Research Working Group Meeting

All are welcome to the… RESEARCH WORKING GROUP MEETING _____DATE: Sunday, January 8th _____TIME: 3:00-4:00pm _____LOCATION: Farley’s East, 33 Grand Ave (bet. Broadway and Webster), Oakland, 94612. Two blocks north of the 19th St. BART. _____MORE INFO: Contact Yvonne at yvonnegrapher at gmail.com or Darwin at darwinbondgraham at gmail.com. GOALS: 1) To build a research community in Oakland and to share skills 2) To support Occupy Oakland’s upcoming actions, such as the building occupation on 1/28 3) To provide research for long-term strategy and action, such as targeted research about … Continued



http://www.the99declaration.org/a-message-to-our-brothers-and-sisters-with-occupy-wall-street/ Please read and discuss… A Message To Our Brothers and Sisters With Occupy Wall Street   The 99% Declaration and National General Assembly has nothing to do with me as a person. These two ideas were developed by thousands of people from all over the world and they are good ideas. Not “good” as in “clever” but good for the betterment of our people who are suffering terribly. According to the 2010 census, 150,000,000 people live in poverty or in low-income households in the wealthiest, most prosperous country in … Continued


Decolonize Oakland: Creating a More Radical Movement

Decolonize Oakland: Creating a More Radical Movement       Oakland is the ancestral homeland of the Chochenyo Ohlone, an indigenous community that has no collective territory of their own and no recognized legal status or rights.   As detailed in The Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, which the General Assembly passed with 97% support on 28 October 2011, the Chochenyo Ohlone have survived a brutal colonial history and ongoing occupation, which makes them strong members, allies, leaders, and guides to the movement of the 99%.  In passing that memorandum … Continued


An Occupy Manifesto for Change

“Those Dirty, Smelly, Rat-Infested, Bad-for-Local-Business, Unfocused Sidelines”             Every movement is met with the inertia of those who sit on the sidelines yelling in and wagging a critical finger.   Occupy is no different.  The media are filled with editorials lambasting the Occupiers for lack of focus and abundance of distracting forms of health and local- business hazards, as well as the costs associated with these.  As well, there is apparently the sad state of public affairs that while most people polled agree with the sentiment of the Occupy Movement a … Continued


DHS – protecting the U.S. Gov’t. from it’s citizens — we don’t have to take this anymore

Good morning Oakland, I’ve been watching events in Oakland for the past several weeks and am becoming more incensed at the police/DHS brutality by the day. So, I took ACTION this morning by creating the following statement on Congree.org’s SoapBox (available to all citizens, presumably read by someone in D. C.), as well as writing my Senators and Representative about the Police State that is passing for America these days.  If you are in agreement with this statement of solidarity among U.S. Citizens in demanding their constitutionally-protected rights amid terrorism … Continued


Let’s Hold Them Accountable!

Having the right to vote is not a right at all if your choices of who and what to vote for are controlled by corrupt and greedy individuals and corporations. This is about one thing and one thing only in my mind, and that is Moral and Ethical Responsibility, without these, Democracy does not exist. Unfortunately, if any person continues to believe that the USA is still a democracy they are, at best sadly naive, and at worst stupidly dangerous. But, when we come together in places like #OccupyOakland, we … Continued


Who are the 99%ers? Why are we fed up? Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street: It seems as if the media can’t get it right.  Sometimes we are labeled as Communists, Socialists, Nazis, Hippies, Cannibals…The list goes on and on.  If people just understood we are motivated to promote the rights and liberties of all people, then I guarantee our numbers will grow and the movement will turn into a new Establishment! Help spread the word about who we are, why we are here, and why we just will not leave. #Solidarity #OWS #OccupyTogether 3273


People Of Occupy Oakland YOU Make Us Proud

To ALL the people in the Occupy Oakland Movement; You are making it possible for the rest of us Americans to be Proud once again.  Thank You For Your Efforts, They Will NEVER Be Forgotten 2805


Who is the 99% and What Does That Mean?

When considering the statement, “We are the 99%” it’s important to distinguish between the message as “symbol” and the literal meaning. While to some this distinction is clear, to many others it isn’t.  That is, obviously the occupy movement doesn’t “represent” in any real way the 99%: 1% is approximately three million people in the US. Adding to that the much larger percent of people hired to defend the interests of that 1%, like the  private security (see this article for more on the subject: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/10/financial-giants-put-new-york-city-cops-on-their-payroll/ ), public police forces … Continued