[Sfbay-news] Indybay Weekly Update For Thursday November 6th 2008
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Indybay Weekly Update For Thursday November 6th 2008
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* Lambda and ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Proposition 8
* Obama Elected First African American President
* California Votes: Prop 8 Passes, Prop 2 Passes, Prop 5 Fails
* Santa Cruz screening of "Terrorizing Dissent" on November 8
* Tree Sit Anniversary Celebration at UCSC on November 7
* Open Mic on Thursdays at SubRosa
* Student Detained After Refusing to Shake Hands with Israelâs President
* 2008 Election Coverage: Share Your Voting Experiences
* Is Schwarzenegger Terminating Salmon Surveys?
* Civil Rights Activists Takeover Fresno City Hall
* San Francisco "Palinistas" Lighten Pre-Election Jitters
November 7th 5:30 PM: Protest Prop 8! (Protest)
November 7th 6:00 PM: COPWATCH on SF MISSION DISTRICT WITH US ! (Other)
November 7th 6:00 PM: Critical Mass in Oakland (Critical Mass)
November 7th 7:00 PM: Report: Free Gaza Boat Trip (Speaker)
November 7th 8:00 PM: Diamond Dave's 71st Bday Party (Other)
November 8th 12:00 PM: D-Q University Veterans Pow Wow (Vigil/Ritual)
November 8th 2:00 PM: Report-back: Breaking the siege of Gaza (Speaker)
November 9th 3:00 PM: LMNOP Weekly Peace Walk, 3PM (Protest)
November 9th 7:00 PM: They Broke the Siege! (Speaker)
More Events On Indybay's Calendar:
Lambda and ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Proposition 8
Proposition 8 appears headed for approval. The Proposition would amend the California constitution to specify that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Lambda Legal Defense, NCLR and the ACLU have urged the California Supreme Court to invalidate Proposition 8. The groups argue that Prop. 8 is invalid because it improperly attempts to undo the constitution's core commitment to equality and deprives the courts of their essential role of protecting the rights of minorities. On Friday November 7th in San Francisco there will be a No On 8 rally at 5:30 pm at Civic Center, followed by a march to Dolores Park. On November 6th, tens of thousands marched on the Mormon temple in LA to protest Prop 8.
Obama Elected First African American President
On Tuesday November 4th, Barack Obama beat John McCain to become the first African-American President of the United States of America. Obama won many traditionally Republican states, including Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado, Indiana and North Carolina. As Obama's win became clear, celebrations broke out around the Bay Area.
California Votes: Prop 8 Passes, Prop 2 Passes, Prop 5 Fails
In California, Proposition 8 passed, changing the California Constitution to ban same sex marriage. Proposition 2, a ban on mistreatment of farm animals, passed. Prop 5, which aimed to reform how the prison system deals with drug offenders, failed to pass. In San Francisco, a measure to bring JROTC back into schools passed. A measure to change how police deal with prostitution failed to pass. The SF Board of Supervisors has remained in the hands of progressives.
Santa Cruz screening of "Terrorizing Dissent" on November 8
The brand new documentary "Terrorizing Dissent: Election Cut" will be screened on the evening of Saturday, November 8th at the Resource Center for Nonviolence. Independent media activists from Twin Cities Indymedia and other groups have released a new film which chronicles the events at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The documentary shows exclusive footage of the criminalization of dissent in St. Paul, interviews organizers now charged as terrorists under the Minnesota PATRIOT Act, and uncovers who ordered the violence against demonstrators.
Tree Sit Anniversary Celebration at UCSC on November 7
On Friday, November 7th, students and other community members will gather on Science Hill at UCSC to celebrate one year of occupying trees in resistance to the UCâs plans to destroy 120 acres of forest in Upper Campus, home to the threatened Burrowing Owl, and a vital watershed area. Festivities, including speakers and a performance by Blackbird Raum, will commence at 1pm. Tree-sit supporters assert, "Only by coming together can we make an impact on the choices that will affect all of us living in this landscape."
Open Mic on Thursdays at SubRosa
SubRosa, the new community space and anarchist infoshop in Santa Cruz, will host a weekly open mic on Thursdays at 8:00pm. The event is an opportunity to connect with friends and showcase creative music, poetry, and performance. SubRosa - a community space is located at 703 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz.
Student Detained After Refusing to Shake Hands with Israelâs President
On November 2, Hebrew University student Ali Bahar was detained for three hours after refusing to shake hands with Israeli president Shimon Peres. Upon approaching Bahar, the student refused to shake Peres' hand and stated "I will not shake hands with murderer of kids." Immediately following the encounter, Bahar was detained by university security personnel and his student ID was confiscated.
2008 Election Coverage: Share Your Voting Experiences
On Tuesday, November 4th, Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 FM will put callers (831-427-3772) live on the air from 10am - 12pm to report their voting experiences. FRSC will also broadcast and stream Democracy Now! at 8am and 12pm, as well as DN!'s Election Night Special for seven hours starting at 4pm.
Is Schwarzenegger Terminating Salmon Surveys?
A coalition of fishing and environmental groups is alarmed that an executive order by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued earlier this year could further threaten imperiled populations of Central Valley and Klamath River salmon. The order, made during the budget impasse between the Governor and Legislature, terminated temporary help positions from the stateâs payroll.
Civil Rights Activists Takeover Fresno City Hall
On November 2nd, over 1,000 people came to downtown Fresno for a NO ON 8 rally. The rally at Fresno City Hall was followed by an impromptu march to the County Clerks office to demand marriage equality. The keynote speaker at the rally was Father Farrow, who was a priest at the Saint Paul Newman Center in northeast Fresno. . . until he came out (last month) against Proposition 8. For this courageous act, he was suspended as a priest and removed as pastor.
San Francisco "Palinistas" Lighten Pre-Election Jitters
On October 30th, a gathering of Palin family look-alikes met under the rainbow flag on the Castro to the delight of tourists and locals alike. Mainstream media came out in force to photograph the group of men and women in Sarah Palin drag. A non-plussed Bristol Palin impersonator, appearing very pregnant, joined the entourage, helping to lift the spirits of San Franciscans nervous about election outcomes.
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