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Action Council Events — November 1 to November 8

Occupy SF

~ ACTION COUNCIL ~

Next Meeting

Sunday, November 2, 2014 (set clocks back!!)

2:00pm – 4:00pm

UNITE / HERE (Local 2)

215 Golden Gate Ave

(Nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

Websites:

OccupySF Action Council: http://occupyactionsf.org

OccupySF: http://occupysf.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, November 1

N 1, Saturday, 10:30am On, Rally  at the Berkeley Post Office. HELP STOP THE SALE! – 3 – ACTIONS

Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
2000 Allston Way
Berkeley,CA 94704

USPS admits it’s signed a sales contract.

The fate of the downtown Berkeley Post Office has reached a crisis point. The transfer of the building to private ownership may be only days away. For this reason, Berkeley Post Office Defenders call for a collaborative mobilization of all those who oppose the threat of privatization. Individuals and organizations will gather to share music, establish an ongoing direct action presence, and provide updates and support for political and legal action including:

–          An injunction to Stop the Sale
–         Postal banking
–         Preservation of historic public property
–         Boycott Staples proiftization of postal services

The U.S. Postal Service has walked away from negotiations with the City of Berkeley and the National Trust on an agreement to preserve Berkeley’s Main Post Office.  The USPS refuses to respond to questions from the City of Berkeley or from Congresswoman Barbara Lee regarding the imminent sale. We still do not know who the buyer is. The USPS has listed the building for sale since July, 2013, with CBRE, the realty firm headed by Richard Blum, Senator Diane Feinstein’s spouse.  Attempts to obtain further information from the U.S. Postal Service were stonewalled.

(1ST Action): Sponsored by Save the Berkeley Post Office, com  Massive Rally, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm,

Music is by Hali Hammer, Redd Welsh and Occupella.

Speakers include Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, Jacquelyn McCormick from the National Post Office Collaborate, Gray Brechin, Living New Deal, Harvey Smith of The National New Deal Preservation Association, Peter Byrne, author of Going Postal, and Alan Menjivar, American Postal Workers’ Union.  Senator Loni Hancock, Mayor Tom Bates, Council Member Linda Maio, all loyal supporters of keeping the Berkeley P.O. public are invited. Congresswoman Barbara Lee is scheduled to speak at 11 AM.

Info:  www.savethebpo.com

(2nd Action): Coordinated by Berkeley Post Office Defenders,  – Jam the Sale, 1 pm till 10 pm

“Come play music! Bring instruments — including your singing voice, spoken word and dancing body. We will not allow our Post Office to be sold, and nothing can sustain persistent resistance like music. We will play until USPS stops pretending not to hear us say that our Post Office is not for sale!”

You’re welcome to pre- schedule at  http://tinyurl.com/mlxgpff

 (3rd Action): in Collaboration with “ First They Came for the Homeless…” - Direct Action Presence, (bring your pillows)

It’s time to establish and support a physical presence at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office. By taking direct action to defend our public goods, we affirm our reasons for living in community by sharing our energy and resources for the benefit of all.

Info: www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999

P.O. Background: http://www.savethebpo.com/home/how-to-get-away-with-destroying-americas-heritage 

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Occupy Forum Field Trip Monday night, November 3, at 5pm

O C C U P Y    F O R U M   F I E L D   T R I P :

Monday, November 3rd (Night before the Election) at 5 pm

Meet at Prop G headquarters: 1590 Market @ Page, SF.

 Occupy the electoral process!!

YES on G

After our last OccupyForum, Addressing the Housing Crisis Head-On, we’ve decided to do just that:

OccupyForum will be joining the YES on G peeps at their headquarters the night before the election to do whatever it takes to pass this local ballot measure and keep our brothers and sisters from being kicked out of their homes.

Prop G stops evictions by penalizing speculation and quick “flipping” of rental property.

(Only multi-unit properties that are bought and resold within five years will face surtaxes under the law. Single family homes, condos, and owner-occupied housing will never be taxed under Prop G.)

Let’s throw our might against the rampaging capitalist speculators determined to turn all but the wealthiest out of our fair city.

(Over 10,000 SF tenants have been displaced by the Ellis Act since 1997.) Let’s fight the national, state and local realtors associations (which have put well over $1.5 million into stopping it), and resist one of the Bay Area’s most detested corporations, PG & E, (which just threw $180,000 into the fight to defeat G!) We will take to the streets to rally the 99% to vote YES on G!

All hands on deck! We are legion! Expect Us!

(We will regroup for a drink after helping get out the vote.)

Solidarity with our brothers and sisters to keep our homes!

www.speculationfreesf.com

YES on G is asking us to drop off polling location information for the western end of SF (transportation provided) and make phone calls.

The larger effort will start around 5 pm  but volunteers can stop by any time after 10 am. Food will be provided.

Yes on G also needs volunteers on Saturday, Sunday and especially Tuesday, election day. Please contact Yes on G at:

San Franciscans Against Real Estate Speculation

Prop G: “Shall the City impose an additional tax of between 14% and 24% on the total sale price of certain multi-unit residential properties that are sold within five years of purchase or transfer, subject to certain exceptions?” –

Prop G will penalize flipping properties and evicting all the tenants; or in plain English (or Spanish),

“S T O P   T H E    E V I C T I O N S ! ”  “ ! A L T O   A   L O S  D E S A L O J O S ! ”

October 27 Facebook posting from Mike Zint of “First they came for the homeless”

We are going in. The occupation of the Berkeley post office starts soon we need a little help and a lot of love. Please share and if you can help please contact me. Thank you.

We are going to need to do some fund raising for this occupation. We are short on crucial media gear and cameras. The Cops ain’t going to be nice to us and this gear will help to keep us safe. Additional info will be posted as this devolops.

If you can help, please contact me here on facebook or email me at mzint02@gmail.com. Please share.

“Your Call: Is it possible for a Super PAC to get money out of politics?” by Malihe Razazan

Guests:

Lawrence Lessig, professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and co-founder of Mayday PAC

Link to the audio:  http://kalw.org/post/your-call-it-possible-super-pac-get-money-out-politics

Web Resources:

https://mayday.us/

Vox: 3 ways this election could transform money in politics

Vox: Why campaign finance reformers are pouring millions into South Dakota’s Senate race

Bay New 9: Woman, 81, walking cross-country for campaign finance reform

Harvard Political Review: Campaign Finance after Citizens United