Occupy National Gathering in Sacramento from July 31 to August 3

Occupy National Gathering 2014

(Natgat2014) will be held July 31 – Aug. 3 in Sacramento, CA.

Occupy National Gathering is a yearly gathering of Occupiers, supporters and coalition groups. Occupy’s third national gathering, NatGat 2014 or NatGat3, will take place July 31 – August 3 in Sacramento, CA . Occupy Sacramento is busy rounding up venues for 4 days of teach-ins, skillshares, workshops, open spaces and actions. #NatGat3 starts in State Capitol Park on Day 1 and winds up at Southside Park, 8th Street side between T and W Streets, on Day 4. Days 2 and 3 tba. Please get involved helping us organize and plan on attending! #Natgat2014.

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Op-Ed: “THEY LIE” by Bob of Occupy

My fellow Americans,

I just got in from a demonstration with World Can’t Wait at Powell/Market in San Francisco, protesting the Gaza invasion by the world’s most moral army, the Israeli Defense Force. By the way, I am not making up that moniker. They do themselves refer to their army as such.

Yesterday, four ten year old boys playing soccer on a beach were murdered by the most moral army in the world. An accident you say, an anomaly? Two days before they targeted a rehabilitation hospital for old people as well as water reservoirs, sewage plants, mosques. A family of seventeen were all obliterated including toddlers. Foreigners are placing their bodies in harm’s way at hospitals and clinics in the Gaza hoping that the diplomatic consequences of bombing those facilities would be too great for the IDF to go ahead and destroy those hospitals.

Foreign doctors have documented the use of weapons like white phosphorus that burns through bone and other modern weapons that eat large chunks of flesh out their victims. All this by the most moral army in the world financed with military weaponry provided by the US, the greatest country and democracy in the world, all at taxpayers’ expense.

The American Media, by and large, is supporting this massacre. They’re doing this by “catapulting the propaganda”.

They “catapulted the propaganda” when they told us the Saddam Hussein was involved in 911, he had WMD, and was developing a nuclear bomb for which we couldn’t wait for it to appear in the form of a ‘mushroom cloud’.

Did they do what the Fourth Estate is supposed to do in questioning and challenging those in powerful positions then? Not a chance. Hell, if sticks and stones can break your bones, names like “unpatriotic” can destroy your career forever. Ouch. Think we’ll just go along with the flow, right boys? Besides that, look what they’re calling whistleblowers these days_traitorous spies.

The government at the time lied to the American People to take us into a war that has cost us irreparably. They did so with a pack of lies.

Barak Obama, after chemical weapons were used in Syria, told us that our intelligence agencies were 100% sure these weapons emanated from the Assad munitions arsenals. There were no doubts. He then wanted to commence an air strike of precision bombing on Syria. He wanted England’s support. Prime Minister Cameron went before the English People and tried to pull a “Blair”. The English People got it. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”. In no uncertain terms, the English People let out a resounding, Fuck You. And Cameron suffered a bout of penile dysfunction.

Obama, a little thrown off by his now weakened array of supporters, decided against being “The Decider”, punted the ball to the Congress.

The Point is This. He lied. Those canisters and those chemical munitions were eventually discovered to have come from the very same opposition forces we were supporting against Assad, known to everyone throughout the world as al Qaeda, everyone except the majority of Americans who get their kool-aid from the mainstream media’s, straw slurping, entertainment news programs.

It was meant to be a “false flag” operation, for the sole purpose of giving the US a rationale to bomb the hell out of a country we think doesn’t toe the line the way we want them to.

False flag operations. Examples: 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, 9/11, Operation Northwoods, Operation Gladio. All that information is out there for all to see.

One can only deduce from these examples that a certain element within our government will go to any lengths and take whatever American lives to serve their purposes to achieve a non-thinking, non-questioning, non-dissenting group of delusional patriots. And the media bends over, spreads their cheeks, and farts propaganda to further manipulate the thinking of those who can’t think critically, independently.

Putin!!!!!!!!

Why would anyone, at this late stage of our collective development as American citizens, with all the lies told, all the lives lost, all the taxpayer monies squandered, all the governmental services of the People diluted, and an economic in the toilet of a Depression___________________ _____________________________________why would anyone believe anything that comes out of the mouths of these reptilian wagging, forked tongued, Gulf of Mexico shrimp salesmen?

Now we have a Malaysian airliner shot out of the sky and, if you listen to the Corporate Enabling Media, groveling to do the bidding of their government handlers, all evidence points to Putin and Russia. Slam fucking dunk! Where have I heard that before? Yeh, one more time just in case the spurs on the last hook didn’t feel painful enough when they finally yanked it out of your ass. One more hoodwinking might just finally reach your center of critical thinking. Surprise! It’s not your ass.

Time to go to War. Yep, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen weren’t enough.

Commander-in-Chief, Pepsodent smiling Barak wants the crown jewel of all wars, a war with Russia, WWIII. Hallelujah! Can I have a “Thank you, Jeezus”?

I can excuse the absolute insanity of this idiot and all his mililtary-complexicated (clearly a made up word), war addicted morons, who see a gnat flying overhead and can’t pull their masculine members out of their pants quick enough to issue orders for a bombardment of inter-continental missiles to lay waste to the stratosphere to eliminate the effrontery to American control of the skies. And while they’re at it, hell, why not call in the Marines with hellfire missiles for good measure. They just love the smell of napalm in the morning, and mustard gas winding its way through elementary schools that got in the way of their barrages. Sarin gas anyone?

But I poetically digress.

But who__excluding them__among us average citizens of this country, at this juncture in our being so savagely raped mentally, emotionally, and psychologically, and economically, in just over this last fourteen years, with bullshit, lies, fabrications of evidence, distortions of truth, is going to grab that next worm-squirming, spiked hook they’re going to dangle in front of us to get us to go along and consent to their murderous adventures?

Gaza anyone? Ukraine, anyone, how about Iran? It’s so easy to understand. We’re the Good Guys. Our god is blond and blue-eyed. Theirs is a card carrying, Axis of Evil, child molester. What more justification do we need to bring the world to the brink?

And, above all, always remember that it’s good for business. War is good for business. Because everyone gets a little trickle down from the pant leg of the Few and the Greedy. Right?

Bored with looking for that job you lost to any overseas worker at a tenth the salary you were making? Why not go to war with him? Or more easily, let’s blame Putin.

Not Obama, the golden boy of cool. Not the Koch Brothers, our job providers (and that job will be your last because it will poison you and you children in the process). Not Hilary the Hawk who knows it takes a village to target with a drone or two. Not Boehner the Boner who loves taking candy out of children’s hands before he denies them food stamps. Not Ted Cruz who wants to sell Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and your grandmother_the only thing that matters anymore in America is the “bottom line”…your bottom and a line of bull for them to sodomize you with.

At what point as they continue to spoon feed us with Hannity inanities, manufactured lies, delivered by so called journalists who manage to always have an extra set of knee pads in their back pockets when they visit the Dick Cheney_Department of Offensive War_military-industrial-congressional cesspool where bribes are constitutionally recognized

Please, my fellow Americans, would you just once, pluck your heads out of your brain-washed, televised for comfort, anal sphincters, and just for a fleeting moment remember it wasn’t that long ago they gave us a whole line of crap, so thick that when it landed on our heads, we knew we’d been completely duped, shitted upon punitively, ……..and for once ask questions and demand answers. This, in case you forgot, is what Democracy acts like. This is what Democracy means.

And when they come back with yet another variation on the truth manufactured to give you an answer so that you could go right back into your comatose state of trusting your government because they know best, ask yourself__Do you care enough about your country, the planet you share with Others, your families and children and grandchildren and those of everyone we breathe the air and drink the water and walk the soil with together, that maybe, just maybe there’s something more universally important and in need of our energies than the meaningless escapes we flee to rather than looking at the Grand Dilemma we’re facing existentially right now and confronting it.

Wake up, America. It’s getting very late and we all know it.

THEY LIE.

–Bob of Occupy

Also published on Daily Censored.Com

Occupy Forum presents . . . “The People’s Climate Curriculum with Laurie Baumgarten & Anne Donjacour” on Monday, July 21

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, July 21st 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!

The People’s Climate Curriculum

with Laurie Baumgarten & Anne Donjacour

Are you interested in helping people understand why climate change is occurring and what can be done about it?  If so, come to our workshop and learn how the People’s Climate Curriculum is the tool you have been waiting for. It is easy to use and helps each of us become learners and teachers of basic climate literacy.

Every mass movement for change begins with a change in consciousness. It involves a leap forward into a consciousness that says, “I am a subject, not an object. I can act, I can do, I can create.” Educational tools which promote the development of this proactive stance are crucial to the work of popular education.

Our People’s Climate Curriculum educates through a method of teaching developed by Paulo Freire called dialogic pedagogy. The teacher/animator mingles among the participants. Together, through reflection, they critically examine social reality. Unlike traditional educational models in which participants are treated as objects to be taught, this interactive model attempts to counteract passivity and promote action.

Climate change is part of everyone’s social reality. Being literate in climate language helps us become empowered and thus, more able to solve the present crisis. Join us to learn more about our popular education campaign and how to use the People’s Climate Curriculum.

Laurie Baumgarten has been an activist since she was a freshman at Berkeley during the Free Speech Movement. She was active in the anti-war movement, the women’s movement and The Abalone Alliance. She was also a classroom teacher for 35 years in the Berkeley Unified School District. Laurie joined the climate movement about 2 years ago and helped develop the People’s Climate Curriculum. She now works with The Sunflower Alliance. Our own Anne Donjacour has been a member of OccupyForum and the OccupySF Environmental Justice Working Group since the beginning. Her activism has branched out to other groups such as 350.org, the Unitarian Universalists, and many more. She is a professor at UCSF School of Medicine and is raising a passel of activist children!

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

URGENT – TODAY Emergency Demonstration 5:00 pm (Thursday, July 17) Powell & Market Streets SF (via Adrienne Fong, Occupy SF Action Council)

EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION

TODAY ~ 5:00pm

Powell & Market Streets

San Francisco

Israeli ground troops have just invaded GAZA. World Can’t Wait as well as other concerned citizens have called for a demonstration today to speak out against this.

Please check your email or call 415- 407-9379 (for today only) for changes.

“Gaza–Manufacturing the Lie” by Bob of Occupy

Any super power will reach a point where, in order to survive and take care of its own self-interests, somebody else’s self-interests has to be sacrificed…well, a better word would be exploited. Hence the stealing of resources of a country with the attendant crimes of murder through war, murder through the poisoning of the people whose environment has been defiled (cancer), murder through the breakdown and destruction of a culture.

Self-interest seem to be the defining mark of our world, without any regard for the consequences to Others and the Planet. It’s the result of placing the abstraction of profit on the altar of the highest worship.

I went to a Codepink demonstration again last night on Montgomery and Market, just outside the Financial District and down from Senator Feinstein’s office. It’s amazing watching the ants scurry mindlessly and always with undercurrents of fear to make contact with the eyes of fellow human beings. Some few let that fear show when they see the pictures we have there of dead children in Afghanistan or the Gaza….followed by furtive glances away and back to routine, decaying motions.

So many things in this world are discoverable through a little effort of research and reason. And yet politics seeks to create a consensus of manufactured history irrespective of or in total antithesis to the clear results of that honest effort, to have its own way in pursuing a country’s path of overpopulated survival. With capitalism being offered incense and ablutions, the Obama’s and Netanyahu’s lie nakedly to the entire world and few call them on it.

Israel has a right to defend itself. Really? Palestine doesn’t? Why isn’t the Leader-from-Behind Obama making that point? He could be educating the masses. Because he can’t and still play his dishonest role. He must lie by continuing the lie to stoke the fires of controlling all the cogs and wheels the keep in place a muderous death knell on a people, the Palestinians, who challenge not Israel’s right to exist but their right to remain unexposed for their blatant stealing of another nation’s lands in their pursuit of an Israel for Israelis only.

And the price?___ the starkly obvious means to achieve this, an incremental genocide, that was ironically the catalyst emanating from their Holocaust history to the creation of their state which was called Palestine in 1947. So now the Abused has become the Abuser. And the justification must be cloaked in anything but the Truth. And all facts must be manufactured to blind the world to the reality that they are stealing what belongs to the Palestinian People. And an American president who plays his role of further embellishing the lie for it serves the self interest of the country he drives towards total world hegemony of resources and financial gains.

In 1947, in the country of Palestine, there were 500,000 Jews and 1,500,000 Palestinians. So in 1948, the world saw fit to create two states essentially giving the Jews 78% of the land and 22% to the Palestinians. Seem fair, right? To the smaller population, the far larger portion. Did the Palestinians approve that arrangement? Of course not. The rest is history.

But a dishonorable history cannot be allowed to exist. So lies needed to be created to cover up the blood soaked, dirty laundry. And each country that was instrumental in that original theft, i.e. Israel, US, and Britain took their cues from the Nazis’ Goebbels and hence the repeated lies began.

Yesterday in the Parliament of Great Britain parliamentarians got up and spoke, exposing those lies, their hypocrisy and illegality, but will they be heard?

Each role player on the world scene will stifle his uncontrollably exploding conscience and repeat the mantra of the Lie. Why? Because it serves each role player’s SELF-INTEREST to do so.

And more innocent Palestinians will be mutilated or murdered with American military hardware given to our Israeli twin evil brother to further blot out the cries of a People who for some strange reason don’t care to live in an open air prison, where their food, water, infrastructure materials, and medicine is controlled by a military regime surrounding the cage they’re suffocating in, where their movements are limited to the dictates of their outside prison guards, where their rights to even fish in the own waters off their shores to feed their people is quashed, where their means of outside revenues is non-existent since exports are forbidden, and where they don’t even have the right to their skies above their prison camp as they have no airport since it was summarily destroyed by their warden.

And thus Self-Interest has become the hallmark of great nations_where Self-Reflection is an obstacle to the manufacturing of the LIE.

–Bob of Occupy

Also Published on Daily Censored.Com