OccupyForum – Strategies and Tactics

OccupyForum with Stephen Zunes and

David Solnit

Occupy Forum continues Monday Jan. 21st from 6 –  9 pm at Café Que Tal, 1005 Guerrero Street at 22nd. Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Food & Drink Available for Purchase to support our local Café.

The Strategies and Tactics of Successful Civil Resistance and Revolutionary Movements around the World:

What can Occupy learn, adapt, apply?

The Left needs new strategies and tactics to consolidate and focus our power. Learning from the past helps us shape the future of the movement. Stephen Zunes, veteran organizer, activist, scholar and trainer will analyze successful movements and the variety of effective tactics employed across the globe including strikes, sit-ins, blockades, small unit actions, and non-cooperation. He will speak about how and why resistance groups gain support from diverse sectors of civil society in order to launch their offensives.

Case studies will focus on how movements were able to analyze the pillars of support for their opponent, select the targets of their actions, empower and educate the population, effectively maintain nonviolent discipline in the face of severe provocation, strategically sequence their tactics, and eventually emerge victorious. Zunes will include the US anti-nuclear movement, the anti-apartheid struggle, the democratic revolution in Serbia, the uprising against the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines, and popular movements against dictatorship and neo-liberalism in Bolivia, among others. 

Zunes will be joined by David Solnit, long-time organizer and activist, who will speak about his experience helping to organize the “Battle of Seattle” and training West Coast organizers in confronting entrenched power in the United States. Solnit will discuss in detail the “Strategic Principles” used in the Battle of Seattle, an example of what strategic, determined, and disciplined cross-border organizing can accomplish.

How can we utilize, adapt, and apply methods from the past in order to develop new and innovative ways for Occupy to achieve deep and lasting structural change?

Time will be allotted for Q&A and discussion. Monday 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Cafe Que Tal, 1005 Guerrero Street/22nd. Food and drinks available for purchase! Please support our local Cafe! Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged!

Stephen Zunes is a veteran peace and human rights activist, a trainer and workshop leader for pro-democracy and community activists in the U.S. and globally, and is a professor and senior analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies at the University of San Francisco who has written numerous books and over 450 articles. David Solnit has been a mass direct action organizer since the early ‘80s and is currently an organizer with the Occupy movement. He is the editor of “Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World” and co-author of “Army of None: Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment, End War, and Build a Better World” and was instrumental in organizing “The Battle of Seattle” which brought tens of thousands in a mass mobilization into downtown Seattle to demand annulment of Third World Debt and successfully shut down the World Trade Organization (WTO).


Watch the video: http://youtu.be/gpSAAvuI75Y

Occupy Forum with the Defenders of the Commons

Occupy Forum with the Defenders of the Commons,Monday Jan. 7th 6 -9 pm

Occupy Forum continues Monday Jan.uary 7 at 2017 Mission St. 2nd fl. at Global Exchange


Private corporations, often working hand-in-glove with governmental bodies, plunder the commons for private gain: ancient forests are clear-cut, wildlife preserves fracked, & public parks sectioned off from the people. Our last vestiges of the commons, the land & resources shared by all, are being sold off, bought off, or leased for private gain under the aegis of a budget crisis – a crisis created by Wall Street bail-outs, wars, & tax-breaks for millionaires, & fueled by oil & gas industry propaganda demanding endless drilling & blasting.

What is happening to our commons and how can we fight back?

Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights Campaign at Global Exchange and co-author of The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth will speak about rights-based organizing to protect the commons, including the Mt. Shasta “rights of nature” ordinance, and the increasing problem of fracking in California. Katherine Howard of the “Save Golden Gate Park” coalition will update us about the recent onslaught against the commons by the San Francisco Department of Recreation & Parks, and Ed Dunn of HANC, the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council, will speak to us about the eviction of the thirty year old Kezar Recycling Center. The Space Transformers will follow up with their efforts to save the grassroots Kezar Gardens Ecology Center.  Join us to learn how people everywhere are fighting back to defend the commons and alert the public, while letting corporations and government know that our commons are not up for grabs. We will close with a brief update on the urgent state of the struggle to save City College of SF, our educational commons..

Watch the video at: http://youtu.be/4wCptL_jZks

Monday 6:00 to 9:00 pm. 2017 Mission St. 2nd Floor conveniently located across from the 16th/Mission BART .There will be a sign posted on the door with a phone number for entry after 6:15. Donations to cover our costs are encouraged.