OccupyForum presents . . . Report from the Frontlines: The fight against environmental racism and injustice, climate change, and gentrification in Bayview Hunters Point (on Monday, October 5)

Monday, October 5th from 6 – 9 pm at Local 2

215 Golden Gate near Leavenworth 94102/ Civic /Center BART

information, discussion & community! Monday night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Occupyforum presents…

Report from the Frontlines:

The fight against environmental racism and injustice, climate change,

and gentrification in Bayview Hunters Point

With Marie Harrison and Bradley Angel (Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice)

and Dr. Ray Tompkins, (Clean Air Health Alliance)

Bayview/Hunters Point has historically served as an industrial dumping ground and suffers from a shockingly high degree of environmental degradation. This predominately low to very-low income community suffers from chronic health problems as a direct result of the toxic environment. Within BVHP, residents experience among the highest rates of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, asthma and respiratory illnesses in California.

Environmental Racism refers to the institutional rules, regulations, policies or government and/or corporate decisions that deliberately target certain communities for locally undesirable land uses and lax enforcement of zoning and environmental laws, resulting in communities being disproportionately exposed to toxic and hazardous waste based upon race. Environmental racism is caused by several factors, including intentional neglect, the alleged need for a receptacle for pollutants in urban areas, and a lack of institutional power and low land values of people of color. It is a well-documented fact that communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by polluting industries (and very specifically, hazardous waste facilities) and lax regulation of these industries.

Come to OccupyForum to hear updates and discussion about fighting back in the Bayview including:

  • Toxic and radioactive contamination and gentrification;
  • New information on incorrect government air quality monitoring; and new community monitoring – and October 6th 2 pm meeting of San Francisco Health Commission at 25 Van Ness, Room 338;
  • The new Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Task Force and how it is helping residents file pollution complaints and hold industry and government accountable;
  • Impacts of climate change and sea level rise;
  • Proposal from Greenaction for an action this fall targeting the notorious developer/gentrifier Lennar Corporation, and government, on these issues of pollution, climate change and gentrification.


Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Wheelchair accessible, ride shares announced.

Donations to occupy forum to cover costs are encouraged; No one turned away!

Berkeley Post Office occupation 11 month anniversary

First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.

October 1, 2015

Today, the Berkeley Post Office Occupation is 11 months old. The building still belongs to the people. The occupation has accomplished some interesting things. We have a community garden here that several groups helped install. The free box, built by Mike Wilson, is the most used part of our occupation. We have newspapers, a free book exchange, an info table, and food for those in need. We have helped homeless and housed. We have helped several people get housing. We have protected seniors who are forced onto the streets. We have brought in the sick while they await hospital appointments. We protected a child while helping her mom get housing. We have reaffirmed our ownership of this spot by providing community services. And we have supported the postal workers, and a decent union wage.

We will not be moved!

–Mike Zint

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING — International Trailer


Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller. Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

Is there a language missing that you would like to help us translate? Suggested change you’d like to make in the subtitles in your language? Email contact@thischangeseverything.org

For translation credits and additional information: http://thefilm.thischangeseverything….

Action Council Events — October 2 to October 7


~ Action Council ~  

Next Meeting

Sunday, October 4, 2015

2:00pm – 4:00pm

UNITE / HERE – Local 2

215 Golden Gate Ave.

(nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

All are welcomed!

Temporary Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:




Friday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 7

Friday, October 2

O 2, Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, “100 ‘Stolen Lives’ Families to New York City for #RiseUpOctober” (Fundraiser in SF)

L’s Café,
2871 24th St.
(between Florida and Bryant Streets)

Fundraiser to help Bring 100 Families of Victims of Police Murder to NYC for “RiseUpOctober”. October 22nd – 24th.

Come hear their stories and why this is important

Dinner is $10.00. Donations over ten dollars are tax deductible.

Women from La Colectiva de Mujeres (women domestic workers’ collective) of SF are preparing Chile Verde, Beans, Quinoa and rice.   Beer, wine and juice is for sale and all proceeds go to plane fare and travel expenses for the families.

Please help send Bay Area families to NYC to send a strong message nationally and globally that POLICE MURDER and TERROR MUST STOP!

Which Side Are You On?

Correction – for on-line donations

If you can’t attend a secure donation can be made on line: http://www.sfbaycantwait.net/2015/09/#003598  (Scroll down to” Manifest Your Support for #RiseUpOctober”)

** Send checks or money orders, payable to “World Can’t Wait” to
World Can’t Wait
305 West Broadway #185
New York, NY 10013

** Designate in the memo line what donation is for.

Info: http://stopmassincarceration.net/

O 2, Friday, 7:00pm  -9:00pm,  Why does the U.S. have the most people in prison?

2969 Mission St (nr. 24th Street BART)

Why does the “land of the free” have more people in prison—in both absolute numbers and percentage of the population—than any other country in the world? With just 5% of the world’s people, the U.S. has 25% of all prisoners! One out of every 50 people is behind bars or “in the system”—on parole or probation.

Who goes to jail in the U.S. today and who doesn’t? What role is the relationship between the capitalist system and the criminal “justice” system?

Video presentation featuring PSL Vice-Presidential candidate and author of the book, Shackled & Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America, Eugene Puryear.

Suggested donation: #3 – $10

Sponsor: Party for Socialism & Liberation

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/09/27/18778167.php

Saturday, October 3 

O 3, Saturday, 10:00am- 3:00pm, Global March for Elephants and Rhinos


Jefferson Park
Gough St. – Turk St., Eddy St, Laguna

Gather: 10:00am & March at 10:30 to UN Plaza

An unimaginable tragedy of killing and suffering is unfolding in Africa every day, as elephants are being killed and maimed on an industrial scale never seen before. 35,000 elephants are killed each year for their tusks.

We’ll gather peacefully at the  Chinese Consulate and DEMAND an end to the #ivory and #rhinohorn trade.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613044038927147/ or  http://marchforelephants.org/

O 3, Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Rally to Launch – CaravanForJustice  (Oct. 3 – Oct.10)

Oscar Grant Plaza

The Ella Baker Center, in partnership with the ACLU of California, is organizing a #CaravanForJustice from October 3-10 that will travel throughout the state to mobilize communities against police violence and spread awareness about the Mobile Justice CA app.

The rally, co-sponsored by the Anti Police-Terror Project and Black Lives Matter Bay Area, will feature testimonials from Oscar Grant’s uncle, as well as from family members of victims of police violence in the United Kingdom, who are joining the caravan.

During stops in 9 counties throughout the state, the #CaravanForJustice will:

  • Educate community members about how to use the Mobile Justice CA app
  • Gain support for the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953)
  • Highlight the presence of regional Justice Teams for Truth and Reinvestment
  • Engage people in a global conversation about police violence

Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caravanforjustice-oakland-tickets-18787803827

O 3, Saturday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Lyrical Revolt:Down with Columbus! Down with Empire!

2969 Mission St.

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition will be hosting LYRICAL REVOLT, a political-artistic space to express oneself through any vocal medium. The use of power of our words and art to battle the injustices that face the world today will be used.This open mic is dedicated to indigenous and immigrant communities who are resisting white supremacy and the racist colonial legacy that is celebrated on Columbus Day

$3-5 donation requested (no one turned away due to lack of funds)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645415512363614/

O 3, Saturday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show: Come Stand with the Buffalo

Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 9470

Indigenous Soul Music by Goodshield Agulare and Migon Geli Story telling and video by Mike Mease of Buffalo Field  Campaign.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/09/15/18777665.php  or Carrie: carrieofecologycenter.org

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Berkeley city council is meeting to discuss police taser use

Berkeley city council is meeting to discuss tasers for the police. We know they will be used on homeless, minorities, and students who are under the influence. Oct 6th, at 5:30, @ old city hall. Allston Way and MLK. Spread the word. We want to pack the building.

Tasers kill!

— with Mike Zint, Carol Harvey and 6 others.

I’d like your help!

I’m looking for people willing to briefly speak at a Berkeley City Council meeting on Oct 6, reading a description
of someone being tased by police. The meeting will not go all night (see below)!

On October 6th, at 5:30 PM, the Berkeley City Council will hold a special meeting to consider a report on the acquisition of Tasers by the Berkeley Police Department. Currently BPD (along with SF) does not have tasers. This report was commissioned a year and a half ago by the City Council, and was written by Stanford Criminal Justice Center. The report can be found here, staring on page 5 (PDF)


Since the City Council held its first hearing on taser acquisition a year and a half ago where it commissioned the study, I have been intermittently collecting references to news articles and videos of malicious and deadly taser use on the part of police. I’ve accrued some 80+ such incidents.

I am in the process of transforming them into short descriptions, one for each incident, with the intent of having a selection of them read one by people, one after another, at the special City Council meeting on October 6th.

The Council meeting begins at 5:30 and theoretically ends at 7:00 PM, when the regular Council meeting starts, so this will not drag on to all hours of the night.

I am looking for people willing to stand in line and read one of the descriptions I will provide, which will starting with the person’s name and provide a short, sometimes tear-jerking, sometimes horrifying account of what happened. Nothing more. Of couse you would be free to modify the text or make additional comments.

I’d like to have at least 10 people and up to 20.

If you would like to participate and can be at Old Berkeley City Hall by 5:15 PM on Tuesday, October 6th, PLEASE RESPOND BACK TO ME.

As Amnesty International notes:

“Tasers have become tools of the lazy cop who wants a suspect down in an instant, a tool that police have been told so often is “nonlethal” that they have come to use it without much regard for why they’re firing it or where they’re aiming.”

Below I’ve provided a few samples of what I have so far in the way of synopses.


Israel Hernandez

Two years ago after a teenage graffiti artist named Israel Hernandez Jr. lost a foot race with Miami Beach police, an officer stunned him with a Taser and then he died of heart failure. The Miami-Dade County medical examiner determined the cause of death was heart failure from the “energy device discharge.”

Ruther and Lisa Hayes

On June 30th, 2014, Ruther Hayes, a disabled veteran, was severely beaten and tased by Rehoboth Beach, Delaware police officers during the raid as he attempted to give his wife Lisa a sponge bath. Lisa Hayes is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy who was receiving a sponge bath on the bed when multiple officers forced their way into the couple’s bedroom.

When he saw the officers enter the room, Ruther Hayes attempted to cover his naked wife with a sheet. Instead of allowing the man to cover his naked quadriplegic wife, police threw him to the ground, tasered him, and punched him repeatedly. As officers beat the disabled veteran bloody, they screamed at Lisa Hayes to get up, despite having been told by every family member in the home that she was unable to walk.

Mrs. Hayes was forced to listen and watch as they beat and tasered her husband. She was scared that they were going to kill him.

This all occurred after the two men the officers were looking for had been placed in handcuffs and detained.

Melissa Davis

An officer saw Melissa Davis, a woman with diminished mental state, walking out of a home that was listed for sale in Marion, South Carolina in April 2013. He asked her what she was doing, thinking she might have broken into the home, then shocked her with his Taser. After Davis fell to the ground, the officer ordered her to put her hands behind her back, then shocked her four more times before she could respond.
By this time another officer had determined Davis did nothing wrong and was removing the Taser probes from her back. The tasing officer noticed one of Davis’ hands had slipped from her improperly applied handcuffs and ordered everyone to move away and shocked Davis again, even though she was not trying to fight or escape. He then shocked Davis twice more, THEN OFFERED TO LET HER GO IF HE COULD SHOOT HER IN THE FOREHEAD ONE MORE TIME WITH HIS TASER, PROSECUTORS SAID.

Carlos Ocana


Carlos, a transient whose friends said he had mental health problems, climbed up a billboard atop the roof of a one-story on May 24, 2014 When an LAPD SWAT team was unable to get him to come down, officers shot him with a Taser. He fell to his death.

One man told the LA Times that the police didn’t allow Ocana’s friends to talk him down from the billboard.

In comments to one of the stories about this tragedy, readers wrote:

“I’ve seen a homeless man tazed IN THE EYE for lingering too long on one of Orlando’s touristy downtown main streets.”

“we watched as police officers took a homeless, drunk, handcuffed person to the edge of the curb before tasing him so that he would fall face-first into asphalt.”

“I have an artificial heart valve, a pacemaker, and a metal rod fused to my spine. It would be better if they just shot me.”

— with Mike Zint, Carol Harvey and 6 others.