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University could move to clear activists off farm land in California

Free Speech Radio News Thu, 05/10/2012 – 14:30 Year: 2012 Length: 5:02 minutes (4.61 MB) Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR) On a piece of land just north of Berkeley, California, dozens of people calling themselves Occupy the Farm have been tilling the earth, planting seedlings, and caring for chickens. The action started on Earth Day last month. The University of California owns the land, known as the Gill Tract, and filed a lawsuit against the activists, saying the activities are illegal.The university uses part of the tract several months … Continued


Update: Occupy Farm Say Police Plan No Arrests as of 8:30 am 5/9/12

Re-posted from the Patch UPDATE, 8:27 a.m. Activists are planting dry farm tomatoes in Miguel Altieri’s plots in the Gill Tract after a flurry of activity this morning when police closed off one entrance to the site and brought in concrete barriers. (See tweets and photographs from the morning here via Albany Patch.) Lesley Haddock of Occupy the Farm said police told activists they weren’t planning to arrest anyone today, but that they were planning to evict people from the Gill Tract. “It looks like we’ll be able to continue … Continued


Bank of America: Too Crooked to Fail – 3/28/12

In his new article, “Bank of America: Too Crooked to Fail,” Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi chronicles the remarkable history of the rise of Bank of America, an institution he says has defrauded “everyone from investors and insurers to homeowners and the unemployed.” Taibbi describes how the Bush and Obama administrations have repeatedly propped up the financial institution, which received a $45 billion taxpayer bailout in 2008. Bank of America has also received billions in what could be described as shadow bailouts. The bank now owns more than 12 percent … Continued


DA gets stay aways on 9 charged UC Berkeley Nov.9

On the November 9 Stay-Away Orders: The University and its “Lawful Business” Reposted from berkeleynov9 / March 21, 2012 -written by three people among the thirteen charged We are graduate students and teachers at UC Berkeley. Like thousands of other people here at Berkeley, we have participated in rallies and demonstrations and marches against the privatization of the University of California. In early March of this year, however, we each received letters from the Alameda County District Attorney informing us that criminal complaints had been filed against us. No details … Continued


Who’s really violent? Tips for controlling the narrative.

A recent article by George Lakey discusses how the narrative about violence is used to discredit insurrection movements and includes many examples.  What should we do about this attempt by the government and the media to maintain the status quo? This is essential reading for anyone who is offended and exhausted by the debate about “violence” within Occupy, and who had a reaction to the recent Chris Hedges article about the Black Bloc and Occupy. 21545


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Occupy San Quentin News 2/20/12 (Marin IJ & ABC news)

Occupy Oakland rallies at San Quentin, turning Presidents Day into Prisoners’ Day By Paul Liberatore Marin Independent Journal Occupy protesters listen to speeches under the watchful eyes of police at the main gate to San Quentin Prison. As part of a national “day of solidarity” with inmates, about 700 Occupy demonstrators rallied peacefully outside San Quentin State Prison’s East Gate on Monday in support of prison hunger strikers protesting solitary confinement and other human rights issues. Many of the demonstrators were from Occupy Oakland, whose members clashed with police in … Continued


Occupy Oakland and West Coast Coalition Help Win Union Fight in Longview WA

reposted from the Daily Kos Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 09:21 AM PST EGT Bets. Occupy Raises. EGT Folds. by jpmassar For months EGT, a wholly owned subsidiary of multinational corporation Bunge, Inc, kept ILWU Local 21 members from working the Port of Longview, WA. They had been replaced by other grain elevator operators in violation — as claimed by the ILWU — of a contract EGT had signed with the Port. On December 12th, the Occupy Movement again demonstrated its ability to mobilize by shutting down the Port of … Continued


The Folly of Christopher Hedges

from Nihilo Zero Often, when describing the inevitable scenes of major protests in the United States, I evoke the image of a person who has lost a brother in Iraq, a person who has also lost a sister to the trumped up drug war, whose father had his job outsourced, whose mother had her pension gambled away by speculators, whose grandmother lost her home of 50 years because she missed a mortgage payment, and whose grandfather died of industrial poisoning and couldn’t afford health care. And make no mistake… variants … Continued