The SF Green Party endorsed the SF Labor Council's resolution regarding the murder of Alan Blueford at our Jan 23 meeting, by consensus:
Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;
Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;
Whereas two new reports by a federal monitor, criticized the OPD’s handling of officer-involved shootings and Occupy Oakland protests;
Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth, who was about to graduate from Skyline H.S., was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.
Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;
Whereas the OPD:
A. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
B. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
C. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
D. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months, and the police report for5 months;
Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and implies that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;
Whereas Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley declared she will not charge Officer Masso for the killing of Alan Blueford. Her report shows strong bias as, for example, relying on Masso’s statement that Alan was standing when he first shot him, despite 11 out of 12 witness statements to the contrary;
Therefore, be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council pass a resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford and demand that the Federal Monitor take strong action against OPD including:
1. Stopping the OPD from racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
2. Instituting stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the OPD;
3. The firing of Officer Masso;
Further be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council demand that the Alameda County District Attorney immediately charge Officer Masso with murder.
For those who are members of the community radio station KPFA, the SF Green Party has endorsed the United for Community Radio slate of candidates in the Local Station Board elections.
Your ballot is due in New York by December 11. It will be competing with holiday mail traffic to get there, so please send it now.
The UCR slate includes:
SF Green Party member (and former County Council member) Ramsés Téon Nichols.
East Bay Green Party members Larry Shoup, Samsarah Morgan, and Kate Tanaka.
Our full list of endorsed candidates includes:
Andrea Pritchett - Incumbent board member, community activist, teacher, Copwatch founder
Beth Seligman - JD, vegetarian occupier, permaculturist and writer
David Roach - Founder of Oakland International Film Festival and Mo Betta Foods
David Welsh - Labor organizer, delegate SF Labor Council, Haiti Action Committee, Occupy Oakland occupier
Karen Pickett - Environmental and community activist, writer and editor
Kate Tanaka - Incumbent board member, community activist, Green Party stalwart
Laurence Shoup- Author “Rulers and Rebels” & other books, Green Party stalwart, Longtime community and people’s movement activist
Oriana Saportas - Community & Labor activist, former KPFA Local Election Supervisor
Ramsés Téon Nichols - Organizing Committee Chair of Local SEIU 1021 and member of SF Green Party
Samsarah Morgan - Oakland Green Party, Occupy Oakland Activist, writer on birth health and family
David Landau - Co-host “Weekend News”
Joy Moore - Apprenticeship Program instructor, phone room supervisor
Frank Sterling- Board Operator, Apprenticeship Program instructor
News from our Presidential ticket:
Hip-Hop and the Green Party: Jared Ball and Rosa Clemente Were Right. Shamako Noble of the Green Party and Hip-Hop Congress discusses the burgeoning relationship between the hip-hop community and the Green Party as both look to move past the rhetoric and imagery of current and past presidential/electoral politics.
Why I'm Voting Green. Author and Activist Chris Hedges explains why he's voting for Stein/Honkala.
Voting Green in a Swing State. B. Sidney Smith explains why he's voting for Stein/Honkala, even though he lives in the swing state of Virginia.
Jill Stein was recently arrested for bringing food and supplies to activists blocking the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. Articles posted on her campaign website explain why she risked arrest.
Jill Stein will be in debates the Sunday and Monday before the election; see our debate post for more details.
If you're registered Green in SF, you should have received this card in the mail:
These are our endorsements for November 2012; click on them for longer explanations:
- 30: YES - Jerry Brown Tax Plan
- 31: NO - State Spending Cuts
- 32: NO - Limit Political Contribution from Unions
- 33: NO - Increase Car Insurance Rates
- 34: YES - End Death Penalty
- 35: NO - Misleading Human Trafficking Initiative
- 36: YES - 3 Strikes Reform
- 37: YES - Label GMO Foods
- 38: NO - Munger Tax Plan
- 39: YES - Clean Energy Jobs Act
- 40: YES- Keep Citizen -drawn Districts
- A: YES - Save City College
- B: NO - Bond to Fund Park Privatization
- C - did not reach consensus on supporting or opposing Housing Trust
- D: NO - Fewer Elections
- E: YES - Gross Receipts Tax
- F - did not reach consensus on supporting or opposing Hetch Hetchy Study
- G: YES - Oppose Corporate Personhood
- D1: Eric Mar
- D3: No endorsement
- D5: #1 John Rizzo,
- #2 Julian Davis, Christina Olague (dual #2)
- D7: No endorsement
- D9: David Campos
- D11: John Avalos
School Board: Sandra Fewer, Kim Garcia-Meza, Gladys Soto & Shamann Walton
City College Board: Rafael Mandelman
BART Board, D9: Tom Radulovich
State Assembly, AD17: Tom Ammiano
State Assembly, SD11: Mark Leno
Congress, CD12: No endorsement
An open letter to the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee, from Denise D'Anne, Green Party county council member:
The Democratic Party, at least in San Francisco, is noted for its compassion and egalitarian principles. Recently, during the last debate between candidates Obama and Romney, Dr. Jill Stein, a Green Party presidential candidate, was not only denied entrance to the debate, but also arrested. She was shackled to a metal chair for eight hours merely for expressing her constitutional right to be unhindered in her expression of attending a debate. This kind of police tactic is a blemish on all of us who sit back and allow this abuse of anyone's constitutional right to peaceful free speech or association and should not be tolerated in a democratic society. It behooves this body to express its outrage no matter who is denied their right guaranteed under our constitution and laws.
By not speaking out we give silent assent to an abuse that may come back to us in a similar fashion under different circumstances. Please use this opportunity to write to the authorities in Hempstead, New York or Hofstra University where the debate was held on October 16.
Congratulations to the four Supervisors who thwarted the City Family's attempt to illegally fire Sheriff Mirkarimi: Christina Olague (D5), David Campos (D9), John Avalos (D11), and Jane Kim (D6). See the Green Party's statement on Sheriff Mirkarimi for why we think he should be allowed to serve his term.