Occupy Forum presents . . . Mark Hertsgaard on “Surviving Climate Chaos” on Monday, January 26

The Unitarian Universalist Society

and OccupyForum present…

a special presentation on climate change

with author and environmentalist

Mark Hertsgaard

Surviving Climate Chaos:Reframing the Climate Question

Monday, January 26, 2015 from 6 to 9 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Center
Martin Luther King Room
1187 Franklin Street, corner Geary Blvd, SF CA

​“Over the next 50 years, climate change will transform our world in ways we have only begun to imagine. Humans have changed the weather on the planet, and the battle to prevent climate chaos has become the race to survive it. Climate change worsens already existing conflicts over water supplies, energy sources, weather-induced migration — and it undermines the very ecosystems that make life possible. Besides striving to lower the global thermostat, we must take steps to prepare our societies for the serious climate impacts that are already in the pipeline.”

Mark Hertsgaard has spoken and written about global warming for more than 20 years. At the birth of his daughter, he was struck by how much more rapidly the earth’s warm-up has come upon us, and by the evidence of these changes. In his most recent book: HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, Hertsgaard travels the globe to cover climate change effects and policy. He writes: “This book is both a father’s cry… and a blueprint on how all of us — as parents, communities, companies and countries — can navigate this unavoidable new era.”

Herstgaard will address how these changing conditions especially affect peoples living around the equator and in low-lying countries as the oceans rise. What does this mean for them? What will it mean for us? How can we begin to prepare for these inevitable mass migrations?

Like the 400,000 people who traveled to the streets of NY to marshal action on the climate chaos upon us, we must not remain silent. We must become part of the movement and contribute, using our best capabilities. We need thousands of ordinary heroes to step forward and create a new future.

Mark Hertsgaard is the author of six books and a long-time contributor to leading media outlets around the world, including The Nation, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Businessweek, NPR and the BBC. Food &Water Watch, 350 Bay Area, Roots Rhyzing, The Sunflower Alliance and Rising Tide will offer audience members brief descriptions of their climate work, and be available to welcome people who’d like to get involved.

Donation: $8. – no one turned away for lack of funds.

Refreshments available, wheelchair accessible

RSVP: uus4peace@gmail.com or call 415-595-7306

Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists for Peace & Justice,

the Green and UU-UNO committees of the UU Society,

​in collaboration with OccupyForum SF

Reclaiming king’s legacy with 96 hours of direct action: community demands

The Anti Police-Terror Project organizes weekend of action to honor MLK’s radical stance against poverty and all forms of violence

(Oakland, CA) – Hundreds of people from more than two dozen groupings are responding to the Anti Police-Terror Project’s call to come together for 96 hours of direct action over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, January 16 – 19, 2015. We will join thousands around the country responding to a call from Ferguson Action to reclaim Dr. King’s legacy of militant direct action in opposition to economic violence as well as police violence and discrimination. This weekend’s events culminate in a Jobs and Economy March for the People on Monday, Jan. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. at Oscar Grant Plaza (Fruitvale BART).

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” - (1963) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, we will connect the dots between police violence and economic violence with a march at 11 am from Fruitvale Station, where Oscar Grant III was murdered by BART police, in solidarity with Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, Sanford, Salt Lake City, and countless others who too have lost young Black men to police terror. We know well the grief that comes when brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers are gunned down by those who are supposed to “protect and serve.” We march to reclaim King’s legacy and demand an immediate end to the war being waged on Black people in America.

“Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with.” - (1963) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our march concludes at the Coliseum City project in East Oakland, where half of Oakland’s Black population has already been displaced, as the city seeks to continue the trend of economic violence that has plagued this part of Oakland for decades. What began as redlining, and continued through a lack of outside investment and predatory lending ultimately has decimated our neighborhoods. This project’s projected outcome does little to serve the immediate communities of color and does much to serve football fans and entertainment seekers. We march to demand an end to economic violence, police violence, educational violence and psychological violence that is perpetrated without consequence in our communities.

Specific demands around Coliseum City include:

  • A local hiring policy that ensures 50% of the jobs go to Black people and the disenfranchised who are on probation and parole
  • A Health Impact Assessment that lays out how many Oakland residents will be displaced as a result of this development and other undesirable outcomes
  • A commitment to proving living-wage jobs with benefits to all employees of the Coliseum City project from the janitor to the retail clerk.

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” - (1967) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The upcoming 96 hours of direct action across the Bay Area will highlight the unjust economic and political structures that King fought fiercely to defeat. Thousands will unify, regardless of skin color, religion, or creed, as we reclaim King’s legacy and act, in tandem, against police and economic violence; two primary tools of white supremacy. Actions will take place throughout the city, at BART stations, community meetings and street corners and come in the form of shut downs, guerilla theater, teach-ins and concerts. Monday, we march through the neighborhoods where systematic and state sanctioned murder of Black, Brown, and Poor people occur most.

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The Anti-Police Terrorism Project is a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee that in coalition with other organizations like the Community Ready Corps, the Alan Blueford Center for Justice, Workers World and Healthy Hoodz is working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country. We are a group of concerned and committed institutions, organizations and individuals committed to ending state sanctioned murder of Black, Brown & Poor People. We are led by the most impacted communities but are a multi-racial, multi-generational coalition. We meet every 3rd Thursday of every month at Eastside Arts Alliance at 7:30 p.m.

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Action Council Events — January 16 to January 26

Occupy SF

~ ACTION COUNCIL ~

Next Meeting

Sunday, January 18, 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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, January 16

J 16, Friday, 7:00am (sharp), BART Friday: NO BUSINESS AS USUAL

Montgomery BART Station
SF

Meet on the platform at Montgomery BART station. Be on time and bring a metal spoon.

On BART Friday, we demand:

1. Drop charges and ransom against the Black Friday 14
2. Disband the BART police
3. Restitution for the people: Low-income ticket discounts

“This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”
— Martin Luther King

There is a state-sponsored war on Black lives in the United States and people across the country are demanding that it comes to an end. As long as it remains business as usual to gun down Black women, men and children in the streets of this country, there will be no business as usual anywhere or for anyone.

Note: do not enter at the Montgomery BART.

FB is messing with the site and has removed it – ACTION IS STILL HAPPENING!!

Sponsor: BART Friday

Info / RSVP / Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/684891331631587/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

J 16, Friday, 8:30am (Vigil), STAND WITH THE MARSHALL ISLANDS – HEARING IN OAKLAND FEDERAL COURT TOMORROW

US Federal District Court
Oakland Federal Building
1301 Clay St., 2nd Floor, Courtroom 5

8:30am Vigil
9:00am Hearing

The U.S. motion to dismiss in the lawsuit brought by the Republic of the Marshall Islands against the United States for its failure to disarm pursuant to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and customary international law will be heard tomorrow, (http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/CEO/cfd.aspx?7139)  There will be a small  vigil on Clay Street, in front of the Federal Building, on the public sidewalk at 8:30 am, to show our support for the Marshall Islands, nuclear disarmament heros.     You are invited to join us for the vigil and to witness the hearing. We will not be disruptive. Our tone will be dignified and respectful in solidarity with the courageous people and government of the Marshall Islands.

From 1946 – 1958, the United States conducted 67 nuclear test explosions in its then trust territory, the Marshall Islands, the equivalent of 1.7 Hiroshima bombs detonated daily for 12 years.

On April 24, 2014 the Marshall Islands filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice claiming that the nine nuclear-armed nations have failed to comply with their obligations, under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and customary international law, to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons. It filed a separate case against the United States in US Federal District Court.

The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits call upon the nuclear weapon nations to urgently fulfill their moral duty and legal obligation to begin negotiations for complete nuclear disarmament.

Petition:  Support the Marshall Islands by signing the petition at http://nuclearzero.org/learn#lastone

You can read the complaint filed by the Marshall Islands against the United States athttp://www.wagingpeace.org/documents/us_complaint.pdf

For all the court documents, including those filed in the International Court of Justice, see http://nuclearzero.org/in-the-courtsFor more information about the Nuclear Zero lawsuitsvisit www.nuclearzero.org

J 16, Friday, 8:45an – 9:30am, BAY AREA LAWYER DIE-IN

California Supreme Court
350 McAllister St.
SF

Assemble 8:45am

Action to start promptly at 9:00am

BAY AREA LAWYER DIE-IN FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

The Bay Area legal community (attorneys, legal staff, law students, professors, and allies) are invited to participate in a “Die-In” calling for an end to the use of excessive force, police brutality, and racial profiling in communities of color. This direct action is in response to recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the killing of unarmed civilians, Mr. Eric Garner, Mr. Michael Brown, and Mr. John Crawford. Their deaths and the subsequent grand jury decisions represent a fundamental failure of our justice system. This action is in solidarity with national protests to affirm that Black Lives Matter.

As representatives of the legal community, we are sworn to uphold the law and provide leadership in our communities. During this moment of crisis, we refuse to be silent witnesses to racial inequality and injustice perpetuated by the legal system we are a part of. We can and must do better. This action is a symbol of our commitment to demand and bring about change that is long overdue.

We call on the Bay Area legal community and all allies to join us.

This will be a peaceful demonstration.

Rain or shine!

Those who are unable to lay down due to disability or for another reason are encouraged to participate in a manner most comfortable for them
Attire: Business attire encouraged, but not required. All are welcome.

Sponsors and participants include: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and National Lawyers Guild-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/395379607305157/

J 16, Friday, 6:30pm Sensible Cinema: In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “At the River I Stand”

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St
SF

Film is described as an eloquent and powerful work of history. It reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a local strike by Memphis Sanitation Workers into a national confrontation that drew MLK to Memphis and his death.

It’s a riveting portrait of the gift and determination of ordinary people.that will inspire viewers to rededicate themselves to the fight for racial and economic justice.

Discussion to follow with retired Afro-American Professor George Wright

Sponsor: UU-UNO & Green Committee

Info: Melvin at 415-539-6284

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Reclaim King’s Legacy Weekend of Actions!

Occupy SF

~ ACTION COUNCIL ~

From APTP (The Anti Police-Terrorism Project*) Spokescouncil  ~ List of publicized actions – there are many actions that are not publicized

Reclaim King’s Legacy of Activism!

ACTIONS

January 16 – January 19

Article: “Shut It Down: Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr”:  http://eastpointpeace.org/reclaimthelegacy//

Get ready for a full weekend of actions to Reclaim King’s Legacy, starting tomorrow at 7am!

Here are the Media and Messaging Guidelines:
This is our comprehensive strategy from the messaging working group.  Regardless of your level of engagement in actions this weekend, there is a social media strategy you can plug into, so check it out!  Also please make sure you’ve read the Action Guidelines and Principles, which lays out our agreements on tactics and conduct for participants.

We’ve listed the callouts for mass convergences that have been made below!  Whether you are moving as an individual or an affinity group, please come support as many of these actions as you can!

Friday Jan 16

7:00    AM      #BARTFriday Action on the Platform at Montgomery BART. Bring a metal spoon, phone, and be on time!!
11:30  AM      Anti-Gentrification, Anti-StateViolence Shutdown, meet at Lake Chalet Restaurant; 1520 Lakeside Drive
8:30    PM      Guerrilla Theater, meet @ Dolores Park.  Wear Black.  (PartyPatrol)
10:30  PM      Rally at 16th BART Station. (PartyPatrol)

Saturday Jan 17

9:00    AM      Berkeley City Council Forum “Police and Community”, Ed Roberts Campus (Disability & fat AG, fuck yeah!, DAFFY)
11:00  AM      Spokescouncil meeting at OMNI
7:00    PM      “Outdoor” action Meet at 50th and Telegraph.  (36ST AG)

Sunday Jan 18

11:00 AM      North Oakland Farmer’s Market (Bay Love)
12:00 PM      Die-In at Oakland Walmart (Workers Against the System)
4:00   PM      Grocery Store Action, gather at Rockridge BART Parking Lot (36ST AG)
5:00    PM      Powell st BART Sleepout
7:00    PM      FTP March at 14th and Broadway

Monday Jan 19

9:00    AM      Unspecified action at West Oakland BART
11:00 AM      MASS MARCH TO RECLAIM MLK DAY – Meet at Fruitvale BART

Please Note: there is one more spokescouncil in the middle of the weekend, on Saturday, where we can check in and do some more planning. Also, here is the link to APTP’s google calendar which tracks these and many more events.

LEGAL SUPPORT INFO:
The Hotline: 415-285-1011

Write it down, maybe on your arm!

For questions, training, to arrange legal observers for an action, etc, please email:reclaimMLKlegal@gmail.com

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/632827553487864/

Below is a calendar from Rising Roots:

Thank you to Rising Roots for this calendar of events for the SF Bay Area.
Please check the site for the actions that you are interested in for updates.

UPDATED CALENDARS for the coming WEEKEND OF ACTION and beyond

#ShutItDown Anti Police-Terror Calendar (SF Bay Area):

https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=68pdcjhtndvmg3f3c31r90cooc%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FLos_Angeles

The SpokesCouncil Facebook page is also a good place to stay informed:https://www.facebook.com/events/632827553487864/

Get ready for 96 hours of action in the Bay Area
#SHUTITDOWN #BLACKLIVESMATTER CALENDAR (sf bay area)
google.com

*APTP – The Anti Police-Terrorism Project is a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee in coalition with individuals and organizations like The Alan Blueford Center for Justice, Healthy Hoodz, Community Ready Corps, Idriss Stelly Foundation and more: https://www.facebook.com/events/632827553487864/?pnref=story