Berkeley Post Office: One Small VICTORY! Zoning Overlay Passes!

Berkeley PO 2

The Berkeley City Council tonight passed (by consent, unanimously) the Civic Center Zoning Overlay Ordinance, restricting the Civic Center area, including the Downtown
Post Office, to civic uses. I just came from the meeting.

Ding!

(It’s not quite done; it still needs a second reading at their next meeting)

Also, again by consent, the resolution supporting the boycott of Staples was passed.
Susan Hammer of the APWU spoke in support of that resolution and got a big round of applause.

No one spoke in opposition to either motion.

Thanks go to Greg Jan, who came up with the idea 14 months ago; to everyone who gathered petition signatures back in January; to those who spoke at City Council
meetings back in March and all through the effort; and to those who gathered petition sig-natures for the Green Downtown Initiative (which includes the Zoning Ordinance). Getting the latter on the ballot ultimately forced the City Council’s hand, those on it who had betrayed us in March by burying the ordinance in committee.

Of course the USPS can still sell the Post Office; this just makes it harder for them and less attractive for potential buyers. There is no indication as yet that they will stop being pig-headed about wanting to sell it, as the example of the recent sale of the Bronx Post Office indicates.

--JP Massar of Strike Debt Bay Area

Forward 13: Waking Up The American Dream — Official Trailer

I’m a filmmaker and I made this film. I’m in the midst of a national tour we’re screening on Thursday (Sept 11) @ the Roxie Theater 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103) @ 5p.

The screening is free and the purpose of our tour is to generate audiences under one roof that want to get big $$$ out of politics with folks that want to reboot America led by renewables with those wiped out thanks to ’08.

I shot this film back in ’11 and attended 23 OWS encampments across the country including SF and ending up in Zucotti the day the NYPD broke it up.

Following is a brief description:
Patrick Lovell is an accidental filmmaker/activist. Lovell was in the midst of living his American Dream when suddenly his world caved in. The Lovell’s would find themselves in the midst of the collapse of Americas middle class and like millions would eventually lose their home to foreclosure. Patrick figured out a way to make a film using his story as the entry point to broader truth that America is no longer a Democracy, that free markets have been overrun by global monopolies and the American Dream is Dead! Lovell crisscrossed the country surfing the Occupy Wall Street Wave to discover America is corrupt, defunct and unsustainable, but more importantly, how we can turn the tables on the dark forces that are undermining the American ideal to reboot the American Dream.

Starring Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, James Hansen, Jeremy Rifkin, Mary Boyle, Jeffry Sachs, Music by Michael Franti and a slew of ordinary Americans rising becoming extraordinary.

I would be honored if folks from Occupy came to speak after to coalesce the film.

Thank you for your consideration and hope to connect.

Sincerely,

Patrick S. Lovell
The Adventure Core Productions
Business Development/Sr. Producer
lovell.patrick13@gmail.com
Cell – (435) 512-1874

Action Council Events — September 8 to October 4

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ART  PARTY

(Preparation for September 20th ~ OccupySF – 3rd Convergence)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2:00pm – 6:00pm

UNITE / HERE (Local 2)

215 Golden Gate Ave.

San Francisco 

Monday, September 8

S 8, Monday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Liberty and Recognition for Edward Snowden

San Francisco Main Library
Latino/Hispanic Room

Enter at 30 Grove Street, proceed down stairs to lower level.

Bay Area chapters of Code Pink and World Can’t Wait invite you to participate in a worldwide reading of commentaries by Edward Snowden about surveillance sponsored by the International Literature Festival Berlin

This is not a Library Sponsored Program. Please call Curt at 818-480-1860 to register as a reader. Selected text includes two statements published in Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide.

Excerpt of statement from event organizers: With this worldwide reading, we call on the United States Government to recognize that Edward Snowden’s revelations are of essential importance for the safeguarding of democracy in the digital age, and thus that his actions must be seen to be covered by the Universal Unwritten Rule of the Ethical Right. Washington should therefore immediately lift all legal charges and complaints against Snowden, so that he can return home safely as a free man.

We further demand that the Member States of the European Union, in recognition of the importance of his revelations, immediately grant Edward Snowden asylum in the EU, for as long as he may need it and at least until the US Government has lifted all charges against him. Finally, we ask that the Nobel Committee consider Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize – in recognition of his amazing, selfless service towards democracy, freedom and peace for all of us.

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, The World Can’t Wait!

S 8, Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm – OccupyForum Presents: Film Screening of : “Just Do It – A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws” –

Global Exchange
2017 Mission St.
SF

To honor Thursday’s non-violent direct action at Kinder Morgan, Occupy Forum presents the film: “Just Do It”

Last Thursday, more than a dozen Bay Area citizens (our comrades from Sunflower Alliance, OccupyOakland, and others in this affinity group) chained themselves to a gate at the Kinder Morgan rail terminal in Richmond to stop operations. The citizens risked arrest to protest mile-long oil trains that threaten the safety of area residents and are a massive new source of air and carbon pollution in the region.

Among the demonstrators were residents of Richmond, Rodeo, Martinez, and Benicia, all towns that currently see dangerous oil trains moving through residential areas. Earlier this year the regional air quality agency, known as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, changed an existing permit to allow oil trains at the rail facility. Demonstrators contend that the agency broke the law when it modified the existing permit without additional environmental and safety review. “Bomb Trains” are an environmental justice issue, a climate issue, and one of the most reckless, heedless gambits Big Oil has thrown our way.

In honor of our sisters and brothers who are leading the way for us all in the Bay Area and around the country, OccupyForum will screen the film “Just Do It – A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws” by Emily James. The documentary follows climate activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest and abuse.

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Occupy Forum presents . . . the film “Just Do It” on Monday, September 8

Monday, September 8th from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th 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!

To honor Thursday’s non-violent direct action

at Kinder Morgan, Occupy Forum presents the film:

“Just Do It”

This Thursday, more than a dozen Bay Area citizens (our comrades from Sunflower Alliance, OccupyOakland, and others in this affinity group) chained themselves to a gate at the Kinder Morgan rail terminal in Richmond to stop operations. The citizens risked arrest to protest mile-long oil trains that threaten the safety of area residents and are a massive new source of air and carbon pollution in the region.

Among the demonstrators were residents of Richmond, Rodeo, Martinez, and Benicia, all towns that currently see dangerous oil trains moving through residential areas. Earlier this year the regional air quality agency, known as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, changed an existing permit to allow oil trains at the rail facility. Demonstrators contend that the agency broke the law when it modified the existing permit without additional environmental and safety review. “Bomb Trains” are an environmental justice issue, a climate issue, and one of the most reckless, heedless gambits Big Oil has thrown our way.

In honor of our sisters and brothers who are leading the way for us all in the Bay Area and around the country, OccupyForum will screen the film “Just Do It – A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws” by Emily James. The documentary follows climate activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest and abuse. It seems the time has come for everyone who can muster up the courage to put our bodies on the line.

Discussion and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Link to video of our comrades locking down to the gate at Kinder Morgan:  https://twitter.com/RossHammondSF/status/508052075154907136