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Action Council Events — November 21 to November 28

Next Meeting

Sunday, November 23, 2014

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

UPDATE: FERGUSON, MO, GRAND JURY DECISION

Emergency Response  (from World Can’t Wait) 

Should the Ferguson Grand Jury exonerate police officer Darren Wilson we will BART to 14th and Broadway, Oakland (12th Street Oakland Civic Center BART) to join the Stop Mass Incarceration Network <http://www.stopmassincarceration.net/> 4:00pm action.

San Francisco – Meet-up at 3:00 pm on the day a decision is announced  (or the next day if the announcement comes after 4 PM)

United Nations Plaza, at the fountain  (Market Street between Hyde and 7th, San Francisco), for a short rally before boarding BART. Wear orange to identify yourself… we will march as a contingent into the Civic Center Station.

Time subject to change! Check https://www.facebook.com/events/316716461849844/

Operation Ghetto Storm <http://www.operationghettostorm.org/>  urges that we widen our lens to expose that Ferguson, like most low-income Black and Brown communities, is a colonized community under siege.
 
We call for justice for Michael Brown and all victims of police violence!
If you hear of further actions, please call or text Michael at 415-215-7575 and I’ll send info out.

Friday, November 21

N 21, Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil

Corner of Masonic & Fell Streets (Golden Gate Park Panhandle)
SF

Haight Ashbury Peace Vigil. Friday, November 21, and the third Friday of each month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the corner of Masonic and Fell in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, San Francisco. Everybody welcome! We will have signs, candles, music and snacks. Stay for the whole two hours or for just five minutes.

N 21, Friday, 6:30pm, Occupation of Alcatraz 45th Anniversary with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Bill Means, and Others

518 Valencia St.
SF

November 20th will mark 45 years since 89 Native Americans, led by activist Richard Oakes, seized control of Alcatraz island for nearly two years. The Occupation of Alcatraz was a historic spark that catalyzed the burgeoning American Indian Movement in the late 1960s.

Join Center for Political Education and the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) on November 21st in commemorating and learning from this historic moment with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of the recently released book, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.” In this highly acclaimed book, Dunbar-Ortiz decolonizes American history and challenges the founding myth of the United States.

Roxanne will be joined by William “Bill” Means (Oglala Lakota), co-founder and board member of IITC and veteran of Wounded Knee; and Kris Road Traveler Longoria, another veteran of the occupation.

Opening blessing by Alcatraz veteran, Kris Longoria (Caddo Nation and Cheyenne Arapaho) (URBANREZLIFE).
Mariposa will be the MC for this event.

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. This event is alcohol and drug free.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/726490684094595/

Saturday, November 22 & Sunday November 23

N 22, Saturday & N 23 Sunday, 9:30am, Earth At Risk 2014 Conference

Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94123

Some of the world’s preeminent strategists in environmental defense, social justice, and grassroots activism will come together to share their insights and speak toward ONE goal: crafting game-changing responses to address the converging crises we face. Species extinction, racism, sexual warfare, deforestation, global warming, corruption — all stem from the same root.

For too long environmentalism has hinged on conformity to capitalism and the status quo. For too long social justice work has capitulated to this profoundly abusive culture. We may live on an EARTH AT RISK – but with this great challenge comes a GREAT OPPORTUNITY. This is your struggle, whether you acknowledge it or not. Will you sit on the sidelines as the world burns?”

Featuring four hugely important global activists: African-American author Alice Walker, Indian physicist-ecologist Dr. Vandana Shiva, journalist Chris Hedges and author/philosopher Derrick Jensen. This is not a conference to miss, if you can help it!

For more details, please visit the Fertile Ground Environmental Institute website or the Event Schedule here.

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“The Masque of Anarchy” by Percy Shelley (1832) via Angelina Llongueras

THE

MASQUE OF ANARCHY

I.

As I lay asleep in Italy,
There came a voice from over the sea,
And with great power it forth led me
To walk in the visions of Poesy.

II.

I met Murder on the way–
He had a mask like Castlereagh–
Very smooth he look’d yet grim;
Seven bloodhounds followed him:

III.

All were fat; and well they might
Be in admirable plight,
For one by one, and two by two,
He tossed them humanhearts to chew,
Which from his wide cloak he drew.

IV.

Next came Fraud, and he had on,
Like Lord E–, an ermined gown;
His big tears, for he wept well,
Turned to mill-stones as they fell;

V.

And the little children, who
Round his feet played to and fro,
Thinking every tear a gem,
Had their brains knockedout by, them.

VI.

Clothed with the * * as with light,
And the shadows of the night,
Like * * * next, Hypocrisy,
On a crocodile rode by.

VII.

And many more Destructions played
In this ghastly masquerade,
All disguised, even to the eyes,
Like bishops,lawyers, peers, or spies.

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Strike Debt Radio Turns an Ear Towards Predatory Payday Loan and Check Cashing (via JP Massar)

Community Check Cashing

With more and more people living paycheck to paycheck, and banks unwilling to provide short-term credit, people are finding themselves with no choice but to engage with Payday Loan operators when their kid needs a doctor, the car breaks down, or some other emergency ensues – only to find themselves unable to pay the loan off, then watching the balance grow exponentially.

But there is an alternative, at least in Oakland, California! Mike and Cassie interview Dan Liebsohn, the founder of Community Check Cashing, one of the few (and possibly the only) non-profits in the country that offer payday loans, check cashing and similar financial services, all for a fraction (typically 25% – 50%) of the cost of “traditional” for-profit operations that seem to be popping up on every street corner.

And that’s not all they do. CCC doesn’t try to pull their customers into a debt trap; instead they work hard to pull them out! They offer free financial coaching and work with their customers to make sure their loans are paid off as efficiently as possible.

CCC is located right at the Fruitvale BART, just around the corner from the Powderface Cafe.

How and why do they do it? Here’s some answers about their operations from their new flyer:

About Community Check Cashing:

Q. How can we be so much cheaper?
A. Unlike all other outfits of this type, here no one is getting rich
off of your need to get a check cashed or a short-term loan. We charge
enough to pay the rent and pay our employees a living wage. That’s it!
No money is going from you straight to absentee owners and Wall Street
backers.

Q. What’s in it for us?
A. Call us crazy. We think everyone deserves a fair deal. No one
should have to be rich to be treated right. We think it’s outrageous
that payday lenders and check cashiers make huge profits while their
customers sink deeper and deeper into debt. So we decided to do
something about it.

Q. We provide financial coaching free or at very low cost.
A. Don’t understand a bill? Have trouble with a creditor? Want to learn
how to manage your money better? We can help!

Q. We provide inexpensive financial coaching for very small businesses, too.
A. We offer below-market rate bookkeeping, advice in developing proper
methods of planning, creating systems for proper money management and
more.

Q. If we can’t help, we might know who can!
A. We’ll give you information and referrals for housing, immigration,
food, legal and other forms of assistance.

Link to full audio of Strike Debt Radio show:  https://occupyoakland.org/2014/11/strike-debt-radio-turns-ear-towards-predatory-payday-loan-check-cashing/