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2026 Declaration of Participation (from Alby Chrisbach)

Consistent with the American Experiment established through the

Declaration of Independence in 1776 a Global Experiment begins.

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2026

Declaration of Participation

EQUALITY

We the people of good conscience, on July 4, 2016 – with neither left nor right political intention – declare that by the 250th year of Independence from the Rule of the British Empire, that on July 4, 2026 we shall have united – and shall have participated actively within – a simple set of economic and technical changes to become known as Participatory Economic Fairness.  Since capital markets know of no borders these necessary changes are therefore global.

We demand the obvious in resolute terms: to participate in the economy, to drink good water, to breathe good air, to honor the land with its fauna and flora, and to neither die nor kill through environmental catastrophe.  As stated in 1776, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

This effort is not related to intense, moderate or minimal religious belief, or, a lack thereof.  Participatory Economic Fairness is not present in any existing form of known society whether capitalism, communism, liberalism, conservatism or any of the other ‘isms’; these systems each devolved to become a distraction from sharing a piece of the pie.  We as citizens are aware that only through a simple and cohesive platform can effective political and economic fairness be gained and retained.  To this end we seek an economic system known as ‘Local Small Business Sustainability’.  This system endeavors to employ each of us, proudly offers fair compensation, exhibits our skill, appreciates our labor and never underestimates the difficulty of another person’s tasks.  This system contrasts sharply with globalization, a system that requires and subjugates us to compliance, surveillance, indebtedness and servitude.  Globalization moves all money up to the top of the least understood pyramid scheme ever conceived – leaving neither dimes nor pennies below.  We shall secure our right for a fair and generally equal existence with ample opportunity for financial sustenance and good health.

The demands of the Participatory Economic Fairness movement will be brought about through the use of national, state, religious and local holidays to OCCUPY, en masse, public and private buildings on all such days, with friends, family, coworkers, fellow students, children and senior citizens all fully expressing our Constitutional Right for Civil Disobedience to achieve the simple, all-inclusive platform below.  The police and military are encouraged to participate equally and express the same set of demands for they are in the same predicament as the rest of us in the 99.9999%: inadequate pay, debt, lack of good health care, struggles with educational and housing inadequacies, fear of losing benefits and becoming homeless and hungry.  Though media and elected puppets have made countless, pandering promises for decades, and our own lack of critical thinking and inaction has succumbed to this subterfuge, we are not as dumb as the plutocrats, oligarchs, lobbyists, public relations and advertising firms estimate in their absolute arrogance.  We see, feel and know that 78% of media is fear mongering and 18% is false hope.  We the people shall embrace Participatory Economic Fairness and leave global corporations and corporate media to its own demise.  Barbarism has taken many forms throughout history and in each case it has dissolved.  The current form of barbaric behavior – voracious capital markets – is on the precipice of its own demise; relentless greed is pulling it toward its inevitable conclusion.

LEFT RIGHT

We are not as stupid, gullible and hateful as Corporatopoly and information deployment schemes try to make us appear.  Each of us likes or respect people ‘on the other side’ – those with different views.  In fact, there is no actual ‘left and right’ anywhere in the world.  It feels as if this division exists only because the propaganda machine of wealth produces whatever divisiveness it is able to create.  Simply put, we have been hoodwinked into thinking we believe particular controversies.  Yet each side has been created by the corporate-paid media in order to keep our eye off the ball.  We adapt liberal demeanors such shopping at Bloomingdale’s for cuff-links with a New York Times website visible on an iPad, or the conservative demeanor of sporting a 12 gauge pump gun in the back window of a monster truck.  These differences are trivial.  The exploitation of trivial controversy serves the purpose of keeping our minds off of the real issue: The Money.  The globe is controlled by the very few – far smaller than .0001% of entrenched multimillionaires and billionaires whose power emerged through the manipulation of the financial markets.  The markets are postured to run away with every last dime you can muster.  We have been lined up like toy soldiers, positioned by corporate media outlets to declare arbitrary positions for the purpose of animosity alone.  To the capital marketeers we are children who are playing at color war at a summer camp: the red against the blue, the green against the orange.  We are told, and we accept, that we cannot think for ourselves.

We have been fed the pabulum of opposites, where the orange team ‘believes’ in Issue A and the green team ‘believes’ in Issue B.  Therefore there is no peace among the orange and green since their ‘beliefs’ have been structured as opposite.  These are humorous games to those pulling our strings especially when we become vocal regarding unessential issues.

We hereby refuse this role.  We shall engage in critical thinking and evaluate the global economic structure for what it is.

This left-right division system plays out in congress and in our neighborhoods.  It is recursive and self-arguing.  It entraps us in forever-growing self-propagating, self-propagandizing loops.  The American Experiment fails before us.  Only we can grab hold of it and modernize it, restructure it.  Our yearning for a healthy and fair world – one where dignity for all is enabled – is of far greater importance than a media-fabricated left-right political divide.

Is it naïve to think that we will suddenly engage in critical thinking and unite behind a simple, enabling platform?  No, it is not naive.  We can and do step aside sometimes and observe the world for what it is.  Human success in the last few thousand years has been the result of a pleasant climate, unlimited resources and exploitation of labor in the forms of literal slavery or subsequent economic servitude.  Much of this blind servitude surrounds fossil fuels.  Initially, fossil fuels brought us out of a mini-ice age and civilization benefited.  In the 1800’s a few scientists warned of a climate that may warm to our detriment.  In the 1900’s many stepped forward with clear data and by the late 1900’s it was clear that abrupt sea level rise was before us.

Since the advent of coal exploitation in the 1700’s and oil in the 1800’s the fossil fuel industry has spent vast sums to spread disinformation.  Average liberals may not want to change the status quo since they are entrenched in adequacy.  Average conservatives may not want to change the status quo since they fear that using less fossil fuel will change their lifestyles.  Yet with just a bit of study it becomes clear that as a result of an unwillingness to modernize we are flirting with multiple forms of extinction, if not for all, at least for millions.  Will we achieve the goal of Local Small-Business Sustainability?  It’s not knowable.  We only know that if we don’t try we will have to explain our inaction to our children and grandchildren.

The challenges of climate change are incontrovertible and we shall make changes as the climate makes its own changes.  We will turn off the commercial TV and radio pabulum and observe the world for ourselves.  Yes, this era must become known to be a renaissance of critical thinking through which the climate might survive, our labor might thrive and this new Experiment in Equality might spread globally.

The financiers of the Corporatopoly have only one goal: take the money and run.  What they don’t know and seemingly don’t care about is that there will be no place for them to run toward and there will be a great many fewer havens for their children.  We – the growing lower, middle and former upper-middle classes – are unnecessary, except for the last of the moneys the capital marketeers can extract.  Many of us are warehoused in cheap housing or imprisoned either in projects or penitentiaries; others are crumbling under unreasonable rents and mortgages.  All are profitable for the wealthy.

We repeat the demand for the simple and obvious in no uncertain terms: to participate in the economy, to drink good water, to breathe good air, to honor the land with its fauna and flora, and to neither die nor kill through environmental catastrophe. Yes, one might call such a desire obvious – perhaps, a Declaration of the Obvious.  The current system has run amuck in greed and abuse.  The .0001% is guilty of lies and distortions.  Deceit is the official faith of the financiers and the complicit, congressional investigative committees whose campaigns for office are well paid by those they investigate.  The financial class acts with apparent charm, humility and generosity while on TV, in the press and on the web.  We think we could have been them – that there actually is a world where there is an opportunity to make something in your garage and then become a billionaire.  Or if not super-money, we have believed there is a strong ladder to climb to success.  However, the ‘self-made’ people we read about all had wealthy families or friends who enabled their ‘success’.  And their success at this point is not different than that of the robber barons of the 19th Century: No pie for us, not even a crumb.

Screaming voices, paid by the plutocrats, instruct us to look everywhere yet nowhere, to bind us into an uneducated and uninformed uniformity, complacent with our lot in life, unwilling to march to demand a job, air and water.  Furthermore, we are not more than fodder for the instruments of war since the high-tech weapons inventory must be used up so that fancier weapons can be designed, bought and paid for by our tax money.

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“Berkeley post office worthy of passion, protest” by Gary Peterson (contracostatimes.com)

April 24, 2015

BERKELEY — Consider some of Berkeley’s signature protests. Legions of students sitting in for free speech. Citizen activists fighting to keep People’s Park for the people. Tree-sitters giving voice to a grove of whispering oaks outside Memorial Stadium.

Another one — with the requisite components of activism, occupation and principled outrage — has been raging quietly at the corner of Milvia Street and Allston Way for two years. This time the cause is …

A post office?

You bet your forever stamps. Specifically, the target is the century-old downtown Berkeley post office, which the U.S. Postal Service announced in 2012 would be one of approximately 200 facilities nationwide sold as a cost-cutting measure. After relocating some of the Berkeley building’s traditional functions, the post office uses just a fraction of the huge space today.

Artwork from 1937 adorns a wall at the Berkeley Post Office in downtown Berkeley on April 15, 2015.

Artwork from 1937 adorns a wall at the Berkeley Post Office in downtown Berkeley on April 15, 2015. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

In 2013, Mike Wilson, a self-described “remodeling carpenter,” formed the Berkeley Post Office Defenders, a group of about a dozen protesters, which works in support of, though not in conjunction with, another group called Save The Berkeley Post Office. On Nov. 1, 2014, with the USPS in negotiations with a prospective developer for the Berkeley property, Wilson pitched a tent outside the building. Two to three Defenders have manned it day and night since.

“These kinds of buildings,” Wilson said of the 1914 structure, “are the closest things democracy has to a church.”

And yet:

“I find myself asking,” said Carol Wolfley, a fellow Defender, ” ‘Do I really care about the post office? Aren’t there more important things going on?’ ”

In the next breath, Wolfley, echoing other Defenders, steadfastly insists the Berkeley post office — despite being buffeted by the ease and immediacy of email and private parcel competitors such as FedEx and UPS — stands for something that would be missed if it were gone.

It’s a story best told from the beginning.

“It wasn’t like they just threw up a building,” said Brian Turner, an attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust is facilitating public participation in the sale of the post offices, many of them New Deal-era buildings, that the USPS seeks to offload. “They got some of the most expensive materials. They modeled it after Foundling Hospital in Florence. There was a lot of intent there beyond delivery of mail. It was intended to inspire.”

The trust and city last year filed U.S. District Court lawsuits, since dismissed, that sought a temporary restraining order preventing the USPS, at a time when it was in negotiations with a developer, from selling the Berkeley facility. The USPS, whose negotiations with the developer fell through, is not currently looking for a buyer, USPS spokesman Augustine Ruiz said last week. Previously, he had said the postal service hoped to find a buyer that would lease back the 4,000 square feet of the 57,000-square-foot building currently being used.

The city and trust could refile their suits if and when a buyer is ultimately found.

Protesters meanwhile, are not necessarily content with preserving the status quo. They value both the building’s stature and the service provided within its walls. Wilson said his group would like to see the post office grow back into the vacant space that once was used for carrier operations, since moved to another location in Berkeley. Postal banking and Internet hubs are among the services Wilson believes would help bring the building back to life.

“Usually, a post office is one of the most prominent buildings in town,” said Antonio Rossmann, who represented the city in its suit. “It evokes a time when the public sector was supreme.”

Mike Wilson, with the Berkeley Post Office Defenders, is photographed at the post office in downtown Berkeley on April 15, 2015. Wilson and others have

Mike Wilson, with the Berkeley Post Office Defenders, is photographed at the post office in downtown Berkeley on April 15, 2015. Wilson and others have been fighting proposals to close this office and sell the building. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

The Berkeley post office doesn’t lack for prominence. It features a limestone foundation, marble columns, granite steps, and ornamental oak, marble and bronze flourishes. The lobby is graced by a mural commissioned by the New Deal-era Works Progress Administration. The building, particularly the interior, could use some TLC. Exterior window framing is weathered and splintering. There are stickers and some graffiti on the outside of the building.

Inside, patrons have to take a number to wait for one of the two employees manning the windows. Flies buzz about. The floor is scuffed and worn. The windows are spotted and dirty.

“They’ve disinvested in this property and are using it as a justification for selling,” Turner said. But it doesn’t take much to imagine a time when the Berkeley post office lived up to the lofty mission statement expressed on the plaque honoring its 1980 inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places:

“Government buildings constructed in this era,” the plaque reads, “were designed ‘to educate and develop the public taste and eventually elevate it to a higher plane.’ ”

There’s more to the save-the-post-office movement than meets the eye. In addition to setting an aesthetic standard, the Defenders claim the post office was once, and can still be, a vital and efficient public utility. To that end, the group organizes rallies and musical events to raise awareness of the post office’s potential plight. A garden was planted. Ralph Nader accepted an invitation to appear last summer. An information table stands outside the tent, as does a clothing and book exchange.

“Please take what you can use from the box,” a sign reads. “But — please — leave the box.”

Other post office protests have been held across the country, most conducted by union employees whose jobs are at risk but some driven by people who don’t want to lose their local branch.

“Berkeley is by no means the only community that’s working on this issue,” Turner said. “It stretches from liberal Berkeley, to conservative La Jolla, to middle of the road Palo Alto, back east to the Bronx and Somerville, Massachusetts.”

“The motivating factor for me,” Wilson said, “is that the United States Post Office is an organization that runs on a universal service principle — it uses its profits to keep prices low and to be accessible to everyone and operate as efficiently as possible. This (potential sale) is all part of an effort to privatize the post office.”

“What seems to be happening,” Wolfley said, “is that business interests are working to take public resources and turn them into something for profit. Are they a public service? Are they wanting to serve us? Do they get the message or not?”

Loud and clear.

“I’m not surprised, because we’ve been around since 1776,” Ruiz, the USPS spokesman, said. “When people think of the post office, they think of trust and reliability. They see our letter carriers, and it brings a sense of normalcy to their neighborhood. So when we propose to change things, they take it seriously.”

Ying Lee, 83, might be the longest-tenured, most experienced Berkeley activist. She witnessed the free speech protests, which resulted in the university lifting its ban on on-campus political activities, and the People’s Park movement, which forestalled development of the plot bounded by Telegraph Avenue, Bowditch Street, Haste Street and Dwight Way. A former Berkeley councilwoman and post office trustee, Lee sees the Berkeley post office as an artifact of Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency — which, she said, set a standard for civic idealism.

“It goes back to the New Deal,” she said. “The country was in dreadful shape. All those programs helped create the understanding that there’s a minimum standard that should be met. (The post office) is a very definite link to that period. We need this as a basic service.”

Contact Gary Peterson at 925-952-5053. Follow him at Twitter.com/garyscribe.

Berkeley Post Office occupation update

First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.

It’s not a good night to be homeless. It’s raining. Here at the post office, the security guard has stopped people from getting out of the rain. He threw a homeless person’s stuff into the rain. Now the cops are here, but they don’t seem to care. They even blamed the 67 year old grandmother who’s gear it was for being a bully. We called the guard some choice names.

The rain is getting harder, and more homeless will be showing up. The people own this building, and they shouldn’t be getting soaked while there is an overhang they can sleep under.

–Mike Zint

OccupySF Action Council ~ Meeting Reminder! All Are Welcome!!

All are welcome to help plan for creative actions around the U.S. Mayors Conference coming up soon!

 

Occupy SF

~ ACTION COUNCIL ~

Next Meeting

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

This is an opportunity to call attention Locally  and Nationally to issues that are of concern to us, THE PEOPLE  that the mayors have resisted and refused to act upon – or acted on against the interest of THE PEOPLE. For instance: “Black Lives Matter”, militarization of police, surveillance, privatization  of our commons , homelessness, gentrification of our communities,  immigration, the environment, the People’s taxes being spent on wars enriching the 1% and not serving the people – and more!

Action Council Events — April 24 to May 1

Occupy SF

~ ACTION COUNCIL ~

Websites:

OccupySF Action Council: http://occupyactionsf.org

OccupySF: http://occupysf.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, April 24

A 24, Friday, 12Noon – 1:30pm From the Bay to Rana Plaza: Women Workers Demand Justice!

Meet:

North Face SF
180 Post St (1 Block fr. Union Square)
SF

After a rally at North Face, we will have a short march to Walmart Board member Marissa Mayer’s Four Seasons Penthouse (757 Market).

April 24th marks the 2nd anniversary of the factory collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh which killed 1,138 garment workers in a massive – and preventable – tragedy. Many of the survivors and families are still owed compensation and workers are still fighting for safe working conditions. While corporations like North Face, Walmart, and Zara exploit workers in Bangladesh, retail workers and other workers in San Francisco get pushed out of our city due to low wages, evictions, and skyrocketing housing costs.

Women across the world are standing together on April 24th – Join them in demanding that corporations are held accountable for their actions here and abroad, and to launch the first US Chapter of the World March of Women, a grassroots international network of feminists fighting for justice in their communities!

After a rally at North Face, we will have a short march to Walmart Board member Marissa Mayer’s Four Seasons Penthouse (757 Market).

Sponsored by: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance & the US Chapter of the World March of Women, Jobs With Justice – San Francisco, Gabriela USA, International Labor Rights Forum, Chinese Progressive Association, Causa Justa :: Just Cause

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/494851653999792/

A 24, Friday, 6:00pm Friday  – Justicia para Amilcar/Justice For Amilcar Vigil and March

East Side of Folsom St. (between 24th & 25th St.)
SF

6:00pm – Vigil begins on the East side of Folsom between 24th and 25th, at the site of the shooting
6:30pm – March begins
7:00pm – Stop at Mission Police Station (630 Valencia)
March will end at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church (15th St between
Mission and Valencia))

**Please bring votive candles. We will lay these down at the Mission Police Station to symbolize the loss of Amilcar and other victims of police violence in San Francisco.**

on behalf of Amilcar’s family, Attorney Arnoldo Casillas will file a civil lawsuit against the City of San Francisco and officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli who killed Amilcar Perez-Lopez mere feet from his home. At 11:00am Casillas will hold a press conference and reveal information that dramatically contradicts the police narrative of the events of the night Amilcar was shot and killed.

We believe SFPD is involved in a cover-up of facts to avoid criminal and civil accountability for the unlawful killing of Amilcar Perez-Lopez. Join us that evening to mourn this tragic loss in our community, resist the forces of gentrification, and DEMAND JUSTICE for Amilcar.

We will be led at the vigil and march by the Danzantes Xitlali.

David Campos, our Supervisor representing San Francisco’s District 9, and fellow Guatemalan immigrant, will join us at the vigil.

learn more:
Justice4Amilcar.org
Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599010597012084/

A 24, Friday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Climate Forum: Fighting Back Against the Global Land Grab

518 Valencia St.
SF

Donation: $5-$20 sliding scale, no one refused for lack of funds.

Rising Tide North America is hosting trouble-making authors Scott Crow, Alexander Reid Ross, Premadasi Amada and others for a book event to talk about their new book “Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab”

Land grabs are a global phenomenon of our times, driven by the ever increasing demands of both global corporations and the governments with which they are allied.But ordinary citizens, small farmers and ordinary citizens around the world are standing up to defend their own with passion and ingenuity, and they are recording successes that are both extraordinary and inspiring.

Join us for this exciting panel as Scott Crow, Alexander Reid Ross, Premadasi Amada and others discuss this disturbing phenomenon and the resistance fighting back against it.

Sponsor: Rising Tide North America

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/808682179224848/

A 24, Friday 7:30pm, Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

San Francisco City Hall
Van Ness Street side
SF

On April 24th, 1915, the Ottomans arrested 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders and brutally executed them. That marked the beginning of a systematic campaign to eliminate the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. Armenians were rounded up, their possessions taken away and marched to their deaths into the Syrian and Iraqi deserts. Those who were not abducted, raped, mutilated, died of disease and starvation. Very few survived.

By the time Mustafa Kemal, the father of modern Turkey, finished the job by burning the city of Smyrna, half of the Armenian population of the world had vanished.

Rafael Lempkin coined the term “Genicide” because of the “Armenian atrocities”.

A GENOCIDE DENIED IS A GENOCIDE REPEATED!
Modern Turkey and ISIS do today what the Ottomans did a hundred years ago. The cycle of Genocide can end only by acknowledgement.

On April 24th, the lights of the San Francisco city Hall will reflect the colors of the Armenian flag. Join us in front of the city hall on Van Ness to commemorate the Genocide and demand recognition and justice.

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1128362497190457/

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