OccupyForum field trip . . . An Evening with Sandra Steingraber: California Fracking and Health, on Monday, October 12

Monday, October 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Schools of the Sacred Heart, Syufy Theater 2222 Broadway, San Francisco

Occupyforum Field Trip…

An Evening with Sandra Steingraber:

California Fracking and Health

SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility would like to invite our members and supporters to gather together for an important discussion about an issue of grave threat to our environment and health. Acclaimed ecologist, activist, and author Sandra Steingraber, PhD will be speaking about fracking, climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment.

Fracking and our Future
SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibillity has worked on policies to reduce and eliminate fracking in California and to bring greater attention to the dire links between it and climate change. Rather than being a source of clean energy, as it’s touted to be, fracking unleashes methane gasses while poisoning precious drinking water, damaging farmland and creating seismic instability. Now, despite growing evidence of its dangers, fracking is only increasing in California.

Please join us to strengthen our collective medical voice so that we can continue to take action for a healthier future. Dr. Steingraber will specifically address the growing threat to our health and environment from ongoing oil and gas operations, and the growing movement to stop this toxic menace to public health.

“We are all members of a great human orchestra,” says Steingraber, “and it is now time to play the Save the World Symphony. You do not have to play a solo, but you do have to know what instrument you hold and find your place in the score.”

Called “a poet with a knife” by Sojourner magazine, Steingraber has received many honors for her work as a science writer, including, in 2011, a Heinz Award. By donating the cash prize to the anti-fracking movement, she became, in 2012, the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a statewide coalition of more than 280 grassroots organizations. Steingraber also has been named a Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine, a Person of the Year by Treehugger, and one of 25 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader.

This event is free and open to the public and is hosted by Breast Cancer Action, Environmental Working Group, and San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Please RSVP athttp://bcaction.org/steingraber.

Transportation and Parking: Bus #22 stops close by,Montgomery Street Bart is a 3 minute walk.  Parking garage at 2001 Union is a 7-minute walk.

If you have any questions, please contact skeiser@bcaction.org or  415-243-9301.


Action Alert: “In-Defensible Force” — a response to the “Gala Dinner” honoring soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force

Action Alert

Sunday, October 11, 2015  

5:00pm – 6:00pm

“In-Defensible Force”

(A response to the “Gala Dinner” honoring soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force)

Meet at the corner of New Montgomery & Jessie Streets

(outside of Starbucks – 5:00pm sharp)

Near Montgomery Street BART

San Francisco

The Friends of the Israeli Defense Force is hosting a “Gala Dinner” on Sunday, October 11th,   5:30pm on, honoring soldiers of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) at the Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Info of Gala: https://www.fidf.org/SF_Gala15 ,

We will have a presence outside the hotel themed “In-Defensible Force”.

Signage is welcome.

Sponsors: Members of Codepink, World Can’t Wait and OccupySF Action Council and Others…

Info: Indybay: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/10/08/18778587.php

And: wechslertoo@earthlink.net   or afong@jps.net

REBEL CITY OF THE COMMONS, PART II by Bernardo Gutierrez (occupy.com)

This is the second installment of a two-part series on global rebel cities. Read the first part here.

Rebel City is a need: both as a narrative and as a practice of collective fixing in the urban space. Rebel City is desirable: as a form of disobedience that defies states, legal frameworks, supranations or markets. Rebel City dialogues with the global “outside,” that is, with social movements and citizen resistance.

But disobedient rebellion must also navigate a fine line. The combative tone for seducing the “outside” also needs to be friendly and welcoming for all citizens. To invoke the “inside” and governmental spheres, the storytelling of these Rebel Cities must be rounded: free cities, participatory cities, cities of the common good. Additionally, the new storytelling must be able to snatch the paradigm of collaborative economy from the large international companies that currently control it.

On September 4 in Barcelona, the disobedient rebellion was present in speeches given by the new grassroots mayors of Spain. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau pointed out that “European states have disappointed citizens,” but “here we are the cities to [make] the alternative.” The meeting was the first step of a new inter-municipal network of Cities of the Common Good. But what would be a City of the Commons?

On the one hand, the Rebel City of the Commons must recognize and protect the citizen spaces that produce the commons: social centers, self-managed spaces, gardening networks, peer-to-peer exchange networks, etc. Public space, which citizenship transforms into a lively, democratic and open exchange, is both the metaphor and the tool for participation. On the other hand, the Rebel City of the Commons must go further, building tools, copyleft repositories and open participatory platforms, replicable by cities across the world. Digital structures must also shift to public space the open source spirit of open government.

On the other hand, the “inside” of the Rebel City of the Commons must design flexible legal frameworks for civic organizations, cooperatives, citizen initiatives and other incubators for self-management and co-management of spaces and projects. They can even create crypto-coins for the new intermunicipal network, protecting exchanges from currency speculation. This intermunicipal process must also build political practices that cannot be reversed.

Toward a Global Intermunicipalism

This network of cities against the state is being born first as a developing story. In July, Anton Ferndández de la Rota wrote that the “insubordination against illegitimate debt of the Rebel Cities Network can be extended to unexpected places.” In August, Paul Lopiz launched a hypothesis that today’s Spanish municipalism means the birth of a new political paradigm. By interconnecting towns, neighborhoods and cities in confederated networks and cooperatives, Rebel Cities of the Commons are establishing the beginnings of a transnational intermunicipal future.

A decade ago, the World Charter for the Right to the City blurred the definition of a city “to every village, town, suburb or village that is organized as a local unit of government, so is urban, semi-rural or rural.” And therein lies an inspiring new horizon – a new Global Network of Rebel Cities of the Commons that could generate a dialogue with other, more formal government units. It makes sense: a Spanish network of cities for refugees could dialogue with the regional government of Attica in Greece, or with a country (say Uruguay), or even with a supranational organization like the UN.

This asymmetric and scalable political alliance, based on a Global Network of Rebel Cities of the Commons, could foster the emergence of a post capitalism that, according to Paul Mason, will replace capitalism. The new network must overwhelm the well-intentioned World Network of Cities and Local and Regional Governments (UCLG), which does not get beyond the Right to the City. The Global Network of Rebel Cities of the Commons faces the challenge of constructing narratives, finding legal gaps, forcing geopolitical changes, legitimating citizenship practices and building free tools and participatory platforms for a network based on the democratic commons and open knowledge. “The geopolitics of the commons,” writes Daniel Vazquez in the FLOK Society’s foreword, perhaps the most complete roadmap for public policies moving toward post capitalism, “opens a new front in the battle of cognitive capitalism.”

There is much at stake – much more than managing a handful of Spanish municipalities currently won by citizen fronts. The life of our city neighborhoods and the survival of global democratic participation itself is at stake. But at the cornerstone of global post capitalism, some of us can already envision the intermunicipal planet-neighborhood that is taking shape.

– See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/rebel-city-commons-part-ii?utm_source=Website+%27Join+Us%27&utm_campaign=dbdc6db1ef-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_77fe4a462d-dbdc6db1ef-73720709#sthash.RiWOKmwL.dpuf


Action Council Events — October 8 to October 15


~ Action Council ~  

Next Meeting

Sunday, October 11,  2015

2:00pm – 4:00pm

UNITE / HERE – Local 2

215 Golden Gate Ave.

(nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

Temporary Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:




Thursday, October 8 – Thursday, October 15

Thursday, October 8

O 8, Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Sanctuary City at Risk: Impact on Families and Children

SF Public Library – Hispanic / Latino Room
100 Larkin St.

In this educational session we will learn about city resolutions in the works on behalf and against sanctuary for immigrants in San Francisco.

This is not a lecture, instead an open dialog with all attendees.


** GRISEL RUIZ, Staff Attorney at Immigrant Legal Resource Center in S.F.
** LAURA SANCHEZ, Staff Attorney at Center American Resource Center (CARECEN) S.F.

We are concerned about a having safety cities for all. Movimiento Reunificación Familiar fully supports the Resolution in Defense of Sanctuary Cities and Immigrants.

Sponsor: Movimiento por la Reunificacion Familiar

Info / History: https://www.facebook.com/events/850948285012435/

O 8, Thursday, 6:30pm, League of Women Voters SF Mayoral Forum — all 6 candidates!

Genentech Hall
600 16th St,

Forum of Mayor Candidates

The first of only two opportunities this election cycle that will have ALL of our mayoral candidates in one room discussing their goals.

Sponsor: League of Women Voters

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1152339848113841/

O 8, Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Screening of: They Were Promised the Sea

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita)

“They Were Promised the Sea” is an Award-winning documentary by Kathy Wanza that tells the story of the 1960s exodus that virtually emptied Morocco of its Jewish population. A film that explores loss and longing, it also exposes the political manipulation that resulted in the breaking up of communities that had been living together for 2,000 years.

Suggested donation: $5 -$20

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/09/23/18778021.php

Friday, October 9

O 9, Friday 12 Noon, Morgan Stanley, Stop Cashing in on Coal!

555 California St.

Morgan Stanley is a leading funder of the coal mining and coal power sectors.

Morgan Stanley has been banking the global coal industry’s worst corporations for years—and they refuse to face the realities of climate change. Morgan Stanley:

Conducted half a billion dollars worth of coal deals in 2014.

Host: Scott Parkin

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/837208809739125/

RSVP: RSVP: http://www.ran.org/sf_picket

O 9, Friday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm,#DalitWomenFight Breaking The Silence on Caste Apartheid at the Women’s Building (SF) 

Women’s Building – Auditorium

3543 – 18th Street

Dalit women activists from the frontlines of the Dalit Women’s Self-Respect movement will join host Dalit-American artist Thenmozhi Soundarajan and special guests from the #SayHerName movement, to break the silence on caste apartheid and anti-Blackness in India and the diaspora.

The Dalit Women’s Self-Respect movement is India’s largest historic challenge to caste-apartheid and caste-based sexual violence. The All India Dalit Women’s Rights Forum (All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch) activists who have had enough of India’s epidemic of caste violence, jumped into jeeps, cars, bikes, and rickshaws traveling state to state in the largest freedom ride to demand an end to caste based violence in Indian history. At each stop activists comforted survivors, confronted perpetrators, and called out corrupt public officials and the State who are responsible for this violence

Sponsors: INCITE! Women, Gender Non Conforming & Trans People of Color Against Violence, AF3IRM National, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, GABRIELA, Ambedkar International Mission, Ambedkar Association of North America, Association of India’s Development, and ASATA.

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/449489645235526/

O 9, Friday – O 11, Sunday, Schedule of Veteran’s For Peace Golden Rule Project (for Fleet Week)

Aim to advance Veterans For Peace opposition to nuclear weapons and war, and to do so in a dramatic fashion. Recovered and restored the original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and which inspired the many peace makers and peace ships that followed.

(Also see Saturday, Oct. 10 info on tabling – 11am – 6:00pm)

Contact: vfpgoldenruleproject@gmail.com  Phone (415) 794-5235

See schedule for tours of the boat.  Info: http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org/ 

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Guest opinion piece from Mike Lee

Dearest Friends and Comrades;

Greetings from San Francisco where we stand at the barricades and hope for a better world remains strong.

I hope this short note finds you and yours in the best of health and spirit.

As a way of continuing please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mike Lee a homeless resident of San Francisco.

I am writing today regarding a matter of great importance. I do so on behalf of over 6,000 homeless people, H.A.T. (Homeless Action Team) and First They Came For The Homeless.

Recently the Mayor of San Francisco declared war on the homeless in preparation for his super bowl party for the super-rich. Enforcing 23 different quality of life laws he and his cronies have escalated the climate of fear and terror we the homeless endure every day. Slowly but surely we are being pushed out of the Embarcadero – Financial district into more acceptable areas. It is clear by selective enforcement that we are allowed in certain areas and not others. If we leave our township we immediately harassed and issued tickets.

In response to this declaration of war we have initiated a campaign comprised of several direct actions designed to embarrass the enemy and disrupt business as usual.

In furtherance of this campaign we now publically issue a National Call To Action. We are asking those that can to come invade San Francisco immediately and over the next several months.

For those that are unable to participate in this invasion please consider providing financial support to those who can and to the campaign overall.

The main tactic used to terrorize homeless people is not limited to the law. Every day the City illegally seizes and destroys life sustaining property. Specifically targeted are tents, blankets, and clothes. In order to keep people alive these items must be replaced immediately.

Please find enclosed specific information related to this invasion. Before making a decision to participate please review it carefully.

If there are any questions, need for more information or just want to chat please do not hesitate to contacts us immediately?

In closing I’d like to thank you for your time and in advance for your help. We the homeless like David stand on the battlefield facing a Goliath of hatred and super wealth. You are our sling and stone which helps to defend us. Without your help, San Francisco – Bay Area homeless people will be swept into the dustbin of history. Then it will be only a matter of time before Goliath comes to stand in your back yard.

Confusion To Our Enemies!

–Mike Lee

C/o box holder 537 Jones #3399 S.F. CA 94102 swapmeetkinglv@gmail.com

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mike lee
To: swapmeetkinglv@gmail.com


As homeless people in San Francisco we spend a lot of time doing two things. Being chased by the cops in macabre game of hide and seek. In court for silly things like sitting on the sidewalk.

San Francisco is an extremely mean city. You are either extremely poor or super wealthy. Presently there are over twenty anti-homeless. They are selectively enforced depending on where you happen to be sitting or camping. Leave the township and you will get confronted not only by S.F.P.D. but also private security and irate business owners.

The City retains its popularity as a tourist destination due to its proximity to the ocean, parks, and historical significance. Its transportation system allows one to travel region wide in a matter of minutes.

Internationally recognized as a financial center some have referred to it as Wall Street West.

Here in San Francisco you will enjoy a diversity of people and level of tolerance found in few other places. |Government policy ignores this and exists only to serve the extremely wealthy and terrorizes the poor.


Clearly San Francisco’s ruling class has an agenda to push poor people out of the city. Those that remain as a source of cheap labor are forced to live in only certain areas. Homeless people are not only a convenient scapegoat but also a source of immense profit. In the last ten years the government has spent $1.5 billion on homeless services. This year alone it will spend $1.6 million. All of this is spent on a broken system of desperation and hopelessness. The system is designed not to solve the problem but to perpetuate and exacerbate it.

Not content to simply generate profits for his cronies, the Mayor of San Francisco declared war on the homeless so he can host a super bowl party for his super wealthy friends. The spoiler is those damn filthy homeless people.

The purpose and goals of this campaign is

1.)     To embarrass the city through a series of direct actions

2.)    2.) To disrupt business as usual in retaliation for continued and escalating attacks against the homeless.

Our main tactic is to invade the city creating a critical mass. An autonomous carnival of resistance with the singular demand End Homelessness Now!

By participating in this invasion you become like |Mumia Abu Jamal the voice of the voiceless. By committing to assisting homeless people in defense of themselves you bring hope to the hopeless.


All things considered, as an urban environment San Francisco is actually pretty easy to survive in. Food Not Bombs serves on a regular basis. In addition there are numerous soup lines, dumpster diving is outstanding. You do need a pair of bolt cutters to overcome those special challenges. They are also a great asset to opening locked porta potties.

We are asking all participants to be self-sufficient as possible. Present there do exist limited resources which will be continually developed as time goes by.

Main point of contact shall be listed Facebook pages and email address. On the ground a message board and base camp shall be established in Berkeley at the post office located at Alliston and Milvia just two blocks from the downtown BART station.

Across the street is room to camp which we can defend from our current location. We have been defending the post office property from privatization for about a year now. Additionally we use this vigil to defend and serve our local homeless community.


Camping out is prohibited by Section 168 of the San Francisco Police Code from 7 am to 11 pm. One of the most important exceptions is the one that deals with rally, demonstrations, meetings or similar events. This means if you post a sign that says I protest Sit Lie! SFPD is supposed to leave you alone. Also they have to warn you before writing you a ticket.

There are numerous established areas that can be considered urban campgrounds the largest of which is Golden Gate Park. We encourage folks to camp in the vicinity of these locations. It goes without saying you should be prepared to defend the area from mean spirited people like the Department Of Public Works, Homeless Outreach Team, and SFPD.

Be a good neighbor by offering to share food. Take the time to visit and find out more about us. Always keep an extra blanket or two on hand to meet that need.

Items that we hardly see and are always appreciated

1.)     Tobacco

2.)    Coffee

3.)    Hot Chocolate

4.)    Socks

5.)    Band Aids

Most importantly be respectful and tolerant. Always ask before you act. The worst thing about being homeless is people treat you like a six year old child and make decisions for you. Telling you what’s best for you.


It is not a matter if it will happen but when. Initially it is envisioned and expected several smaller occupations will occur. At some point during this campaign a larger occupation of a critical, disputed area will be called.

In the events leading up to and including the main occupation we shall adopt a good neighbor policy.

We only control and exercise consensual authority over a designated area. We expect and encourage others to establish neighboring encampments. These are autonomous in their decision making structure, social organization, and what they deem is proper behavior.

The main occupation is established for publically stated reasons. We do not and will not exercise authority over other encampments. Neither do we accept any responsibility for what occurs outside our designated area. What we will do is provide material support to the best of our ability and also practical advice.


We encourage the formation of affinity groups. These shall be considered autonomous formations free to take whatever action the feel appropriate in furtherance of the campaign goals.

It is requested you take no action where in can be reasonably expected which will result in harm or loss of life.


It is acknowledged and appreciated the important contributions that Black Bloc has made over the years.

Due to the vulnerability of homeless people individually and collectively it is requested that no physical force action be initiated. The errors of enthusiasm that occurred at WTO and other places is not appropriate in this circumstance. The welcoming role of Black Bloc is that of defenders. On a day to day basis assisting homeless people in their struggle to survive. Also to be a constant reminder to security forces that any action taken of a physical nature will be responded to in like fashion.

When a physical confrontation occurs every attempt should be made to do so away from this threatened community and other non-combatants.


This document is merely a guideline. It provides a framework for the overall campaign. It is subject to individual and collective interpretation. It may be seen as authoritarian in its language. Its spirit though encourages independent conclusions. Each participant is encouraged to take actions which they feel further the campaign goal to End Homelessness Now! That Housing Is A Human Right.

San Francisco is the epi-center of the battle to end homelessness. The laws, tactics and strategies used here against the poor are being employed elsewhere. Every day more and more people are being displaced by government policy, greedy developers and multi-national tech companies. On our side we only have sheer numbers and the absolute belief that the course of action we take is the right one. Collectively we link arms. Employed, unemployed, under employed demand in one loud determined voice End Homeless Now.

Homeless Action Team

c/o box holder 537 Jones #3399 San Francisco CA 94102


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First They Came For The Homeless, Sam Spade, Mike Zint


San Francisco is a pretty easy city to get around. The main street is Market which runs east to west. On Market there are a number of public transportation options. Notable of which is MUNI (local) and BART (regional) both run underground. In a matter of minutes you can be half way across town.

 Transamerica Pyramid –  600 Montgomery

Internationally recognized phallic symbol of capitalism. Located here are numerous banks, real estate developers, etc. Northern anchor point for the Embarcadero. Bordering on China town and the financial district.

Google – 345 Spear Street

Leading the invasion of tech firms gentrifying San Francisco. Worth an estimated $47.9 billion. Google by itself could build housing for 6,000 homeless people to mitigate the harmful effects it imposes on San Francisco.

Justin Herman Plaza

Located at the foot of Market Street this disputed area is traditionally home to hundreds of homeless people. This is the Mayor’s planed showcase for his super bowl party. As such people have been forced out into what the powers that be deem more acceptable areas.

Directly east is the ferry building. Full of upscale shops serves as a transportation hub for local and a popular tourist destination generating millions of dollars for the city.

Directly north is the financial district. Slightly North West is the Hyatt Regency with a huge park that people are no longer allowed to sit or rest in.

South is fishermans Warf and notably Pier 39 where the sea lions live. Thousands of tourist dollars flow this area every day.

Federal Reserve Bank – 101 Market

What can be said that hasn’t be said before? For two years Occupy S.F. claimed this area off and on. Isn’t it time to take it back?

Powell and California Streets.

Central intersection for cable car system. Popular tourist attraction that generates an estimated $35 million. Across the street is the main entrance to China Town the starting point for numerous guided tours.


Twitter – 1355 Market St. Suite 900

Second on the list behind Google as a tech invader gentrifying S.F.

Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook – 3450 21st St at Dolores

You know why he made the list.

Scott Wiener – Board of Supervisors – 4096 17th st (Market and Castro)

Really hates poor people especially the homeless. Has consistently voted on the side of the developers.

Rebuilding the Commons: Network of Rebel Cities Takes Shape — Part 1 by Bernardo Gutiérrez (occupy.com)

The city vs. the state. The Cities of the Commons vs. global neoliberalism. These are more than phrases – they could be understood as slogans or horizons of a new global order.

Take, as some examples, when Conil de la Frontera, a town in southern Spain, officially declared that it stood against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Or when Madrid’s new local government declared the city a GMO-free zone, joining a network of 200 European regions and 4,500 local authorities banning the production of genetically modified food. Or when the #RefugeesWelcome network inspired by new Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau Ballano grew from a viral Facebook post into a national movement. Powers on certain matters exceed the city. But cities can, and increasingly do, activate new narratives of local resistance and common action.

In 2003’s City of Fears, City of Hope, Zygmunt Bauman reflects on mixophobia (fear of using public space) and mixofilia (human and cultural coalescence in cities). Interestingly, the main conclusion of the study is that nation states are in decline and that cities are the main political space for our era. States and institutions often deploy legal barriers that exacerbate mixophobia. However, cities can promote mixofilia from the “inside,” through municipal action, and from the “outside,” through citizens acting autonomously. Cities, championing causes that exceed their powers, are now opening up new policies, laws, practices and tools.

In addition, the new political narrative of cities is serving to counteract prevailing neoliberal narratives. Antón Fernández de la Rota, in Commons Atlantida, identifies three neoliberal cities: “The Smart City of technological control, the Creative City of cognitive capitalism and the Brand City of territories in competition.” A fourth neoliberal city could be the Public-Private City, which limits the use of public space and almost exclusively encourages market-oriented exchange.

On Sept. 4, 18 local governments in Spain that are now ruled by citizen fronts – among them Madrid, Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela – met in Barcelona to take the first collective step against broader state control and the “four neoliberal cities.” The self-proclaimed Cities of the Commons promoted the narrative that another city and another politics is possible – with unprecedented evidence, citing the merger that occurred when the “outside” power of the 15M-Indignados movement of 2011 became the “inside” authority when new parties won local elections across Spain in May.

The Global Urban Rage-Out

The municipalist bet book, which is partly responsible for the citizens confluences that has won in many municipalities in Spain, shifted efforts toward “the politics of the nearby.” The book presented the “outside” that has existed since the global uprisings of 2011, and looked at the city as the shift lever. The concept of Right to the City, developed by Henri Lefebvre in 1968, has been in vogue for some years. In the book Rebel Cities, David Harvey masterfully built on the concept, by transforming the right to the city into a “right to modify the city collectively” and “change ourselves” in the process.

The global movements of 2011 reconfigured urban space as a new interface of collective action and policy creation. Even Saskia Sassen, who coined the paradigm of the “global city,” adapted her own theory after the occupation of Tahrir Square in Cairo, when she started talking about the Global Street: a “hard space” where “the powerless” do “the politics.” Today, the Global Street – both physical and semantic space – and the rebel cities have become new narrative horizons of the “outside.” Some recent urban protests serve as examples: from the Gezi Park revolt in Turkey, to Movimento Passe Livre in Brazil, and Gamonal in Spain.

The city also represents a place of continuity for many revolts, as demonstrated by Augusta Park in São Paulo, Can Batlló in Barcelona, and the communitarian management of Embros Theater in Athens. The city has become the battle space of movements fighting neoliberalism. “Fighting for a livable city is a form of dissent,” asserts the Temblor project, a Spanish arm of Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons.

The strength of global urban struggles – the networked “outside” – is now reaching a new level of intensity. The Polish urban movement, besides defeating the Winter Olympics bid in Krakow, is generating processes of self-organization in Lodz, Poznań and Warsaw. In Turkey, the collective Bizim Sokak (“the streets belong to us”) is successfully fighting urban gentrification. In Carpenters Estate in East London and elsewhere, housing movements are occupying public buildings. In Rio de Janeiro, Occupy Golf, which is battling a golf course planned for an environmental reserve, has seized the symbolic heart of the 2016 Olympics. And in the suburbs of South Africa, the Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers) movement uses the Right to the City as a tool. The combative global “outside” has assumed fresh powers, with clear scopes and goals.

The Common Good “Extitutions”

In Spain, after the camps of the 15M-Indignados movement, citizen self-organization experiences went viral. At the same time, most institutions turned their backs on formal state citizenship. Meanwhile, Jara Rocha and Evangelina Guerra reshaped the concept through extitutions, or “former institutions,” burring the “inside-outside” dynamic of power “that can be assembled by a multitude of agents.” The Spanish municipalities now governed by “confluences” pose an organizational hope for people and the planet. The intent: place the citizen from “outside,” through a commons-oriented approach, on the institutional inside. And this “extitutional” movement is occurring in many cities and regions of the world.

The “Icelandic revolution” won the city of Reykjavík, already a reference point for participatory platforms worldwide. Despite the macroeconomic disappointment of Syriza in Greece, that coalition is ruling entire regions (including Attica and Greater Athens), as well as nine municipalities in the metropolitan belt of Athens and Larisa, the country’s fifth largest city. (Meanwhile, a peculiar citizen front called Allazoume Tin Poli is governing the suburb of Agios Dimitrios in southern Athens). In Poland, the urban movement won the city of Gorzów Wielkopolski. And in Mexico, a Citizen Movement won elections in 24 cities.

In Portugal, the nonpartisan citizen front Rui Moreira snatched power from the center-right government of Porto, and the city of Bologna, Italy, launched Collaborare è Bologna “to protect the urban commons.” In general, the global “outside” is beginning to open the “inside” to citizenship. At the same time, the success of the political confluences in Spain is now inspiring new laboratories and municipal experiments. In Belo Horizonte, a Brazilian city of 4 million people, social movements have inaugurated a “municipalismo” movement with Muitxs, Cidade que queremos (City we Want) for the 2016 elections.

The case of Kobane and the region of Rojava in Syrian Kurdistan deserves special attention as well. In Kobane, the local government features a cooperative, communitarian and freshly assembled mix of transnational actors, and the Kurdish Kobane confederation now plays an influential role in the Turkish Peoples Democratic Party (HPD) since emerging as a key factor in the country’s new politics.

This is the first installment in a two-part series. Read the second installment on Thursday. Follow the author, @bernardosampa.

– See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/rebuilding-commons-global-network-rebel-cities-takes-shape-part-i#sthash.shfmeua9.dpuf

Berkeley City Council on taser use (October 6, 2015)

First they came for the homeless's photo.
October 6, 2015 

Tonight, Berkeley City Council heard from the public on the taser issue. Dozens of people read accounts of injuries and deaths by tasers. Product warnings for tasers say they are not to be used on the following: pregnant women, asthma sufferers, people with heart conditions, elderly, children, mentally disabled, and people under the influence of drugs. Can you tell by looking if someone is pregnant, an asthmatic, or has a heart condition? No! So people are guaranteed to die. Mentally disabled and addicted, even though listed, as well as homeless, will be tased. Minorities will be tased. Tasers are not non lethal to the victims who die. Tasers equal torture.

–Mike Zint

Berkeley Post Office occupation update — October 5, 2015

First they came for the homeless's photo.

October 5, 2015

Here we see a Block by Block street ambassador removing first amendment protected fliers from public property. Berkeley was the home of free speech until recently. This is not part of the Downtown Business Districts job description. Removing these fliers are a violation of the Constitution and the publics trust.

–Mike Zint

Action Council: Two actions for Wednesday


O 7, Wednesday, 11:30am, Bring Venecia Home For The Holidays; Press Conference

Department of Homeland Security
630 Sansome St.

Speak out against the inhumane detention of Venecia Santiago.

Our sister Venecia, mother of two, has been in detention for three years after trying to renew her work permit in 2012. She is a domestic violence survivor and although she cooperated to catch her abuser she was also deported back to the Dominican Republic where she faced the threat of being killed by her abuser.

Unfortunately her family is in New York where she used to reside and her son and daughter are not able to visit her while in detention. Her health has been deteriorating in detention and she feels isolated. We need to bring Venecia home to her family in New York before the holidays!

Please sign the Petition

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481611065476759/

O 7, Wednesday,  7:00pm – 8:30pm, State of Emergency: ICE out of SF; Stop PEP-comm; End Deportations! (Emergency organizing meetings)

Rigoberta Menchú Hall at SFSU
San Francisco, California 94132

Join EBIYC members in the fight to end the deportations in our community. In the next weeks, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will be voting on PEP Comm—a federal program that enables local officers to share the identities of immigrants with ICE. This will only lead to more deportations and more separated families! We must stop PEP Comm! Come to this emergency organizing meeting and learn about what PEP Comm is and how we can stop it.

Meeting will also happen at UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley – Wheeler Hall (see “Info / RSVP –Berkeley below)

*Light snacks and drinks will be provided

Sponsor: East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition

Info / RSVP – SF Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1700490060173286/

Info /RSVP – Berkeley Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/865783410196625/

Blueberry Soup: How Iceland changed the way we think about the world

Blueberry Soup:  How Iceland changed the way we think about the world
A film by Wilma’s Wish Productions
Directed by Eileen Jerrett

Blueberry Soup is an extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008.

This is a not-well-known-story of grassroots constitutionalism, an inspiration to the rest of the world. The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation’s constitution.