Movie: “Pay 2 Play”

Pay 2 Play

“Pay 2 Play” is an entertaining and important new documentary about the corrupting influence of money in politics. There are many screenings coming up in Northern California. It’s a great opportunity to spread awareness of this important issue.

OCTOBER 22, 2014 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA

6pm- 8pm

San Francisco Public Library, Presidio Branch

3150 Sacramento Street SF CA 94115 (between Baker and Lyon Streets)

For more info email Helen Grieco of Common Cause California at hgrieco@commoncause.org

http://www.pay2play.tv/screenings

OccupySF.org event info

 

 

LA Anti-Apartheid Activists Are Gearing Up for Day 3 of Zim Blockade

#BlockTheBoatLA

#BlockTheBoatLA

In solidarity with the Palestinian people’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel’s decades long apartheid regime, LA anti-apartheid activists have been reaching out for weeks to the port workers and truck drivers who service the Port of LA and have successfully blocked the unloading/loading of Zim Savannah, an Israel cargo ship, for two straight days… and counting.

About 150 people from 19 different local activist groups gathered to picket the scheduled unloading of Zim Savannah at 6:00am on Sat. Oct. 18 even though Zim delayed it’s arrival in order to avoid the scheduled protest, much like it has done in other recent #BlockTheBoat actions. Union members informed activists on Sat. that the Sun. a.m. shift had been canceled and on Sun p.m. that the Mon. a.m. shift too had been canceled. Accordingly, the next scheduled picket will be at 4:00pm on Mon. Oct. 20, Day 3 of #BlockTheBoatLA.

Oakland, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Tampa, New Orleans, and New York are holding solidarity actions as BDS campaigns gain momentum in the face of the recent disproportionate slaughter of Gaza & the Zionist regime’s controversial land grab of almost 1000 acres of West Bank territory.

OccupyForum FIELD TRIP to hear Vandana Shiva on “The Rights of Mother Earth” on Monday, October 20, in Berkeley

F I E L D   T R I P !  OccupyForum has tix left! 

Monday, October 20th at 7:30 pm

at the First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

near Downtown Berkeley BART

OccupyForum F I E L D  T R I P

VANDANA SHIVA

The Rights of Mother Earth

Vandana Shiva is an internationally esteemed Indian environmental and anti-globalization activist.  Trained as a physicist, she received an Integrated M.Sc.Honours Degree in Particle Physics from the University of Punjab prior to earning a PhD in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Western Ontario. In 1987 she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, and the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. For the past two decades Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations. Vandana Shiva has steadily fought for change in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food, intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering, all fields in which she has contributed both intellectually and through grassroots campaigns.

Join KPFA and Global Exchange for an evening with renowned environmental activist and anti-globalization author, Dr. Vandana Shiva.  Shiva will speak on the Rights of Nature – a global movement working to establish legal standing for the environment in law.  From promoting food sovereignty in India, to challenging global corporations destroying local economies, to authoring more than 20 advocacy books, Dr. Shiva consistently speaks on the critical issues of our time, with a vision for a better future.

BACKGROUND:

More than half of the world’s commercialized seeds are in the hands of just three companies – Monsanto, Dupont, and Syngenta.

The hybrid seeds these companies promote are bred in a way that future generations of seed are unable to maintain the same qualities of the hybrid seed.

As a result, farmers develop a dependency on the seeds and must re-purchase them after each growing cycle if they want production to remain stable.

Hybrid crops can require more chemical inputs and water than traditional varieties.

Fortunately, organizations such as Navdanya, La Via Campesina, andETC Group are advocating on behalf of farmers

to promote farmer sovereignty through the development of local seed-saving and sustainable agricultural initiatives.

Saving seeds helps contribute to food security by securing the accessibility of safe, nutritious food through community seed banks.

These seed banks facilitate greater sharing among farmers and promote greater economic stability.

Community seed saving also supports local adaptive capacity by helping to conserve indigenous knowledge and culture.

Farmers are more easily able to adjust to changing weather conditions due to centuries of careful seed selection and breeding.

Traditional seeds are thus more genetically diverse and environmentally resilient, which can better prepare communities for an unpredictable and changing climate.

Most importantly, “Seed saving gives farmers life,” according to activistVandana Shiva. According to Shiva, the increased poverty and indebtedness that results from dependency on seed corporations like Monsanto led to the farmer suicide tragedies in India.  Seed saving can empower small farmers to regain sovereignty and independence so they can take control over their own futures and the futures of their families.

OccupyForum has tickets for Occupy @ $12.00 each:

contact andy g.:  candymansf@yahoo.com

Hosted by Carleen Pickard of Global Exchange

$15 advance tickets
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/864925
brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006

or Pegasus (3 sites) Moe’s, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books
SF: Modern Times,  $20 door   Benefits KPFA, GX & Navdanya

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON RIGHTS OF NATURE:

http://therightsofnature.org/rights-of-nature-tribunal/
http://therightsofnature.org/rights-of-nature-tribunal/
http://therightsofnature.org/2014-ron-conference/

Eight Questions about “Occupy Hong Kong” (from hrw.org)

Occupy Hong Kong

1. What is Hong Kong’s Occupy Movement?
Hong Kong’s Occupy Movement refers to a citizens’ blockade of major roads in Hong Kong’s Admiralty, Mongkok, and Causeway Bay districts since September 29, 2014. At the height of the protests, hundreds of thousands of students, activists, ordinary citizens, and politicians took to the streets to press the Hong Kong government to respond to their demands for full democracy in the territory.

The original idea for the movement came from academic Benny Tai, who proposed a blockade of roads in Central, Hong Kong’s financial district, on January 16, 2013. The original movement was called “Occupy Central with Love and Peace.” Professor Tai said the blockade would be used as a last resort if the Hong Kong government rules out genuine democracy during the 2014 electoral reform process which decides the methods for selecting Hong Kong’s top leader, the chief executive, in 2017. Occupy Central with Love and Peace organized a series of public discussions on political reform through 2013 and an online poll or “civic referendum” on political reform in June 2014. The movement received broad support from Hong Kong’s democratic politicians and political parties as well as student and civic groups including Scholarism and the Hong Kong Federation of Students.

2. What are Beijing’s legal obligations with respect to Hong Kong?
The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration spells out the terms for transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese control. That document stipulates that Hong Kong shall have “a high degree of autonomy” in matters other than national defense and foreign policy, while the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s functional constitution, states that universal suffrage is the “ultimate aim” for the selection of the chief executive, the top leader, as well as members of the Legislative Council.  The Basic Law also provides that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) applies to Hong Kong, and the Covenant’s guarantee of universal and equal suffrage means that people not only have the right to vote in elections, but also that they should have the right to stand for elections regardless of their political views.

Hong Kong’s Basic Law states that after 2007, Hong Kong can move towards the goal of universal suffrage by amending the electoral methods in three steps. First, two-thirds of all Legislative Council members have to endorse the amendments. Second, the current chief executive has to agree to it. Last, the amendments have to be reported to China’s Standing Committee for the National Peoples’ Congress (NPCSC) for approval.

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