economy map shows contribution of immigrants to the economy
in 435 congressional districts, and the 55 largest metro areas.


•S.F. Board of Supervisors passes resolution directing local law enforcement not to cooperate or comply with any attempt by the Trump administration to have people deported.


•Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State mandates that state agencies and law enforcement not assist the federal government with civil immigration law enforcement, pointing out that protecting the state’s immigrants will also save Washington’s economy.

•Pranksy Banksy establishes Walled Off Hotel overlooking the separation Wall.
If you need to stay in Israel, here’s your ticket.




Saturday, February 25, 2017

AND THE GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK….

 
 

These agreements—for Te Urewera, formerly a national park in the territory of the Tuhoe iwi (tribe); and the Whanganui River settlement in the territory of the Whanganui iwi—also come with an official apology from the Crown for historic crimes against the land and the Maori people, and redress funding for new management based on Maori cosmology, community education and cultural revitalization. These laws are deeply rooted in the ancient culture and  spiritual traditions of the Maori, but as we learned, they are for everyone.





More than 350 events have been planned nationwide by Resistance Recess together with a coalition of 21 resistance organizations opposing the Trump agenda.

Nationwide demonstrations take place marking “presidents’” day.

New Mexico just joined ten other states, among them California passing a bill which, if enough states join can to form a majority abolishing the electoral college so that a constitutional amendment would not be required.








In her scathing resignation letter, Labowitz argues that Exxon Mobil’s approach undermines democratic principles. “I am disappointed that instead of examining its own record and seeking to restore a respected place for itself in the public debate, Exxon has chosen to turn up the temperature on civil society groups,” the letter reads.


The proposed changes would limit contract negotiations only to base wages, cutting out negotiations over issues such as health insurance, evaluation procedures, seniority-related benefits, vacation and overtime policies.



More than 120 Wisconsin business close down to protest to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s immigration crackdown

CHELSEA MANNING

Letter to President Barack Obama

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have a country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

Chelsea Manning, Military and State Department Whistleblower [Chelsea Manning's sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama as one of his last acts in office.]

WHAT AILS US AND WHAT WE CAN DO  TO CHANGE IT: THIS WEEK’S MUST READ (SERIOUS READERS ONLY).

The Hubris Of Endless Wars Brings Down Empires -- In The End

Reprinted by permission from Went 2 the Bridge
Image courtesy Anthony Freda
 
No war is really endless, though it can seem that way in comparison with the puny life span of humans. A span which wars typically make even more puny; just ask the relatives of nine babies, toddlers and children killed in Yemen by U.S. special forces on January 29.

Back in 2003 when Bush Jr. proposed to attack Iraq on the basis of lies about their offensive capabilities, millions around the globe poured into the streets to protest. The invasion happened anyway, and the U.S. is still there.

During the Obama years, liberals in the U.S. went silent. We were still in Iraq and Afghanistan (and building bases as fast as we could in Somalia and Sudan, and bombing Libya, and arming "moderate" rebels in Syria and "pivoting" toward Asia) and the Pentagon's share of budget was still climbing upwards from 50% of the total. But the commander in chief was handsome and his wife and daughters were beautiful and, besides, "terror" and "9/11" were words often heard from his lips.


Image courtesy Anthony Freda
So with the ascendance of the demogogue with bad hair I've been curious to see if people would flood back into the streets to protest the crippling costs -- environmental, f inancial or spiritual -- of U.S. wars that now seem designed to be endless.

Not seeing it.

Masses of white middle class women whose reproductive rights are threatened will not come out against wars. They mostly supported Hillary or Bernie, both of whom had long pedigrees as warmongers. Their privilege and lack of initiative in finding real news for themselves will continue to blind them.

But there are glimmers of hope.

(photo: Nony Dutton)
Alli McCracken and associates January 20, 2017 in Washington DC

A 20-something friend who recently left her job at an NGO reported that she has found plenty of young people in Washington DC organizing around anti-imperialism and committed to opposing wars and occupations. Pushing back against U.S. enabling of Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine is one aspect of their work, and this will surely become more important under the current regime.


Today I'm taking a meeting with two young people in Maine who responded to my "Open Letter to Young Organizers: I'm Against Imperial Wars, How About You?". My pitch was basically, I'll gladly support your issues and I invite you to consider supporting my opposition to wars.

Image courtesy Anthony Freda

Environmental advocacy is what young people care fervently about as they contemplate their future on a devastated planet. My job in my remaining years here is to connect the dots between militarism and pollution.

Decades of failing to count the carbon output (and other pollutants) generated  by the Pentagon and its contractors has enabled the elephant in the room to evade notice. As Professor Tom Hastings of Portland State University noted, each time a new administration comes into office, advances in holding the Pentagon accountable for its carbon footprint are swept away by the "new" regime.

Plenty of signals indicate the waging of war will continue apace no matter whether the occupant of the White House has a D or an R after his or her name.

An inaugural promise by the demagogue with bad hair to "eradicate completely from the face of the Earth" the threat of "radical Islamic terrorism" is idiotic of course. For one thing, terrorism is a strategy and not a thing that can be eradicted. Secondly, our relentless bombing and invading of oil-rich nations and strategically located nations has only produced (as predicted) far more radical Islamic warriors. As intended. How else to keep the profit mills spinning so that the CEOs of war profiteers like General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin can continue to rake in the spoils of war?

Conversion to a peace economy is the only path forward out of this wilderness, but that possibility will be squelched and silenced by squeals about terror.

cartoon by Will Park

My friend organizer Bruce Gagnon is convinced that the master plan is to cut social programs to the bone to continue funding Pentagon-affiliated profit centers. This is hopeful in the sense that most people will not rise up and demand change until it is their ox that is being gored.



Are the powers that be just waiting until the elderly voters of the baby boom generation are out of the picture? I predict they will be amazed at the rising generations of resistance.



Kecia Lewis as Mother Courage in a 2016 production by the Classic Stage Company
German playwright Bertolt Brecht created his historical play Mother Courage and Her Children to comment on how a society at war makes everyone dependent upon the conflict even as it consumes its own young. Created in resistance to the rise of Fascism and Nazi warmongering, the setting is the Thirty Years' War that engulfed Europe from 1618 to 1648. It probably seemed endless to those who endured it.

In 2002 then U.S. Ambassador Richard Haass laid out the master plan in effect to this day:

There can be no exit strategy in the war against terrorism. It is a war that will persist. There is unlikely to be an Antietam, a decisive battle in this war. An exit strategy, therefore, will do us no good. What we need is an endurance strategy.

Ours is not the first empire to fall prey to this kind of hubris. Romans, Ottomans, Persians, Nazis, Japanese imperialists: all thought they were mighty unto eternity, and all wheezed to a halt when their resources had been exhausted.

 
Image courtesy Anthony Freda

This time the resource we exhaust may be the capacity of the planet to support our form of life. Earth may have the ultimate endurance strategy, and it many very well not include us.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Nisei Concentration Camps & the Racist Roots of Immigration Today


Last Sunday, February 19, 2017, was the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 1066 ordering the round up of West Coast Japanese-American populations, forcing them to report to concentration camps.
 
Back in the early 1970’s, the University of Hawaii held what was the first major public event/exhibit documenting the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in 1942. The event included a several month long exhibition of images held at the U of H Manoa campus’s East-West Center. The entire top floor of the EWC’s (Jefferson Hall) presented images of the horrific experiences brought on by FDR’s Executive Order 1066. 
 
 The movement to expose the horror of what happened to Japanese Americans first started to take root in 1970 through the efforts of The Japanese American Citizen’s League, followed by the U of H event. The state has one of the largest Japanese communities that goes back to the 1860’s when Japanese workers arrived as sugar plantation laborers whose numbers eventually reached over 150,000. There was no attempt during World War II to incarcerate the Japanese in Hawaii. 
Because of growing concerns over Japan’s growing military expansion in Asia during the 1930’s, as early as 1936 Roosevelt ordered surveillance of  Japanese, but it really took off in 1939 with the FBI’s Custodial Detention List. The U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle discovered the list and ordered it closed. J. Edgar Hoover just renamed it and told agents not to talk about it; it was then used at the outbreak of the war. The list was maintained by the FBI and later merged with the anti-communist Agitator List that survived until 1978. Its modern version re-emerged after 9-11. 

 18 minute video by War Relocation Authority

California was to Asians what the South was to African Americans

Sadly, going back to the 1860’s the SF labor movement played a leading role fomenting racial hatred of Asians connected to their use by the Central Pacific to build the first continental railroad. A substantial part of this importation was conducted by U.S. Anglo businessmen including the Southern Pacific’s own steam ship business that set up indentured contracts in China bringing Chinese laborers here to work not only on the railroad but also on the construction of the Sacramento Delta’s levees. (After the floods of 1862 destroyed most of the levees a law passed in 1868 revoked the 320 acre size of farms, resulting in the corporate takeover of the state’s agricultural lands.) Mostly Chinese laborers rebuilt them. One of the most egregious examples of buried history in the last 25 years of the 19th century was the the importation of some 50,000 Asian girls to San Francisco where they lived and died in service of the sexual needs of both white and Asian men. Most never lived to reach the age of twenty. 
 

 Event: Bay Area 75th Anniversary Remembered






 
One of the leading racist organizations that led the hate-based campaign was the Japanese and Korean Exclusion League that was formed in 1905 in San Francisco primarily by labor leaders from the Construction Trades and Sailors Union (membership Included Andrew Furuseth,  PH McCarthy and Walter McArthur & Olaf Tveitmoe). The group was renamed the Asiatic Exclusion League in 1907. List of anti-Japanese groups in California.
 
At the height of the Progressive era, the state passed the 1913 California Alien Land Law that forbid Asians from owning agricultural land for more than 3 years. The act was expanded in 1920 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1923.
It was under President Coolidge that the country reached its height of racist anti-immigrant polices with the 1924 Immigration Act that included a complete ban on Asians. With the Bay Area led the battle cry, the Act added the Japanese to the list of already banned Chinese from the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. The Act also had complete bans on Arabs, Southern & Eastern Europeans and a partial ban on Africans. What was surprising, considering the broad extent of the ban, was that at the time it did not include any Latinos. The reason for its passage? 
 


 “to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity”


The SF Bay Area was home to some of the most extreme anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S. right up to EO 1066 in 1942. For example, The San Francisco Chronicle on February 21, 1942 displayed just such an attitude of pro-Japanese-American internment, stating, “We have to be tough, even if civil rights do take a beating for a time”. But this was just the tip of the iceberg. See Below link on research the Seattle Labor community did to dig up the kind of virulent hatred spread around that region. I’ve not been able to find a similar documentary attempt for the Bay Area media, but the hysteria was spread by the media, special interest groups,  and political leaders across the West and nationally. 
 
 
The push for EO 1066 came from a report by General John DeWitt who was in charge of western U.S. defense HQ at the Presidio in SF. An investigation after the war disclosed that not a single instance of espionage by Japanese-Americans was ever found. The West Coast media rolled up its sleeves and spread anti-Japanese-American hysteria everywhere including the notion hatched by Frank Knox, Sec. of the Navy, of a Fifth Column within the country of Nisei ready to kill Americans in their beds at night. 
 
 (It must be acknowledged that during World War II Japan enslaved massive numbers of Asian peoples, including 10 million Chinese, 5.4 million Koreans and between 4–10 million Javanese.)



The 1934 General Strike was the first serious attempt to reverse racist behavior in the SF labor community. Asian Union locals in SF made attempts to join the labor council as early as 1910 but were ignored. Union leaders from Asia even attended state conventions in the hopes of bridging the racial divide, but to no avail, until 1950, when the SF Labor Council produced a multimedia slideshow titled “Men on the Job”, narrated by Hollywood movie star Keenan Wynn on race relations in the Labor Community. In the mid-fifties, the SF Labor Council teamed up with Jewish activists in SF and L.A. to set up a campaign that eventually led to the passage of the Fair Employment Practices Act of 1959. 
 
 
Sadly, the very same economic and racial tension that ignited the sandlot protests of San Francisco in 1877 are once again being used to attack immigrants in the U.S.; We now have very real concerns about where this country could be headed in a matter of months. All of which could come down to the ideologically deadlocked 4 to 4 U.S. Supreme Court.
 
At the height of anti-Chinese battles in San Francisco the regularly published SF WASP included dozens of racist images attacking Chinese people. Including images, like wanting to build a wall an example of history repeating itself. Other images documented how the use of Union Labels started with the war over Chinese vs. union made cigars. Click Here for more. The Bay Area has come a long way since its residents peered at other communities in peep shows of scantily clad minorities during the Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915.


Now For Something You'll Really Enjoy




In ways he never expected, Trump is actually making America great again.  Just look at the progress made since the election:


1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.

2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.

3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They're holding signs and marching every week.

4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone's forgotten he's kind of a jerk.

5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.

6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.

7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.

8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.

9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.

10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.

11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.

12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.

13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)

14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.

15. Stephen Colbert's "Late Night" finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today's Jon Stewart.

16. "Mike Pence" has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.

17. Trump has succeeded where thousands of history teachers failed - now everybody knows who Frederick Douglass was.

18. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.

19. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.

20. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.

21. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.

22. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.

23. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell's "1984" increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)

24. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.

25. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone.