At the monthly meeting of the coalition on June 2, 2015, members discussed new ways to evolve to be more effective in our various organizing efforts and whether to continue the coalition in its present format. Members spoke about their feelings about this, reviewed our origins, and considered our activities relating to the 4 goals of the coalition. We decided that for now, regular monthly meetings will not be held at the Unitarian Universalist Center, but we will continue the coalition listserv notices, Twitter feeds and website information in addition to holding special events and the popular Spaghetti Dinner for the 99% annually. The following outlines this news:
San Francisco 99% Coalition — Statement of Transition
To all our friends in the Bay Area Progressive Community:
As of June 2, 2015, the San Francisco 99% Coalition will no longer meet regularly at the Unitarian Universalist Center, as it has done for the past four years. Members of the coalition came to this decision after reviewing our past and ongoing work. At the June 2 meeting, we agreed that it would be more effective if we directed our efforts to specific issues addressed by organizations allied with the Coalition, as well as others operating outside of it.
Although our monthly meetings will no longer take place, we will continue sending weekly messages through our Twitter account (@sf99percent), posting information on our website (http://sf99percent.org) and circulating our online email listserv, which announces current news and upcoming actions organized by Bay Area progressives. Each of these media resources publicizes information relevant to our four goals: End the Wars, Tax the Rich, Care for the People and Protect the Environment.
The 99% Coalition originally came together following a rally on October 6, 2011, marking the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan. The event was held in solidarity with an antiwar encampment in Washington DC and in support of the nationwide Occupy movement. We recognized that this movement, many of whose activists attended the local rally, conveyed to the American people an important message about the deepening crisis of American economic, social and political inequality. On that occasion we adopted the Coalition’s four goals, and have continued to promote them over subsequent years as we worked with the participating groups.
Over time, our efforts have focused particularly on civil liberties and the environment, with several notable successes.
In coalition with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), the Korematsu Foundation and the Asian Law Caucus, we drafted a resolution opposing the indefinite detention provisions of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and submitted it to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Several of our members spoke in support of the resolution, which unanimously passed in February 2013—making San Francisco the 18th, and the largest, US city to approve such a resolution. Several members of the 99% Coalition continue working to strengthen civil liberties through a broad local coalition that has now formed and operates as the Bay Area Civil Liberties Coalition.
Coalition members who engaged primarily in actions to protect the environment expect to continue that work, which includes protests against hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), refinery expansion and the transport of crude oil by rail. We are actively allied with organizations dedicated to preserving our precious water resources, defending California’s environment in the face of ongoing draught, and combating radical climate change.
Every year since our inception, the 99% Coalition has brought together Bay Area progressives at a gala event that acknowledges major achievements related to our four goals. Originally conceived as an awards ceremony to honor organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to social, economic and environmental justice, our annual Spaghetti Dinner for the 99% also features excellent food, prepared and served by volunteers; entertainment; and an address by a major speaker. We hope to continue this event, which has won widespread praise and attracts more guests each year.
We extend sincere thanks to the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco for its support and assistance in our undertakings, and to the organizations and activists who have worked with us over these past years. We are proud of what we have accomplished and treasure the connections we have made with all of you.
See you in the streets and at future events!
San Francisco 99% Coalition Members
June 2, 2015
Web site: http://sf99percent.org/