Unitarian Universalist Breakfast Forum

Martin Luther King Room

First Unitarian Universalist Church

1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco

Sunday May 3, 9:30 am


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Renowned activist Kathy Kelly will speak on "Mobilizing Ideas for Peace." For many years, Kathy has worked to educate people on the consequences of war and organized nonviolent actions on behalf of peace by relating her first-hand experiences from areas of conflict. When she visits areas of U.S. military intervention, she stays in the homes of ordinary people who are victims of war. She tries to amplify the stories of people bearing the brunt of war, while also analyzing U.S. policies of military domination.  Kathy has traveled often to Iraq and Afghanistan and has just been released from prison for nonviolent protest of drones used by the U.S.  Last week, President Obama apologized for one of these drone attacks that also killed two innocent hostages.

  • Free Admission  
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Light Breakfast Available for $3.00  

Other Bay Area appearances of Kathy Kelly:  

  • May 3, 5:00 to 8:00 pm - St. John's Presbyterian, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley.  Light potluck and talk
  • May 4, 12:30 to 2:00 pm - Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill. Talk
  • May 4, 6:00 pm - Friends Meeting House, 65 - 9th Street, San Francisco.  Potluck desserts and talk
  • May 5, 12:45 to 2:30 pm - USF Lone Mountain campus #244B, SF
  • Other venues thru May 7th - Contact Sherri Maurin (415-250-7986)

Too many people are accepting an expansion of the U.S. war machine on the basis that "something has to be done about ISIS." People living in the United States do have a responsibility -- to send a loud message to the rest of the world that we are completely against the killing, theft of resources, subjugation of women and denial of peoples' rights by Western leaders.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a response to U.S. occupations, bombs, economic exploitation, and support of every reactionary regime in the Middle East. Wars on Afghanistan and Iraq have only strengthened the basis on which ISIS operates. But no party in the fight, not Islamic militias or the new Iraqi government paid for by the United States, has "right" on its side. ISIS offers a disastrous future for the people, and is no damn good.


University of San Francisco presents Professor Stephen Zunes    

Thursday April 23, 7-9 pm

Fromm Hall, Maier Room #110 

2497 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco 


Pretense of "humanitarian aid" fails to disguise the true nature of U.S. imperialism. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 destroyed education, legal, medical, water, sewage, security and electrical systems. When Iraqis rebelled, Bush's "surge" in 2007 handed out arms to Sunni and Shia, supporting death squads on both sides. U.S. intervention left what had been a relatively secular country split along sectarian lines, with a weak puppet government, and a huge opening for Islamic fundamentalists to push for religious rule. 

Meanwhile, shifting international alliances have brought civil war to one of the poorest countries in the world. The human cost of U.S. hegemony in the Middle East is now being measured in Yemeni bodies. Washington's support for dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign helped create the  current crisis.Under Obama's proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force the Pentagon will be free to wage endless, expanding wars all over the world without geographic limits. All of this imperial military doctrine is absolutely illegal, whether Congress approves it or not. Nothing good can come from U.S. bombing, and we need to say so immediately and widely.

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Several hundred marched from the Mission district of San Francisco to city hall during a protest against police brutality and police killing minorities. Those participating chanted anti-police brutality slogans and called for an end to the violence.

-- Rem O'Donnelley, remsreports.com

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No More Stolen Lives

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After the protests of last year, after promises were made and investigations were launched, after hundreds of protesters were arrested... the police are still getting away with killing people, especially Black and Latino people.

The upsurge of conscience and resistance that was born in Ferguson last summer, and rocked this country into the winter, has to be renewed and sustained. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network sponsored a National Day of Resistance Tuesday to the criminal in-justice system that gives a green light to wanton shooting of unarmed suspects, mostly people of color, mentally ill, or both.

The impunity afforded cops who kill (officers are seldom if ever held to account for their actions) enables the abuse of power inherent in a legal framework of male dominance and racial inequality.

The lesson taught in the days of plantation slavery and later in the murders of Black Panthers was really quite simple: the rich have the right to kill, the poor have the right to obey notes Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zack De La Rocha. 

Make no mistake, police shoot to kill. Former police chief Chuck Drago (City Of Oviedo, Florida) says that contrary to what you see in film, police aren't trained to shoot to disarm. "Officers are trained to shoot for center mass," Drago said. "They don't try to shoot the gun or knife out of his hand because ... he's probably not going to hit it, and those few seconds are lost." Police commonly shoot suspects multiple times to guarantee silence.

Shooting people with little reason has grown to epidemic proportions. Criminal Justice Reporter for ThinkProgress, Carimah Townes writes that police killed 111 people last month, more than twice the number (52) killed in the entire United Kingdom since 1900. 

Cops become ever more blatant with public accommodation of their crimes. Courageous resistance in the face of repression has never been more important. The real power behind stories of stolen lives rests on how we react. 

We refuse to live in a terror state.

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Emergency Rally 

Saturday April 11

12 Noon 

Oakland Federal Building

1301 Clay Street (near Downtown Oakland BART) 

The U.S. government has been trying to murder the internationally celebrated black writer, radio journalist and former Black Panther member Mumia Abu-Jamal for 34 years. 

The MOVE organization with International Concerned Friends and Family stopped his execution in 1995 and 1999, and got him off death row. Now Pennsylvania prison officials are deliberately trying to kill him with medical neglect and intentional torture. The situation is urgent and couldn't be more serious. 

Flood Mahoney Prison Superintendent John Kerestes with calls ( 570-773-2158  Ext. 8102).

Murder by Police Has to Stop

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c/o The Daily Californian:

..the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and the Revolution Club hosted a "speak out" event Tuesday at the UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center to call for an end to police brutality.

The event, which drew about 40 people, hosted an array of speakers, most of whom were family members of individuals who had been killed by police. The event's organizers were not affiliated with the campus.

"It's not every day that you get to hear from people who experienced the horrors of losing a loved one to ... police," said Rafael Malik, one of the organizers of the event.

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No Honor Among Thieves

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Shifting international alliances have brought civil war to one of the poorest countries in the world. The human cost of U.S. hegemony in the Middle East is now being measured in Yemini bodies. Civilian suffering is the common denominator in all of Obama's wars, from Afghanistan to Libya. 

"While the details can be confusing, one thing is simple. American imperialism and the war of terror unleashed on that region are ultimately at fault and continue to destroy nation after nation."

-- Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report

World Can't Wait sustainers are a special group of people who donate monthly in support of visual resistance to the crimes of this government. 

Sustainer Drive Extended thru April 
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Interior Department confirms 75 percent spill risk. 

Environmentalists shocked!? 

"For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama's decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction." 

-- Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Shell has spent about $6 billion exploring the Arctic and is already moving oil rigs to Alaska.


..it doesn't matter if you're in the right, it doesn't matter if a cop is in the wrong, it doesn't matter if you're being treated with less than the respect you deserve. If you want to emerge from a police encounter with your life and body intact, then you'd better comply, submit, obey orders, respect authority and generally do whatever a cop tells you to do.

The assurance of safety in exchange for compliance is a false, misguided doctrine that has us headed towards a totalitarian regime the likes of which the world has seen before... Resist!


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San Francisco ICE Offices, Wednesday April 1  photo by Oscar Salinas

By David Swanson

http://warisacrime.org/content/television-commercial-california-asks-drone-pilots-stop-killing 


This may be a first: a television ad campaign in a U.S. state capitol appealing to someone to stop murdering human beings who have, in most cases, already been born.

A new 15-second television ad, a variation on one that's aired in Las Vegas near Creech Air Force Base, is debuting this week in Sacramento, Calif. Take a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESdmex_AA3I

The ad was produced by KnowDrones.com, and is cosponsored by Veterans for Peace/Sacramento, and Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento. It is airing on CNN, FoxNews and other networks starting Tuesday in the Sacramento/Yuba City area, near Beale Air Force Base.

Producers and promoters of the ad campaign have planned a press briefing at 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 31, at the main gate to Beale Air Force Base. The ad's appeal for pilots to "Refuse to Fly," they say, "is aimed at drone pilots, sensor operators, support personnel and their families as well as the general public."

While killing people with drones by the thousands has become so routine that elite lawyers argue for making "wartime" permanent, and the United States is selling armed drones to nations around the world without apparently the slightest consideration that any undesired consequences are possible, the reality of what is happening is rarely seen in U.S. media. Comcast cable has decided that the advertisement above cannot be shown before 10:00 p.m. because it shows a glimpse of what "targeted drones strikes" do.

Comcast is allowing the version below to air at all hours as it more closely resembles the rest of U.S. television content in hiding reality. It does state "U.S. drones have murdered thousands, including women and children."  "Murder," by the way, is the U.S. government's own terminology, and strictly accurate.

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Nick Mottern, coordinator of KnowDrones.com, suggested that activists have focused on appealing directly to drone pilots because appealing to the U.S. government has become so hopeless. "The President and the Congress," he said, "refuse to respect law and morality and stop U.S. drone attacks, so we are asking the people who bear the burden of doing the actual killing to put a stop to it."

In fact, drone pilots are suffering post traumatic stress and moral injury in significant numbers, and dropping out in significant numbers. Information on all the factors involved in creating the current, and much desired, shortage of drone pilots is, of course, incomplete. For a discussion of the issue, listen to this week'sTalk Nation Radio with guest Brian Terrell.  Efforts are also alive and well to get armed drones banned or to at least stop the U.S. government from arming the world with them.

All-Out War in Yemen

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The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, allying with Iran in Iraq, and Saudis in Yemen, not to mention more widespread drone actions.

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Airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia [King Salman pictured with Obama to right], and supported by other members of Gulf Cooperating Council and the U.S. government, continued to hit Yemen on Thursday as the situation in one of the world's most impoverished, yet strategically important countries continues to unravel amid what can only be described now as all-out war.

Reports indicate that a first wave of bombings overnight which resulted in a number of civilian deaths--including entire families trapped in flattened houses--have spurred widespread anger in Sanaa and other targeted cities, even among members of the population opposed to the Houthi rebels who have now wrested control of much of the country from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose whereabouts remain hard to establish.

The White House, reports Reuters, has said it is actively supporting the operation and President Obama has authorized U.S. "logistical and intelligence support" for the bombing campaign. 

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"U.S. involvement has taken Afghanistan to the brink of utter devastation. We have ruined Afghanistan so that we can claim to save it from ruin." -- Sonali Kolhatkar, Afghan Women's Mission

Obama extends America's longest war

Sunset the Forever War

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ISIS is Bad

Too many people are accepting an expansion of the U.S. war machine on the basis that "something has to be done about ISIS."

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is a response to U.S. occupations, bombs, economic exploitation, and support of every reactionary regime in the Middle East. The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq have only strengthened the basis on which ISIS operates. But no party in the fight, not Islamic militias or the new Iraqi government paid for by the United States has "right" on its side. ISIS offers a disastrous future for the people, and is no damn good.

Pretense of "humanitarian aid" fails to disguise the true nature of U.S. imperialism. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was conducted in a lawless way, destroying education, legal, medical, water, sewage, security and electrical systems. When Iraqis rebelled, Bush's "surge" in 2007 handed out arms to Sunni and Shia, supporting death squads on both sides to set them against each other.

U.S. intervention left what had been a relatively secular country split along sectarian lines, with a weak puppet government, and a huge opening for Islamic fundamentalists to push for religious rule.

AUMF is Worse

"The United States doesn't actually declare war anymore--the last time it did was World War II--but Congress still sanctions American combat through authorizations for the use of military force." -- Joshua Keating, Slate.com.

War on Iraq has never helped the Iraqi People. Bombings, economic strangulation through sanctions, and occupation of Iraq for 24 years are responsible for uncounted deaths - possibly over 1 million - leaving a third of the population displaced, in need of emergency aid or dead. The U.S. began bombing Iraq again this summer, and now Syria, based on the lie that Islamic fundamentalist groups represent an immediate threat to the U.S.

Bush's 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) set into motion the drone war, torture, and mass warrantless spying. Under Obama's proposed AUMF the government will be free to wage endless, expanding wars all over the world without geographic limits. All of this imperial military doctrine is absolutely illegal, whether Congress approves it or not.

Authorization for a "blank check" on the Use of Military Force is stumbling, as it should... activists fight to repudiate the illegal infrastructure for 13 years of war crimes. 

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RALLY AND MARCH 
Saturday, March 21
12 Noon
Powell & Market, San Francisco

Next weekend marks the 12th Anniversary of 
Shock and Awe, the U.S.-led invasion and 
occupation of Iraq.  

In solidarity with the "Spring Rising" protest at the White House, we say: 

NO MORE U.S. War on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen
U.S. INTERVENTION Fuels the Islamic State
NO GOOD Can Come of Military Action in the Middle East

Close to 2,500 people have been killed by U.S. drone strikes outside declared war zones since Obama's inauguration in 2009, nearly six times more deaths than under the Bush Regime.  

The criminal war of aggression by the U.S. government and allies helped to create the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) says former UN secretary general Kofi Annan: 

"I was against this invasion and my fears have been founded. The break-up of the Iraqi forces poured hundreds if not thousands of disgruntled soldiers and police officers onto the streets... The aim of creating democracy without the existing institutions ushered in corrupt sectarian governments."  

Annan added that the country has been unstable ever since, providing a huge opening for Islamic fundamentalists to push for religious rule.

Drone Warfare spurs growth of sectarian violence. Since President Obama unleashed his "weapon of choice" drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia the growth of ISIS has skyrocketed. With his decision to sell military drones to allied countries, the Nobel Peace Prize winner opens the door to world drone warfare. Exports promise a windfall for the aerospace industry, and misery for anyone challenging U.S. hegemony.

The World Can't Wait - Ground Killer Drones - End the U.S. War of Terror.

The SF event has been called and endorsed by ANSWER Coalition, Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), AYPAL - Building API Community Power, BAYAN-USA, Code Pink, Critical Resistance, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Middle East Children's Alliance, Mujeres Unidas Activas, Occupy Action Council San Francisco, Party for Socialism & Liberation, Cindy Sheehan, Socialist Viewpoint, Unitarian Universalists for Peace & Justice, WORD - Women Organized to Resist & Defend, and World Can't Wait.
A daily raise of about $50 is unlikely to slow the flight from desktop killing. The Air Force has had to press regular cargo and jet pilots into servicing the Pentagon's enormous demand for new techno-warriors.

One thing is clear: the pilots are not just killing "bad guys" and they know it because they see everything that happens before, during, and after a drone strike.

End the American War OF Terror

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"..when my country wipes out wedding parties in other lands or organizes torture regimes and offshore prison systems where anything goes, or tries to jail yet another whistleblower, when it acts cruelly, arbitrarily, or barbarically, I feel shock and wonder why more Americans don't have the same reaction." 

-- Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com

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Photo: bodies of nine men killed in a U.S. drone strike on December 12, 2013 near the town of Radda, Yemen.  Nasser Al-Sane / Reprieve

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