Berkeley Post Office occupation: February 22 and 23

First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.

First they came for the homeless:  

February 22:  3 people have said this is offensive and disrespects the flag. We inform them this is a signal of Americans in distress. We also inform them our protest is a free speech zone and that combat veterans hung it. They fought, they will be respected.

Free speech, even if offensive. We fight for what’s a right as well. Freedom of speech is under attack enough by our government, we can’t be attacking it in the home of free speech as well.

–Mike Zint

February 23:  Last night, the police came by on a noise complaint. They were called at 4:30, by me. The police took 25 minutes to respond. The noise came from the group the postal police moved next to us. They were arguing loudly, throwing things, and breaking glass in the road. By the time the police showed, things had settled down. They stayed for three minutes, and never left their car. The only good thing, when I called it in, I specified it was not the protest. The police pulled up to the other group. This means they can distinguish between the protest area, and the other group.

If an attempt to dismantle this protest is occurring, there will be a record of some of those complaints coming from the protest itself.

As of noon, no postal police have been by. If they don’t show up, we are taking that as evidence the postal police purposely moved the tweakers to blow this protest up.

What do you think?

–Mike Zint

Occupy Forum presents . . . a dialogue with Dennis Rivers, writer, activist & communication skills trainer, on Monday, February 23

Monday, February 23rd from 6 – 8 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum Presents…

Resilience Resources

in the face of “Slow Violence”

and “Enduring Emergencies”

A Dialogue with Dennis Rivers, Writer, Activist

& Communication Skills Trainer

Many of the problems that we face are going to unfold over decades or even centuries, for example, climate change and radioactive contamination. But our models of political mobilization and participation are often models more of the hundred-yard dash than of the marathon. In this dialogue and discussion, writer and activist Dennis Rivers will explore ideas about resilience drawn from the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, communication skills trainer Marshall Rosenberg, and the Appreciative Inquiry school of organizational development consulting (as much as time allows).

According to Rivers, we need to be concerned about resilience because the crises of the world gradually become the crisis of the self. As we work on social problems that embody blatant insanities, such as nuclear weapons that are actually global suicide devices, we necessarily build mental models of those blatant insanities inside of our own minds, which can induce a disabling sort of mental and emotional indigestion.

Resilience studies focus on how people mobilize new inner resources to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.

Dennis Rivers is a long time antinuclear activist, nonviolence trainer, communication skills coach/author, and Internet publisher.  In 1978 he was arrested for the felonious planting of wildflowers on a nuclear reactor site, and has been continuously involved in political protest and social change movements ever since.  In the mid-1970s Dennis trained for the Unitarian ministry, but found it impossible to fit into the social role of a parish minister, and instead became a nonviolence trainer and informal chaplain for antinuclear and antiwar groups in the 1970s and 1980s. Dennis studied with Marshall Rosenberg in the 1980s, and with Joanna Macy from the 1990s to the present time.

Dennis received his MA in interpersonal communication and human development from the Vermont College Graduate Program, and has written several books. His workbook on communication skills, combining NVC with Appreciative Inquiry, is available free of charge as a PDF file  The inspirations for his activist and scholarly work include Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Joanna Macy, Rachel Carson, Albert Schweitzer, Marshall Rosenberg, Carl Rogers, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the Austrian Catholic conscientious objector and martyr Franz Jägerstätter.

Announcements follow. Donations welcome, no one turned away!

Protest new Special Trustee at CCSF on Monday, February 23

Occupy SF


Next Meeting

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2:00pm – 4:00pm 

UNITE / HERE (Local 2)

215 Golden Gate Ave

(Nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco


OccupySF Action Council:



Protest at CCSF Ocean Campus

Wellness Center, room 103

Monday, February 23, 2015

10:30 am – Noon

Protest Chancellor Brice Harris (community colleges Board of Governors) visit to CCSF to annoounce new STWEP!  We want our democratically elected Board of Trustees back!

The Board of Governors appointed a Special Trustee with Extraordinary Powers (STWEP) and removed CCSF’s elected board based on the ACCJC decision to terminate CCSF’s accreditation.The Superior Court of California has ruled that this termination decision was based on illegal processes.

No other California community college requires their elected trustees to undergo training before they assume their voter-given powers.

The full empowerment of the democratically elected Board of Trustees is crucial for the well-being and future of the school and its tens of thousands of students.


Allan Fisher