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Border Encuentro – November 2017

Border Encuentro – 2017

Tucson, Arizona

Eloy Detention Center, Arizona

Border Wall – Nogales, Sonora, Mexico / Nogales, Arizona, USA

SOA (School of the Americas) Watch –
Border Encuentro – November 10-12, 2017

Organized by School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch), thousands from north and south of the border wall, were brought together to take a hard look at the massive human costs of border militarization and US immigration policies… and to protest the long and current history of US intervention in the affairs of Latin America.

From the SOA Watch website:

“Our Mission:
SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement working to close the SOA / WHINSEC and similar centers that train state actors such as military, law enforcement and border patrol. We strive to expose, denounce, and end US militarization, oppressive US policies and other forms of state violence in the Americas. We act in solidarity with organizations and movements working for justice and peace throughout the Americas.

Our demands:
– An end to US economic, military and political intervention in Latin America
– Demilitarization and divestment of the borders
– An end to the racist systems of oppression that criminalize and kill migrants, refugees and communities of color
– Respect, dignity, justice and the right to self-determination of communities
– An end to Plan Mérida and the Alliance for Prosperity”

Border Encuentro – 2017

Eloy Detention Center, Arizona

SOA (School of the Americas) Watch –
Border Encuentro – November 10-12, 2017

Vigil outside Eloy Detention Center, Eloy, Arizona.

Day 1 – SOA Watch Border Encuentro 2017 – US District Court, Tucson to Eloy Detention Center, Eloy, Arizona

End Operation Streamline!
The US District Court in Tucson is one of 7 courts along the border where Operation Streamline operates. The court proceeding convicts up to 70 people of “illegal re-entry after deportation” in a group hearing that lasts under 2 hours. The court appointed lawyers have 20-30 minutes to get to know their clients. All those convicted serve at least 1-6 months in private prisons. The private prisons receive millions of taxpayer dollars for incarcerating immigrants.

“Many investigative reports have exposed the links between these companies and an increase in immigrant detainees. Programs like Secure Communities and SB1070 ensure this corruption continues”

The Eloy Detention Center, located an hour north of Tucson in the Sonora Desert, is one of many private prisons in the US, used to incarcerate immigrants. Like other private prisons, Eloy serves to profit off of laws that fill its beds.

Wells Fargo Divest – Guerrilla Street Mural

Divest from Wells Fargo!

November 6, 2017 – San Francisco
Guerrilla street painting outside Wells Fargo World Headquarters in San Francisco.

No funding for fossil fuel pipelines and projects! Action organized by Idle No More SF Bay and allies.
No DAPL – KXL – Trans Mountain Pipeline – Line 3.

The image is Thunderbird Woman Rising

Design by Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt of Onaman Collective

El Pueblo Unido – Santa Rosa, CA

!El Pueblo Unido! People’s March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

Santa Rosa, CA
April 29, 2017

Really great crowd and so much mutual support among all the many communities represented…

“… a merging of the traditional Sonoma County May Day march for workers’ and immigrants’ rights and a sister March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in Washington, D.C. The May Day March, annually organized by the May 1st Coalition, honors International Workers’ Day, and this year, with a larger coalition, points to the growing resistance against the Trump administration’s increasingly destructive policies on its 100th day in office.

“The group aims to create a united front to defend immigrant and Native American rights, public lands, environmental and workplace protections, including government action on climate change and workers’ rights to unionize. The march will provide an inclusive forum for the community to vocally oppose the alarming threats posed to marginalized populations in America, including the LGBTQ community, women, immigrants, and people of color.”

NoDAPL – Global Call

February 8, 2017
Federal Building San Francisco

– From Standing Rock – Global call to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline from wherever you are. In San Francisco, up to 20 arrested at Federal Building during day long rally. Meanwhile, following push from Trump, drilling on the last section of the pipeline that crosses under Lake Oahe / Missouri River can now begin immediately without planned Environmental Impact Statement. The Standing Rock Sioux vows to continue the fight in the courts.

Women’s Strike Oakland

March 8, 2017
Oakland, CA
Oakland Women’s Strike – From the organizers, “WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR:
In 46 countries across the world women are striking on March 8th for a better world. In solidarity with the international women’s strike, we are issuing a call for women in Oakland to organize ourselves against deportations, workplace harassment, out of control rent, broken healthcare, unlivable wages, discrimination, and police violence.”

SFO – No Muslim Ban

January 28, 2017
SFO International Airport
Thousands chanting “Let Them In, Let Them In” “No Ban, No Wall” “Kick Trump Out! Let the Refugees In!” as passengers are detained from flights originating in the predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The crowd of protesters continues to grow with a vow to remain until those being detained have seen lawyers and are allowed to freely enter the country. Similar massive protests are happening across the country.
#NoBanNoWall #LetThemIn

January 29, 2017
San Francisco International Airport –
Massive crowds gathered for 2nd day with intense passion and solidarity to unequivocally stand against the ban on refugees and those entering the US from 7 predominantly Muslim Countries. Up to 50 lawyers offered pro-bono assistance to families waiting for loved ones who had been detained or who they feared would be detained upon arrival.

No DAPL – NoKXL

We Resist! No KXL No DAPL — Rally at San Francisco Federal Building.

January 26, 2017
Following the lead of Idle No More SF Bay, thousands came to stand together for the protection of clean water, clean air, clean energy, the climate, treaty rights, sacred sites and the future of all the generations that will follow.

No Keystone XL Pipeline.
No Dakota Access Pipeline.

#NoDAPL #NoKXL #WaterIsLife


Post Inauguration Women’s March – Oakland

Post Inauguration Women’s March – Oakland

January 21, 2017

The day following the Trump Inauguration, hundreds of thousands of women marched in cities all over the United States and the world.  In Oakland, CA, close to 100,000 marched, creating near gridlock on transit systems and roadways.


Day Against Climate Change Denial

January 9, 2017

Hundreds rallied (in the rain) outside Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office at 1 Post Street in San Francisco (with similar actions happening in 75 cities across the country), to send a clear message to every US Senator: reject Donald Trump’s reckless climate denying (big oil) cabinet nominees…

– Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, for Secretary of State
– Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator
– Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
– Rep. Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior

Speakers included Rebecca Solnit and Antonia Juhasz.

Projections on the Hobart Building by San Francisco Projection Department

#RejectRex #DayAgainstDenial


NoDAPL – Army Corps of Engineers

#No DAPL – Stop Dakota Access Pipeline

San Francisco
November 15, 2016

At dawn, thousands gather at San Francisco Civic Center to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota and the massive gathering of Protectors standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline. A sunrise ceremony is followed by a march to the SF Army Corps of Engineers to increase pressure on them to not permit the laying of pipe under the Missouri River, a source of water for the tribe and millions of others.

The protest in San Francisco was one of over 200 actions across the country, calling for a stop to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for the protection of water, sacred sites and the planet from the fossil fuel industry and it’s funders.


Flood The System

Flood Wall St West – Stop Climate Chaos Profiteers – #FloodTheSystem

San Francisco Financial District – September 28, 2015

11 arrested as 200 protesters target those profiting from Climate Change.
4 people lock together inside the entrance to Bank of the West headquarters, while dozens outside paint a mural in the blocked intersection. The mural reads: “Stop Climate Chaos Profiteers #FloodTheSystem”.
Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas which is the French banking sector’s top financier of the coal industry. It is also one of the corporate sponsors of the United Nations climate summit (COP21) in Paris.
In the lead up to COP21 and beyond, actions are planned around the globe that call out the pressing need for people and communities EVERYWHERE to challenge the systems that are changing the climate and exist through oppression. To depend on the United Nations process would likely be a tragic mistake.


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