Released Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: “There’s No Sense in Prison”

Cecily McMillan
Sarah Jaffe, Truthout: Released from Rikers prison after serving 58 days, Occupy activist Cecily McMillan discusses prisons, policing and why she’ll keep protesting.

Read the Interview:  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24920-released-occupy-activist-cecily-mcmillan-theres-no-sense-in-prison

Link to Democracy Now! July 14, 2014 interview on video:  http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/14/your_body_is_no_longer_your

Report from Pirate Mike on the road in Callahan, Florida

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Pirate Mike

At the moment I am in Callahan Florida, having just left Gainseville, home to Scott Camil. Both Scott and Gainseville were as I had hoped. Enthusiastic, motivated, and very cool and knowledgable about the way things are going down. My overall impression of GVille is that it is like a little slice of Berkeley. Of course, this is where all the shit with the Gainesville 8 and VVAW went down. I thought it interesting that Scott and I had been arrested and held captive by the same cops and establishment from 20 years ago, where he was busted for proteseting the KKK. I am now on my way to Ashville, NC to conduct a workshop at the VFP National Convention. Aside from the 35 days in jail, the trip has been magnificent. I am very pleased with the status of the Occupy Movement, and I am very pleased that SF has been staying so busy. I am looking forward so very much to getting back there and getting involved. I am working on a couple of books and plan on doing some painting and tattoos when I return.
The basic plan is to get housed up and finish the editing process on the books and begin some painting projects. Attending Occ AC and planning events and doing artwork for OSF.
I would really like to concentrate on attending the OCCNatGat and reviving OBAU. We need to hammer Occupy into regional blocs so we can work towards a third party.
This is INTENTIONAL, whether it “works” (suceeds) or not is not as imortant as showing folks that it can be done.
More than ever, I am convinced Occ needs to keep a slingshot in the back pocket.
Keep a non-violent posture, but be ready, able and willing to defend, with equal if not greater force, our position.
Big time geo-political-financial prep for 2017.
Peace and all my love to the AC
(particularly Jane)

Action Council Events — July 12 to July 19

Occupy SF

~ACTION  COUNCIL~

Next Meetings

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Street Theater Committee for Third Anniversary

12 Noon – 2:00pm   

Before  

Action Council   

2:00pm – 4:00pm    

At

UNITE / HERE (Local 2)

215 Golden Gate Ave.

San Francisco 

Websites for DRAFT of Street Theater

&

Flyer

For the Third Anniversary

Please post comments / suggestions 

OccupySF Action Council:http://occupyactionsf.org/

OccupySF: http://occupysf.org/

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(only those that have not been previously announced)

Saturday, July 12

J 12, Saturday, 12 Noon, San Francisco Bay Area Protest for Palestine

Chelsea Manning Plaza  (Justin Herman Plaza)
(Embarcadero Bart)
SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253445234779542/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

AYO-Arab Youth Organization of AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center are calling for a protest this coming Saturday.  AYO calls on our community and allies to take a stand with Palestine and let the city of San Francisco know that we demand an end to the US support of Israel and their ongoing attacks on our people throughout all of occupied Palestine.

Everyone is welcome! Bring your parents, your kids, cousins, friends, extended family! Our voices need to be heard! Never forget that our existence is our resistance!

The San Francisco Bay Area says no to Zionism!
Stop US Aid to the Apartheid State of Israel!
Free all our political prisoners!
Support the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberation!

Flags, kuffiehs, signs, banners,and megaphones are all welcome!

Hashtag #Youth4Palestine for more updates and photos and events!

Endorsed by: (in alphabetical order)ANSWER, Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, Al-Awda Right to Return Coalition, American Muslims for Palestine,Anakbayan- Silicon Valley, Anakbayan- East Bay, Arab Culture and Community Center,Arab Talk Radio, Art Forces, BAYAN
Buena Vista UMC — Church & Society Committee, Cal Students for Justice in Palestine, Coalition for Palestinian Rights – SF, Community Futures Collective, Free Palestine Movement, Freedom Archives, FreedomWriters of Northern California, Justice for Palestinians, International Action Center, International Jewish, Antizionist Network,International Socialist Organization, ISM-Northern California, League of Filipino Students- SFSU, MECA: Middle East Children’s Alliance, Northern California Friends of Sabeel, OMID Advocates for Human Rights, PAC Bay Area, Palestinian Youth Movement, Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism, Real Cost of Prisons, Solitary Watch, South Bay Mobilization, USACBI – US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel,USPCN: US Palestine Community Network, Workers World Party

Email info @ araborganizing.org to endorse. 

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Occupy Forum presents . . . “Fossil Fuel Monopolies or Community Choice Energy? Our Path to Renewables is Under Attack! with Eric Brooks” on Monday, July 14

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, July 14th, from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near the 16th and Mission Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Fossil Fuel Monopolies or Community Choice Energy?

Our Path to Renewables is Under Attack!

with Eric Brooks

Although carbon emissions are rising faster than efforts to curtail them, there are glimmers of hope. A growing number of networks – including cities, states, regions and even markets – are working together to implement climate plans. And costs of renewable energy, such as solar, wind, geothermal, cogeneration (and efficiency programs) are falling so quickly that large-scale deployment is practical. The public is ready to rally on climate change. It is now up to policymakers and industry to answer the call.

But as usual, fossil fuel monopolies and their henchmen are stalling. Community Choice Energy, (allowing local jurisdictions to offer energy-efficiency programs, develop local renewable energy resources, and buy clean wholesale electricity to sell to local residents and businesses) is being held hostage by large corporate incumbent utilities fighting tooth and nail to hang onto their business. Their efforts include disinformation campaigns, pitting ratepayers against each other, confusing ballot initiatives, and false “studies” of the grid’s capacity to handle solar, leaving Clean Energy’s prospective clients in limbo.

Yet Clean (renewable) Energy is burgeoning. The recentIntersolar North America Exhibition at Moscone Ctr.hosted approximately 600 exhibitors and 18,000 attendees, with a world-class exhibition of solar and wind solutions from across the globe, demonstrating the switch.

Meanwhile, in California, AB 2145, (a bill currently under consideration in the state’s legislature) would effectively prevent Community Choice energy programs in the state asthe

Big 3 corporate utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) and SF’s own Mayor Ed Lee attempt to crush Community Choice. Come to OccupyForum to learn about the political pressure against AB2145 and the push to implement the real fight to save the planet.

http://www.no2145.org/

https://www.facebook.com/noab2145?hc_location=timeline

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/10-years-on-cleanpowersf-still-flickering/Content?oid=2719070

Q&A and Announcements to follow. Donations to OccupyForum gladly accepted; no one turned away!

Note from OccupySFer David Hartsough

Dear Friends,

Hope you are well. I am grateful for our friendship and your good work for peace and justice over the years. I have not been in touch with some of you for quite a while, but appreciate the good work we have been able to do together. I would appreciate any reply, just to know if you got this at your best e-mail, but I also hope you will join me in what I think is really necessary and exciting organizing I’m working on.I am now involved in working to build a global movement to end all war. It is calledWorld Beyond War: A Global Movement to End All War. I would like to invite you to look at our website, www.worldbeyondwar.org and sign the Declaration of Peace and look at the video on the choice before the world’s people about how we want to spend the two trillion dollars the world spends on wars and preparations for wars each year.  Wars are not working and there are much more effective (and morally preferable) ways of achieving security and resolving conflicts. And we have much better ways to spend those two trillion dollars each year. Find out about all of this on our website.  And if you are inspired to work with people all over the world demanding that our governments end their addiction to wars and choose nonviolent and much more effective means to resolve conflicts and achieve security, I hope you will join us in building a global movement to end all war. If you sign the Declaration of Peace, we will be back in touch with you about specific ways you can become active in helping build this movement.

Thought I would mention that my book, Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist will be published in October by PM Press. Please contact me if you are interested in buying a copy or you can buy it directly from PM Press – price $20 plus postage $4. If you send a check or money order to Peaceworkers, 721 Shrader St., San Francisco, CA 94117, I will send it to you as soon as it is published.

Thanks again for your good work for peace and justice. Together we shall overcome!

Peace,
David Hartsough