December 2014 – January 2015
With the imminent threat of a sale, First They Came for the Homeless has moved from Staples to the downtown Post Office, with support from Berkeley Post Office Defenders. The new Occupation began in early November and continues on into December. Come hang out with them and show solidarity as we all take a stand against the privatization of our commons.
We invite you to join us in the courtroom as EFF challenges the government’s violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. Be part of our tireless call for justice and an end to illegal spying.
Hearing on Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in Jewel v. NSA
Jeffrey S. White
Government-issued photo ID is required for entry; arrive early for security screening. EFF urges attendees to dress in business attire and to observe respectful courtroom decorum.
Please Join us on the last Saturday before Christmas with signs, drums, kids, and you passion. No Business as usual, this is a protest about Police and state violence and in support of #BlackLivesMatter
“Stop the sale” Celebration! Saturday, Dec. 20, starting at 1:00 PM
Steps of the Post Office – Allston Way & Milvia – 1 block from Downtown Berkeley BART
Music, poetry, Christmas decorating … lots of Good Cheer & Solidarity
Dear Defenders of the Berkeley Post Office,
Saturday December 20 marks the 50th day of this year’s 24/7 occupation at the Berkeley Main Post Office, under the auspices of First They Came for the Homeless and Berkeley Post Office Defenders. The current occupiers have long since eclipsed the 33-day record of the well-publicized 24/7 Tent City at the Berkeley P.O. in August 2013. Their goal: Stop the sale of the Post Office to greedy privateers.
And they’ve maintained the encampment through many cold days and nights of drenching rain and driving wind, and putting up with multiple harassment visits by the Postal Police and postal inspectors. Saying no to the privatization and dismantling of our public treasure, the Post Office.
It’s been 15 months since we first claimed this Post Office as public space, paid for by the people and held in trust since Ben Franklin’s day. As of today, the information table and big tent are still standing at the historic 100-year-old Post Office at 2000 Allston Way.
Our banner “Welcome – Our Post Office is Open – Let’s Keep it That Way” was confiscated by postal police — but the handsome “First Amendment” poster remains defiantly wheat-pasted on one of the columns of this beautiful building. After the people of Berkeley mounted a legal challenge and a favorable new zoning ordinance, the Post Office so far remains in the public domain.
So why don’t we have a celebration on the Post Office Steps to mark the 50th day of the people’s camp??
Be there on the steps, starting 1:00 PM Saturday. Bring yourself, your talents, food and supplies for everyone and for the people’s camp. For more information go to the Facebook page of First They Came for the Homeless.
Weather Report for Saturday – NO RAIN
The Depression-era mural inside the downtown Berkeley Post Office:
Come learn about police tactics and human rights obligations, what to look out for and how to best record evidence of police misconduct in support of #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations against state-sanctioned police brutality and systemic anti-black racism.
Legal observers play a crucial role monitoring and reporting on police behavior at demonstrations and other protest events by protecting and asserting civil and political rights.
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Legal Observer program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system.
Please review the Legal Observer Manual (located at http://www.nlg.org/sites/default/files/LO_Manual.pdf) prior to attending the workshop.
Event Organizers and Supporters:
– The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) of the NLG
– #BlackLivesMatter Bay Area
– National Lawyers Guild of San Francisco (NLGSF)
- To be continued -
Winter Solstice is the 9th Month Anniversary
of Alex’s homicide by SFPD
Bring flashlights. It’ll be dark by the time we walk back down the hill.
Opening ceremony & words by families who have lost loved ones in 2014 to police brutality.
Confirmed visiting families:
Family of Yanira Serrano Garcia (killed in Half Moon Bay).
Family of Antonio Lopez (killed in San José)
Family of Errol Chang (killed in Daly City)
Sidewalk procession to Bernal Hill.
@ Bernal Heights Park, Alex Nieto Memorial Site, northside slope: Words by family and supporters of Alex Nieto.
Walk to site of Mexican Posada, to be announced on hill.
SHUT DIABLO CANYON, CALIFORNIA’S LAST NUKE!
With the wonderful anti-nuke activist and writer Harvey “No Nukes” Wasserman, author of Solartopia. Harvey coined the term “No Nukes”. He was arrested at Diablo back in the 80s. He organized anti-nuke concerts with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby Stills Nash & Young. He has a radio program on Progressive Radio Network: Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 12.09.14 – PRN.fm
also: Linda Seeley with San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, and Cynthia Papermaster, coordinator of Codepink “PG&E Ratepayer Revolt to Shut Diablo Now!”
Starts promptly at 6! Information, discussion & community! Time will be allocated for announcements. Donations welcome, no one turned away. Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of these critically important issues!
You’re going to want to be a part of this historic campaign and convergence to shut Diablo!
The NRC’s chief resident inspector at Diablo, Dr. Michael Peck, recommended LAST YEAR to shut the plant because critical backup safety systems won’t work in the event of an earthquake.
California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors are surrounded by earthquake faults they were never designed to withstand. They are riddled with design flaws and can’t meet basic fire safety standards. They dump huge quantities of hot water into the ocean in defiance of state water quality standards, killing billions of sea creatures.
They continue to pile up huge quantities of deadly radioactive wastes that have no place to go. And that’s just the start of it.
Fortunately, a powerful grassroots movement is rising up in California to shut these reactors and make the state nuke-free. More demonstrators have been arrested at Diablo Canyon than any other nuke site in the U.S. Green Power activists recently won a landmark victory by shutting the two nukes at San Onofre, between Los Angeles and San Diego, leaving just the ones at Diablo to plague the state.
This gathering is meant to inform, energize, plan and commit us all to winning another great victory over the nuclear power industry, and to finally bring California to Solartopia, a green-powered state where we can live in harmony and safety with our nuke-free Mother Earth. Join us at this rare and wonderful gathering…bring your best intentions and let’s figure out how to win this one NOW.
Linda Seeley is Vice-President and Spokesperson for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, the legal intervenor in all matters pertaining to the safety and licensing of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach, CA. She is an advanced facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects, group practices to guide us through the current world crisis without going crazy. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Santa Lucia Sierra Club and is a Core Team member of the national Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign. She has lived in San Luis Obispo for 32 years, where she delivered over a thousand babies during her career as a nurse-midwife. Her passion for the future generations is the guiding principle in her work to shut down Diablo Canyon.
Codepink’s Cynthia Papermaster
is a law librarian, justice activist and mother in Berkeley, California, Coordinator of “PG&E Ratepayer Revolt to Shut Diablo”, Director of Berkeley No More Guantanamos, Co-Coordinator of Golden Gate Codepink Women for Peace, a Board Member of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute. She is one of the “Vandenberg 15″ (Dan Ellsberg, Cindy Sheehan, Father Louis Vitale, etc.), arrested trying to stop an ICBM launch, undertook an 84-day hunger strike in 2013 in solidarity with Guantanamo and Pelican Bay hunger strikers. She works to end U.S. torture, close Guantanamo, end illegal wars of occupation and drone killing, civilize the police and end state violence, free Chelsea Manning, and audit the Pentagon.
Thanks to the group of over 80 people who came and participated in the December 14 meeting at Oscar Grant Plaza. Though we were forced to deal with the presence of several uniformed OPD officers as well as a freelance photo journalist and San Francisco Chronicle staffer who refused to leave, the group was able to reflect on this most recent wave of actions and what kind of infrastructures are necessary in the future to support our efforts. Thanks also to the Anti-Repression Committee who gave information about what kinds of support is still needed for people facing charges.
The assembly had initially decided to meet again at the Omni Oakland Commons on Sunday, December 21 @ 2PM. There are multiple events happening this weekend, however, and while we apologize for the change of plans, we think it is best to push back the meeting another week. We hope that folks will attend the following events and continue to help us outreach as much as possible.
Sunday, December 21 @ 1-3pm: Bay Area Legal Observer and Know Your Rights Training workshop in support of #BlackLivesMatter at the East Side Arts Alliance.
Sunday December 21 @ 4pm: Winter Solstice Posada for Alex Nieto at 24th and Mission in San Francisco.
To repeat: the second assembly will take place at the Omni Oakland Commons on Sunday, December 28 @ 2pm.