- “Berkeley council postpones street behavior proposal” by by Emilie Raguso (via Berkeleyside.com)
- America the Beautiful (full lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates)
- “Bernie Sanders’s Revolutionary Roots Were Nurtured in ’60s Vermont” by Sarah Lyall (nytimes.com)
- Berkeley Post Office occupation update – July 3, 2015
- “Declaration of Independence” written by Thomas Jefferson and proofed and edited by Benjamin Franklin
- OccupyForum presents. . . “My Brooklyn” film and discussion with SF anti-gentrification activists on Monday, July 6
- Berkeley Post Office occupation update — July 2, 2015
- Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik: City Hall’s 100th — streamers, lights and red velvet (sfgate.com)
- Bibliography of some Strike Debt Bay Area seminars (via J.P. Massar)
- Timelapse of White House being lit with rainbow colors
Upcoming EventsJul7Tue2015all-day Berkeley Post Office Rally/Occup...Berkeley Post Office Rally/Occup...Jul 7 all-dayThe Berkeley post office is under contract to be sold. There will be a rally at the post office on Allston Way on Nov 1 at 11am. Please bring tents and occupiers. More to come as this situation develops. And please spread the word. http://www.savethepostoffice.com The occupation of the Berkeley … Continue reading →11:30 am OccupySF Outreach TableOccupySF Outreach TableJul 7 @ 11:30 amThe Outreach Group’s mission is to distribute information from many Occupy related groups and encourage participation. Available literature ranges over many important issues including finance, politics, environment, education, capitalism, healthcare, war, spying, human rights, and more. Rain cancels.Jul8Wed2015all-day Berkeley Post Office Rally/Occup...Berkeley Post Office Rally/Occup...Jul 8 all-dayThe Berkeley post office is under contract to be sold. There will be a rally at the post office on Allston Way on Nov 1 at 11am. Please bring tents and occupiers. More to come as this situation develops. And please spread the word. http://www.savethepostoffice.com The occupation of the Berkeley … Continue reading →5:30 pm Code Pink Weekly Peace VigilCode Pink Weekly Peace VigilJul 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pmMarket St. & Montgomery BART/Muni Station — on steps below Feinstein’s office SF7:00 pm OccupySF Outreach Group MeetingOccupySF Outreach Group MeetingJul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmThe Outreach Group’s mission is to distribute information from many Occupy related groups and encourage participation. Available literature ranges over many important issues including finance, politics, environment, education, capitalism, healthcare, war, spying, human rights, and more. Meets inside near the water fall.Jul9Thu2015all-day Berkeley Post Office Rally/Occup...Berkeley Post Office Rally/Occup...Jul 9 all-dayThe Berkeley post office is under contract to be sold. There will be a rally at the post office on Allston Way on Nov 1 at 11am. Please bring tents and occupiers. More to come as this situation develops. And please spread the word. http://www.savethepostoffice.com The occupation of the Berkeley … Continue reading →11:30 am OccupySF Outreach TableOccupySF Outreach TableJul 9 @ 11:30 amThe Outreach Group’s mission is to distribute information from many Occupy related groups and encourage participation. Available literature ranges over many important issues including finance, politics, environment, education, capitalism, healthcare, war, spying, human rights, and more. Rain cancels.Jul10Fri2015all-day Berkeley Post Office Rally/Occup...Berkeley Post Office Rally/Occup...Jul 10 all-day
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The weekend before Christmas 2012, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) received a response from the FBI to a FOIA reguest it had filed. The document showed “that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity” according to Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of PCJF who went on to say “These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”
On February 3rd during the Super Bowl, the United States Federal Reserve was hacked and Anonymous claimed to have published personal info on over 4,000 bank executives. The data was allegedly left “on a misconfigured server (*in Tel Aviv*) and basically open for grabs” the hacking crew Par:AnoIA claimed on it’s website. The Federal Reserve stated that a third-party service was the source of the vulnerability.
On February 27th, “a total of 14GB of data, code and software related to Bank of America, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, TEKSystems and ClearForest” had been released and days later reports of embedded malware and trojans began to surface. The dump included emails between Bank of America and the company contracted to spy on Anonymous and Occupy activists, Bank of America source code and “a full version of ClearForest’s text analyzing software OneCalais,” used to spy on the activist groups.
Reminicient of when HBGeary boasted of it’s ability to oust Anonymous, the loose-knit collective reacted by releasing embarassing information and launching an online campaign known as Operation Wall Street or #OpWallSt; as follows:
Operation Wall Street : Proposal and Declaration
This is a call to all Anonymous “members” and citizens of the world.
It is obvious that the DoJ and other government entities such as the SEC think that it is more important for them to regulate freedom of speech and information rather than to regulate the blatant organized crimes of the financial market. They persecute people like us, Occupy, and Arron Swartz instead of the Bankers and Wall Street executives and CEOs who have robbed Americans of their hard earned tax dollars.
They hand out billions upon billions of dollars to people who in no way need it yet our conditions for the poor, or even the middle class, have been continually diminishing. The middle class is now almost non existent thanks to the crimes of Goldman Sachs and other firms who have indulged in sinister and criminal practices.
Thousands of innocent and exploited people are being forced into homelessness while these same CEOs and executives make billions in so called profit. They make their fortunes on the shattered lives and broken dreams of people who were nothing more than slightly ignorant when trying to establish a comfortable life for themselves and their family.
It is no longer tolerable that these men and women get to live in luxury and lawlessness while innocent people are pushed into poverty and people who fight for freedom are prosecuted and demonized.
They demonize Occupy, they demonize Anonymous, they demonized Arron Swartz, they demonized Julian Assanage and Bradley Manning. They demonize the very people they force onto the street by calling them incompetent and lazy while calling themselves successful.
They must be stopped. With the recent pathetic assault on Anonymous’ methods by the Bank of America, with the growing despondence of the public. OPERATION WALL STREET, must be launched.
Although the attack on the NYSE was coordinated and acted on, more must be done now! It should be the duty of any Anonymous, any hacker, in solidarity with Occupy, to release the Dox on the CEOs & any and all Executives of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Wells Fargo, Chase, Meryl Lynch, and any other guilty party. Their dox, any and all possible personal information on these people, must be released and made public and spread across the internet as much as possible. The people who have lost their homes and had their lives destroyed deserve to know who it was that did it.
We can no longer let these disgraceful human beings live in luxury and escape the consequences of their actions. People are angry and rightfully so. We are stuck more and more in a state which we can not get out of and which is not our fault. The guilty must pay. OPERATION WALL STREET HAS BEEN PROPOSED, LAID OUT, AND LAUNCHED. We promise not to hurt you once we release your information but we cannot hold the people you screwed over responsible for their actions once they know who you are and where you live. You are not free to escape the consequences of your actions, no one is.
We are Anonymous, We are Legion, We do not Forgive, We do not Forget.
The internationally lauded ‘PayPal 14′ are due in San Francisco Federal Court (450 Golden Gate Avenue or 90 7th Street on the corner of Mission and 7th Streets??) on Monday, March 1, 2013 and Anonymous is calling for a rally all day beginning at 8:30am to support the online heros who allegedly dared to act against the gross media censorship by e-Bay’s subsidiary PayPal after terminating it’s donation processing service for Wikileaks’ when nation-states began targeting them for revealing international war crimes and crimes against humanity from the Bush-era of the “War on Terra”
The defendants were arrested in July of 2011 after PayPal reportedly suffered 3.5 million pounds in damages in 2010 due to a cyber-sit-in or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on their website. The incident was allegedly a response to the online giant’s unprecedented decision to cut off journalists Julian Assange and Wikileaks from revenue and legal defense funds.
Though the Federal Gov’t has been calling Julian Assange a terrorist and finally beginning to try Bradley Manning for espionage charges after 1000 days in cruel confinement, the public by and large considers the Bradley Manning/Wikileaks leak, including Collateral Murder, to be an act of whistleblowing and journalism on crimes against humanity. Similarly, the European Human Rights Court recently found the CIA guilty of torturing and sodomizing German Citizen Mr. el-Masri after subjecting him to illegal extraordinary rendition in a case of mistaken identity.
Last week in San Jose the defendants plead Not Guilty to the two felonies against them carrying maximum penalties of 15 years in prison and $500,000 fines. On March 1, they reportedly will be meeting one by one with a judge “who will weigh out whether the gov’t, or us for the matter, have a strong case.”
Please come show your support for whistleblowers, First Amendment Rights and their heroic defenders.
Bring your mask…and maybe a sign.
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!
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