san francisco strike

In the decade following the [San Francisco State Strike], several themes would reverberate in the struggles in Asian American communities across the nation. These included housing and anti-eviction campaigns, efforts to defend education rights, union organizing drives, campaigns for jobs and social services, and demands for democratic rights, equality, and justice. Mo Nishida, an organizer in Los Angeles, recalls the broad scope of movement activities in his city:

“Our movement flowered. At one time, we had active student organizations on every campus around Los Angeles, fought for ethnic studies, equal opportunity programs, high potential programs at UCLA, and for students doing community work in “Serve the People” programs. In the community, we had, besides [Asian American] Hard Core, four area youth-oriented groups working against drugs (on the Westside, Eastside, Gardena, and the Virgil district). There were also parents’ groups, which worked with parents of the youth and more.”

In Asian American communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton, San Jose, Seattle, New York, and Honolulu, activists created “serve the people” organizations— mass networks built on the principles of “mass line” organizing. Youth initiated many of these organizations— some from college campuses and others from high schools and the streets— but other members of the community, including small-business people, workers, senior citizens, and new immigrants, soon joined.

 The mass character of community struggles is the least appreciated aspect of our movement today. It is commonly believed that the movement involved only college students. In fact, a range of people, including high-school youth, tenants, small-business people, former prison inmates, former addicts, the elderly, and workers embraced the struggles.

- Glenn Omatsu, “The “Four Prisons” and the Movements of Liberation: Asian American Activism from the 1960s to the 1990s,” Asian American Studies Now (2010)

Kurt Hendricks, the Swedish-Russian villain in the fourth Mission: Impossible installment, is a bad guy straight out of the 1980s: He’s rich, ominously foreign, and wants to start a nuclear war between the United States and Russia.

To do this, he acquires a nuclear launch control device, which we’ll assume is code named “Joshua” and can be deactivated by forcing it to play a game of tic-tac-toe. During the climax, Hendricks uses the device to fire a Russian nuclear missile at San Francisco before tucking the device inside his briefcase. Ethan Hunt chases Hendricks to the upper level of a parking garage, where, with only minutes left until the missile strikes, Hunt barks out, “I’M TAKING THAT BRIEFCASE.” Hendricks responds in the only way he logically can: by leaping several stories to his death, taking the briefcase with him.

Couldn’t he have just, you know, tossed the briefcase down there? There was no reason to toss himself along with it, unless his feelings were just really, really hurt by Hunt’s rude outburst.

Hendricks’ strategy is to keep Hunt away from the device long enough for the missile to strike San Francisco. He’s willing to sacrifice his own life for this plan, which is commendable, but also entirely pointless. Hunt doesn’t care about catching Hendricks at this point, he just cares about the device – Hendricks could have simply thrown the briefcase down there and tucked away a few levels of Candy Crush while Hunt sprinted off to try to catch the thing in time.

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Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere set new mark

San Francisco Chronicle: There’s striking new evidence that Earth’s atmosphere is increasingly saturated with carbon dioxide, the major gas from fossil fuel emissions that trigger climate change.

Measurements of the climate-changing gas by instruments high on a mountain in Hawaii and around the world show that global emissions from burning fossil fuels rose last month to levels higher than at any time in human history - and higher than it has been in hundreds of thousands of years.

The instruments that have been measuring carbon dioxide for more than 50 years showed that for the entire month of April, levels of the gas exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time, said Pieter Tans, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency who monitors the instrument record.