“Falsehood of Democracy” by Ayat Bryant-Jalal

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It was all over the news

In the streets

Some becoming mad

To others it was sad

Others turning just as bad,

Those who laughed

Wishing they swung the clubs

Having the power police had

Hiding behind their shields

With one of us in hand…

While we cried for love

In a way, they were there

Being the false courage of the cop

The one who shot

Private Olsen, Scott

They fed the officers fears

Who beat Orion?

Leaving him with death so near

As the beds we made to sleep

So too became our understanding of humanity

Concrete

Like the bonds that grew

In the man-made jungles we upkeep

Where citizens live in chosen cells

Because

Societal conditioning

Has designed hidden jails

With subliminal bars so no one can tell

So we chose to yell…

HUMAN NOT CITIZEN

We The People, REBELED

For every Ancestor failed

For the senseless deaths

And all that wars entailed

For every elder, parent, son and daughter

For every nation’s Forefathers

Every Sister and Brother

Regardless of color

To defend the poor and fatherless

To serve justice to the afflicted

Deliver the poor and the needy

To rid them out of the hands of the wicked

To the streets

Again and again

Against the wall of laws and mandates

Against the riotous cops told which freedoms to take

Against the programmed responses we were gave

We fought within ourselves, with one another’s help

We fought without worry for self

For others safety and health

…some didn’t just watch the news

But bruised on the street

Lost their voices to yelling

Healing to every hearts’ beat

With every march, from so many issues

Fearless for the children’s’ future

Against the given powers

Governments had misused

..Death of democracy

Our realizations of that cover up

That caused corporations to run amuck

Those who realized, nothing had changed

Showed up, to show out

Made signs and things

Themselves made stronger through, love they gave

We called politicians by other names,

Our mayor, an Ass-hat

Every time police took our things away

Phones, cloths, tents, sleeping bags

They took almost everything!

Except our rights to fight back,

To show up and show out

They couldn’t get that.

Nor take the qualities we have as humans

Our ability to amass synergy,

Through communication

Nor our collective conscious energy

We insisted on everyone’s survival

Not just the selfishness of titles

We manifested with good intentions

Not some devised scheme

Not an old outdated plan

But a new dream

For the poor who were failed with cruelty

For the youth who are raped

And stripped of opportunity

Told….

This is the Amerikkkan dream

No!

This is racism at work

This class-ism of jerks

Child slave labor

With pornographic perks

Corporate Person-hood

Austerity, Gentrifuckation

Darkness and ignorance at work

So who will stand?

Beside for those who were withheld,

Banned!

Who will go into the courts?

Out onto the streets…

Again and again

Against the wall of laws and mandates

Against riotous cops told which freedoms to take

Against the programmed responses we were gave

Fighting within themselves

With others help

Fighting without worry for self

Fighting for others safety and health

Against the falsehoods of democracy

Action Council – Meeting Reminder & 3 Announcements

Action Council is starting to focus on creating an event(s) for the Conference of Mayors in June (19-22) in San Francisco. 

SF and Mayor Ed Lee will be hosting the 83rd U.S. Conference of Mayors.

This is an opportune time to raise issues that are of concern to us, THE PEOPLE, that the mayors have resisted and refused to act upon. For instance “Black Lives Matter”, militarization of police, surveillance, privatization  of education & postal services, homelessness, gentrification of our communities, racism,  immigration, the People’s taxes being spent on wars enriching the 1% and not serving the people – and more.

Official website to the US Conference of Mayors :  http://usmayors.org/  check this out and note all the committees.

All are welcome to help plan for action(s) as equal participants.

If you are not able to attend meetings, please feel free to send someone(s) who represents your organization / interest.

Info contact: bob71947@aol.com

Occupy SF

~ ACTION COUNCIL ~

Next Meeting

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2:00pm – 4:00pm 

UNITE / HERE (Local 2)

215 Golden Gate Ave

(Nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

Websites:

OccupySF Action Council: http://occupyactionsf.org

OccupySF: http://occupysf.org

Friday, March 20

M 20, Friday, 1:00pm, Support Tom and Patricia in battling their eviction and landlords appeal.

400 McAllister St.
SF

Long time San Franciscans Tom Rapp and Patricia Kerman have been battling their eviction for over a year. After many direct actions and a hearing, they had their Ellis Act eviction thrown out of court. Now their landlord Kaushik Dattani is appealing the decision. Come protest the landlord and support these great folks at the court house.

FB Host: Eviction Free San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1003817376315507/

Saturday, March 21

M 21, Saturday, 12 Noon,  12th Anniversary of “SHOCK  and AWE” – U.S. INVASION of IRAQ(Action Council has Endorsed)

Powell & Market Sts.
SF

NO MOREU.S. War on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen

U.S. INTERVENTION Fuels the Islamic State

NO GOOD Can Come of Military Action in the Middle East

Close to 2,500 people have been killed by U.S. drone strikes outside declared war zones since Obama’s inauguration in 2009. nearly six times more deaths than under the Bush regime.

The US continues to wage military interventions, sanctions and covert operations against any country that seeks an independent path of economic and social development. From Syria to Venezuela.

“Stop Pres. Obama’s AUMF” – the proposed new 3-year Authorization for Use of Military Force.

-“End U.S. War and Occupation” In the Middle East and Central Asia

All are welcome to Sign-On to this letter to the People of Iran:

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1170/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17389

(info for this announcement excerpted from World Can’t Wait & ANSWER)

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1413287058975110/

Monday, March 23

M 23, Monday 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Occupy Forum-  “My Brooklyn” Film and discussion with SF anti-gentrification activists

Global Exchange
2017 Mission St. (nr 16th St. BART)
SF

My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. During Michael Bloomberg’s election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods Anderson has come to call home, spurring bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and determine its future. While some view these development patterns as revitalizing the city, others believe they are erasing Brooklyn’s eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies.

When development officials announce a controversial plan to tear down and remake the Fulton Mall, a popular, bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district just blocks from Anderson’s apartment, she discovers that the Mall, despite its run-down image, is the third most profitable shopping area in New York City with a rich social and cultural history. Anderson must confront her own role in the process of gentrification and investigatethe forces behind it more deeply.

The film’s ultimate questions become how to heal the deep racial wounds embedded in our urban development patterns, and how citizens can become active in fixing a broken planning process.

SAY NO TO WAR

Saturday, March 21 ~ 12 Noon

Powell & Market Streets
SF

Occupy Forum presents . . . “Brooklyn” film and discussion with SF anti-gentrification activists on Monday, March 23

Monday, March 23rd 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! 

OccupyForum presents…

“My Brooklyn”

Film and discussion with SF anti-gentrification activists

My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. During Michael Bloomberg’s election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods Anderson has come to call home, spurring bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and determine its future. While some view these development patterns as revitalizing the city, others believe they are erasing Brooklyn’s eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies.

When development officials announce a controversial plan to tear down and remake the Fulton Mall, a popular, bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district just blocks from Anderson’s apartment, she discovers that the Mall, despite its run-down image, is the third most profitable shopping area in New York City with a rich social and cultural history. Anderson must confront her own role in the process of gentrification and investigate the forces behind it more deeply.

Anderson meets with government officials, urban planners, developers, advocates, academics, and others who both champion and criticize the plans for Fulton Mall. Only when Anderson meets Brooklyn-born and raised scholar Craig Wilder, who explains his family’s experiences of neighborhood change over generations, does Anderson come to understand that what is happening in her neighborhoods today is actually a new chapter in an old American story. The film’s ultimate questions become how to heal the deep racial wounds embedded in our urban development patterns, and how citizens can become active in fixing a broken planning process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkA6PO_gC1k

Discussion and Announcements to follow.

OccupyForum welcomes donations, no one turned away.

Berkeley Post Office occupation: Day 138

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

Day 138 of our occupation. The community garden is two months old. We have flowers blooming but have not seen any bees yet.

The postal police have been visiting daily. They remove everybody but us. We are pleased with the support from the Post Office and the city of Berkeley.
We are discussing a spring sprouts table. Sprouting garden plants here at the post office to be distributed at no charge. We would need seeds, soil, and cups. We have a table and a location for it. Suggestions are very welcome.

–Mike Zint

First they came for the homeless's photo.

Our book exchange got a facelift. We have a decent selection. Berkeley Post Office occupation, 2000 Allston Way. The only 24 hour a day book exchange in the country, maybe even the world.

Need a book, take a book, have a book, leave a book.

–Mike Zint

Blockupy: Thousands Protest in Frankfurt Calling on Eurozone to Dismantle “Laboratory for Austerity” (via democracynow.org)

Dozens of people have been wounded in clashes surrounding Wednesday’s massive protest against austerity in Frankfurt, Germany. A crowd of around 10,000 people marched outside the new headquarters of the European Central Bank to oppose economic policies that force deep cuts to public spending and worsen unemployment. Around 14 officers and 21 protesters were injured after breakaway marchers clashed with police. We speak with German climate justice activist Tadzio Mueller, who took part in the Blockupy protest.