Berkeley Post Office occupation — unbroken, unbowed

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.
August 1, 2015

For nine months we have been occupying the Berkeley Post Office. Many good things have happened. The building is not for sale, postal banking is becoming a reality, CBRE may be prosecuted, and HR 6407 expires next year. (Funding all benefits for 75 years) The post office was never broke, they broke it.

These photos show the visits by police. We survived over two dozen raids. No arrests. We are still here.

We will not be moved!

–Mike Zint

“The most radical thing we can do” per Alison Bechdel (author of graphic novel “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic”)


Alison Bechdel

NERMEEN SHAIKH: So I wanted to ask you—and you’ve also referenced in your more recent work, that’s more explicitly about your mother, the work of Freud, as well as of Alice Miller—how psychoanalysis, if at all, has helped you to both understand yourself and come up with a language to reveal what you would like to reveal about yourself and those you were intimate with.

ALISON BECHDEL: Well, I did write this memoir about my mother, which is also kind of a memoir about therapy and almost an essay, too, about therapy and how therapy works. Yes, I would not have been able to do any of this work without a lot of time on the couch. I’m a big fan of therapy. I’ve been in therapy most of my adult life. It’s really—you know, people talk about therapy as being sort of self-indulgent or an individual solution, but I feel like it is the most radical thing we can do to really, like, get in touch with our autonomy and agency. And it has helped me a lot. It’s made me able to do this work. So, yeah, Donald Winnicott is a particular idol of mine.

(full interview on Democracynow.org)

Action Council Events — July 30 to August 6

OccupySF

~ Action Council ~  

Next Meeting

Sunday, August 2. 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

Meeting:

Everyone is invited to attend and participate in a discussion for planning a Town Hall Meeting with our Representative  in Congress.  There is concern that Congress members pay more attention to corporate lobbyists than they do to the ordinary citizens in their district.  It has been proposed the citizens of San Francisco plan a town hall meeting and summon their representative to attend during the  summer recess of Congress.  The topic will be ways to increase the power of the people over that of the corporations.

We will write the summons and then must get out on the streets to get people and organizations to sign the summons to be delivered to Congress Rep. Pelosi.  We will plan the time, place and organization of the town hall meeting.

This is not an attack on our Representative; we will offer positive ideas for increasing the power of the people on our Federal government. We want the voice of the people to be heard and acted upon over the corporate forces that are so powerful today.  We will be seeking to improve our democracy.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

(No BART Service This Weekend!)

Thursday, July 30

J 30, Thursday, 11:00am-1:00pm, Medicare’s 50th Birthday: Protect it, Expand it to Everyone

Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway (nr. 12th Street BART)
Oakland

Medicare is under attack! Join the National Day of Action Medicare – is at a cross roads!!  Do we want it privatized and cut? or do we want it expanded into MEDICARE FOR ALL

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1620158044937831/  or dbechler@value.net

J 30, Thursday, 3:00pm, Call with President Obama on the P5+1 Nuclear Deal with Iran

Conference call with President Obama and folks from around the country to discuss the P5+1 Nuclear Deal with Iran. The President will discuss the historic deal and its importance to the country and the international community

INFORMATION TO CALL IN: (866) 254-5934, passcode 365802

Friday, July 31

J 31, Friday, 3:00pm Rally for Our Right to Exist!

Powell & Market Sts. (Cable Car Turn-around),
SF

Rally & March to Union Square. Be part of building a movement towards elimination of poverty and homelessness and the fight for our. our #Right2Rest. 

Sponsor: Western Regional Advocacy Project

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/941487869248109/

J 31, Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Film: “Message From Hiroshima”

American Friends Service Cmte.
65 – 9th Street
SF

Film – Japanese with English subtitles narrated by George Takei

Info: smcneil@afsc.org

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OccupyForum presents . . . Crisis in Ukraine: Prologue to World War III? on Monday, August 3

Monday, August 3rd from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street near the 16th Street BART station
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
OccupyForum presents…
 
Crisis in Ukraine:
Prologue to World War III?
Presentation and Dialogue with Dr. George Wright,
Political Science Professor Emeritus
 
The current political, economic, and military crisis in Ukraine, beginning in the fall of 2013, has been responsible for not only a civil war, but also a new Cold War between the United States/the European Union (the West) and Russia.  Curiously, the ongoing geo-political situation between the West and Russia has an ominous similarity to the developments which led up to World War I and World War II.  Does that mean that the geo-political crisis over Ukraine will eventually result in a World War?
Former Professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Chico, Dr. George Wright, will explain the internal situation in Ukraine, as well as the reasons for the new Cold War and its implications, including the prospects for World War III.
George Wright currently teaches United States History I & II; African-American History; United States History since 1945; and the History of Ethnic Groups in California at Skyline College. His publications include:  The Destruction of a Nation: United States Policy towards Angola since 1945;   “The Clinton Administration’s Policy Toward Angola: An Assessment,” Review of African Political Economy (2001); and  “Globalization and International Sport,”  New Political Economy(1999) and Olympic Review (1999). In 2005 he completed The Autobiography of Stan Wright: Forty Years in the “Good Old Boy” Network.
Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.
Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!