Occupy Forum: Making our workplaces more Democratic

OccupyForum presents:

 

Making Our Workplaces More Democratic

 

The Surprisingly Rich History of Worker-owned

Co-operatives and Communes in the U.S.

with author John Curl and Members of Local Co-Ops

Occupy Forum continues Monday, February 25th from 6 – 9 pm

Global Exchange 2017 Mission Street

 Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

 

Most workers today have little or no say in the way their workplace is run and are largely at the mercy of the whims of the boss who has virtual autocratic control of the environment where they spend much of their waking lives. Even though we may feel there are no alternatives to the current structure, there is in fact a long history of worker-owned  co-operatives and communes in the U.S. and there are many such businesses and groups thriving around us today, allowing workers to direct the way their workplace functions and to make their working lives

much more democratic and fulfilling.

 

Author, poet, professional woodworker and activist John Curl will tell us about the many forms of worker co-operatives which have existed throughout U.S. history and how the desire by people to escape from the tyranny of traditional capitalist structures brought them about. He will also talk about more contemporary examples of alternative structures for the workplace and about the role communes have played in the human desire for more freedom in the way we live and work. A member of numerous co-operatives and collectives, Curl, a Berkeley resident, has written several books on these subjects including the authoritative For All The People, a history of co-operatives and communalism in the U.S. He has written seven books of poetry and translated the works of Inca, Aztec and Mayan poets.

 

We will also be joined by members of several local worker-owned co-operatives, including Arizmendi Bakery and Other Avenues health food store who will share their experiences of working in an alternative workplace, discussing the pros and cons of these organizations.

Time will be allotted for Q&A and discussion. Monday 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Global Exchange, 2017 Mission Street 2nd floor (#200 on keypad) near Mission and 16th BART. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

OccupyForum: Strategies and Tactics of The Environmental Movement

OccupyForum presents:

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet

A documentary on 5 decades of the Environmental Movement

followed by discussion with Director Mark Kitchell

Occupy Forum continues Monday, February 18th from 6 –  9 pm , Global Exchange 2017 Mission Street

 Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

The Strategies and Tactics of The Environmental Movement:

What can Occupy learn, adapt, apply?

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy-Award nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and has won acclaim at dozens of festivals around the world.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them.

It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

The film arrives at a moment of promise: 25 years after Dr. James Hansen first warned of global warming; 8 years after Katrina; 3 years after the Gulf oil disaster; 2 years after meltdown at Fukushima; a year and a half since stopping the Keystone Pipeline; and half a year since the wake-up call that was Hurricane Sandy, the capper to the hottest year on record. As Obama begins a second term more people than ever are active — descending on Washington, DC on Presidents Day and launching a broad alliance to Stop Oil. 2013 may be the year that grassroots pressure finally forces action to halt climate change. A FIERCE GREEN FIRE gives us reason to believe change can come.

Time will be allotted for Q&A and discussion. Monday 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Global Exchange 2017 Mission Street 2nd floor, near Mission and 16th BART.

DVDs available for sale after screening. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

This is the perfect way to spend Monday evening after the Forward on Climate Action Sunday F17!!

Watch the video at http://youtu.be/ai-JjTrYLIE

OccupyForum: San Francisco: A City of the 1% or For Us All?

OccupyForum with Homes Not Jails and the San Francisco Tenants Union

OccupyForum continues: Monday, February 11th 2013, 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange 2017 Mission St., 2nd Floor

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

 Topic: San Francisco: A City of the 1% Or For Us All?

 

Ayisha Pelpon and others of HOMES NOT JAILS, and Ted Gullickson of the SAN FRANCISCO TENANTS UNION,

will speak on their fight against the class and ethnic cleansing taking place in our city today.

Possible Special Guest: OCCUPY BERNAL (a group very active in housing issues).

 

HOMES NOT JAILS formed in San Francisco in 1992 to advocate for the use

of vacant and abandoned housing by people who are homeless. With folks

dying on sidewalks in front of  empty buildings, affordable housing

advocates and poor people converged to find ways of utilizing such

properties, making a loud public statement of their
discontent in the process.

 

Homelessness and the exorbitant cost of housing is a crisis that many in

San Francisco, the U.S.A., and the world appear to accept as
“the way it is.” There is even a myth that living on the streets is like a vacation.

  

Since 1971, the SF Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of

tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San

Francisco. From the struggle for rent control in the 1970s to 1998’s

Proposition G (to end the abuses of OMI evictions), the Tenants Union

has been the city’s leading advocate for tenants. The SFTU is 100%

membership supported and this enables our advocacy to be uncompromising

and immune to pressures from government or other funders.

Location: Global Exchange 2017 Mission St. 2nd floor, across from the 16th & Mission BART. A sign will be posted with a phone number to call for entry for those who arrive after 6:15. This is a smoke- and alcohol-free space. The last half hour will be reserved for Occupy Working Groups and Affinity Group announcements. Donations encouraged to cover our costs; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Join us at OccupyForum!

  HNJ Contact:

https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/homesnotjails
Or — come to our weekly Tuesday night meetings, 8pm, at the Housing Rights Committee, 417 S Van Ness

 

SF Tenants Union:
Just drop by! SF Tenants Union 558 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Website, San Francisco Tenants Union

www.sftu.org/

Watch the video at http://youtu.be/XviNnD4ae6s

 Forum planning contact for above date: David Halenda, 415.871.4360

Occupy Forum – The Fight Against Environmental Racism

Occupy Forum with Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Community Activists

Monday February 4, 2013 * 6 pm at 209 Golden Gate Ave @ Leavenworth, San Francisco (Local 2 Union Hall) Information, discussion and community!

The Fight Against Environmental Racism: Updates from the Frontlines in Bayview Hunters Point, Richmond & Kettleman City and How to Stop the 1% from Poisoning Us

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Community struggles against environmental racism and injustice are raging in low-income communities of color across the bay area, state and country.  Communities are fighting for their lives, and for justice, challenging giant corporate polluters like Chevron and Chemical Waste Management and the government agencies that protect the 1% that profit from polluting our communities.

Hear from activists on the frontlines and get involved in planning actions this spring!

Speakers:
Maricla Mares Alatorre, El Pueblo/People for Clean Air & Water, Kettleman City (San Joaquin Valley)
Henry Clark, West County Toxics Coalition, Richmond
Marie Harrison, Greenaction Community Organizer, Bayview Hunters Point
Tessie Ester, Huntersview Mothers Committee for Health and Environmental Justice
Bradley Angel, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
 

Donations gladly accepted to cover costs – no one turned away for lack of funds!

The last half hour will be reserved for Occupy Working Groups and Affinity Group announcements. Location: Local 2, 209 Golden Gate at Leavenworth, near the Civic Center BART. This is a smoke- and alcohol-free space. Join us at OccupyForum!

Occupy Forum in the Park: The History of Buddhist Activism

Occupy Forum in the Park: The History of Buddhist Activism

Monday, Nov 19th, 6 – 9 pm at Café Que Tal (location changed)

Occupy Forum in the Park continues Monday November 19th at 1005 Guerrero St.. We seek the fullest possible citizen participation in the ongoing creation of a better world. Information, education, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

 Buddhist Activism:  The first 2,500 Years, From Tibet to Thailand and Myanmar to Occupy Oakland

What does Buddhism have to do with the Occupy Wall Street Movement? Buddhism’s rich history of activism spans over 2,500 years and across the globe.  It helped spark the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  Learn how.  From Tibet to Thailand to India to Occupy Oakland, the Buddhist tradition has helped instill inner and outer change.  Who are the untouchables in India?  How are the monk’s fighting deforestation in Thailand and the oppression of Tibet.  Learn about Engaged Buddhism during the Vietnam War and at Occupy Oakland.  Hear about the struggle for women’s equality during the era of the Buddha to today.  Our panel:  Prasadachita, David Nelson, and Ethan Davidson.  Let’s apply the successes of Buddhist Activism towards re-igniting the Occupy Wall Street Movement. 

 Monday from 6 to 9 pm, Occupy Forum in the Park goes inside  The last half hour will be reserved for Occupy Working Groups and Affinity Group Announcements. Location: 1005 Guerrero near 22nd, conveniently located blocks from 24th/Mission BART .  Food and drink available for purchase to support the local Café, Café Que Tal.  There will be seating & amplified sound. Donations to cover our costs are welcome.