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Fukushima is Here at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, at the Pacific Ocean   Leave a comment

I wrote about a photo shoot that happened at Ocean Beach for a group art show I am curating, “WATER Currents in Contemporary Art”, opening May/2014.  I mentioned the corporate women’s run, but did not mention what I consider to be the most important thing going on at Ocean Beach in San Francisco’s (same place as my photo shoot), Outer Richmond District is a planned  massive gathering “Fukushima is Here”, tomorrow, Saturday 19, October 2013, same as the run.

BART is not running, “rightfully I believe”, so plan to take the bus or MUNI out to Ocean Beach, parking will be non existent.

I am imagining the mine blowing realization that the corporate workers will have when they realize Fukushima is Here!  What will the middle higher ups think? and the the higher higher ups? and their bosses?  Who will get blamed?

Many folks who have not thought of radiation all year will have had an unplanned for education. “Fukushima is Here”!

For more information go to http://www.Fukushimaishere.org

Big City Thoughts   Leave a comment

If you are accosted by a screaming po liceman continue walking  and do not respond. If you stop as I did, because you are afraid and behave without thinking as I did, ask if you are being detained. If you are not being detained (another word for arrested) continue walking and say nothing.  Do not speak with any po licemen, even if you witness an incident.  If you want to report an incident go to a po lice station.  If you want to report a po liceman in San Francisco there is paper work you can fill out and submit.

Contemporary Art in The City   Leave a comment

Local San Francisco artist Fernando Marti’s pen and ink drawings and others from his sketch book (prints, some framed) opened at the bustling Cafe La Boheme, 23rd, May 2013, in San Francisco. I particularly like his rendition of the American Mexican wall, he has printed or etched more than one. This wall that separates humans from humans and bugs from bugs is always on my mind; I like seeing it on other artists minds.

At this intimate gathering, in the largish cafe where not all were there to see Fernando Marti’s work were some of his close human friends, their kids, his lovely wife and their four year old son. I was surprised and pleased to see that people I call ‘neighbors’, were the same people that Fernando calls ‘friends’. Labeling people has been on my mind lately.

Go see and buy the reasonably priced art of Fernando Marti’s, sit and have a glass of wine at Cafe La Boheme 3318 24th Street (just across from BART), and check out the hood in San Francisco’s Mission District.

BART Closure and OCCUPY Oaklands Champion Dan Siegel   Leave a comment

Police raided the OCCUPY Oakland site early this morning and closed BART.  BART is OUR public transportation and Oakland is OUR city!

OCCUPY Oakland Champion Dan Siegel, one of the mayor Quan’s top legal advisers, resigned over the decision to raid the anti-Wall Street protest encampment on Nov.14th, 2011, a civil rights attorney and friend of Quan, he worked as an unpaid adviser. He has been a outspoken critic of Oakland police and also had opposed the Oct. 25th, 2011 raid. What are the rules for closure of BART Dan?

Oppose the raids and the closure of BART!  The government media can focus on cleanliness and the rules made by the police for the protesters at Frank Ogawa Plaza, but as many of us know and saw from the Oct.25th, OCCUPY Oakland raid and from the raids happening across the country, the police rules are in their favor and the force they use has dire consequences. The focus on silly issues keeps the citizens of the U.S. from thinking about the violence perpetrated on the OCCUPIERS in and around the U.S.

This is OUR U.S. government, not Egypt’s, not Iran’s, places we have been taught wrongly that refuse their citizens their rights. This is the U.S. that is refusing us our civil right to FREE SPEECH and PROTEST. This is OUR government refusing us OUR CIVIL RIGHTS, not some place most U.S. citizens have never been, not some other country we’ve been lied to about.

This IS OURland of the free and home of the brave’, GO OCCUPIERS!

San Francisco Pissed Off Voter Guide   Leave a comment

In my opinion, the PISSED OFF VOTER GUIDE, shown below, is the only guide needed to help make informed votes in San Francisco, November 8th, 2011.

I am having a few problems uploading the guide.  I will get it posted as soon as I am able.

For Mayor   Leave a comment

I was on my way home after going to the Mission District farmers market, when I came upon Jeff Adachi walking the streets for votes, handing out literature about himself,  pension reform and fortune cookies. He invited me to come to a local, public event that he was hosting at San Jalisco restaurant in the Mission District, that evening.

Let me say, that even as we spoke I told him my vote was to go to John Avalos for Mayor.  He responded, “John is a good guy”, but here is why you should vote for me…..  After reading his literature I decided to go to his event and ask some questions. His supporters on paper could not be more different from one another, Quentin Kopp, ultra conservative, a reason to not get my vote and then Matt Gonzalez, who seems to not have anything new happening in his life and describes himself as the former president of the city supervisors, but who is clearly not ultra conservative.

I went, a bit late, but not that late, Jeff was gone.  I was pleased that though he was gone, his “Jeff for Mayor folks” could easily handle my questions about labor, his position on unions and questions about pension reform. They were friendly and felt able to articulate Jeff’s positions. Here is what I got from speaking to his supporters.  Jeff Adachi  worked with the unions on the pension reform bill, not all of the unions were happy with the outcome, but many participated. He is not a union Buster He believes that the waste of money in our San Francisco city government could be used to restart many programs, the summer school program being only one of them.  Did you know have not had summer school in San Francisco for the last two summers?  I didn’t.

After the event I opened my Jeff Adachi fortune cookie, though, as many of you know I am gluten intolerant and wasn’t going to eat it, but who doesn’t want to read their fortune? My fortune read “your future is bright, vote Jeff Adachi for Mayor Nov. 8, 2011. Is our “future is bright?”

Bradley Manning, hero and prisoner   Leave a comment

Jason Ditz, Antiwar dotcom writes, An Army spokeswoman said that the military is putting the finishing touches on our media plan, and that the press would be allowed to hear the evidence against the whistle blower.
The finishing touches? Media plan? The press? Is this a bad dream?  While I was asleep my country disappeared.

In my country, Bradley Manning would be a hero, not a prisoner since May, 2010.