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PANEL and FORUM: Disappearing Civil Liberties in the United States

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7:30 pm

St. John’s Church

 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley 94705 

A $10 contribution for Bradley Manning legal defense fund will be requested.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

Americans’ civil liberties are vanishing at an alarming rate, jeopardizing not only democracy but even the rule of law. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Obama in January 2012, gives the President indefinite detention powers that threaten essential rights.

On June 11, an accomplished and energetic panel of speakers will outline the threats posed by the NDAA and as well as actions underway to challenge it. They will address critical questions such as: How can we act together to restore the rule of law? Is it too late to protect the civil liberties of future generations?

Daniel Ellsberg:  America’s most well-known whistleblower, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers and changed Americans’ attitudes about the Vietnam War. He is a founding board member of the Bradley Manning Support Network and the Freedom of the Press Foundation and plaintiff-litigant in the NDAA case Hedges v. Obama.

Birgitta Jonsdottir (MP Iceland – Pirate Party):  Poetician, Director of the International Modern Media Institute, co-producer of the aerial weapons team WikiLeaks “Collateral Murder” video,  Bradley Manning supporter, and plaintiff-litigant in the NDAA case Hedges v. Obama.   

Nadia Kayyali:  Legal fellow and organizer with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.  She has worked at the ACLU of Northern California, Bay Area Legal Aid, Common Ground Collective in New Orleans, and Occupylegal, where she supported Occupy activists at sites across the Bay Area.

Norman Solomon:  Journalist, media critic, anti-war activist, and author of  “War Made Easy” and co-founder of RootsAction.org.

Moderator:  Robert Jaffe, Volunteer Attorney challenging the NDAA in the case Hedges v. Obama.

Sponsors include ACLU Berkeley Chapter, Alameda County Against Drones, Aquarian Minyan, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, CodePink, San Francisco 99% Coalition, St. John’s Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Occupy Bay Area Jewish Contingent, RootsAction.org.

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NDAA News: SF Board of Supervisors unanimously votes against Indefinite Military Detention!

Below is the Press Conference announcing the vote by the Board of Supervisors:

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RALLY and PRESS CONFERENCE: Indefinite Military Detention – Never Again!




Tuesday, February 12: 12:15 pm Rally

                                        12:30 pm Press Conference

SF City Hall Steps, Polk Street, between McAllister and Grove

SF Board of Supervisors Meeting to vote on Resolution at regular BOS meeting starting at 2:00 pm

PLEASE JOIN the SF 99% Coalition and allies in supporting a resolution against the indefinite detention provisions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Obama. The SF Board of Supervisors will hear and vote on this resolution after the rally, and with a YES vote, declare “We won’t let this injustice happen again!”

This event will honor the Day of Remembrance on February 17 which commemorates the indefinite detention of Japanese Americans during World War II. Speakers at the press conference and rally will include Karen Korematsu, co-founder of the Korematsu Institute; David Chiu, President of the SF Board of Supervisors; Joe Nicholson of the SF 99% Coalition. Nadia Kayyali, of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, will MC. 

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Spaghetti Dinner a success!

Watch video below for highlights of the dinner program:

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Dinner & Program

Honoring Foreclosure Fighters


Featuring Will Durst, political satirist



THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013, 6-9 pm


Unitarian  Universalist Center

1187 Franklin Street, corner Geary Blvd, San Francisco


6:00 p.m.  Socialize, no host bar

 Dinner: (gluten-free spaghetti & real or tofu meatballs,

Caesar salad, dessert, coffee & tea).


  • Foreclosure fighters from ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment), Occupy Bernal and Occupy Noe;

  • Susan Harman, Public Banking Institute, on systemic solutions.

8:00 p.m.  “HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?”

the critically-acclaimed documentary will be shown, with

 Don Goldmacher, co-producer, to answer questions after the film.

General Admission:  $20.00 ~ Students & Seniors:  $10.00

Wheelchair accessible

 Sponsored by Unitarian Universalists for Peace-San Francisco

 Fundraiser benefits educational projects of UUs for Peace-SF

and the SF 99% Coalition

 To purchase tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/315687

Email:  sf99percent@gmail.com  or Call 415-595-7306

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SF 99%ers visit Senator Feinstein’s office to discuss NDAA changes

On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, members of the SF 99% Coalition “NDAA” subcommittee met with Senator Dianne Feinstein’s aide, John Murray, to discuss proposed legislative changes to the NDAA Bill for the coming year.  Thanks to SF City Watch Producer, Tony DeRenzo. here is a post meeting video news conference

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Speakers from the July 29 NDAA Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Center, SF

On Sunday, July 29, 2012, the SF 99% Coalition presented speakers in a Forum called “Our Vanishing Civil Liberties – Why It Matters Now!” about the National Defense Authorization Act, featuring speakers including the Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, Unitarian Universalist Beyond Sunday Minister, introduced by organizer Dolores Perez Priem.  Master of Ceremonies Art Persyko introduced speakers Shahid Buttar, Executive Director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Grace Shimizu, Organizer, Asian Americans for Peace & Justice; Nancy Mancias, Code Pink Accountability Campaigner; and Jessica Beeler, event organizer who conducted the Q and A Session.  Thanks to Deetje Boler and Bill Carpenter, videographers, here are highlights of this event.


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