May 1: May Day Against the War and For Immigrants Rights

22 04 2008


Join Direct Action to Stop the War (DASW) in solidarity with immigrants and ILWU dockworkers on May Day. Dockworkers are taking direct action against the war by stopping work at West Coast ports on International Workers’ Day. Meanwhile, immigrant rights groups will again be marching this year demanding amnesty.

DASW will also go to the military recruitment center and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Let’s call for an end to the war and protest the military’s bribing of immigrants to enlist in the war as a fast track to citizenship!

“Support dockworkers’ direct action!”
“The war is illegal — immigrants aren’t!”

Join us all day, or for part of it.

10:30 AM
Join the DASW contingent in the ILWU’s anti-war march
>> Meet at Beach St. at Mason St. (Take Muni F-Market.)

Join DASW at the ILWU’s anti-war rally
>> Justin Herman Plaza (Embarcadero BART)

12:30 PM
March/protest at military recruitment center & ICE
>> Depart from Justin Herman Plaza (Embarcadero BART)

2:30 PM
Join DASW at the immigrant rights rally and march.
(Please, no direct action here, per immigrant groups’ request.)
>> Dolores Park (18th St. at Dolores, 16th Street BART)

Get text message updates on May 1st: text ‘follow daswmayday’ to ‘40404’


March 20: Rally & Hearing Against Chevron’s Dirty Crude Refining Expansion!

20 03 2008


Thursday, March 20, 2008
6:15 – Rally Outside of Richmond City Hall
7:00 – Planning Commission Hearing (bring food and snacks– we need folks to stay for the whole hearing!). To testify people need to sign up before 7pm and 1-3 minute public testimony will take place around 10pm.

Richmond City Council
1401 Marina Way South (past Regatta)

*Carpool-Offer a Ride or Catch one at 5:45 Richmond BART (510 967-7377)
* AC transit bus #74 stops near by
* Driving Directions: From Oakland/East of Richmond:Take I-580 W. Take the CUTTING BLVD exit toward HARBOUR WAY SOUTH. Turn RIGHT onto CUTTING BLVD. Turn RIGHT onto MARINA WAY S.

Community Demands:

* No Increase In pollution! Reduce Current Pollution Levels!
* Environmental justice, worker justice and right to know are a must!
* Chevron’s expansion must provide a meaningful
public review process, including considering alternatives to refining dirtier crude!
* Recirculation of the EIR! Suspend the approval process until there is full disclosure of changes in crude oil stock & its impacts!

We are encouraging all residents of Richmond and surrounding communities (Bay Area-wide) to make testimony at this hearing. Please demand that the Planning Commission suspend the process, recirculate the Final EIR (environmental impact report) as it is missing emissions data and does not disclose the true scope of this project.

Additionally, let them know that you don’t want any dirtier crude refined in Richmond.

See Communities for a Better Environment.
See the agenda on the hearing and more info.

For more information please contact:
Jessica Tovar 510-302-0430 ext 24
Dr Henry Clark 510- 232-3427

March 19: Direct Actions in Downtown SF

17 03 2008

Multiple actions at multiple locations

7:30 am – 5 :00 pm – Meet at Market and Sansome to plug into actions throughout the day marches to multiple sites – led by the Brass Liberation Orchestra!7:30 am, 9:00 am and 11:00am Bikes Not Bombs – Bikers leave Justin Herman Plaza at to support the day’s actions.

10:00amGuerrilla Street Theater with legendary performer Keith Hennessy

11:00amWords Against War, Market at Montgomery. City Lights Bookstore co-sponsors an anti-war read-out featuring Jack Hirschman, SF Poet Laureate; Guillermo Gómez-Peña, performance artist; Rebecca Solnit, author and activist; and MC James Kass of Youth Speaks.

5:00 pm – March & Rally to End the War Now! Gather at Civic Center Polk and Grove Sts. Initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition – San Francisco – (read their call to action)

Important Info:

    • The National Lawyers Guild legal hotline for arrestees is 415-285-1011. View the Direct Action to Stop the War Legal website.
    • Join the March 19 DASW Text Mob to stay updated throughout the day:
      Send a text to 40404 with the words “follow dasw” (case sensitive, no quotation marks). Standard rates apply.
    • Catch live, from-the-street updates on your radio at 102.5 FM!
    • Print out the Direct Action Menu

On March 19, 2008 – the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq – Direct Action to Stop the War will be organizing a day of decentralized, multiple-target direct action against government offices and war profiteers in downtown San Francisco. We have created a list (which is below) of San Francisco offices of federal agencies, corporations with military contracts or contracts in Iraq, politicians who have failed to stop the war, and foreign embassies of countries linked to the war in Iraq. We are focusing primarily on corporations with military or Iraqi contracts, because we want to focus attention on the prominent role played by war-profiteering corporations in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. We will take direct action on March 19th against as many of these locations as possible, in order to send a clear message to the economic and political elites that control this country: No business as usual until all U.S. troops are withdrawn from Iraq!

Plug into the March 19th San Francisco Day of Direct Action:

  1. Get together with a group of your friends and plan a direct action against a government or corporate office on March 19th.
  2. There are many, many other vital roles you can play in this action. Please come to our next organizing meeting and plug in.
  3. Take the day off work or school and meet up with us at Market & Sansome starting at 7:30am. Snake marches will be leaving Market & Sansome throughout the day, and going on “tours of shame” of the different war profiteers in downtown SF (and supporting the direct actions, which will be ongoing throughout the day).
  4. Come to the next March 19th working group meeting. This is a meeting for folks who are interested in planning the action, coordinating the snake marches, and helping out with other logistical needs.

If you decide to plan an action, contact Adrian (adrianw [at] and tell him where and when your action will take place (so that he can let you know if someone else is planning on doing an action at that same location); anything you tell him will be strictly confidential.

Here’s some suggestions of what kinds of actions you could do at a corporate or government office (and, of course, you could always do more than one):

  • *Blockade the entrance to the building.* (If you feel up to it, we’d strongly encourage you to try to do a blockade/occupation of some sort, and we’d be glad to help you out with planning and logistics. Email the March 19th working group at dasw.march19th [at] to learn more.)
  • Occupy their office by handcuffing yourselves to desks or doorways.
  • Do a sit-in or die-in in their office.
  • Do creative and attention-grabbing street theater outside, educating people about what that company is doing (we can help you do research on the company).
  • Hang a banner from their building (again, we can help you out with that).
  • Try to get into the company’s office and do a creative action (present a mock award, deliver a coffin, hold an impromptu ‘dance party for peace’…).

Or, you could do an action that isn’t specific to any single location – like altering billboards, or forming a roving bike brigade that pelts corporate offices with rotten vegetables, or anything else you can come up with! Basically, we would encourage you to be creative, come up with an anti-war action that excites you and your group, and then do it! And if you belong to a smaller group, you could always get together with other groups and do an action together. And, of course, we’re here to support you in any way we can. Email us at dasw.march19th [at] if you need any specific support, or have any questions.

Direct Action Menu (Download PDF)

Direct Action to Stop the War
March 19, 2008


Gourmet Government Agencies:

San Francisco Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.
(Nancy Pelosi’s office is on the 14th floor.)
Not on Map

New Federal Building
90 7th St.
Not on Map

U.S. Army Recruiting Office
670 Davis St.
Map Code: A

Export-Import Bank of the United States
250 Montgomery St.
Map Code: B

The Export-Import Bank – an arm of the U.S. government – has been heavily involved in Iraqi reconstruction contracts.

Palatable Politicians:

San Francisco Democratic Party
155 Sansome Street #520
Map Code: C

Dianne Feinstein’s office
1 Post St # 2450
Map Code: D

Crunchable Consulates

British Consulate-General (Suite 850) and Citigroup (Suite 2600)
1 Sansome St.
Map Code: G

Even after a large draw-down under Prime Minister Brown, Britain still has about 4500 troops in Iraq.

Citigroup is KBR’s banker. KBR is the largest recipient of Iraq contracts.

Consulate General of Israel
456 Montgomery St. #2100
Map Code: F

Irresistible Iraqi War Profiteers:

URS Corp. Headquarters and Carlyle Group office
Transamerica Pyramid
600 Montgomery St.
Map Code: 1

The Carlyle Group has been the leading private equity investor in military industries for more than a decade.

Bechtel Corp.
50 Beale St.
Map Code: 2

Bechtel had $5.4 billion in total military revenues 2003-2006 (26th biggest U.S. military contractor), and $2.3 billion in Iraq contracts 2003-2007. (Bechtel withdrew its Iraq operations in 2007.)

Chevron Energy Solutions
345 California St. # 18
Map Code: 3

Through the International Tax & Investment Center, Chevron has lobbied for the passage of the Iraqi Oil Law and the privatization of Iraq’s oil resources. Chevron execs also met with the Iraqi National Congress in 2002 to divide up Iraq’s oil reserves.

Parsons Corp.
50 Fremont Street, Suite 1500
Map Code: 4

Parsons had $5.87 billion in Iraq contracts.

611 Folsom St.
Map Code: 5

AT&T had at least $1.12 billion in U.S. military revenues during 2004-7. In 2006, whistleblower Mark Klein alleged that in Room 641A of AT&T’s 611 Folsom facility, the NSAoperated an intercept facility, to monitor all data crossing the Internet.

Booz Allen Hamilton
101 California St # 3300
Map Code: 7

BAH had $7.75 billion in U.S. military contracts 2003-2006, making it the 17th biggest U.S. military contractor.

Farm-Fresh Financiers

Carlyle Group , Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley
555 California St., Floor 34
Map Code: 8

For Carlyle, see above.

Goldman Sachs is a major underwriter for KBR, the former Halliburton subsidiary that is the biggest Iraq contractor. Goldman Sachs contributed $390,600 to Bush’s campaign in 2004 (5th biggest contributor). Morgan Stanley is a major underwriter for URS, the 2nd biggest Iraq contractor (see above). Morgan Stanley contributed $600,480 to Bush’s campaign in 2004 (biggest contributor).

Blum Capital Partners
909 Montgomery St.
Map Code: 9

Blum Capital Partners owns 23.7% of URS Corp. (see above). Its owner, Richard Blum, is married to Dianne Feinstein; Blum sits on the board of URS and Perini, both of which have major contracts in Iraq.

Credit Suisse
650 California, 31st Floor
Map Code: 10

Credit Suisse is a major underwriter for Kellogg Brown & Root, the former Halliburton subsidiary that is the biggest Iraq contractor. Credit Suisse contributed $331,040 to Bush’s campaign in 2004 (7th biggest contributor).

Delectable News Media

848 Battery St.
Map Code: 11

NBC’s parent corporation, General Electric, had $14.6 billion in total military revenues during 2003-2006 (10th biggest U.S. military contractor), and $8.5 million in Iraq contracts during 2003-2006.

Fox News
901 Battery St.
Map Code: 12

Fox News blatantly advocated for the Iraq War, and essentially served as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Bush Administration.

(Download PDF)

A.N.S.W.E.R. Call to Action:

5 years of illegal occupation of Iraq
March & Rally to End the War Now!
Wed. March 19, 5pm
gather Civic Center, Polk and Grove Sts., SF


March 19, 2008 will mark the fifth anniversary of the illegal, unjust and disastrous invasion of Iraq by the U.S. military. On March 19, 2003, as the bombing began, thousands of people joined a night march through the streets of San Francisco. On March 19, 2008, a day of resistance will culminate with an evening march from the Civic Center through a number of communities. We urge you to join the march and to help organize for it in your school, workplace, union, community or religious organization. Call the ANSWER Coalition at 415-821-6545 if you can help.

The Iraq war is the second longest in U.S. history. It has killed more than one million Iraqis and 4,000 U.S. troops. Hundreds of thousands more have been wounded. Nearly five million Iraqis have been made refugees by the war and occupation. Over a quarter of Iraq’s population has been killed, wounded or displaced. While Bush and the other hypocritical politicians talk endlessly about “supporting the troops,” tens of thousands of returning soldiers have life-altering wounds – both physical and psychological – and totally inadequate medical care and benefits. Many are already homeless.

The cost of the war is now running at more than $400 million per day, nearly $5,000 per second. Military-industrial corporations and the big banks are reaping huge profits, while millions of people go without healthcare, decent housing and jobs. Much of the country’s infrastructure – bridges, roads, water systems, schools, etc. — is falling apart. The same banks that are evicting millions of people from their homes are profiting from the war.

The vast majority of people want the war ended and ended now. And while some of the presidential candidates talk about ending the war, none of the leading Democratic or Republican candidates have any intention of getting out Iraq anytime soon.

The US political and military establishment, not just the neo-conservatives, is committed to dominating the Middle East and incorporating the region as part of a new US Empire. That is why both parties and the Pentagon brass compete with each other to see who can be most threatening toward the people of Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. New US wars and conflicts in the region are looming while more than 150,000 soldiers and marines continue to occupy Iraq.

The only thing that will stop the war machine is when the people of this country rise up. This is a war for Empire but it not our empire. The owners of Citibank, Exxon/Mobil, Chevron, Halliburton, Bechtel, Lockheed, Boeing, Ford and General Motors and the other corporate elites will profit from the Empire but it is not their sons and daughters who are sent to kill and be killed.

VOLUNTEER NOW! Call 415-821-6545 or for the East Bay, call 510-435-0844.

March 15: Chevron Direct Action and Rally

14 03 2008

cosponsored by Greenaction, West County Toxics Coalition, Amazon Watch, Richmond Progressive Alliance, Richmond Greens, Community Health Initiative, Communities for a Better Environment, Global Exchange, and Rainforest Action Network.

IMPORTANT INFO: Print DASW’s Map (PDF) and Orientation Sheet (PDF) for March 15!

9 – 11am – Check out or join the Bay Area Peace Navy! (We know the Coast Guard will be!)

11am­ Rally at Judge G. Carroll Park
W. Cutting Blvd & S. Garrard Blvd, Richmond (map)

1pm­ Nonviolent Direct Action at Chevron Refinery
100 Chevron Way, Richmond (map)
(Free shuttle buses will leave from Richmond BART and Point Richmond – 3rd St. and Chesley Ave – at 9:30am, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM.)

Join the March 15 & 19 DASW Text Mob to stay updated through the day:
Send a text to 40404 with the words “follow dasw” (case sensitive, no quotation marks). Standard rates apply.

The National Lawyers Guild legal hotline for arrestees is 415-285-1011. View the Direct Action to Stop the War Legal website.

The purpose of this action is shut the Chevron refinery down for the day, and to support community efforts to stop Chevron from expanding its refinery, which will increase pollution and cause asthma, cancer and rising death rates in surrounding communities. Chevron is driving the war and occupation in Iraq, refining over a million barrels of stolen Iraqi oil in Richmond a month, and actively lobbying for the privatization of Iraq¹s oil fields so companies like Chevron can seize control of them. Join us, and help send a clear message to Chevron: Stop stealing Iraqi oil, and stop polluting our communities! See our Chevron fact sheet. (Chevron fact sheet with footnotes.)

We will shut down the Richmond Chevron refinery by land, by bike, and by sea. We’re asking that you form an affinity group, and help us shut down Chevron. Here’s some ways you can plug in and help out:

1. Get together with a group of your friends, and help blockade the refinery (please check in with the Chevron working group if you want to do this – their email address is dasw.chevron [at]

2. To get involved in with the bike brigade, contact Bria at brihannala [at]

3. If you have a boat, you can join the ‘DASW Yacht Club! If you’re interested in this, please contact dasw.chevron [at]

4. If these options don’t sound appealing to you, there are many, many other important roles you can play in this action. Please come to the next Chevron organizing meeting (check back for details).

5. If helping organize this action isn’t something you have time for, you can just show up at Carroll Park (W. Cutting Blvd. and S. Garrard Blvd.
in Richmond) on March 15th, at 11am. And please tell your friends!

Take Direct Action to Stop the War

18 02 2008

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MARCH 2008


On March 19, 2008, it will have been five years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. After five years of occupation, vast majorities of Americans, Iraqi Shias, Iraqi Sunnis, and U.S. troops in Iraq want the U.S. to withdraw within the next year.

And yet, the killing goes on. A January 2008 demographic study by a British independent polling agency found that violence has claimed the lives of at least 946,000 Iraqis since March 2003 – about as many people as live in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Richmond combined.

But it’s not just Iraq that’s being torn apart by the U.S. war machine. According to data from the U.S. OMB, our government has spent over $2.8 trillion on the military since 2003 – and this uncontrolled spending has crippled our society. March 19, 2008, provides us with a key opportunity to think about what we would do with $2.8 trillion – for example, fund universal health care, rebuild schools in poor communities, or build new houses for the New Orleans residents displaced by Katrina.

But the U.S. government, ignoring our protests against massive cuts to social programs, instead pours money into empire-building – into expanding its political and economic power over the people of the world. The U.S. government is attacking Iraq, and at the same time is fighting a war against poor people and communities of color, both in America and throughout the world. These two wars are in fact one and the same, and each of them fuels the other. We must put an end to both.

Direct Action to Stop the War is a decentralized, unaffiliated network of Bay Area affinity groups and individuals. We are taking direct action because the U.S. political system – in the face of growing opposition to the war – has refused to take concrete steps to end it. It is up to actively confront the economic and political interests behind the war, and demand that the U.S. immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its troops from Iraq.


We are asking you to join us at our next organizing meeting, and help plan a city-wide day of coordinated, decentralized, and nonviolent direct actions on March 19, against government warmakers and corporate war profiteers in downtown San Francisco. Potential targets include:

Bechtel (50 Beale St.)
Carlyle Group and URS Corp. (600 Montgomery St.)
Chevron (345 California St.)
Booz Allen Hamilton (101 California St.)
U.S. Export-Import Bank (250 Montgomery St.)
Army Recruiting Office (670 Davis St.)
Fox News (901 Battery St.)
British Consulate and Citigroup (1 Sansome St.)
Federal Building (450 Golden Gate Ave.)
Dianne Feinstein’s office (1 Post St.)

For a complete menu of targets, see

We hope that you will join or create a group of activists, come to one of our organizing meetings, and plan your own direct action against one of these targets. And if you want to help out but don’t want to risk arrest, please come to our next organizing meeting and help us organize, or just show up at Market & Sansome on March 19.

Also, on March 15, Direct Action to Stop the War – in cooperation with the West County Toxics Coalition and Greenaction – will be taking ct action against the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

We are targeting Chevron both in order to expose their complicity in creating the Iraqi Oil Law, and in order to stand in solidarity with environmental justice movements that struggle against the industrial poisoning of U.S. communities of color.

Join us, and help us build an inclusive, anti-authoritarian network that welcomes anyone and everyone opposed to endless militarism and war.



Richmond Chevron Refinery Action
Co-sponsored by West County Toxics
Coalition and Greenaction

Rally: March 15, 11 am
W. Cutting Blvd. & S. Garrard Blvd., Richmond

Direct Action: March 15, 1 pm
841 Chevron Way, Richmond
(shuttle buses from Richmond BART)

Downtown S.F. Day of Direct Action
Multiple actions at multiple locations
March 19, 7:30 am, Market & Sansome
War machine tours of shame leaving
throughout the day

Next organizing meeting:
Sunday, March 2 at 4 pm
AK Press 674-A 23rd Street, Oakland

Direct Action to Stop the War
takedirectaction [at]
(510) 984-2566

Artwork by Veronica Lopez and Siri Margerin.

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