Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
Making Observations: Seeing the World as it Currently is and Adjusting Accordingly
with Javier Ocasio
“Making Observations came about through my need to educate myself, my fellow active citizens and the passive people who go about their daily lives not knowing the current state of the world they live in. Only by getting a visual picture of the present health of our biosphere and the humans who reside in it, can we see what our impact is, and thereby understand how urgent and dire our current situation is. That in turn will enable us to see the importance of developing a broad strategy in which everyone can participate to respond to this crisis, and how unity is the key to our survival.” — Javier Ocasio
Javier Ocasio is an Army Veteran who served 15 years in Army Aviation, in the regular Army and in Special Operations Aviation. He’s been stationed at Ft. Campbell Kentucky, Hawaii, South Korea, Iraq, and Virginia. He was an Aviation mechanic on Chinook helicopters; Squad Leader, Section Supervisor and an instructor teaching new recruits how to fix helicopters. He specialized in troubleshooting and problem solving. After leaving the service he joined Occupy Wall Street, then Occupy DC. He is also a member of Veterans For Peace.
Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements. Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!
A curfew for those less than 18 years of age will
- Give carte blanche to the Oakland Police to stop and harass anyone to check their ID for age, but especially younger people who are in fact eighteen or older.
- Give the Oakland Police carte blanche to stop young women and “search” them.
- Make those who are legally allowed to be out after curfew – both those under 18 and over – have to prove their innocence to the Oakland Police.
- Devote police resources to harassing people, instead of responding to real crime.
- Violate the civil liberties of Oakland’s residents.
- Increase the animosity felt among young people of color towards the Oakland Police, rather than reduce it.
- Increase the likelihood of another horrible police murder, such as happened to Alan Blueford, 18 at the time he was stopped on the sidewalk for no reason by the Oakland Police.
> The 17th Annual Mario Savio Memorial Lecture will present a panel discussion on “New Strategies for Confronting the Climate Crisis” on November 12, at 8 p.m., in UC’s Wheeler Auditorium. Free tickets are available at:
> Disabled access instructions here:
> Doors open at 6:30; tickets must be presented by 7:45 to receive priority entrance. The only way to assure a Reserved Seat is by making a donation to the Lecture fund via this link:
> Panelists include: May Boeve, Executive Director and co-founder of 350.org, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, Gopal Dayaneni of Movement Generation (Justice & Ecology Project), Sharon Lungo, co-director of The Ruckus Society, and Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace.
> Wheeler is significantly smaller than Pauley, so people should download their tickets as soon as they know for sure that they’re coming. A friend can save you a seat, but remember, you will need to have your own ticket to enter.
Join the Port Truckers as they make noise at city hall while some are inside meeting with California Air Resources Board. This is the body that is able to grant some of the demands of the Truckers, including an extension on truck upgrades and grant funding to compensate the cost of upgrades. They had refused to meet with the truckers until the port action in October.
While a few if them are in the meeting with CARB, port and city officials, the truckers want to let them know that there is LOTS of support for them outside!!
Protest Against the Indictment of Palestinian Activist, Rasmea Odeh
The United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) and Rasmea’s supporters and legal team have called for the 13th of this month to be NATIONAL DAYS of ACTION to support Rasmea and demand dropping of the charges now!
If convicted, Rasmea faces up to 10 years in prison, being stripped of her U.S. citizenship, and probable deportation. We cannot allow this to happen. The charges against her are a political attack on her as an individual and on Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities across the U.S. as a whole. The U.S. government is attacking Rasmea just as they attacked the Holy Land Foundation, the 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists in 2010, Chicano leader, Carlos Montes, and many others who have fought for justice and dignity.
Endorsed by: USPCN, Palestinian Youth Movement, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, International Jewish Anti-zionist Network, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Bay Area Committee to Stop Political Repression, National Lawyer’s Guild-San Francisco, Freedom Archives, Critical Resistance, All Of Us Or None
Sign the petition to drop the charges against Rasmea: http://www.iacenter.org/rasmeaodehpetition/
Call and send photos of support for Rasmea!
Join the Facebook page: Drop The Charges Against Rasmea Now!
Mobilize to support Rasmea at her next hearing in Detroit on November 13th.
Have your organization sign or write a solidarity statement (email to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Less than 2 months ago, Occupy Wall Street’s Alternative Banking Group published a brand new 100-page book entitled, “Occupy Finance”! The entire book is available free online.
Strike Debt Bay Area’s “Politics of Debt” book discussion group will get together in downtown Oakland next Wednesday evening, November 13th, to discuss the first half of the book, including the following chapters:
Introduction: Fighting Our Way Out of the Financial Maze
Section 1. The Real Life Impact of Financialization on the 99%
Chapter 1. Heads They Win, Tails We Lose
Chapter 2. The Bailout: It Didnâ€™t Work, Itâ€™s Still Going On, and Itâ€™s Making Things Worse
Section 2. How We Got Here
Chapter 3. How Banks Create Money … and Keep Itt
Chapter 4. A Little History to Explain a Lot of Tragedy
Chapter 5. The Dirty Dozen Legal Outrages
Join us for lively and informative discussion of this important Occupy achievement!
All are welcome!
Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex is a multiracial and inter-generational panel discussion on community resistance efforts against mass incarceration among communities of color. Panelists will share their experiences and perspectives as former prisoners, crusaders against mass incarceration and advocates for the rights of prisoners, their families and ex-offenders.
The panel will include prestigious members of the following community organizations:
• Families With a Future
• All of Us or None
• Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
• Asian Prisoner Support Committee
• Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
In the fall of 2012, Bob Avakian gave a series of talks in different cities. This is a film of one of those talks.
“American Promise is more than a documentary; it is part of a bigger, ongoing movement about changing perceptions of-and behavior and values with respect to-young African-American males in our society.” Documentary Magazine
A documentary 13 years in the making, American Promise follows the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten to high school graduation and provides a powerful narrative about the lives of african-american boys and their families, as well as the factors that contribute to the achievement gap in education for black males.
Also showing in San Francisco at the Roxie and in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas in Elmwood.
For nearly 15 years Critical Resistance has been fighting against new prison and jail construction. Today, counties across the Bay Area are facing plans for new jails. Although polls show that Californians don’t want their tax dollars spent on prison and jail construction and the projects will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, sheriffs from Santa Cruz to Contra Costa are considering them.
These projects not only run the risk of putting our counties in fiscal jeopardy, they also undercut the resources available for the life-affirming programs and services that can get people out of jails and keep them out. Jails primarily target poor Black and brown communities and more than 70% of people in county jails in the Bay are there pre-trial, because they can’t afford to pay their bail or bond.
Come to the Bay Area Skillshare to Fight Jails: “Bring Our Loved Ones Home”
Security is tight at the federal courthouses–people will need to bring ID and be ready to go through a metal detector. No one should be carrying weapons or contraband.
Homeless people in Albany sued the East Bay city Wednesday to try to halt their impending eviction from a waterfront landfill known as the Bulb, where some of them have lived for years…
“After years of allowing and even encouraging the homeless to seek shelter on the Bulb, the city’s sudden decision to reverse course and evict Bulb residents on the eve of winter, after having made no progress to address the lack of housing or shelter in the city, puts the population at great risk,” said Maureen Sheehy, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.
The city has built the shelters and plans to open them within the next week while evicting Bulb campers, said Osha Neumann, another lawyer for the homeless. He said attorneys plan to ask a federal judge Monday for a restraining order blocking the evictions while the suit proceeds.
Occupy Forum continues…
Information, discussion &Â community! Monday NightÂ Forum!! Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of these critically important issues!
Another World Is Possible!!!
OccupyForum presents the film…
“American Autumn: An Occudoc”
and Q & A with David Hartsough
What would a world look like that had a culture and an economic system that places human need above corporate greed, and how do we bring that world into being? Who cares what it is called. Call it Socialism, Call it Real Democracy Now, and Call it Chunky-Monkey-Cherry Garcia. The world needs to change radically, it needs to change dramatically, and it needs to change fast. This documentary is an invitation for you to participate in that positive change. Frankly, because, we need you. Yes, you.
Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC from the earliest days through the end of January 2012, American Autumn: an Occudoc is an inside-looking-out-view of the Occupy movement. With interviews and insight from key organizers, thinkers and activists including Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, Kevin Zeese and many more, the film challenges us to keep on keeping on.
Writer/producer/director Dennis Trainor, Jr. weaves commentary and a fearless style that often puts the viewer right between police and protesters.
This movie is an invitation for you to join the Occupy movement, but there are no membership dues, no papers to sign. All that is required is the willingness to see the world as it is and decide that you are going to be part of the solution. Occupy is less of an organization and more of an organism, a living, breathing, multi-tentacled force that refuses to find a niche or be pushed into a corner. This organism is still a baby, and the narrative it will be telling in the years to come is yours to write.
The film will be followed by Q&A and discussion led by David Hartsough. Where do we go from here? How do we rebuild the powerful potential of the Occupy Movement? What is already happening and what needs to take place to reclaim the power of the People and help bring about a radical transformation of our society? David Hartsough has been a nonviolent activist since he met Martin Luther King, Jr in 1955. Co-Founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, Director of PEACEWORKERS and co-author of a new Proposal to build a global movement to END ALL WARS, David has been active with Occupy Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC and with
Announcements to follow. Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!
We’ll meet at Albany City Hall for a rally and then a march. After the march we will all meet to strategize and plan. This is our chance to take the organizing to the next level.
Moderator: Dr. Crystallee Crain
- Emmett Till Family Representatives.
- Airicka Gordon-Taylor
- Ollie Gordon
- Wanda Johnson (mother of Oscar Grant)
- A member of the Blueford family.
- Walter Riley (civil rights attorney)
- George Calvis (community organizer)
- Clarence Thomas (labor organizer)
- Steve Pitts
(from the UC Berkeley Labor Center)
Co-sponsored by: Prophetic Justice Ministries, ISO, Black Workers Center, Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice, UC Berkeley Black Student Union, Bay Area Black Student Alliance.
Organized by: Till Family Organizing Committee.
Join us in telling President Obama that he needs to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline!We will be rallying by Sather Gate at 12:30pm on Tuesday, November 19 in solidarity with communities across the country. Listen to speakers discuss the perils of the pipeline and pledge to take ACTION to stop this pipeline.
This would be game over for climate change, and we have no Planet B. Let’s show Obama how much Cal Students care about indigenous communities, safe water supplies, and climate change.
Cosponsored by Cal Dems, EVP Nolan Pack, CalSERVE, sTeam, Fossil Free UC, 350 Bay Area, IFG, SERC, Sierra Club Bay Area, Senator Caitlin Quinn, the ASUC Office of Environmental Sustainability, Calpirg, SERC, and the Center for Biological Diversity.
Prime Minister Lamothe & Sean Penn do NOT Speak for the Haitian Majority
Protest the Lies about Haiti in SF
On Tuesday, November 19 in San Francisco, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and actor Sean Penn (named “Ambassador at Large for Haiti”by Michel Martelly), will spread the false message of the fraudulent Martelly government. Join Haiti Action Committee to protest against these lies, as well the corruption and repression of the Martelly/Lamothe government.
The people of Haiti are still in the midst of an occupation instigated by the United States and United Nations in 2004. As supporters of the Martelly government, which is in the process of bringing back dictatorship to Haiti, Prime Minister Lamothe and actor Sean Penn DO NOT speak in the interests of the Haitian majority.
Come stand in solidarity with the Haitian grassroots, who will be demonstrating the day before in Haiti, on the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières (one of the last battles that sealed the victory of the Haitian Revolution).
Come stand in solidarity, to echo the demands of the Haitian majority:
•To protest the CORRUPTION and ILLEGALITY of the Martelly/Lamothe government.
•To protest the government’s widespread repression of the poor.
•To protest the INJUSTICE of the nearly 10-year-old US/UN occupation and the suffering it inflicts on the Haitian people.
•To support the right of the Haitian majority to fully participate in the running of their country, FREE from repression and terror.
•To support the right of Haitian children, women, and men, to have free access to education, food, jobs, housing, and healthcare.
Much valuable background information is available in Ten Steps to Dictatorship: Why the Grassroots Movement is Taking to the Streets Against President Michel Martelly by Charlie Hinton
*This shameful event is part of the Dreamforce Conference, an annual event of the cloud computing company Salesforce.com.
To brainstorm how to implement the principles and practices of Restorative Justice throughout the City of Oakland that will facilitate Oakland becoming a restorative city. To develop a plan of action designed to empower citizens, eradicate violence, and build community and relationships by introducing, utilizing, implementing, and maintaining ongoing restorative justice circle processes in neighborhoods, schools, families, churches, synagogues, government, justice system, hospitals, unions, and workplaces citywide until it becomes a way of life. To have restorative conversations become the cornerstone for addressing conflict and harms, promoting understanding and collaboration, celebrating Oakland’s rich diversity, and changing the culture throughout the City of Oakland and beyond.
Please join us at this initial meeting to indicate your interest, lend your voice and ideas, suggest who else needs to be a part of the discussion, and to strategize about next steps in the development of a plan of action. We will discuss a proposal that this project become a collaborative effort of the Alameda County Restorative Juvenile Justice Task Force.
Judge Gail Brewster Bereola
Alameda County Superior Court of California
There will be gathering at the Valencia Gardens entrance for a march to the 17th Valencia police station for a press conference demanding the release of both individuals, demanding all charges dropped & demanding the undercover Narcotics officer that beat DJ & 3 other individuals be fired. Please join us!
RALLY AT OAKLAND CITY HALL (OSCAR GRANT PLAZA) THIS TUESDAY AT 5:30PM, TO STOP THE CITY COUNCIL FROM CREATING A MASSIVE SURVEILLANCE CENTER FOR OPD AND DHS!!!
The Department of Homeland Security and Oakland Police are building a massive surveillance center to videotape, track, and log the movements of all Oakland residents and visitors! The Domain Awareness Center (DAC) as its called, is an unprecedented attack on our civil liberties, giving the police department unlimited access to our whereabouts. This includes a computer system that aggregates information from thousands of surveillance cameras and license plate readers, and in the future may include facial recognition software and social media data mining.
The NY Times made Oakland’s new surveillance center national news in a front page article warning Americans of its implications as similar technology spreads to other cities. This is another OPD and DHS attack on our rights, essentially criminalizing our every day lives as we are forced to live under constant surveillance as if in a prison complex.
WE CAN STOP THIS! LET’S SHOW THE CITY COUNCIL THAT THE PEOPLE OF OAKLAND ARE AGAINST WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE AND POLICE INTRUSION INTO OUR LIVES!!!
RALLY AT CITY HALL AT 5:30 PM THIS TUESDAY, NOV 19th. SPREAD THE WORD TO ALL YOUR LIST SERVS AND GROUPS. CITY HALL MEETING BEGINS AT 6:30pm
The Oakland City Council will be considering two controversial actions: Giving the City Administrator authorization to select a new Domain Awareness Center contractor in light of SAIC’s ineligibility to be that contractor because of its nuclear weapons testing involvement; and issuing a statement in support of Richmond’s efforts to help homeowners with underwater mortgages using principal reduction with the threat of eminent domain.
The former needs to be defeated. A large coalition is organizing (see the rally at 5:30). The latter needs to be supported. Strike Debt Bay Area, ACCE and other organizations have come together to make this happen.