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“The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution” by Micah White 

Is protest broken? Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, thinks so. Disruptive tactics have failed to halt the rise of Donald Trump. Movements ranging from Black Lives Matter to environmentalism are leaving activists frustrated. Meanwhile, recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance.

In The End of Protest Micah White heralds the future of activism. Drawing on his unique experience with Occupy Wall Street, a contagious protest that spread to eighty-two countries, White articulates a unified theory of revolution and eight principles of tactical innovation that are destined to catalyze the next generation of social movements.

Despite global challenges—catastrophic climate change, economic collapse and the decline of democracy—White finds reason for optimism: the end of protest inaugurates a new era of social change. On the horizon are increasingly sophisticated movements that will emerge in a bid to challenge elections, govern cities and reorient the way we live. Activists will reshape society by forming a global political party capable of winning elections worldwide.

In this provocative playbook, White offers three bold, revolutionary scenarios for harnessing the creativity of people from across the political spectrum. He also shows how social movements are created and how they spread, how materialism limits contemporary activism, and why we must re-conceive protest in timelines of centuries, not days.

Rigorous, original and compelling, The End of Protest is an exhilarating vision of an all-encompassing revolution of revolution.

(amazon.com)

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“We the People” Trailer


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Tree Media’s (http://www.treemedia.com) feature Documentary, We the People 2.0, about the work of CELDF (http://www.celdf.org) Directed by Leila Conners, Featuring Thomas Linzey, Narrated by Walton Goggins, Produced by Mathew Schmid. We the People is a visual essay about the loss of democracy in the United States. The film utilizes both original footage as well as found footage to describe a profound change in thinking at the grassroots level. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people and sacrifice zones in urban communities who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling and mines in their communities. We learn with them that the reason why, in spite of all their efforts, they “get what they don’t want, again and again,” is because they are, by law, truly powerless in spite of propaganda that says they live in the “best democracy in the world.” These people come to understand that the reason they can’t stop the destruction is that the US has become an oligarchy, run by the corporate few who ignore the rights and will of the people. These people are frontally challenging our corporate state; thereby saving nature and themselves. Thomas Linzey, a nonprofit attorney’s inspiring words shows how, we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. This movement is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; our film shows how and where it all began.

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Updates ~ Announcements from Tue. 8/22 – Fri. 8/25 (compiled by Adrienne Fong)

Events in San Francisco and Berkeley regarding events around the alt-right rallies will be posted on Tuesday. (as long as this computer is functional!)

Updates:

A.  US Refuses to Accept Iran as a Regional Power – RAI with Trita Parsi (August 21, 2017)

     http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19823

B.  Thousands counter-protest ‘free speech rally’ in Boston (August 19, 2017)

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/thousands-counter-protest-free-speech-rally-boston/

ALERT –  an armed militia called Oath Keepers will be providing “security” for the rally on Saturday. Gun owners with a California concealed weapon permit will be allowed to carry concealed firearms at Crissy Field just as they can around the City, though open carry is still not permitted.

In Boston, the rally organizers agreed to no guns, no weapons, metal detectors, and entry searches.

Contact the National Park Service and tell them you want the same conditions applied to this permit if they insist on granting it.

Email: goga_1st_amendment@nps.gov
Phone: 415-561-2822
 

Occupy

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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, August 22 – Friday, August 25

  

Tuesday, August 22 

 

1.  Tuesday, 8:00am – 11:30am, Support the #Monsanto 10

 

Yolo County Superior Court

1000 Main St.

Woodland, 95695

 

On may 22nd 2017 a group of activists converged on the Monsanto biotech seed research facility in woodland intent on shutting it down. We have held these shutdowns multiple times over the years, but this time was different. 

As people took positions to block the driveway, officers immediately moved to call our assembly unlawful. Within 20 minutes of us arriving 10 people (the #Monsanto10) were arrested, marking the first time we’ve had arrests at one of our shutdowns.

 

On August 22nd they take Monsanto to court! Please join us at the yolo county courthouse to make some noise, and make it known that the #Monsanto10 do not stand alone! Feel free to bring signs, banners, chalk etc. 

 

Sponsor: The Anti-Monsanto Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/351052208646409/

 

2.  Tuesday, 8:30am – 10:15am, Repent! Service for Immigrants at ICE Detention Facility

 

5555 Giant Highway

Richmond

 

Join T’ruah rabbis and cantors in protesting the detention of immigrants like Hugo Mejia and thousands like him across the country. Hugo has lived in California for over fifteen years. He’s a loving family man with three children, an active community and school volunteer, and a dedicated worker who was detained at the beginning of May when reporting to construction work at an air base.

Sing and pray together, listen to the Torah of Justice, hear the call of the shofar, and demand that ICE and the Trump Administration repent of their sinful ways and return to a path of compassion and humanity.

 

Sponsor: T’ruah

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/122581271714369/ 

 

3.  Tuesday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Paint Banners Against Hate, Fascism & White Supremacy

 

23 Maine St.

Richmond

 

*We will paint a few very GIANT banners with messages against Hate/fascism/white supremacy and for solidarity, dignity and justice that will be placed at key high visilbity spots around Berkeley next Sunday, as visual support for the public mobilizations. 

* When you arrive at Bridge Art and Storage (23 Maine–like the State–Ave at 1st St, Richmond, CA) facility look for the “ART BUILD” sign w/instruction on how to get in gate. Please park on street and walk in (bring bikes in). It’s 1 1/2 miles from Richmond BART. 

* We will be painting outdoors, so dress for sun, and possible wind, some on tables, some on the ground. Wear clother you may get paint on.

 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/271152700051273/   

 

4.  Tuesday, 1:30pm, Public Memorial for John Visor

 

Mission Hotel

520 South Van Ness (nr. 16th Street)

SF

 

John was one of the witnesses to Luis Góngora Pat’s murder by SFPD. All are invited to the memorial. Please keep Stephanie and the Baby in your thoughts.

His un-timely death has raised questions as well as the autopsy.

 

Article: The Mysterious Death of John Visor http://www.poormagazine.org/node/5696 

 

5.  Tuesday, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, “Okinawa Forum: Linking Struggles for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability”

 

University of San Francisco

Fromm Hall, Room 120 – Xavier Auditorium

2497 Golden Gate Ave.

SF

 

Presentation in Japanese & English

 

Hear: Okinawan community leaders share the latest news in their long struggle against new base construction for US Marines in Okinawa 

 

Okinawan women activists, students, union representatives, environmental experts, and elected representativeswill visit San Francisco next week to talk about why they — and over 70% of Okinawan people — oppose new base construction for US Marines in Okinawa (Japan). 

 

Please come to hear the latest news in this long and inspiring struggle, and discuss how to link our activism to theirs. 

 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/857011797785340 

 

6.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Security Training for Rally Against Hate at Crissy Field

 

Bethany United Methodist Church

1270 Sanchez St.

SF

 

Planning on going to Crissy Field on Saturday to protest white supremacy? Great! But first, get some training on how to keep the protest safe, watch out for one another, create barriers, assess problems, and keep the group together. 

This training, hosted by SURJ SF and facilitated by members of Community Ready Corps (CRC) is open to anyone planning on attending the rallies opposing white supremacy this weekend and interested in working security at those events.

Note: SURJ SF WILL BE MARCHING TO CRISSY FIELD AND ENCOURAGES ITS MEMBERSHIP TO MARCH WITH US! More details about the march will be coming soon. 

This training is specifically meant for those attending actions at Crissy Field, but will be relevant for people who are going to actions elsewhere as well.

We will continue to post all other info we know about August 26th on this page as we learn it.

 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/123058988339042 

 

Wednesday, August 23

7.  Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Tell Lee: Sanctuary Housing Fund NOW!

 

SF City Hall

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St. side)

SF

 

Mayor Ed Lee presides over one of the richest cities in the world. That wealth could start TODAY to protect renters and homeowners against the forces of speculation, greed and displacement. 

Community members have been calling on the city to create a $35 million Sanctuary Housing Fund to keep seniors, people with disabilities, and African-American and immigrant families in the city

 

Mayor Lee prides himself on keeping San Francisco a sanctuary city. But there’s no such thing as a sanctuary where vulnerable residents can’t afford to stay. It’s time to tell the mayor to stop making decisions behind closed doors, and to support a Sanctuary Housing Fund immediately.

Info call 415-335-7033 or email sfacce@calorganize.org  FB:https://www.facebook.com/events/276449376092938/
 

 

8.  Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL

 

Montgomery & Market Street, below Senator Feinstein’s office; directly above Montgomery BART / MUNI Station

SF

 

Join us at the large PEACE or IMPEACH banner.

Topics vary each week and are centered on PEACE and JUSTICE issues

 

All are welcomed!

 

Thursday, August 24 

 

9.  Thursday, 8:00am – 1:00pm, Handmaids’ Resistance San Francisco

 

Hall of Justice

850 Bryant St.

SF

 

Join us outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice as we protest anti-abortion advocates David Daleiden and Sandra Merrit. 

In 2015, David and Sandra released edited footage claiming that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue for profit. These claims were later proven to be completely false. The videos were nothing more than an attempt to slander Planned Parenthood, incite violence against abortion providers, and make abortion inaccessible. David and Sandra are currently being charged with 15 felony counts. 

Let’s show them that the State of California will not tolerate anti-choice propaganda and that we stand with Planned Parenthood. 

 

Bring signs.

 register at: https://act.weareultraviolet.org/event/handmaids_resist_events/1788

Sponsor: Bay Area Pro-Choice

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/334516040331105 

 

10.  Thursday, 12 Noon – 6:00pm, Signmaking and art party for Rally Against Hate

 

Sproul Plaza

UC Berkeley

Berkeley

 

Sign making and art party for Bay Area Rally Against Hate. We will make banners, picket signs, posters, and more to show that Berkeley and the Bay Area stand against white supremacism and bigotry in all its forms!

Bring sign making materials: poster board, cloth for banners, markers, paint, paint brushes, etc

 

Sponsor: Unite for Freedom from Right Wing Violence in the Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/361663340935047/ 

 

11.  Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, The Role of Labor in Countering the Alt-Right

 

UCB Students Workers Union

UAW Local 2865

2030 Addison St., Ste. 640

Berkeley

 

Come to our Labor Rising Meeting to discuss the following:

1) Discussion on the role of the labor movement in countering the message of fascism/alt-right with a united populist vision to shift power to the working class. We will listen to the interview of two labor activists from “Portland Labor Against the Fascists” and debate how the labor movement can work to prevent the rise of fascism 

2) Organizing plans for the counter mobilization to the No to Marxism in America event on 8/27/17
Meeting point, outreach (flyer, etc.), media attention

3) Revisit committees (Education Workers Coordinating Committee, Teacher Defense Committee, etc.)

 

Sponsor: Labor Rising Against Trump

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/865306343617870/ 

 

12.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Crafting a Social Media Message for International LGBT Issues

 

The Women’s Building

3543 18th Street

SF

 

Working with digital communications specialists, this community workshop is intended to help local non-profit organizations shape language, stories, and calls to action around international LGBT issues. The focus will be on crafting a message that will be able to raise funds and build awareness.

In order for this workshop to be successful, participants are asked to bring either a personal or organizational mission statement, and 1-2 international LGBT issues you’d like for your nonprofit to message on.

During this workshop, we will cover the following topics:
a. How to do research and get facts right even when there is not complete information available to you.
b. How to craft a message that brings forth your unique viewpoint as activists and organizations without making the issue “about you”.
c. How to avoid being reductive of complex issues, and avoid common tropes and stereotypes about marginalized persons
d. How to utilize your message for fundraising & advocacy.

 

Sponsors: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Inc.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/333580317063283/ 

 

Friday, August 25 

 

13.  Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, “Mother’s on the March Against Police Murders”

 

Hall of Justice

850 Bryant St.

SF

 

Vigil every Friday on the steps of the Hall of Injustice. Demand DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder.

 

14.  Friday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Sign/Banner- Making Party

 

New Valencia Hall

747 Polk St. (nr. Ellis St)

 

To prepare for our counter-demonstration against the fascists in Berkeley next Sunday, we need to make some creative visual displays to convey our strong opposition! So let’s do this together! We have supplies, but feel free to bring whatever you’d like. All are welcome!

 

Sponsor: Communities Against Racism & Fascism

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/215968692267298/ 

 

15.  Friday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, (+7:00pm event) Standing Rock Legal Update & Urgent Call to Action

 

La Pena Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Ave.

Berkeley

 

Free event but tickets recommended.

 

5:00pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/standing-rock-legal-update-and-urgent-call-to-action-tickets-36912403994?aff=efbeventtix

 

7:00pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/standing-rock-legal-update-and-urgent-call-to-action-tickets-36699859267?aff=efbeventtix

 

NOTICE: THIS SECOND BERKELEY EVENT ADDED AT 5 P.M. 
Due to limited capacity, we ask that you RSVP for tickets to either our 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. event.

You’re invited to a special evening with social justice attorneys
 Chase Iron Eyes and Daniel Sheehan of the Lakota People’s Law Project.

 

In spring of 2016, a movement was born at Standing Rock. When the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was rerouted to the reservation, endangering its sacred water supply, Lakota elders asked allies to rally to their cause, symbolized by the phrase: “Mni Wiconi—Water is Life.” Hundreds of thousands of you answered their call.

Revelations of illegal paramilitary tactics employed by private security firms against Chase and other peaceful water protectors on the front lines underscore that our very democracy is at stake. This forum provides a unique opportunity to engage with two generational voices sharing first-hand accounts of this historic movement and the legal battles being waged in the Dakotas.

 

Sponsors: Daniel Sheehan and Lakota People’s Law Project

Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/364660883974886/?ref=br_rs 

 

16.  Friday, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Interfaith Gathering Against Hate

 

Congregation Emanu-El

2 Lake St.

SF

 

5:30-6:30 hors d’oeuvres & refreshments
6:30-7:45 Interfaith Sabbath Service followed by dessert reception

 

In collaboration with our partners at the JCRC of San Francisco,
the San Francisco Interfaith Council, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco & the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund, we are planning a special interfaith sabbath service in response to the gathering in San Francisco of hate groups on Saturday, August 26th at Crissy field. This is not a reaction, not a confrontation, but a response of love, community, and diversity. We invite all our members, along with the entire San Francisco Jewish and interfaith community, to join us for a very special interfaith peace and justice Shabbat service 

 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/259371834572207/?ref=br_rs 

 

17.  Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Film “Shadow World” and Benefit for People’s Congress of Resistance

 

ANSWER Coalition

2969 Mission St.

SF

 

Screening of the documentary “Shadow World”, directed by Johan Grimonprez that reveals the inner workings behind the global arms trade. (2016, 1h 34m) A decade of research went into the book “The Shadow World” by Andrew Feinstein, which this film is based on. 

 

US the world’s largest exporter of weapons of mass devastation. This theft of public wealth is only increasing. Earlier this year, Trump signed an arms agreement with Saudi Arabia totaling $110 billion, amidst calls to “rebuild” the already-behemoth military. 

Stock prices of weapons manufacturers have since soared. These merchants of death are not only part of the government, but hold themselves above the law. Elected officials become mere salesmen for bombs, while poverty rises at ever-increasing rates around the world. 

 

trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuwQlsTXYw8 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/08/10/18801365.php

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WHY CAPITALISM CAN’T SURVIVE WITHOUT SOCIALISM

Excerpt:

“We think of capitalism as being locked in an ideological battle with socialism, but we never really saw that capitalism might be defeated by its own child — technology.”

This is how Eric Weinstein, a mathematician and a managing director of Peter Thiel’s investment firm, Thiel Capital, began a recent video for BigThink.com. In it he argues that technology has so transformed our world that “we may need a hybrid model in the future which is paradoxically more capitalistic than our capitalism today and perhaps even more socialistic than our communism of yesteryear.”

Which is another way of saying that socialist principles might be the only thing that can save capitalism.

Weinstein’s thinking reflects a growing awareness in Silicon Valley of the challenges faced by capitalist society. Technology will continue to upend careers, workers across fields will be increasingly displaced, and it’s likely that many jobs lost will not be replaced.

Hence many technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are converging on ideas like universal basic income as a way to mitigate the adverse effects of technological innovation.

I reached out to Weinstein to talk about the crisis of capitalism — how we got here, what can be done, and why he thinks a failure to act might lead to a societal collapse. His primary concern is that the billionaire class — which he’s not a part of, but has access to through his job — has been too slow to recognize the need for radical change.

“The greatest danger,” he told me, is that, “the truly rich are increasingly separated from the lives of the rest of us so that they become largely insensitive to the concerns of those who still earn by the hour.” If that happens, he warns, “they will probably not anticipate many of the changes, and we will see the beginning stirrings of revolution as the cost for this insensitivity.”

Check out the article here:

Why capitalism can’t survive without socialism

–posted by Gwyllm Llwydd

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Russell Brand and Al Gore: Can We Protect The Planet When It’s Not In The Interests Of The Powerful?


Published on Aug 18, 2017

Environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore joins me to discuss his new film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, his feelings about Donald Trump, the corruption of big money, and the future for renewable energy.

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OccupyForum presents . . . a film:  “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”

Note: Starts at 6:45 pm 

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, August 21st, 2017 from 6:45 – 9 pm at the Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia between 15th and 16th Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Film: Maya Angelou

And Still I Rise

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave us the freedom to think about our history in a way we never had before.

With unprecedented access, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career, to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise reveals hidden facets of her life during some of America’s most defining moments.

The film also features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, Valerie Simpson, Random House editor Bob Loomis, and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.

This is a beautifully constructed documentary that gives a total picture of the amazing Maya Angelou. It goes back to her roots, which included being raped as a child, to her dancing and singing. It wasn’t long before she began to become the voice of humanity and blackness. It includes the cream of the black artists. There is a bit where they list a series of black performers who play before sold out audiences and then are not allowed to go out an mingle with the crowds. But Angelou faced off against authority and kept to her African roots (Viewer review).

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at AFI Docs and was featured at notable film festivals worldwide, including Full Frame, Sheffield, IDFA and Seattle, winning 17 awards on three continents, and has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Time will be allotted for discussion and announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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Zero Days – Official Trailer


“A cool, throbbing, spy-thriller” DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK)

http://www.madman.com.au/incinemas

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief), ZERO DAYS tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware, known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own. The U.S.A. and Israel unleashed the virus to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. It’s the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyber-warfare.

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Hong Kong: “Vindictive” jail terms for pro-democracy leaders (amnesty.org)


17 August 2017, 13:56 UTC

The Hong Kong authorities’ relentless pursuit of jail terms for three leaders of the pro-democracy movement is a vindictive attack on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said.

The real danger to the rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Hong Kong is the authorities’ continued persecution of prominent democracy activists.
Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong

On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal handed Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law between six and eight months in prison for their roles in a demonstration that helped spark the city’s 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. Prosecutors pursued harsher punishments for the trio, after they were originally given non-custodial sentences at their first trial a year ago.

“The relentless and vindictive pursuit of student leaders using vague charges smacks of political payback by the authorities,” said Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

“The real danger to the rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Hong Kong is the authorities’ continued persecution of prominent democracy activists. Prosecutions aimed at deterring participation in peaceful protests must be dropped.”

The convictions relate to a specific incident on 26 September 2014 at the beginning of the student-led pro-democracy protest outside government headquarters in Hong Kong. On that day several students pushed their way and climbed into a fenced-off forecourt of the legislative complex, commonly known as Civic Square. The square had been a popular site for previous peaceful protests on other occasions, before the authorities’ restricted access to it in the summer of 2014.

At their first trial, Joshua Wong and Alex Chow were found guilty of “taking part in an unlawful assembly”. Nathan Law was found guilty of “inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly”.

Joshua Wong and Nathan Law had previously been ordered to carry out community service but this was increased to six months and eight months prison terms respectively at today’s hearing. Alex Chow’s original three-week suspended prison sentence was increased to seven months in jail.

The vague provisions of Hong Kong’s Public Order Ordinance, on which this prosecution was based, have been repeatedly criticized by the UN Human Rights Committee for failing to fully meet international human rights law and standards on the right of peaceful assembly.

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