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 – 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